‘We now offer our clients the complete engineering solution, including project management, consultancy, design, materials sourcing, development, testing, installation, commissioning and training.’ Peter Parlongo, Managing Director
Being rendered jobless when their employer got into financial difficulty in 2005, engineering workmates Peter Parlongo, Praveen Paul, Amir Tanady and Kieran Sadlier decided to keep their team together. KAPP Engineering is a boutique electrical engineering business specialising in the design and supply of the ‘computerised brain’ which controls complex industrial processes. Applications include water treatment, materials handling, manufacturing and mineral processing. While most of their competitors are chasing contracts with offshore oil rigs and mining companies, KAPP focuses on establishing long-term partnerships with clients in the neglected metropolitan market. Despite competing with the mining sector for suitably skilled staff, the business has expanded rapidly. Staff numbers have grown from four to 10, clients from two to 200 and turnover has increased ten-fold. After opening the business in a spare bedroom, they have had to purchase two offices buildings in Balcatta to keep up with demand.