K-TIG takes home the Defence Industry Innovator Award
Adelaide, South Australia – Australian welding technology company Keyhole TIG Limited (K-TIG) has won the Innovator Award at the DTC Defence Industry Awards.
The Awards, organised annually by the Defence Teaming Centre, are the peak industry event and play a critical role in identifying and acknowledging the contribution of leading companies within the defence community.
The Innovator Award, sponsored by the Australia Government’s Department of Industry & Science, recognises a company who has invested heavily in research and development to produce highly innovative products that have contributed to building the capability of the defence industry in South Australia.
The Innovator Award was heavily contested by an unprecedented number of outstanding nominations, including finalists Saab Australia and Auspace. “It’s tremendous to be acknowledged by the defence industry as a leading innovator” said Belinda Latz, KTIG Operations Manager who accepted the award.
“Innovation is literally at the core of what we do, and this award comes at a very exciting time in the development of our company and technology”.
“Here in South Australia we have extraordinary defence capabilities, and the support to industry by the DTC, Defence SA and Department of State Development is exceptional” said Neil Le Quesne, K-TIG CEO.
Winner of the 2014 Australian Industrial Product of the Year, K-TIG has developed an ultra-high-speed, full penetration welding technology that welds up to 100x faster than conventional welding in materials up to 16mm in thickness – in one pass.
Extraordinarily, the technology eliminates the need for wire, edge preparation and skilled operators while requiring just 1/20th of the gas and power needed by other welding processes. ''In two short years, K-TIG has managed to turn the way we think about welding on its head and has developed technologies which have eluded the world's largest welding equipment manufacturers in the US and Europe'' said Mr Le Quesne.
''This technology places a tool in the hands of fabricators which routinely reduces the time, gas and power required to weld steels and exotic materials by more than 90%''.