Ammunition maker Australian Munitions has celebrated 25 years of sales to the United States, and marked the milestone as a success story for the local manufacturing industry.
In a statement Australian Munitions, a subsidiary of defence company Thales, said over the last 25 years around seven million kilograms of Australian-made ammunition propellant had been sold in the US market.
Australian Munitions makes smokeless ammunition propellants at a plant in Mulwala, NSW, and the goods are also used by the Australian Defence Force.
The company has been selling to US-buyer Hodgdon since 1988.
“Our propellants have attracted widespread recognition among US sporting shooters and, working with Hodgdon, we will continue to introduce new products and grow in this very competitive market,” Australian Munitions boss Kevin Wall said.
Hodgdon CEO Tom Shepherd said the Australian goods had sold well in the US market, and demand had continued to rise.
“We continue to sell increasing amounts. It's been a great relationship between the two companies over 25 years,” he said.
Thales said a large portion of the 450 workers at Mulwala were focused on supplying goods to the US, and the operation represented an important boost for long term jobs in the state.