Case Studies from South Australia

Established in 1958 as a family owned South Australian business, Static Engineering provide exciting design solutions for challenging projects for their commercial and Defence clients. In 2007, Static Engineering became part of the Broens Group, led by Broens Industries together with Calbic Precision Engineers based in South Australia. Broens Industries, based in Sydney, have offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, as well as international offices in Europe, Asia and the US. The Broens Group is a one-stop-engineering-shop, providing concept design, product development, specification, manufacture and after sales service.

22nd Jul 2011



Static Engineering- Case Study

Established in 1958 as a family owned South Australian business, Static Engineering provide exciting design solutions for challenging projects for their commercial and Defence clients. In 2007, Static Engineering became part of the Broens Group, led by Broens Industries together with Calbic Precision Engineers based in South Australia. Broens Industries, based in Sydney, have offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, as well as international offices in Europe, Asia and the US. The Broens Group is a one-stop-engineering-shop, providing concept design, product development, specification, manufacture and after sales service.

Recently the only commercially operated C-17 aircraft in the world, in Qatar Airways colours landed in Adelaide Airport to take delivery of three (TALUs) Truck Aircraft Load/Unload aircraft cargo loaders for the Qatar Armed Forces as part of a $1.7 million contract won by SA company Static Engineering, a subsidiary of Broens Industries.

The contract is the result of the Defence tradeshow in the Middle East, IDEX 2009, where Static Engineering won a contract with Qatar Armed Forces to supply TALUs for its C-17 fleet, the first country in the Middle East to buy C-17’s in 2009. IDEX 2009 has resulted another order from United Arab Emirates for the delivery of 10 TALU’s, worth $8.5 million. Following their success in the region, Static Engineering attended IDEX in February 2011 to negotiate with Oman and Saudi Arabia regarding supply of the TALUs.

The TALU is a self-propelled air transportable cargo loader catering for a variety of wide bodied large aircraft servicing a minimum height of 990mm and maximum height of 1880mm with a payload capacity up to 22,500kg, can pitch, roll and side shift 75mm either side of the longitudinal centre. Designed to enhance operational and logistic deployment for the Armed Forces to achieve fast turn around and loading capacity.

Over 170 TALU units are in service with 17 Defence forces worldwide, including the countries of Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Egypt, Singapore, Sweden, Indonesia, Algeria, Kuwait, Thailand, Saudi, Belgium, Taiwan, Canada and Japan as well as serving both the US Navy and Air Force.

Static Engineering has been successful in their involvement within the Defence global supply chain due to their direct business relationships with international companies and their end users. There have been challenges along the way, with language barriers, cultural differences and trying to locate the right partner to do business with. However Static Engineering have proven that if you offer a unique, in-demand product, integrating into the Defence global supply chain is an easier process.

Static Engineering in their engagement with the global supply chain has been able to meet the needs of the requirements due to their adaptability and flexibility. Static have been successful as they understand the needs of their customers and have proved their reliability within the defence industry.

Mincham Aviation- Case Study

Mincham Aviation was established in 1996 and has rapidly grown to become one of Australia’s leading civil and military aerospace fabrication, repair, manufacturing and design houses.

Mincham Aviation’s client base includes such Defence heavyweights as the RAAF; the Defence, Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO); Raytheon Australia and BAE Systems Australia, as well as the civil aviation sector.

The cutting-edge operation in South Australia offers a full aerospace and Defence welding and painting facility, aircraft sheet-metal workshop, aircraft composites, engineering design and an overhaul and maintenance facility. Mincham Aviation is now the only certified, full structures component shop in South Australia and one of only a handful certified to carry out composites, sheet metal, heat treatment, machining and composite structure design, fabrication and repair.

Mincham Aviation is now pushing into global supply chains and has recently won a contract with Boeing to manufacture components for the CH-47 Chinook. To date their entry into the global supply chain has been successful due to Mincham Aviation’s dedication and being experts in the field they play in.

They have had to overcome challenges in doing Defence business globally, relating to funding, finding the time and resources to travel overseas and marketing their company. They feel that being honest and having the experience has allowed them to form part of the global supply chain.

Darryl Mincham, Mincham Aviation’s Managing Director, has a goal to make his company a ‘One-Stop Shop’ for military and civil aero-structures and Defence manufacturing. With an accredited in-house design capability, Mincham can offer a complete service, from initial design to the painted product. This offers a considerable benefit to clients in saving time and management overheads, compared with taking a component to separate shops for successive parts of the manufacture or repair process. Mincham are looking to bring more products to market over the coming years and have opened a second facility at Edinburgh Parks to expand its manufacturing capability.

Mincham Aviation is a true indication of South Australian defence industry having what it takes to succeed both at home and abroad.

 

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