Regional and remote Australia’s leading advisory and technical consultancy firm, CAT Projects, announced that from today the company will be trading as Ekistica. The new identity is reflected in a redesigned web site, www.ekistica.com.au.
Managing Director Lyndon Frearson says of the change, “Having reached our ten-year milestone with a swag of successful projects and satisfied clients, year-on-year growth, a great and growing team and ever-increasing investment in regional and remote infrastructure, we believed it was appropriate to rebrand the company to more deliberately reflect who we are and what we do.”
The company was established in 2007 as the commercial services arm of the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd, an Indigenous controlled not-for-profit corporation working creatively at the interface of technology and economy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Since that time, the company (Ekistica) has successfully delivered projects for clients that include state and national governments, intergovernmental agencies, power utilities, community service organisations, and large commercial and private investment firms across a range of domestic and international markets. Amongst these have been a number of ground-breaking, highly-awarded projects that challenged the status quo, such as the development of Australia’s first utility-scale solar PPA, and electrification programs in South Asia and the Pacific.
“Many of our more prominent projects are in the renewable energy sector,” says Mr Frearson, “but our underlying approach is what has allowed us to be innovative and successful across a broader range of infrastructure and technology projects.”
“We’re very excited about our new company name and identity,” says Dr Bruce Walker AM, chair of Ekistica’s board of directors. “Ekistica references the science of human settlement and speaks very clearly to our values of people, place and technology and the need to consider each of these elements in all the work our team does.”
“Changing our name allows us to more clearly differentiate ourselves as the experts in developing solutions to the complex challenges of remote area infrastructure development. We are still owned by the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd and our staff have not changed, but as Ekistica, we can more clearly communicate our strength as an independent, innovative provider of advisory, engineering design and project delivery services.”
“Further, with our influence and reach growing, we want to ensure there is a sound understanding within the market that neither Ekistica nor the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd have any connection or affiliation with Caterpillar Inc, the well-known global corporation that widely uses the name CAT. Our identity and branding is now clear and unique, providing the platform for our next exciting phase of growth.”
“Our vision,” says Mr Frearson, “is a world where location is not a barrier to good technical outcomes; where the appropriation of technology enables people, communities and businesses to reach their full potential.”
For more information about Ekistica, please visit www.ekistica.com.au.