Victorian defence manufacturer, Chemring Australia, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Lara, Victoria – thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the Victorian government.
The funding, granted under Victoria’s Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT), will help the company expand its countermeasures and pyrotechnic manufacturing facility, which will be used to design, install and commission manufacturing, and test infrastructure for the F35-Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) countermeasures.
Countermeasures include flares that counter the threat to the aircraft from ground or air launched infrared-guided missiles.
Chemring Australia has already provided demonstration flares to the United States for qualification purposes.
The company is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of military-grade products for the defence and safety markets – this investment will help the company secure high value defence contracts.
Victoria’s Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll said the government’s support will enable Chemring Australia to create jobs, expand its operations and boost capability to help it secure more defence contracts.
The expansion is expected to creating 40 new jobs, according to a media release by the Victorian government.
“We’re making sure manufacturing has a strong future in Victoria. With companies like Chemring Australia at the forefront of their field – that future is bright,” Caroll said.
The defence sector contributes up to $8 billion to Victoria’s economy every year and includes more than 400 businesses – employing around 20,000 people.
LIFT helps businesses generate new investment and create jobs for retrenched workers in areas affected by the closure of car manufacturing.
The initiative has supported more than 40 projects that are expected to create more than 1,200 new jobs, more than 1,000 of which are suitable for ex auto workers.