Small box pow­er­ing front­line

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Kris­ten Booth Kris­[email protected]­news.com.au

A CALOUN­DRA-BASED com­pany is pow­er­ing the na­tion’s armed forces via a de­vice the size of a suit­case.

Eniquest has sold its 1000th field power dis­tri­bu­tion box (pic­tured right) to the Aus­tralian De­fence Force.

The boxes pro­vide elec­tri­cal power dis­tri­bu­tion to ADF per­son­nel while they are on the move and al­low op­er­a­tional sites of up to a square kilo­me­tre to be quickly con­nected to elec­tric­ity.

Owner, gen­eral man­ager and de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neer Don Pul­ver said the 1000 units had been pro­duced lo­cally since 2010 at a to­tal value of more than $3 mil­lion.

“From when we started to do this pro­ject, I never thought we would do 1000 units,” Mr Pul­ver said.

“I thought we might do 500 over the years but to get to 1000 is un­be­liev­able.

“Ob­vi­ously they think it’s a great piece of kit.

“To think we de­vel­oped the whole thing and now the army is lov­ing it, it’s amaz­ing.”

Mr Pul­ver said the small busi­ness of 10 em­ploy­ees was com­pet­ing on a world stage with peo­ple who ex­pected a world-class prod­uct. They re­cently signed an agree­ment to sup­ply the New Zealand Min­istry of De­fence for the next five years.

Eniquest spe­cialises in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of elec­tri­cal power gen­er­a­tion and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment with a fo­cus on sup­ply­ing high-end qual­ity and value to cus­tomers around the globe.

PHO­TOS: JOHN MCCUTCHEON/ CON­TRIB­UTED

COP AT TOP: Se­nior Con­sta­ble Pierre Senekal is Ro­tary Sun­shine Coast Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year. IN­SET: Po­lice Min­is­ter Mark Ryan, Pierre Senekal and Com­mis­sioner Ian Ste­wart.

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