Export award goes to F-35 supplier

Marand Precision Engineering has won the Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Award at the annual Australia Export Awards.

At a ceremony in Canberra on December 3, exporters from all Australian industries were recognised for their efforts to design, produce, market, and sell Australian products in overseas markets.

Marand Precision Engineering is the largest Australian supplier into the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and has delivered products worth more than $1 billion to the global aircraft project.

The award for Marand comes after the company won the Governor of Victoria Export Award for Manufacturing and Advanced Materials.

Marand not only supplies to Lockheed Martin, the lead contractor on the F-35 program, but other defence prime contractors from the US and Europe, including BAE Systems and Boeing.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham noted that companies which export make a significant contribution to the Australian economy and are located throughout the country. The finalists selected at the awards generate over $7.8b in export sales and employ more than 34,000 Australians.

“This year’s award winners are from the city, outback and bush, and span a range of sectors from businesses exporting designer mattresses, essential oils, aerospace parts, animation services and underwear,” said Birmingham.

Also recognised as a leading Australian exporter was Seeing Machines Ltd, a supplier to the automotive sector. The Canberra-base AI developer produces safety technology that is used to detect if drivers become drowsy or distracted while driving. The company supplies to automotive manufacturers in China, Europe and North America. Seeing Machines won the Technology and Innovation Award.