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    Adelaide auto supply workers to transition into jobs with flyscreen start-up ScreenAway


    February 11, 2016 7:35am JADE GAILBERGER The Advertiser


    Premier Jay Weatherill says a local retractable fly screen product will help provide a future for local workers transitioning out of the automotive supply sector. Photo: Roy VanDerVegt.


    EMPLOYEES from an Adelaide automotive supply chain will transition into the manufacturing of flyscreens and blinds, and a further 270 jobs will be created in the industry, after help from a new State Government agency.


    Adelaide Tooling produces metal stamping and has been a supplier for car exhaust and suspension systems for more than 20 years.


    The company — which will produce supplies until the closure of the automotive industry in South Australia — currently employees 45 people, and through a new partnership with start-up company ScreenAway, 30 employees will be retrained to produce retractable flyscreens and blockout blinds at Regency Park.


    Adelaide Tooling director Darryl Carpenter says helping workers transition into new jobs was difficult.


    “(This) was a chance to keep the company’s employees working in the foreseeable future,” he said.


    The deal was established after only a month through Investment Attraction South Australia — a $15 million state government initative, which provides local companies with a case manager to help them find suitable partnerships, attract foreign investment and export opportunities.


    SceenAway’s general manager John Riemelmoser developed the retractable flyscreen in his garage three years ago and said the uptake has been “fantastic”.


    “We’ve got interest from multinational companies to take it to the US and Europe,” he said.


    All the products used to construct the screens are sourced from Australian companies and Mr Riemelmoser said the company received funding through the Automotive Transformation Taskforce, which meant they could keep costs down to ensure manufacturing the product locally remained viable.


    30 workers from Adelaide Tooling will join ScreenAway’s team, with a further 70 workers to be employed to develop the product over the next two years.


    A further 200 jobs are also expected to be created through other suppliers.


    Premier Jay Weatherill welcomed the partnership.


    “This invention has created an opportunity for an existing automotive supply chain company to transition into a new niche industry,” Mr Weatherill said.

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