AW Bell

Dandenong South VIC 3175


A.W. Bell is an Australian family owned and operated business supplying complex metal parts to the aerospace and defence industries. They also specialise in the production of rapid prototypes using stereolithography apparatus (SLA) technology.

Based in Victoria, A.W. Bell employs 70 staff and has serviced the Australian manufacturing industry for over 50 years.

A.W. Bell started the journey with Enterprise Connect with an independent Business Review. An Enterprise Connect Business Adviser conducted a top to bottom analysis of the business and identified strategic issues, areas for business improvement and potential areas of growth.

A.W. Bell were then presented with the opportunity to enter a new export market in the aerospace sector. In order for A.W. Bell to meet the stringent mechanical requirements, they needed to develop a new improved investment casting process.

Although A.W. Bell possessed great knowledge and experience in aluminium investment casting, they recognised they needed specialist technical expertise and equipment to perform detailed analysis and evaluation.

A.W. Bell was introduced to Enterprise Connect's Researchers in Business through CSIRO, and were soon partnered with manufacturing, materials and minerals researcher Dr Roger Lumley. Roger was placed within A.W. Bell to benchmark, develop and improve their processes.

CSIRO Researcher, Dr Robert Lumley helping turn ideas into metal
CSIRO Researcher, Dr Robert Lumley helping turn ideas into metal.


Roger brought a great mix of theory, experience and practical hands on capability to the project which, when combined with A.W. Bell's manufacturing experience, fostered the development of a new technique for metal processing.

The new technique produced an end product that displayed superior physical properties to that of A.W. Bell’s international competitors.

As a result of their involvement in Researchers in Business, and the work performed throughout Roger’s placement, A.W. Bell are now the preferred supplier to two major international companies within the aerospace industry.

It's an outcome that exceeded both Roger and A.W. Bell's expectations.

“We worked well together and the outcomes were even better than hoped for. We achieved far more from the collaboration with CSIRO and Enterprise Connect than we initially expected.” Geoff Bell, Company Chairman, A.W. Bell Geoff Bell, Company Chairman, A.W. Bell

Researchers in Business proved to be a positive and beneficial experience for both business and researcher.

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