Export opportunities for Australian industry continue to soar as Brisbane company Heat Treatment Australia (HTA) achieves two exciting milestones with two of the largest global defence companies – Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems.
HTA has achieved accreditation with Lockheed Martin to process work in their newly established facility in the United States.
At the same time, HTA has been awarded a contract by BAE Systems for the supply of pressure manifolds for commercial aircraft jet engines in the United States, using its newly accredited facility in Queensland.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has congratulated the Brisbane based company on these two outstanding achievements.
Minister Pyne said the HTA accreditation would create more jobs for Australians as the company would need additional infrastructure and staff in Australia to support US operations.
“Four additional positions are already in place to support the international expansion, including a Chief Finance Officer to manage the expanding scope of HTA business,” Minister Pyne said.
Australian companies can now direct their raw material orders through HTA in the United States which will promote collaboration between Australian industry supply chain partners.
The new contract with BAE Systems’ Controls and Avionics Solutions, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is to supply pressure manifolds which are part of the digital engine controls for the LEAP family of jet engines.
The LEAP engines will power some of the biggest fleets of commercial aircraft in the world, including Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320neo.
HTA will use its recently opened state-of-the-art thermal processing facilities in Brisbane, Queensland to assemble the manifolds.
To assure competitiveness, HTA has partnered with RUAG Australia to provide precision machining and high pressure testing services.
Minister Pyne said the Australian Government’s Global Supply Chain Program had been integral in enabling both the Lockheed Martin accreditation of HTA’s newest facility in the United States, and the contract signing with BAE Systems.
“The Global Supply Chain Program, run by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, has delivered for HTA.
“This will increase Australian companies’ competitiveness in the US and other global markets and gain access to new global supply chain opportunities.
“This is an excellent example of how the Australian Government is working with our Defence industry base to grow export opportunities and increase Australian participation in global supply chains.
Over 140 companies have been awarded contracts totalling over $830 million under the Global Supply Chain program.
Further information on the Global Supply Chain program and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability is available at www.business.gov.au/cdic