manufacturing

Join us at the inauguration of new NESMA Qld July 11 to provide industry leadership and a clear unified voice at a critical time 

Co-operation, collaboration, advocacy and knowledge sharing among NESMA switchboard manufacturers will benefit both the industry and its customers in Queensland as the State addresses emerging challenges and opportunities

A new NESMA Queensland branch is being formed to expand and unify the voice of low voltage switchboard manufacturing industry there and to provide leadership, education and resources for manufacturers and customers. NESMA Queensland’s first objectives include providing an authoritative voice encouraging industry unity and collaboration on issues affecting all industry members, including the importance of Standards, … Read more

Apprentice Lucas Bonnici values the precision and craftsmanship of the switchboard industry

Apprentice Lucas Bonnici, left, with his father Michael Bonnici, right, who is Projects Manager for Chadwick Switchboards

An apprentice who started with NESMA member, Chadwick Switchboards, at age 15 is now entering his third year, and enjoying the precision, craftsmanship, and skills this industry is teaching him. Lucas Bonnici began his apprenticeship in 2021, where he started with the more labour-intensive tasks, such as learning how to cut and punch bar, and … Read more

From apprentice to project controller: Lee masters his destiny with Fuji SMBE Macquarie

Apprentice Lee Mamouzelos, left, is moving to a project controller role, after Fuji SMBE Macquarie Director, Peter Silsby, right, was impressed with his work ethic, attitude, and technical abilities

An apprentice who has showed leadership and an aptitude for learning, Lee Mamouzelos, is now taking up an exciting new opportunity as a project controller with NESMA member, Fuji SMBE Macquarie. Lee commenced his apprenticeship in 2022, where he learnt how to build and test switchboards, under the guidance of experienced staff at Fuji SMBE … Read more

The safer the better: Border Switchboards seeks high levels of compliance across the industry

Border Switchboards Director, Brennan Jenvey, says Standards compliance is key to switchboard safety

Regional NSW switchboard powerhouse, Border Switchboards Sheetmetal & Powdercoating (BSSP), is advocating for an industry-wide leveling of the playing field by raising Standards to even higher levels. Based in Albury, right near the border between NSW and Victoria, BSSP has grown over the past seven years from five to 40 employees, and has now moved … Read more

CleanTech Controls bridges the gap between clean energy and the grid with quality, safety, and expertise

CleanTech Controls Managing Director, Steve Bell, with a 22kV switchboard designed to be used with a large clean energy project

An Australian switchboard manufacturer specialising in sites with renewables and clean energy is expanding its ranges and capabilities to meet rising demand for batteries, electric vehicle (EV) charging, and microgrids. In addition to manufacturing switchboards for sites with renewables, CleanTech Controls, headquartered in Tempe NSW, also provides protection testing, site and factory acceptance testing, and … Read more

Spread our safety and Standards message further along the supply chain, says NESMA Stalwart Chris of Van Wyk Electric

Standards and safety compliance are crucial in switchboard production, none more so than the technology produced for Van Wyk Electric electrical contractors and switchboard manufacturers for mining services and industrial processing applications. Pictured is a Van Wyk Electric board during factory acceptance testing.

Chris Van Der Kooi of Van Wyk Electric, sees an expanding need to communicate about changing switchboard requirements not only to their manufacturers, but also to contractors, consultants, specifiers, and end-customers. “There is so much change going on in our industry as the grid adapts to new Standards and the onrush of green energy, that … Read more

Switchboard Standards and mental health: key takeaways from NESMA’s 20th annual conference

With informative presentations, updates on the future, and a focus on safety, the 20th annual NESMA conference offered members a chance to discuss a buoyant industry. Held on Saturday 21st October at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, the conference was well attended, with more than 50 NESMA members attending the meeting, and more than … Read more

Being intelligently different helps Controlling Power master its destiny

Controlling Power’s team at its 1000 sq m modern factory at Somersby on the NSW central coast, where Scott (far left) works with his people to maintain a strong and productive work-life balance, including a four-day week

A champion of high standards and Australian manufacturing of low voltage switchboards, Scott Emerson, is leading by example when he prepares for the big opportunities ahead that will give local producers scope to extend their lead over imported product.  “We are all very fortunate to be in an industry that will be in demand for … Read more