Mr A. F. Bambach
1936 Bambach Wire and Cable was Established
In 1932 Anthony Francis Bambach, an electrician by trade, joined Liverpool Electric Cable Co of the UK as a sales representative following his stint installing switch gear for the trains crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The next 4 years saw a large increase in demand for cables related to rapid growth of radio manufacturing but the lead times from England meant sales often went begging.
In his typical “can do” attitude A.F. Bambach set about solving it. The company had ample supply of VIR single cores so he worked out a way to make multi-cores and did so using the company’s premises at a weekend. He had previously arranged with a local boot lace manufacturer that it would cotton braid these multi-cores in colours required and thereby satisfied his customers’ needs. This was very successful.
However repeated suggestions to management that the company should set up its own small manufacturing plant were turned down so that in 1936 he set up on his own with the good will of the manager, Mr Alan Maugham.
1939 saw the delivery of a small buncher for Litz wire. This was the start of manufacturing with less primitive but imaginative means of the previous methods.This machine was much copied during the war as the cables produced were particularly well suited for high frequency installations such as radar. During this period fine wire braiding machines were installed for both over braid and flat battery strap.
Sales/Admin plus factory were set up in Stanmore in Sydney's inner west.The product range now included silk covered enameled wires, paper and cotton covered conductors and strip.
1939 - 1945
Bambach supported Allied Forces "behind-the-scenes" in WWII
17 November, 1945
The arrival of Peace and the ensuing conclusion of United States Army activities in Australia make this a fitting time to express our thanks to those who have shared with us the strain of that "behind-the-scenes" work which is so necessary in military operations and which, more often than not, goes unrecognized.
The United States Army is cognizant of and appreciates fully the services which have been rendered by you during the past trying years. Not only the actual concrete results from your production lines, but also your co-operation and willingness to assist the United States Army, have in no small measurecontributed towards the cessation of hostilities at this time.
I would like to convey to you and your staff our thanks for the help you have given in the many phases of supply, construction, and service, and to acknowledge that without such help, the task of the United States Forces in Australia of maintaining supply lines to Allied Forces in the Pacific would have been practically an impossibility.
Brigadier General U.S.Army,
Bambach factory moves to Narabeen NSW
1947: Factory moved to Narrabeen, NSW, in order to accommodate the growing demand. A fine wire drawing machine was made from drawings only to be followed shortly for imported machines for standard sizes as well several Cook bunchers for bare and insulated wire.
Mary Bambach helps her father in his home workshop
1950: From the early 1950s Mary Bambach worked in her father's home workshop where she set up metal saws to produce cut lengths for machines that Mr Bambach was building to his own designs.
Mary Bambach appointed a director
1967: Mary held the directorship until the sale of the business in 2012. Although this was her first formal position Mary had from the early 1950’s worked in her father’s home workshop where she set up metal saws to produce cut lengths for machines A.F. Bambach was building to his own designs. From this beginning the cable manufacturing process, the machinery and people became a constant source of fascination for Mary so that in 1985 she joined the company as an executive director and formalized the OH&S and HR functions so that they became a source of pride for the company and ensured that it stayed that way until her retirement in 2012.
Bambach consolidates operations under one roof
1980: Sales, administration and manufacturing were brought together in one place at 752 Old Pittwater Brookvale. New products included specialized cables for the Mining Industry. It also saw a growth in the ability to work with customers to develop cables for their specific use, often on a non repeat basis, where time and quantities were important, in other words competing strongly with imports.
Bill Gale joins the team
1984: Mary’s husband Bill Gale, a graduate engineer, joined the company to support the then General Manager who was unfortunately unwell. Bill’s input was to continue the drive of product and machinery development that was already underway to become an ongoing way of doing business.
Bambach becomes QA endorsed
1986: The company became a fully QA endorsed company and thereby one of the first 500 to be so qualified in Australia.
Bambach move to 102 Old Pitwatter Road Brookvale
1996: The innovations mentioned meant that the 50% of sales were now import replacement so a move was made to 102 Old Pittwater Road where the layout was more efficient.
By this time products involved a wide stock of standard cables plus unique items for manufacturers as diverse as mining, defence, transformers, rail systems, communications, waste water treatment, electricity supply and airport lighting.
Product range is expanded
2012: The intervening years have seen improvements in the latest equipment such as extruders, drum twisters and multi-wire and single wire drawing machines. These modern and efficient machines complement our specialised machines for braiding and covering (for screening) to allow us to offer a wide and diverse range of cables. This is supported by an expanded technical department and enhanced computer capability in planning and technical.
The product range now offers an even wider of products with polymers such as PVC, nylon, polyethylene, XLPE, polyurethane and LSZH for braided and unbraided cables, plain and paper covered copper rope plus over braids in cottons and glass. With that range comes the knowledge and expertise gained from manufacturing several thousand different constructions and the requisite technical capability to rely on.
Bambach is sold to Energy Technologies Pty Ltd
Energy Technologies Pty Ltd purchased Bambach Wire and Cables in July 2012.
Energy Technologies has had a continuous operation in the energy sector for over 15 years and have owned several companies fitting this profile.