Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA) has opened its new headquarters on Bourke Street in Melbourne.
The office was officially opened by Victorian Minister for Industrial Support and Recovery Ben Carroll and HDA Chief Executive Richard Cho, in the presence of a number of defense and industry representatives, including Head Land Systems Major General Andrew Bottrell.
“Congratulations Richard and HDA for today. This is a really important step and already builds on the great work that Hanwha is doing not just here, but in Victoria Country and around the world,” said Minister Carroll. “It’s a real family that makes up the defense industry. I recently returned to the industry portfolio, but I have already done more with the defense industry than with any other sector.
“It shows how much of a manufacturing state we in Victoria are. We’re proud of our skills base, our manufacturing, our ability to partner with organizations like Hanwha.”
Cho noted the growing presence of South Korean industry in Australia and thanked his team for sticking to the Land 8116 schedule despite the challenges of the past two years.
“In December 2020, HDA signed a major contract with the Commonwealth,” Cho said. “It has been very important for South Korea and Australia, and especially for Hanwha. It has been difficult for two years with Covid. In a short time our team and the Commonwealth team have worked hard and we We’re always on time.”
Minister Carroll said ADM that the Victorian government, if re-elected in November, has high hopes for the growth of the defense industry in the state.
“The defense sector – from missiles to satellites to armored vehicles – took up my day, in terms of meetings and working with major players. I know how important this sector is to the Victorian economy” , said Minister Carroll. “Connecting SMEs is really important. Yesterday I announced grants of up to $100,000 to enable SMEs to obtain global certifications to work in the defense industry supply chain. C It’s an opportune time for Victoria.”
Minister Carroll – who is also the Victorian Minister for Public Transport – also highlighted the capabilities of the wider Hanwha Group, including the manufacture of solar cells and hydrogen fuel cells.
“I’m really excited about this. Hanwha Defense is only 8% of the Hanwha Group. It’s a big business,” Minister Carroll told ADM. “Hanwha is the largest solar panel supplier in the world and has a huge investment in hydrogen. I’m the Minister for Transport – there are a lot of synergies, and having HDA here in Melbourne is a really exciting opportunity.”