In 1984, Stephen Pronk purchased a company called Analytical Instruments. It had been formed in 1975 with a primary task of acting as a Queensland agent for various Australian scientific organisations. Under Pronk, the organisation changed rapidly. He established the head in Redcliffe, formulated a strong research and development department and rationalised its small manufacturing product range. Its primary aim now, was to produce a world class product range.
New markets were developed and an international sales program instigated, Progressively offices were established in every state in Australia, in New Zealand and the USA. Business connections were developed in Europe as well.
AI Scientifics reputation now as a manufacturer of innovative laboratory equipment was initially boosted by the production of the unique pathfinder system, In 2001 the Australian Government named AI Scientific as an inspiration to other Australian companies to sell their products internationally.
In March 2023 Brooks Automation US, acquired Aim Lab Automation Technologies.
Stephen has been the director of Director at Aim Lab Automation Technologies for over 45 years.
From 2009 Stephen has been an Investor at Brisbane Angels Group, investing and supporting emerging start-ups plus offer introductions to contacts who could aid in their success.
From 2019 to 2022 Stephen was Director of ORCODA Limited. An integrated technology company that provides smart software solutions for transport logistics and transport infrastructure services.
In 2015 to 2018 Stephen was an Innovation Awards Judge for the Innovation Awards at the Moreton Bay Regional Council Gala awards night.
From 2015 to 2020, Stephen was chairperson for TalentVine. A platform that connects employers with specialist recruiters.
2016 Premier of Queensland Export Award for Manufacturing.
2016 Australian Export Award for Manufacturing.
2001 Centenary Award. Business Person of the Year - Redcliffe Chamber of Commerce.
Stephen Pronk is listed on the wall of the Redcliffe Wall of Fame:
A collection of portrait and information honouring the achievements of individuals who have influenced and shaped Redcliffe. The collection is in the Jetty Arcade at 139-141 Redcliffe Parade.
For a complete list of people who appear on the wall click on the following blog post: