From Wallacetown to Allenwest to Ampcontrol. 100 years of history in the UK.

Founded in 1918 by Mr W M Richie, Wallacetown Engineering Company Limited, was originally a mechanical engineering company who repaired mining equipment for Scottish collieries.

As the mining industry developed it required more electrical power underground to drive haulages, conveyors and coal cutting equipment.

Wallacetown Engineering diversified into the manufacture of flameproof switchgear. The equipment was at the forefront of mining electrical control and switchgear technology and was used extensively throughout UK coal fields and exported to the world’s major underground coal mining operators in all continents.

The company continued to expand to meet the growing demands of the coal industry and to enable diversification into the manufacture of industrial motor control and fuse switchgear.

The strength of this industrial arm saw Wallacetown equip many of NCB’s coal preparation plants and Scotland’s distilleries, as well as installing industrial starters and fuse switchgear in public utilities such as Water Boards and Steel Works.

Around this time Wallacetown commenced exporting to overseas territories such as Chile and Russia, both as direct exports and indirect through main contractors.

A change in ownership and merger saw the company change its name to Allenwest Wallacetown Limited when the factory was relocated from Ayr to Irvine, Scotland. In 2007 Allenwest Wallacetown was purchased by Ampcontrol.

As part of the Ampcontrol Group our UK operation continues to lead the way in flameproof enclosures and design across the world with products found across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Americas. In late 2017, the UK team released the AUK1000 which incorporates leading protection technology and advanced safety features to offer the next generation in gate end boxes for underground applications.