Case Studies

Retrained auto worker

When GM Holden announced it was closing, Brian of Craigmore was working in an automotive supply chain company and worried about his future. “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 utilise my skills and transition...

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Mayne Pharma

Research and development is a critical factor for the future of many northern manufacturing industries. Mayne Pharma is a great model for the economic future of northern Adelaide. A sustainable business in the growing health and medical sector, Mayne Pharma is a specialist pharmaceutical company that...

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Automotive Diversification 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 has been...

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Northern Connector

The $985 million Northern Connector Expressway is a joint Australian and State Government project. It will create a non-stop motorway connecting the already completed Northern Expressway and South Road Superway, providing motorists with an unimpeded journey from Gawler to Regency Park – a total of...

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SAAB Australia

Defence and security technology company SAAB Australia is a local success story for Adelaide’s northern suburbs, employing more than 300 people at its purpose-built facility at Technology Park. SAAB Australia is also one of many northern businesses involved in the Northern Economic Leaders network. The...

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Smart Fab goes from strength to strength

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 today has about 50...

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MTC opens doors for businesses

Activity at the Manufacturing Technologies Centre (MTC) at Mawson Lakes is now in full swing and almost 350 people from businesses in the region have taken advantage of the advanced technology workshops, seminars and demonstrations, as well as the extensive networking opportunities available. Jim...

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Northern Economic Leaders – a collective voice for the north

From different industries and walks of life three of the inaugural Northern Economic Leaders (NEL) Board members, Julie Goods, Ly Luan Le and Mike Ford all share one vision – to be the voice for northern Adelaide and help make positive change. Julie is the Director Workforce at Helping Hand Aged...

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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 South Australia at the State Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence in July, as well as the best coffee shop/tea house in...

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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, who moved their Research and Development (R&D) capability from Sydney to Adelaide’s northern suburb of Cavan in 2015. The company initially established itself here to provide...

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Port Adelaide company lights up the Indian Premier League

Port Adelaide company Zing International has gone from strength to strength with their unique flashing cricket stumps and bails now exported to most major limited over competitions worldwide, including the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket competition. Director of Zing International, Bronte...

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From Automotive to Food - Quality plastics and tooling diversifies into new market

With the automotive industry winding down, many companies who supply products to the industry are looking for ways to use their existing skills and knowledge to diversify and remain in business. That’s exactly what Wingfield based company Quality Plastics and Tooling have done with the creation...

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Developing innovative financial solutions for local business

Northern Adelaide-based entrepreneurs Robin Sands and Sam Hassan have developed an innovative solution to give businesses greater control over their financial processes and cut costs. The solution disrupts invoice delivery through cloud software. More than 600,000 Australian businesses currently use...

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Northern Sound System

Northern Sound System uses music to engage with young people and builds on the rich musical history of Adelaide's northern suburbs. By providing training in song writing, lighting and sound engineering, and digital music production, it not only provides a form of recreation and cultural engagement...

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Northern Adelaide Positive Education Partnership

Led by Northern Connections in partnership with the SAHMRI Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience, the Northern Adelaide Positive Education Partnership comprises more than 30 schools, preschools and early learning centres from the state, Catholic and independent schooling sectors. Members are now training...

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Benefits of new schools

The State Government has built modern, innovative schools to give South Australian children the very best environment and resources for their learning. Roma Mitchell Secondary College is an amalgamation of four previously existing schools: Gepps Cross Girls High, Enfield High, Ross Smith Secondary...

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AEM Cores Pty Ltd

AEM Cores Pty Ltd was established over 50 years ago, manufacturing welders and later transformer parts for the Australian market. During the late 1990s we used our expertise to create new products that could be exported worldwide. A strong emphasis has been placed on R&D and advanced manufacturing...

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Exports to the United Arab Emirates take flight

Thanks to a collaboration born out of northern Adelaide, high quality South Australian produce is now being exported to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Singapore. Craig Katz heads up Australian Produce Collective, a dedicated export arm of the South Australian Produce Market based in northern Adelaide...

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South Australia secures naval shipbuilding future

The defence industry is driving innovation and economic growth in South Australia, with northern Adelaide home to about 85 per cent of Adelaide’s defence industry activity, directly employing about 5,000 highly skilled workers. Recent announcements in naval shipbuilding will see the industry grow...

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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 to help Accent Wine Packaging expand

Director of Accent Wine Packaging Peter Hooper recently received $100,000 in grant funding to expand his business thanks to the newly established $10 million Small Business Development Fund, which has been established to help small businesses and start-ups exclusively in the Port Adelaide Enfield, Playford...

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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 light up 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

Established in 1980, 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, their new venture ‘VRents’ offers...

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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. The state-of-the-art facility has the capacity for 2,400 petabytes of storage, or about the same amount as 150 million smartphones of data, and will host more than a billion dollars of...

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Investment in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield helps get the area Defence ready

City of Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Gary Johanson talks about significant projects that will create thousands of jobs in northern Adelaide, including the regeneration of 23 hectares of waterfront land and construction of 1,000 new homes at Port Adelaide as well as the major Defence projects planned for...

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Northern Connector provides opportunities for northern Adelaide

City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge talks about significant projects underway across the Salisbury council area including a new $40 million community hub, the northern Adelaide Food Park and the $985 million Northern Connector project, the last piece to the north-south corridor, which will create...

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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 that will create jobs and benefit the community including the Northern CBD Smart City initiative, the $55 million Playford sports precinct, the Playford Alive urban renewal project and an increased program of live music at the...

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Parafield Airport, the perfect choice for new Brand Outlet Centre

Momentum is gathering on the development of the new Parafield Brand Outlet Centre which is expected to create 300 jobs during construction and a further 200 jobs when the centre opens in early 2018. Located within the boundaries of Parafield Airport and fronting Main North Road, the multi-million...

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IndigiSpace

Thanks to an $11,800 Small Business Development Fund start-up grant, entrepreneur Greg Hodgkinson can further develop his website IndigiSpace...

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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 based at Elizabeth in northern Adelaide. He talks about how the facility provides a positive place for young people to learn, collaborate and create music and how the recent funding through the...

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Northline’s new $23 million transport hub in Regency Park

Construction is nearing completion on Northline’s new, state-of-the-art transport and logistics facility at Regency Park. Located adjacent to the Kilburn railyard, the construction of the $23 million facility has created about 100 construction jobs since commencing in July 2016. Its strategic location...

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