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History of Codan

1959 University friends Alastair Wood, Ian Wall and Jim Bettison establish EILCO – the Electronics, Instrument
and Lighting Company Limited, in Adelaide, South Australia – to tackle a range of challenges in
electronics engineering.
1961 EILCO releases its first High Frequency Radio – Type 6104 HF Transceiver – designed to meet the needs
of the School-of-the-Air network operating in the Australian outback.
1970 EILCO wins contract to re-equip 12 Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) base stations with HF radios,
Australia wide.
1970 EILCO forms a joint venture (JV) with Associated Electronics Services (AES), a Western Australian
engineering and manufacturing competitor, to develop HF radio. The JV is named Codan.
1973 Codan relocates its Adelaide premises from Norwood to Newton (present-day head office) to expand production capacity and promote export growth.
1973 Codan commences exports of its HF radio equipment, to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the USA.
1975 Codan wins its first Australian Export Award for outstanding export achievement.
1976 Codan pioneers the use of selective calling over terrestrial HF radio by simplifying a standard set by
the ITU for marine radio.
1978 Codan acquires a major interest in Electronics Project Ltd in New Zealand. This company becomes a
subsidiary, named Codan (NZ) Ltd in 1979, to supply HF SSB communications equipment in New Zealand.
1979 Codan purchases an interest in IMP Engineering Pty. Ltd., a leading Australian manufacturer of printed circuit boards (PCBs).
1980 The United Nations (UN) makes a significant purchase of Codan HF Radio equipment for their relief
efforts in Uganda. This helps to establish Codan as the leading global supplier of HF communications to humanitarian organisations.
1981 Codan produces Satellite RF subsystems for AUSSAT to support the launch of Australia’s first domestic
satellite system.
1983 EILCO acquires 100% of Codan and changes name from EILCO to "Codan Pty Ltd".
1986 Codan releases its first Ku-Band satellite transceivers for use on Australia's Aussat satellites – the 9000 series.
1989 Codan completes the satellite Demand Assignment Multiple Access (DAMA) system for the Pacific Area Cooperative Telecommunications network, under contract to OTC and in conjunction with Sattel
Technologies of the USA.
1989 Codan releases its first C-Band satellite transceivers – the 5300 series.
1989 Codan launches its revolutionary automatic tuning whip antenna.
1992 IPC manufactures HF telephone interconnect and VFH/UHF products, and the operation provides
distribution for all Codan products in Western Australia.
1993 Codan launches world’s first commercial modem for fast and fully automatic HF fax and data transmission.
1994 Codan releases 5700 series C-Band Satellite Transceiver.
1997 Codan wins awards for Excellence in Innovation and Commercialisation and Export Excellence from the Electronics Industry Association for its 5700 series C-Band satellite transceivers.
1998 Codan acquires MITEC – Queensland designer and manufacturer of high power satellite amplifiers and
digital microwave radio technology.
1998 Codan launches New Generation Transceiver (NGT) product range with revolutionary HF Radio user interface.
2000 Codan releases the 7700 series of 34 Mpbs Digital Microwave Radio family.
2000 Codan 5900 series Ku-Band transceiver wins Manufacturer of the Year, Product Innovation award.
2000 Codan wins award for Export Excellence from the Electronics Industry Association for its satellite transceivers.
2002 Codan acquires Provideo Systems Pty Ltd – South Australian designer and manufacturer of signal
management products for TV broadcasting.
2003 Codan equipment installed in 32 Afghanistan provinces to restore phone, fax, email and radio communications.
2003 Codan successfully lists as a public company on the Australian Stock Exchange and becomes Codan Limited.
2005 The manufacturing facility at Codan's head office at Newton in Adelaide is upgraded and expanded.
2005 Codan opens offices in India and China.
2005 Codan wins Innovator of the Year at the EDN Innovation Awards for its Satellite 6700 series MBUC.
2005 2110 HF Manpack wins Gold Cup award for Excellence in Innovation and Commercialisation at the Electronic Industry Association Awards.
2005 2110 HF Manpack wins award in the Design Wrought Product category at the International Magnesium Association’s Annual Design Awards.
2005 Codan releases the 8800 series of 34 Mbps Digital Microwave Radio family.
2005 Codan acquires Talia Sound and Vision Pty Ltd – Australian designer and manufacturer of studio router equipment for the TV broadcast industry.
2005 Provideo and Talia merge to form Codan Broadcast Products Pty Ltd.
2006 Codan manufactures its 50,000th unit of 9350 HF Radio antenna.
2007 Codan releases suite of Military products for HF Radio communications.
2008 Codan enters into a strategic supplier agreement with international contract electronics manufacturer Plexus for the manufacture of some product modules and final assemblies in Malaysia.
2008 Codan enhances its satellite BUC family to include very compact converters and also releases rapid deploy variants (RBUC) platform to address applications requiring rapid installation for customers including the military.
2008 Codan acquires Adelaide based Minelab Electronics Pty Ltd and its wholly owned subsidiary Parketronics Pty Ltd. Minelab supplies world leading metal detection products for discovery of gold, coins and treasure and for mine clearance
2009 Codan establishes a Military and Security Division in the USA to provide HF radio equipment for worldwide defence and government organisations.
2009 Codan wins Frost & Sullivan "Best Practices Award" in the Asia Pacific Aerospace & Defense category for "Tactical Military Communications Provider of the Year".
2009 Codan acquires USA based Locus Microwave, Inc.
2009 Codan celebrates its 50th anniversary.
2010 Codan releases the low-profile 3040 Automatic Tuning Whip antenna.
2010 Codan sells Codan Broadcast to Ross Video.
2010 Codan achieves record revenue $189.3 million.
2011 Codan awarded sole source contract from US Africa Command.
2011 Codan wins prestigious Australian export award for Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
2012 Codan acquires Perth mining communications and technology company Minetec Pty Ltd.
2012 Codan sells satellite communications assets to CPI international.
2012 Codan Radio Communications launches the Envoy™ High Frequency Software Defined Radio and 2110M Manpack with 3G ALE
2012 Codan acquires Canadian land-mobile radio communications company Daniels Electronics Ltd.
2014 Minelab releases SDC 2300 all-terrain compact gold detector
2015 Minelab releases GPZ 7000 gold detector with revolutionary Zero Voltage Transmission delivering maximum depth and increased sensitivity
2015  Codan Radio releases STRATUS® transportable P25/LTE solution
2015 Minelab releases GO-FIND® metal detector series