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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Mayne Pharma $25 million expansion to grow their US markets

Mayne Pharma pharmaceutical facility at Salisbury SouthBased at Salisbury South pharmaceutical company Mayne Pharma is investing $25 million in its manufacturing facility to support their significant export opportunities in the United States as highlighted by a story on AdelaideNow
Mayne Pharma is expanding by putting in new infrastructure and equipment in to its facility over the next 18 months.
Much of the spend is related to the production of its Doryx brand which is a treatment for acne in the US as Mayne last year suecured the marketing right for the brand in its biggest market.
Its expected this will fuel a growth in high-tech jobs which as already see a 25% growth in staff over the past two years to 200.
There will be high-tech jobs in the future at the site, which also houses its research and development centre, where the company innovates to improve older patents and formulations.
The Salisbury workforce has grown by 25 per cent in the past two years to 200 staff.
Their expansion plans includes

  • $10 million is going towards equipment, including a fluid bed dryer and sprayers, to add polymers or coatings to the drug that can control its release in the body.
  • $15 million is towards new tablet presses, high-sheer granulators and a tablet film coater which will be put into a new manufacturing rooms.
  • 600 square metres of new processing areas within the existing (12,000sq m) factory

The production faculties at Salisbury makes about 3 billion capsules and tablets, 100 metric tonnes of bulk product and 16 million units of liquids and creams of which 75% is exported to US. Other markets also include South Korea, Canada and some parts of Europe and Asia.

In SA, Mayne Pharma’s history stems from FH Faulding and Co and the company remains one of the largest and most prominent public companies headquartered in South Australia.

Mayne Pharma’s Website

$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.


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

The guidelines can be found here.



Bolt-on system to air-conditioner systems slashes power usage

IP Hybrid HVACSaving money and environment was the game at a local products launch at Para Hills last Thursday showcasing innovative products that can dramatically reduce power bills, while boosting their green credentials at the same time.

One of these products was the IP Hybrid HVAC fits to existing air-conditioner systems, boosting energy efficiency by up to 40% and slashing carbon emissions by a third. The product will be sold in South Australia by the Accumulus Energy Group. Owner and Founder Anup Reghaven said the technology’s simplicity makes it a genuine game-changer.

“It’s basically a car radiator, but for air-conditioners. It uses a by-product – water – to increase the efficiency,” he said.

The technology has been recognised at some of the most prestigious engineering and innovation awards in Australia, including the Nasscom Australia Innovation Award, which it won in 2013.

Other feature products at the launch included ThemoShield a thermal insulating coating for roofs which can reduce temperatures up to 45% and Solenergy showcasing their partnership with Solar Edge one of the main providers of the new Tesla Solar Battery Solutions.

With mercury rising this summer and with power bills for ever increasing appling energy efficient technologies can be fastest and most cost effective way to reduce costs in your business.

Osmoflo treatment of ground water enabling beer production


Water is always a major talking point in Adelaide, capital city of the driest state on the driest continent. Pro-active local industries often lead the way in adopting measures to conserve sometimes scarce drinking water supplies. Adelaide’s iconic Coopers Brewery is no exception to this cause and when planning its move to a substantially larger site actively sought out water saving measures including the replacement of mains water with ground water. Aware that the ground water source was slightly saline and would require treatment prior to use, Coopers’ management turned to Osmoflo which had already provided a small 200 kL/d reverse osmosis plant at the original Leabrook plant.

Osmoflo’s solution was to design a plant which met initial needs at the new brewery following its commissioning in 2001, but which could be easily upsized in line with future expansion. This occurred in 2007 when Osmoflo increased the capacity of its plant by 50% to 3ML/d Following pre-treatment to remove suspended solids the reverse osmosis plant reduces the salinity of the ground water from around 6,000mg/L TDS to 60mg/L. The concentrate or reject water from the desalination process is held in tanks and mixed with rainwater, making it suitable for the irrigation of a three hole golf course at the Regency Park site.

Coopers are achieving net savings by using ground water instead of mains water while the use of reject water in irrigation is also reducing effluent discharge costs. Osmoflo also offered its client a Build Own Operate arrangement whereby Osmoflo owns and operates the RO plant and the brewery is billed on consumption. Under this scheme, Osmoflo has the responsibility of providing water to the required standard, while Coopers can concentrate on what it does best – brewing beers of high quality.

Coopers Brewery Limited is the largest Australian-owned brewery, based in South Australia, brewing beer for over 150 years.

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Jumbo Vision awarded $1 million grant to open up exports in Europe and USA

CADWALK- Jumbo VisionJumbo Vision awarded $1 million commercialisation grant from the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme to open CADwalk Centers of Excellence in Europe and the US.

Space-critical room design for high-value assets like control rooms, has traditionally been a long-winded saga of meetings, design reviews and scale modeling. Australian company Jumbo Vision, long-time pioneers in integrating audiovisual, IT and VR technologies into turnkey technical rooms, is set to change all that.

Their 200 sqm CADwalk visualisation experience breaks down the barriers between idea and implementation by allowing stakeholders to physically walk through a life-sized virtual projection of their control room as it takes shape. This unique “holodeck”-like approach results in a much faster journey from concept to construction – typically shaving months from the usual process, according to Jumbo Vision.

Jumbo Vision currently operates a CADwalk in Adelaide, to service the domestic market and is poised to open a second Australian CADwalk in Perth, servicing the Asia Pacific region by the end of November.

As an innovative leap forward in commercial room design, CADwalk was recently supported by the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme, which awarded Jumbo Vision $1 million in matching grant funds to support their global expansion through the establishment of CADwalk Centres of Excellence in both Europe and North America.

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative at the firm level under the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. Using Advisers and Facilitators drawn from industry, the primary focus is on providing access to the best advice and networks to improve competitiveness and productivity.

CADwalk has already been put through its paces in trial projects from both sides of the Tasman. Organizations that have benefited from the technology include Air Services Australia, Major Oil and Gas and Mining Companies, CSIRO, AGL, South East Water, Unison NZ and Transpower NZ.  As part of their expansion plans, Jumbo Vision will look beyond control rooms to other space-critical environments, such as data centers, shops and warehouses, offices, lean manufacturing, and even kitchen design.

In establishing CADwalk as a standalone business, Jumbo Vision will recruit an experienced business executive, to oversee its global expansion says Tom Shopland, “We have first mover advantage with this unique product, so having the funding for rapid expansion into key markets is significantly important.”

The successful grant application was the culmination of a four month project by the CADwalk team, said Mr Shopland, and included invaluable collaboration with the University of South Australia.

More information is available at the CADwalk website:

For further enquiries please contact:

Tom Shopland
Technology Coordinator, Jumbo Vision International
08 9353 6200

Lockheed Martin Australia building secret weapons laboratory in Mawson Lakes

A secret weapons laboratory is being built at Mawson Lakes with Technology Park as reported on AdelaideNow.

Combat system manufacturers Lockheed Martin Australia have today revealed construction on the “world-class” facility started in July and it should open in November, as the company gears up to work on submarines.

The news will bolster hopes of more work on the $50 billion Future Submarines project being done in South Australia.

Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand chief executive Raydon Gates said at the facility they would integrate “the best sensors, sonar, radar, navigation, imagery systems and weapons (to) give Australia’s future submarine the tactical advantage it needs”.

“A submarine’s combat system is essentially the eyes, ears and sword of the boat,” he said.

The laboratory will include simulations as well as hardware. Lockheed will work with SAAB and Thales to develop the submarine combat systems.

This investment in Mawson Lakes builds on the presence of knowledge intensive companies that choose to base themselves in Technology Park. Some of these include SAAB TopCon, Optus, Tindo Solar, Boeing, CSC, Daronmont plus Codan who will be relocating the Headquarters and their 300+ staff to a fully refurbished site at Second Avenue, Technology Park, Mawson Lakes.

Over $30 million of investments supported by $11million grants

Mayfield Switchroom UnloadingCity of Salisbury based companies Mayne Pharma, SA Structural, Ezy-Fit Hydraulics, Mayfield Engineering and BAE Systems Australia have all been successful in accessing $11 million in federal manufacturing grants to spur on by over $30 million in planned their planned investments.

These businesses have won these grants through the Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme on merit and will invest at least double the grant amount to grow their business. An example includes Mayne Pharma who is investing $11 million in three machinery equipment pieces from their $4 million grant, which will fuel their rapid export growth.

This is a strong indicator businesses have the confidence to invest and the ingenuity to create competitiveness strengths within their businesses. It also shows the how support from the government can stimulate a broad range of investments which will drive both jobs and investment in the manufacturing sector plus in majority of instances brings exports dollars back into our local community.

Successful Applicants

Applicant Organisation Grant amount supported Project Description
SA Structural Pty Ltd $1,261,140 Installation and commissioning of a state-of-the-art coping machine to cut steel using the dual thermal processes of high definition plasma, where extreme precision & quality finish is required.  This will replace a manual steel cutting process, and allow the company to diversify and expand its manufacturing capabilities and competitiveness.
Mayfield Industries Pty Ltd $1,414,981 Introduction of new plant and equipment, including the latest in Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM), and improvements to Enterprise Resource and Material Requirement Planning for the production of Switchboards and Transportable Switchrooms.
Mayne Pharma International Pty Ltd $4,000,000 Increase the existing capacity of the spray coating facility with the purchase of a new fluid bed spray coater, which will be used to apply coatings to medicine. Purchase of three key pieces of machinery: Spray coating equipment including fluid bed, mixing vessels, feeders, controls, lifting devices, maintenance and cleaning equipment; and tablet coating equipment including the solution tank and tablet loader; and chiller.
BAE Systems Australia Limited $2,479,500 Establish a complex mill turn capability in hard metals (particularly using the super alloy Inconel).  Expand high-value manufacturing activities to encompass engine components for the Joint Strike Fighter, with the potential to access additional market opportunities in aerospace, oil and gas, nuclear and automotive industries.
Ezy-Fit Engineering Group Pty Ltd $1,932,850 Through the purchase of CNC turning, machining and measuring equipment, the project will expand the company’s capability to manufacture heavy-duty hydraulic cylinders at its facility in Salisbury South.



Mayne Pharma to plans to double exports with $11 million expansion

Mayne Pharma pharmaceutical facility at Salisbury SouthSalisbury South based Mayne Pharma plan to double their exports to $60 million this year. To accelerate this growth they will invest $11 million instillation of a large-scale fluid bed spray coater at its Salisbury facility. Fluid bed processing technology is used to apply various polymers to drug particles to modify the rate of release of the drug when ingested.

This expansion is being supported by $4 million grant under the Federal Government Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Program which was recently announced. Other local companies which were successful include SA Structural, Ezy-Fit Hydraulics, Mayfield Engineering and BAE Systems.

Mayne Pharma expansion and growth into export market has been in-part because of the focus on R&D and investing profits back into the business. Mayne’s Chief Executive Scott Richards said over the past two years the company has directed 80% of is Australian based R&D spend into the development of advanced oral drug formulations.

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”.

IT entrepreneurs select Edinburgh Parks for $30 million cloud data centre

yourdc_logo-edinburgh parksNew IT infrastructure firm YourDC has purchased a 6,000 sqm facility at Edinburgh Parks, South Australia, to house a state-of-the-art, $30m cloud data centre.

Founded by two of South Australia’s most successful IT entrepreneurs, Scott Hicks and Greg Siegele, the high tech data centre will support the transformation of Adelaide’s North by providing essential IT infrastructure to underpin job creation and global competitiveness.

In a first for the State, YourDC will lease custom private data rooms at no extra cost to large government and corporate clients.

Co-founder and CEO Scott Hicks said there is a critical shortage of hosting infrastructure, with just 0.5% spare capacity available across the State.

“Our market research tells us that the major players have no plans to increase capacity,” Mr Hicks said.

“When you combine that demand with the reality of the NBN taking shape at last and the mass move to cloud computing, you have a perfect storm for a brand new, energy efficient data centre.”

YourDC is one of only two Tier 3 data centres in SA, the other being Adam Internet, which Scott Hicks helped build and which is currently at 90% capacity. All other providers are Tier 1, the lowest possible rating.

“YourDC, or Your Data Centre, is fully customisable to your needs, whether large or small,” Mr Hicks said.

Executive Director Greg Siegele, who sold video gaming company Ratbag to Midway Games in 2015, said he initially looked at YourDC as an investment, but loved the business plan so much he decided he wanted to become more involved at the operational level.

“Not only is there huge demand, I have enormous confidence in Scott, who has spent his working life building and managing one of the State’s most successful Internet Service Providers, Adam Internet,” he said.

YourDC satisfies the demanding criteria required by organisations such as the Department of Defence for the highest levels of security and redundancy.

“If there’s a power outage and an organisation’s computers go down for even a minute the whole operation grinds to a halt and customers are greatly inconvenienced, at the very least,” Mr Siegele said.

“Organisations can and have lost millions of dollars because of outages caused by anything from an earthquake, as in Christchurch recently, a plane crashing into a building, a flood or even a terrorist attack.

“Although the risk of these events may seem very low, the impact can be catastrophic. That’s why Edinburgh Parks is the ideal location for YourDC.”

The site at Edinburgh Parks is some 50km away from the State’s notorious earthquake fault lines, which run along the foothills and through Darlington, Tonsley and Flinders Park to the south of the city.  It also sits above the one-in-100 year flood zone.

YourDC  will be one of the most energy efficient data centres in Australia, designed with a unique approach to optimising temperature control for humans and machines.

The site delivers vast amounts of power guaranteed by multiple redundant backup systems, and uninterrupted internet connectivity from multiple carriers.

The State Government has identified the critical need to build out the kind of infrastructure that underpins a growing economy.

“By building a facility like this locally, we immediately make South Australia more attractive as a place to work and live,” Mr Hicks said.

YourDC will join a host of other companies that have recently chosen to expand and relocate to Edinburgh Parks. This includes Mayfield Engineering, Dowell Windows and CommFresh Marketing.

Edinburgh Parks

Centrally placed for access to major road and rail infrastructure, Edinburgh Parks and Direk is South Australia’s premier location for industry. Adjacent to the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and RAAF Edinburgh, it is one of Australia’s largest advanced industrial precincts and has more than 350 hectares of fully-serviced land available.



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.



SAAB Australia opens new Advanced Maritime Systems Centre at Mawson Lakes

Saab Technologies AustraliaDefence and Security company Saab Australia is pleased to announce the creation of the Advanced Maritime Systems Centre, located in Technology Park, Adelaide.

The purpose-built facility will bring together all of the resources, skills and expertise which has made Saab Australia a world leader in naval combat systems. It will also ensure the continued growth of local skills and expertise for the Royal Australian Navy’s combat systems.

“The development of the Advanced Maritime Systems Centre will ensure that Saab Australia continues to be at the cutting edge of future naval combat systems. Through the Advanced Maritime Systems Centre Saab will be able to continue to develop and support naval combat systems of the highest quality for the Australian Defence Force,” said Mr Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director Saab Australia.”

The Advanced Maritime Systems Centre will employ over 100 local combat systems engineers, project managers, and software engineers. This is planned to expand to over 200 employees by 2020.

“Saab Australia has a long history of developing world-beating naval systems,” Mr Rosenfield said. “In addition to serving the Royal Australian Navy, the Advanced Maritime Systems Centre will also provide us with the opportunity to grow our export capability in established and developing markets such as Canada and India.”

The centre will include Saab Australia’s 9LV Combat Management System Development and Integration program, Submarine Ship Control Systems Laboratory, Training and Simulation Node, Future Combat Systems Laboratory, and Missile and Fire Control Systems Laboratory, which is the only facility of its kind in Australia.

Based in Mawson Lakes, Adelaide, the Advanced Maritime Systems Centre is located next to other key Defence research and development hubs, including the Defence Science and Technology Organisation’s offices at Edinburgh and the University of South Australia.

The Advanced Maritime System Centre will be officially opened by the Minister for Defence Senator the Honourable David Johnston next week.

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Osmoflo’s expertise to the rescue at NSW mine

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Osmoflo-Burton waste water treatment

Burton-based Osmoflo continue their growth with their winning expertise to supply wastewater treatment and desalination solutions to the Ulan coal mine in New South Wales.

As reported in AdelaideNow a convoy of 11 trucks are heading to New South Wales as part of the delivery of the $12 million contract won last year to design and construct the wastewater treatment and desalination plant.

All the components designed and manufactured in Burton are being transported to the site for installation and commissioning by May. Transportation is being managed by Beattie Transport at Cavan, is carrying components including racks of reverse osmosis membranes, pumps and piping.

The desalination solution will deliver 21 megalitres per day of water generated through coal production, which will allow 10 megalitres per day of desalinated water to be returned to local streams and rivers.

Osmoflo has 140 staff and is expected grow their turnover by 20% to $100 million this financial year. This growth continues contines their ongoing success with major project such as providing Osmoflo provides off-shore desalination for LNG Project in Timor Sea as part of the Ichthys liquefied natural gas project.

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HI-TECH machine to produce 20,000 parts for Joint Strike Fighter

111003-O-ZZ999-002A HI-TECH machine to make tail parts for Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is expected to produce 20,000 components over the next two decades.

Based at BAE Systems, at Edinburgh Parks, the $20 million machine is expected to pump out more than 20,000 titanium aircraft tail parts over the next 20 years.  The machine is the only one of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

BAE Systems chief executive David Allott said the machine could also produce parts for commercial aircraft and marine vessels and the company was in discussions with US businesses about expanding its output.

The technology enables machining of 4.5m pieces of titanium and is precise to within 30 microns, or half the width of a human hair.

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Tindo Solar announces research collaboration with UniSA

RenewableSA _ Tindo 2013Mawson Lakes based Tindo Solar is collaborating with the University of South Australia and has recently received two South Australian State Government research grants to develop two new technologies. First, lightweight metal air batteries and second, infrared filters for enhancing performance of solar panels.

The grants have been achieved through the South Australian Government’s Innovation Voucher Program which is a collaboration between the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources, and Energy (DMITRE) and the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST).

A senior research fellow with the Thin Film Coatings Group at UniSA’s Mawson Institute, Dr Evans specialises in developing thin film coatings for common surfaces. His invention of a lightweight, shatterproof plastic car mirror has already enjoyed significant international success but Dr Evans is now turning his attention to designing coatings for the renewable energy sector.

“Our goal is to advance our thin film coating research and development to tackle challenges in renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. The focus is to develop game-changing products and devices that lead to entirely new ways to create energy, as well as establishing more efficient ways to use energy.

The Mawson Institute’s current project with Tindo Solar, which is being led by the Dr Pejman Hojati Talemi, is developing coatings that can help control the temperature of solar panels.

“A little known behaviour of solar panels is they generate less and less power as they get hotter and hotter,” Dr Evans says.

“By understanding how sunlight interacts with materials, we are engineering coatings that block the sun’s heat but let in the visible light. This keeps a solar panel cooler, ensuring it runs more efficiently.”

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New Jet Simulation Centre opened at Parafield Airport

flying-fleet2Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade Minister, Tom Kenyon says a new highly advanced Jet Simulation Centre at Parafield Airport ideally positions Adelaide as a pilot training hub for the Asia Pacific region.

Mr Kenyon today officially opened the multi-million dollar facility built to house two recently acquired state-of-the-art flight simulators at Flight Training Adelaide.

“FTA is a flexible, innovative business that continues to survive and grow in competitive international markets. These multi-million dollar simulators will ensure that FTA remains one of the major pilot training schools in the southern hemisphere.” Mr Kenyon said.

The Jet Simulation Centre is a state-of-the-art building housing two jet aircraft training simulators – one replicating an Airbus A320 aircraft, while the other has dual functionality and can replicate a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, as well as an ATR 42-500 turbo propeller aircraft.

FTA has a third multi-million dollar aircraft simulator located in another hangar FTA is an accredited Registered Training Organisation with 170 employees and a fleet of 46 training aircraft. The company has been training pilots for the world’s leading airlines since 1982 and graduated more than 200 cadets last year.

FTA has undertaken a $16 million capital upgrade program since 2011 which includes:

  • the simulation centre
  • four new additional student accommodation units
  • upgraded kitchen facilities
  • the initial stages of its single engine fleet replacement with the first 10 of potentially new aircraft already in operation

Mr Kenyon also commended FTA for its innovative approach to training in purchasing more than 200 iPads for use as ‘all-in-one ‘ training devices by cadets and installing fibre optic cabling throughout the Parafield campus for quick and easy Wi-Fi access.

“This innovation and adaptability has played an important role in attracting many of the world’s major airlines including Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair, Hong Kong Government Flying Service, QantasLink and Virgin Australia.

“A strong selling point has also been the on-site, full board accommodation offered to cadets on FTA’s training campus with around 80 per cent of the company’s students coming from overseas,” Mr Kenyon said.

FTA was named winner of the Business SA Export Award for Education and Training and a finalist in the National Export Awards in October last year.

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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UniSA materials scientist picked as Tall Poppy of the Year


UniSA- Dr Drew Evans-2013 South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year

University of South Australia researcher Dr Drew Evans has been named the 2013 South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year at the Science Excellence Awards SA held on August 16.

Based at UniSA’s Mawson Institute, Dr Evans designs thin film coatings for common surfaces. The senior research fellow played a key role in developing a lightweight, shatterproof plastic car mirror, which is currently being adopted by car manufacturers around the globe.

The Award acknowledges Dr Evan’s ability to combine cutting edge research in the field of advanced materials with a passion for science communication. He has been involved in a number of community engagement initiatives, including science and maths outreach programs for high school students.

UniSA’s Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President: Research and Innovation, Professor Richard Head says the Tall Poppy campaign highlights the innovative research taking place in South Australia and puts a spotlight on the early career researchers leading the charge.

“The Tall Poppy Awards recognise the significant achievements of some of the State’s best young researchers. They are commended not only for their word-class research but for sharing their knowledge of and enthusiasm for science with others through engagement with the wider community,” Prof Head says.

UniSA’s Dr Carol Maher, Dr Dominic Thewlis and Dr Roger Yazbek also received South Australian Tall Poppy Awards at a separate ceremony last month.

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Michell Wool Launches International Performance Clothing Brand

IO Life 015Salisbury-based Michell Wool, has embarked on a major drive into international retailing through its specialty superfine I/O Merino range.

The range is designed for performance sports such as endurance running, snow skiing, cycling and water sports, where keeping either cool or warm is important.

The majority of sales are to the United States because of their outdoor culture in hiking, canoeing and skiing.

“The creation of an online business is the best way for us to deliver the highest quality products to the world market at sensible prices,” Mr Michell said.

“If we can build it up to a few hundred thousand garments a year, and keep the heart and soul in the brand, we would be rapt.”

The I/O Merino website can be found at

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UniSA satellite system sends data for a song

Unisa Satellite

A new communications system being trialled at the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes campus could radically lower the cost of using satellites to send and receive sensor information.


Professor Grant says the innovative system, called the Global Sensor Network, would make it easier and cheaper to investigate what is going on in Australia’s remote regions, as well as remote regions globally.


“Because Australia’s land and sea territory is vast relative to its population, much of what goes on in remote areas remains unobserved and unknown. Existing telecommunications systems only operate where people live, or are provided by expensive satellite systems affordable by relatively few users.”

Professor Grant says the network could be used for functions as diverse as environmental monitoring, livestock tracking, animal and fish migration research, remote control of mining and drilling sites, national security and defence, and vessel tracking.


The Global Sensor Network has been developed by a consortium led by the University of South Australia’s Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR), and comprising COM DEV (Canada), South Australian-based SAGE Automation, DSTO, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and the CSIRO.


ITR has a strong track record in developing real world applications, for example, developing satellite standards for one of the largest satellite communications organisations, Inmarsat, and for launching the spinoff company Cohda Wireless which is a world leader in car-to-car communications technology.

Nova Systems expands to UK

Exercise Kakadu10Edinburgh Parks based Nova Systems has established operations in the United Kingdom.

The firm specialises in defence work and believes Nova’s strengths would give it a competitive edge in the UK.

“Nova will be an agile company focused on delivering on best for capability – that’s bang for buck,” according to Nova’s inaugural UK chief Stephen Camporeale.

“It will have the correct balance between quality, cost and schedule.”

Mr Camporeale is overseeing a new office established in London near the UK’s Ministry of Defence headquarters and a Nova Systems-owned aerospace design business in the seaside town of Bournemouth.

“We bought the aerospace design company to support design work in Australia so that our design work here was recognised in Europe,” Mr Camporeale said. He believed that Nova was the first significant-sized defence company to launch operations in the UK since the signing of the Australia-UK Defence and Security Co-operation Treaty earlier this year.

“There have been defence companies come to Australia, but not a significant-sized company going the other way.”

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Titanium Manufacturing Facility on its way at BAE Systems


Work is well under way on BAE System’s new titanium manufacturing facility in Edinburgh Parks, where the company plans to build components for the Joint Strike Fighter jet program in the US

BAE Systems chief executive David Allott said the new facility allows “us to address a significant capability gap in advanced manufacturing in Australia”.

A $10 million titanium machine due to arrive from Switzerland in the middle of this year.  “The new machine is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and one of only two in the world,” Mr Allott said.

“This gives South Australia a competitive edge because it allows us to manufacture larger titanium components (up to five metres long) for both defence and commercial markets”.

“The investment may also lead to new opportunities in defence and other sectors like commercial aviation.”

Mr Allott believed it was important that Australia had advanced manufacturing to differentiate from other low-cost economies, allowing “us to supply into large defence and commercial contracts”.

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