Indigenous-owned Australian Engineering Professionals has moved into a bigger site at Townsville, increasing their ability to serve customers in mining equipment, defence and other sectors.
AEP is the parent company of Australian Expedition Vehicles and Australian Patrol Vehicles. According to its website the group’s services include mechanical engineering, vehicle modifications and specialist vehicle testing.
Managing Director Michael McMillan said the new 2,000 square metre facility increased capacity meant, “we can have all facilities for manufacturing on one site, from mechanical modifications through to bespoke manufacturing and an on-site paint booth.
“This workshop comes with two overhead five-tonne gantry cranes, which will increase our capability.”
State manufacturing minister Glenn Butcher said in a statement on Tuesday that staff from the Townsville Regional Manufacturing Hub had been supporting AEP since June 2019, including successfully securing defence contracts and resulting in its headcount growing from three to 31.
“In addition, experts from the government’s manufacturing team have analysed AEP’s processes and helped them to secure federal funding allowing them to purchase critical equipment enabling them to produce prototype vehicles for the Australian Defence Force,” Butcher added.
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