Seven Townsville firms to share in more than $134,000 in defence and aerospace grants

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Seven Townsville businesses have been awarded a total of $134,000 through the Palaszczuk Government’s $1.5 million Defence and Aerospace Industry Development Fund to grow their companies and become internationally competitive.

The successful grant recipients include Brazier Motti, Global Welding Supplies, NEM Group, Peak ARE, Taylor Builders, TEI Services and Townsville Services Group.

State Development Minister Kate Jones welcomed the funding for the Townsville businesses, noting that Queensland’s defence and aircraft manufacturing and repair industries generate around $7.5 billion in revenue per year.

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“It makes sense to boost our defence manufacturing and aerospace industries,” she continued.

“We’ve got a strategy in place to help local companies scale up in this sector and start exporting globally.”

NEM Group General Manager, Mr Aymon Vagulans said the grant funding allowed them to strengthen their welding and fabrication capabilities and access rewarding supply chain contracts for major defence suppliers.

“This is an amazing opportunity for not only us, but other Queensland manufacturers to access both the national and global markets,” Mr Vagulans said.

Mr Brad Swaffer, Director of air conditioning, refrigeration and electrical company Peak ARE said his firm had much to gain in becoming part of the defence supply chain.

“Accessing projects in this sector gives companies like ours an opportunity to grow, provide security for our workforce and strengthen our capabilities with long-term partners,” he said.

“The Townsville Defence Industry Hub has been supporting us through our journey to become part of the defence supply chain and linked us to upcoming regional defence opportunities. This funding will help us meet the requirements to participate in these projects.

“I commend the Queensland Government for establishing this fund which helps us get the certifications we need to make us defence-ready for both the national and global markets.”

Peak ARE director Brad Swaffer said the air conditioning, refrigeration and electrical company also had much to gain in becoming part of the defence supply chain.

“Joining in with this sector gives companies like ours an opportunity to grow, provide security for our workforce and strengthen our capabilities with long-term partners,” he said.

“The Townsville Defence Industry Hub has been supporting us through our journey to become part of the defence supply chain and linked us to upcoming regional defence opportunities. This funding will help us meet the requirements to participate in these projects.

“I commend the Queensland Government for establishing this fund which helps us get the certifications we need to make us defence-ready for both the national and global markets.”

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