Business Armadale - Business of the month July 2012 Fullpower Electrics
FullPower Electrics, an electrical company established and owned by Henk and Peter Terpstra, is a WA based business providing services to the entire metropolitan area and south-west of the state.
The Armadale-based FullPower Electrics employs 20-plus staff and provides electrical services, temporary power supply to building sites and general electrical contracting. You could say electricity is in the blood of Henk and Peter, as the Terpstra family emigrated to WA from the Netherlands in 1951, with Steve Snr, Steve Jnr, Henk and Peter starting their own electrical business in 1995 in the undergrounds mains power and wall chasing industry.
The business was split a few years later, with father Steve retiring in 2008, Steve Jnr running his own Wall Chasing company and Henk and Peter continuing with FullPower Electrics.
FullPower Electrics specialises in “KNX–Automation” or so-called “smart wiring”, which allows a building or home owner to manage total electrical needs by connecting all electrical appliances together. These can range from power generated by solar panels to the kitchen kettle. Use of a weather station helps determine the most appropriate and efficient settings for a perfect “climate” inside the building. This saves the owner money on power bills, increases safety and adds to the occupier’s convenience and comfort.
Henk Terpstra travelled to Germany and France in 2009 for special studies and certification in the KNX European standard. He was the first in WA to achieve this certification, an innovative approach to prepare for the future of housing design and electrical usage. The KNX Standard is the only recognised “standard” in the world for smart wiring applications.
According to Henk and Peter, KNX-Automation is a more comprehensive system than similar Australian products, as it is the only one that can “talk” to over 150 different systems used around the world and achieve greater energy efficiencies. They believe that KNX and smart wiring will take off in the near future, as more people become aware of its capabilities and cost savings in an ever-increasing power environment.
The Terpstras’ vision for the future is simple: keep servicing the building industry and growing their business. They have picked up quite a bit more work and customers in the last 12 months and see the years ahead as very positive.