We’ve been using engineering and electronics expertise to solve problems since 1959. Since then we’ve made a name for ourselves in quality and innovation through a number of world-firsts and milestones.
Scroll down to experience our journey.
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.
EILCO releases its first High Frequency Radio – Type 6104 HF Transceiver – for the School-of-the-Air network operating in the Australian outback.
Codan acquires an interest in IMP Engineering, an Australian manufacturer of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).
Codan wins its first Australian Export Award for Outstanding Export Achievement.
Codan relocates its Adelaide premises from Norwood to Newton, South Australia to expand production capacity and focus on export growth.
Codan commences exports of its HF radio equipment to Papua New Guinea and the US.
EILCO forms a joint venture with Associated Electronics Services to develop HF radio. They call the joint venture Codan.
EILCO wins an Australia-wide contract to re-equip 12 Royal Flying Doctor Service base stations with HF radios.
Codan revolutionises radio communications by launching its automatic tuning whip antenna.
Codan releases the 5300 series, its first C-Band Satellite Transceivers.
Codan releases the 9000 series, its first Ku-Band satellite transceivers for use on Australia’s AUSSAT satellites.
Codan produces Satellite RF subsystems for AUSSAT to support the launch of Australia’s first domestic satellite system.
The United Nations (UN) makes a significant purchase of Codan HF Radio equipment for their relief efforts in Uganda, signalling the start of Codan’s operations in Africa.
Codan acquires MITEC – Queensland designer and manufacturer of high power satellite amplifiers and digital microwave radio technology.
Codan launches its New Generation Transceiver (NGT) product range with revolutionary HF Radio user interface.
Codan releases its 5700 series C-Band Satellite Transceiver.
Codan’s 5700 series C-Band satellite transceivers win awards for Excellence in Innovation, Commercialisation and Export Excellence from the Electronics Industry Association.
Codan launches the world’s first commercial modem for fast and fully automatic HF fax and data transmission.
Mike Heard joins Codan as CEO.
Codan wins Manufacturer of the Year, Product Innovation for its 5900 series Ku-Band transceiver.
Codan acquires Provideo Systems – South Australian designer and manufacturer of signal management products for TV broadcasting.
Codan lists on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).
Codan acquires Talia Sound and Vision which then merges with Provideo to become Codan Broadcast.
Codan opens office in India.
2110 HF Manpack wins Gold Cup award for Excellence in Innovation and Commercialisation at the Electronic Industry Association Awards.
Codan wins the Design Wrought Product category at the International Magnesium Association’s Annual Design Awards for its 2110 HF Manpack.
Codan wins Innovator of the Year at the EDN Innovation Awards for its Satellite 6700 series MBUC.
Codan expands into military technology, launching a suite of products for HF Radio communications.
Codan manufactures its 50,000th 9350 HF Radio antenna.
Codan acquires Minelab, developer of world leading metal detection capability.
Codan begins contract manufacturing through Plexus Corp (NASDAQ:PLXS) in Malaysia.
Codan celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Codan establishes its Military and Security Division in the US.
Codan wins Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award in the Asia Pacific Aerospace and Defence category for Tactical Military Communications Provider of the Year.
Donald McGurk becomes CEO.
Codan divests Codan Broadcast.
Codan wins Australian export award for Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Codan acquires Minetec, developer of innovative mining productivity and safety solutions, which was founded by Greg Anderson in 2000.
Codan sells its satellite communications assets to CPI international.
Codan launches the Envoy™ High Frequency Software Defined Radio and 2110M Manpack with 3G ALE.
Codan acquires Daniels Electronics, Canadian designer of land mobile radio products.
Minelab achieves record-breaking GPX sales into Africa.
Minelab releases the CTX 3030 Waterproof All-Terrain Treasure Detector.