The Queensland Government says a defence industry forum aimed at connecting heavy vehicle manufacturers and servicing companies has been a success.
The forum was delivered by Defence Industries Queensland, a section of the Government aimed at growing the state's defence industries, and the Government said it was addressed to small and large companies alike.
“This forum was not just about DIQ getting to know the supply chain, it was about connecting the entities with each other to better position themselves for further opportunities down the track,” State Development Minister Jeff Seeney said in a statement.
Seeney said there were growing opportunities for manufacturers targeting the defence industry, and work was needed in a number of industry segments.
“Over the next 10 years there will be significant opportunities for local industry to participate in defence’s biggest projects to support land based transport and tactical fleet replacements and sustainment such as the Land 121, JP2097 and Land 400 projects,” he said.
“This also includes integration of various layers of sensors, command and control systems, networks and other electronic systems.”
In the same statement Volvo said it was pursuing several opportunities to manufacture vehicles for Defence, Emergency Services, and Internal Security over the next few years.
“In addition to planned opportunities, there are a number of defence and government tenders due for release in which the vehicles will be offered for manufacture here in Brisbane. This will promote further opportunities for suppliers and create additional jobs,” it said.