Defence Industries Queensland is proud to represent a range of highly-capable and innovative companies and research institutions across Queensland, so we're pleased to receive positive feedback from these organisations about our unit's work. Here's what some of our valued stakeholders have to say.
The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) is a world-leading unmanned systems research facility managed by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
QUT is currently the only Queensland university with UAV Operator Certification (UOC), which allows ARCAA to test solutions in conditions close to the final deployment environment, and collect valuable aerial data sets.
ARCAA's projects have included Smart Skies, which explored the research and development of future technologies to support efficient utilisation of airspace by both manned and unmanned aircraft, and Project ResQu, which involved the development of automated safety technologies to enable the timely approval of unmanned aircraft use for disaster recovery.
Both projects were supported by the Queensland Government, who also provided $3.53 million towards the establishment of ARCAA in 2008. Additionally, the state government played an integral role in the development of the world-renowned UAV Challenge in collaboration with ARCAA, and almost ten years on, the government continues to support the event.
"The Queensland Government has been a longstanding supporter of the unmanned systems sector, which has helped organisations like ours become world leaders in the field. Queensland has ideal testing conditions for UAS for a range of purposes such as environmental monitoring, mining survey and disaster response, so coupled with the backing of the government; the UAS industry has great potential in the state."
Professor Duncan Campbell
Heat Treatment Australia
Heat Treatment Australia (HTA) provides thermal manufacturing processing to Australian and overseas customers using sophisticated thermal processing equipment. The company focuses on providing brazing, hardening and carburizing services for vital aerospace and defence applications.
HTA is involved in global supply chains, providing components to aerospace primes including Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman. This includes the supply of a vacuum brazed chassis that will be used on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
"I would like to extend a big thank you to Defence Industries Queensland for their continued support and advice as our company moves forward with a strategic expansion plan involving new equipment, new processes, upskilling of staff and pushing into new markets both in Australia and on the global stage.
I recently attended a pitching workshop coordinated by the unit and it was extremely useful. I have already had some wins with the techniques learned in the session and this has resulted in deeper engagement and increased momentum with new customers.
After seeing my last presentation, one of our customers commented that it was one of the best presentations he had seen in years – no doubt pushing me and HTA to another level that can be attributed to the help of Defence Industries Queensland."
Business Development Manager, Heat Treatment Australia
Logan-based company Holmwood Highgate entered the defence supply chain network with a $65 million contract under the Department of Defence's LAND 121 Phase 3B project. The company is contracting to Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) to design and manufacture 22 integrated fuel tankers, 123 bulk water and bulk water pump storage modules and 131 bulk fuel and bulk fuel pump and storage modules for the new Army truck fleet.
Defence Industries Queensland connected RMMVA with Holmwood Highgate through its established Heavy Vehicle Network, which was set up to help Queensland companies access Defence supply chains. Through the network, Holmwood Highgate participated in Heavy Vehicle Network events including an RMMVA supplier day, business matching arranged with RMMVA, a two-day supply chain capability-improvement audit undertaken by the Industry Capability Network (ICN) and were referred to project implementation service providers.
Following this program of assistance and a competitive tender process, Holmwood Highgate became one of four companies in Australia to be awarded a contract by RMMVA. The contract has already led to the creation of nine new positions and is expected to further secure at least 40 jobs at Holmwood Highgate's Loganholme facility. More importantly, Holmwood Highgate will develop a new product as a result of this contract to add to its already substantial product portfolio.
"Assistance from Defence Industries Queensland and their partner ICN helped us understand the needs of the defence industry and defence prime contractors. The opportunity to be invited to the RMMVA industry supplier day facilitated by Defence Industries Queensland, and to present our company capabilities to RMMVA, directly led to Holmwood Highgate tendering for project work."
Project Director, Holmwood Highgate
Micreo Limited provides high technology design and manufacturing services to the aerospace and high-reliability electronic hardware market. Their Brisbane-based facility has 800m2 of cleanroom manufacturing space as well as a purpose built open plan production area that can be rapidly reconfigured to meet the needs of specific high-volume contract manufacturing programs. Micreo's engineering team covers a wide range of engineering disciplines and the large and capable manufacturing department is well equipped with both conventional electronics production equipment and specialist RF/microwave assembly and test equipment.
Micreo works closely with the Australian Department of Defence and DST Group and has a number of contracts with overseas prime contractors including Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and IAI Elta. Recent production contracts include the Program Redwing force protection systems for the Australian Military Sales Office and a quantity of highly complex RFMICs for Raytheon's ALR-69A Radar Warning Receiver.
"As an export organisation we need to reach out to people in global defence and aerospace companies. Micreo has enjoyed the support of Defence Industries Queensland at major events including the Avalon Airshow, Land Forces and a recent trade mission to the USA. Lindsay Pears and his team have helped us with our business development activities locally, nationally and internationally, providing tangible benefits for Micreo and the state of Queensland."
Managing Director and CEO, Micreo
Orion Solar offers cost-efficient, scalable, and flexible airfield and marine lighting solutions. The company's solar energy management systems can be installed within hours for maintenance-free operations without grid power, buried cable or airfield electrical vaults. The company exhibited on the Defence Industries Queensland stand at the Avalon Airshow 2015 and made strategic contacts with Defence in Australia and New Zealand as a result.
"Exhibiting on the Queensland Government stand at the Avalon Airshow helped generate a number of leads for us and we've had a tremendous amount of interest in our various lighting systems. As a result of the show, we were also able to meet with high ranking officers from Defence to help promote our lighting solutions to an influential audience."
General Manager, Orion Solar
Queensland-headquartered aerospace company TAE has expanded rapidly since commencing operations in the state in 2000. The company relocated to Australia from New Zealand after securing a major F-111 aircraft maintenance contract for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and since then has grown from 6 to 205 employees Australia-wide, with 122 of these based in Queensland.
TAE is now 100% Australian owned with annual revenue of $70 million. It is the largest gas turbine service provider in Australasia and a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) in the region.
TAE was the first Australian company to develop AVB technology and is one of only a few worldwide able to provide the process. In 2013, this capability enabled TAE to deliver advanced liquid cooled electronics enclosure parts for the first JSF aircraft to be acquired by the RAAF, and in February 2015, TAE went on to win the Defence contract to maintain engines for the JSF.
TAE also won its first major land-based contract in 2015 to provide program management, deep maintenance, engineering and supply support for the Honeywell AGT1500 engine for the Australian Army's M1A1 Abrams main battle tank.
"Defence Industries Queensland's support has enabled TAE to successfully grow and transition from a single F-111 support contract to become an Australian owned company and the country's largest gas turbine service provider. TAE now supports global defence and civilian customers with multiple product lines and currently has valuable contract commitments that have multi-decade tenure.
DIQld's assistance during the Land Forces 2014 Conference and Exhibition helped TAE successfully introduce its aviation gas turbine capability to the land sector and secure an initial five-year contract with the Australian Army of substantial value."
Chief Executive Officer, TAE