VIKING POWER SYSTEMS…… A BRIEF HISTORY
internationally recognised generator set manufacturers. These included Onan Corporation (Later Onan/Cummins), Cummins Engine Company and Kohler Power Generation. For a lengthy period through the 1990’s we also managed and operated a fleet of portable “Musco Mobile Lighting” towers for the joint owners Musco Mobile (U.S.A.) and Nine Network Australia, with our company being the driving force behind making these unique lighting units available in the Australia Market.
For many years we also operated a large generator set rental fleet with most equipment designed and manufactured by Viking. The focus of our rental operation was the film and television industry although we also had a number of sets designed for the outdoor events industry. Our extensive motion picture credits during this period included well known movies such as “Mission Impossible 2”, “The Matrix” series and “Star Wars”. Al these films were shot in Australia with power generation equipment supplied by Viking.
enclosures and exhaust silencers.
THE VIKING TIMELINE
-1989- Commenced design and manufacturing of a specialized range of silenced generating sets for the film, TV & events industry
-1994- Established generator rental division for events, television and film productions in Australia with 4 truck mounted and 6 trailer mounted sets
-1995- A high point in production for Viking with 70% of film silenced generators exported to markets in South East Asia, North America and Japan.
-1997- To complement the company’s generating set range, commenced design & manufacture of industry specific portable electrical distribution boards & equipment
-2002- Viking’s Australian manufacturing operations sold to the international film equipment group Panavision Inc.
-2006- Viking’s Rental operations in Australia sold to the largest equipment rental company in the region, Coates Hire Pty Ltd.
-2006- Planning for new base in South East Asia that would allow the company to manufacture its existing and new product range at competitive pricing.
-2007- Viking’s manufacturing base in Sattahip, Thailand commenced production of acoustic enclosures for export
-2008- Our manufacturing was extended to include exhaust silencers as a complementary product to our enclosures
-2009- Commenced design and manufacturing of oil / gas industry generating sets and enclosures for the local Thai market
-2010- Design and prototyping for a new range of resistive load banks with PLC control systems
-2011- Our initial range of portable resistive load banks from 50 – 1000KW started production and export
-2014- Plans commenced for the construction of a larger purpose built factory for Viking’s manufacturing and administration
-2015- Viking’s new 1600 square meter factory commenced production with CAD/CAM design and manufacturing capabilities including laser cutting and in-house powder coating allowing complete control from design to finished product.
-2017- A new business partner for Viking Power Systems bringing extensive knowledge in factory management and lean manufacturing with the goal of increased productivity and improved product quality.
-2018- Sales and Engineering office opened in Sydney, Australia to support both the local and regional markets for Viking’s products.