Amongst the winners of the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Western region awards, announced in Perth 1st September, is Tony Middleton of Advanced Engine Components Limited (AEC), a supplier of components and systems for natural gas engines and conversions. As winner of the Cleantech category, Middleton is now eligible to go on to compete in the national program for the title of 2010 Australian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year.
Accepting the role of Managing Director in 2003, Middleton rebuilt what was then an insolvent company to become a thriving ASX-listed exporter. The turnaround is testament to Middleton’s vision of natural gas vehicle technology as an environmental, economical and plentiful alternative fuel of choice.
The company supplies patented electronic fuel injection and engine management technologies around the world. Products are being used in China, Thailand, Indonesia and India, with 1,600 buses and trucks world wide and 4,000 more predicted for India by June 2011 and over 18,000 in 2013. It is also used in nearly 650 buses in Europe and Australia.
AEC is the sole supplier of natural gas technology and components for Renault engines to the leading French bus and coach manufacturer Irisbus. The system is also used on engines manufactured by German companies Mercedes-Benz and MAN, and converted Isuzu truck engines in Australia.
AEC technology is currently certified up to Euro IV. The company’s R&D team are working toward a Euro-V compliant system.