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Defence Materiel Organisation and Boeing USA sign the Industry Capability deed.



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MSPA 072/09 Wednesday, 11 March 2009

DEFENCE MATERIEL ORGANISATION AND BOEING USA SIGN THE INDUSTRY CAPABILITY DEED

The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) today announced the signing of a revised Australian Industry Capability (AIC) Deed with Boeing USA.

The original Deed identified opportunities for Australian Industry within Boeing’s global and tier supply chains.

DMO’s Head of Industry Division, Mr Kerry Clarke, said the original Deed, established and trialled with Boeing in October 2007, supported mainly small-to-medium enterprises in Australia that might otherwise find it difficult to approach such a large overseas company on their own.

“The revised AIC Deed does not change the present arrangements but establishes a head of agreement which enables other Australian Defence Force (ADF) projects with Boeing to extend and build on the AIC Office initiative.

“In addition, the AIC Deed provides selected training and mentoring to Australian companies to enable them to be more globally competitive,” Mr Clarke said.

The AIC Office is located primarily in Seattle, Washington and identifies bid opportunities for Australian aerospace companies within Boeing’s major commercial and defence programs and with its key supplier partners.

“The Office has successfully facilitated a number of training activities for Australian companies, including titanium machining and management training and has led focussed site visits to Boeing companies in the US for a select group from Australian

Defence industries.

“A number of contracts for Australian industry have resulted as an outcome of these activities,” Mr Clarke said.

In establishing the Deed, Boeing is seeking to display its strong commitment to Australia by becoming the first United States prime contractor to actively open up access to its global supply chain for Australian suppliers who have the required capability, capacity, standards and value for money.

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