Building Australian Capability
DMTC’s Industry Capability Development Program aims to create a network of ‘Defence-ready’ companies with benchmarked, globally competitive capabilities. It has a strong focus on engaging SMEs in its research and development activities and equipping them to participate in prime contractors’ supply chains.
Participants gain exposure to innovative technologies, best practice techniques and processes and insights into quality, safety and certification standards expected by Defence. This multi-phase program aims to build capacity and open doors to opportunities in the Defence sector. It also provides mentoring and evidence-based feedback on what SMEs need to do to improve skills.
DMTC’s activities focus on development of industry capability, rather than a specific product. As such, platform independent activities (such as welding productivity improvements) can be addressed independently of design or prime contractor selection, by focusing on supply chain improvements and setting context through global best practice benchmarks, standards and quality frameworks.
Future expansion of the Program may address additive manufacturing and casting techniques, and technologies critical to the digitisation of manufacturing.