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Smart Fabrication – A smart choice for metal fabrication

Smart Fabrication is an award-winning South Australian business that specialises in the planning, design, construction and installation of mechanical and medium to heavy structural projects. Commencing operations in 1999, Smart Fabrication was not much more than a vision for the then boilermaker/welder, Simon Kennedy. Now Smart Fabrication Managing Director, Mr Kennedy had a vision to build a company to rival the best in the industry, to offer more than the average. 15 years on and now with over 65 employees, Smart Fabrication has grown considerably, diversifying into new markets, expanding to a second site and developing its capability to service[…]

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Smart Fab wins 2015 Most Outstanding SME Award

Smart Fabrication wins top defence award Article taken from The Advertiser THE state’s top award in the defence sector for small to medium enterprises has been won by Port Adelaide company Smart Fabrication because of the way it inspires companies grappling with diminishing work opportunities. “It has certainly been a challenging year for the defence industry, which makes the achievements of this year’s Outstanding SME all the more inspiring,” Defence Teaming Centre chief executive Chris Burns said. “Smart Fabrication have excelled in their engagement with the defence industry, to build their capability and capacity to work in defence and have[…]

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SA manufacturer off to Stanford Graduate School of Business

SA manufacturers win study grants South Australian manufacturers were among the 33 winners of study grants awarded by the Industry Leaders Fund to South Australian executives last night. Adelaide Now reports that metal manufacturer Emilio De Stefano of Smart Fabrication, Andrea Mead from barbeque manufacturer Heatlie Engineering, and Derek Rogers from defence manufacture Saab Australia were all awarded grants. As winners, they have been acknowledged as future leaders of wealth creating industry. They will study at universities and other institutions of learning around the world. Emilio De Stefano, for example, will now study at Stanford Graduate School of Business in[…]

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Smart Fabrication partners up with Engineers Australia

“We don’t do average! is a bit of a company mantra around here”, says Emilio De Stefano, General Manager of dynamic engineering and specialist steel fabrication company, Smart Fabrication Pty Ltd. Smart Fabrication is headquartered in Port Adelaide and operates across two sites with its oil & gas division in Kilburn. The company services a variety of industries including oil & gas, defence, mining, water, marine and civil and is capable of planning, designing, constructing and installing a wide range of steel and aluminium solutions to these industries. Choosing to partner with Engineers Australia was a natural choice as it[…]

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Port defence suppliers look to diversity in wake of uncertainty over submarine projects

DEFENCE suppliers in the Port need to look at growth potential in the energy sector to cushion uncertainty over offshore submarine productions, local companies say. It comes as the Federal Government last week backed away from a promise to build 12 new submarines in Port Adelaide to reconsider its defence project options, which include buying vessels made or designed overseas. The future of more than 15,000 defence sector supply jobs remain in limbo due to the decision but suppliers contacted by the Portside Messenger this week said gas, water, and large-scale building projects provided opportunities. Simon Kennedy, owner of Port[…]

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Success is a journey

Simon Kennedy launched Smart Fabrication because he believed that he had something to bring to the industry. His plan was simple: “To do quality work while building relationships with customers and offering a service that is going to make them very happy.” The strategy worked. “We have grown at an incredible rate ever since,” he reports. “And here we are, 15 years later, with 60 plus people on the books.” Today, Smart Fabrication plans, designs, constructs, and installs a wide range of metal fabrication products. The company’s capabilities include heavy and light engineering, tank fabrication, structural steelwork, pipe work, stainless[…]

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Inspirational Speakers visit John Pirie Secondary School

Inspirational speakers visit high school Celeste Lustosa The Speakers in Schools program brought two young professional to John Pirie Secondary School for a talk that inspired our students. Emilio De Stefano, an engineer of Smart Fabrications, and Paige Aldenhoven, Trainer Advisor of BHP Billiton, spoke to Year 9 and 10 students about their career path. Advantage SA runs the Speakers in Schools program that engages young professionals to visit schools around the state, encouraging and inspiring young people to follow their aspirations here in South Australia. Mr De Stefano is one of the 440 speakers of the program and talked about[…]

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