Carbonix, GPC Electronics partner to advance Australian drone sector

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Sydney-based companies Carbonix and GPC Electronics Group today announced a partnership that will bring the sovereign capability of the Australian drone industry “a significant step forward.”

Under the partnership, GPC will contribute avionics, design, and testing input for Carbonix’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and help in building scale. 

Carbonix specialises in manufacturing composite-bodied UAVs designed for high-endurance, long-range applications, often in challenging environments. The company recently received approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for flights beyond the visual line of sight in Riverstone, New South Wales. 

Philip van der Burg, CEO of Carbonix, said the partnership will enable his company to tap into a supply of high-quality, consistent, and tested avionics and support needed in response to supply chain disruptions. 

“Together, we can create a vertically integrated solution that delivers world-class UAVs to customers across a range of industries,” van der Burg said. 

RJ Stensland, GPC’s business development manager, said the partnership would see GPC expand what it could achieve in drone avionics manufacturing and integration. 

“Our collaboration will enable us to leverage our expertise in electronics manufacturing and integration to produce high-quality drones that meet the needs of customers in the aerospace, defence, and other industries,” Stensland said.