Macarthur company awarded funding to help boost defence capability
Ingleburn-based manufacturer Rojone will receive $130,000 to grow its defence industry credentials under the Morrison Government’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant program.
The funding will enable Rojone, who manufacture military-grade cable assemblies used on many Australian Defence Force (ADF) platforms, to upgrade their existing equipment to manufacture new fibre-optic cable assemblies.
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said small and medium-sized businesses were a critical piece of in ADF supply chains.
“This funding support highlights the importance of tapping into local manufacturers and suppliers, like Rojone, as part of a scaling up of defence industry,” Senator Payne said.
“In the COVID-19 recovery environment, Western Sydney manufacturers are well-positioned to seize on the new opportunities around the Western Sydney Airport, opportunities that are right in their backyard.
“The delivery of this funding is a vote of confidence in local businesses and their capacity to manufacture a sophisticated, cutting-edge product.”
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said the Morrison Government is actively supporting Australia’s defence industry, strengthening our industrial base as well as the capabilities of the ADF.
“Success in Australia’s defence industry is the result of local businesses like Rojone taking every opportunity to have a go, investing in equipment and building the skills needed to deliver defence capability.”
“By maximising the involvement and success of Australian small business, we are creating a much stronger Australian defence industrial base,” Minister Price said.
The Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants program supports eligible Australian small-to-medium sized companies who can provide significant contributions to priority areas of Australian defence industry.
Rojone is one of eleven companies which obtained grant funding in the latest batch of applications for this program.
Grant applications can be made at any time and can be submitted through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability website at: https://www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Sovereign-Industrial-Capability-Priority-Grants.