Wilcox Industries Corp®, a US renowned designer and manufacturer of high-quality tactical equipment for war-fighters and first responders, will establish its first overseas state-of-the-art manufacturing and assembly facility in Victoria — Australia’s centre for defence and aerospace manufacturing and research and development.
Minister for Manufacturing David Hodgett has revealed that the facility would be a joint venture with Melbourne-based distributor Aquaterro.
“Wilcox Industries manufactures tactical equipment for special forces and first responders in defence and law enforcement, while Aquaterro is a leading supplier of law enforcement and defence equipment in Victoria. The Victorian Coalition Government has worked closely with Wilcox to assist with the first stage of its expansion into Australia, which involves a capital investment of up to $10 million in our state,” the Minister said.
“Wilcox Industries is a proven performer and leader in its industry and its entry into Victoria is yet another indication of Victoria’s strengths as Australia’s leading hub for defence manufacturing. This exciting collaboration will enable Wilcox and Aquaterro to expand and grow, not just within Australia, but also across the broader Asia Pacific region.”
According to the media release by the Premier of Victoria, Wilcox Industries CEO Jim Teetzel said the company had collaborated closely with the Victorian Government and had appreciated the support provided to Wilcox Industries and Aquaterro.
“Victoria has a proven track record in defence, and the Napthine Government demonstrated its commitment to supporting the industry by providing $8.7 million in the 2014/15 State Budget to drive growth and innovation across Victoria’s $1.5 billion defence and aerospace industry,” Mr Hodgett said.