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NIOA receives honours at defence industry awards

The Australian firm has been awarded two major honours at Defence Connect’s 2020 Australian Defence Industry Awards.

The Australian firm has been awarded two major honours at Defence Connect’s 2020 Australian Defence Industry Awards.

Defence Connect hosted its second annual 2020 Australian Defence Industry Awards on Thursday, 26 November.

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The awards ceremony — hosted virtually across the nation and in live venues across Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane — recognised leading stakeholders and key enablers in the defence industry ecosystem.

Among the businesses to be recognised was weapons, ammunition and technical support supplier NIOA, which took out the prizes for Prime Contractor of the Year and Land Business of the Year.  

NIOA chief executive Robert Nioa said he was proud to see the business recognised on the national stage.

''This is the pinnacle of success in the defence industry so it is a wonderful achievement for a Queensland firm,'' he said.

''All of our staff are extremely proud to partner with Defence to ensure our service men and women have the very best capability on the front line.

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''Since our early days in regional Queensland, NIOA has been built on hard work, personal effort and trust, and these things are still the hallmark of the company.''

NIOA has committed to investing more than $130 million over the next five years in domestic munitions and explosives manufacturing.

This is set to include an expansion of its Brisbane engineering, research and development facility, a 10-year co-tenancy at the Benalla munitions plant in regional Victoria, and a $60 million artillery shell forging plant in Maryborough in partnership with Rheinmetall Waffe Munitions.

The firm also recently secured the first tranche of stage one of the ADF LAND 159 contract to fit out the ‘Australian soldier of the future’ with next-generation pistols, assault rifles, machine guns, sniper rifles, direct fire support weapons and munitions. 

A full list of the winners for the 2020 Australian Defence Industry Awards is available here

*Neither the Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards nor Defence Connect is sponsored, approved by, affiliated with or endorsed in any way by the Commonwealth of Australia or the Department of Defence.

[Related: Serco Australia recognised as Naval Business of the Year]

NIOA receives honours at defence industry awards
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