Roy Bird, the Managing Director of Glockemann Water Pumps Pty Ltd, first saw the Glockemann water pump working in the jungles of Papua New Guinea in 2009 where he had two retail shops, one in Goroka in the Highlands, and the other in Lae, the largest sea port in PNG.
He began importing the pumps from Australia and retailed them in the rural and remote areas of PNG. In 2012 Glockemann Peck Engineers who had produced the pump in Australia for 25 years, ceased their operations, thereby supply to PNG and other countries could not be realized.
On returning to Australia Roy Bird made contact with Ralph Glockemann the inventor of the pump. An agreement was brokered giving Roy permission to manufacture 30 units as a trial run. After several months of negotiations a manufacturer was found. Ralph and Roy traveled to China to inspect the new product and to see if the quality was of highest standard.
Subsequently, Glockemann Water Pumps Pty Ltd was formed on 6 January 2014, with ABN 13166428471. The directors of Glockemann Water Pumps Pty Ltd are Roy and Jean Bird.
On the 4 of June 2015 the Innovation Patent (Number 2015100766) covering the Glockemann 320 Water Pump was granted to the company. The Term of Patent is 8 years from 8 June 2015.
Since the humble days of receiving 30 pumps from China a further 200 pumps have been received or ordered.
Markets have been established in Australia’s farming sector and in Papua New Guinea where the pump is used in rural and remote areas to provides water for mine villages, communities and fish farming.
The pumps are also used around the world, including New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia, Canada and Alaska.
Roy believes the company will concentrate on building exports over the next five years. There is enormous potential in developing countries for this type of pump as it runs without electricity or fuel such as petrol and diesel are hard to come by and expensive for the local populations.
The Glockemann water pump is a water powered pressure pump that delivers stream water up to a storage tank. Powered only by the flowing water, it is robust and hard-wearing, and is ideal for rural and remote locations where a reliable water supply is nee