The son of a successful Sydney motor mechanic, Richard Tamba’s childhood was spent helping out in the workshop, paving the way for a stellar career as one of Australia’s most influential and innovative engineers.
After cutting his teeth in transmission control systems for Borg Warner Australia and global technical consultancy Ricardo, Tamba founded Nautitech – later re-named NTC Powertrain – in 1995. He rapidly grew the company’s international profile, culminating in 98 per cent of turnover coming from Europe, Asia and the United States, and establishing offices in all three continents.
"I want to help Australian companies be recognised for their achievements."
When Tamba sold his company to AVL in 2011, he joined them as Senior Vice-President, Passenger Car Transmissions, taking responsibility for strategy and growth for over 40 divisions globally, until earlier this year. Today, he focuses on the ASEAN region for AVL, their biggest strategic growth area.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) in 1998, Tamba is author of over 50 patents, and his adaptation of dual-clutch transmission (DCT) technology to passenger cars is now industry standard worldwide. Initially developed for Volkswagen, Tamba’s DCT technology is at the heart of the performance of some of the world’s best-known cars, including the Nissan GTR and the Bugatti Veyron.
It’s just one of the innovations that’s landed Tamba numerous industry accolades and seen him named in the Engineers Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers list for the last three years running. “I’m honoured to be receiving recognition for my achievements over the last 30 years in the mechanical engineering industry, specifically in the international automotive space,” he says.
Tamba is a passionate ambassador for Australian it in the world market and a strong advocate for education’s role in ensuring we have the local talent to drive innovation forward. He’s giving back by providing training and advice on a pro bono basis, advising start-ups and established companies and mentoring CEOs.
“I want to help Australian companies be recognised for their achievements and to benefit from their hard work and worldclass innovation in the global arena,” he adds.
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