Onshoring Orica booster supply “great result” for ­regional manufacturing

Orica and Thales have worked to onshore production of the explosives companies’ boosters, with 5 million to be made annually at two of Thales’ Australian factories.

AAP reports that the Benalla (Victoria) and Mulwala (NSW) sites, owned by the defence department, will make the next-generation boosters. These were designed at Melbourne and will be produced at a rate of 5 million annually over the next decade.

They were previously imported by Orica from China and the Philippines.

Orica CEO Alberto Calderon said the deal would deliver improved safety, reliability, quality and price for customers.

The Herald Sun reports that Thales will invest millions in upgrading the Benalla plant. The deal will help sustain 300 jobs.

This is innovation and globally competitive manufacturing in operation,” said Thales in Australia CEO Chris Jenkins in a statement.

“At a time of ongoing economic uncertainty this is a great result for manufacturing in ­regional Victoria and New South Wales.”

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