July 21, 2017 – Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced another Australian export success with Brisbane firm, Ferra Engineering signing a contract with Thales Germany, creating up to 25 Australian jobs.
Minister Pyne congratulated Ferra Engineering on being contracted for the manufacture of sub-assemblies for Phoenice, Thales’ tactical navigation radar system for submarines.
“This export success exemplifies the defence industry we are seeking to build today and into the future to support defence capability, but also to create jobs and growth for Australians by increasing defence exports,” Minister Pyne said.
“Ferra’s success recognises a significant shift from automotive parts in 2002 to the innovative advanced manufacturing company Ferra is today, supplying complex assemblies globally.
“This contract will see the creation of up to 25 jobs with Ferra and throughout the supply chain, with the possibility of more down the track.
“Ferra will deliver two systems to one of Thales Germany’s existing European customers, with substantial potential future sales,” he said.
The project will have flow on benefits to Ferra’s supply chain, with more than 15 Australian based suppliers engaged to deliver the project.
“The project will result in the creation of new positions and the up-skilling of staff to manufacture, assemble and test what is an extremely complex assembly,” Minister Pyne said.
“Those benefits will be realised across the Australian defence industry as some work will be performed within Ferra’s extensive supply chain around Australia.
“The signing of this contract is a strong example of Australian small to medium enterprises building their capabilities and creating long lasting export relationships,” he said.
These export successes can be attributed to the Australian Government’s Global Supply Chain Program delivered by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability. The Program seeks to increase Australian defence industry’s international competitiveness and facilitate opportunities into the supply chains of multi-national defence companies.
Ferra Engineering is a Brisbane-based company specialising in the design, manufacture, assembly and test of defence and aerospace sub-assemblies, both locally and internationally.
148 companies have been awarded contracts totaling over $900 million under the Global Supply Chain program.