Hills wins multi-million DFAT satellite contract

Hills Holdings’ electronics and communications division has won a multi-million dollar, four-year contract to provide the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s satellite network in 51 countries.

AAP reports that Hills – parent company of Hills Branded Products, makers of the iconic Hills Hoist – was awarded the contract, after a competitive tender process involving over half-a-dozen companies. Hills’ STEP Electronics division will design, supply and install satellite communications to DFAT.

"The ramifications of this contract for Hills are significant as other DFAT portfolio agencies including AusAID, Austrade and ASIS, along with other government departments, such as AFP, AGD and Customs and Border Protection Service, will also be able to access the services and equipment," CEO Ted Pretty told The Australian.

Last week the company announced a restructure and that it was shedding 300 jobs at Fielders Orrcon Steel and the lifestyle and sustainability side of the group. Over half were at the Fielders’ steel plant at Adelaide’s Regency Park.
 

Hills is moving away from steel manufacturing activities, and Pretty has predicted that over three-quarters of revenue will come from non-steel businesses by 2015.

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