Technology Park- Smart, Growing and Global

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other recent expansions and relocations include:

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


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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

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.



NewSat scores another defence deal


InDaily Business featured a story on Mawson Lakes- based company, NewSat, who has signed a 10 year contract with a Middle Eastern telco for Jabiru satellite transmission capacity worth more than $67 million.

Tucked away off Port Wakefield Road at Mawson Lakes, the Teleport is a secure Global Access Point, supporting classified networks with sensitive information for government clients.

NewSat is accredited to supply services to both the Australian Department of Defence and the US Defence Department.

NewSat advised the Australian Stock Exchange the deal for Ka-band satellite capacity will allow the customer, which NewSat declined to name due to “commercial and competitive reasons” to deliver high-speed internet and data services across several Middle Eastern regions.

The 30/20 GHz Ka-band is used in communications satellites, often used in high-resolution, close-range targeting radars aboard military airplanes.

NewSat announces $2.35 million of new contracts

NewSat Limited announced on 7th July 2011 a number of new significant contract wins signed during May and June. The new business contracts are worth $2.35 million in additional revenue and will provide satellite communication services within Australia and abroad, including Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste.

NewSat Limited is Australia’s largest specialist provider of satellite capacity delivering Internet, voice, data and video communications via satellite. With its unique-to-Australia teleport infrastructure, some of which is based at Technology Park, Mawson Lakes in Adelaide.

 The military portion of NewSat’s business has continued to grow strongly, delivered through NewSat’s US Military accredited Teleport in South Australia. With demand for military communications projected to increase, driven by new technologies, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and demand for larger bandwidths.

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