Mr Colin Thomas

Manager, Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub

College of Business, Government and Law

place Tonsley
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Colin has been appointed Tonsley Innovation Hub Manager. Colin has a wealth of experience in the implementation of cutting edge Manufacturing Technologies. He has worked in Appliance manufacture for 30+ years designing and operating manufacturing systems that are the forerunners for Industry 4.0 including RFID product identification and controls, energy minimisation and management, robotic automation systems including vision systems and collaborative and industrial robots, additive manufacture for prototypes and manufacturing tooling and product development and process simulation. In roles including Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Project Manager and Maintenance Manager Colin led project teams in new product development, factory expansion and rationalisation, new process projects and continuous improvement.


Colin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering (UNSW) and postgraduate study in Business Administration at Adelaide University

Key responsibilities

Promotion of Advanced Manufacturing techniques and technologies to South Australian SMEs, including i4.0, Advanced and Collaborative Robotics, Augmented Reality, Big Data and Data Analytics, etc.

Connecting Industry with problems, to University with research and investigation capabilities and students seeking work experience.

Understanding the myriad of funding opportunities available to SMEs.

Contact me for assistance on any Innovative manufacturing project or problem.

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