Startup Stories - Norman Ballard, Hummingbird Electronics

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 01:00 pm — Thursday, 26 April 2018, 02:00 pm

Location DSA-18 Hub - Building E, Unit 2.03, 1 Technology Place, Williamtown

Norman Ballard

Having managed and directed a number of large companies, Norman Ballard has seen the semiconductor and electrical engineering landscape through a well-focused lens. Upon moving to Australia Norman identified a need for a company to solve problems unique to Australia, its regulation and environment.

Founded in April 2008, Hummingbird Electronics has become recognised for their bespoke product development, unparalleled specialist knowledge and importantly, for quality customer service. Hummingbird’s strength lies in its ability to consult with suppliers and customers, and then deliver highly specialised and innovative products to the automotive, mining and transport industries both domestically and abroad. The company has enjoyed significant growth and recognition, and in 2014, was the recipient of the Business of the Year in the Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards and then selected as a finalist for the Innovation Rising Star Award at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards in 2017.

In 2015, Hummingbird was acquired by Adelaide-based Company, REDARC Electronics. As an advanced manufacturing business with an unrelenting passion for product innovation, REDARC is highly complementary to Hummingbird’s portfolio and in a shift with REDARC’s significant expansion plans, Hummingbird has relocated to their purpose-built Innovation Centre within in the Williamtown Aerospace Centre (WAC).

DSA-18 will be hosting Norman as he tells the story of his journey from the very beginning. Come and hear why Hummingbird Electronics have experienced their success and what the future holds for their exciting partnership with REDARC.

Event is free but bookings essential - book here.

About Startup Stories

Startup Stories takes place every Thursday from 1 pm at the University of Newcastle's coworking spaces Three76 Hub (Newcastle) and DSA-18 Hub (Williamtown)*. Startup founders talk candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a forum for startups to share and learn but also for the community to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our region. #i2nStartupStories

*One space hosts the startup founder speaker while the other hosts a live web stream of the talk.

Program Partners

UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program.