Melbourne gear manufacturer Ronson Gears has been awared the first-ever international Long-Term Agreement made with global space and aerospace company Lockheed Martin Space under its Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program.
The breakthrough agreement under Lockheed Martin’s agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia covers the supply of multiple gear and gear sets across various space programmes to ‘enhance lead times while decreasing administrative burdens’, according to the company.
“Lockheed Martin is dedicated to building an Australian supply chain, with procurement executives from our Space Business Area having undertaken five visits to Australia since 2018 to assess and qualify world-class Australian capability.”
Ronson Gears was awarded its first GSC Program contract by Lockheed Martin in 2019, becoming the first-ever Australian company to supply gear components that will be carried into space.
Since then, Ronson Gears has secured a total of fourteen GSC export contracts with Lockheed Martin to supply a range of precision gear components and assemblies for both military and commercial satellite platforms.
Ronson Gears’ Managing Director Gavin New said the company was grateful for the support Lockheed Martin had shown his business and the trust they have shown in offering this Long-Term Agreement.
New said: “Through our work under the GSC program, we have been provided access to global networks and the ability to contribute to space programs that will shape international defence capabilities.
“This would not have been possible without the opportunities Lockheed Martin has provided and, with this Agreement in place, we are excited about the opportunities that are to come.”
More opportunities are on the horizon for Ronson Gears as they continue to deliver exceptional quality and performance, according to the statewent from Lockheed Martin Australia’s Chief Executive, Warren McDonald.
McDonald said: “Ronson Gears is an example of the outstanding Australian Industrial Capability available to our nation and the global space industry.
“It has been a privilege to support the development and transformation of this business, and we look forward to partnering with them well into the future.”
Picture: Christopher Hess – Lockheed Martin Australia’s Head of Industrial Development, Warren McDonald – Lockheed Martin Australia’s Chief Executive, Gavin New – Ronson Gears’ Managing Director, and David Ball – Lockheed Martin Australia’s Regional Director for Space.