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A company set up by two men who met while working on the Charles Darwin University World Solar Car Challenge team has been named NT Exporter of the Year.

The 3D metal printer Spee3d can rapidly manufacture components in a variety of different metals and alloys.

It is being exported to several countries, including the United States, and is breaking into the Defence industry.

Steve Camilleri and Byron Kennedy raced the Desert Rose solar car between 1987 and 2005.

In 2000, after many successful years racing against industry giants, such as General Motors and Honda, the Desert Rose was awarded the world speed record for solar cars – averaging 107km/h.

They formed In Motion Technology in 2002 to commercialise the axial flux motor technology developed for the Desert Rose.

The motor technology is now used around the world and is arguably one of the most successful commercial spinoffs from solar car racing.

The pair used the proceeds of the successful sale of IMT to found Spee3d.

Steve says: “We developed our metal 3D printers in the Territory, and we continue to innovate from the Territory, along with our teams based in Melbourne and internationally.”

He says support from the NT and Federal governments, the Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund and Charles Darwin University has contributed to Spee3d’s rapid export growth with global Defence forces, including Ukraine.

NT Chamber of Commerce chief executive Greg Ireland says the Chamber’s International Business Council has been hosting the Chief Minister’s Export Awards for 30 years to support and acknowledge Territory export.

“We are pleased to have a number of winners in the regions who have been making headlines globally and across the world,” he says.

“We look forward to working with new, growing and established export businesses in driving the Territory economy and further putting NT business on the map.”

Chief Minister Natasha Fyles says Spee3d is an innovative local story.

“We are backing them to create as many local jobs as possible.”

And Prime Minister Anthony Albanese: says: “The Australian Government is focused on creating multiple export streams for Australian organisations and businesses.

“Spee3d is an Australian success story. Focused on innovation and creating the jobs of the future, they are part of my government’s $20 million Defence industry support package to Ukraine.”


Exporter of the Year


Advanced Technologies


Professional Services

KBA Global Darwin

Sustainability and Green Economy


International Education and Training

Alana Kaye College

Emerging Exporter

AusNorth Trading Pty Ltd

Agribusiness, Food and Beverage

Rum Jungle Exports Manufacturing and

Advanced Materials


Small Business

Ikuntji Artists

Regional Exporter

Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage Pty Ltd



Excellence in the supply chain supporting the export Industry

Pak Fresh Handling

Excellence in events/international trade delegations supporting export activities and businesses

City of Darwin


International Business Council

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