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Over the last year, we have seen a shift in outsourced manufacturing to overseas countries be brought back to Australian shores. It is predicted that insourcing back to Australian shores will increase significantly over the coming years.

Made in Australia is making a comeback as businesses reverse the clock on years of offshoring jobs. 

With supply chain issues and component shortages continuing to cause delays in manufacturing, there is a big push from businesses across Australia to have their products manufactured locally. Consumers are also driving the change, with Australians now eager to support local, Australian owned and operated businesses. More than three-quarters of consumers prefer to support Australian-made products, according to Roy Morgan data from 2019.

This trend has also been supported by an initiative by the federal government – which is now seeing a big increase in companies reshoring their production, research, design, logistics and distribution in Australia (The New Daily)

Hetech is Australian owned and run and has been designing and manufacturing products for over 30 years, supplying to a diverse range of industries and markets.

We have been working closely with our clients to navigate the impact of component shortages, including assisting them in planning ahead, keeping stock and placing standing orders. We too are planning ahead, with the prediction of insourcing to increase over the coming 5 years, we are expanding with a second manufacturing space, increasing our manufacturing capabilities by 60%.

To see more about our work and services, visit our website or contact us now!

Hetech is proud to be an environmentally sustainable company, and we are continually seeking new avenues for growth within the renewable energy sector. As electronic systems play an integral role in various applications, ranging from electric vehicles and scooters to energy management and battery technologies, we recognise the immense potential for reducing carbon emissions through technological innovation.

Our team is enthusiastic about leveraging our expertise to develop solutions that minimize environmental impact while maximizing efficiency and performance. With each advancement, we embark on a journey of discovery, this comes with new research and development initiatives that push the boundaries of what’s possible in sustainable technology.

The recent Everything Electric expo served as a catalyst for our exploration of emerging opportunities within the renewable energy market. By participating in this event, we gained valuable insights and forged strategic partnerships to further strengthen our presence in this dynamic industry.

The Everything Electric expo, is renowned as the premier platform for showcasing advancements in home energy and electric vehicles. Beyond Electric Vehicles of diverse configurations and Home Energy solutions, the expo highlighted the collective effort to accelerate the transition towards cleaner, more sustainable energy systems.

As we look ahead, we are excited about the evolution of the renewable energy landscape in the years to come. Our commitment to driving positive change remains unwavering, and we invite you to stay connected with us as we unveil groundbreaking initiatives in this space.

It’s been a busy period for Hetech these past few months. From new hires to new events, here’s everything you need to know about what’s new at Hetech.

Latest additions to the team

Since our last update, we’ve had a few new additions to the team at Hetech. Here’s who’s new and what they bring to our team.

Hertzog Burger – Production Technician

Hertz has been on the team since June, and the immediate impact he’s left so far is no joke! With almost a decade in the tech industry, he’s been a key supporter in production, and we look forward to watching him flourish in his new role.

Kadijah Ali – Store person & Assembler

Kadijah just joined us in August, and thanks to our long-standing partners at Substation33, her abilities in this new role are certainly shining through. With her Bachelors of Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects, Kadijah comes in with experience in IT. We look forward to watching her grow into her role.

What we’ve been up to

R U OK? Day this year was a great success. At Hetech we prioritise health and safety in the workplace, especially mental health, and R U OK? Day allowed us to check in with the whole team. This year’s theme, “I am here, to hear”, reminds us that every day is a day that a conversation could change a life.

Check out how we initiated our conversation: https://www.hetech.com.au/r-u-ok-day-at-hetech/

R U OK? Day 2023

Integrate Expo Sydney

Mark’s latest catch-up with the industry was at the Integrate Expo in Sydney. AI home automation products also featured heavily at this year’s expo, and we’re looking forward to investigating this further for our TecHome range. Be on the lookout for this space!

The Capability Up-lift Program with Boeing

In August, the Capability Up-lift Program provided a platform for those in Defence, Government and SMEs to collaborate over the course of 12 months. 20 Australian small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) were provided with the knowledge, support and training they need to be Defence ready. Thanks to the team at Boeing for providing this opportunity to Hetech and our peers!

Capability Up-lift Program Beoing

Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition

This year we will again be sponsoring the Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition, held in November at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney).

You’ll find us in the ‘Defence Jobs Queensland’ section, stationed at pod 6.

For industry-involved professionals, registration for the event is still available: https://tickets.lup.com.au/indopacific-sydney-2023?cat=CAT-TRADE&dc=3

  • IoT and digitalisation significance in electronic manufacturing services for the defence industry.
  • Trends in the Australian EMS Industry 2023
  • Current electronic manufacturing challenges in Australia
Electronics Manufacturing

2023 has been a big year for the electronics manufacturing industry. Below we check in on how the Internet of Things (IoT) is impacting the market, the challenges we face in the electronics industry within Australia, and how we leverage upcoming technologies to adapt to the latest trends in the electronics manufacturing services industry (EMS).

The Internet of Things and Digitalisation  

IoT has shown huge market potential in the electronics manufacturing services industry. As Hetech delivers electronic manufacturing to the Defence industry, the risk of cyber-attacks and manufacturing efficiency is always at the forefront. IoT helps to identify and improve cyber security, which includes reducing counterfeit electronic components and cyber-attacks among electrical components suppliers.

To meet these requirements, the implementation of digitalisation is crucial to increasing volume and improving efficiency. That being said, cyber-security measures in sensitive processes such as PCB assembly, conformal coating, and data security is crucial for digitalisation. Both electronics manufacturing and material inventories are impacted by the rising trends in digitalisation, which aim to effectively reduce costs and emissions.

Trends seen in Australia for 2023

Electronics Manufacturing Trends 2023

The popularity of reshoring electronics manufacturing services has boomed over the past few years due to the increased difficulty of electronics production by the global production leader, China. In lieu of China’s encouragement of offshoring, their production of both PCB assembly and manufacturing of semiconductors declined. The pandemic forced China’s government to implement strict ‘Zero-covid’ policies that effectively shut down many electronics production and assembly factories, resulting in Australian companies sourcing more of their electronics production and assembly domestically.

Much of 2023 saw an increased trend in domestically produced and handled electronic manufacturing services. In recent years, the Defence industry has had an increased demand for contract electronics from domestic suppliers due to advantageous delivery times, shipping costs, and better cyber-security measures. Many domestic suppliers within Australia recognise this and are continually increasing production and channels of services to meet their customer’s needs. 

Current Challenges the Australian Electronics Industry is Facing

As a result of present trends, increased production costs are due to the rising costs of labour, materials, and inflation. This has led to an increase in the baseline pricing of electronic manufacturing services. The key to providing a middle ground for both service provider and customer is to increase efficiency and streamline the production and supply of the EMS.

Supply chain difficulties are also an ever-evolving challenge the industry faces, and the growing incentive of digitalisation has helped create efficient time-saving processes to combat these issues.

The challenge of promoting sustainability is also on the agenda. With global emissions of 4%, our industry has sought ways to reduce carbon footprints by implementing sustainable and socially responsible electronics manufacturing methods. The reduction in carbon emissions via digitalisation and increased Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in multiple manufacturing processes are some of the ways we at Hetech reduce our carbon footprint.  

To find out more about how Hetech is addressing these problems and implementing solutions, contact us for more information.

This year, our team came together for R U OK? Day at our head office in Brisbane, and we shared some morning tea and conversation.

At Hetech, we take mental health seriously and strive to create an environment where our team can openly discuss their own challenges in this space. It was great to spend a morning together on this issue.

A conversation could change a life. Click here to find out more about this incredible charity – https://www.ruok.org.au/

R U OK DAY cupcakes
Mark Steiner Hetech

In place of End of Financial Year gifts this year Hetech Pty Ltd has decided to support our Managing Director Mark Steiner in the annual CEO Sleepout.

Below are just some of the ways your donations can help those in need this winter:

$55 can help feed a family for a day

$120 can help keep a family warm this winter

$300 can help relocate a person sleeping rough to accommodation services

Every night, thousands of Australians experience homelessness. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This year I’m taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Society to support Australians in need. For one night, I’ll be sleeping outside as part of an eye-opening experience to raise awareness and bring home the realities of homelessness.

To help break the devastating cycle of homelessness, I need your support. Will you help me to reach my target?

It’s been a busy start to May this year with three expos held at the Melbourne Convention Centre in the second week of May. Our team attended National Manufacturing Week, ELECTRONEX, and SecTech!

As technology continues to evolve very fast it is important for the Hetech team to keep up to date with the newest developments in products and markets.

Electronex

Electronex is Australia’s dedicated expo and conference for the electronics industry. In 2023 Electronex was held in Melbourne alongside Australian Manufacturing Week.

The competitive future of every Australian industry sector is increasingly dependent on the utilisation and integration of the latest electronics into all aspects of manufacturing, production, assembly, systems development, maintenance and service.

At Electronex, designers, managers, engineers, technicians, manufacturers and system integrators could discuss their specific requirements with industry experts and see, test and compare the latest products and solutions to future-proof their business.

Hetech at Electronex

SecTech

SecTech Roadshow is a touring tradeshow that covers 5 Australian state capitals, the compact size and local venues make SecTech Roadshow the perfect opportunity for installers, and end users to get face time with leading suppliers and manufacturers and their solutions in a vibrant half-day. 

SecTech Roadshow’s take a select group of cutting-edge electronic security manufacturers and suppliers, along with their latest products and solutions, on a joint roadshow that leverages the collective pulling power of the group, as well as the redoubtable strength of SEN’s print and digital promotional engines.

Australian Manufacturing Week

AMW showcases the latest innovations, technologies and equipment in the advanced manufacturing sector. The expo gave attendees the chance to explore new opportunities, and meet and network with industry leaders and technology experts, all under one roof at one expo.

Australian Manufacturing Week

Last week, Mick de Brenni the Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen visited our customers manufacturing facility to view EcoJoule’s renewable energy products.

It was a great opportunity for EcoJoule and Hetech to showcase Queensland’s skills and capabilities in the renewable energy sector.

We look forward to a greener future in collaboration with renewable energy partners and the Government.

We are excited to introduce you to our new HR team member, Larissa. Larissa is joining us to help support and shape the growth of the business.

As the business continues to expand, we recognise the importance of having a dedicated HR professional on board to ensure we are providing a positive work environment. Larissa brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role, and we are confident she will significantly impact the business.

It’s been a few weeks since Larissa joined Hetech, and now that she has had a chance to get her feet under the desk, we thought it would be a great time to chat with her.

1. What inspired you to pursue a career in HR?

I have always found it a fascinating topic given working conditions impacts most of the population and how much time we as humans spend working.

I initially pursued studies in human resources as I found understanding Australia’s employment relations framework was critical in every job I undertook.

I then decided to pursue my Juris Doctor with a sole focus on employment law to do a deep dive into the legalities of the employment landscape. This really came in handy when assisting clients to navigate through the pandemic.

Overall, I want to ensure that employees and businesses are aware of their rights and responsibilities and help foster great relationships and communication between both. Ensuring employees feel seen and supported is my goal and focus.

2. What are your first impressions of the company culture and work environment?

From the moment I sat for my interview, I felt very welcomed at Hetech. The company culture feels like a big family. Everyone has been very supportive especially as this role is new and so is my experience in internal HR.

Our work environment is busy but supportive. Hetech offers a wonderful amount of flexibility and it’s really appreciated.

3. What do you think are the most important qualities for an HR professional to possess?

Communication and listening skills – identifying and knowing how to overcome communication barriers between the employee and management,

Compassion – ensuring employees feel seen and supported.

Organisation skills – understanding the importance of setting frameworks, and processes to ensure legislative compliance.

4. What do you think sets this company apart from others you’ve worked with in the past, and how do you plan to contribute to its success?

Having previously been in consultancy-based work I have always been on the outside – completing a specific project for a specific client and moving on to the client and project. Hetech is my first opportunity to provide internal HR support to one company.

I plan on contributing to its success by engaging with the team, so I understand the ins and outs of the Company. This will allow me to foster growth and safeguard the business.  

Almost all products consumers use day to day have some form of electronic component or system, and electronic manufacturing plays an integral part in the creation of these products. Electronic manufacturing for industrial designers involves the creation of components, products and systems, and their assembly into finished products. Without proper electronic manufacturing, the design of a product may not translate to a functional and reliable product.

Why Hetech?

Hetech partners with Industrial Designers, working with them on all parts of the manufacturing process from testing to production, Hetech has the experience and resources to ensure a product’s success.

Just some of the critical stages where Hetech can help in the electronic manufacturing process are:

  1. Design – Creation of the product design, including all electronic components.
  2. PCB Layout – The design of the printed circuit board is created based on electronic components.
  3. Fabrication – PCB is fabricated based on the design, and the electronic components are placed on the board.
  4. Assembly – Electronic components are soldered onto the PCB.
  5. Testing – The finished product is tested to ensure it functions correctly prior to mass production.

As a medium-sized manufacturer, Hetech can manufacture electronic products on both a smaller and larger scale. With experience in both commercial and niche markets, Hetech uses resources efficiently and is quickly able to adapt to changes in demand, all while ensuring quality control and delivering on time and within budget.

Hetech has been designing and manufacturing Printed Circuit Boards (PCB’s) for close to 30 years, our team is made up of experienced engineers and technicians with a multitude of experience.

Just some of the reasons our customers choose us to manufacture their PCB’s are:

  1. Experience: We have been in the electronic manufacturing industry for over 30 years, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge in both the design and build of PCB’s.
  2. Quality: We are AS9100 and ISO9001-accredited, building to J-STD-001/IPC-A-610 class 3 standards and are a part of DISP (EL), providing for full traceability and more accurate processes for our customers. Due to our high level of quality control and accreditations, we have a reputation for delivering high-quality products. This is essential when it comes to PCB Manufacturing. Some of the printed circuit boards our team are responsible for manufacturing will be heading to space with our customer Gilmour Space.
  3. Customisation: We can customise PCBs to meet your specific requirements, our team of engineers can design, prototype, and manufacture PCBs that are unique to your business.
  4. Technology: We manufacture our PCBs using the latest available technology and equipment. This allows us to manufacture quickly and efficiently while ensuring the quality is not compromised.
  5. Customer service: We aim to exceed our customers’ expectations, from initial consultation to product delivery our team are with you every step of the way.

To view some of our work in this space head to our website.

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