Fan’stash’tic effort by Movember Fundraisers

Throughout the month of November the Ampcontrol ‘Stash of the Titans Movember network raised a whopping $12,811 to help address health issues facing men including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health and suicide.

Our community fundraisers pulled out all the stops including everything from raffles to bake sales, while growing mo’s or racking up the kilometres all to support men’s health during Movember.

At Ampcontrol we’re proud to encourage and support our team members who get involved in local community fundraising initiatives, this year we’ve supported the Mark Hughes Foundation, Camp Quality esCARpade and Movember just to name a few.

We provide our people with opportunities to be the best they can – because we know that we are stronger together.

If you’d like to join the Ampcontrol team, there’s currently a range of professional and technical roles available on our careers page.

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.”

Supporting our customers across the world – onsite commissioning and testing

The Zonguldak Region comprises five coal mines along the Black Sea coastal line. Ampcontrol has been a long term supplier to this region, with the support of local agent, MTM. Ampcontrol was contracted to deliver the
following power distribution equipment from its UK operation:
• 30 x 3.3kV Motor Starters (Karadon Mine)
• 2 x 3.3kV Circuit Breakers (Amasra Mine)

In addition to the equipment, two service engineers were sent to the sites to carry out the commissioning and testing.

For more information about this project, please read the case study.

Another accolade for Ampcontrol’s rising star

Ampcontrol employee, Joshua Nott has been named Engineering Fabrication Trade Apprentice of the Year and Stan Rippon Perpetual Award winner at the 2017 Hunter Region Apprentice and Trainee Awards (HRATA).

Joshua is no stranger to accolades for his hard work. In the last 12 months, Josh won the Central Coast and Hunter TAFE Excellence Award for Fabrication, Ampcontrol’s Apprentice of the Year and a bronze medal in the 2016 National World Skills Challenge held in Melbourne.

Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director Rod Henderson said, “It is wonderful to see Joshua’s hard work and dedication recognised by the training community. Having started my own career as an apprentice, and employed many apprentices over the course of my career, I can say that Joshua exemplifies the value of apprenticeships, becoming a valuable member of our fabrication team and an asset to Ampcontrol.”

Joshua is employed full time in Ampcontrol’s fabrication team at Tomago where he fabricates a range of customised specialist electrical enclosures, switchrooms, transformer tanks and skids.

Completing his Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication through TAFE NSW in 2016 Joshua has since completed a certificate IV in Engineering and is currently completing a Diploma in Engineering.  Josh now moves onto the NSW state awards.

Celebrating 50 years in 2018, Ampcontrol is proud to have been a part of the career journey of hundreds of Hunter locals like Joshua.

Looking to take the next step? See what current opportunities we have available.