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Thales roadshows highlight SME opportunities

Thales Australia’s latest supply chain roadshows reportedly drew “significant interest” from Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) across the country.

The roadshows were supported by the Defence Materiel Organisation, with events in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart and Brisbane attracting over 250 suppliers.

During the events, representatives from Thales outlined how the company can help existing and potential business partners enter the company’s global supply chains, and the attributes required to open up new markets.

“We are looking for high quality supply chain partners with a competitive edge and a desire to succeed in a tough international marketplace,” sales Thales Australia’s chief executive officer, Chris Jenkins.

“There are many of these companies in Australia, and we are already assessing several suppliers in detail, while developing training plans and funding opportunities.

“The Department of Defence is looking to make considerable savings as part of its Strategic Reform Program, and we are working closely with them to identify supply chain efficiencies, promote reliable business partners, and boost SMEs by introducing them to new local and export opportunities.”

Since signing the Global Supply Chain Deed with the Defence Material Organisation in late 2009, Thales has established an Industry Engagement Unit in Australia, with dedicated resources in France and the UK to promote opportunities for Australian SMEs.

The company has also opened its in house training facilities to all Australian defence industry participants, and worked closely with industry associations such as the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN), the Australian Industry Group, and the Defence Industry Innovation Centre to identify supply chain opportunities.

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