Case Studies

Career counselling provides a path to training and employment

When GM Holden announced in 2013 that it would close operations in 2017, Brian of Craigmore was working in an automotive supply chain company. “I was unsure and not confident of what the future would hold due to my age.  I was also not confident that I would be able to use my skills and move into...

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Automotive grant helps Sonnex grow

A Tier 1 supplier of services to Holden, Elizabeth-based manufacturer Sonnex Pty Ltd received a $417,500 state-government grant as part of the Automotive Supplier Diversification Program (ASDP) to reposition and help grow the business. Sonnex Managing Director Jano Tuchnya said the grant was used for...

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Award winning Smart Fab defending its turf

Dream big and believe you can achieve anything is the life philosophy of Simon Kennedy, founder and Managing Director of engineering and specialist steel fabrication company Smart Fabrication. From humble beginnings, the Port Adelaide based company has grown significantly and now employ about 50...

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MTC supporting business with technology

The Manufacturing Technology Centre at Mawson Lakes aims to support businesses to grow and succeed by helping them understand, explore and adopt six key emerging technologies; additive manufacturing, advanced materials, photonics, robotics and automation, digital technologies, and big data. Interactive...

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Leaders voicing their confidence in a bright future

Inaugural Northern Economic Leaders (NEL) Board members, Julie Goods, Ly Luan Le and Mike Ford share one vision – to be the voice for northern Adelaide and make positive change. Julie is the Director Workforce at Helping Hand Aged Care. She became involved with NEL to encourage business leaders...

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Salisbury coffee shop voted best in Australia

Spend just a few minutes with small business owners Julio and Yesenia Cordero and you’ll see why their Salisbury-based café Coffee Amigo was named the best coffee shop in Australia at the national Restaurant and Catering Awards in 2016. Their enthusiasm and passion for good coffee is clear. The...

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Laserbond relocates research and development facility to Northern Adelaide

Establishing a facility in Adelaide’s north made good business sense for advanced surface engineering company Laserbond. Laserbond, who moved its research and development (R&D) operations from Sydney to Adelaide’s northern suburb of Cavan in 2015. The company initially established a presence...

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Port Adelaide company lights up the Indian Premier League

Port Adelaide company Zing International exports its unique flashing cricket stumps and bails to most major limited-over competitions worldwide, including the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket competition. Zing International director Bronte Eckermann said the company’s niche product had...

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From automotive to food - Quality plastics and tooling take on food packaging

Many former automotive suppliers are looking for ways to use their existing skills and knowledge to diversify and remain in business. Quality Plastics and Tooling is one that's succeeded. The Wingfield based company creates bespoke food-packaging products under the PakPot brand. General Manager...

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Northern Adelaide based company delivers invoices from the cloud

Northern Adelaide entrepreneurs Robin Sands and Sam Hassan have developed an innovative solution to give businesses greater control over their financial processes and cut costs. Their Link4 solution uses cloud software to deliver invoices. More than 600,000 Australian businesses use cloud accounting...

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Welding company diversifies for export success

AEM Cores Pty Ltd was established over 50 years ago, manufacturing welders and later transformer parts for the Australian market. During the late 1990s it applied expertise to creating products that could be exported worldwide. A strong emphasis on research and development has placed the company at...

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Exports to the United Arab Emirates take flight

A collaboration born in northern Adelaide has lead to high-quality South Australian produce being exported to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Singapore. Craig Katz heads Australian Produce Collective, a dedicated export arm of the South Australian Produce Market based in northern Adelaide. It...

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South Australia secures naval shipbuilding future

The defence industry is driving innovation and economic growth in South Australia. Northern Adelaide is home to about 85 per cent of Adelaide’s defence industry activity, directly employing about 5,000 highly skilled workers. With Techport Australia in Osborne confirmed as the location for the...

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Northern Connector Live Training Program

A highly skilled and trained workforce is vital to the success of major infrastructure projects such as the Northern Connector, which will allow motorists a 43 kilometre non-stop journey from Gawler to Regency Park. Thanks to two pilot programs providing ‘live training’ on the Northern Connector...

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Small Business Development Fund helps Accent Wine Packaging expand

Accent Wine Packaging director Peter Hooper received a $100,000 grant from the $10 million Small Business Development Fund to expand his business. The fund helps small businesses and start-ups in the Port Adelaide Enfield, Playford and Salisbury council areas grow and create sustainable jobs. Watch...

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Zing International

Zing International is based in the Adelaide Business Hub incubator at Port Adelaide, where the company designs, manufactures and builds the flashing Zing Wicket System for international cricket matches. Business owner and inventor Bronte Eckermann said 90 per cent of the Zing System is manufactured...

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Northern company launches new rental venture

Northern Adelaide based company Warrin Mining & Construction Equipment has embarked on a new venture that will help boost investment in northern Adelaide. Previously only selling and supporting Volvo mining and construction equipment, the venture ‘VRents’ allows business to rent high-quality...

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World-class data centre opens in northern Adelaide

Edinburgh Parks in northern Adelaide is home to YourDC, South Australia’s largest and most advanced data centre. In a former car exhaust systems factory, a state-of-the-art facility can store 2,400 petabytes of storage, or about the same amount as 150 million smartphones, and will host more than...

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City of Port Adelaide Enfield reaps the benefits of cross-industry investment

City of Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Gary Johanson talks about significant projects that will create thousands of jobs in northern Adelaide. They include the regeneration of 23 hectares of waterfront land, the construction of 1,000 homes at Port Adelaide, and major defence projects. See Mayor Johanson’s...

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Northern Connector the path to investment and jobs

City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge talks about significant projects underway across the Salisbury council area. A new $40 million community hub, the northern Adelaide Food Park and the $985 million Northern Connector project - the last piece of the north-south corridor - are among projects that...

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Playford projects to drive growth and secure jobs in northern Adelaide

City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty talks about projects and initiatives creating jobs and benefitting the community. The Northern Sound System is giving projects such as the Northern CBD Smart City,  Playford's $55 million sports precinct and the Playford Alive urban renewal project a customised...

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Brand outlet centre for northern Adelaide

Momentum is gathering on the development of the new Parafield brand outlet centre in Adelaide's north. Located within the boundaries of Parafield Airport and fronting Main North Road, the multi-million dollar "District Outlet Centre" Adelaide’ will be a Harbour Town for the northern suburbs, creating...

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IndigiSpace a story of shared opportunity

An $11,800 Small Business Development Fund start-up grant has helped, entrepreneur Greg Hodgkinson develop his IndigiSpace  website...

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State-of-the-art music and recording at the Northern Sound System

Nick O’Connor talks about the state-of-the-art music and recording facilities at the Northern Sound System at Elizabeth in northern Adelaide. Nick explains how the space helps young people learn, collaborate and create music. He says funding available through the Northern Economic Plan can provide...

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Northline's $23 million transport hub creates northern jobs

Northline’s state-of-the-art transport and logistics facility is located at Gallipoli Drive, Regency Park. Construction of the customs-compliant $23 million facility has created about 100 construction jobs since it began in July 2016. Established in 1983, Northline is a privately owned and managed...

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