REDARC named Telstra South Australian Business of the Year

REDARC is the 2014 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year - a program that has celebrated brilliant Australian small and medium businesses since 1992.

The award was presented by the South Australian Treasurer and Minister for Small Business Tom Koutsantonis.

Will Irving, Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Ambassador for the Telstra Australian Business Awards, said, "All the winners are brilliant and inspirational businesses whose owners are recognized for their professionalism, innovation, leadership and creative use of technology.

"REDARC is an outstanding family-owned technology business that has dynamic leadership and a strong culture of core values and ethics. It designs and manufactures a patented range of high value-add electronics products and invests throughout its business in its products, people, processes and systems.”

REDARC is now part of an elite group of Australian businesses whose outstanding business practices have demonstrated great success and achievement.

Anthony Kittel said: "Our entire model is based on innovation - we put technological development at the forefront of everything we do. Our products can be fitted to anything with a battery that moves.

"Our success has come from an unrelenting focus on new product development, employing and developing highly skilled people and providing excellent technical and after sales customer support. We continually invest at least 15 per cent of our revenue back into R&D and also make a significant investment in staff training."

In 2005, REDARC took a big risk in spending the equivalent of its turnover in building a new factory. "We established a magnificent facility, bucking the downward trend in manufacturing," Mr Kittel said.

"Telstra Awards judges said REDARC, also the Medium Business Award winner, demonstrated a strong commitment to manufacturing in South Australia and continued to grow and innovate over many years," Mr Irving said.

All winners of the 2014 Telstra South Australian Business Awards are:

Telstra South Australian Business of the Year
REDARC, Lonsdale


Start-Up Award
Eire Café, Clapham


Micro Business Award
Virtual Ad Agency, Payneham


Small Business Award
Clare Valley Motel, Clare


Medium Business Award
REDARC, Lonsdale


Regional Award
Bowhill Engineering, Bowhill

Winners of the Telstra South Australian Business Awards progress to the Telstra Australian Business Awards which will be announced in Melbourne on 7 August.