Major projects update

Read about how Tonsley is boosting innovation and jobs.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 51 - April 2016.

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Tonsley’s transformation into an innovation hub is attracting new businesses, creating jobs and drawing interest from interstate and overseas.

The site has recently become home to Micro-X, a company which specialises in the development, manufacture and export of ultra-lightweight medical x-ray products.

Micro-X expects this will create as many as 70 jobs in the local supply chain within three years.

Micro-X Managing Director Peter Rowland said: “For us the big attraction for a move to Tonsley was the vision of co-locating in an open and collaborative environment of like-minded companies.”

Hydrix, a Melbourne-based company closely linked to Micro X, has also opened at Tonsley.

In February, Advanced Focus, an innovative project solutions business, moved to Tonsley. Advanced Focus has worked closely with global giant Siemens on the planning and construction of its $5 million purpose-built maintenance and repair facility at the site.

Tonsley is also drawing interest from overseas following an investment attraction mission to Europe last year.

This year, Tonsley has hosted eight visits from overseas, including industry and high-level government delegations from Germany, Belarus, Penang and Tianjin in China.

In January it was announced Tonsley had won the 2015 World Architecture News (WAN) Award for Adaptive Reuse. More than 60 projects were entered from around the world, with Tonsley the only project from Australia in the final six.

Since opening three years ago in the former Mitsubishi car assembly plant, the 61-hectare site has grown to host more than 30 companies and about 800 jobs with further growth planned.


City Limits Magazine

The City Limits Magazine is a community publication that keeps Marion residents in touch with what is happening in their community. It includes information about major projects, council initiatives and events, as well as profiles of community members.

It is published three times a year and distributed to 40,000 residents and businesses in the Marion Council area.