FOR the past seven years, a Queensland business has taken on the world from a small assembly facility in north Brisbane.
After selling a milestone 50 container-handling machines within Australia and through distributors in Europe, South Africa and North America, Mobicon is now in consideration for a lucrative US Navy contract, and that could promise big dollars.
“It’s a pretty unique sort of container handling machine,” said Mobicon national sales manager Roger Vale, “so we only have limited competition globally.”
Their container-handling machine straddles the container box and then separates to lift it from both ends of any sized ISO container (see image).
Sales to date of their $290,000 machines have forced them to double their factory capacity, but they have so far managed to keep it entirely Australian designed, owned and managed.
“It’s accelerated over the last two years to the point where instead of building to order, we’re now starting to batch build in Brisbane and building two machines a month,” said Vale.
Mobicon is budgeting to manufacture 26 machines this year, with just four staff.
Every machine takes about 1200 hours of labour, and Vale said this is Brisbane-based labour.
The company’s success means they are hiring subcontract steel fabricators and vendors for hydraulic cylinders, electrics, hydraulic components and engines.