Plugged into Super Cheap: GCBEA July

Written on the 1 December 2010

JULY 2010

An innovative user-friendly design has secured KT Cable Accessories a wholesale contract with Super Cheap Auto Group for its trailer plugs and adapters.


The Ormeau-based company has been wholesaling its auto electrical products since 1994 but really started making waves in the industry after developing trailer accessories with built-in LED circuit testers in 2006.

As part of a full product range overhaul, Super Cheap Auto is in the process of creating a ‘better and best’ option for its product range.

While it was the market-first products that initially caught the eye of the Brisbane-based publicly listed retail giant, the entire KT Cable’s trailer range will soon sold in the group’s 260 stores.

“While initially Super Cheap Auto was only interested in stocking our LED range, they had a look at our full range of products and could see that were far superior to what they currently sold,” says KT Cable’s general manager Adam Middleton.

“The built-in circuit tester basically tells you if a circuit is faulty, so the consumer can easily work out if a wiring problem is located on the vehicle or the trailer.

“And our range of round trailer plugs and sockets are built from a one-piece plastic mould that is not only far easier to wire-up, but there is no risk of the centre wiring being pulled out the plug body –a common problem with the standard round plug design.”

The company’s latest big seller is its trailer coil adapters which unlike other trailer adapter designs are length adjustable and include the LED technology.

Middleton says ‘tens of thousands’ of trailer accessories are being sent to Super Cheap Auto distribution centres but highlights the company’s goal to establish further export avenues.

“We currently export to the UK through an agent who wholesales our products to various retail stores,” he says.

“We are experiencing a lot of growth at the moment and would like to explore opportunities in other export markets, particularly the United States. We are also completing the designs for a new range of metal trailer plugs which we hope to get into the market in the near future.”

In 2007, KT Cables and Accessories were acquired by South Australia ASX-listed company AMA Group for $7 million.

In the half-yearly report for December 2009, AMA recorded an income of $2.7 million for ‘cables and accessories operations’ from a total $23 million half yearly turnover.

KT Cables and Accessories has taken out the Gold Coast Business Excellence retail, wholesale and distribution award this month. In 2006 it won the mayor’s innovation award for its LED products.

EMERGING BUSINESS
Sara Carrigan Cycling

FOUNDED by the Olympic gold medallist in 2009, Sarah Carrigan Cycling consists of various educational programs designed to instil bike confidence and safety at all levels of cycling.
Through teaching the necessary skills and techniques in a fun, friendly and social environment, Sarah Carrigan Cycling has achieved great success in a short timeframe to become the Coast’s premier cycling school.

Carrigan retired from professional cycling in 2008 after 13 years at the top of the sport. Her long list of cycling achievements include winning gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, being named Australian Female Road Cyclist of the Year three years in a row, and receiving the Order of Australia Medal in 2005.

FAMILY BUSINESS
John Henderson Real Estate

JOHN Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach has risen over the last 35 years to now employ 26 people, sell more than $100 million worth of properties a year
and manage more than 700 rental properties.

Established by John Henderson in 1973, five members of the family are actively involved in the business including sons Andrew and Luke at the helm.

The family is actively involved in various charities and community organisations, having in the past decade personally donated more than $300,000 to Coast surf clubs.
The company is also an ongoing partner of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

MANUFACTURING & CONSTRUCTION
AAC ID Solutions

AAC ID Solutions are Australia’s market leader in the niche identification solutions industry.

The Helensvale-based company specialises in supplying wristbands, lanyards, accessories and promotional products for anything from concerts, amusement parks and other major events, to hospital and children’s allergy identification wristbands.

Initially a subsidiary of project and risk managers Australian Amusements Consulting, AAC ID Solutions has grown to now supply products to Asia and Australia-wide.
The company accredits its success over the last 15 years to personalised service and efficient delivery processes.

MAYOR’S INNOVATION GC AWARD & ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AWARD
Technigro

THROUGH the introduction of pioneering innovations, Technigro has won large government and commercial contracts in the programmed management of sports turf, natural areas, parks and gardens and road networks.

Established in 1987, Technigro uses its experience to tailor services to the specific needs of different client groups.

The company works towards providing the best value outcomes that lower the net social, environmental and economic costs of urban vegetation management.

June 2010 marks the first time any company has won two Gold Coast Business Excellence Award categories in the same month. The award judges came to this deliberation to highlight just how huge an impact the company is having on vegetation management technology.

Technigro is also a finalist in the 2010 Telstra Queensland Business Awards.

TOURISM, HOSPITALITY & RECREATION
Timezone Funtasia

IN a city offering a plethora of visitor attractions, Timezone Funtasia stands out as a leader in tourism and family entertainment.

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise’s Cavill Mall and covering a massive 5000sqm, Timezone Funtasia is recognised as the largest indoor entertainment centre in Australia. Timezone is a division of Leisure & Allied Industries, established in 1958 – and the Gold Coast centre features more than 350 games and the latest cutting edge interactive attractions.

Non-Timezone standard products include 30 players Laser Skirmish, dodgems/bumper cars, 18-hole mini golf course, mad wave motion theatre and a six lane bowling alley.

TRADES, PROFESSIONS & SERVICES
Health Protect International

HEALTH Protect International (HPI) commenced as a mother and son operation in 2005 and has grown into a multiaward-winning Gold Coast business.

Providing a proprietary sanitising service to homes and commercial clients via a licensee, the company has a network of more than 120 operators throughout the Asia Pacific.

Managing director Nicson White came up with the concept after staying in ‘questionable’ accommodation as a teenager, but it was his entrepreneurial drive that transformed the idea into success.

He went on to co-found HPI after discovering a commercial mattress sanitation service hadn’t been commercialised elsewhere.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & MULTIMEDIA
Web Design Magic

BURLEIGH-based Web Design Magic has been designing and developing websites for more than 10 years.

Also servicing clients in Brisbane, Sydney and Townsville, the company provides professional, reliable and robust website design solutions to assist SMEs and large enterprises in achieving their online business objectives.

Web Design Magic has completed work for the federal and state governments, RSL Queensland, the RSPCA and as various capital cities’ entertainment and convention centres.

Founder and CEO Daren Hawes is also an experienced public speaker and has shared his expertise at many private and public functions on the Gold Coast.


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