DCS opens new facility for defence contract


South Australian-based Defence Coating Systems has opened the country’s largest on-site defence coating facility at their Wingfield, Adelaide factory, which has helped them secure a major defence contract.

The specialised coating company has been contracted by technology and security company Kongsberg Defence Australia to paint a next generation missile launcher system for the Australian army.

The project will see the NASAMS Mk 2 Canister launchers delivered to prime contractor Raytheon Australia over the next 12 months as part of the LAND19 Ph 7B program.

It comes after the company invested $500,000 in their Wingfield factory, which now features a highly specialised spray booth, more than 70 square meters in size.

DCS General Manager Lou Surace said the investment placed the company in a great position to meet the expanding needs of next-generation defence projects.

Surace said: “With defence representing a significant percentage of our business and growing, the new on-site facility provides a unique opportunity for capability development, and positions DCS as a significant force within defence manufacturing supply chains.

“The defence industry moves rapidly which is why it is vital to evolve business and infrastructure to effectively deliver innovations that meet the advanced requirements of projects.”

The new facility will support five jobs and is part of an expanding Rowlands group which acquired the company in late 2021.

Rowlands Metalworks Managing Director Cameron Johnston said: “DCS is an incredible force within the specialised coating sector and represents a fantastic synergy with Rowlands Metalworks.

“We look forward to the further expansion of DCS’s capabilities in defence and are very excited to be working with Kongsberg Defence Australia on the current project.”

Picture: Defence SA

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