Standing the test of time

CAUSE TO CELEBRATE: The team at Wilson Transformer Company (WTC) in Wodonga. The company marks its 85th anniversary this year.
CAUSE TO CELEBRATE: The team at Wilson Transformer Company (WTC) in Wodonga. The company marks its 85th anniversary this year.

Wilson Transformer Company is this year celebrating a milestone - its 85th anniversary.

Established in 1933, WTC is still family owned and continues to build strong relationships with industry and the community.

General manager of the Distribution Transformer Business Unit Jon Retford said WTC had become a leading specialist in the delivery of transformer solutions, ensuring reliable supply of electricity to homes and industry.

“The company has experienced solid growth but it remains family-owned, and maintains the same values to invest in its people, technology, assets and processes,” Mr Retford said.

“WTC’s Distribution Transformer Business Unit, located in the heart of Wodonga, has always been at the forefront of innovations.

“It was involved in the Australian Solar Flagship projects, including Broken Hill and Nyngan solar farms – two of the largest solar sites in Australia.

“Its engineering teams continuously develop new features and/or products to improve reliability and efficiency of electricity networks.”

Products such as the Low Voltage Regulators, Open Skid Solar Substations, Kiosk Substations for energy storage projects and Padmount Substations for data centres are just a few of the solutions the business has developed.

“We know that we can make a difference in this marketplace,” Mr Retford said.

“Our team of design and manufacturing specialists develop products that help solve our customers’ energy problems.”

Early this year WTC partnered with the SMA Group, a German-based leading manufacturer of solar inverters, to launch the Power Skid Australia.

This is an innovative product for the booming Australian solar market.

The launch event took place on July 5 this year in Wodonga and it was attended by more than 80 guests, including key industry players as well as representatives from state and local governments.

WTC also actively supports the local community including the Solar Car Challenge, football clubs and local business groups.

The Albury Wodonga Solar Car Challenge, launched in 2004, is designed to assist secondary school students build relationships with local industry.

They work together to design and build remote controlled solar cars before racing them on a purpose built-track at WTC, with this year’s event to be held on October 19.

“Over its 85-year history, the company has seen many changes in the Australian energy market, but it remains faithful to smart innovations delivering quality solutions that stand the test of time,” Mr Retford said.