Ampcontrol UK wins prestigious Scottish Engineering award

In a further achievement to its listing as a finalist in the Ayrshire Business Chamber Awards late last year, Ampcontrol UK has received the prestigious Scottish Engineering President’s Award at Scottish Engineering’s annual awards dinner, held in Glasgow on 16 May 2019.

Ampcontrol UK was honoured for its significant contribution to both setting and raising the standard for the engineering sector.

Ampcontrol UK’s Managing Director Steven Edmund said, “We at Ampcontrol UK are delighted and honoured to be awarded the Scottish Engineering President’s Award. The competition for this prestigious award is always strong as the list of past recipients demonstrates.

“We thank the jury for selecting our organisation and, when reflecting on over 100 years of history, we thank our team. It is the passion and resolve of our people that’s seen us endure and thrive in the face of ever-changing market needs and demands.

“Our team members pride themselves on their ability to make durable, fit for purpose and, above all else, safe products and to provide high quality services in some of the most hazardous and demanding environments in the world. Today, we look forward to another successful 100 years!”

Ampcontrol UK celebrated 100 years of operation last year. Established in 1918, the company was originally known as Allenwest Wallacetown. In 2007, the business was acquired by global technology leader Ampcontrol. Since the company restructured in 2015, it has grown in leaps and bounds.

Edmund said, “The restructure meant a heavier focus on engineering and technical support for our existing site, and with the support of our Australian operations the development of new products and process improvement changes to enhance our technology. We know that one of our biggest differentiators is our reputation for supplying quality-made and fit-for-purpose products, along with our impressive product base.”

Ampcontrol UK is focussed on diversification in a number of areas within the European infrastructure markets, including large-scale tunnelling projects across major cities in the UK and Europe.

Image from left Paul Sheerin (CEO, Scottish Engineering), Steven Edmund (Managing Director, Ampcontrol UK) and Alastair Johnstone (President, Scottish Engineering).


With a commitment to developing career pathways for those looking to enter into a STEM based career, Ampcontrol has once again supported the Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship program.

Jayden Maidstone was awarded one of the prestigious $2,000 scholarships, sponsored by Ampcontrol, which will be used to kick start his first year of tertiary study at the University of Newcastle.

About to take on a double degree in Mechatronic and Electrical Engineering (Honours), Jayden was a graduate of Hunter River High School where he showed a passion for STEM subjects, leading to his involvement in the P-TECH program.

As an organisation with an active involvement in STEM based outreach activities, for several years Ampcontrol has proudly supported both the Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarship program and P-TECH program.

Ampcontrol’s involvement with the P-TECH program provides High School students with opportunities for work placements and workshop tours across their Hunter based sites.

Celebrating our future stars

In keeping with our longstanding Ampcontrol tradition, this morning we welcomed our 2019 Apprentice and Graduate cohort at our annual morning tea event.

This year we have 11 Apprentices and five Engineering Graduates coming on-board to join our growing workforce and the 500 plus employees we have located within the Hunter Region alone.

Today the Apprentices and Graduates had the opportunity to hear from our CEO and Managing Director, Rod Henderson to learn more about Ampcontrol and what’s in store for them in their new roles.

“As a business, we’re deeply committed to providing meaningful career pathways and we’re so excited to welcome a new group of Apprentices and Graduates to the Ampcontrol family and to see how they will grow and progress,” said Rod.

Today’s event is a special way to cap off what has been a milestone year for the business, with the celebration of our 50th birthday, delivering a diverse range of customer projects and being recognised by our peers via a number of industry awards.

If you’re interested in joining a company that offers real variety, technical challenges and an environment where you will be supported to be the best you can be, head to our Careers page to find out more about our current opportunities.

Celebrating Excellence in WHS

To top off a bumper year of award wins, Ampcontrol was recognised for Excellence in Work Health Safety, (sponsored by AGL), on 29 November at the 2018 Hunternet Chairman’s Awards.

The award recognises a company that demonstrates excellence in safety and training, whether it is through internal processes, involvement in training programs or offering training to the wider Hunternet membership base.

As our CEO and Managing Director, Rod Henderson accepted the award, the below message was read out to the audience to support our win.

“When you log onto the Ampcontrol website, the first heading you will see is “Connecting New Industries Safely”. If you want to join their team you must hold safety as your number one priority. This company invests in their people, it invests in leadership and it understands that training goes hand in hand with safety to promote and produce leaders that will carry through those beliefs which are upheld by all their employees. Ampcontrol continue to lead through safety and training of their people. Well done Ampcontrol.”

The Chairman’s Award Dinner is Hunternet’s premier event and has been held every year since 1992. It is an opportunity for Hunternet to recognise the achievements of members and reflect on the year that has passed. Ampcontrol is a Patron member of HunterNet Cooperative.


Ampcontrol Supports Hunter’s Future Business Minds

With a continued commitment to providing young people with access to STEM related career pathways, Ampcontrol proudly supported the Hunter Young Business Mind Awards on November 28.

Now in its second year, the awards program encourages the region’s youngest innovators and entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for a business, product, service or solution, with the prize money enabling each category winner to have their idea brought to life.

“At Ampcontrol we’re passionate about creating a link between industry and the community, as we’ve already seen amazing things from the young people who’ve connected with us as part of our existing P-TECH and ME Program outreach activities,” said Leigh Stefanszyn, Ampcontrol General Manager – People and Engagement.

The 2018 Ampcontrol Hunter Young Business Mind Awards included STEM, Young Indigenous Entrepreneur, Creative Industries, Social Enterprise categories and provided participants from year 5 – 12 to let their entrepreneurial and creative spirit soar.

“Getting behind initiatives like the Hunter Young Business Mind Awards means we can help play a part in fostering the enthusiasm, courage and creativity it takes to develop something that is truly innovative. To see these characteristics in young people is amazing and something we are proud to support”, said Leigh.

“We celebrate our 50th anniversary this year and one of our most enduring values has been innovation and an attitude of saying yes to challenges when other can’t. This has set us apart in business and to see so many young people with this same attitude, it is exciting to think what the future holds for these young innovators in the Hunter”, added Leigh.

The 2018 Ampcontrol Hunter Young Business Mind Awards is an initiative of the Hunter Region Local Chambers of Commerce and the Hunter Futurepreneurs Program.

Christmas and New Year

Ampcontrol have you covered this festive season. Our customer service team is taking a short break from December 24 and returning January 2, 2019, however our 24/7 support service will continue to operate across Christmas and New Years via 1300 267 373.

For local closure times, reach out to your closest Ampcontrol site. Alternatively phone 1300 267 373 for all closure information.

As always, we wish you a Merry Christmas and New Year.

Stay safe and enjoy!

Ampcontrol Future Leaders take home the top prize in Hunter leadership program

We were proud to have nine Ampcontrol representatives from across our Hunter operations graduate from the 2018 Hunternet Future Leaders Program at a gala dinner in Newcastle on Friday 2 November.

The Hunternet Future Leaders program, now in its fourth 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 Hunter’s Brain Drain and reduce the number of young people who are taking their degree and leaving the Region. The Future Leaders were also tasked with identifying what Newcastle and the Hunter can do to attract talent, skills and businesses from outside the region.

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 Worrimi, featuring two Ampcontrol participants (Amanda Murray and Adam Fisher) took home the top gong for their concept ’90 Degree, the Right Angle for Business’. Their project addresses the brain drain by producing work-ready graduates and connecting students with business opportunities within the Region.

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this year’s program. At Ampcontrol, we provide our people with opportunities to be the best they can be, and we’re excited to see where this opportunity will take our Future Leaders within the organisation.



Photo credit: 3L Photography

2018, oh what a year!

As we head towards Christmas and look back on 2018, it goes without saying that it has been a milestone year for Ampcontrol. 

In 2018, we:

Here’s to an ever bigger and better 2019! Don’t forget, Ampcontrol have got you covered this festive season with our 24/7 customer service team. Click here for more information.

Latest offering to Indian Coal market installed successfully

Ampcontrol’s AUK1000 advanced multi-function gate end box is certified for use in underground coal mines across Europe, Turkey and India. It was recently commissioned onsite at Bhelatand Amalgamated Colliery in Jharkhand, India.

Ampcontrol was contracted to design, manufacture and deliver a central motor control unit that could operate up to four conveyor belts from a single station with full digital display and control. The unit was commissioned onsite and 14 local service engineers were trained in both the theoretical and practical application of the equipment.

For more information on this solution, please contact your local Ampcontrol team.

To download the case study on the AUK1000, click here.

Introducing Verico Asset Integrity Services

With a growing portfolio of Member Companies within the Ampcontrol Group, the business is excited to announce the rebrand of Ampcontrol ETM to Verico Asset Integrity Services, an independent member company.

“Ampcontrol recognises the value in a specialist services business which can offer independent advice and services across a range of high value assets,’ said Ampcontrol Managing Director and CEO, Rod Henderson.

“Rebranding the ETM business as a Member Company is visual confirmation of our confidence in this highly sought after group of technical specialists. Clients will continue to benefit from the decades of experience within the team as well as the operational independence that comes from being a Member Company of Ampcontrol,” added Rod.

The business will deliver data and insights to help clients better optimise asset life-cycle performance across the six core streams of Environmental Monitoring, High Voltage Testing, Power Station Chemistry, Oil Laboratory Testing, Mechanical Testing and Occupational Hygiene.

Visit the Verico Asset Integrity Services website to find out more about our new Member Company.