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Defence export grants help Aussie small businesses think globally

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price has announced $1.85 million worth of grants to support Australias small defence businesses to expand overseas, as part of a strategic approach to support the development of Australias defence exports.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price has announced $1.85 million worth of grants to support Australias small defence businesses to expand overseas, as part of a strategic approach to support the development of Australias defence exports.

Minister Price announced the 13 grant recipients at the Defence Industry and Innovation Day held at Australia House in London on Monday ahead of the major defence trade show, Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI). 

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"The Defence Global Competitiveness Grants help Australian small businesses to build their export capability, which presents new opportunities in overseas markets. Importantly, helping small businesses become ‘export-ready’ means they can take up opportunities to help them grow and create more Australian jobs," Minister Price explained. 

Gold Coast company Craig International Ballistics – one of the companies in London attending DSEI – will use its grant to adapt its composite body armour systems to meet the needs of international markets and customers, and is already enjoying success in the UK. 

The recipients of the Defence Global Competitiveness Grants include: 

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Company

Grant amount

Details

State

Australian Performance Vehicles

$150,000

Invest in advanced manufacturing facilities for the production of military restraints for land and amphibious vehicles.

VIC

Levett Engineering

$150,000

Purchase precision machining for the manufacture of component parts for the aerospace industry, enabling them to manufacture complex avionics assemblies for military aircraft and grow sales into military supply chains in the United States.

SA

Defendtex

$150,000

Purchase specialised equipment to scale up its Victorian facility for the manufacture of commercial quantities of explosives and propellant.

VIC

Quality Production Engineers

$150,000

Increase technical capacity for manufacturing large, complex, highly precise jobs.

SA

Craig International Ballistics

$145,686

Invest in manufacturing equipment for product accreditation, and enhanced networks and software implementation to improve data protection.

QLD

Athinian Valley

$150,000

Purchase equipment to manufacture complex shaped components for frigates and other vessels being built in the United Kingdom.

SA

Nupress Tools

$150,000

Undertake a Quality Improvement Program that will enhance the company’s manufacturing of hot engine components and support access to global defence supply chains.

NSW

Carbonicboats

$150,000

Build in-house facilities to test and measure performance and reliability of its Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems.

NSW

PMB Defence Engineering

$82,262

Procure and commission a versatile testing facility for new technology batteries.

SA

Dobbie Dico Meter Company

$148,507

Improve its capability to manufacture high quality small precision parts as components of operational maritime pumps.

WA

Ruslyn Holdings

$17,100

Purchase tooling to manufacture a plastic lightweight rugged hook and line reel.

NSW

Nupress Tools

$112,817

Purchase wire cutting machinery to enhance their manufacturing capabilities and increase the company’s eligibility an access to international defence export programs.

NSW

QPE Fabrications

$150,000

Acquire, install and train personnel for capital equipment necessary for Defence related programs

SA

HeliMods

$150,000

Purchase plant equipment to manufacture large machined components used in the assembly of military and paramilitary helicopters

QLD

Another member of the Team Defence Australia delegation, Defendtex, will use the grant to purchase specialised equipment that will enable it to scale up production at its Melbourne facility. 

"This is a great example of the Morrison government providing real assistance to help Australian businesses grow by accessing new export markets," Minister Price added. 

Defence export grants help Aussie small businesses think globally
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