Manufacturers need recognition as essential infrastructure

Comment by Peter Roberts Globally, proactive governments are looking to their manufacturing sectors to help them navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, raising questions about when Canberra is going to afford similar recognition. Last week Canberra belatedly reached out to manufacturers with a ‘çall for information‘ from producers of essential medical supplies. Defence personnel have also been…

NIOA to make and export F-35 ammunition

Medium calibre munitions for the F35 lightning fighter aircraft will be produced in Australia and exported to allies including the United States following an announcement by the Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) joint venture. The venture, between Australian-owned NIOA and Germany’s Rheinmetall, will install a new production line at the government-owned munitions plant in Benalla to…