On February 24, Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, visited pro-audio company RØDE Microphones at the manufacturer’s facility, in part to celebrate Freedman Electronics’ 50th anniversary. Prime Minister Turnbull and Craig Laundy, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, were greeted by RØDE’s Founder and Chairman, Peter Freedman; Freedman Electronics’ CEO, Damien Wilson; and Tony Furney of Furney’s Engineering. Then, they toured the RØDE campus’ anechoic chamber and various manufacturing departments. Those included RØDE’s precision CNC metal work, surface-mount-technology electronics production and RØDE’s manufacture installation: the Capsule Cell.
At the subsequent press conference on RØDE’s product assembly floor, Prime Minister Turnbull was enthusiastic about RØDE’s continued growth and by its use of investment and innovation, creating “smart” manufacturing jobs in tandem with world’s best machine practice. He emphasized the need for reliable and affordable energy in the building of an internationally competitive electronics exporter like RØDE, as well as how the enterprise tax cuts that are scheduled for the budget will create the opportunity to employ more staff.