Ampcontrol was founded in 1968 when it first entered the Australian underground-mining industry. The company was soon recognised as a leader in the provision of safe, reliable, electrical solutions that powered Australia's resource sector. Since then, Ampcontrol has seen many milestones achieved and celebrated by a growing workforce around the world. However, despite the technological firsts, numerous awards, expansive growth, and global reach, Ampcontrol remains a company founded on a simple, yet rock-solid foundation a philosophy that anything is possible. This overarching vision has meant that Ampcontrols customer-driven technology solutions are redefining industry expectations and leading safety in more than nine countries.
Geoff Lilliss, former CEO and Managing Director of Ampcontrol, is a thought leader in the engineering space and has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the energy sector. "I spent 37 years in the electricity distribution and transmission industry in New South Wales, most recently with Energy Australia, which is now Ausgrid, and its predecessor organisations. The last position I held there was executive general manager networks and executive general manger engineering and transmission. I came to Ampcontrol about three and a half years ago as CEO and Managing Director."
Geoff announced his retirement and resignation in June this year, leaving a great legacy and strong company behind him. He recalls his first major challenge with the company, which came from the increased demand of the mining boom. Ampcontrol is the market-leading manufacturer of underground long-wall mining electrical and safety equipment. We're in a very unique position in that we provide most of that equipment to an entire industry on which this country depends, and we are quite clear on our responsibilities that help keep this industry going. The first major challenge was to focus on that and to provide the level of backup that the industry was looking for. At the same time, we had to deal with a hugely increasing demand through 2011 and 2012 for our premium heavy-engineering equipment in that sector.