Western Air

+61 8 8271 5100

Our Story

Our Story
Western Air have pioneered the high pressure portable air providing solutions and packaging Booster compressors for the mineral exploration and O&G industries for over 40 years.

Established in 1992, Western Air drew on its founder’s invaluable experience and lessons learned during a very successful reverse circulation drilling contracting business and distributors of high pressure air, and applied this knowledge to packaging specialised compressors and boosters to suit customer’s projects.

Western Air was built on the bones of reliability, durability and safety in providing equipment to global mineral exploration, waterwell, CSM & CBM applications. 

We focus on providing high pressure air solutions to both International and Domestic customers in the Mineral Exploration and Oil and Gas Industries.

Western Air continue to grow market coverage and now supply primary and booster compressors into Surface Exploration, Underground production, Oil and Gas and Geothermal industries.

During the market downturn Western Air has continued to invest in innovation and product development in Booster Compressor solutions for our customers in the Mineral Exploration industry.  

We add value to your projects through equipment and parts supply, technical drilling advice and providing solutions to your needs, we are always only a phone call away.  

Founding director Robert Phillips has pioneered the development of High pressure Boosters for deep mineral exploration since 1976.

In his early career, Robert founded Northbridge Drilling and through hard work, industry knowledge and opportunity, created alliances with Ariel and Enerflex to begin designing and packaging reciprocated Boosters for the mining, exploration and Oil and Gas industries and is doing so, Western Air was born. 

Robert’s focus has always been on innovation which has led to the development of screw boosters and sale the first 90psi to 600psi booster into underground mining applications. Robert has invested his time in designed the first 1000psi screw booster for mineral exploration, which will be introduced to the market.

Robert’s business philosophy of providing support, reliability and safe equipment to the mineral exploration and Oil and Gas industries has contributed to the success of the Western Air brand.

Robert consults on innovative solutions and equipment supply to customer projects. He is a keen cyclist with a love of motor sports! 


Carly Ascott

Chief Operating & Financial Officer

Carly is an integral piece of the Western Air team having strategically managed the financial operations of Western Air since 2002. She has rich history in the business and established relationships with both Western Air customers and suppliers. She continues to support the financial and strategic operations of the business with Bob and in most recent times, with Gary.  Carly loves to balance business with her passion for health and operates a fitness studio with her husband. She is however, most passionate about spending time with her young son & family! 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Chartered Accountant (Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Marketing) – University of Adelaide
  • Over 14 years’ experience founded at Deloitte Private and PKF accounting, providing a client portfolio with accounting, taxation, business strategy and succession planning solutions


Gary Algate

Managing Director

Western Air’s managing director, Gary Algate has had an illustrious and diverse career working in a number of global locations in the mineral exploration and drilling industries.  

Gary brings his wealth of knowledge to Western Air in providing equipment solutions and strategic direction to customers across multiple industries including Oil and Gas. His stellar reputation is built on the foundation of integrity and reliability.

With a major focus on Surface and underground Mining, Mineral Exploration and Oil and Gas, Gary’s role as PLM for SDS led him to oversee RC Drilling development and SDS became the leader in production and development of the global RC Hammer drilling technology.

He has managed strategic acquisitions in Canada and took on the role of President of the Americas for SDS Pty Ltd.  He has overseen the development of a Fluid powered Down Hole Hammer for the Oil and Gas industries and spent 6 years working in the US, Canada, Venezuela, Columbia and Brazil developing the hammer in conjunction with the major service providers (Halliburton, Sperry Sun) and the Oil companies (BP, Shell, Talisman Energy, Petrobras and PDVSA).

Gary has worked in a number of key roles in Sandvik Global US and Canadian operations before returning to Australia in 2012 as Global Business Development Director – Exploration.  
When he’s not spending time with his family, Gary is an avid guitarist, having recently completed a custom build an electric guitar from scratch! 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Dip Mech Eng / Mine Mechanic / Dip Change Management – University of Stockholm
  • Current Global Director Western Air
  • Previous SDSA Global Business Development Director
  • Sandvik / VP Exploration / Global Product Line Manager / Business Dev Dir / Manager USC
  • SDS Pty Ltd – President Americas- sales and manufacturing (Located Barrie, Ontario)