The process from the ground to the customer – of Modern Power Solutions’ pop up power points. How we turn raw materials to a final product, then deliver them to our customers.
Step 1: Gathering the raw materials
MPS pop up power outlets are manufactured from 3 key materials:
– Aluminium [the structure/shell of the unit]
– Plastics [for the smaller components and power outlets]
– Copper [for the electrical cabling and internal wiring]
Further materials such as stainless steel [for the screws and springs], paints, rubber [for the insulation of the electrical cabling], and gold [for the USB charging computer chip] are used.
1.1 Bauxite Mining – for Aluminium production
Aluminium is mainly produced from bauxite and Australia being the largest producer of bauxite in the world, [with 74.9 million tonnes produced in 2011], provides the perfect location to source this high quality raw material for aluminium production. Both the Gove [Northern Territory] and Weipa [Queensland] deposits provide bauxite for our Aluminium shell in our pop up power points.
1. 2 The plastic components
Plastic is the 2nd most used material in our pop up power points. Plastic is provided to our factory in pellets, that are produced from raw materials such as cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and, of course, crude oil. Natural gas, coal and salt is sourced direct from Australia, while crude oil is sourced from the middle east.
1. 3 Copper
Copper is sourced directly from Australia, and is transported by sea to our factory for use in the electrical components for the pop up power point. This is because of its high electrical conductive capacity, and long life-span.
Step 2: Assembly
MPS pop up power points are assembled in Ningbo, China. Ningbo is know for its specialisation in manufacturing of electrical power products, hence being the best city in the world for this type of assembly.
2.1 Here all the key components of our pop up power points are glued, screwed and connected together to create the final product. Once each unit is complete, they move to another assembly line – where the testing begins. Each unit is plugged into a specialised pop up power point testing device, which tests all the internal circuits and USB components for their function.
2. 2 Once each unit has passed the test, they are moved on to a final product cleaning and packaging station where they are carefully placed in boxes – ready to be transported to our warehouse in Sydney. Any products with faults or issues, [which do not pass our tests] are placed in a different box which undergo examination and un-assembly. Any faulty parts are then binned and recycled.
Step 3: Transportation to Sydney
3.1 The boxes of the final product are loaded into a container. The container is transported by road to the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan [known to be the busiest port in the world in terms of cargo tonnage], then loaded onto a container ship. The container ship them delivers the container direct to port Botany [in Sydney] where it is then further moved to a warehouse near the area. This process generally takes up to 30 days.
3.2 All the boxes are unloaded from the container and brought to our Sydney warehouse where they are unloaded, checked, labelled and organised onto our warehouse shelves.
Step 4: Shipment to customers
4. 1 Everyday as we receive orders from customers, our warehouse team grabs the products accordingly, and sticks the postage labels onto each of the items. Before 1pm each day, all outgoing products are then taken to an Australia Post outlet where they are sorted and sent throughout Australia and internationally to our customers.
4.2 Customers receive their products within 5 days of ordering [unless otherwise specified] and have them delivered straight to their door, or PO box.