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 truly adapted to meet the needs of the current market.”
The engineering and specialist steel fabrication company led by Simon Kennedy was recognised for excelling in its engagement with the defence industry to build its capacity and boosting its footprint across two sites in Port Adelaide and Kilburn.
Customs Agency Services and APC Technology were runners up in the category.
Mr Burns said the awards showed the state had a “tremendously capable industrial base with the visionary leadership required to take us into the future”.
“We now need to see that visionary leadership reflected at the national strategic level,” he said.
“We all recognise that our defence industry has lacked a vision and a plan for the future for quite a long time and that is the responsibility of a number of successive governments.
“That has led to us to the critical juncture we are currently experiencing. The risk is not just jobs and dollars going offshore, it is also our national security and sovereignty for decades to come.”
Other winners across four categories included Brodie Ryan of Raytheon Australia winning Young Achiever with runners up, Kyle Hoare of Daronmont and Cameron Butter of Nova systems.
Mr Ryan is System Safety Platform & Delivery Lead of the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance, a key leadership position within the AWD system safety program.
Employer of Choice winner was Saab Australia, with Mr Burns saying the company showed how the defence industry “is at the forefront of innovation and the implementation of progressive work practices that value and support their workforce”.
The company has six weeks annual leave, flexible and compressed working hours along with on-site facilities such as walking paths, a multipurpose court for sporting activities, access to yoga classes and massage, a cafe offering subsidised meals, a free medical practitioner and access to a free confidential counselling service.
Mr Burns said Innovator Award winner K-TIG showed how investment in R & D could lead to innovations that contributed to building defence industry capability.
K-TIG is a high speed, single pass, full penetration welding technology that eliminated the need for wire, edge bevelling or skilled operators and produces flawless welds up to 100x faster than TIG welding in materials up to 16mm in thickness.