RCT’s commitment to develop cutting edge technology and manufacture high-quality products locally were on full display for the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia who visited the company’s head office in Perth last week.
The Governor toured RCT’s Kewdale workshops, manufacturing facility and training rooms and was pleased to see highly-talented local people employed to design, develop, manufacture and deploy proprietary products for clients around the world.
RCT’s Executive Director & CEO Brett White, Executive Chairman & Founder Bob Muirhead and Head of Global Operations Dave Holman led the Governor through RCT’s facilities, which have now grown to 230 fully-committed employees worldwide producing automation solutions, protection products, information systems and electrical parts for the mining and industrial sectors.
The only known company of its kind based on its unique business model, RCT maintains its status as the global market leader in its field. Mr White explained it was a great privilege to show the Governor, a proud successful Australian company manufacturing products in Western Australia.
The Governor was impressed with RCT’s strong investment into Research and Development – a significant factor why RCT has always been able to stay at the forefront of the technology curve.
“RCT are always innovating and changing its technology to suit the ever-evolving mining industry, and we’re even looking to expand into the agriculture, defence and construction sectors,” said Mr White.
“When it comes to automation and artificial intelligence, WA is equal to or ahead of the rest of the world in this field. I see the evidence of this frequently when I visit companies throughout the state. RCT is a shining example of WA best practice,” the Governor said.
“RCT has pioneered mining technology for 50 years, with almost every mine site in Australia believed to have some of RCT’s products. It’s great to support businesses that increase WA’s domestic capabilities.”
“From humble beginnings in Kalgoorlie, RCT's footprint now covers ‘all corners’ of the globe including offices in the United States, Canada, Chile, Russia and South Africa.”
While visiting one of RCT’s workshops, locally employed engineers were building a ControlMaster® Automation Centre which enables machine operators to manage mining equipment from a secure location on the mine’s surface.
Mr Holman said the Automation Centre enables operators to manage diverse mining equipment such as water carts, rockbreakers and underground loaders in a way that major Original Equipment Manufacturers cannot, and RCT has yet to come across a machine we could not automate.
RCT would like to thank the Governor and his staff for taking time out of their busy schedules to tour our facilities and observe how RCT stayed fully operational to help the economy withstand and recover from the impact of COVID-19.