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Hetech’s Managing Director, Mark Steiner joined Adam Gilmour, the CEO of Gilmore Space Technologies at the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce where Adam spoke about the future of the space industry in Queensland.

Recognising the growing market opportunities for new space products and services, the organization is supporting an AU$150 million ($109 million) bid for the Federal Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative Collaboration (MMI-C) grant to advance space technology manufacturing in Australia. And since most space manufacturing today involves 3D printing technology, the ASMN promises plenty of additively manufactured parts will go to its rockets and satellites.

Led by Gilmour Space Technologies, one of Australia’s top space manufacturers, the ASMN will be a genuinely industry-led project that will provide the framework and infrastructure needed to unlock collaborations, create jobs and capability, attract private investment, and advance Australian space technologies from initial concept through to commercialization and launch.

Led by Gilmour Space Technologies, one of Australia’s top space manufacturers, the ASMN will be a genuinely industry-led project that will provide the framework and infrastructure needed to unlock collaborations, create jobs and capability, attract private investment, and advance Australian space technologies from initial concept through to commercialization and launch.

With over AU$88 million ($64 million) raised since being founded in 2012, Gilmour Space is one of the country’s largest sovereign low-cost hybrid launch vehicle developers. The Queensland-based company plans to launch the first Australian made rockets and satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO) starting in 2022. The company is highly immersed in 3D printing high-performance rocket and space components and received $3.7 million in investment funding in 2017 to develop its launch vehicles that use 3D printed rocket fuel.

The ASMN aims to establish three new space facilities centered in Queensland. The first will be a standard test and manufacturing plant, enabling members to advance their space research and technology development at a lower cost. This is followed by an advanced manufacturing facility for building commercial rockets and satellites anchored to Gilmour Space and an orbital spaceport in North Queensland that will help launch many of these products to orbit.

Did you know we are an ISO9001:2015 accredited and are on our way to be AS9100D accredited? We also build to J-STD-001/IPC-A-610 class 3.
AS9100D is the international Quality Management System standard for the Aviation, Space and Defense (AS&D) industry. The AS9100D standard sets quality management system requirements for the challenges faced by these complex industries.

Quality is not just a word it’s a mantra that we at Hetech live by. We are constantly striving to improve and meet our customer’s expectations. With this in mind, we are well on the road to our AS9100 Certification and hope to have it implemented by February next year.

Our Managing Director, Mark Steiner joined other local business leaders at the 2021 Logan Business Distinction awards. It’s great to see local businesses able to celebrate together this year.

Check out our feature in the My City Logan paper.

Can you imagine satellites with sensors and cameras that detect bushfires within minutes, provide real-time crop data to farmers, connect our remote towns and communities; and rockets that provide valuable access to space from Australia…these are just some of the ‘real world’ capabilities possible with space technology today.

Hetech is proud to be one of The Australian Space and Manufacturing Network founding members. Innovation and advancement in technologies that improve peoples day-to-day lives is something we are very passionate about, we look forward to seeing what this network achieves in the coming years.

MEDIA RELEASE. Making it happen: The Australian Space Manufacturing Network. QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, September 23, 2021 – Satellites with sensors and cameras that detect bushfires within minutes, provide real-time crop data to farmers, connect our remote towns and communities; and rockets that provide valuable access to space from Australia…these are just some of the ‘real world’ capabilities possible with space technology today.

The good news is that innovations like these are already being developed by researchers and companies in Australia. “However, the Space industry is still very new relative to other industry pillars, and it lacks the funding and basic infrastructure to support it,” said Adam Gilmour, CEO of Gilmour Space Technologies, a leading space SME that is planning to launch the first Australian-made rockets and satellites to orbit next year.

Recognising the growing market opportunities for new space products and services, over 30 of Australia’s leading space manufacturers, universities and supply chain companies (listed below) are supporting a $150 million bid for the Federal Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Collaboration (MMIC) stream.

The Australian Space Manufacturing Network (ASMN) – led by Gilmour Space with backing from the Queensland Government – aims to establish three new space facilities, centred in Queensland: (1) a common test and manufacturing facility, enabling members to advance their space research and technology development at lower cost; (2) an advanced manufacturing facility for building commercial rockets and satellites, anchored by Gilmour Space; (3) an orbital spaceport at Abbot Point near Bowen in North Queensland, that will help bring many of these products to space.

“With participation from six states and territories in Australia, we see this as a genuinely industry-led project that will provide the framework and infrastructure needed to unlock collaborations, create jobs and capability, attract private investment, and advance Australian space technologies from initial concept through to commercialisation and launch,” said Mr Gilmour.

Among the ASMN founding members are Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria; Space Machines Company and Neumann Space in South Australia; Electro Optic Systems and Greatcell Energy in the ACT; Spiral Blue in New South Wales; the ARM Hub and Griffith University in Queensland; and a number of international space companies, such as SatRevolution from Poland, which are looking to set up operations in Australia and provide export and supply chain opportunities to local companies.

“Australian space manufacturing facilities will unlock Australia’s true potential as a respected space faring nation,” said Glen Tindall, CEO of EOS Communications Systems. “The Australian Space Manufacturing Network and the diverse range of partners it brings together, demonstrates the end-to-end benefit these types of facilities will have across Australia and beyond.”

Dr Cori Steward, CEO of ARM Hub, added: “For Australia’s manufacturing future, we need to do bigger business together. As a key partner in the Australian Space Manufacturing Network, ARM Hub will be catalysing commercialisation through industry access to the nation’s expertise, de-risking technology adoption and building workforce digital capability, collaboratively.”

“With the global space economy expected to grow to a trillion dollars by 2030, the MMIC will provide timely support for our emerging space manufacturers to develop and mature significant, and globally competitive, space capabilities in Australia,” said Mr Gilmour. The ASMN proposal has been submitted to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Hetech has made it to the finals of The Logan Business Distinction Awards! With over 400 nominations for the 23 industry categories, we are honoured to be selected as a finalist.

We can’t wait to catch up and celebrate with other local businesses at Logan’s Business Distinction Awards later this month.

The business awards were originally started by the Logan Chamber of Commerce over 35 years ago.  It has a tradition of being a ‘night of nights’ on the Logan business and social calendar.  The Business Achiever Awards were so successful at highlighting successful businesses in Logan that the Quest News Group utilised the model across Queensland for many years.

In 2012, the Logan Chamber of Commerce reinstated the awards without the intervention of Quest and from 2018 The Logan Business Distinction AwardsTM has been hosted with the support of the Beenleigh-Yatala Chamber of Commerce and the Logan Country Chamber of Commerce. Together we created a gala event like no other in the city, attracting over 400 nominations for the 23 industry categories. The judges then worked to announce finalists for each of these categories with the winners being announced on the night.

In 2019, it grew even bigger with more nominations, applications, 15 categories and 6 major award winners.

Catching up with our local government member was refreshing, Bert Van Manen showed a keen interest in Hetech and the current struggles affecting the business as a direct result of COVID-19, including component and skill shortages.
Hetech took the opportunity to say thank you for the ongoing support by the federal government. We appreciate it.

Innovation is critical to the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) industry and will secure the sustainable future of mining. Hetech’s Mark Steiner recognises this and the need to foster individuals who truly embrace and champion innovation.
As part of the Austmine Innovation Mentoring Program, Jake and David spent some valuable time with Mark at Hetech HQ. Mark will be mentoring them on innovation in product development, from strategy and planning to identifying opportunities to innovate.

The program is designed to shape the numerous skills required for innovators to succeed in today’s fluid market environment. The mentoring sessions will guide participants’ general understanding of innovation, including ideation, strategy, commercialisation and implementation. Personal development, career enhancement and skills growth are the major goals of the program for participants and also for our mentors.

Here’s to the next generation of innovators.

Late last week, Hetech’s Steve Plunkett joined other Defence supply companies and Commonwealth, State and Local Government agencies for a Q&A panel discussion at the Logan Defence information session.
The Hetech team are working to mentor other businesses on the Defence procurement process and during the session, attendees were given an overview of the Defence marketplace and an understanding of how the Australian Defence Force procures for projects.

Hetech will be exhibiting our electronics design and manufacturing capabilities, in collaboration with the Queensland Government stand, at this year’s Land Forces 2021 at our home turf Brisbane.

Land Forces 2021 will be held 1-3 June at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The event will showcase technology, equipment and services related to the land defence sector and attract key local and international defence personnel, government representatives, equipment suppliers and industry leaders in the field of land warfare capability.

We encourage anyone attending the show to come and see us at the Queensland Stand and have a chat about how we can help you design or manufacture your next defence project.

Contact us to learn more about the event or book a meeting support@hetech.com.au or +61 (0)7 3297 9700

As an experienced provider of high-tech solutions to clients in the mining, energy production and defence sectors, Hetech are aware of the need to use systems that are as secure as they possibly can be. To achieve this aim, our organisation has overhauled the way in which we process and use our client data, in order to enhance security and protection.

Hetech is now part of DISP

As part of our work to become more secure than ever before, Hetech have opted to become part of the Defence Industry Security Programme (DISP). One of the criteria for DISP membership involved allowing our systems to be subject to a stringent defence cyber-security audit, which we are pleased to announce that we passed comfortably!

How are we protecting your data?

Hetech has adopted a three-pronged approach to ensuring client data is as safe and secure as possible:

  • We have invested in a major security upgrade. Fresh features include a stronger firewall, secure data storage and enhanced support for our IT.
  • Our security systems are subject to rigorous and repeated testing by external security agencies.
  • Extensive staff training. This ensures that every member of the team is clear on what protocols to follow in order to keep your data exceptionally secure.

Why our clients value our investment in cyber-security.

Our aim is always to provide our clients with a safe, protected environment in which to do business. Our DISP-approved systems offer a high degree of data protection. With Hetech, clients experience a total “commercial-in-confidence” experience.

Not only can clients be confident that their data is secure, it also enables them to comply with any confidentiality or NDA agreements they may have with their clients. Remember that your data is stored on-site, not in a cloud or some remote (and therefore potentially less secure) location.

Hetech aims to be a leader not just in the field of electronics manufacturing and design, but also to be at the forefront of client care and service. Get in touch to discover how we protect your data whilst completing your high-calibre electronic design and production.

For more information e-mail us: support@hetech.com.au; or call us at 07 3297 9700.

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