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Get to know our Australian team

Aug 22, 2022

Over 13,000 kilometres away from our production facilities in Europe, NKT Australia is running the cable accessories business for customers in Australia and New Zealand. Find out more about our sites in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and the challenges that our team Down Under faces in their daily business.

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Our Team

NKT Australia is spread across three locations: Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The team is comprised of predominantly technical personnel, with a strong background in electrical distribution and transmission experience in utility environments, and a combined industry experience adding up to over 200 years across our eight full-time staff.
Our headquarters in Melbourne is our Operations & Sales hub and this is where we hold our major warehouse with MV and HV Accessories stock. It is also base for the Managing Director of NKT Australia, Glenn Courts. Glenn along with Paul McNab, Regional Sales Manager, and Sue Faulkhead, Operations Manager, have been at the helm of NKT Australia since 2018.
Our Sydney location hosts Phil Murray, who has a wealth of industry experience across his 40+ year career. As well as being a Regional Sales Manager, Phil also looks after our Rail segment in conjunction with Elcowire.
Brisbane serves as our Technical & Training hub. The location is headed up by Paul McLean, Product & Installation Manager, who brings a wealth of experience from his 20+ years of cable jointing in the United Kingdom, as well as seven years experience in Engineering and Training. Mark Cugley (Cable Jointer), Lachlan Jamieson (Business Development Manager) and Haydn Millar (Project Engineer) are also part of the Brisbane office.
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Business & Challenges in Australia

Working in Australia whilst being part of a global cable manufacturer does come with challenges. Due to the distance from European based factories and elevated freight costs combined with competitive markets stemming from Asia, results in difficulties in the cable supply side of the business. Therefore, we focus on areas where can not only compete, but add significant value where others cannot. These areas include Accessory Sales, Service & Installation and Product Training. Being the only cable manufacturer to have its own service division is what distinguishes us from Australian competitiors. Our service division has been at the forefront of the renewable generation movement in Australia and we forecast a large potential for growth. This provides excellent opportunities, since the country has recently legislated emissions reductions targets in 2022, opening the door to further investment. For example, it provides boundless opportunities for large scale solar, wind and battery projects on the pathway to net zero by 2050. So far, NKT Australia has either supplied and/or installed up to 40% of large scale renewable projects and there has been a shift in focus from onshore wind to upcoming offshore opportunities.One of our recent achievements is the supply of cable accessories for the Port Augusta Wind Farm, one of the Southern Hemisphere's largest hybrid renewable power stations.
Our cable jointers live up to 250 days a year away from home, which is due to the large distances. There are also some unique site conditions, such as poor mobile coverage outside of major cities and temparatures exceeding 50 degrees celsius in the summer months.
Apart from new project installations, our service department also sets itself apart due to the local knowledge and expertise surrounding Low-Pressure Oil-Filled cable systems. Paul McLean, our local industry expert, has developed the business over the years to now be the main point of call for various electrical utilities based across Australia. We pride ourselves on our customer service culture foundations and foster a learnign and development-based environment both internally and externally. Both Paul McLean and Paul McNab double as our local product trainers and assessors. They frequently travel across Australia and New Zealand to provide product certification training and have certified over 50 professionals over 2021 and 2022 alone.
Glenn Courts
Head of Accessories Sales
Paul McLean
Regional Sales Manager Australia & New Zealand