Innovative SA auto firm Supashock has been awarded a $468,887 commercialisation grant to develop its dynamic suspension technology for armoured and protected defence vehicles produced by German military vehicle builder Rheinmetall Defence.
The company, which is part of the Dynamic Engineering Solutions Group, will now work with Rheinmetall to adapt its innovative range of suspension products for installation on the vehicles it produces for the world market.
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos said the grant – awarded under the Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme – will allow the company to take the suspension from prototype to production for installation in Rheinmetall Defence military vehicles.
“This is a great example of how innovative, advanced manufacturing companies are building their business by gaining access to opportunities in the global market by leveraging the range of support initiatives being delivered by the Australian Government,” the Minister said.
“It’s further confirmation that innovation and agility in Australian defence industry delivers cutting edge capability and value from the Australian Government’s $1.6 billion investment in defence industry and innovation programs over the next decade announced in the Defence Industry Policy Statement.”
Supashock produces specialised suspension systems for motorsports, off-road, heavy and mining vehicles. The company has developed a dynamic suspension system that delivers unprecedented levels of performance, safety and reliability for vehicles that operate in arduous conditions.