Posted on 21. Sep, 2010 in News

Deputy Premier Rob Hulls today visited Marand Precision Engineering in Moorabbin and thanked workers for their role in securing Victorian contracts for the massive Joint Strike Fighter program.

Mr Hulls, accompanied by Member for Bentleigh Rob Hudson, addressed workers as he toured the Moorabbin firm which is currently developing a proposal with global defence firms Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems to manufacture the complete vertical tail assemblies for the US$300 billion Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

“This is the story of a family-owned firm that began in the automotive business, diversified into the defence and aerospace sectors, and is now in line for the largest JSF aerostructures manufacturing opportunity to be offered to the Australian industry,” Mr Hulls said.

“Marand is another Victorian manufacturing success story, supported by the Brumby Labor Government which is helping Victorian firms rise to the challenge of the global financial crisis by giving them the help they need to expand into new markets and create new jobs.”

Mr Hudson said Marand had already won contracts for the low-rate production of JSF engine trailers for Lockheed Martin in the United States, and JSF tooling for BAE Systems in the UK.

“This is a testament to the high quality of work done by Marand, which is tapping into new opportunities and bringing more jobs into the local area,” Mr Hudson said.

Marand employs 150 people and was inducted into the Victorian Government’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2002.

Mr Hulls met representatives from the company in the UK in July when Marand took part in the Brumby Labor Government-supported European Trade Mission, which targeted export opportunities as part of the renowned Farnborough International Air Show.

“More than half of the Joint Strike Fighter program contracts awarded in Australia have gone to Victorian companies, underlining the strength of the state as a defence hub,” Mr Hulls said.

“Victoria’s defence industry employs more than 9000 Victorians, contributing $2 billion to our economy and driving exports of $236 million a year.

“I would like to congratulate Marand for its part in driving Victoria’s economy.”

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