Written on the 17 August 2011
A COMPANY that manufactures unmanned aircraft has joined Rio Tinto and four cutting edge innovators in getting top marks on Brisbane City Council’s annual innovation scorecard.
V-TOL Aerospace was one of the first commercial suppliers to enter the industry in Australia and after five years of R&D is ready to roll out its suite of aerial surveillance products.
Co-founder Mark Xavier says that while unmanned aircraft products remain the company’s focus, operations have expanded to include the design, manufacturing, education and training, research and development subcomponents of the sector.
“The day of restaurants getting by purely on food and service is gone. People expect an overall package. You have to be innovative to stay that extra step ahead of the competition. I chase produce, I make a point of finding the best suppliers of the freshest produce and working with them,” he says.