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Developing your business’s technical capabilities may open the door to opportunities, but to get through that door and land the contract, you need strong business capabilities.
Business capability means that your people have the right skills in financial management, human resources, lean business systems, leadership, culture, marketing, supply chain development, and more.
You uphold strong customer service principles, and you’re also willing to make the hard decisions, like which opportunities you focus on, and what to let go. You’re abreast of new technologies and how they may impact your business model, and you invest in research to help your business grow.
A 2016 study by the Australian Centre for Workplace Leadership found that leadership is integral to productivity, innovation and business capability. However, 40 per cent of businesses are failing to meet return on investment and profitability targets. Too few leaders are seeking external advice from associations, consultants or governments, leaving their businesses vulnerable to weak decision-making and poor growth.
The ICN SA team regularly visits local suppliers so we can better understand your capabilities when putting you forward for opportunities, especially those not associated with published work packages.
Because we’re embedded in the Department for Industry and Skills, we can introduce you to colleagues who focus on business growth, provide access to skilled labour and apprenticeships, and keep you in the loop on upcoming events or programs that can help you grow your business.
There are many other resources available to provide direction and support, including:
  • business.sa.gov.au has a wealth of comprehensive information for businesses to successfully start, run and grow their businesses, and find support, advice and grant programs 
  • the Growing South Australia’s Companies Program, delivered by the Australian Centre for Business Growth, which is designed for CEOs, MDs and executives who have customers and revenue, and are looking to take their small to medium business to the next level
  • South Australian (SA) Leaders, which inspires SA companies to achieve sustainable growth, manage succession and evaluate entry and exit strategies
  • the Industry Leaders Fund, which helps fund future leaders who show leadership potential and work in a wealth-creating industry, generating employment and activity that might not otherwise be located in South Australia
  • the Business Evaluation Program, which provides a complete business review and action plan to help business growth in eligible industries.
Navigating and assessing which program or initiative could add the most value to your business can be complex.
The ICN SA team can meet with you to get an in-depth understanding of your business and connect you with solutions that address your growth priorities. Give us a call to book a meeting or site visit with us today.

Bettina Venner
Manager Supply Chain Development 

Project News

Industry briefing:
Future Submarine Shipyard

Laing O'Rourke together with ICN is holding an industry briefing to discuss potential trade subcontracting opportunities for the Osborne Naval Shipbuilding Precinct (Future Submarine Program) Infrastructure Development project. This project will provide the necessary build, test and integration facilities to design, produce and accept into service a fleet of future submarines. Presenters from Laing O’Rourke and ICN will provide you with information on the project to date, the forward work plan and the procurement processes, including industry and workforce participation requirements and upcoming work packages. 
Click here to register.

BAE Systems - Hunter Class Frigate Program

BAE Systems Australia released its first detailed request for EOIs for Engineering Services on the Hunter Class Frigate program in January 2019. Although this workpackage is now closed, this is only the start of what is to come on this project. During the Design and Productionisation Phase significant opportunities for Australian suppliers to participate in the Hunter Class Frigate Program will be created. The two key milestones during this phase are the commencement of prototyping in 2020 and cutting steel on the first ship in 2022.
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Capital Equipment required for the Submarine Construction Yard

Naval Group requires equipment for the Submarine Construction Yard, including: a bending press, a forming press, an automatic welding machine, flat working surface plates, automated storage systems,  a pipe boring machine, a tilting pivot system, a hydraulic test bench, a guillotine shearing machine, a milling machine, bending machines and pipe degreasing plant.
If you have the capability to design, manufacture and supply equipment for the Submarine Construction Yard, submit your Expression of Interest on ICN Gateway.
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Major milestone for Solar River Project in SA's Mid-North

The Solar River Project's $450 million first stage has reached a major milestone with the appointment of a main contractor to carry out the build. The proposed Solar River Project in Robertstown will include a 200MW PV array with an integration of 120MWh battery system and extra 95MWh network stability battery, bringing advanced solar PV power generation and storage technology to South Australia and delivering energy security, carbon reduction and hundreds of local jobs. Downer, under its ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) deal, is currently reviewing local suppliers that have submitted an EOI in the ‘Any Opportunities’ work package for work planned to begin in May this year.
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Other News

Help create a Modern Industry Policy for South Australia 

Help develop a new industry policy that will support businesses to grow, develop a global outlook, increase global competitiveness, and ensure that new businesses can start and thrive from South Australia. Knowing that innovation and growth can come from all types of business working in any sector, the South Australian Government is seeking to create a broad-based approach to industry policy. The draft policy framework is built around three strong themes:
  1. A strong local foundation - Building a competitive business environment in South Australia and investing in the future.
  2. A global outlook - ​Increasing our wealth by selling to markets outside South Australia.
  3. Prosperous businesses - More businesses starting, scaling and succeeding in South Australia.

Get your Business Export Ready in 2019

The Export Ready Program has been developed especially for SA businesses who are:
  • New to exporting
  • Not yet exporting and seriously considering taking the next step
  • Already exporting and looking to increase and optimise results.
As a participant, you will be provided with a range of practical tools and advice that you can utilise specifically for your business.
As a value add, each participant will also receive ongoing individual mentoring and coaching with an experienced export adviser to work on areas specific to their business.

Amcham - Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston


Join the AmCham Trade Mission as it celebrates OTC’s 50th Anniversary as the largest and most prestigious Offshore Oil & Gas Conference in the world. The conference attracts attendees and exhibiting companies from around the globe. Attend this mission to:

  • Meet the leading providers of products and services under one roof
  • Develop markets and business partnerships
  • Visit the industry’s largest equipment exhibition - 500,000+ square ft.
  • See ground-breaking innovations and technology.

Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator program

Turn your challenges into opportunities in just six weeks. The Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator program combines the best of Flinders’ world-class advanced manufacturing and prototyping capabilities, with cutting-edge research and start-ups, to accelerate the process of identifying, developing and prototyping new solutions for manufacturing challenges.
More information (Accelerator)

Nominate for SADILP 2019

The South Australia Defence Industry Leadership Program is a targeted, hands-on professional development program that provides employees in the defence industry with personal and professional leadership skills.
This popular program attracts participants from all levels of organisations and from a wide range of sectors connected to the defence industry, including Defence Primes, SMEs, State and Federal Government agencies, professional services and other connected industry sectors.
SADILP combines learning workshops, presentations from senior defence/industry specialists, infrastructure visits and is an opportunity for program participants to build highly valuable industry relationships.

New SA State Government Fund announced

The new $28m Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund has been announced that will support large scale collaborative research programs addressing economy-wide challenges for South Australia and encouraging the creation of more start-ups.

Invitation - Become an official provider to the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

All construction, hospitality and food & beverage providers are encouraged to partner with the Australian Government at Expo 2020 by providing their goods/service in-kind to the Australia Pavilion. ‘Official Providers’ will receive a range of benefits aimed at achieving maximum commercial exposure. This is a great opportunity for Australian businesses to promote their brands/products on the international stage.

Access high-end research expertise

APR.Intern is an innovative PhD placement program, offering all Australian businesses access to high-end research expertise. Mining, gas and oil organisations that have engaged with the program include BHP, Environmental Monitoring Solutions and GELI Australia. Project work has spanned across algorithm development for the optimisation of coal wash plants, underground fuel storage investigation and the optimisation of solar power systems.

DPTI Project Pipeline

SA’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure shared its 2019 Projects Pipeline at an information session in late November last year. The presentation from this session outlines the work to take place over the next year. The more detailed Forward Work Plan (projects up to 2022) is available here.
If you are planning to bid as head contractor for any of these projects, ICN can help you build your local supply chain as part of your tender process. Feel free to contact Eddie Ivar on 08 8429 3376 or the ICN office on 1300 553 309 for more information.

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Upcoming Events

25 Feb

Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund Info Session

26 Feb-3 Mar

Avalon 2019

27 Feb

South Australian Leaders Growth, Strategy and Innovation Forum

28 Feb

Entrepreneurs' Programme: Accelerating Commercialisation Info Session

6 Mar

Business SA's Export Ready Program Info Session

13-15 Mar

Australasian Oil & Gas (AOG) Expo

14 Mar

Industry Briefing - Future Submarine Shipyard

18 Mar

Workforce 2025 Masterclass

19 Mar

Lockheed Martin Australia Combat System Industry Forum #7

19 Mar

Business SA's Untapped Power Masterclass

20 Mar

ICN SA Profile Improvement Workshop - We're coming to the City of Marion!

27 Mar

ATO Employer Essentials for Small Business

9-10 Apr

South Australian Resources & Energy Investment Conference

16 Apr

ICNSA - Profile Improvement Workshop

6-9 May

AmCham Trade Mission (Houston)

21-23 May

Austmine Conference

27-30 May

APPEA Oil & Gas Conference (Brisbane)

24-26 Sep

International Conference on Hydrogen Safety

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Phone: 1300 553 309
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