Event Review and What's Happening in 2018!
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Recent EIDA Events


EIDA at the University of Adelaide

The Electronics Engineering School, University of Adelaide hosted an EIDA event at their new research and teaching laboratories at the North Terrace Campus on Wednesday 25 October. Presentations were made by University staff on ‘How Universities and Industry Can Collaborate to Leverage Government R&D Funding’.

Presentations covered the structure and collaborative resources of the university and R&D funding. An example of collaboration was provided with a proposal by Silanna to establish a semiconductor foundry. Silanna is interested in the oxides, including silicon and gallium oxides as these provide significant performance improvements.

The presentations were followed by networking with industry and university staff. This was a free event for EIDA members and selected guests and EIDA thanks the University for providing the drinks and nibbles.

EIDA on the Torrens Lake

On Wednesday 15 November EIDA hosted 40 members and family on a one hour cruise around the Lake and up the Torrens River on the tourist boat Popeye. Old friends met and new connections were made with people across the range of industry activities. Drinks and nibbles assisted the free-flowing discussion. This was a free event for EIDA members and a small number of invited industry representatives. Most of the Popeye voyagers stayed on for dinner at the River Cafè at the Torrens Weir.

EIDA at JOBEX – 2017

EIDA participated in JOBEX 2017, the largest employment promotion event in Adelaide. The SA Government sponsored event attracted almost 9,000 visitors to the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November.  JOBEX promoted employment in five industry sectors:  Defence and Shipbuilding; Tourism, Food and Wine; Energy and Mining; IT + Hi-Tech; Health and Research.

At Jobex EIDA was located in the IT + Hi-Tech sector, along with some well-known Adelaide electronics firms, including Codan, Ellex, Maptek, Micro-X, Myriota and Sydac.

Many groups of secondary school students, mainly year 10 and 11 plus teachers and career advisors attended on the Friday. Visitors on the Saturday included university and TAFE students, adult job-seekers and a significant number of secondary students with their parents. Teachers and career advisers from several suburban secondary schools asked if EIDA could provide industry employment information e.g. a presentation to students and staff on the industry and its careers.

EIDA members met with JOBEX visitors and discussed the industry and its employment opportunities and training courses. While teachers, parents and students and the community generally are familiar with their personal communication, information and entertainment devices provided by the ‘consumer electronics industry’, most JOBEX visitors were surprised at the size and scope of the ‘other’ electronics industry; the Adelaide electronics industry, with its 300 companies and 11,000 staff and its high technology products and career opportunities.

More than 900 brochures, produced by EIDA for JOBEX were distributed outlining some of the companies in the Adelaide electronics industry, their products and the range of jobs in the various sectors of the industry.

EIDA also assisted DSD with the development of a one hour seminar at JOBEX and arranged speakers on ‘New Technology and Electronics Industry Job Opportunities’. Speakers included Dr Andrew Skinner, Director of Measurement Engineering Australia Pty Ltd, Dr Alex Grant, CEO of Myriota Pty Ltd and Dr Ronald Grill, Information and Communication Officer at EIDA. The seminar attended by almost 100 visitors was chaired by Professor Wen Soong, Head of Electronics Engineering at University of Adelaide.

EIDA 2018 Events

Events in the New Year will include:

Site Visits to EIDA Member Locations. These are an excellent opportunity to tour the plant, see the product development and production facilities and the products and to meet the staff. Site Visits are usually followed by a networking opportunity where visitors can network with colleagues and make new contacts. These events are always popular with members and are an ideal opportunity for prospective members to meet members and to understand some of the functioning of firms in the industry.

Breakfast with the Founders.  In this continuing series in 2018 presentations by electronics industry company founders will describe their journey from the business idea through the start-up and development process. These presentations typically describe the challenges and successes and the products developed along the way and an over-the-horizon view of the processes, products and challenges of the future.

Presenters in 2017 included EIDA Deputy Chairman, Dr Andrew Skinner, Founder of Measurement Engineering Australia Pty Ltd, designers and manufacturers of environmental measurement and control systems for horticulture, viticulture and agriculture and for the renewable energy sector.

Richard Kelly, Founder and CEO of Vomax Pty Ltd described the design and production of industrial instrumentation for measurement and process control in the agricultural sector. He explained that the application of decades of experience in sensing and applications in the coal, mining and agricultural sectors which drives continuous development of new technologies and products which are produced through close collaboration with specialist local firms.

South Australian Government - Small Business Statement - 2017

The annual survey of the South Australian economy as it effects small business was delivered on 28 November by Martin Hamilton Smith MP, Minister for Investment and Trade, Minister for Small Business,  Minister for Defence and Space Industries, Minister for Health Industries and Minister for Veterans' Affairs.

The statement emphasised that SA has 140,000 small businesses with 98% employing 1-19 people. Small businesses contribute $34 billion to the economy annually, or 36% of the GSP.

Adelaide ranked as the most cost competitive city in Australia (ahead of Melbourne) in the KPMG 2016 Competitive Alternatives Report.

Small business has a proud record in this State, if you work in a small business, reflect positively on your contribution!

See: South Australian Government - Small Business Statement - 2017

The Circular Economy

Electronics manufacturers are now being encouraged to think about the ‘Circular Economy’ - the concept that materials and products should be kept in circulation rather than follow the traditional ‘make, sell, use, dispose, model’. Full Story

EIDA Business Directory

EIDA is developing a comprehensive Business Directory. This FREE online service will allow all businesses in the South Australian Electronic Industry to promote their products and services through this searchable database to be operational in 2018.

EIDA is committed to the ongoing development of the Adelaide electronics industry and this resource will facilitate and strengthen collaboration across the industry. Initially all EIDA members will be provided with a comprehensive listing of their products, services, brands and their capability and specialisations. Later other companies and organisations engaged in all sectors of our industry will be added to the database. 
Visitors to will be able to search by keyword/s or to click on comprehensive lists of capabilities under four headings: Products; Brand Names; Services -Technology; Services - Business/Management. Qualified supplier names and contact details are returned for detailed enquiries.

Wants and Offers

Employment:  Three enquirers at the recent JOBEX event have provided CV and contact details.

No. 1    Has extensive experience within the automotive manufacturing industry, electrical transformer winding and assembly, photocopier repairs, military specification wiring and soldering, and electronic fault finding to component level. Recently completed Certificate II in Electro-technology with distinction marks achieved. Compliant with PPE, standard operating procedures and all WH&S. Experienced in: Electronics Assembly & Testing; Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage Technologies; Speaker Design & Building. A practical hands-on person with ability and Initiative. Full CV available. Ref No.1 

No. 2    Is an Electronics Engineer currently studying Master of Engineering (Electronics) at the University of Adelaide. He has well-developed technical knowledge, skills and years of experience in designing, developing, adaptation, installation and diagnosis and service and maintenance and spare parts management of various communication and electronic/electromechanical equipment, calibration, and computer systems and applicable software. Full CV available. Ref No.2   

No. 3   A practiced and experienced café owner and Barista with an enthusiasm for continued growth. He successfully managed the day to day operations of running a local family business in the very competitive market of Glenelg for the past 26 years. Solid communication skills when dealing with staff and customers. Ability to interact with customers / clients in a professional and caring manner. Day to day operations.  Training and mentoring staff to a high standard. Qualified apprenticeship focused on Typographical Composition Designing, attention to details and ability to work towards integral deadlines fundamental to success. Role included being tasked with the management of parliamentary papers for legislative parliament and house of assembly. Full CV available.  Ref No.3

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