Minister for Defence Industry - Defence Signs New Global Supply Chain Agreement with Rheinmetall

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Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

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20 October 2016

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has signed its first Global Supply Chain Agreement today, which will provide Australian companies greater access to international supply chains.

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said he was pleased to announce Rheinmetall Defence Australia was joining the Global Supply Chain Program.

“Australia has many innovative and world leading capabilities,” Minister Pyne said.

“The Agreement will provide new commercial and defence opportunities in Rheinmetall’s international supply chain, as well as helping to break down barriers that may otherwise deter local firms from doing business in overseas markets.”

This agreement follows the recently announced extension to existing Global Supply Chain Program agreements with Thales and Raytheon, which will maximise export opportunities for Australian companies.

”As the Minister for Defence Industry, I am keen to ensure opportunities are maximised for Australian companies competing for Defence business and local companies are afforded every opportunity to compete for work in the supply chains of multinational defence companies,” he said.

”Seven primes are now contracted under the Global Supply Chain Program, creating opportunities for Australian companies across all domains and offering training and mentoring to ensure they are well placed to be internationally competitive.”

The Primes currently participating in the program are Boeing, Raytheon, Thales, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and Rheinmetall Defence Australia.

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