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Hendon Semiconductors receives $606K grant to boost medical device manufacturing in South Australia

This strategic enhancement will not only improve the company’s production capacity but will also position South Australia as a key player in the medical device industry.

Hendon Semiconductors, a division of the Legend Corporation, has been awarded a substantial grant from the Government of South Australia’s Economic Recovery Fund. The grant, amounting to $605,561, is part of the first round of the Economic Recovery Fund initiative, designated to assist in enhancing the manufacturing capabilities of the Adelaide-based company.

This financial boost from the government will be matched by Hendon Semiconductors, bringing the total investment in this project to $1,227,522. The funds will be used to upgrade their facilities and equipment, focusing on the development and manufacturing of medical devices. This strategic enhancement will not only improve the company’s production capacity but will also position South Australia as a key player in the medical device industry.

The upgraded facilities will include new clean room and sterilisation facilities, as well as enhanced wafer to COB (chip on board) processing of semiconductors. These additions are expected to significantly boost Hendon’s ability to produce high-quality medical devices. The project aims to integrate advanced technologies with existing equipment to speed up the development of new medical products.

The focus is particularly on miniaturised and high frequency devices, with special attention to implantable devices that necessitate higher reliability requirements. With these improvements, the development timeframe for new prototypes will significantly reduce, mirroring the efficiency already achieved in Hendon’s defence programs where prototype production lead time was cut from 12 weeks to just 3 days.

The implications of this project extend beyond healthcare. South Australia is home to a vibrant medical device innovation sector, yet the lack of local infrastructure has often led to commercialisation overseas or licensing at a lower value. By establishing a robust local manufacturing facility, Hendon Semiconductors will enable the commercialisation of innovations within the state, thereby retaining economic benefits locally.

This initiative is expected to facilitate industry diversification, create high-value employment opportunities, and enhance the export potential of the state. It addresses existing challenges and positions South Australia at the forefront of advanced medical device manufacturing.

For more details on Hendon Semiconductors’ current capabilities and the technological advancements expected from this project, visit www.hendonsemiconductors.com.au.

Further information on the South Australian Government’s Economic Recovery Fund can be found at https://www.treasury.sa.gov.au/Growing-South-Australia/economic-recovery-fund.

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