Celebrating 100 years of history and new beginnings in Prestwick, Scotland

Formerly known as Allenwest Wallacetown, the origins of this Scottish pioneer in the design and manufacture of flameproof switchgear and control systems began simply enough in 1918 when Mr William M Ritchie decided he would start Wallcetown Engineering Company Limited (WECOL) with a non ferrous foundry and general machine shop.

Over the decades, the business experienced the vast highs and lows of being subject to the volatility of the domestic and international coal market while still delivering world class, innovative technology. Built on the backs of employees at numbers that can only be counted in the thousands since its inception; the business is defined by its legacy of hundreds of installed products dotted across the mining regions of China, Turkey and India which are still regarded as the best in their class.

“Our business history has certainly shaped who and what we are as a business and in many ways, it is this resilience of character which defines us today as we celebrate 100 years of history” says Mr Steven Edmund, Managing Director, Ampcontrol UK.

And although it is a time for nostalgia and reflection, the business has firmly set its sights on its future as part of the Ampcontrol Group.

“In many ways, we have been a traditional manufacturer and this impacted us when the downturn hit the coal market. Because of our connection with Ampcontrol we were able to survive and ultimately, reinvent ourselves for the future” said Mr Edmund.

And it was all about the future on Friday 29 June when the team welcomed over 100 guests to the official opening of the new 20,000 sqm facility at Prestwick, complete with 25 tonne crane and CNC machining capabilities. The facility was officially opened by South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie.

“Being able to showcase our new products and technology, expanded capabilities and greater access to sophisticated engineering support from across the globe is immensely satisfying and something I think all employees at Ampcontrol UK are very proud of” said Mr Edmund.

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said:“Ampcontrol UK is an excellent example of an innovative and growing Scottish-based company that offers the products and services required in a modern and global marketplace.

“I am delighted that the business is expanding its operations by the opening of these new premises in Prestwick, which will make a significant contribution to the South Ayrshire economy.”

We’re finalists in the Hunter Business Awards

Ampcontrol is very excited to share that we’ve been announced as finalists for the Excellence in Business Award at Australia’s most prestigious regional business awards, the 2018 Hunter Business Awards.

The award recognises a business that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth over the last two years.

“Receiving this accolade in the same year that we turn 50 is just icing on the cake as we celebrate this significant milestone for Ampcontrol,” said Rod Henderson, Managing Director and CEO.

“We’re a very proud Hunter born success story, so to be recognised for this nomination by our local colleagues at the Hunter Business Chamber is very humbling.”

“The last two years have seen us reshape our business in the face of the changing needs of the markets and industries we work in, while remaining true to our core business and the products, services and support we offer customers.”

“We’re now in an exciting growth phase, following the acquisition of two businesses to the Ampcontrol Group this year, and commencing the process of an IPO. We look forward to where the future will take us,” said Rod.

Sponsored by The University of Newcastle, the Hunter Business Awards will be presented at a gala function at NEX (Wests City), Newcastle West on 10 August, 2018.