U.S.-based wear parts manufacturer ESCO Corporation is setting up its own shop to serve Australia and surrounding markets.
In establishing its first legal Australian entity, the Portland, Ore.-based ESCO announced the appointment of Johan Nienaber as the first employee of ESCO Holdings PTY Ltd. As director of sales in Australia, Nienaber is tasked with developing ESCO's business throughout Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. He most recently served as general manager-mining with CQMS of Brisbane, Australia, and previously spent 15 years with Bucyrus International including as managing director in Australia.
ESCO has advised local licensee Bradken it will not renew or extend the agreement under which the latter company has manufactured and sold ESCO products throughout Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The license agreement is scheduled to expire in June 2011, upon which time ESCO Holdings PTY Ltd. will assume responsibility for sales and support to customers in the region.