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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

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