It has just been announced that Rheinmetall Defence Australia has been awarded a $5 billion contract to build the next generation of armoured vehicles with some 225 Boxer CRV’s being built in our very own Ipswich, using Australian steel.
It is intended that these vehicles will replace the current Australian Army’s Light Armoured Vehicle fleet, to be used for everything from regional stability and peacekeeping to high-threat operations.
This contract could mean more than 350 long-term jobs, significant opportunities for local SMEs and associated work with an ongoing delivery and maintenance in Ipswich.
There may even be a further stage in the future to construct 450 more vehicles in a $15 billion project.
This news leads us to reflect on the other great industries in Ipswich. With key industry sectors in energy and environment, food and agribusiness, advanced manufacturing, education and training, transport and logistics, property and construction, and defence, Ipswich is home to a broad range of industries that have flourished historically and are poised for substantial growth going forward, particularly with the new military vehicle contract.
Our own firm is based in the historic Queen Victoria Silver Jubilee Memorial Technical College which operated as a TAFE college until 2006, cementing us in a piece of iconic Ipswich history, alongside the CPM Group, Hutchinson Therapy Services, Gibson Architects, the Pumpyard Brewery, Dovetails Restaurant and now to top it all off – Ben Ungermann’s ice cream parlour!
We look forward to Ipswich’s future development and being able to assist all of these industries grow along with our city.
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