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 thought; “there must be a better way of loading containers than this”
That realization 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. He understood the needs of logistics companies and how they handled, loaded and unloaded containers. He also shared their frustrations.
Tom knew that things had to change and that he could lead the way: “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 able to understand the requirements, Tom knew he could find a better, cheaper and more efficient way.
Tom started Mobicon Systems in 1994. There was no money for development so he spoke to contacts and family who became investors as well as a couple of local companies who agreed to donate their time and skills. It was a big leap of faith, as they would only be paid if the first Mobicon sold.
From here, Tom started as a one-man show designing and building the first Mobicon. Thankfully, he was able to call on his network for help and 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 recalls driving to the opera with his wife one night and having a “light bulb moment” where the solutions came to him, 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.
Once the machine was ready, Tom spoke to contacts from his days at F&H Handling about trialing the machine in their yard. They agreed to give it a try. After 2 weeks they were so pleased with what it could do they didn’t want to let it go. They bought the machine there and then. 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 from a manufacturing and assembly plant based in Brisbane.
The first international model was 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.
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