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Hills opens two centres for innovation

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The company that gave us the Hills Hoist has joined with the South Australian government to open two centres to encourage innovation.

Adelaide Now reports that the two facilities are located at the headquarters of Hills Ltd. The Lance Hill Design Centre has been set up to focus on new products. The other centre, Hills D-shop will concentrate on digital innovations.

Both centres will collaborate with three major Adelaide universities. At first, five full time jobs will be created at the centres and eventually this number will increase to about 50.

AAP reports that Premier Jay Weatherill praised Hills as a company which not only invented the iconic washing lines, but also has achieved in the production of products for homes, hospitals, businesses and governments.

"It is recognised as a company that has sought and identified ways to build growth in rapidly changing economic conditions," Mr Weatherill said on Wednesday.

There will now be a “pitch day” in which eight products in the areas of lifestyle, aged care, disability care, sport and safety are presented to a panel of representatives from Hills and the universities involved.

There is a possibility that the best ideas could be employed by Hills or offered joint ventures or other support.

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