Construction commences on $60m artillery shell manufacturing facility

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Early works have begun on a $60 million manufacturing facility in Maryborough, Queensland. 

The Rheinmetall NOIA Munitions (RNM) shell forging and manufacturing facility will produce 30,000 155-millimetre artillery shell cases for Rheinmetall's international supply chain of allied nationss and the Australian Defence Force. 

“This facility is expected to create around 100 long term advanced manufacturing jobs once the projectile forging plant commences full production in 2022, up to 90 jobs on-site when the 14-month construction phase hits its peak, and additional jobs through the local supply chain,” State Development and Manufacturing Minister Cameron Dick said.

“The Queensland Government is proud to assist projects like this that will create construction and supply chain jobs right now, and long-term manufacturing jobs into the future.

“Through $7.5 million from the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund to attract the facility to Maryborough, and an additional $9 million to upgrade the energy supply and to assist with the facility’s complex electricity connections, the Queensland Government is whole-heartedly supporting industrial growth in the Wide Bay Burnett region.”

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Mr Dick also indicated that although some business have been suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this was a significant milestone and fantastic news for the Maryborough community. 

NIOA Chief Executive Officer and RNM Director Robert Nioa stated that the Australian Defence Force were importing artillery shell cases from overseas at this time, and the organisation is looking forward to using Australian products. 

“Production from the Maryborough facility will be available to replace imported munitions and will supplement Rheinmetall’s existing munitions manufacturing base to meet demand from customers overseas,” Nioa said.

“Critically, the forging and manufacturing facility can ensure that future munition supplies to the ADF will be Australian-made and create Australian Industry Capability for current and future munitions programs.”

BADGE Constructions were awarded the construction contract for the new facility recently, set to be built on a four-hectare site in the Moonaboola Industrial Estate in Maryborough. 

The Australian Government is also supporting the RNM facility through its Regional Growth Fund.

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said BADGE Constructions estimates roughly 70 per cent of the project’s trade packages would be awarded to local sub-contractors and suppliers.

“The facility’s office will be constructed using locally grown timbers sourced from another Maryborough business, Hyne Timber, in a move that will also reduce the project’s carbon footprint,” Saunders said.

“Certainly, a project of this calibre will have an enormous effect in providing a long-term, sustainable boost to the local economy, and it’s heartening to see a joint venture like RNM demonstrate its commitment to regional Queensland.”

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