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Manufacturing stories

The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Manufacturing sector.

Scoot Boots is a ‘shoe-in’

A company that produces innovative protective shoes for horses' hooves – allowing them to forgo steel horse shoes – has been named the Telstra Tasmanian business of the year. Scoot Boots is a one-piece hoof boot that is both simple and light and aims to support a natural approach to horse care by promoting a barefoot way of caring for hooves. It is the brainchild of Dave MacDonald – who has been working with horses as a farrier and trainer for more than 30 years – who says: “Our Scoot Boots allow horses to virtually go barefoot, an option that is much more suitable to their overall health.” Scoot Boots, which is based at Acton Park near Hobart, is the only Australian manufacturer of protective equine hoof boots and now has more than 400 stockists worldwide.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Defence contract a Tassie win

The news that BAE Systems has won the contract to build nine Australian naval frigates in Adelaide is also a big win for Tasmania with a number of local advanced manufacturing companies in line as suppliers. Hobart-based Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA) is the first to announce it has secured a contract with the British naval ship-builder. In a 10-year, $10 million deal, LSA will provide advanced Marine Evacuation Systems – liferafts and evacuation slides – for the Hunter Class global combat ships. LSA will most likely increase its full-time workforce, from 70 to 80 employees, as a result. Other Tasmanian companies are also primed to secure lucrative contracts with BAE Systems. These include naval interior fit-out specialists Taylor Brothers; fire-barrier manufacturer CBG Systems; and metal components company Direct Edge. Tasmania Maritime Network Chairman, Rob Miley, said: “The BAE announcement is great news for the state, as a number of Tasmanian advanced manufacturers have built-up strong relationships with the British naval ship-builder, and are likely to secure defence supply work as a result.” He added that “it is a natural development for our advanced manufacturing sector to move into the defence industry supply chain”. The Tasmanian Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries, Jeremy Rockliff pointed out, with LSA having secured the contract with BAE Systems, “it demonstrates to the broader global business community that the Tasmanian advanced manufacturing sector can deliver advanced products of high quality that are globally competitive for large-scale, high-value, defence contracts".

10 July 2018, Edition 196

Mission accomplished for delegation

Representatives of an important Tasmanian Government trade mission to the US have returned confident important doors have been opened, which will help grow the State’s defence industries sector. Tasmania has about 30 businesses already operating in the defence sector generating sales revenues of $340 million a year, in areas including design and manufacture. Tasmanian businesses are also involved in the service of maritime parts for naval ships and submarines for the Australian, New Zealand, Singapore, US and Israeli defence forces. Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff led the trade mission, accompanied by representatives from these companies, including Pivot Maritime International, which manufactures state-of-the-art simulation systems. The group attended the Sea Air Space Expo in Washington. They also held private meetings with key US Defence representatives, including US Navy Under-Secretary Thomas Modly: “The United States spends trillions of dollars on defence capability and the opportunities for Tasmanian businesses are virtually limitless, especially when it comes to the United States Navy,” Mr Rockliff said. An invitation has been extended to Mr Modly to visit Tasmania and tour the State’s ports and advanced manufacturing facilities.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

Burnie wins $190m timber mill

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Construction of Australia's biggest hardwood mill — to be fed with plantation-grown Eucalyptus nitens — will begin in Burnie by the end of this year.

8 March 2018, Edition 192

Our brand has 'come of age'

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Tasmania's brand has come of age and the future is looking positive, according to the new head of the Tasmanian Maritime Network, Robert Miley.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

National fillip for marine sector

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Tasmania's maritime engineering capability has been given valuable national exposure following a Brand Tasmania-backed visit to the State by magazine editor and specialist writer Simon Enticknap.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

LSA wins British contract

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Tasmanian advanced manufacturing business Liferaft Systems Australia has signed a contract to build inflatable marine evacuation systems for a new class of warship being built in Britain.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Defence work for Penguin

Tasmanian company Penguin Composites has signed a contract with Thales Australia to build bonnets and other parts for a new generation of army vehicles. The three-year contract, worth more than $8 million, is Penguin Composite’s first major Defence-related contract and is expected to create around 15 new jobs at the company headquarters near Penguin, on the Bass Strait coast. Melbourne-based Thales Australia signed a $1.3 billion contract in October to supply 1,100 Hawkei vehicles and more than 1,000 trailers to the defence forces. Founded in 1976, Penguin Composites is a home-grown Tasmanian company with capabilities including design and engineering of moulds and plugs and fibreglass and composite product and component manufacturing. It makes Tasmanian-designed Apple shelters under license for use in Polar environments.

6 November 2017, Edition 189

Seaweed in brain breakthrough

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Seaweed extracts produced by Tasmanian biopharmaceutical company Marinova are proving effective in the treatment of traumatic brain injury.

5 November 2017, Edition 189

Can-do glaziers win a gong

A machine cobbled together from a mechanic’s engine crane and a boat winch has won Spreyton glass manufacturer, GP Glass, a national award. Faced with the mammoth task of installing 2,500 double-glazed windows weighing 100kg each, the GP team came up with its prize-winning window-lifting device that has piqued the interest of other glaziers around the country. Company Director, Brian Imlach, said his team had to find a way to safely install the large glass panels in a new nine-storey student residence building for the University of Tasmania in Hobart. “It needed to be simple. It needed to be light. It needed to be strong and transportable and disassembled quickly, so we could lift it from floor to floor,” Mr Imlach said. The device was engineered to lift up to 200kg and it eliminated the need to use a harness while working on a building site edge, as a safety gate could be used. “It’s safe, efficient and we can install a lot more windows because there’s not as much strain on our workforce,” Mr Imlach said. The machine won a design award from the Tasmanian Glass and Aluminium Association and subsequently took out the National Safety Award at the Australian Glass and Glazing Association.

3 October 2017, Edition 188

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