Steve Staples MD of Astec AV 

Chris Thorntom Senior Engineer

Astec was originally set up in 1992 by Steve Staples as primarily a TV systems installation Company. Steve with his qualifications from the Electronics Industry was well placed to enter a fast changing technological sector within home entertainment and had also worked within the TV systems industry prior to starting Astec including working with Satellite TV systems long before Sky TV was launched. 

In 1994 Astec became Members of the CAI (Confederation of Aerial Industries) which is the government recognised Trade body for the Aerial & Satellite Industry. Steve and Astec have since won numerous CAI Trade & Installation based awards and Steve now sits on the Board of the CAI and many of the CAI working committees. 

In 1996 Astec were proud to be registered with Sky as an Authorised Sky Agent and despite the national reduction in numbers of Sky ASA's generally over the years Astec continued to be recognised by Sky for their professionalism and quality of service right up until 2018 when Sky discontinued their involvement with the Independent ASA sector completely. 

Astec was the first Company in the UK to achieve Registered Digital Installer "Company" status in preparation for the Digital Switchover in 2011. 

Astec are registered with Essex Trading Standards under the Buy With Confidence Scheme and were proud to become the 100th Member of the scheme in Essex.


Astec are registered with the Government backed Trustmark Scheme which provides further assurance that they work to exacting standards and can be fully relied upon for good service. 

With the rapidly changing ways in which consumers are choosing to view programmes and content in today's connected world Astec have had to evolve. To reflect this evolution within our business we have amended our trading name to Astec AV and our engineers have undergone the necessary training within the new disciplines required to ensure that the same quality of service to our Customers is maintained. 


Members of the CAI since 1994

Award Winning Company

Multi Award Winning Company

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Samantha White Office Administrator

First Registered Digital Installer "Company" in the UK

Trading Standards Approved

Essex Trading Standards Buy With Confidence Scheme Members

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