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Distributorship agreement for new alternator

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Department of Productivity

Media Release

Da,e 29 August 1979



A distributorship agreement concerning an Australian- developed alternator was signed in Canberra today.

The EDE alternator, designed by the Engineering Development Establishment (Dept of Defence) for the Australian Army and manufactured by the Ordnance Factory Maribyrnong (Department of Productivity), is gaining increasing interest

in private industry throughout Australia.

The distributorship agreement is between the Department of Productivity and Aviation Engineering Supplies, a division of Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd.

The 24-volt, 100-amp alternator was developed to provide a more robust and reliable unit, suitable for rigorous Australian operating conditions of the Army.

It is a brushless, minimum-maintenance unit which can be fitted to a wide range of vehicles, from light trucks and buses to bulldozers, cranes, graders, mining plant and boats.

Similar alternators to date have been fully imported. It is estimated that a production run worth more than $lm a year could be required for the Australian market alone, excluding Army needs, and there are also excellent prospects for exports.

Further information:

Robert Palfreyman Minister's Office (062) 733233

Fred Witsenhuysen Department of Productivity (062) 482809