Case Study

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 in Adelaide in 2013 to support a major oil and gas drilling industry supplier. But changing industry conditions led to questions a year later about whether to shut down the Adelaide facility.

Chairman Allan Morton said the company thoroughly analysed the benefits of the state and it was clear that South Australia, and particularly northern Adelaide, had many benefits to offer LaserBond.

“A big factor in our decision to move the company’s R&D facility to Adelaide’s north was just how close Cavan is to our research partner UniSA, and other like-minded industry partners,” Allan said.

“UniSA’s world class Minerals and Materials Science Building is just four minutes in traffic up the road. Where can you go in four minutes in Sydney?

“Another significant factor in Laserbond’s decision is the region’s strong history and culture of advanced manufacturing technologies, which are core to our business.”

Laserbond’s advanced robotic laser technology applies a material surface such as tungsten or titanium to metal components such as mining and transport equipment parts to make them last longer. It was founded in NSW in 1992 by Greg Hooper, a leading technical specialist in welding and thermal spray processes,.

He saw a market for the innovative surface technologies that would extend plant and machinery life.

Greg has since been researching, developing and applying technologies to extend the life of equipment as a cheaper and more environmentally acceptable option than replacing worn or damaged parts.

“The partnership with UniSA will be pivotal in further developing these technologies and continuing our history of innovation,” Greg said.

“The South Australian lifestyle suits me and I personally feel very settled and less stressed living here. I’m really enjoying  working on the business with talented, committed collaboration partners.

“Manufacturing is part of this state’s culture.

“We hope to take advantage of the knowledge and experience based in northern Adelaide to grow Laserbond’s presence in the region, and will be recruiting additional staff with these attributes to do so.”