Essa® is a world-leading specialist in the design and manufacture of sampling and sample preparation equipment for the international minerals and mining industries


Essa® is a world-leading specialist in the design and manufacture of sampling and sample preparation equipment for the international minerals and mining industries

Essa joined FLSmidth in March 2011

Essa LogoEssa Australia Limited, now trading as the automation division of FLSmidth Pty Limited in Australia, markets products to the mining, exploration and associated service industries, providing a complete range of sampling and sample preparation equipment to satisfy an individual company’s exact and specific needs.

Because these needs can vary along different points of the "mining cycle”, from exploration, mining and crushing through to stockpiling and shipment, we provide an extensive range of equipment to suit.

We have maintained growth and market share by being active across a wide range of mineral commodities including gold, lead, iron ore, nickel, aluminium, copper, coal, platinum, zinc and silver.

As a result we have business in all the major mining areas of the world including Australia, South America, Africa (South, East, West and Central), USA & Canada, Asia and the Middle East.

Our commercial rigour is reinforced through a diverse client base from within the major mining houses and commercial laboratories internationally.

We are located at the FLSmidth Supercenter in Welshpool in Perth, Western Australia. The nearby suburb of Bassendean is the location of our manufacturing facility which also houses our automation and research and development activities.


The origins of Essa date back to 1981 when Labtechnics Pty Ltd was first established in Adelaide, South Australia. This company marketed a product range including internationally patented high performance ring mill bowls (grinding heads) and associated mills.

Just two years later, in 1983, the separate entity of ESSA Pty Ltd (abbreviated from Engineering and Sampling Systems Australasia) commenced operations in Perth, Western Australia. This company was a specialist manufacturer of sampling, sample preparation and metallurgical test equipment.

In 1990 ESSA Australia Pty Ltd was restructured through a management buyout, under the stewardship of the then Managing Director, and now CEO, Darryl Stevens. At that time, both the Labtechnics and ESSA range of products were receiving clear approval from mining companies and mineral testing laboratories around the globe.

In 1997 ESSA and Labtechnics merged to form Labtech Essa Pty Ltd and in the following year all operations were consolidated in Perth.

Over the ensuing years we continued to achieve solid growth in both the Australian market and internationally. We established and grew affiliate companies in South America and South Africa which further strengthened our business.

In October 2004, after seven years of sustained growth as Labtech Essa, we listed on the Australian Stock Exchange as Essa Australia Limited, at an issue price of 25 cents.

In December 2010 FLSmidth announced an off-market takeover bid for Essa Australia Limited. The takeover was fully supported by Essa's Board of Directors who recognised that the acquisition was the ideal opportunity to ensure the future growth of the company.

In March 2011 FLSmidth completed their acquisiton of Essa. Consequently Essa Australia Limited ceased trading on the ASX in the same month.

Specialist Equipment for the International Minerals, Mining and Industrial Sectors

Our complete range of equipment, accessories and engineered systems are designed to provide an authentically intelligent solution for your mineral sampling, preparation and testing needs.

The Essa equipment range is categorised into six product groups:

  • Sample Preparation
  • Mine & Port Sampling Systems
  • Intelligent Automation Solutions
  • Metallurgical Testing
  • Laboratory Design & Equipment
  • Particle Sizing



The Essa product portfolio is marketed by distributors worldwide available here.

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