Ampcontrol Takes Out Two Prestigious Good Design Awards for Rockstarter

Ampcontrol’s Rockstarter has been awarded in two categories at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony at The Star, Sydney, on 11 July.

The Good Design Awards are Australia’s most prestigious industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country. Rockstarter received Good Design Awards for the Product Design and Engineering Design categories in recognition of its outstanding design and innovation.

“As an Australian based business that still designs and manufactures in Australia, it’s a huge honour to be selected as a winner of a Good Design accolade in not one, but two categories at this year’s awards,” said Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director Rod Henderson.

“Our project teams worked in partnership with our customers to deliver a product that was needed in the market and aimed to solve a range of operational challenges in a single piece of groundbreaking technology.”

The Good Design Awards’ jury spent several days evaluating each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in all areas and convince the jury they are worthy of recognition.

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia, said, “Receiving a Good Design Award at this level is a significant achievement given the very high calibre of entries received this year.
“Australia’s Good Design Award is more than a symbol of design excellence, it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately improve our quality of life. These projects showcase the brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world.”

The Good Design Awards’ jury praised Rockstarter commenting, “This is clearly good design and a demonstrated innovation with the packaging of existing technologies to deliver an ‘off-the-shelf’ product with enough flexibility to challenge the more common delivery methods. A really desirable product particularly for those with a high priority for fast delivery.”

Ampcontrol’s Rockstarter is a multifunction outlet starter designed for use in underground hard rock mining as well as tunnelling and other industrial applications. To find out more head to our starters page.

Ampcontrol Trainee Honoured As Finalist at 2019 NSW Training Awards

Ampcontrol is proud to support Vocational Education and Training and has a long-standing partnership with the P-TECH program to support Hunter River High School students.

As our School Based Trainee from the P-TECH program, James Ramsay was recently awarded as a finalist in the Trainee of the Year category at the 2019 NSW Training Awards for the Newcastle region. James joined Ampcontrol in 2018 and is currently completing Year 12, while also studying a Certificate I in Engineering at Hunter River High School as well as Certificate II in Electrotechnology at Newcastle TAFE.

Conducted annually, the NSW Training Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations, and large and medium employers.

“We are very proud to have James as part of the Ampcontrol team, knowing that he has a bright future in Engineering and that we get to play a role in helping him achieve this goal,” said Learning and Development Specialist Mikhaila Halford.

Ampcontrol employs over 600 people across the Hunter region and is currently accepting applications for its 2020 Apprentice Program – head to our careers page to find out more.


Image: Paul Reynolds (left), James Ramsay (centre) and Andrew Fisher from Ampcontrol (right)


Ampcontrol and Anglo American take out Innovation Award at the 2019 Mine Electrical Safety Conference

Moranbah North Mine’s Variable Speed Drive project received the Innovation Award at the 30th annual Mining Electrical Safety Association Conference earlier this month.

The technical presentation delivered by Ampcontrol’s Chief Technology Officer Tim Wylie and Shane McDowall, Anglo American’s Principal for Technology and Automation Underground Operations, outlined the development and implementation of the game changing project at the Moranbah North site.

This was the first time a high power Variable Speed Drive (VSD) has been deployed in a hazardous zone in an Australian mine, and was used on an Armoured Face Conveyor (AFC) to provide full control of starting torques on the three drive motors.

This honour was received after three years of hard work by the Ampcontrol and Anglo American project teams, who are no strangers to leading the way when it comes to innovation.

Wylie said, “We implemented a new electrical protection element that is yet to be described in Australian mining standards. As such, the project contains several industry ‘firsts’ and the electrical system reliability directly contributed to the system setting a new Australian record for monthly production.”

“The Moranbah AFC upgrade to VSD saw Ampcontrol and Anglo operate quite differently – it was more like a partnering arrangement than the standard tender and contact. In the early stages, Ampcontrol effectively worked as the ‘owner’s engineer’ to technically review and assess the available options for the variable speed drive. Technical staff travelled to China with Anglo a number of times to evaluate suppliers and drive technology,” he said.

The delivery of the system has enabled consistent AFC performance, reduced downtime and in turn delivered improved safety and productivity on site.

“The successful delivery of the system required input from almost every aspect of Ampcontrol’s business, and is a shining example of what we are capable of when we work together as a group toward a common objective. The project is something none of us could have delivered individually, but something each of us can be proud of,” said Wylie.

Ampcontrol also exhibited at the conference where we displayed our newest product offerings including Rockstarter, our multi-function outlet starter, our latest lighting range and our underground gas detection and diesel machine monitoring solutions.

Image: Shane McDowall from Anglo American (left) and Tim Wylie from Ampcontrol (right)

Ampcontrol Singapore’s Bernie Raj moderates Engineers Australia event

Engineers Australia recently held three Thought Leadership Forums in Singapore and Hong Kong. They were part of a series that covers a range of engineering topics.

The series kicked off in Singapore with a Thought Leadership Forum on Digital Engineering on 25 April. Liak Goh from Aurecon was the keynote speaker, Ampcontrol Singapore’s Bernie Raj was the moderator for the panel discussion and ARUP’s Andrew Nelson was on the panel. Forty-five people attended the event, including His Excellency Bruce Gosper, Australian High Commissioner.

The series then moved to Hong Kong on 24 May on the topic of Waste Management and returned to Singapore on 11 June to discuss Facade.

Engineers Australia will continue to host more Thought Leadership Forums covering different topics in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. The aim of the series is to offer continuous learning opportunities that engage members and industry as well as providing opportunities for speakers to share their expertise and experience.

The next topic is on Energy. The event will take place in Singapore on 10 July and Malaysia on 11 July.

Image: Bernie Raj from Ampcontrol Hong Kong (right) with Liak Goh from Aurecon (left) and Andrew Nelson from ARUP (centre).

Ampcontrol India moves to new premises in Kolkata

Allenwest Ampcontrol India, the Indian branch of the Ampcontrol Group, has recently relocated to a new facility in Kolkata, leaving behind its previous premises in Bilaspur. The new facility is modern, centrally located and has already received the approval of the employees working there. Allenwest Ampcontrol India’s work focuses primarily on the mining sector and the relocation was important: Ampcontrol India needed to move closer to its customers so the business could provide improved customer support and service to the region.

“We are very excited to realise the full potential of the new facility over the coming months and have already seen a benefit to our productivity and existing relationships,” says Avinash Kumar, Sales and Service Engineer.

For those keen to visit the office in Kolkata, the address is: Allenwest Ampcontrol India Pvt Ltd, Floor 9, Victoria Park, Plot No GN 37/2, Sector 5, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700091, West Bengal.

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.