11 April 2016 –
The first of the Australian Army’s new super trucks arrived at Enoggera Barracks last week with two Queensland companies playing a key role.
Rocklea-based Haulmark Trailers is manufacturing 1,700 truck trailers and Logan’s Holmwood Highgate will make 250 fuel and water modules to go on the back of the Army’s new trucks. Wacol-based company Penske also has an important support role for the trucks.
These defence projects are important for Queensland because they bring high-value jobs in engineering, electronics and systems integration. Locally Alderley’s Insitu Pacific makes unmanned aircraft systems www.dranthonylynham.com.au/insitu-pacific-opens-new-manufacturing-facility-in-alderley and also employs a skilled workforce.
These Army contracts are expected to support the two companies current combined workforce of around 150 and will create around 115 new jobs.
The trucks, trailers, fuel and waste modules will be progressively delivered during 2016 through to 2020 and will be supplied to army bases around the country, including 3rd Brigade in Townsville.
My Department, State Development, has a defence industries unit who work hard to ensure Queensland manufacturing companies are ready to bid for defence contracts.