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Marco moved to Switzerland for 3 years and worked in the toolroom at the Berne Motorwagen Fabrique. In this role, Marco manufactured jigs and tooling (including HSS reamers) for production.
Marco looks to travel abroad, and hears about job opportunities in Australia. He arrives in Melbourne in 1962 in the midst of a recession.
After 3 months, Marco moves to Canberra to take a position at the Research School of Physics (Australian National University) during the building of the homopolar generator. This period (under the guidance of Sir Mark Oliphant) was developmental, but Marco always wanted to have his own business.
In 1965 (while still employed at ANU), Marco established Marco Engineering Pty Ltd, Canberra’s oldest engineering company. Early work included welding handrails for commercial and residential buildings in the Canberra region.
By 1966, Marco had left the ANU to focus on business activities. However, business was still reliant on opportunities at ANU and CSIRO.
Marco Engineering manufactured a 108 position sample loader for a Canberra firm.
The system provided fully automated analysis of lunar samples returned during the Apollo missions, and was matched to a Philips PW1212 X-ray spectrometer.
The project would be awarded a Prince Philip award for innovation.
With the advent of a recession in the early 1990’s and cost cutting at many core R&D customers, Marco developed a range of height adjustable office furniture to meet new OH&S regulations in government departments.
Marketed and sold under the Ergotrend Systems trademark, ergonomic office furniture provided stable revenue for 25 years.
Robert (Marco’s son) commences a bachelor’s degree in mechatronics at the University of Sydney.
In January 2003, large parts of Canberra and surrounding regions were decimated by bushfires. This included the Mount Stromlo Observatory, where most buildings, telescopes and instruments were destroyed.
Auspace Limited was awarded a contract to rebuild one of the instruments destroyed in the fires, and Robert was offered a position in the assembly, integration and test (AIT) team.