Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

PM visits Rheinmetall NIOA munitions facility

The Prime Minister has reinforced the government’s commitment to supporting local defence capability after visiting the Rheinmetall NIOA artillery shell forging plant in Queensland.

The Prime Minister has reinforced the government’s commitment to supporting local defence capability after visiting the Rheinmetall NIOA artillery shell forging plant in Queensland.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has visited Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions’ (RNM) $60 million munitions facility in Maryborough, Queensland, just months ahead of completion of the 7000-square-metre facility.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Queensland-based Badge Constructions broke ground on the four-hectare Moonaboola Industrial Estate site in March 2020, with the facility expected to be fitted out and commission by the middle of 2022.

Once complete, the plant is estimated to produce 30,000 artillery shells for the Australian Defence Force and the German Army.

RNM deputy chair Robert Nioa welcomed the Prime Minister, adding that the joint venture would advance the government’s objectives by creating roughly 100 jobs in the region and bolstering sovereign capability.

''It's a great honour to have the Prime Minister here,” he said.

“It not only speaks volumes for the strategic importance of the defence industry but also how vital this factory is to transitioning the local economy into new and advanced manufacturing opportunities, ensuring jobs, skills and trades stay in the Fraser Coast region.”

PROMOTED CONTENT

RNM chairman Roman Koehne added that the new facility would place Maryborough among the world’s most advanced military manufacturing centres.

''Rheinmetall is known worldwide for advanced manufacturing and chose Maryborough over a number of other cities and regions,'' Koehne said.

''The level of expertise, skills and precision that this facility will have not only creates a spotlight on Maryborough as a hub of cutting-edge technology but will enhance the reputation of Australia in the global supply chain.''

Munitions and small arms research, design, development and manufacture are among the key priorities of the Morrison government’s Sovereign Industrial Capability plan.

As such, the Maryborough plant has benefited from multi-level government support, with the federal government injecting $28.5 million through the Regional Growth Fund.

The Queensland state government has also provided funding via the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund, with the Fraser Coast Regional Council also supporting the facility’s development.

This forms part of the federal government’s $270 billion investment in defence over the next decade.

 [Related: NIOA signs supply contract with Winchester]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

PM visits Rheinmetall NIOA munitions facility
NIOA-Maryborough-Factory.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

The inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit will place you with key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry to discuss the government’s intention to improve AIC and increase the nation’s sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this event, register for free today to attend the live stream on 22 October. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

more from defence connect

Sep 17 2021
FTS Group continues growth in ANZ rebranded as Atturra
FTS Group, an Australian technology consulting and services business, has announced its rebrand to Atturra. ...
Sep 17 2021
Babcock Australasia tips hat to AUKUS deal
The global defence company had lauded Australia’s new nuclear submarine arrangement with its major allies. ...
Sep 17 2021
ASC welcomes full-cycle docking decision
The shipbuilding company is revamping its workforce following the government’s decision to indefinitely sustain the Collins Clas...