February 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm #1779
In 1972 a volunteer body, Electronics Traders Association was formed by local firms and was later renamed Electronics Association of South Australia (EASA). Over 25 years EASA organised regular site visits, business lunches, exhibitions and international conferences and in 1983 introduced the Gold Cup for Excellence. The ‘Electronics Industry Task Force Report’ by EASA in 1994 identified significant industry growth and future development opportunities and proposed a professionally staffed electronics industry organisation to manage industry development. EASA negotiated a $200,000 government grant to create the new organisation and the Electronics Industry Association (EIA) was launched in July 1998.
EIA organised site visits, networking events, annual Technology Futures Conferences and continued the presentation of the Gold Cup for Excellence at its Annual Dinners. EIA conducted industry surveys and consulted with the SA Government on industry development programs. EIA also provided cadetships for university and TAFE students to gain industry experience during their final study year. EIA also initiated the Federal Government’s ‘Electronics Industry Action Agenda’ (2003), which described growth in the electronics industry, nationally as “lacklustre”, but noted that the industry in South Australia “ . . . has been growing at 15-20 per cent per annum.”
In 2008 EIA was merged with the IT Council of SA and ‘electronics’ was not included in the new name -Technology Industry Association (TIA). The scope of TIA was widened to represent creators and users of technologies in sectors including Transport, Research, Mining, Defence, Biomedical and Cleantech, with a reduced focus on the Adelaide electronics industry. TIA membership declined and in July 2016 it was merged with the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC).
Recognising the need to provide a specific focus on the development and promotion of our local electronics industry, Electronics Industry Development Adelaide (EIDA) began operations in November 2015. EIDA membership – which now exceeds 50 – represents the electronics design, manufacturing, services, research and education sectors. EIDA conducts networking events, provides industry research data and links firms in the Adelaide electronics ‘cluster’ to collaborate in the transition of our regional economy from its past dependence on ‘Industrial-Age’ manufacturing to our logical future as an innovative education, research and ‘Knowledge-Age’ industry region.
February 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm #1784
Angus M RobinsonParticipant
Thank you to Ms Zhang for her inormative brief history, but I would like to correct for the record the statement, “EIA also initiated the Federal Government’s ‘Electronics Industry Action Agenda’ (2003), which described growth in the electronics industry, nationally as “lacklustre”, but noted that the industry in South Australia “ . . . has been growing at 15-20 per cent per annum.”
The submitted correction is, ” Inspired by EIA’s Five Year Electronics Industry Strategy Plan championed by then EIA CEO, Peter Hamilton, the then Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (AEEMA) initiated and implemented the Australian Government’s Electronic Industry Action Agenda over the period 2003-2008. EIA was an active participant by contributing to the South Australian part of the national Electronics Industry Capability Study and being represented on the Strategic Leaders Group by Anthony Kittel of Redarc and EIA’s CEO, Greg Bassani.”
Angus M Robinson, former CEO of AEEMA (and then Director of AiG consolidation), 2000 to 2008.
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