Complying with relevant ISO standards is a requirement for all Queensland businesses looking to supply Rheinmetall, the global defence giant that is establishing a manufacturing facility in Queensland to deliver Land 121 – a major contract for the Australian Defence Force.
Frontline Manufacturing specialises in metal fabrication for defence applications and is currently supplying over 1,000 parts each month to Land 121.
Frontline General Manager Matthew Ellis said to be considered as a supplier to Rheinmetall globally the company needed to acquire ISO 3834 Level 2, which is an internationally recognised welding standard.
‘We have not only completed this, but exceeded Rheinmetall’s requirements, and achieved Level 3 certification,’ he said.
‘The certification allows us to demonstrate to large-scale manufacturers the level of professionalism Frontline Manufacturing has to offer.’
Frontline is expanding its capabilities into the global defence market with specialist services such as ballistic armour component manufacturer, and will move from its current Wacol premises into larger facilities in June.
With TIQ support, Frontline staff visited the Rheinmetall Land Systems production facility in Germany earlier this year.
Queensland Trade and Investment Deputy Commissioner for Europe Warren Bartlett accompanied them on the trip.
‘Other Queensland manufacturers looking to win these types of contracts should be encouraged by Frontline Manufacturing’s success, which shows that Queensland businesses are building capabilities and skills to access global supply chains,’ he said.
‘There are opportunities in defence-related manufacturing, logistics, innovation and research.’
This month Rheinmetall Defence Australia is visiting Townsville, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane to engage in B2B sessions, and share updates and insights on its defence program.
Rheinmetall’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) at Redbank will be the company’s biggest presence outside of Germany.
With completion planned for early 2020, MILVEHCOE will rely on an industrial network of companies to deliver component products and services.
TIQ’s Ipswich office is also working with local defence suppliers to take advantage of the opportunities created by MILVEHCOE and other defence projects.
Almost 10% of employment in Ipswich is in the defence industry and associated supply chain. TIQ is also involved in a local manufacturing networking group that has discussed defence opportunities.
The defence and aerospace sector is identified as one of Queensland’s growing export priorities in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.