28 May 2015.
Aero-industry manufacturer Insitu Pacific is quietly generating high-tech jobs and exporting to the world from a suburban facility on Brisbane’s northside.
Speaking at the official opening of Insitu’s new manufacturing facility at Alderley on Brisbane’s northside today, Dr Lynham said Insitu’s work with unmanned aircraft systems highlighted how Insitu Pacific had been at the leading edge of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry since 2008.
“The unmanned aircraft system sector is growing rapidly, with worldwide expenditure on UAS technology expected to double over the next decade to $11.5 billion,” he said. “So with companies like Insitu Pacific ramping up their manufacturing, research and exporting activities here in Brisbane, Queensland, we can continue to make a valuable contribution to this important industry. It shows the value of a previous Labor Government’s decision to provide funding to establish the company’s headquarters in Queensland in 2009.”
“I’m also pleased to say that Insitu Pacific’s increased capability means five new knowledge-intensive jobs will be created in production and engineering, bringing the company’s employment total to 60. There will also be opportunities for other engineers, training instructors and suppliers from across Queensland to feed into Insitu Pacific’s expanded supply chain.”
Dr Lynham also thanked the company for its recent support to Queensland Fire and Emergency Services in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Nathan in Far North Queensland, and the post-disaster assessment work it conducted following Tropical Cyclone Marcia in early February.
“Insitu Pacific and the Rockhampton Regional Council trialled using quadcopters in disaster response and reconstruction planning, which offers huge potential for future disaster relief efforts,” Dr Lynham said. “Flights were conducted under the direction of the council to assess slip damage and examine potential creek blockages from fallen vegetation. Data was provided to the council in real-time and will now be retained for future assessments and engineering work. As a result of the trial, the council is now considering using UAS for other functions such as terrain mapping, so it really highlights the wide range of applications these systems have and their benefit to the end user.
“Because of this, I’m very pleased to have companies like Insitu Pacific making a positive contribution to not only the UAS sector, but also Queensland’s manufacturing and innovation sector, and the overall Queensland economy.”