Mobicon Systems Pty Ltd is privately owned and was established in 1994, when the Owner and Managing Director Tom Schults realised that there was a need for a more effective and economical way to handle containers in a low throughput environment.
While maintaining side loaders for clients in the early 1990s, Tom Schults had the thought; “there must be a better way of loading containers than this?” That thought triggered an interest in container handling.
With a background in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering for large fleets at multiple large transport companies, Tom was in a unique position, understanding the needs of these logistics companies in terms of how their containers were handled, loaded and unloaded.
At this point Tom asked himself; “in 20 years, will we still be doing this the way we’re doing it now? No? Well then it may as well be me who invents this something new”.
With the right knowledge, education, experience and background as well as being in the right spot to understand the requirements, Tom knew he could find a better, cheaper and more efficient way.
And so began the beginnings of an idea.
Tom started a new company, Mobicon Systems in 1994. There was no money for development so Tom spoke to contacts and family who became investors as well as a couple of local companies all who agreed to donate their time and skills and be paid if and when the first Mobicon was sold. From here, Tom started designing and building the first Mobicon as a one-man show. And his contacts at A&S Steel gave him permission to build the prototype on their property.
Unfortunately the first prototype didn’t steer, drive or brake properly. After mulling over the problems with no answer in sight, Tom still recalls driving to the opera with his wife one night and having a “light bulb moment” where the solutions came to him out of the blue, like all great creative moments are known to do.
What followed were many modifications and tests and the first finished model was ready for market in 1997. At this point Tom spoke to contacts from his days at F&H Handling about trialling the machine in their yard. They agreed, and after 2 weeks they were so pleased that they didn’t want to let it go. They bought the machine then and there and to date Tom recalls it as the easiest sale he ever made.
From that point Mobicon Systems moved from strength to strength providing solutions to the logistics industry all over Australia with the first international model sold into New Zealand in 2000, followed by South Africa in 2006. Now Mobicon Systems have machines in the UK, Japan, PNG, Angola, Mozambique and the USA.
Mobicon’s manufacturing and assembly plant is based in Brisbane, Australia, and supplies equipment to clients across the globe.
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