Latest business and investment news in City of Salisbury

$7 million Business Attraction Fund for Northern Adelaide Food Park

Coles Distribution Centre at Edinburgh Parks

The next stage of the Northern Adelaide Food Park is underway, with $7 million funding available to attract food and beverage processors, manufacturers, packaging and logistics businesses looking to locate at the new industry hub to create jobs, increase exports, and stimulate economic growth.

The Food Park will be located at Edinburgh Parks, instead of the site initially selected at Parafield Airport’s Cross Keys precinct.

A $7 million Food Park Business Attraction Fund is now available to help businesses looking to relocate to an innovative, smart and central food manufacturing area.

Existing food and beverage businesses located at the Food Park site in Edinburgh Parks, as well as international and interstate businesses looking to relocate to South Australia, may also be eligible to apply to the State Government’s $200 million Future Jobs Fund.

There are currently four well-known and reputable South Australian companies who are in negotiation to sign on as tenants of the Food Park.

Premier Jay Weatherill saidI’m thrilled to announce our $7 million Food Park Business Attraction Fund, which will help businesses relocate to reach local, national and international markets quickly.

South Australia is a global leader in growing clean and green produce and the food industry continues to grow at a record rate.

In December, our food and wine revenue hit a record $18.64 billion and created 3400 jobs in the past year and we’re pleased to continue supporting this industry through the Northern Adelaide Food Park and these grants.”


The Food Park will generate economic growth in northern Adelaide by attracting new and expanding businesses. It will encourage innovation in the food industry by forging collaborative partnerships, economies of scale and knowledge sharing.

Parafield Airport Ltd’s Cross Keys Precinct was initially identified as the preferred site for detailed concept, infrastructure and implementation planning of a food park following an open market and site assessment process. This initial phase was undertaken with an intent from both parties to review the outcomes of concept planning before any further commitment.

After detailed planning, site feasibility work, and discussions with the food industry, it was determined the Parafield Airport site proposal wasn’t commercially attractive to the private sector, as it was unable to provide the flexibility of tenure or development opportunities many local businesses were looking for.

The Food Park will capitalise on ‘South Australia’s premium food and wine exported to the world’ credentials, maximising production of value-added food, wine and beverages.

The project forms a key part of the Northern Economic Plan, developed by the State Government in partnership with local councils, industry, business and the community to support economic growth and create jobs in the Northern Adelaide area.

For more information on the Food Park Business Attraction Fund go to

Edinburgh Parks

Edinburgh Parks in northern Adelaide is about 25 kilometres from Adelaide CBD. Based in the City of Salisbury Edinburgh Parks site offers rapid development opportunities for businesses, multiple tenure options and well-serviced with the majority of base infrastructure already in place.

Edinburgh parks provides a cost competitive opportunity for local food and beverage processors, manufacturers, packaging and logistics businesses considering expanding their business or starting operations in northern Adelaide. Food-based business that already call Edinbugh Parks home include Coles Distribution Centre (92,000 sqm), Inghams Processing Facility (24,000sqm), Comfresh, Infuse Bottling Co., and Nobel Wines.

The site will be home to leading local, national and international companies that drive growth and exports in South Australia’s value-add food sector.

Download: City of Salisbury – Food Processing Sector Profile

Osmoflo global presence helps secures water treatment deal in Chile

burton-workshop-5Osmoflo who have their Global Headquarters at Direk have secured the contract to provide a custom built water treatment plant in Chile to Outotec. Originally founded in Finland, Outotec is now located throughout 6 continents and provides services in minerals processing, metals, energy and water. Osmoflo complimentary global presence and proven ability to deliver variety of bespoke projects in a variety of challenging locations across the globe was one of the factors that supported partnership in securing this project.

Outotec are expanding and modernising a copper smelter in Potrerillos, Chile, for a major copper mining company. Due to this expansion, there is a requirement for a water treatment plant to assist in treating cooling tower blowdown for water reuse in the facility. Osmoflo’s extensive experience in the mining industry showcased the required capability to secure the project.

Osmoflo is providing a custom-engineered plant to support the expansion, utilising a combination of ultra filtration followed by two pass brackish water reverse osmosis designed for high salinity/high recovery. The water that was typically discharged as blow down waste will now be recovered through the water treatment system and will be fed back into the circuit for reuse with some of the water being polished further for use in high purity applications.

As a part of Osmoflo’s solution, the plant will also feature PlantConnect Vision automation technology allowing remote monitoring and control from Osmoflo’s 24 hour Control Centre.

Being pre-packaged as discreet skids, the plant will be sea-freighted to Chile following pre-assembly and factory testing.

Although this is the first project between Outotec and Osmoflo, the two companies have been in collaboration, developing a range of water solutions, globally. “This partnership between Outotec and Osmoflo is quite unique in that it provides a combination of skill sets, mining technology with specialist water treatment and recycling.” Ajay Jaggi, Osmoflo’s General Manager, Sales – Australia, APAC and Africa explains.

“This particular project also showcases Osmoflo’s global ability, with engineering, project management and operations coming from Osmoflo in Australia, India and Chile.” Mr Jaggi continues.


The project is forecast to be completed in May of 2017.


On The Run provides platform for Bickford’s to launch new products

Bickford's at Salisbury South

Bickford’s at Salisbury South

As reported in AdelaideNow,  On The Run is South Australia’s largest private employer in SA – with more than 2400 direct employees at its 130-plus stores – the 24/7 outlet is also a platform for local companies to launch products.

Salisbury-based drink company Bickford’s has had a strong relationship with OTR’s Shahin family for more than 20 years. It has successfully launched several products via OTR, the most recent being its Chiahh range of drinks.

In 2014, the two combined to create a stand-alone section, complete with dedicated SA branding, that promoted locally made beverages that went beyond Bickford’s range.

Golden North who also has the headquarters in City of Salisbury has also benefited with the launch of their soft serve ice cream.

To find out how more how you support local goods and services see

Edinburgh Parks sites get snapped up

Edinburgh Parks

While automotive manufacturing at GM Holden will end in 2017, there is a positive future ahead for the northern region.

With seven businesses taking up more than 19.8 hectares and creating approximately 250 jobs in Edinburgh Parks in the last two years, many businesses are realising the great value industrial property represents at Edinburgh Parks. This is supporting a smooth transition away from automotive activity. The recent purchases of several ex-automotive sites prove to be a gateway to future industrial development which will endeavour to bring in jobs and sustainably transform the region’s industrial base over the long term.

These advantages were recently be reported in the The Advertiser where businesses explain why they have made the move to Edinburgh Parks over other locations. Read here. 

The businesses who have made Edinburgh Parks their home in the last two years include:

  • Footersville
  • YourDC
  • Mayfield Engineering
  • Dowell Windows
  • Tilling
  • Comfresh
  • Infuse Bottling Company

There two other sites that are currently under negotiation with many more deals in the pipeline.

“What we are seeing is good value buying where businesses are realising the established infrastructure area of Edinburgh Parks,” said Mayor Gillian Aldridge. “Recent developments and project announcements across Northern Adelaide are encouraging signs for the ongoing economic transformation of the region”.

According to Businesses, there are a number of benefits businesses are seeing:

  • Major transport and infrastructure upgrades are bringing new and improved access to Edinburgh Parks including the $1 billion
  • Northern Connector and South Road upgrades.
  • Access to labour where northern Adelaide has South Australian’s fastest growing population
  • Proximity to major Defence Contractors, Defence Science and Technology Group and RAAF Base
  • Neighbouring freight companies and distribution centres such as Coles Distribution Centre based in Edinburgh Parks

To find the right site in Edinburgh Parks our Economic Development Team is here to offer investors and businesses free and confidential services to help you find the right site to grow and expand your business.


Call us on (08) 8260 8205 to find out how we can help

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.


Click here for more information on the business success stories in the City of Salisbury.

Mayne Pharma raising $887m to fund US generics acquisition

Mayne Pharma pharmaceutical facility at Salisbury SouthAs featured in Australian Financial Review, Mayne Pharma has cemented its status as one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies by paying $887 million for a portfolio of generic drugs.

This will make it the second-largest drug maker on the stock exchange and one of the top 25 generic drug companies in North America.

Adelaide-based Mayne Pharma has agreed to pay $US652 million ($887 million) for 42 generic drugs divested by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries as part of its $US40.5 billion acquisition of Allergan’s generics portfolio.

The portfolio consists of 37 approved products and five pipeline products in markets with limited competition, high barriers to entry and across a range of therapeutic areas, helping to diversify Mayne Pharma’s earnings in the short term and deliver additional growth during the next few years as new products are launched.

Mayne Pharma’s CEO, Scott Richards, said: “The acquisition transforms Mayne Pharma’s Generic Products Division into a top 25 player in the U.S. retail generics market, diversifying Mayne Pharma’s earnings across a broad range of products, therapeutic areas and technologies. This attractive Portfolio spans multiple dosage forms and complements our expertise in higher-value niche, differentiated products. The on-market products have strong shares in stable, mature markets, while the pipeline products are expected to deliver additional growth in attractive markets as they are launched over the next couple of years.”

This is Mayne Pharma’s eighth acquisition in four years – will boost annual sales to about $580 million from this year’s $260 million and lift the company’s market value from $1.2 billion to more than $2 billion, within reach of the top 100 on the ASX.

This deal will propel Mayne’s ranking in the US generic drugs market to No. 25 from No. 75 and make it the second-largest in the US generic oral contraceptives market.


Hardi launches world’s largest sprayer

HardiHARDI Australia, a crop spraying machinery manufacturer, has launched newest sprayer which has become the largest in the word with the ability to spray up to 1000ha a day which was featured on AdelaideNow. Called the RUBICON the 9000 litre self-propelled sprayer provides a new benchmark for the agriculture industry which will ideal for Australia’s broad acre farming.

Based on a 10ha site at Cavan in northern Adelaide, Hardi produces hundreds of specialised products annually.

This development of this sprayer is expected to springboard rapid growth and employment of more people with the manufacturing and fabrication of the sprayers.

The developed of the new spray has been part of a broader collaboration with Hardi’s French Based companies.

To see more about the Rubicon 9000 and to see it operating visit

State Budget: Technology Park businesses to benefit from ultra-fast internet

The network will make Adelaide the first Gig City in Australia and the capital of ultra-fast internet for business, attracting investment from high tech global companies, as well as creating jobs in future industries.The network will provide affordable one gigabit connections, with speeds of up to ten gigabits per second available if businesses invest in additional end-user technology.Gig City will use the existing SABRENet optical fibre network, and will be rolled out at Tonsley, Technology Park, Techport, Thebarton BioScience Precinct, St Paul’s Creative Centre, the Majoran Co-working Space, Hub Adelaide, and the Stretton Centre.According to Premier Jay Weatherill “Having access to ultra-fast internet will drive significant economic development and job creation opportunities, and will embed South Australia as a leading centre for innovation and entrepreneurship.”

It is expected roll out of the Gig City network will begin by the end of 2016.

The SABRENet network is owned by the State Government and South Australia’s universities and uses an optical fibre telecommunications network connecting the state’s research and educational sites.

Gig City is a growing network of one gigabit speed cities, aiming to support entrepreneurship and attract investment from high tech companies.

The city of Chattanooga in the US was the first to roll out the Gig City network – generating more than $1 billion in economic and social benefits, and creating more than 3,000 new jobs.

Technology Park Adelaide

Technology Park is home to over 80 businesses including the likes of Codan, Ellex, 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.






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

Hartwig Air pilots their way to train Vietnam Airline cadets

b55-barronHartwig Air a pilot training company based a Parafield has secured a deal to train Vietnam Airlines cadets in Adelaide with the potential to generate $9 million revenue for the state as featured on AdelaideNow.

This is expected to boost its current 55 full time students to 200 over two years.

The success comes on the back recently winning a State Government regional mail delivery service contract along with its shark patrol work.

$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.



Exported fresh produce aboard on Qatar Airways

Angelo Demasi - Adelaide Produce MarketNearly three tonnes of fresh produce will be exported from Adelaide to Qatar for the first time, giving local growers a new opportunity to reach international markets.

Based in northern Adelaide, Australian Produce Collective coordinated the export of a range of fresh fruit and vegetables on Qatar Airways direct flight to Doha.

Australian Produce Collective has just began daily fresh produce exports to Dubai and Singapore in coming weeks, showcasing premium local produce to more overseas markets.

Australian Produce Collective has been established as the dedicated export arm of SA Produce Market and is a joint venture with Purus Group, a leading Adelaide-based exporter. Operating from a dedicated consolidation hub at Pooraka, the Collective consolidates and prepares premium produce for export. This central coordination point ensures quality compliance and that products are available to overseas markets throughout the seasons.

Australian Produce Collective is now looking at further export options to countries including Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Taiwan and Korea, looking to consistently increase the volume of their exports by generating consumer demand through their innovative in-country initiatives.

Australian Produce Collective CEO Craig Katz said their focus has been on selling local produce internationally by educating these markets about the benefits of Australian and, in particular, South Australian produce. While South Australian products are sold for a higher price than exports from many other markets, they are of a higher quality in terms of nutritional value and freshness thanks to the increasing number of direct flights. 

Click here to also see this story reported on AdelaideNow.

This multi-million push to create new markets for South Australian growers come of the back of the South Australian Produce Market redeveloping it’s precinct to capture more export opportunities. Find out more.

Codan Radio Commuications wins US$7.9 million contact

Codan Premises at Technology ParkCodan Limited has last week entered into a US$7.9 million contract to supply HF Radio equipment to a longstanding military customer. The equipment to be supplied is a combination of Codan manufactured equipment and third-party items.

This continues their efforts to access to larger and more diverse markets, and increasing the size and number of projects we can bid for. This contract represents a significant multi-vendor prime project win for Codan’s Radio Communications business and positions us well to participate in large tenders in the future.

Codan is one of City of Salisbury newest businesses to our city which has centralise its Adelaide operations to the Technology Park Adelaide precinct at Mawson Lakes bringing over 250 staff.


About Codan

Codan develops advanced electronic products that perform well in harsh environments. This contract demonstrates our market position as the leading choice for governments, NGOs and consumers around the world to meet their critical safety, security and productivity requirements. On behalf of the Board Michael Barton Company Secretary Codan is an industrial technology company that provides robust technology solutions that solve customers’ communications, safety, security and productivity problems in some of the harshest environments around the world. Our customers include United Nations organisations, mining companies, security and military groups, government departments, major corporates as well as individual consumers and small-scale miners.

Business mission to open doors to China’s market

The South Australian Government is organizing a business mission led by Premier Weatherill to Shandong from 5-9 April 2016.  The mission’s itinerary includes a visit to Linyi City which the City of Salisbury signed a friendship City Agreement in late 2015. This present businesses a unprecedented opportunity to have access to a ranges of resources to help local businesses open doors to trade matching opportunities in China.

To participate in the Government’s outbound China Business Mission in April 2016, register your interest.  The draft itinerary can be seen here.

Video showcasing early inbound mission- September 2015

The State Government is currently seeking expressions of interests from firms who are:

  1. currently exporting to the China market
  2. currently exporting, however not yet engaged with China
  3. export capable and requiring international market experience in order to commence trade and export activities
  4. seeking partners for prospective investment.

The City of Salisbury will be participating in the business mission and is keen to build on their recent signing of the Friendship Agreement.  As part of the visit to Linyi City we will be meeting with representatives of the Linyi Municipal Government to explore commercial opportunities that may exist between firms in our two cities.  We would welcome your participation in these discussions so they have a strong commercial focus.  To help us plan this part of the visit Council is seeking (non-binding) indications from firms that might be interested in participating.  If you would like to register your interest in being involved (whether or not you are joining the State Government’s mission), please contact Ben Kirchner on 8343 8456  or by 12 February 2016.

Why China?

Business areas which are seen China’s economic growth over the past two decades has been significant, and Australia-China economic and trade relationship continues to expand steadily. China is now Australia’s largest two-way trading partner in goods and services, valued at more than A$150billion in 2013; Australia’s largest goods export destination, valued at A$95billion in 2013; and Australia’s largest source of imports, valued at A$47billion in 2013.

China is South Australia’s largest and most significant trade two way trading partner, making nearly a third of the state’s total exports ($3.35billion in the 12 months to July 2014).

City of Salisbury has a diverse capacity to meet China industrial growth and urbanisation be it agricultural produce, cleantech, advanced manufacturing or service sector skills.

How to get involved

Expressions of interest, which close 26 February 2016, can be made at  The City of Salisbury would encourage you to consider joining the mission.





Food Park at Parafield Airport gives tenants $7 million boost

Food Park Parafield AirportA new Food Park will be located at Parafield Airport has been given a boost with $7 million to attract anchor tenants to the Northern Adelaide Food Park and to promote the use of renewable energy and energy storage solutions at the Food Park.

This announcement forms part of $24 million of new projects announced as part of the Northern Economic Plan launch by the Premier last week at Bickford’s at Salisbury South.

The 40-hectare site will be located at southern end of Parafield Airport and will bring together food manufacturers, packaging and transport companies. Co-locating services will improve efficiencies and cost competitiveness.

Every year for the past 17 years the state’s horticulture sector has increased in value. It currently contributes about $250 million to the total state economy (6.5 per cent). In addition, South Australia’s food and wine industries generated a record $18.2 billion in revenue in 2014-2015. Finished food and wine exports increased by 17 per cent in the past financial year.

The City of Salisbury truly is the food hub of South Australia with the largest concentration of food and grocery activity in the state delivering clean and green produce and premium food products to the world. We are the ideal location for food businesses and enjoy access to major food distribution centres whether that be via road, rail or air. See our Food and Beverage Processing Sector Profile for more about the benefits of locating food based operations in the area.

The park is currently on hunt for tenants. For more information and to register for updates visit

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).

Hugh Jackman invests in RM Williams

hugh-jackmanAussie actor Hugh Jackman has added is support for for R.M. Williams by announcing he has become a private investor in the company.


“R.M. Williams is proud to have Hugh Jackman as a shareholder. It is the strong view of the company that with the support of its shareholders there is a unique opportunity to take R.M. Williams and the iconic Adelaide-made boots, to a global customer”

The R.M. Williams Company was founded and established in South Australia in 1932 by Australian legend Reginald Murray RM Williams, who sold it in 1998.

R.M. Williams now exports to 15 countries, has more than 50 retail stores in Australia and a store in London.

“With its roots firmly planted in Outback Australia the company has at its core the famous R.M. Williams boots crafted from one piece of leather and worn by a discerning clientele from the bush to the board room.”

Here’s why R.M. Williams like doing business in Salisbury.

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.

See here for more information about Osmoflo capacity.

New International Partnership with China

Group Shot Linyi, ShandongThe City of Salisbury and City of Linyi last week signed a Friendship City Agreement, which formalised the growing ties between the two cities and represents a significant commitment to future development and partnership opportunities.

The signing was conducted by Mayor Gillian Aldridge and Linyi Mayor Zhang Shuping during a ceremony at the Salisbury Council Chambers attended by city officials, State politicians and a high ranking delegation from Linyi.
Mayor Aldridge described the night’s signing as a “major milestone” for the City of Salisbury. “I believe this Agreement, along with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the South Australian Government on behalf of Local Government during a delegation to Shandong Province in May 2015, will provide an excellent mechanism for further developing our economic, cultural and social relations with China and in particular Linyi.”
Mayor Aldridge said the City of Salisbury and the Linyi delegation also used this week’s visit to further discuss ways of increasing economic activity between the two cities. “Linyi is home to more than 10 million people with their GDP growing 11.8% and total foreign trade value increasing by 15.5% in 2012,” Mayor Aldridge said. “And Salisbury is home to world leading research facilities and innovators in defence, logistics and advanced manufacturing, and we are the food hub of South Australia delivering clean and green produce and premium food products. I truly believe Salisbury-based businesses will see more opportunities for investment, export and trade as we continue to build our ties with China.”

Like to be involved?

One of the first projects planned to be undertaken by the City of Salisbury is to survey firms aspiring to or actively engaged in international trade or investment to identify programs or relations in need of development. If you would like to be involved please contact Ben Kirchner, Senior Economic Development Officer on 8260 8205 or

The City of Linyi is located in Shandong Province in the People’s Republic of China. The delegation in Salisbury on 9 November 2015 is one of the highest ranking and most influential Chinese delegations to visit the State of South Australia. The Friendship City Agreement signed states that both cities wish to ‘enhance mutual understanding, friendship, trade and investment between the Chinese and the Australian peoples and further develop cooperation between the two cities’.

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

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 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.

BRW showcases planned $30m cloud data centre

Scott Hicks- YourDCAdelaide entrepreneurs Scott Hicks and Greg Siegele will build a cloud data centre, secure enough to meet Department of Defence standards, at a former car exhaust factory in the north of the city.

Hicks and Siegele are the major shareholders in start-up YourDC, which has just purchased the abandoned Tenneco Walker exhaust factory at Edinburgh Parks, a 6000 square metre facility sitting on a 25,000 sqm site about 25 kilometres north of Adelaide’s CBD.

YourDC’s investors – which in addition to Hicks and Siegele also include private investors from Adelaide, Switzerland, Darwin and Perth – expect to have spent $14 million by the time the data centre is ready for its first tenants in December.

“We hope the data centre will be a big enabler for Northern Adelaide, which has had a hard run over the last 12 months with General Motors Holden and a lot of manufacturing going,” Hicks says.

“There’s some amazing sites out there, and anybody wanting to move a business into Adelaide will want to have access to infrastructure like ours.”

Work has already begun to repurpose the factory as a cloud data centre meeting the Uptime Institute’s coveted ‘Tier 3’ rating.

“It means you’ve got a replication of every potential point of failure,” says Hicks.

“So we’ll be drawing power from two substations, multiple UPSs [uninterrupted power supplies] that maintain power in the event of an outage, and multiple generators that start 15 seconds after an outage with five days’ worth of diesel on site to keep them running. We’re looking at a 1.5 megawatt solar array on the roof too.”

Razor wire and guards will complement biometric hand scanners, pin codes and keys as security around the 1000 server racks YourDC eventually intends to house at the site, which by that stage will have cost $30 million to build. The founders also stress it is 50 kilometres away from South Australia’s earthquake faultlines and above the one-in-100 year flood line.

Hicks has calculated that YourDC becomes cashflow-positive upon renting space for 100 server racks, yet his due diligence has revealed demand for 300-400 racks’ worth in the next 12 months from local companies alone.

“There’s nowhere else to go in SA because the only other Tier 3 centre – Adam Internet’s, which I helped build – is at 90 per cent capacity and we’re not picking up any plans from the major players to increase capacity here.”

Data centre clients prefer to be able to reach their equipment within a short drive, Hicks says, while SA-based clients using the centre for network storage or low latency requirements could never consider racks in Sydney or Melbourne.

“From Adelaide they’re a 32 millisecond return trip, where a lot of that equipment requires a 3-4 millisecond response time.”

The data centre will be built in four stages over the next two years, assuming steady demand, with the first spaces available from December.

“We’re adding the mechanicals in a compact way that means we can grow with demand and not spend a ridiculous amount upfront,” Hicks says.

The SA Government is a likely client for some of the space, says Hicks, who also points out the centre is being built to Department of Defence specifications. A Royal Australian Airforce base will be a neighbour of YourDC.

“We’re also talking to the big managed services providers, who are finally rolling out cloud platforms and wanting them replicated at two facilities within SA,” Hicks says.

YourDC’s current headcount of 10 is planned to double over the next year, with another 70-80 jobs created during the build phase, Hicks estimates.

Some non-mechanical components of the build will be handled by Astelec, the telco construction company building a majority of the National Broadband Network in South Australia. Hicks is a passive 50 per cent shareholder in Astelec.

Hicks ran Adam Internet, the Adelaide-based ISP founded and owned by his father Greg, from 2004 to 2012. He reportedly disagreed with his father about selling the business, and left it in 2012, not benefiting financially from its $60 million sale to iiNet the following year.

Greg Siegele, who sold his video gaming company Ratbag to Midway Games in 2015, says 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,” Siegel says.

Hicks is CEO and Siegele an executive director of YourDC.

*This story has been corrected to clarify Scott Hicks’ title at Adam Internet and the fact he did not benefit financially from its sale.

Original article can be found on the BRW site by clicking here.

State’s fresh produce food precinct set to expand amid growing export potential


Adelaide Produce Market design of new food precinctThe Adelaide Produce Market the State’s only fresh fruit and vegetable wholesale food precinct is set for its most significant expansion since 1988 with increasing export potential of local fresh produce into South East Asia.

In the late 1980s, the State’s only wholesale produce market moved from its longstanding location along East Terrace in the city to its current location in Pooraka when the industry required a larger, more modern facility. Since then, the Adelaide Produce Market has grown and continues to remain a hive of activity in the early hours each morning with growers and wholesalers supplying hundreds of supermarkets, greengrocers and other food service providers. Each year, around 290,000 tonnes of fresh produce is traded, worth an estimated wholesale value of $590 million.

Riding on the back of its Memorandum of Understanding with one of China’s largest wholesale markets, the Adelaide Produce Market is seeking expressions of interest from parties for their new fresh food precinct. The new fresh food precinct will cater for up to 70,000 square metres of food processing, export consolidation, warehousing and cold storage facilities and could house up to 50 businesses, adding to the 100 businesses currently on site.

“We have the supply chain, the location, the land, the existing facilities and over 100 years’ experience to make a food precinct really work,” Adelaide Produce Market CEO Angelo Demasi said.

“What we need are people and companies from within the processing, warehousing, logistics and exporting sectors, who are keen to grow and work with our existing growers, wholesalers and food service providers in driving sales of premium, clean and green fresh produce, both domestically and internationally,” he said.

See here for more details on the opportunity to become part of this precinct.

To find our more about our food industry download our Food Sector Profile.

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.

$985 million Northern Connector given the go ahead

On Monday 14 September 2015, the Australian and South Australian Governments announced a joint funding allocation of $985 million to deliver the Northern Connector (road only) as part of the 78 kilometre North-South Corridor, with the Australian and South Australian Governments each contributing $788 million and $197 million respectively.

The new non-stop motorway connecting the already completed Northern Expressway and South Road Superway links, will provide an unimpeded journey from Gawler to Regency Park; a total of 43 kilometres.

The project scope will include:

  • 15.5 kilometre motorway standard road connecting the Northern Expressway and Port Wakefield Road to the Port River Expressway and South Road Superway
  • four road interchanges
  • three lanes in each direction, posted speed of 110 kmph
  • 16 kilometre path for cyclists and pedestrians.

The new motorway is expected to significantly improve freight access to the Port of Adelaide and the industrial areas of Adelaide’s north and northwest,  improved road safety and efficiency, reduction in travel times for commuters travelling to and from the northern suburbs and better serve the industrial and commercial sectors along Port Wakefield Road, with the myriad of businesses along Port Wakefield Road benefiting from improved traffic flow as well.

The rail component of the Northern Connector project has been deferred for future implementation. Initially announced as part of the project, following further planning work has determined that the freight rail line improvements are not required in the shorter term.

RM Williams pay homage to “Adelaide” with renamed women’s boot

The Adelaide RM WilliamsPaying homage RM Williams home in South Australian heritage, “Adelaide” is named penned against a refined version of the classic men’s Craftsman boot, which is also worn by women worldwide.

The name was coincidentally suggested by workers at the RM Williams factory at Salisbury South, where its boots have continued to be made since the brand was bought by LVMH.

The Womens’ boot is lighter, slimmer and with a lower toe than the Craftsman, the Adelaide is available in seven models handcrafted from suede and leather in colours including black, chestnut, dark tan, chocolate and sand.

The Adelaide is already available to order online and due in RM Williams stores on September 21.

Thomas Foods International looks to northern Adelaide for new manufacturing facility to meet export demands

Ready made mealsA South Australian food company Thomas Foods International is promising a significant number of local jobs out of a deal it has reached with a group of Thailand’s biggest private businesses as reported on ABC online.

Thomas Foods International has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s CP Group to build an advanced food processing centre to produce ready-made meals for export. Thomas Foods chief executive Darren Thomas said it could lead to tens of millions of dollars of investment.

“It will be one of our company’s biggest investments so it’ll be in the millions of dollars and the jobs will be there and they’ll be significant,” he said.

The SA Government hoped the deal might benefit Adelaide’s northern suburbs, where the unemployment rate is expected to rise once Holden shuts its car manufacturing plant by 2017.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the northern suburbs and the land availability,” Mr Thomas said.

“If you look at land availability … it would be a logical choice to be looking there.”

Mr Thomas said some of the automotive workers losing their current jobs might be well-suited to the potential work in food processing.

“[That is] because of the high technology and automation, in that there are some skill sets there that I think would be useful and we’ve had discussions along those lines,” he said.

Charoen Pokphand Group is Thailand’s largest private business

  •  Established in 1921, its annual turnover is $US43 billion
  • CP Group has more than 300,000 employees and operates in 18 countries

Thomas Foods International was established in 1988 as T&R Pastoral

  • Based at Murray Bridge in SA, it employs 2,500 people
  • Its annual revenue is $1.3 billion and it exports to 80 countries.

The memorandum of understanding arose from a recent South Australian trade mission to South East Asia, during which the State Government and Austrade introduced the two companies. Premier Jay Weatherill said there was no decision yet on where to build a processing plant, but he would be keen to see it in the northern suburbs.

“While manufacturing generally in South Australia has been in decline, food manufacturing as a category has actually been going up,” he said.

“So there are bright spots in the manufacturing sector and food is one of them.”

For more information on Food Processing Sector in Salisbury see our sector profile.

Chinese MOU paves way to increased fresh produce exports

MOU Signing with Adelaide Produce makets to develop exports with ChinaMore local South Australian fresh produce could be seen in Chinese supermarkets and in restaurants  with the State’s wholesale fruit and vegetable market will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding to  increase exporting opportunities through the Chinese GuangZhou Jianghan Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market.

The GuangZhou Jianghan Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market is one of China’s largest wholesale fresh produce markets which supplies a diverse group of retail customers in China.

The Adelaide Produce Market, which consists of 100 wholesaling and growing-related businesses that supplies over $590 million of fresh produce each year has entered into a partnership indirectly with its Chinese counterpart. This was witnessed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for Agriculture Leon Bignell MP last week on 5th August 2015.

“The signing of this memorandum of understanding signify the bond and strength of this relationship which had been formed as a result of the Premier’s Trade Mission to Shandong Province, South Australia’s sister state in China in May 2015,” Adelaide Produce Market CEO Angelo Demasi said.

“This MOU will pave the way for increased exporting opportunities for the South Australian horticulture industry and in particular, the Adelaide Produce Market community,” he said.

Click here to find out more about the Adelaide Produce Market and why they like doing business in Salisbury.

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.

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.

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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.



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.

Ground work begins on new Masters store at Parafield Airport

Masters-Parafield-Airport-City of SalisburyMore South Australian customers are set to benefit from Masters’ wide range of hardware and home improvement goods, with work commencing today on a new store at Parafield Airport.

The start of construction will be marked with a sod-turning ceremony on-site today at Parafield Airport to be attended by SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, Member for Ramsay Zoe Bettison and local dignitaries.

The new 13,500sqm Masters Parafield Airport store is set to open in May 2016 and when complete, customers will have access to more than 36,000 products available across 19 departments.

The construction of the store will generate more than 300 local jobs. Over 130 in-store jobs will be available when Masters Parafield Airport opens its doors.

Parafield Airport Masters is being constructed in line with Masters’ latest design, with a large paint department, ‘tool shop’ and more than 10,500 hardware products. It will also feature a spacious garden section and extensive bathroom and kitchen display area and a large drive-through area to assist local tradies and builders.

Senior Property Development Manager for Masters Rob Hain said today’s sod-turning marks a new era in home improvement for the local community.

“The new store will bring an unrivalled range of home improvement and hardware products to Adelaide’s northern suburbs. The construction will employ a number of people from the area and we look forward to strengthening our ties with the local community,” he said.

Masters is Australia’s fastest growing hardware store. It has 56 stores across Australia, offering a huge range of more than 36,000 products at Australia’s best prices.

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Food revolution in Salisbury with recipes to conquer

pastabox-chorizoProfiled on InDaily it suggested “There’s something of a food revolution happening, rather quietly, in Salisbury” in realtion to growing food sector and the success of Australian Wholefoods who in less than four years, has grown to become one of the biggest national players in the fastest growing food sector – ready-to-eat meals.

In Salisbury, Australian Wholefoods joins other thriving households names such as Inghams, Bickfords, Lion, Obela, Viterra, Mitani, Holco and Sunfresh Salads have chosen Salisbury as the base for business in SA.

Australian Wholefoods supplies to Coles, Woolworths and hundreds of smaller independent outlets with everything from slow cooked beef ragu to pastitsio and peri peri chicken, and is already looking at overseas opportunities.

It’s a meteoric rise built on strong foundations; in fact, there’s more than a little sense of déjà vu for owners and directors Ray Khabbaz and Michael Demetriou.

They previously ran Copperpot, which between 2001 and 2007 grew to become the biggest single supplier of dips and snack products in Australia and the largest Australian exporter of these products.

When a good offer came from a major multinational they sold up and planned semi-retirement. However, as Khabbaz puts it, that lasted “about a nanosecond in business terms”.

Both could see an expanding market niche, with more and more consumers looking for quick meal options that are both health and high quality, and Demetriou suggested the old team do something about filling it.

To create the business platform they bought Australian Wholefoods, a then Marleston-based company primarily involved with catering. Within nine months its sales had increased by 80%, largely on the strength of new product ranges in the Clever Cooks brand and the Australian Wholefoods Quiche being stocked by Coles and others.

The purchase of another local business, Alaska Foods, gave them links into Woolworths as well, and both major supermarket chains could see the potential in what they were proposing. Both also trusted the business acumen that had created the Copperpot success story.

Australian Wholefoods thus had the products, the ideas and the buyers; it just needed a better facility to fulfil the vision. While looking, in late 2012, for a new site to relocate the two separate businesses, the partners discovered their old Copperpot facilities at Salisbury were out of lease with their current tenants, so they snapped them up – then quickly changed them completely.

Around $25 million was spent on refurbishing the building and installing state-of-the-art equipment that allows the company to do everything from making pasta and grinding its own mince to creating, packing and distributing its full range of ready-to-eat and single-serve meals.

“We don’t do paddock to plate but you could say we do gate to plate,” Khabbaz said.

Central to the innovation was equipment for modified atmosphere packaging, which gives fresh meals a 28-day shelf life without the need for additives or preservatives. They also have the capability to freeze products if required to fill future international orders.

Khabbaz, who travels relentlessly, says they have benchmarked their facilities against one of the biggest companies in Europe and while they may not have the scale, they lack nothing in quality and sophistication. And the Copperpot reputation is still a useful calling card when overseas.

Australian Wholefoods currently produces about six million units a year, but the facility is about 60% underutilised and only works one shift. It was purpose-built for growth, with the vision of reaching 13-14 million units within four years.

Even at current production levels it employs around 160 people and, more importantly, in Australia it performs strongly against some of the biggest international food companies.

Its own brands include Clever Cooks, Alaska and Banquet, but much of its product range appears under Coles and Woolworths private labels. Foodland and all other major independents nationally are also big supporters.

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New Investment Prospectus Launched

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Launched by Mayor Gillian Aldridge the City of Salisbury Investment Prospectus provides an exciting and compelling sense of opportunities and capacities for northern Adelaide businesses, developers, investors.

Backed by over forty businesses, it paints a compelling picture why Salisbury is such a great place to operate a business in.

What strikes readers is the range of competitive advantages in the City of Salisbury such as costs and efficiencies but what really shines through is the capabilities of local businesses like Osmoflo, BAE Systems, Liebherr, NewSat and UniSA. Likewise is great to see so many businesses openly sharing why they like doing business in Salisbury, this gives a sense of confidence that businesses see a strong and exciting future in the region.

The prospectus is being distributed widely and is available in English and Chinese and is supported by our comprehensive investment attraction support services.

The Investment Prospectus is part of the City of Salisbury’s long-standing efforts to attract investment, continue building northern Adelaide, and is part of our Makes Good Business Sense Campaign

Please follow the links below to download electronic copy. For hard copies please call 8260 8205 or email


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R.M. Williams continues global expansion with growing sales

salisbury-makes-good-business-sense-rmwilliams2R.M. Williams is planning to expand its operations in Australia and overseas after posting a year of solid sales growth as featured in AdelaideNow.

Retail sales grew 6.9 per cent and the company benefited from being awarded the Australian Army parade boot contract for five years from August 2013.

It’s understood the now owned European company European company LVMH, better known as Louis Vuitton have bolstered its sales and marketing expertise.

This is lends well for its manufacturing operation at Salisbury South where it’s understood management is committed to keeping current levels of manufacturing in Australia while supplementing it with overseas product.

“The Australian manufactured product continues to be complemented by an increase in overseas manufactured product and thus offers our customers choice in product range and price whilst maintaining the traditional quality of an R.M. Williams product,’’ the French-owned company said.

“R.M. Williams … has continued to expand its retail stores in Australia by opening four new stores and eight concession stores within Myer retail stores,’’ the company said.

“Planning and development was also undertaken regarding further expansion into Europe.

“This incorporated further development of brand and product with the appointment of additional specialist services and consultants in the areas of creative agencies, product development/design and merchandising and additional representative agencies.’’

In its report the company said it would continue to expand its retail and wholesale presence in Australia and “strategic overseas countries’’.

It would also continue “sourcing of superior raw materials and finished product from around the world’’ and develop “new products and product ranges’’.

Here’s why R.M. Williams like doing business in Salisbury.

Skydivers flying in on planned complex for Kings Rd

Indoor SkydivingIndoor Skydive Australia (ISA) has announced that it has signed an agreement securing the planning precinct the corner of Kings Rd and Main North Road for it’s indoor skydiving facility.

ISA Group has entered into an agreement with Commercial & General, the developer of the Kings Point Shopping and Entertainment Complex at Salisbury, to provide for the development and construction of an indoor skydiving facility at the Complex.

The Kings Point Shopping and Entertainment Complex has an initial budget of $180 million and will be located 15 kms from the Adelaide CBD. The Complex will be a new generation shopping, leisure and lifestyle destination, featuring around 64,000 sq.m of retail floor space combined with more than 20,000 sq.m of world class entertainment. iFLY Adelaide will headline leisure providers including cinemas, waterslides, aqua playground, indoor surfing, bowling, and more.

The location will be well connected to Adelaide’s public transport system and exposed to a high volume of vehicle traffic. The strong military presence in South Australia and the wider community’s passion for sporting events make Adelaide a natural fit for an indoor skydiving facility.

ISA Group anticipates that the facility will comprise a 12ft single return vertical wind tunnel with related merchandise and services. Under the current proposed timelines construction will commence in late 2015 with completion expected in November 2016.

“iFLY Adelaide provides the perfect opportunity for ISA Group to partner with a developer to incorporate indoor skydiving facilities into a broader entertainment complex.” said Wayne Jones, ISA Group Chief Executive Officer.

Earlier this year Salisbury Council endorsed a rezoning of the 20ha site on the corner of King and Main North roads in Salisbury South.

The project is expected to create up to 1600 ongoing jobs near Parafield Airport – in the retail, bulky goods, food and beverage, entertainment and service industries.

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Daronmount secures lucrative supply contract

New Zealand Navy BoatMawson Lakes defence systems company Daronmont Technologies has announce they have secured a lucrative supply contract with the New Zealand Navy with their high-tech signal detection systems.

As featured in AdelaideNow this system detect communication signals between mobile phones, ship radios and picks up distress signals, will be commissioned on NZ naval ships by early next year.

Called COMMSECA, which uses a wide band spectrum can be tuned and calibrated to filter through hundreds of signals and part of Daronmont’s intellectual property is to identify exact emitting locations.

Daronmont employs close to 50 staff, including graduates, most of whom are based in Mawson Lakes while the founder and a small management team are based in Victoria.

Daronmont communications and electronics systems program manager Mike Smith said all of the product concept, hardware and software work was done in SA.

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IP transfer deal to make cell therapies affordable

LabSouth Australia’s Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC has a new bioreactor and has established a significant intellectual property deal with industry partner Terumo BCT. As featured in AdelaideNow the Mawson Lakes-based Cooperative Research Centre last week installed a new bioreactor supplied by Terumo, which will allow it to grow cells on a larger scale and test processes it is working on to accelerate cell growth.

The CRC’s mission is to make cell therapies — treating diseases with human cells — affordable by increasing the scale at which therapeutic cells can be made.

CRC general manager Dr Justin Coombs said as well as taking delivery of the bioreactor, the organisation had agreed to an IP transfer deal with Terumo which had the potential to generate revenue to bolster its research efforts.

“Terumo is our first industry participant that we’ve done an IP transfer deal with, which was part of setting up the project,’’ Dr Coombs said.

Dr Coombs said everything which comes out of the particular collaboration with Terumo will be owned by the company, but in return the CRC would get part of any commercial return earned.

“That will get distributed among our research participants in the CRC and part of it will be reinvested by the CRC company into further research,’’ he said.

Terumo senior vice president Chockalingam Palaniappan said in lay terms the bioreactor technology involved making the surface of a hollow fibre conducive to faster and easier cell growth.

“What we’re about is making cell therapies affordable,’’ he said.

“We’ve made one leapfrog. I think this partnership could help us leapfrog even further.’’

Mr Palaniappan said the bioreactor provided a process to tether cells to a surface, then grow them exponentially, in a machine of a manageable size. Previously such processes would have necessitated an entire cell-culture laboratory.

Health Industries Minister Jack Snelling said the CRC’s success was another step towards creating a cell manufacturing hub for the Asia-Pacific, here in Adelaide.

“The CTMCRC develops novel cell therapies with the aim of treating previously incurable or intractable conditions such as type 1 diabetes, diabetic wounds, and immune-mediated diseases,” Mr Snelling said.

“Given the very high costs, the CTMCRC aims to make such treatments more affordable and accessible.

“This latest achievement adds to the state’s reputation for health and biomedical research and innovation and complements one of the largest health precincts in the Southern Hemisphere, the South Australian Health and Biomedical precinct.’’


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Liftoff! NewSat celebrates satellite launch


NewSat LaunchCelebrations were had at NewSat, a satellite communications company based at Mawson Lakes last week with the successful launch of the MEASAT-3b satellite, which hosts the Jabiru-2 payload.

NewSat delivers internet, voice, data and video communications using teleport infrastructure at Mawson Lakes and in Perth and this was its first and much-awaited satellite, Jabiru 2.

Jabiru-2’s 216MHz (6 x 36MHz) of Ku-band capacity will provide highly targeted coverage across Australia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands; satisfying the growing demand for reliable and cost-effective communications from the oil, gas, mining, media, aeronautical, maritime, telecommunications and government sectors.

NewSat Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Adrian Ballintine noted, “The launch of Jabiru-2 is a significant event in NewSat’s evolution, further evidence of NewSat maturing as a company and another milestone achieved as NewSat expands into a global satellite operator. The launch was simultaneously broadcast live globally, observed by NewSat staff, key partners and special guests. I would like to thank customers, staff and investors for their support of this initiative.”

In the past it’s been a middle-man in the communications market, hiring bandwidth from other satellites, adding value services to it and on-selling that bandwidth.

Owning a satellite has long been the dream of NewSat’s chief executive Adrian Ballantine, his chief technology officer, David Ball, and vice president satellite strategy, Mike Kenneally (brother of radio broadcaster John Kenneally).

The satellite will now undergo in-orbit testing and will be placed in operational service in approximately four weeks.

NewSat has come from virtually nowhere to being one of Australia’s largest companies. Next up is Jabiru 1, due to lift off in 2015.

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Water treatment technology goes global

Oil Spill Gulf of MexicoThe University of South Australia’s commercialisation company ITEK Ventures Pty Ltd (ITEK) has entered into an exclusive licence agreement with Hyflux International Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Hyflux Ltd, to apply and eventually commercialise its unique coating technology in the global water treatment market.


The unique coating technology transforms a standard stainless steel or plastic mesh into a highly effective separator of fluids. For a liquid containing both oil and water components, a mixture which is typically found in many contaminated water treatment situations, the water passes easily through the mesh while preventing the progress of the oil component.

“This technology can be used to separate oil and water at very low pressures,” says Professor Dayang Wang, a Professor at UniSA’s Ian Wark Research Institute and one of the inventors of the technology.

“The mesh filters are produced through an easily accessible coating process, which allows large-scale production.”

Hyflux intends to further develop this coating technology, integrate it with their water treatment membrane manufacturing processes, and market the end products globally.

ITEK CEO Dr Stephen Rodda says the effectiveness of the technology has attracted the attention of several global water companies.

“It is also another great example of UniSA research being targeted at finding solutions for industry”, Dr Rodda says.

ITEK is also seeking industry partners to apply the underlying technology to oil spill remediation, so it could ultimately be used in situations such as the 2010 BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.


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Unnoticed investments paints a picture of optimism

Liebheer's $65million expansionThere have been some great business successes over the past year.  Many of these have gone unnoticed as businesses have had their heads down doing great things.  These investments show a strong and active local economy with an exciting future. It provides evidence that northern Adelaide is well positioned to provide opportunity for business and to absorb the contraction of automotive manufacturing.

Development approvals have shot up almost 30 per cent in the northern suburbs last financial year with housing and several major projects contributing to $414.7 million in 2013/14, up $94.8 million on the previous year.

In 2013/14 alone did you know?

  • Liebherr’s $65million+ expansion manufacturing and maintenance facility at Para Hills West is underway on their 20ha site which is currently one of Adelaide’s largest private sector only investments. This will create 100 jobs.
  • Mayfield Industries  a leading engineering company which manufactures and commissions transportable switch rooms and switchboard solutions, expanded to a 2.6ha site at Edinburgh Parks.
  • Rand Refrigeration Logistics opened their $35 million refrigeration logistics centre in Vicinity Industrial Base in Direk – the most successful take up of a master planned estate in Adelaide in recent times.
  • The number of developments approved was up 11% to 4,222 in City of Salisbury and Playford with a total value of $414.6 million. City of Salisbury alone approved $225.6 million in developments over 2013-14, up 54 per cent on 2012-13. As well as a big increase in the dollar value of developments in Salisbury, the number of approvals was also up – by 15 per cent to 2461.
  • A $65 million distribution centre planned for Salisbury South would be among the largest private developments in Salisbury Council. The plans lodged with council are for construction on the old Bridgestone site at Cross Keys Rd, Salisbury South.
  • Adelaide Produce Markets now distributes over 250,000 tonnes of produce worth $750 million annually.
  • Masters Hardware plans the rollout of a 13,000sq m store at Parafield Airport to be completed next year. This will create up to 200 retail jobs and 400 jobs during construction.
  • The renewable energy industry is creating jobs with Tindo Solar, Australia only solar panel manufacturer and  IXL Group  opening a new solar structure manufacturing plant in Salisbury South which will support over 50 employees.
  • NewSat Australia’s most advanced commercial satellite developer is undertaking expansion to double their Mawson Lakes teleport facility as part of joint initiative to with Lockheed Martin to launch a new satellite in 2015 known as Jabiru-1.
  • $4 billion Marine Surveillance Project to be based at Edinburgh Parks. A part of this will include about $100 million for facilities and infrastructure in SA, plus another $20 million to support the Triton Drones.

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UniSA to lead new $88 million CRC in big data

Big DataThe University of South Australia will become the national headquarters for an $88 million Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in big data, announced today by the Australian Government.

The Data to Decisions CRC – funded for five years by a $25 million CRC grant and $62.5 million participant contributions – is set to boost national security.

It places UniSA at the forefront of industry and academic research collaboration, with the University now leading three CRCs and partnering in 10 more.

The Data to Decisions CRC will be led by Dr Sanjay Mazumdar who heads up the Defence and Systems Innovation Centre, a joint venture between UniSA and the University of Adelaide.

Dr Mazumdar says the overarching research challenge being addressed by the CRC is ‘How does the defence and national security sector efficiently extract intelligence and unforseen insights from big data within a balanced privacy paradigm?’

“Every day, society creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data from disparate sources including satellite imagery, social media content, digital pictures, videos and voice recordings,” Dr Mazumdar says.

“This data is referred to as big data and it cannot be efficiently analysed using traditional data processing applications.

“The National Security Strategy for Australia highlights the importance of timely and accurate intelligence as a powerful weapon against security threats.

“Addressing big data challenges and applying high-performance analytics can make the difference between predicting a threat and reacting to a catastrophic aftermath.”

The Data to Decisions CRC will involve researchers in areas of computer science, engineering, business and law from UniSA, the University of Adelaide, University of New South Wales, Deakin University and Carnegie Mellon University, with industry input from IT and systems integration companies, consulting companies and SMEs in collaboration with state and federal national security agencies.

Dr Mazumdar expects the CRC will employ 189 staff and 50 PhD students over its five-year funding period and leave a significant legacy to the national security of Australia.

He says industry groups believe the CRC will help build a substantial big data industry, which will position Australia as an international exemplar in the development and use of big data capability across many sectors.

In addition to being the lead in the Data to Decisions CRC, UniSA partners in the extended CRC in Capital Markets, in which Professor Petko Kalev drives UniSA’s involvement.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the new CRCs will tackle important and challenging problems facing society and pursue solutions that are innovative, of high impact and capable of being effectively deployed by end-users.

“The University is delighted to lead the Data to Decisions CRC which will research and develop tools to maximise the benefits that Australia’s defence and national security sector can extract from big data,” Prof Lloyd says.

“This latest CRC announcement represents an important boost to UniSA’s strong association with the CRC program. UniSA is already the lead institution for two existing CRCs (Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC and CRC CARE) and a partner in 10 more CRCs, making it one of the nation’s most active participants in industry-partnered research.”

Source: UniSA

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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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$180m entertainment hub for Salisbury South gets closer

indoor surfingAn entertainment shopping complex that could create up to 1600 jobs is a step closer after Salisbury Council last night endorsed new zoning for the site near Parafield Airport. This site is at the corner of Main North and Kings roads.

The $180 million development, proposed by developer Jamie McClurg, would include cinemas, indoor skydiving, water slides, a wave pool, laser skirmish, tenpin bowling, a games arcade, rock climbing and a massive indoor trampoline.

It would also include a shopping centre similar to Harbourtown.

Speaking in favour of the rezoning Cr Brian Goodall said the complex would provide a boost to the local economy.

“If there’s one thing we need in Salisbury above anything else, it’s … jobs, particularly for young people,” Cr Goodall said.

A report to Salisbury Council stated the development would create up to 1600 jobs in the retail, bulky goods, food and beverage, entertainment and service industries.

Cr Goodall said if the land remained an industrial zone, it would only support 500 jobs if subdivided. The land is now used for sheep grazing.

Cr Brad Vermeer said the proposal was a “fantastic opportunity” and would restore Salisbury’s standing as the hub of the north.

“This will be a magnet for businesses and consumers from all over the state,” Cr Vermeer told the meeting.

The rezoning still has to go to Planning Minister John Rau for approval and Mr McClurg would also have to submit a development application detailing his plans for the 20ha site.

A council report produced last year found revenue at the nearby Parabanks, Ingle Farm and Hollywood Plaza shopping centres would fall by about $16 million, or 3 per cent a year, if the project went ahead.

However Mr McClurg argued it would create more jobs than would be lost at the other centres.

The planned rezoning requires that for every 10,000sq m of retail space, 2,000sq m is set aside for leisure purposes.

Cr Chad Buchanan said this would make sure the complex had a point of difference over other local shopping centres.

This story originally featured on AdelaideNow

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Walker Corp estate expands to stage two

Vacinity-Walker Corporation-Direk-Industrial Estate-City of SalisburyWalker Corporation lanched their second stage of its $400 million industrial estate known as Vicinity in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. Walker has built a new intersection at the corner of Heaslip Rd and Pilatus Drive to cater for B-double road trains, with the gazettal of B-triple road trains is also imminent.

The 12ha master planned site has been popular in a difficult market. CBRE associate director Jon Nitschke said “Vicinity was Adelaide’s most successful industrial subdivision in recent years, with a large format service station due to be opened by the end of the year.”

Recent sales include:

  • Proactive Property has purchased a 4400sqm parcel of land, and will speculatively build a warehouse and office facility
  •  Autotherm’s 2400sqm new headquarters
  • Automotive Holdings Group subsidiary Harris Refrigerated Transport is operating a new $35 million chiller and freezer distribution facility
  • Civil contractors Buttrose Earthmovers has purchased a 3360sqm parcel of land to build a new storage warehouse.
  • Bonney Welding has recently completed construction of a new 3300sqm premises.

Other Established tenants include:

  • Toll NQX,
  • Kimberly-Clark,
  • Cahill Transport,
  • Nick Scali

Vicinity location at Direk provides easy uncongested access to key freight routes and strategic close key sectors within the areas such as:

  • Food and Beverage Processing
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining Services
  • Various Cold Storage and Distribution Centres
  • Defence with nearby Edinburgh Parks being home to the RAAF Base, DSTO and a range of Defence Prime such as BAE Systems Australian Headquarters, Nova Concepts and Lockheed Martin.

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The Yogurt Shop expands interstate

The Yoghurt Shop-Burton-City of SalisburyThe Yoghurt Shop is expanding to Melbourne after a decade of growth. Known for their high quality Yogurt which is made at at Burton their long standing success across Adelaide has helped them to grow to 10 branded, retail locations across Adelaide, most of which are run on a franchise model, and it supplies about 200 independent grocers since 2004.

Owner Simon Reynolds said the vision was always to supply a niche, high quality product.

“I was in food and hospitality and we stumbled across what we thought was the best yoghurt in Australia at the time and it wasn’t available in South Australia,’’ he said.

Flavours include apricot crumble, honeycomb, and cappuccino, while the company also offers gourmet dips, smoothies and frozen yoghurt. There is also the base classic yoghurt, and a natural yoghurt which has no added sugar.

The Yoghurt Shop directly employs about 50 people across its retail sites, management and a manufacturing site at Burton, with about 150 across the franchise network.

Mr Reynolds said the company was aiming to open its first Melbourne store in a site similar to the Central Market, which reflected its niche, high quality focus.

The company is also the official yoghurt supplier for the Port Adelaide Football Club.

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IXL opens Structure Manufacturing Plant in Adelaide to Supply First Solar Projects

First Solar-IXL Solar-Salisbury South-NynganThe Renewable Industry is creating jobs and providing alternate growth path to local manufacturers with First Solar, Inc. and the IXL Group (IXL) of companies are announed last week the opening of IXL’s new structure manufacturing plant in Salisbury South in Adelaide. The facility will enable IXL to assemble and deliver the mounting structures for First Solar’s 155 MW (AC) utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects at Nyngan and Broken Hill in New South Wales – Australia’s largest utility-scale solar projects to-date. The plant is expected to create approximately 40 local jobs and is evidence of First Solar’s commitment to supporting Australian manufacturers. IXL also received support from the Automotive New Markets Program (ANMP) to assist with the capital expenditure required to establish the plant. The ANMP is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, and delivered in collaboration with the South Australian Government to assist automotive suppliers to diversify their customer base and product range.

Historically, IXL’s metal stamping and roll-forming capability supplied the local automotive industry. Today, IXL has a dedicated business unit focused on producing structural components for solar projects. Located on a site of over 16,000 square metres with a building of 4000 square metres in Salisbury South in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, IXL’s new facility will produce approximately 100,000 mounting structures for the Nyngan and Broken Hill projects, using over 6000 tonnes of Australian-made steel. Production is now underway.

“As the solar industry continues to grow in Australia, there will be an increasing need and demand for a reliable and efficient local supplier base,” said Jack Curtis, First Solar’s Vice President of Business Development for Asia Pacific. “Continued utilisation of local suppliers will not only reduce the cost of delivering solar power to Australia, but it will also create local jobs, develop regional skills and support more sustainable employment. Local procurement accounts for 56.3 per cent of First Solar’s total procurement spending on the Nyngan and Broken Hill projects, with over 450 direct construction jobs expected to be created and over $66 million spent on local equipment for both projects.”

“The opening of our Adelaide manufacturing plant is another significant milestone in the development of our solar business,” said Claude Dagescy, IXL Solar’s General Manager. “As local automotive manufacturing declines, we have sought new business opportunities. Making mounting structures for First Solar has been a natural extension of our business and we believe Australian-made mounting systems can be more than competitive with imports. IXL’s ongoing work with First Solar demonstrates that.”

IXL previously provided First Solar with a cost-effective, Australian-manufactured framing capability for the 10MW Greenough River Solar Farm (GRSF) in Western Australia in 2012. At the time, it was Australia’s first and largest utility-scale solar project. Two years later, the scale and footprint of the NSW projects demonstrate that utility-scale solar is becoming a proven, bankable source of power generation in Australia today.

“Solar is increasingly being recognised as a mainstream energy source globally,” said Shellie Molina, First Solar’s Vice President of Global Supply Chain. “Today’s announcement demonstrates that the renewable energy industry is a driver of investment, building economic and alternative business opportunities across Australia. The opening of the IXL manufacturing plant in Adelaide tells a positive story of job creation, the transfer and development of regional skills and sustainable industry development in Australia”.

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An appetite for success

Independent Institute of Food Processing-Salisbury- Training Centre- John StNorthern Adelaide’s food and beverage sector continues to invest and grow. The latest addition is a Food Hub Training Centre to be created in the town centre of Salisbury by Independent Institute of Food Processing.

The centre will further support the successful local food and beverage processing industry which employs over 1,600 people in the City of Salisbury and has seen 50% employment growth in recent years.

The training centre will be on the corner of John and Ann streets, into a training base for agriculture, butchery, food safety, forklift driving, animal welfare, horticulture and baristas. The institute’s Chief Executive Stephan Knoll said “the project would provide a boost to the north”.

“Up to 50 students would study at the new hub at any one time. A commercial cafe would also operate at the centre, providing on the-job training” said Stephan.

The firm recently was recognised as Australia’s Meat Industry Training Provider of the Year by the National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council.

Construction of the training centre is expected to be expected to start in the second half of this year subject to approvals.

The Centre complements northern Adelaide’s strengths in food and beverage processing which include:

  • The Adelaide Produce Market, based in the suburb of Pooraka, is South Australia’s primary commercial wholesale market, trading over 250,000 tonnes of fresh produce each year at an estimated value of $750 million. This fresh food mecca is complemented locally by Coles’ Regional Distribution Centre and the nearby Woolworths distribution facility.
  • Established concentration of advanced food processing companies such as Inghams, Bickfords, Lion, Obela, Holco, Lifestyle Bakery, Bellis, Australian Wholefoods and Sunfresh Salads.
  • Excellent transport and logistics infrastructure with excellent cold store facilities
  • The Virginia horticulture area

For details on Salisbury’s food industry please refer to our Food and Beverage Processing Business Case

Osmoflo gears up to help industry reuse its wastewater

Marc Fabig- Osmoflo-osmosis-Burton-SalisburyAustralian water solutions and desalination company Osmoflo has formed a Wastewater Business in response to increasing demand from industry at large and the utilities sector for efficient wastewater treatment systems that maximise the potential for reuse.

Already a market leader in the design, construction, commissioning and operation of reverse osmosis treatment plants that deliver reclaimed water, Osmoflo’s Wastewater Business offers the full range of wastewater treatment systems in addition to membrane- based technologies.

Flexibility extends to contract options which include Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) Design Build Operate and Maintain (DBOM), Build Own Operate (BOO), Rental and Commercial Lease.

“Osmoflo has wide Australian and international experience in provision of plants enabling reuse or the discharge of treated water in full compliance with regulatory standards however the new business signifies a dedicated approach within the company to wastewater management, one that we believe industry has come to expect from providers of water solutions” says Mr Jamie Roodenrys, Manager, Wastewater.

”Demand for reuse is being driven by growing community and industry expectations relating to sustainable, cost effective and reliable wastewater treatment coupled with the implementation of increasingly stringent regulatory standards particularly relating to environmental discharge. These factors are bringing about a renewed focus on all aspects of wastewater treatment and recycling” he says.

Osmoflo’s Wastewater Business which will be based at the company’s manufacturing facility in Burton, South Australia with technical representatives located at Osmoflo’s offices throughout Australia.

Osmoflo is a market leader in the design, building, commissioning and operation of treatment and reuse systems for the municipal, industrial, power generation and resources sectors.

Hear why Osmoflo like to do do business in Salisbury.

Giant drones will be housed at Edinburgh and will deliver a $100 million boost to Defence.

Tritons Drone-UAV-Edinburgh Parks-Defence-DSTOPrime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that the Government will buy Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to patrol the nation’s borders.

UAVs are commonly known as drones but the Tritons are smarter than other unmanned craft, with sophisticated surveillance capabilities.

The overall cost of the project has been estimated at anywhere from $1 billion to $3 billion.

As well as about $100 million for facilities and infrastructure in SA, the Tritons should bring in another $20 million a year for the businesses supporting the base, the Government says.

The Defence Teaming Centre estimates the project would create about 100 jobs. This investment builds on the ongoing investements in surveillance aircraft.

For more infomation see AdelaideNow for more coverage of this story.

Australian innovators take home international technology award

Technology of the Year 2103-Unisa-Mawson LakesAgainst some high-powered competition Australia’s Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR) at the University of South Australia (UniSA) has won an international award for innovative communications technology.

The  a non-profit “mutual benefit corporation” dedicated to technology innovation in commercial, civil, and defence communications around the world.

The ITR GSN won the award against some strong competition from NASA, which was nominated for a communication system, developed for the International Space Station.

GSN technical director, Dr David Haley says the GSN was developed for remote data collection and bidirectional communication via low earth orbit satellites.

“The system is special because it includes new software defined radio (SDR) based architectures and waveform designs that provide high spectral efficiency in heavily loaded multiuser scenarios,” he says.

“SDR technology is used for the space segment, ground station and terminals.

“The end result is a cost effective, scalable and flexible system that is able to support very large numbers of users while maximising the use of precious satellite frequency spectrum.”

WinnForum presents the award each year to an individual or organisation for a breakthrough product or technology in the field of Software Defined or Cognitive Radio.

ITR Acting Director, Jeff Kasparian and Senior Research Fellow and GSN Technical Director, Dr David Haley both accepted the award at the Wireless Innovation Forum’s annual WinnComm Conference in Illinois.

“This is a fantastic win for the ITR,” Kasparian says.

“We were in very good company when we were nominated this year, which makes the award even more thrilling.

An ITR-led consortium developed the GSN from concept to field-proven system in only 24 months, with ITR also responsible for the technology development under the program.

GSN partners included COM DEV (Canada) and SAGE Automation, CSIRO, DSTO and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

The development of the Global Sensor Network was assisted by funding from the Federal Government’s Australian Space Research Program.

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$30 million high-rise bolsters strong investment in Mawson Lakes

Mawson Lakes Emperor Living ApartmentsAn eight-storey apartment complex is planned for Mawson Lakes which will feature a million-dollar penthouses, cafes, offices and a multi-level carpark.

Barbaro Builders and Developers lodged plans for the 29m-high building, on the corner of Metro Parade and Main St, with Salisbury Council this month.

The project is expected to be worth about $30 million and would include 63 apartments, four penthouses, five office spaces and seven restaurants or shops. The two and three bedroom apartments would and range in price from $300,000 to $380,000.

The penthouses would cost about $1 million each.

Construction is planned to start as soon as possible, subject to building approval.

This will provide a fantastic addition to the activity in Mawson Lakes, with 150 jobs would be created during construction and many more with the take up of the commercial space. The company’s managing director, Frank Barbaro  said “the project, known as Emperor Living, was designed to feel like a five-star hotel. You’ll have clear views of the hills and coast, cafes and restaurants to visit down stairs and access to parks and public transport.”

Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge said the plans looked exciting and, if approved, would give a boost to the northern suburbs.

“It will create jobs, be classy and enhance an already great area in Mawson Lakes,” Ms Aldridge said.

“I’m pretty excited by it, the area has nothing like it at the present time.”

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Eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft to be based at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

Boeing P-8A Poseidon-Maritime surveillance aircraft-RAAF base Edinburgh

At a cost of $4 billion eight Boeing P-8A Poseidons will replace the AP-3C Orions to provide maritime surveillance to over 2.5 million square kilometres of ocean.

These aircraft will be based in the RAAF Base Edinburgh and will begin to be delivered in to be operational by 2017 and to be fully operation by 2021.

Part of the investment will be building new facilities at Edinburgh and maintenance support. This will provide added strength to the local defence sector and their capacities.

For more details see the coverage in AdelaideNow.

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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.

For more success stories in northern Adelaide click here.



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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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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Housing for 700 at Burton to be considered

Burton- Waterloo CornerHousing for nearly 700 people is being considered for a 37ha of industrial land between Waterloo Corner and Pt Wakefield roads which will need to be rezoned to allow for about 250 houses.

The City of Salisbury staff have recommended their support and councillors will vote on it January 2014. If supported by the elected members’ the rezoning would go out for consultation with the public.

Salisbury staff has listed issues to be addressed before the rezoning goes ahead. For full approval the Planning Minister John Rau would have support to the rezoning proposal.

Moving Manufacturing Forward in Salisbury

Holden WorkerWhat it takes for manufacturers to thrive in a challenging environment will be the focus of Manufacturing: Strategies to Thrive, a major event hosted by the Northern Economic Leaders in Mawson Lakes on 11 December.

While there is much public focus on the future of Holden and its suppliers, there are manufacturers in Salisbury who are changing the way they do business and are thriving.

Keynote speaker at the event, Professor Göran Roos, chair of the State Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Council  will provide some observations on how best practice companies are succeeding, the government’s approach in working with manufacturers and the potential implications for northern Adelaide arising from investment decisions made by Holden.

Michael Horrocks, Director, Lifestyle Bakery, which will feature as one of the local case studies along with Saab Systems and Osmoflo said “being a smaller manufacturer which has seen over 30% year on year growth for the last 15 years has had its challenges, but without a large marketing budget I look forward to sharing our creative approaches to drive the most from our marketing activities.”

Join us on Wednesday, 11 December, 3pm to 5.45pm at the Conference Centre, Innovation House, Technology Park in Mawson Lakes.

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$35m Rand Refrigerated Logistics food distribution centre at Direk creates 100+ jobs

Rand logisiticsMORE than a hundred jobs will be created at Direk next month when Rand Refrigerated Logistics’ 10,500 sq m $35 million food distribution centre opens.

The project is the latest addition to the Vicinity industrial estate at the corner of Heaslip and Edinburgh roads, which is being developed by Walker Corporation.

Walker Corporation national industry manager Claire Boenne said more companies were looking to Adelaide’s north, which would result in increased employment opportunities.

She said cheap land in comparison to the rest of Adelaide, coupled with and Salisbury and Elizabeth’s proximity to Port Adelaide, made it an attractive place to do business.

She said the estate would eventually be home to about 4000 workers.

“The ripple effect of this employment in the surrounding area has already been profound, creating hundreds more jobs in companies which supply or contract to companies now located at Vicinity,” Ms Boenne said.

For more coverage of this investment see AdelaideNow.



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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Plans lodged for $30m housing development at Paralowie

fast-tracked-development-and-planningPlans have been lodged to build a 105-lot housing development in Paralowie within the Salisbury Council. This planned development is on 5.3ha site adjacent to Bolivar and it’s anticipated to be split in to 105 allotments.

Earthen Development Group purchased the site and expected houses will be built on the land early next year. This development will provide a welcome boost the construction industry and provide a favourable location to live as it is close to shopping, schools and transport.

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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RM Williams to supply Australian Army

RM Williams bootsRM Williams will supply 15,000 pairs of black Craftsman boots to Australian soldiers each year for the next three years, enough to equip every soldier in the Army.  They will be made at RM Williams Salisbury manufacturing headquarters.

Another 5000 pairs of boots will be supplied to inductees each year in the final two years of the five-year Army contract.

The boots will be used as the new Australian Army parade boot, replacing the traditional black lace-up Army boot worn by generations of soldiers on the parade ground.

“We are proud to further secure our manufacturing capability in Salisbury, which will now be complemented initially by a 4pm-8pm shift, with plans to go to a full evening shift in the coming years,” RM Williams chief executive Hamish Turner said.

The full story can be found at AdelaideNow

To find out more on why RM Williams likes to do business in Salisbury.

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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Shoppers flock to Mawson Lakes new shopping centre

Mawson Lakes Shopping CentreMawson Lakes Shopping Centre Stage Two  is open and proving to be a success with the locals. Developed by Taplin Real Estate this $40 million investment adds extra vitality to Mawson Lakes already popular lakeside suburb.

The new 1800 m2 shopping centre includes new undercover specialty stores, 620 carparks, direct access to public transport and adjacent to University of SA with over 6,000 students.

Some of the new businesses in this shopping centre include Woolworths, Michel’s Patisserie, 42nd Street Café, Bakers Delight, Tropicana Mawson Lakes, BWS, Newsagent and many more will move in within the coming months.

With this new development and the planned Target Store in the old Woolworths location Mawson Lakes continues to build on its reputation as vibrant place to live, work and play.

For many who haven’t fully explored Mawson Lakes they are surprised by level of activity, whether its the hundered which flock to the lakeside for a lunchtime bite or the more varied speciality shops at the northern end of Mawson Lakes Town Centre such as newly opened Artique Hair Studio, Mawson Lakes Chiropractic, DAA – Accountatants and Tax Agents and Dental on Metro and Angelic Touch Body and Beauty.

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.

SAAB looks to grow at Mawson Lakes

Saab Technologies AustraliaDefence contractor Saab Systems with operations at Mawson Lakes is poised to diversify the business into new areas like air traffic control under new MD Dean Rosenfield as reported by AdelaideNow.

The Australian operation of the global defence and security company is hoping to sign with ASC for work on its $65 million ship control management and monitoring system upgrade of the Collins Class submarines by the end of this year. And the company’s civil arm Saab Security, established by Mr Rosenfield in his former role in 2007, has won a contract to install electronic security to a 1000-bed men’s prison in New Zealand.

Three weeks ago the Mawson Lakes-based company also won a combat management training contract in India and is also bidding to provide surveillance systems in a Macau casino.
“We’re looking to contract another 30 staff hopefully, but with different skill sets,” said Mr Rosenfield, a former officer in the Australian Army.

Adelaide Produce Maket wholesalers sell $700 million

Adelaide Produce Market in the early morningMore than $700 million worth of produce will be sold at the Adelaide Produce Market this year according to AdelaideNow. The Adelaide Produce Market has been located at Pooraka since 1988.

Adelaide Produce Market Marketing and Business Development Manager, Julian Carbone says wholesale markets are vital to ensuring a diverse food industry.

“If we didn’t have a wholesale market, most growers and most retailers wouldn’t be able to buy and sell efficiently and we would all be totally reliant on very large retailers sourcing produce directly from very large growers,” Mr Carbone says.

“It is probably because we are so stable and just going about our business quietly but not only are we are a key employer across the state; we provide the essential role of feeding people.”

Joe Libresti, owner of Tropicana greengrocers at Tea Tree Plaza and Mawson Lakes has sold fruit since he was 16 and says demand for fresh produce because of the popularity of cooking shows is helping smaller retailers like him.

See more on why the Adelaide Produce Market like doing business in Salisbury.

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.