Siemens lifts the curtain on new Tonsley service centre

South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis officially opened Siemens’ new $5 million facility at Tonsley in southern Adelaide yesterday.

The state-of-the-art maintenance and repair workshop at Australia’s newest technology precinct will initially house 25 employees; however Siemens Australia CEO Jeff Connolly is confident that number could double as the business grows.

“The things that matter to South Australia are the things that matter to Siemens and with the establishment of this facility in Tonsley we are in a unique position to partner with the state on a diverse range of critical industries and projects.

Designed using a lean manufacturing methodology to make it flexible in terms of production set-up and delivery, Connolly said the new service centre would deliver a 22 per cent faster turnaround, with 65 per cent more throughput while using 14 per cent less floor space.

“The facility will be able to overhaul larger equipment for the oil and gas industries that previously would have been sent offshore. We will now be much closer to our customers and can provide greater responsiveness for critical local industries.

“It will be used to service the Snowtown II wind farm constructed by Siemens, which each year provides enough clean, renewable energy to power 180,000 homes.

“In addition it will attract work from heavy resource states such as Queensland and Western Australia, which could otherwise have gone overseas.

“Much of the work that will be sent through the service centre will come from outside the state, making this a national centre for technology and engineering. It represents a benchmark facility in Australia, servicing rotating equipment for a variety of industries including oil and gas, wind power, mining and heavy industry.

“The opening of the service centre coincides with the completion of the acquisition by Siemens of Dresser-Rand. That will ensure a comprehensive portfolio of equipment and capability for oil and gas, which will address the needs of the local market with world-class products, solutions and services.”

The Treasurer said the investment in Tonsley by the global technology giant demonstrated the growing confidence in the future for South Australia.

“To have this great company firstly invest and secondly be so vocal in its commitment to Tonsley speaks volumes for the vision the State Government has for this site as an incubator for innovation, research and technology.

“Tonsley offers great potential for innovation and industry collaboration, bringing together complementary businesses with leading academic institutions. 

“Tonsley represents the heart of a new industrial future for South Australia, with a net economic benefit to the state of $492 million.

“It will attract investment to build new capabilities into the South Australian economy, create an environment enabling businesses and educational institutions to collaborate and support innovation and future manufacturing,” Mr Koutsantonis said.

Covering an area of 2300sqm, the facility is fully serviced by overhead gantry cranes and includes an abrasive blasting facility and wash bay.

The main bay of the service centre has two 45 tonne overhead cranes that can be coupled for a maximum of 90 tonne capacity – capable of lifting a fully-laden space shuttle.

A second machining bay is serviced by two 10 tonne cranes. The machining bay includes CNC machining, gearbox overhauls, welding bay, and white metal bearing manufacture.

The major plant includes lathes, horizontal and vertical borers, a five-axis milling machine, abrasive blasting facility, wash bay and low-speed balance machine.

Specialist services available include low-speed balance to ISO 1940-1:2003 standard, component manufacture, NDT, welding, protective coatings, remetalling of white metal bearings and equipment condition assessment.

Overhaul services and emergency support is available 24/7 as well as scheduled maintenance and project management with experienced Siemens personnel ready to travel on-site.