Sprintex Limited on green and efficient engineering
Coffee with Samso Episode 92 with Jay Upton, Managing Director of Sprintex Limited (ASX: SIX) on renewable and clean energy technologies
This episode of Coffee with Samso is one that comes from a very different angle. Sprintex is associated with the most energy consuming and one of the least carbon saving industry. Most readers would agree that motor racing and the need to create speed in vehicles is one such industry.
Sprintex as a Green Engineering company designs and manufactures clean air compressors, is moving towards newer renewable and clean energy technologies for automotive and other industries.
And this is exactly what makes this story so fascinating - the engineering is actually very green. The application can be easily pivoted into the green space. Hydrogen vehicles (which I am very interested to learn more about) is the space that will benefit substantially as the Sprintex product will give it the added boost in power without creating more carbon.
Jay Upton, the Managing Director of Sprintex Limited (ASX: SIX) shares with us the company's history and its unique position in the EV Revolution that awaits investors of the company.
Jay also talks about the other industries that will take advantage of the technology and the size of markets that awaits them as the world moves towards low carbon emitting businesses.
00:00 - Introduction
00:52 - Jay Upton discusses the Sprintex product.
02:17 - The Clean Air Compressor Story
07:15 - The Story of Sprintex
09:51 - How does the Sprintex product work?
15:27 - Is Sprintex also in Waste Water Management?
22:32 - How does Sprintex keep the edge?
28:50 - Where are the opportunities for Sprintex?
30:37 - The beginnings of the Sprintex Industry
35:36 - Conclusion
About Jay Upton
Jay (Jude) Upton has a broad range of business managerial and technical engineering experience gained over a 20-year period working in the international automotive industry where he has amassed a network of international industry contacts. Prior to this, Jay gained a further 20 years’ experience in engineering management in the heavy mobile equipment sector and in both industrial and automotive high-performance engine engineering.
Jay was the Chief Technology Officer of the Company from 2011-2016 and he was the Technical Consultant in 2019. During this period, Jay was responsible for all technical development within the Company and is recognised as the inventor on two international supercharger patents assigned to the Company. In addition, during this period, he performed technical presentations to, and commercial negotiations with, vehicle manufacturers in ASEAN, China, Japan, USA, Europe and Australia. He also worked with the Managing Director on business strategies, corporate presentations and capital raisings.
From 2012 to 2017, Jay was employed at Proreka Sprintex (a 50% owned subsidiary of the Company) and was instrumental in both the selection of the location for Sprintex's offshore manufacturing and the establishment of Proreka Sprintex. Working closely with the CEO of AutoV (the Company’s Joint Venture partner and the other shareholder of Proreka Sprintex), Jay oversaw the selection and procurement of the manufacturing equipment and the building of the manufacturing facility in Malaysia.
As Director of Business Development of the Company from 2007 to 2011, Jay was responsible for the establishment and setup of Sprintex USA Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company) and acted as secretary of Sprintex USA Inc. for regulatory purposes.
He oversaw market development in the USA, Middle East, South Africa and China and was responsible for commercial agreements with OEMs, suppliers, distributors and dealers in multiple jurisdictions.
Prior to this, from 2004-2007, Jay was the General Manager of the Company at which time he was responsible for the initial setup of the operations and for day-to-day management of all operational and technical functions. From 2000-2004, Jay was the General Manager of the Automotive Division of Advanced Engine Components Limited (now known as Ookami Limited) where he carried out the day to day management of both Sprintex and Bullet Supercars (Qld), including overseeing emissions and full vehicle compliance of a high-performance sports car for Australian production.
Sprintex Limited (ASX:SIX) is an automotive engineering, research, product development and manufacturing company. It is is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of oil free twin screw compressors for automotive and clean-air industrial applications.
With origins in the UK, Sprintex Limited was incorporated in Australia in November 2003 and listed on the ASX in July 2008 (ASX SIX). The company is headquartered and operates an R&D facility in Perth Western Australia.
Sprintex designs and manufactures superchargers for use in a wide variety of combustion engines and is currently focused on the development and commercialisation of the Sprintex® twin screw supercharger, and supercharger systems incorporating the Sprintex® twin screw supercharger, in the automotive aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market in Australia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the United States of America.
The company operates a wholly owned subsidiary in Malaysia which forms its main manufacturing base, a wholly owned subsidiary in USA, primarily servicing the automotive aftermarket and has recently added a further wholly owned subsidiary in China, primarily to explore opportunities in the clean energy sector including hydrogen fuel cells, waste water recycling and other clean air industrial applications. The China facility will engage in R&D and manufacturing for electric drive compressors and controls for various applications. Sprintex Limited is quality assured to ISO 9001-2008, its Malaysia operations are certified to ISO 9001-2015 and operate under ISO 14001 environmental standard and TS16949 automotive component standard.
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