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export goods and services to overseas customers and participate in global
Production Parts is a small privately owned company located in Melbourne,
Victoria. Production Parts specialises in high precision CNC machining, gear
cutting/grinding, precision overhaul, through-life-support, maintenance
and repair. Production Parts produces high quality machined components
for the NH90. The NH90 components are exported into Eurocopter’s global
supply chain where they are used in NH90s being assembled and operated
throughout the world.
Australian Aerospace in conjunction with Eurocopter and EADS
established an Australian Trade Business Facilitator at EADS corporate
headquarters in Munich, Germany. This senior position supported the
development and internationalisation of Australian niche aerospace and
electronics related technologies and promoted these local capabilities into
EADS and Eurocopter.
The principle of the activity was to establish a dedicated point of contact
supporting Australian business within EADS. This facilitator played a role of
a “Bureau de liaison” between Australian SMEs and the central purchasing
directorates of EADS and its business units.
Australian Aerospace worked with the Australian Trade Commission
(Austrade) and State Governments to assist small to medium sized aerospace
and electronics enterprises to promote competitive niche technologies
internationally to EADS. This assistance was in the form of information and
training sessions, company briefings and marketing assistance.
Cablex, located in East Bentleigh in Victoria, is a progressive, leading
regional manufacturer of electrical and mechanical systems. Cablex
successfully bid for a contract to provide electrical harnesses for the MRH90
(the Australian version of the NH90). Subsequent to Cablex’s success with
the MRH90 and with Australian Aerospace’s support, the company was
selected by Eurocopter to provide electrical harnesses into Eurocopter’s
global supply chain for the NH90.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures
(CRC-ACS) brings research providers and composites businesses together to
develop competitive technology for Australian industry. Since its inception
in 1991, it has grown to become one of the leading composites research
organisations recognised throughout the world. Australian Aerospace and
the CRC-ACS have teamed on a number of projects, including:
Learnings acquired by Australian Aerospace and the CRC-ACS through
these research projects may be used to inform and improve Eurocopter’s
composite manufacturing capabilities globally.
In addition, Australian Aerospace Composites (AAC) was established
in 2008, initially as a joint venture between Australian Aerospace Limited
and Daher Aerospace. AAC operates out of a purpose-built facility in the
Trade Coast Central industrial estate in Eagle Farm, Brisbane. AAC’s initial
work packages mainly relate to major composite components for EC’s
global supply chain for the ARH Tiger, MRH 90 and Super Puma helicopter
programs. This includes production of MRH90 Tail Rotor Blades for the
global supply chain. AAC currently employs 42 personnel and these numbers
are expected to climb progressively as the complex grows and increases
production output. Today, four Eurocopter job packages are working up to
or are in serial production, and AAC is seeking additional manufacturing
work from a wider group of OEMs to increase the facility’s output.
Australian Aerospace is committed to providing opportunities for local
businesses to take an active part in assembly and support of aircraft
and systems in-country, and supporting their integration into the global
Eurocopter and EADS supply chains.
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