none
none

INNOVATION HUB MANUFACTURED TO FIT

14-07-2016
by 
in 

Architects have praised the redevelopment of a former car manufacturing plant into an innovation hub for high value industries, but it is the resident manufacturers who have the most adulation for the concept.

The Tonsley Innovation Hub in southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia recently dominated the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 South Australian Architecture Awards, collecting seven awards across education, heritage, commercial, sustainability and urban design.

It is another milestone for Tonsley, which has undergone a major revamp in recent years. The last Mitsubishi 380 rolled off the production line at Tonsley in 2008.

Now the Main Assembly Building is home to innovative Advanced Manufacturers including medical technologies company Micro-X and is bookended by the Flinders University at Tonsley building and community college TAFE SA.

Other major tenants in the hub include Siemens, ZEN Energy and the South Australian Drill Core Library.

The innovation hub has been specifically designed to enable businesses, industries and companies to collaborate with researchers and tertiary students.

Micro-X relocated to Adelaide in January and expects to be building saleable units of its lightweight medical industry x-ray machines by the end of the year.

Managing Director Peter Rowland said the Tonsley concept was like being at a trade show where businesses constantly interacted.

“Every one of my staff is going to find real value with the collaboration available there,” he said.

“Everyone bangs on about Silicon Valley being the cradle of innovation and the only difference I see is scale and geography.

“It would be lovely to think that Tonsley could create an atmosphere where what everybody is doing at Tonsley is the new normal because it just changes everyone’s perspective. I mean you help each other but suddenly you don’t feel so lonely, there’s people you can talk it over with who are in a similar business and understand your problems."

Related news & editorials

  1. 21.09.2017
    21.09.2017
    by      In
    A NSW defence engineering company has partnered with an Israeli defence systems leader to deliver Australian production and assembly of Spike missiles.
    The Spike is an Israeli-designed missile, built to target and track armor and infantry targets. 
    Varley Australia will create a state-of-the-art... Read More
  2. 21.09.2017
    21.09.2017
    by      In
    It would be an understatement to say that Australia's NBN rollout has been fraught with delays and dissapointments. 
    Politics, changes in management, and technological hurdles have lead to a slower implementation than was initially predicted. Many households on the NBN are not recieving speeds that... Read More
  3. A red holden ute
    21.09.2017
    21.09.2017
    by      In
    With the closure of big automotive manufacturing plants, thousands of Australian workers have been displaced. Hundreds of them are yet to find new work. 
    Approximately 950 Holden employees remain at the factory in Adelaide's north. Yet, with just over a month until its final close, many are yet to... Read More
  4. Paddy Neumann works on the Neumann ion drive.
    21.09.2017
    21.09.2017
    by      In
    In a warehouse hidden away in the inner suburbs of Adelaide, there's a great deal of work being done, and it's all about space. 
    “The short answer is, it is rocket science,” says Dr Paddy Neumann, the founder and driving force behind the Neumann Space initiative. 
    Out of this location comes all... Read More