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October 18, 2017

In another win for Australian defence industry, Tasmanian company Penguin Composites has signed a contract with Thales Australia to build bonnets and various parts for the new Hawkei protected Army vehicles.


Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said “I’d like to congratulate Penguin Composites for securing this contract that brings around 15 new jobs to the North West Coast of Tasmania.


“This is Penguin Composites’ first major defence-related contract and it will not only bring new jobs to our community but also upskill existing workers in the area to aid with the provision of this work. 


“It is pleasing there is major bi-partisan support from Tasmanian Federal Members and Senators for this state to play a role in Australia’s defence industry although it is disappointing that the Tasmanian Greens Party Senators and Senator Lambie did not support a motion in the Senate on this.


“Labor has shown a continued commitment to supporting defence initiatives in Tasmania.


“In April, I was pleased to host a visit with Shadow Minister for Defence, Richard Marles MP who visited my electorate and was able to inspect three local defence manufacturers, one of which was Penguin Composites.


“This visit allowed for the companies on the North-West Coast to show that they have the skills, land, talent and passion to deliver significant capability and value to the Department of Defence.”


“It’s so pleasing to see that companies in our community are finally being recognised for the talent they have and I encourage more projects to be based in our region in the future.