Australian owned and operated engineering and electrical system solutions company Ampcontrol, welcomed Isaac Regional Councillor and Mayor, Anne Baker who officially opened their new site at 58 O’Neill St, Moranbah on March 22.

Jobs and the continued investment by Ampcontrol in the Moranbah site and community led the discussions as Mayor Baker formally kicked off the celebrations and supplier expo on site.

“Having an international company like Ampcontrol expand both their footprint and capabilities to deliver services to the region are welcomed contributions for Moranbah’s growth,” said Mayor Baker.

“With nine local people employed on site and the additional services to the local industry now available, this is a positive step in the economic development of Moranbah, and our region as a whole,” she said.

Since 1968, Ampcontrol has provided employment to skilled tradespeople and engineers who have contributed to some significant innovations throughout the company’s 50 year history.

“Providing employment opportunities and meaningful careers for local people in the region has always been an important part of our business,” said Don Beveridge, Ampcontrol General Manager – Northern Operations.

“With a positive turn in business conditions and outlook in the area, we are delighted to be expanding our field and automation services on top of our current cable repairs service.”

“Traditionally, Ampcontrol may have been recognised as a manufacturer that supports the mining industry, however the Ampcontrol of 2018 and beyond is so much more than that.”

“While cable services, sales and hire at Moranbah, Emerald and Mackay remains a core capability, the reach of our business into new markets means our innovative approach to engineering and customer solutions is going global,” said Mr Beveridge.

In 2017, Ampcontrol delivered electrical infrastructure on projects across Australia as well as kicking off the manufacture and supply of Australian engineered products to the world’s largest copper mine in Mongolia. The business also secured tunnelling project work in Hong Kong and Singapore.

“As we celebrate our 50th year in 2018, it is an exceptional achievement for Ampcontrol and our people. The opening of this new facility in Moranbah makes the occasion even more exciting and we look forward to working within this region and the local community to build a great business that is rewarding for everyone”, said Don.

Ampcontrol Named NSW Minerals Council 2018 Outstanding Supplier For H3RO

On 15 March, Ampcontrol were named as the 2018 NSW Minerals Council Outstanding Supplier at the annual Industry and Suppliers Awards Dinner at NSW Parliament in Sydney.

Ampcontrol’s General Manager of Sales, Garry Hillier accepted the Outstanding Supplier Award for the development and supply of H3RO, a fibre based communications and networking solution for underground mining and industrial applications, which has been adopted by 16 mining operations since its launch in 2015.

Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director said “Our H3RO product has been an innovative game changer for Ampcontrol, enabling the effective use of fibre technology in underground mining operations that has historically been difficult to achieve.”

“We knew our customers wanted a reliable fibre optic solution for their underground operations, so we listened to their feedback and proactively addressed the challenges they were experiencing by providing a robust, cost effective, portable and easy to install fibre optic solution.”

“Being recognised as Outstanding Supplier of the Year is a true testament to everyone at Ampcontrol and it’s humbling to know that the H3RO product has been so well received in the market” added Mr Henderson.

The Universal Appeal of the H3RO solution

Ampcontrol’s H3RO product has also been on display this week at the Leading Age Services Australia 2018 Conference on the Gold Coast, welcoming 350 delegates through the conference exhibition stand.

As H3RO is a fibre optic communications solution, it is applicable to support the continued development of aged care infrastructure projects.

John Hooper, H3RO and Networking Automation Product Manager said “We’ve been demonstrating how H3RO can be used as part of passive optical network architecture to improve ICT reliability, while reducing the cost and complexity by converging the connected services for smart buildings.”

“This can support new and legacy technologies in aged care facilities including phones, nurse call systems, wifi, CCTV and digital TV/Foxtel,” he said.

Ampcontrol celebrates its 50th year of business in 2018 and continues to be a vital supplier to Australia’s resources sector with its complete range of electrical, electronic systems solutions and service support.


Ampcontrol sponsors Hunter Heritage Cup

Ampcontrol was the naming rights sponsor of the 2018 Hunter Heritage Cup from 9 March to 11 March 2018.

Introduced in 2017, the Hunter Heritage Cup invites Hunter football clubs with a century or more of continuous history to take part in the annual tournament over three days of enthralling football.

“We are proud sponsors of the 2018 Heritage Cup. It demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting the local communities we operate in,” said Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director Rod Henderson.

“This year we celebrate Ampcontrol’s 50th birthday milestone so it is a great opportunity to connect our business with the Hunter Region’s rich football history.”

Congratulations to the Weston Bears on taking home the title of Ampcontrol Hunter Heritage Cup winners for 2018.

From Wallacetown to Allenwest to Ampcontrol. 100 years of history in the UK.

Founded in 1918 by Mr W M Richie, Wallacetown Engineering Company Limited, was originally a mechanical engineering company who repaired mining equipment for Scottish collieries.

As the mining industry developed it required more electrical power underground to drive haulages, conveyors and coal cutting equipment.

Wallacetown Engineering diversified into the manufacture of flameproof switchgear. The equipment was at the forefront of mining electrical control and switchgear technology and was used extensively throughout UK coal fields and exported to the world’s major underground coal mining operators in all continents.

The company continued to expand to meet the growing demands of the coal industry and to enable diversification into the manufacture of industrial motor control and fuse switchgear.

The strength of this industrial arm saw Wallacetown equip many of NCB’s coal preparation plants and Scotland’s distilleries, as well as installing industrial starters and fuse switchgear in public utilities such as Water Boards and Steel Works.

Around this time Wallacetown commenced exporting to overseas territories such as Chile and Russia, both as direct exports and indirect through main contractors.

A change in ownership and merger saw the company change its name to Allenwest Wallacetown Limited when the factory was relocated from Ayr to Irvine, Scotland. In 2007 Allenwest Wallacetown was purchased by Ampcontrol.

As part of the Ampcontrol Group our UK operation continues to lead the way in flameproof enclosures and design across the world with products found across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Americas. In late 2017, the UK team released the AUK1000 which incorporates leading protection technology and advanced safety features to offer the next generation in gate end boxes for underground applications.

For more information on our UK facility, including their next generation AUK1000 gate end box, visit their page

Expanding our Transformer capability through the acquisition of Transformer Maintenance Services Australia

We are very pleased to announce that Ampcontrol is broadening its expertise in Transformers to provide more customers with a complete Transformer solution, through the acquisition of Transformer Maintenance Services Australia (TMSA).

TMSA have a solid reputation for high quality testing and maintenance services for Transformers, including oil sampling, oil testing and diagnostics, oil regeneration, vacuum filling and the supply of filtration and dry out systems. Combined with our existing Transformer services, we can now package TMSA’s specialty services with our full-scale Transformer capabilities.

With TMSA joining the Ampcontrol Group, we’re increasing our geographical footprint via their existing operation in Hume, ACT. The Transformer Maintenance team will continue to operate from this base, now with the expanded capabilities to deliver onsite HV services to its customer base across Australia.

For more information on Ampcontrol’s complete range of Transformer capabilities, please visit our Transformer overview page.