Local defence industry alliance established

A new South Australian defence industry alliance has been formed in Adelaide’s north, aiming to trigger growth and create new jobs in the sector.

The Edinburgh Industry Alliance – developed in collaboration with the City of Playford – will work with stakeholders to address supply chain challenges and build on the need for onshore sovereign industrial solutions.

Nine local companies based in the area will be joining the alliance: Aimpoint RPL, BiORG, Century Engineering, Eptec Group, Levett Engineering, Lionsgate Business Park, Sonnex, Williams Metal Fabrication and XTEK Limited.

Chair of the alliance and Head of Armour & Composites at XTEK Limited, Craig Schmidt, said this is an opportunity to provide total product and service solutions for the needs of customers such as government and other industry.

“This is exciting on many levels, including the opportunity presented to government and primes to come into an area and be confident that industry will collaborate to ensure the best outcomes for a customer,” he said.

“All nine members will seek to ensure the maximum utilisation of our industry capability in advanced engineering, manufacturing and supply chain programs for defence and specialised areas in Australian and international markets.”

Adelaide’s northern suburbs are also home to the Edinburgh Defence Precinct, Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and major defence primes including BAE Systems Australia, SAAB Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia, Raytheon Australia, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman.

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