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3000 New jobs to be generated in Queensland’s mining sector with new action plan.

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Queensland METS 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, launched by Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham, is expected to generate over 3000 new jobs in the next ten years.

“Resources companies are under increasing pressure to provide the world with mineral and energy resources more cheaply and with better environmental outcomes. Queensland’s companies are already providing the world with the know-how they need, but with the right government support, there are so many more opportunities we can make ours,” the Minister said in his address at Core at Albion – one of the companies that contributed to the development of the plan

“This action plan will lay the groundwork for the mining technology sector’s next wave of growth. Local miners will identify their challenges, and the researchers and mining technology companies will work together to develop Bowen Basin-specific solutions. If the pilot works, we will apply it in other mining technology centres round the state.”

Supported by a $7 million METS-specific investment, as well the $420 million Advance Queensland initiatives, the plan also includes a mentoring program aimed at assisting companies to turn their ideas into commercial products, a new energy-measuring tool that will help METS companies develop energy-efficient products and services, as well as a centre at QUT in Brisbane where management capabilities and business models for METS companies will be developed.

Rheinmettal Defence Australia to open manufacturing facility and HQ in Queensland.

Rheinmettal Defence Australia announced that it will establish a Military Vehicle Cent of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) and an Australian HQ in Queensland if it wins Australia’s Land 400 combat reconnaissance vehicle program.

The company, which is bidding for the supply of the armoured combat reconnaissance vehicle under the Commonwealth of Australia’s Land 400 Phase 2 program, plans to establish MILVEHCOE as a sovereign industrial capability for the continuous design, manufacture, export and support for military vehicles, turrets and tactical systems.

Rheinmetall’s Head of Vehicle Systems Ben Hudson said the MILVEHCOE will be the focal point for the LAND 400 combat vehicles, LAND 121 logistics vehicles, and other complex defence projects and will include significant design, prototyping, manufacturing and system test capabilities, including a mobility test track, medium calibre firing range and an electro-magnetic compatibility test chamber.

Queensland is an outstanding location to establish the MILVEHCOE. The state offers a range of significant attributes including access to the Australian Army, industry partners, a skilled workforce and an excellent site to build a state of the art facility.

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