Commercial business news stories in City of Salisbury

Technology Park- Smart, Growing and Global

Codan Premises at Technology Park 2Technology Park’s reputation as Adelaide’s premier business location for knowledge intensive firms has been further cemented with a raft of activity over the past six months.

“Technology Park is home to more than 80 businesses, and recent expansions and relocations will make a significant contribution to the ongoing value and synergies that come from like businesses co-locating,” said Mayor Gillian Aldridge.

“These businesses have University of South Australia expertise at their doorstep with the new multi-million dollar Future Industries Institute, which focuses on building knowledge and capacity in core future industries. It provides business real scope to leverage these research capabilities to address real world issues.”

Codan recently centralised its Adelaide operations to Technology Park bringing over 250 staff. Codan exports to more than 150 countries with leading-edge technology solutions that solve customers’ communications, safety, security and productivity problems in some of the harshest environments on Earth.

Managing Director and CEO Donald McGurk said Codan’s new premises underwent significant redevelopment and a refit “bringing a campus-feel to the workplace”. “It has been designed to foster a culture of collaboration and interaction by being predominately open-planned, with minimal offices and extensive break-out and meeting spaces,” he said.

The choice to relocate to Technology Park was a simple one for Codan, said Matthew Csortan, Executive of Operations. “Technology Park is the premier technology precinct in Adelaide and Codan establishing its global base of operations here puts us amongst other like-minded hi-tech and defence organisations, which will benefit both business and the community as well as supporting economic growth in the northern suburbs”.

Other recent expansions and relocations include:

  • Speedcast purchased and expanded facilities to provide teleport and satellite capabilities to service providers and the natural resources and government sectors. This recent acquisition accounted for a growth in staff and the construction of multiple on-site satellite dishes.
  • Ellex has signed a conditional contract to buy an office building of some 4,500 square metres, which will become the headquarters of this ASX listed company. They design and make ophthalmic lasers and ultrasounds to treat eye disease. This move will bring over 150 staff with plans to grow significantly to meet increasing export demands.
  • In November combat system manufacturers Lockheed Martin Australia opened their new facility, which integrates the best sensors, sonar, radar, navigation, imagery systems and weapons for Australia’s future submarine combat systems.
  • Global aerospace giant Boeing established their first ever South Australian headquarters at Innovation House at Technology Park to prepare for eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft at the RAAF Edinburgh Base.
  • Defence firm CEA Technologies is expanding from its current location in Technology Park to a new purpose built two storey office plus separate workshop.

 

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$10 Million to grow small business and create jobs in the north

Guidelines released today outline how the $10 million Small Business Development Fund will support small businesses to grow and create multiple, ongoing jobs in northern Adelaide.

An initiative under the State Government’s Northern Economic Plan, the Fund will provide small businesses with financial support through two Grant programs, over three years.

A total of $4 million in Start-Up Business Grants worth up to $20,000 will assist entrepreneurship and new business establishment, while $6 million in Business Expansion Grants worth between $10,000 and $100,000 will support activities that grow small, established businesses.

The Grants are exclusively for businesses based in the local government areas of Playford, Salisbury and Port Adelaide Enfield. Applications open on July 1.

Background

The Small Business Development Fund is an initiative under the Northern Economic Plan, which has been developed by the State Government in partnership with the Playford, Salisbury, and Port Adelaide Enfield Councils, along with industries, businesses, and the community.

The Northern Economic Plan is a blueprint for a prosperous northern Adelaide, focused on creating jobs and empowering local communities. More information about the Northern Economic Plan is available at www.looknorth.com.au

The guidelines can be found here.

 

 

Major Works underway at Mawson Lakes

Capitial Mawson LakesHave you noticed the earthmovers and excavators hard at work on Capital Street in Mawson Lakes?

Mayor Gillian Aldridge this morning ‘turned the soil’ to mark the commencement of work on the $45 million Mawson Lakes Central Plaza development.

The project – by Hot Property Group and Romeo’s Retail Group – will comprise a 4,000m² retail complex with a large supermarket set to house Romeo’s New Foodland Supermarket and 11 speciality stores, along with 82 modern townhouses and common area facilities that will accommodate up to 217 local, international and interstate students.

Pictured from left are Valentino Fuda (Hot Property Group), Mayor Aldridge, Tony Pullino (Hot Property Group), and Anthony and Paul Romeo (Romeo’s Retail Group).

Parafield Airport precinct to host 40ha Food Park

A 40-HECTARE food manufacturing hub will be established at the Parafield Airport precinct will bring together the packaging, distribution and transport of food products.

With Premier Jay Weatherill revealing the Parafield Airport precinct had been chosen from eight potential sites. The Government has allocated $2 million over two years to planning the food hub. “By co-locating and even sharing certain utilities creating cost competitiveness and driving efficiencies,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer of Food SA, Catherine Barnett, said today’s announcement was welcomed by the industry.

“The proposed Food Park is a great step for the South Australian food industry to encourage world’s best practice, collaboration and the opportunity to reduce manufacturing costs through new, efficient facilities and shared services,” she said.

“The South Australian food industry is very well networked and a hub, such as a Food Park, will continue to bring the industry together and will benefit those inside the precinct and other industry players who will want to use the facilities.”

Managing Director of Parafield Airport Limited Mark Young said the Food Park would further utilise airport land, extending the organisation’s portfolio of activities.

“Parafield Airport is located very close to food processing and manufacturing businesses and major food distribution centres in northern Adelaide, with close links to road, rail, air and heavy vehicle infrastructure,” he said.

The 40ha is based on south west corner of Parafield Airport and according to Parafield Airport Ltd Managing Director Mark Young the site was “development-ready and appropriately zoned as set out in the Parafield Airport Master Plan”.

In addition to the synergies that you get when you co-located like businesses together locating the Food Park at Parafield Airport will provide food business a number of compelling advantages including:

  • Centrality to a broad regional and metropolitan labour market
  • Limited residential interface, but close proximity to the amenities of Mawson Lakes
  • Synergies with the University of South Australia’s adjoining campus and nearby Technology Park
  • Access to low cost Salisbury Water which can be brought up to food grade quality to provide water supplies lower than SA Water
  • Locating at Parafield Airport also has a strong visual frontage to the community which is ideal for branding but also creates exciting potential for factory outlets with the vicinity. (Elder Smith 28,000 per day* Main North Rd 56,300 per day* – Average Daily Traffic Estimates (DPTI May 15)
  • Access to public transport including the train transport via City the Gawler line at Mawson Lakes, plus public bus routes on Main North Rd and Salisbury Highway.
  • Centrality to distribution centres including Aldi (Regency Park), Woolworths (Gepps Cross), Coles (Edinburgh Parks) a planned $65 million distribution centre at Salisbury South, Costco (Kilburn) and Adelaide Produce Market (Pooraka) with streamlined road access.
  • Excellent transport links facilitating quick access to the Port of Adelaide, airports and intermodal terminals. Direct connection to the National Highway to service interstate markets.
  • Proximity to major transport and cold storage companies including Gilbert’s Transport Service, Toll, Swire Cold Storage, Border Express, Auscold Logistics, Rapid Haulage and Scott’s Transport

The Salisbury Council understands that food processing provides a significant opportunity to create new jobs.  Over 1,600 people in Salisbury are already employed in this sector with 50% jobs growth between 2006-2011.  This level of growth reflects the vote of confidence food processors have given to Salisbury as their location of choice.  The Food Park will help maintain this growth which is critical to soften the effects of the declining automotive industry and to provide alternative manufacturing jobs for those displaced.

Parafield Airport Limited and the State Government are working collaboratively to undertake detailed concept design, planning and investigations. If you would like receive to further information regarding the Food Park Initiative, visit http://pir.sa.gov.au/foodpark and complete the registration form.

More details on the City of Salisbury as place to grow your food business see:

Food and Beverage Sector Profile

Logistics Sector Profile

City of Salisbury Investment Prospectus

Here why Bickford’s choose Salisbury relocate and expand their business in Salisbury.

Parabanks Shopping Centre set for $18 million expansion at Salisbury

Parabanks- Shopping Centre-Salisbury-ExpansionParabanks Shopping Centre has received approval to expand its site. The new plans will cost about $18 million to complete.

They will include about nine new shops, an expansion of the north-eastern entry, new toilets and a carpark upgrade. Coles Supermarket will move into the Harris Scarfe shopfront, which will be expanded to include additional floor space and a loading dock. Upgrades to the façade will bring an exciting and news look and will bring positive flow on effects for the surrounding businesses but also bring about some new tenancies and a greater variety for shoppers.

This expansion continues to build on the Salisbury City Centre reputation as key activity centre in northern Adelaide.

About the Salisbury City Centre
Located centrally, Salisbury is the ideal location from which to provide services to the rapidly growing northern Adelaide region. Well serviced by public transport and supporting a cluster of complementary services such as community centres, local government services and Centrelink. With a range of office accommodation and public amenity to be the perfect fit for your business.

Investment opportunities
The City of Salisbury has developed a road map for creating a revitalised City Centre. This involves exciting investment opportunities which the council is committed to facilitating. There is significant opportunity for people seeking to invest in residential and commercial developments. Council stands ready to partner with businesses, developers and investors to grow Salisbury City Centre’s next era of success.

More information
www.salisburycitycentre.com.au
Download: Salisbury City Centre Investment Overview

Innovative Small Businesses Collect Prestigious Industry Awards

Xped-iAwards-Mawson LakesTwo small Salisbury-based businesses have been recognised for their development of innovative products at several recent awards.

XPed, based at Mawson Lakes, won the Research and Development category in the South Australian section of the prestigious iAwards.

The iAwards honours companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation and recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators.

XPed was recognised for its ADRC Platform, a revolutionary technology that allows anyone using their smartphone to connect, monitor and control electronic devices and appliances found in our everyday environment. ADRC has the capability to standardise the way we interact with the thousands of devices and appliances around us.

Salisbury South firm, K-Tig, won the Innovator Award at the DTC Defence Industry Awards.

The awards, organised annually by the Defence Teaming Centre, are the peak industry event and play a critical role in identifying and acknowledging the contribution of leading companies within the defence community.

K-TIG has developed an ultra-high-speed, full penetration welding technology that welds up to 100 times faster than conventional welding in materials up to 16mm in thickness – in one pass.

“It’s tremendous to be acknowledged by the defence industry as a leading innovator” said Belinda Latz, K-TIG Operations Manager who accepted the award. “Innovation is literally at the core of what we do, and this award comes at a very exciting time in the development of our company and technology”.

Codan centralises to Technology Park, Mawson Lakes

Codan_logo-Technology Park-AdelaideCodan Limited (ASX:CDA) has announced that the company will centralise its Adelaide operations to the Technology Park Adelaide precinct at Mawson Lakes bring over 250 staff.
Codan provides robust and leading-edge technology solutions that solve customers’ communication, safety, security and productivity problems. Their customers include United Nations organisations, mining companies, security and military groups, government departments, major corporates as well as individual consumers and artisanal miners.

Technology Park is home to over 80 businesses including the likes of Saab Technologies, Tindo Solar, Optus, Topon, Lockheed Martin, Kongsberg Protech Systems, CSC and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia.In making the descion to move to Mawson Lakes, Codan CEO, Donald McGurk, said “We currently operate out of two locations in Adelaide which are owned by Codan. Consolidating these offices into one location and selling our surplus properties will result in increased efficiencies, cost synergies and a stronger balance sheet”.

“After 40 years at the same facility, either we had to redevelop the site at very substantial cost or relocate. The move follows an extensive review of all of our options. The redeveloped leased premises will provide great facilities for our staff and represents a long term commitment to the electronics industry in South Australia.”

Codan has entered into a long term lease of a refurbished building owned by Renewal SA. It will be home to over 250 Codan and Minelab staff. The building will also house Codan’s advanced manufacturing technology centre, which includes over 150 specialised engineering and research staff and all corporate functions. It will also include extensive training and product demonstration facilities showcasing our leading-edge products to a global customer base.

Technology Park Adelaide

Technology Park is home to over 80 businesses including the likes of Saab Technologies, Tindo Solar, Optus, Topon, Lockheed Martin, Kongsberg Protech Systems, CSC and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia. Commercial land within Technology Park Adelaide is available for immediate development. Benefits of locating within Technology Park Adelaide include the synergies that are created from the co-location of over 85 companies in defence, electronics and communication sectors. It is close to Mawson Lakes Town Centre, the University of South Australia and public transport.
www.techpark.sa.gov.au

 

 

Boeing opens SA Headquarters in Mawson Lakes

P-8A_Poseidon-Edinburgh ParksGlobal aerospace giant Boeing has opened its first South Australian office in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes. This provides a strong indication that key international primes have confidence in the state’s defence sector.
The Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith attended the opening of the new Boeing office – in Technology Park at Mawson Lakes today – alongside Boeing Defence Australia’s vice president and managing director, Mr Kim Gillis.

“Boeing is setting up in Adelaide to prepare for the arrival of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft at the RAAF Edinburgh Base,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.

“The first P-8A is due to fly into Edinburgh in early 2017. Their arrival will cement South Australia’s position as the nation’s centre of airborne maritime surveillance capability.

“These aircraft have been designed to undertake broad-area intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions around the world.

“A militarised version of the proven commercial 737 passenger aircraft, the P-8A will carry complex and sensitive sensors, communications system and weapons, including torpedoes and missiles.

“Boeing has established its Adelaide office to ensure flight and maintenance crews are ready to work in and on the P-8A aircraft,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.

“While they are starting small, the Boeing-led P-8A Training team will grow over the coming years as activity on the base ramps up.

“Boeing also supports the Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft’s electronic warfare systems as well as the communications systems on the Collins Class submarines, from Adelaide.

At Technology Park, Boeing can keep abreast of the defence-related activity across northern Adelaide – a region that continues to provide a very large proportion of the defence industry activity in Australia. Boeing joins othe major defence companies at Technology Park, Mawson Lakes such as Lockheed Martin, Kongsberg Protech Systems, Saab Technologies Australia, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia and Codan who is in the process of relocating their Headquarters to the Park.

Defence plays an important pillar of the state’s economy, employing 27,000 South Australians (direct and indirect) and contributing about $2 billion to our economy each year.

Holco becomes NT’s largest dedicated meat supplier

Holco-Cavan-MeatCavan based meat company Holco will spend $5 million upgrading its Darwin cold storage and distribution centre to better serve Northern Territory consumers. The demands from the mining sector and US defence personnel will justify the company’s multi-million dollar meat storage expansion.

This expansion will help Holco become the Northern Territory’s largest dedicated meat supplier, providing fresh beef, chicken, lamb, pork, seafood, kangaroo and crocodile to consumers throughout the territory.

This expansion will increase storage capacity by 400 per cent to 500 tonnes of meat. It’s expected this will position Holco well from further growth opportunities including export markets into South East Asia. Holco success nationally has seen them grow from $120 million turnover business five years ago to over $200 million.

This success build on their recent partnership with Thomas Foods.

2014: A list of promising opportunities for business

Aworkforces reported by AdelaideNow the City of Salisbury is well placed to cope with the closure of Holden thanks in part to more than $130 million in planned developments.

With development applications totalling nearly $138 million received in the past six months. Plus a $147 million worth of applications were approved in 2012/13 financial year.

Due to be completed this year include $20 million worth of apartment buildings in Mawson Lakes and a $6.9 million expansion of Coca-Cola’s distribution centre on Cross Keys Rd.

Other strengths in the City include:

  • a 50 per cent jobs increase in the food and beverage industry over the past seven years and further spending forecast in defence, retail and real estate were good signs for the district.
  • the defence sector has the capability to undertake future projects – such as building Air Warfare Destroyers – if project funding from the Federal Government is forthcoming.
  • The Healthcare and social services are also showing grow on the back of the district’s ageing population, he said.

According to the City of Salisbury spokesperson “there is strong interest in retail investment with an integrated lifestyle, retail and leisure centre on Kings Road (opposite Parafield Airport) potentially generating 1550 jobs upon completion, with more than 400 short-term jobs created during construction,” the spokesman said.

“There is also a proposal for a $20 million retail precinct on Saints Road, and Aldi is likely to locate retail outlets in northern Adelaide as part of its expansion into South Australia.

“Transport, logistics and warehousing saw some significant completions and approvals in 2013, while mining services firms are expected to continue growing, despite capital investment in Australian mining projects declining.”

About 2280 development applications were lodged with the council in 2013, up on the 2134 lodged the year before.

City of Salisbury said some of the economic highlights in 2013 included:

  • Global luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton buying a 49 per cent stake in RM Williams, which has a factory outlet in Salisbury;
  • The Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Manufacturing spending $59 million on laboratories at Uni SA’s Mawson Lakes campus;
  • Mining firm Liebherr-Australia spending $65 million on an expansion of its Para Hills West operation, which is expected to be completed in mid-2014 and create more than 100 jobs, and;
  • BAE Systems building a $20 million titanium manufacturing facility to make Joint Strike Fighter tail parts.

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Benson Radiology in the running for international design award

Salisbury (front facade at night)Benson Radiology’s Salisbury branch has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2013. The project by Tridente Architects is among projects from more than 50 countries that have been shortlisted for the Festival – the world’s biggest architectural awards program. Winners will be announced in Singapore in October.

Congratulations to Tridente Architects, who have also been commended for the Benson Radiology Salisbury branch at the 2013 South Australian Architecture Awards.

 

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New $7mill Fire Station to meet growing demands

009763-salisbury-fire-stationA $7 million Fire Station is planned for Salisbury East to cut response times and to meet growing demands within the northern Adelaide area.

The Fire Station will be built at the corner of Main North Rd and The Grove Way, Salisbury East. Its design is planned to be big enough to house four fire trucks, sixteen bedrooms, kitchen and gym.

If approved included in the plans is new traffic system to be installed at the intersection near the new station to allow quick exits for fire trucks.

See AdelaideNow for more details.