SUPASHOCK

Thursday 03 August, 2017

Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:21): Recently, I was fortunate enough to join the member for Mitchell to visit local manufacturer Supashock, an outstanding company based in my electorate in Magill. It was recently announced that Supashock had reached an agreement with Rheinmetall Defence for the German technology and security group to take an equity holding in the company under a cooperative partnership. I would like to especially congratulate Supashock managing director, Oscar Fiorinotto, who recently said that Rheinmetall will take a 49 per cent stake in his company under an agreement signed in Adelaide with a member of the Rheinmetall Defence executive board and also global head of vehicle systems.

Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:21): Recently, I was fortunate enough to join the member for Mitchell to visit local manufacturer Supashock, an outstanding company based in my electorate in Magill. It was recently announced that Supashock had reached an agreement with Rheinmetall Defence for the German technology and security group to take an equity holding in the company under a cooperative partnership. I would like to especially congratulate Supashock managing director, Oscar Fiorinotto, who recently said that Rheinmetall will take a 49 per cent stake in his company under an agreement signed in Adelaide with a member of the Rheinmetall Defence executive board and also global head of vehicle systems.

Supashock is a stellar example of a company that has the technical and also mechanical capabilities that our state should be doing everything it can to assist with. I am grateful to have known Oscar for a number of years. For those who may be unfamiliar with what the company does, Supashock designs, develops and also manufactures state-of-the-art active shock absorbers not only for motorsport but also heavy mining applications to improve safety, ride quality and loading operations. The company has 25 employees at its Adelaide facilities.

I know that this agreement will create a spectacular platform for Supashock to export its advanced suspension technology globally. It also opens up a massive opportunity to expand the many products Supashock manufactures into military vehicles. Supashock are confident they can bring significant solutions across safety, mobility and also defence to the Australian Defence Force and other groups. They are already working with Rheinmetall to develop and manufacture, for example, active suspension and integrated, intelligent load-handling systems for Rheinmetall's range of military trucks.

This partnership with Rheinmetall will underpin Supashock's future growth, and I hope that there is much growth to come, but it will also create high-value technology and enduring jobs in the automotive sector that will deliver performance improvements to customers and real benefits to our local economy. As someone who takes an interest in motorsport and also in innovation and defence, it was a pleasure and a truly exciting time to visit and be able once again to have a tour of some of these facilities at Magill.

It is great to see that Oscar is constantly outgrowing his premises. I remember when there was only one premise, but he seems to be buying out his neighbours and also expanding around the corner. It is great to see, and I wish that there were more companies like this in South Australia that were growing at such a rapid rate. I was also grateful and very encouraged to see the number of recent university graduates working at the company. I commend Oscar and his team for all that they do and wish them well.

I was also fortunate enough recently to attend the ARC Campbelltown's first birthday, a great example of three levels of government—federal, state and local—and also local community clubs working together to deliver what is a fantastic facility in the north-eastern suburbs. It was a great chance to celebrate what has been a fun-filled year for the ARC and also to renew my gym membership, Deputy Speaker, you would be happy to know. Besides cutting cake and getting active, we were also treated to a fantastic set of performances from local sports people. It was great to see the national under 11 champion, Aryan Madan, in action as well.

I would also like to welcome Reverend Bob Hutchinson to the Morialta Uniting Church. On Sunday, with the member for Morialta I attended the service of the induction of the new minister. The service marks the beginning of Bob's ministry at Morialta Uniting Church. It was an opportunity to join the local congregation in extending a warm welcome to him and his family. I wish him well in his new journey as he leads the great people at Morialta Uniting Church. All the best, Bob.

I wish to extend my congratulations to Arte Grafica, especially Ennio Cavaiuolo, the founder of Arte Grafica. The company celebrates its 50th anniversary in printing. It is a huge milestone and I commend them for running such a wonderful and professional business. Arte Grafica has dependably assisted with various printing jobs not only for my office—and before my time as the member for Hartley as a local councillor—but for many community and sporting groups, as well as local businesses. I look forward to seeing them hopefully continue their great work for another 50 years.

I would also like to thank the Hectorville Football Club, which recently hosted the annual sponsors day. I thank the volunteers, sponsors and players that make up that great community sporting club.