Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP, will meet with German submarine manufacturer thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to discuss their navel industry proposition for Australia and its commitment to Bendigo manufacturing and local industry involvement.
The tkMSA bid team has invited Benidgo 3D manufacturer, Keech 3D to join their bid to build the next generation of Australia Submarines.
“I am keen to discuss the potential job opportunities this partnership could create in Bendigo and Central Victoria,” said Ms Chesters.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for Bendigo and it’s a huge tick of approval for local defence manufacturing capability.”
The Keech 3D team is world class when it comes to advanced manufacturing and 3D printing, having already designed and manufactured prototype parts for the Thales Hawkei protected mobility vehicle.
“Like the Bendigo Thales Hawkie contract, this is an opportunity for the Government to support Australian manufacturing and secure thousands of supply chain related jobs.
“The importance of the defence manufacturing contracts to Bendigo cannot be understated. This contact will also secure the many small to medium supply chain businesses and jobs.
“Maintaining a strong industrial base, including the skilled workers here in Bendigo, has important strategic implications for Australia, therefore, we must not allow this industry to die.
“Defence manufacturing in Bendigo certainly has a proud history and if given the support of our own Government, it will have a promising and successful future,” she said.
Ms Chesters has previously said she believes one of her main roles as the Federal Member for Bendigo is to promote the city's manufacturers and looks forward to meeting with the German based submarine manufacturer tkMSA.