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Zach Johnson

"As HeliMods grew, I saw the opportunity to create a unique global business in an idyllic coastal location."

Will Shrapnel

CEO, HELIMODS

When you work in aerospace engineering, there’s no room for error. As founder of helicopter modification company HeliMods, Will Shrapnel feels as confident in his choice of business location as he does in his team of skilled engineers and advanced technology workers.

Will Shrapnel is really something. As the founder of hi-tech aerospace business HeliMods, he has demonstrated the amazing potential of the Sunshine Coast by establishing and growing a global, knowledge-based business there.

As a small start-up in 2002, HeliMods established itself quickly. Will leveraged advanced technology and technical expertise and found himself delivering globally significant innovation to the international helicopter market.

“As the business evolved, I saw the opportunity to expand and relocate,” says Will. I considered several major city locations, but none had the combination of variables I was seeking.”

  • An airport location close to everything with room to grow and invest.
  • A superior lifestyle location targeted by knowledge and technology workers.
  • A progressive local government that understands the importance of supporting and developing high-value industries.
  • Easy access to an international airport.

Will quickly realised there was nowhere better than where he was. The Sunshine Coast. He invested heavily in a purpose-built, world-class facility at Caloundra Airport.

HeliMods is now a global leader in the field of aerospace engineering.

Top gun talent

“The aerospace industry demands highly trained and competent people,” says Will. “HeliMods has always been able to attract the right mix of top talent to the Sunshine Coast.

“The opportunity is fairly compelling! Working with the best technology available on the most advanced helicopters in existence with all of the lifestyle benefits of a beautiful coastal location.”

Other HeliMods facts

  • A multinational team of more than 20 highly skilled engineers and advanced technology workers.
  • Practices rapid innovation cycles: testing, learning, testing again.
  • Invested in 3D scanning, 3D modeling, and 3D printing technologies.
  • Has virtual and augmented reality capabilities in development.

According to Will Shrapnel, the Sunshine Coast has all the benefits of a major city plus more and without the downsides.

“I believe the Sunshine Coast is capable of hosting the most advanced and technology-intensive industries in the world.  I also believe that innovative and progressive companies that choose to invest in this region will gain an enduring and increasing competitive advantage over their city-only counterparts.”

Find out why the Sunshine Coast has been dubbed the HQ with IQ

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