Advancing rapidly towards its aim of providing the most comprehensive ancillaries service in the plastics industry, materials handling and cooling specialist, AB Systems, has announced that it now has the experience and skillset to proficiently install, maintain and service materials handling equipment from all OEMs. As a result, plastics manufacturers, many of whom have historically been limited to one materials handling supplier for the provision of brand-specific technical services, will now be able to take advantage of AB Systems’ wide-ranging expertise and competitive service, while resting assured of complete business continuity.

The rise in the company’s servicing capabilities comes in the wake of its recent amalgamation with independent contractor, Sterling Ancillary Services, a move that Jeff Day, Managing Director of AB Systems, describes as bringing unrivalled engineering expertise to his team: “AB Systems has always had highly skilled engineers who are well practiced in handling equipment from a wide range of manufacturers, however, the company’s merger with Sterling Ancillary Services has expanded our team, perfectly complementing our existing skill base. AB Systems now offers a team of engineers experienced in installing and servicing equipment from materials handling manufacturers across the board.”

Prior to the merger, Sterling Ancillary Services had been the favoured contractor among materials handling and cooling suppliers, performing technical installations and fulfilling maintenance contracts for many of the industry’s biggest names over the course of three decades. “Sterling’s independence meant that we had worked on every brand of materials handling equipment. You name it, we’ve installed and maintained it – in fact, I can confidently say that we know almost every product from every OEM inside and out,” said Steve Payne, Director at AB Systems and former director of Sterling Ancillary Services.

Mr Day believes that AB Systems’ increased capabilities has exciting implications for the industry at large: “For a long time, certain materials handling suppliers have had a monopoly on brand-specific technical services. Now, plastics manufacturers will have a greater freedom of choice when it comes to engaging a supplier – something that will certainly create a more competitive environment, ultimately benefitting the client,” he explained.

AB Systems is the official UK distributor for SB Plastics, Avian Granulator, Lorandi Silos, OMP Conveyors and Nova Frigo, and can provide proficient system design, installation, maintenance, and repair services for all brands of materials handling equipment. Additionally, the company offers an industry-leading service package for existing chillers, irrespective of manufacturer. To find out more about AB Systems’ services, please visit or call +44 (0) 1844 339 044.