REDARC is a great South Australian success story, with the Premier officially launching the company's expansion at Lonsdale supporting advanced manufacturing.
- The Honourable Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence
- Ms Katrine Hildyard MP, Member for Reynell
- Mr Jim Whalley, Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia
- Mr Anthony Kittel, Managing Director, REDARC
- Ladies and Gentlemen
I acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and we respect their spiritual relationship with their country.
It’s a great pleasure to be here to mark the opening of REDARC’s manufacturing building expansion.
But of course, this morning is about much more than that.
It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the success of a South Australian-owned advanced manufacturer and their next generation technology.
REDARC – brief history and new premises
It is great to see a South Australian company expanding its operations in this way.
For there is no doubt that REDARC is an entrepreneurial enterprise.
It is constantly striving to develop and innovate products for its customers in order to compete on a global scale.
From humble beginnings of eight people, literally operating out of a tin shed in Lonsdale, to the expansion that we see today, this is a true success story for the South Australian manufacturing and defence sectors.
REDARC has already made its mark on the defence industry locally and internationally.
You are an SME partner to BAE Systems Australia, for the Future Frigate program.
And recently you signed a Memorandum of Understanding with German Naval C2 and Navigation System Integrator, Raytheon Anschütz, to partner for future Australian Naval Projects.
This redevelopment of the Lonsdale facility will add 3,000 square metres of advanced manufacturing space.
The expansion will see REDARC purchase new machinery and testing and validation equipment, to enable the company to comply with international market regulations.
Innovation and manufacturing in South Australia
What we are witnessing this morning is further evidence of the contribution the defence industry is making to South Australia’s economic prosperity, as we move towards a high-tech advanced manufacturing future.
South Australia is home to a world-class, globally-connected and growing defence industry, underpinned by innovation and cutting-edge technologies.
The industry is driven by ingenuity and creativity as shown by how REDARC is innovating and enhancing its manufacturing capabilities.
Importantly, REDARC’s diversified markets give it the business strength to sustain itself across different business cycles.
Companies such as REDARC are an exciting and crucial part of the future of our State – a future where local companies are increasingly competitive on a global stage through their innovation and determination.
State Government support of local business
South Australia is synonymous with progressive thinking, entrepreneurship and industry leadership.
Lacking some of the advantages of the eastern states, we have always had to go that extra yard to be in the race.
The job of government is to get behind our businesses and our people.
Not stand in the way.
We are doing everything we can to support local companies and jobs by creating a business environment that encourages innovation and gives industry the confidence to invest.
My government is proud to back local business.
Working together, we can maximise opportunities for South Australia from the defence contracts now rolling out.
REDARC’s expansion is a further indication that South Australia does have a bright future in high-tech manufacturing.
I thank REDARC for inviting me here today.
To Anthony and all those associated with this expansion of your operations, congratulations and my very best wishes for your continued success and faith in South Australia.