Work is well under way on BAE Systemâ€™s new titanium manufacturing facility in Edinburgh Parks, where the company plans to build components for the Joint Strike Fighter jet program in the US
BAE Systems chief executive David Allott said the new facility allows â€œus to address a significant capability gap in advanced manufacturing in Australiaâ€.
A $10 million titanium machine due to arrive from Switzerland in the middle of this year.Â â€œThe new machine is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and one of only two in the world,â€ Mr Allott said.
â€œThis gives South Australia a competitive edge because it allows us to manufacture larger titanium components (up to five metres long) for both defence and commercial marketsâ€.
â€œThe investment may also lead to new opportunities in defence and other sectors like commercial aviation.â€
Mr Allott believed it was important that Australia had advanced manufacturing to differentiate from other low-cost economies, allowing â€œus to supply into large defence and commercial contractsâ€.
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