Australian Defence Apparel has secured new contracts to produce wearables for the New Zealand Defence Force, at the same time announcing the establishment of a subsidiary in Palmerston North.
The Melbourne company is a leader in the design, manufacture and supply of military wearables, as well as providing managed services to the NZDF through nine NZ retail stores.
The move to Palmerston North is a collaboration between ADA and its parent company, Logistik Unicorp, Palmerston North City Council and Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA), and will create sixteen new jobs.
Palmerston North and Manawatū has the greatest defence population of all areas with 3,600 military personnel living in the region.
At the recent Land Forces exhibition, ADA debuted its interactive next generation and future soldier apparel systems (pictured), which includes adaptive camouflage technologies, innovative hybrid textiles, uniforms and body armour systems.
They also presented a live human augmentation exoskeleton demonstration to see the wearable product in full motion.
ADA also displayed the first-ever female fit soldier combat ensemble engineered and body-mapped to work with the female-specific form.
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