MEDIA RELEASE – September 27, 2019
PMG starts defence work
Precision Metal Group (PMG) is leading the Australian welding industry, recently winning work with German technology group, Rheinmetall Defence.
In an Australian-first, PMG will undertake welding on components for armoured defence vehicles for the government of the Commonwealth of Australia.
PMG CEO Jason Elias said his western Sydney company has successfully started the first parts for the Defence supply components to the Land 400 phase 2 project.
“It has been a rigorous two-year journey to achieve the necessary accreditation to apply for this project,” Mr Elias said.
“However, the hard work has paid off, and now PMG is the only company in the country, and most probably in the southern hemisphere, to hold both international certification for ISO3834-2 and the Germany Military certification of DIN2303 Q2 BK1.”
Together, these two certifications have placed PMG at the forefront of welding in Australia and can now support Rheinmetall with its Australian supply chain.
“Gaining the certification was difficult, and without the whole team – and other key players – working together on the common goal it could not have been achievable,” he said.
“There wasn’t one superstar who carried the bulk of the work, but many passionate team players who stepped up to ensure our success.”
Mr Elias said the defence project heralds a new era for PMG.
“The work has introduced many new roles within the business. Working in the defence sector is different and challenging. Our goal now is to go bigger, get better and manufacture more complex fabrication,” he said.
“It will also prove that Australia can manufacture to a high quality and even become a manufacturing hub, recognised in the international arena.
“If PMG – a small SME company – can achieve this, then the sky’s the limit. Miracles can happen, but sometimes they take a little longer.”
As well as gaining the necessary certifications, Mr Elias said developing the plans and strategies to include the current and new workforce was the hardest challenge to overcome.
“Our vision is to undertake long-term projects and through that increase our facilities and workforce,” he said.
“The number of engineering cadets will increase; we’ll double apprenticeships and cadets and employ more women in non-traditional roles.
“We still have many steps to work to with Rheinmetall and the journey has just begun.”