About Us

The first recorded instance of an Engineering workshop was in the Echuca area back in the late 1840's. Since those times only a small number of people have run "Echuca Foundry & Engineering". The founder of our Company, Eric Bates, came to Echuca in 1947 having purchased the business from Kilgour & Richards - Engineers & Merchants, the owners for some fifty years previous. They, and the founders Fallow Bros, had developed the business during the rush years of the river trade to service both this and the ever-expanding agricultural market. The intervening years have seen this family business continue to grow, providing services to many key Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Hardware areas. Our commitment to provide our customers with a high quality service, rapid component turn-around and economic costing unlies our success.
2006 saw the opportunity to relocate from the central position within Echuca. The Engineering division was sold-off and the hardware and renewable divisions moved to their current location in the heart of the new industrial area of Echuca.

We believe that our ability to react promptly and decisively to our clients needs and demands has contributed significantly to the on-going success of the business. Having a tertiary educated Engineer on staff adds to the security we can offer our clients with in-house design and technical information. Our Sales people offer sound product knowledge and a commitment to ensure parts are delivered on-time, every-time.

Bates Industrial Store

  • High Tensile, Engine & Stainless Steel Bolts, Nuts & Washers.
  • Threaded Rod, Set Screws, Cap Screws.
  • FAG Ball & Roller Bearings. Oil Seals. H.S.Driveshafts & UJ Kits.
  • Fenner Pulleys and Couplings. Fenner & Dayco Vee Belts.
  • Roller Chain & Sprockets (KCM). Transmission Belting & Fasteners.
  • BOC Gases & Equipment. CIGWELD Gas & Electric Welding Equipment & Electrodes. Safety Gear. CIGWELD Authorised Gas Equipment Repair Agent.
  • Mono, Flygt, ABS, Forrers & TKL Pumps.
  • AEG & Metabo Power Tools.

Founded in 1993 by our General Manager David Bates, SUNRAZ Solar evolved through the need to provide the region with professional advice and renewable energy systems to the domestic and agricultural market. With many years in the design, installation and maintenance of water pumping systems we commenced by targeting the Solar Water Pumping market.

Well known throughout the region for our professional, quality approach to all our work, we are now extending this to the design and installation of solar powered water pumping systems and renewable resource equipment to new levels of excellence. David was a founding partner of the ALLIED SOLAR, a Melbourne-based company established for the design, supply and installation of major, commercial renewable energy projects.

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