Ampcontrol celebrates 50 years of making a difference

Ampcontrol celebrates 50 years of making a difference

April marked a significant milestone for Hunter-based electrical and electronic engineering company, Ampcontrol. The business celebrated 50 years in business.

From simple beginnings in a small shed in Newcastle in 1968, Ampcontrol established itself in underground mining and has now grown to be recognised for its design and manufacture of safe and reliable electrical solutions to power and protect Australia’s resources sector.

With a complex product offering that serves an important function in the operation of Australian mines, Ampcontrol has taken its experience in the highly regulated resources sector and applied its problem-solving capabilities in new markets, including Australia’s growing infrastructure and renewables sectors.

Ampcontrol Co-Founder and Technical Director, Peter Cockbain AM said the business is motivated by an innovative, can-do attitude and an ability to make it happen, which has set this Hunter-based company apart and makes its story of resilience and growth so compelling.

“What Ampcontrol is today is the sum of its parts,” Peter said.

“In fact, we rely on the team to achieve the outcomes that we plan for the future. I often say, I can’t do it, you can’t do it, but we can – and it has worked for us for the past 50 years.”

This half century milestone sees Ampcontrol celebrate its successes with over 450 people across its Hunter operations, representing almost half of its entire employee base.

“As leader of this great organisation, I am proud to represent a fantastic group of people who bring skill, creativity and commitment to our business every day. I am excited about the future and to see where we can go in the next 50 years,” Ampcontrol’s CEO and Managing Director, Rod Henderson said.

Ampcontrol celebrated its 50th birthday with local government representatives, business leaders, past and present employees and customers during an event at the Newcastle Museum on Thursday 12 April, 2018.

IMAGE | Peter Cockbain AM, CEO and Managing Director Rod Henderson and Neville Sawyer AM at the Ampcontrol 50th Birthday function at the Newcastle Museum on Thursday 12 April 2018.


The Ampcontrol story is one full of twists and turns, with milestones achieved and celebrated by a growing workforce across the world. Yet amongst the technological firsts, awards, impressive growth and global reach, is a company founded on simple yet rock solid foundations. A philosophy of anything is possible has meant Ampcontrol's customer driven technology solutions are redefining industry expectations and leading safety in over nine countries.

Strengthened by our vertically integrated structure, Ampcontrol's technology and innovation base underpins our internal supply chain. From customised engineering to the fabrication and manufacture of product suited to the most hazardous environments, Ampcontrol is able to support our customers each step of the way.

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