VASA member Redarc Electronics will soon need to build a bigger trophy cabinet, having taken away the Award for Excellence in Innovation at the 2015 Technology Industry Association Achievement Awards for the Tow-Pro electric trailer brake controller.
In addition, the Adelaide-based company’s manufacturing engineer James Albrechtsen received the Young Achiever Award for demonstrating a commitment to excellence, a continuous improvement mentality and outstanding achievements in the workplace.
Technology Industry Association president Nigel Hall praised the “extremely high” calibre of nominees.
“They give me full confidence in the exceptional achievements of technology-based businesses in South Australia,” he said.
“It is exciting to see that so many businesses are working on world-leading technology and processes, and brining these innovative products to market. The 2015 nominees show that South Australia is competing in a global market, and despite regular business pressures, they are succeeding.”
Redarc managing director Anthony Kittel expressed his delight that the company was recognised for its continual investment in research and development.
“Innovation is about transforming ideas into outstanding commercialised products that create new global business opportunities,” he said.
“The Tow-Pro is a world breakthrough in electric trailer braking that has been an overwhelming success with our customers, particularly the ‘grey nomads’.
“Our engineers have developed patented technology that is incorporated into this unique product that we will open up new export markets for Redarc as well as creating new employment opportunities in our manufacturing facility in South Australia.”
Describing the award-winning Mr Albrechtse as a “high achiever and an outstanding young engineer,” Mr Kittell wished his employee “every success in his career”.
“He has demonstrated great maturity and embraced technology to solve complex problems in his role as Manufacturing Engineer at Redarc.”