UK Team Welcome Apprentice Advisers To Prestwick Site

Our UK team recently welcomed seven teachers and apprenticeship advisers to our Prestwick site for a guided tour along with an update on our UK Apprentice and Graduate Programs.

Ampcontrol’s Chief Operating Officer – Europe and Asia, Steve Edmund conducted the tour around our factory and workshops where visitors learnt more about how we’re preparing for our next generation of team members who will join the Apprentice and Graduate Programs in the UK.

Our UK operation currently have 5 graduates from The University of Strathclyde working with the team from a range of disciplines including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Product Development Engineering, and Software and Manufacturing Engineering.

The advisers from Skills Development Scotland were pleased to hear about our annual recruitment activities from local colleges and left with a better understanding of how Ampcontrol approaches career development for young people as they transition into the professional workforce.

Welcome To The Team 2020 Apprentices!

On Thursday 21 November Ampcontrol welcomed 14 new Apprentices into the business across NSW and QLD following a record intake application process.

Each year Ampcontrol offers a range of apprenticeships in the areas of engineering, technology, mechanical and manufacturing. The most recent intake attracted over 800 applications, an increase of 138% on last year.  Of these applicants over 15% were female and 10% were Indigenous.

Following a rigorous recruitment process, including two rounds of interviews and skills testing (online and on-site), the 2020 cohort has already shown great talent and determination to secure one of the heavily sought-after positions.

In keeping with longstanding Ampcontrol tradition in the Hunter region, the new NSW group of Apprentices together with friends and family attended a celebratory morning tea with CEO Rod Henderson and Co-Founder Peter Cockbain to receive their uniforms and toured various worksites.

Having both started their careers as Apprentices, Rod and Peter spoke of the career opportunities and pathways that lay in front of them at Ampcontrol.

The group also heard from Chief Technology Officer, Tim Wylie, on the incredible innovation taking place at Ampcontrol, as well as personal insights from three current Apprentices – Sophie Chaffey (3rd Year), Thomas Newman (4th Year) and Joshua French (4th Year).

A similar event will be held for our QLD Apprentices in the new year.

If you’d like to find out more about our 2021 Apprentice Program, head to our careers page and join our talent community to keep up to date with the latest updates.

Ampcontrol UK Sponsors and Attends ABMEC’s 10th Annual Conference

As one of Europe’s leading specialist manufacturers of electrical and electronic mining solutions, Ampcontrol UK attended the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC) 10th Annual Conference and Exhibition at The Nottingham Belfry Hotel, on Thursday 21 November 2019.

With over 100 years of mining history, Ampcontrol UK were proud to be an ABMEC Sponsor and continue to spearhead Safety and Best Practices in the UK Mining Industry, supplying an extensive portfolio mining related equipment to international customers from our base in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Ampcontrol UK was thrilled to discuss topics such as International Trade and Mining in Europe with delegates at this key industry event and look forward to their continued involvement with ABMEC.

Pictured (L-R): Ampcontrol UK Chief Operating Officer – Steven Edmund, Sales Manager – Doug Etches, and Service Manager – Andy Trenam.

Ampcontrol Supporting The Next Generation of Creators, Innovations, Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

The inaugural Hunter Young Business Mind Awards (HYBMA) in 2017 were the first steps in creating a program to connect and energise the future leaders of tomorrow. The Program is driven by Local Chambers of Commerce and business leaders who see the importance of building greater relationships and connections between industry, business, educators, parents and young people.

Ampcontrol is very proud to have been involved and support the Program for the past 2 years in helping create opportunities and career pathways for young people within our community.

On Thursday 7 November, 200 students, parents, educators, and supporters attended the 2019 Hunter Young Business Mind Awards Presentation, to celebrate the incredible innovation, creativity and savvy business minds of local students.

Check out some of the amazing ideas below and highlights from the night by clicking here.

Pictured: Andrew Fisher (Production Manager, Electronics) formally welcoming guests at the Awards Presentation.


Winner $1,000: Hudson Jessup – Maitland Primary School – Helping Hand Wristband.
Runner up $500: Tomiko Henry-Cook – Maitland Primary School – Sew Not Throw

Winner $1,000: Charles Imig and Mackenzie Roddenby – St Philip’s Christian College – Good Reflections
Runner up $500: Max Daniels – St Philip’s Christian College– Power/Play Box
Winner $1,000: Jordan Green – Hunter St TAFE –  A Lasting Culture for Maitland
Runner up $500: Jack Mylott – Hamilton TAFE – Mylott’s Bakery

Winner $1,000: Jack Torr – UoN – Grey Water Microguard
Runner up $500: Tim Keys, Bal Dhital, Pat Prell, Dan Robson – UoN – Borne

Winner $3,000 Harvey Norman gift card – Holy Family Primary, Merewether – PLAGS
Runner up $2,000 Harvey Norman gift card – San Clemente High School, Maitland – Parsnip it On
Runner up $1,000 Harvey Norman gift card – Callaghan College Wallsend Campus – The Van

$150 each awarded to:

Billy Meares
St Philip’s Christian College
Combat Model Aircraft

Charlotte Warburton, Abbie Woolmer and Olivia Pickles
Hunter River High School
Disaster Master

Charlotte Coake-Jenkins and Kathleen Doherty
Hunter Valley Grammar School
Make That Money Board Game

Isaac Shepherd
Hunter Valley Grammar School
Bookshelf Bed

Joseph Guilfoyle
St Mary’s Primary School
Website for Mental Health

Kaila Ronan
Belmont Christian College
Safe Space

Gaby Wilkes and Rosie Davis
Maitland Primary School
Virtual Waiting Room

Oliver Ford
Maitland Primary School
Convert Rubbish into Oil

Talia Falconer, Bella Norman-Donaghy and Erika West
St Bede’s Catholic College
Water in the World

European Mining Study Group Visit Ampcontrol UK Sales and Service Centre

Ampcontrol UK was delighted to partner with The Association of British Mining Equipment (ABMEC) and Hargreaves, to co-host a contingent of Polish and European mining companies at our Sales and Service Center in Sheffield, England.

Welcoming members from JSW Group, JSW Innowacje, Lubelski Weigal Bogdanka, Polska Grupa Gornicza, Spotka Restrukturyzacji Kopaln and Premogovnik Velenje, the visiting Study Group were also joined by three Department of Trade representatives; Ros Lund (UK), Janusz Bil  (Poland), and Martin Retelj (Slovenia); with the session chaired by Jane Isaacs, Director General at ABMEC.

Ampcontrol UK Sales Manager Doug Etches, provided an overview of Ampcontrol’s electrical and electronic solutions across the Mining, Tunnelling and Infrastructure, and the Oil and Gas sectors. Visitors on site enjoyed viewing some of our latest product offerings including the AUK Load Center and Rockstarter.

With a strong commitment to the ongoing supply of bespoke equipment and service to our European and International customers, we’re pleased to be sponsoring and attending the ABMEC’s 10th annual conference on Thursday 21st November 2019, held at The Nottingham Belfry Hotel.


We were proud to have seven Ampcontrol representatives from across our Hunter operations participate in the 2019 Hunternet Future Leaders Program. The participants celebrated their success at a gala dinner in Newcastle on Friday 25 October.

The Hunternet Future Leaders program, now in its fifth year, is designed to equip future leaders with the skills, contacts and confidence to lead. The program is delivered across 12 sessions by current leaders and professional practitioners and culminates in a group project, supported by an experienced industry mentor.

The objective of this year’s group project was to solve the issues in Newcastle’s transition from a regional city to an emerging global city. The Future Leaders were also tasked with identifying natural and built assets can be leveraged to establish the Newcastle as a truly global city.

During the gala dinner, the five Future Leaders groups delivered an elevator pitch presentation of the solution they had developed before the winning submission was announced.

Team HealthPort, featuring Ampcontrol participant Andrew Fisher took home the top gong for their concept. HealthPort proposed attracting health and technology companies to Newcastle to promote economic growth, sustainability and diversity through the establishment of three interconnected innovation precincts.

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this year’s program. We’re excited to see where this opportunity will take our Future Leaders within the organisation.

Photo credit 3L photography. 


Following their win of Scottish Engineering’s 2019 President’s Award in May, and recent upgrade to its sales and service operation in the UK, Ampcontrol UK’s continued growth has seen it expand its Scottish based manufacturing facilities with a new, additional facility being secured at the Port of Ayr.

The facility will enhance Ampcontrol’s UK operations ability to service key customers in mining, infrastructure and industrial sectors both in the UK and abroad. In particular, its location at one of Associated British Ports (ABP) key regional transport hubs will improve transport links with customers.

Steven Edmund, Managing Director of Ampcontrol UK, said “The new facility is a real testament to our team as we have continued to successfully execute our strategy to grow and diversify our business. Using our core electrical engineering and manufacturing capabilities to solve complex problems for new and existing customers is part of our DNA, and this new facility will increase our ability to do just that.”

Stuart Cresswell, ABP Port Manager at Ayr and Troon, said “We’re pleased to welcome the Steve and all of this team at Ampcontrol to our Port of Ayr. Many locals will recall that they have had a long history of supporting the town’s industry and we look forward to working with them on this new development, which is another positive step towards ensuring future economic prosperity of the region.”

Ampcontrol UK celebrated 100 years of operation in 2018 and was originally established in 1918 as Wallacetown Engineering Company Limited and was later known as Allenwest Wallacetown. In 2007, the business was acquired by global technology leader Ampcontrol and since 2015, the business has continued to grow and expand into new markets and sectors.

Ampcontrol Heads to the 2019 NT Resources Week

Ampcontrol is proud to be a Supporting Sponsor at the 2019 NT Resources Week, held at the Darwin Convention Centre from 4 – 5 September.

Held in partnership with the Northern Territory Government, NT Resources Week combines three conferences; South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference; Mining the Territory; and Environmental Management & Logistics Forum.

You’ll find Ampcontrol on stand 31 in the Mining The Territory exhibition hall where our team members will be on hand to discuss our range of offerings, from HV field service and rapidly deployable energy infrastructure solutions through to our newest off grid containerised water filtering unit, Gilghi.

For more information and to view the full program, head to the NT Resources Week website.

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Ampcontrol Takes Out Innovation Award at The 2019 Hunter Business Awards

On 23 August 2019, Ampcontrol was recognised for Excellence in Innovation for their Remote Water System Gilghi at the Hunter Business Awards.

Sponsored by Pitcher Partners, Ampcontrol’s CTO Tim Wylie accepted the award, which recognises a business that has made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

“As an engineering firm with a long history here in the Hunter and one who continues to invest in R&D, we’re thrilled to be recognised with the Excellence in Innovation award at this years’ event,” said Tim Wylie.

“We’re fortunate here at Ampcontrol to have the necessary team diversity to not only come up with an idea like Gilghi, but to design, manufacture and deliver an off grid, fully transportable containerised water treatment system.”

The win at the Hunter Business Awards comes a day after the successful launch of the Gilghi Remote Water System at the indigenous community of Gillen Bore, 75km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

As a result of this win and for the second year in a row, Ampcontrol will proceed to the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards to compete for the state’s top innovation honour this November.

For further information on our Gilghi Remote Water Solution, visit Ampcontrol Group company CPS National‘s website.

Image (left to right): Wayne Diemar, Jarrod Fair, Tim Wylie, Jason Padgett, Clint Bruin, Damon Vandermaat, Brendan Titmarsh and Adrian Bastiani. Photo Credit: AJM Photography. 

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