Tonsley open for business



Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade Minister, Tom Kenyon has declared the former Mitsubishi site at Tonsley 'open for business' with an initial release of 35,000m2 of commercial and industrial land available to potential investors from today.

Mr Kenyon says the 61 hectare site will be the catalyst for new thinking, new systems and new business in Adelaide's south.

"Colliers International - a global leader in property sales and services - will be responsible for promoting and discussing opportunities with investors and developers around the world.

"Colliers International offers extensive knowledge of international investment priorities and demands, including how a site such as Tonsley must adapt to meet those priorities and demands.

"The company will work with us to promote this site to state, national and global investors as a platform for innovation, productivity and profitable collaboration.

"Businesses locating at Tonsley will join a cluster of like-minded businesses and high-value manufacturers working in sectors, such as clean technology, mining and energy, green construction and medical technologies," Mr Kenyon said.

"Tonsley will be the focal point of our efforts to transform South Australia's manufacturing sector and build world-class industry capabilities, as outlined in our manufacturing strategy, Manufacturing Works.

"The sector will work with, and alongside, the world-class research and training facilities of Flinders University and TAFE SA, accelerating the design, testing and commercialisation of products, systems and services."

Mr Kenyon said work on and off site was well underway with TAFE SA's Sustainable Industries Education Centre (SIEC) scheduled to open in January next year.

"A call for 'expressions of interest' in supplying the site's retail services has received considerable interest with that work expected to be awarded soon.

"In addition to its $120 million investment in a new School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CSEM) at Tonsley, Flinders University will also be the first investor in industry 'pods' in the main assembly building.

"The university also announced today it will also establish a new arm - the New Venture Institute (NVI) - at Tonsley.

"The NVI's research and development activities will support the business and community partnerships that will be critical to their success at the site.

"Our first commercial tenant, Tier5 is developing a $100 million data centre that will be one of the largest in Australia, housing the processing capacity for customers' primary and back-up needs and boosting South Australia's IT service credentials.

"Global innovation firm Siemens will support the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE), Invest in South Australia and Colliers in building the site's international profile as a hub of high-value industry and technology clusters.

"In London last May, we reached an agreement that set the stage for Siemens' role in Tonsley's future, and the company remains an important partner in designing and promoting this site.

"Since the acquisition of the former Mitsubishi site in 2010, we have pushed ahead with plans to redevelop it as the centre of our sustainable manufacturing future," Mr Kenyon said.

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