The State Government has announced the a joint agreement has been signed with the Wagner Corporation and Boeing to secure a new Boeing assembly facility within the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.
The new world class facility will provide advanced manufacturing capabilities and assemble the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (also known as Loyal Wingman) in Queensland.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the partnership to establish the facility will create new opportunities for Toowoomba.
“This partnership shows great confidence in Queensland as a world leader in advanced manufacturing of the future,” the Premier said.
“By working with the private sector to invest in advanced manufacturing, we’ll continue to create jobs and opportunities for Queenslanders.
“In choosing Wellcamp Airport, Boeing have taken an important step towards delivering their purpose-built final assembly facility.
“This has the potential to greatly improve our state’s advanced manufacturing capability and help shape a workforce of Queenslanders with the skills to build some of the world’s most cutting-edge aircraft.”
With the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct’s vision to establish the most environmentally sustainable facility in the world, Wagners (WGN) see this project as a great opportunity to showcase its innovative and environmentally sustainable building technologies that it is currently supplying to projects globally.
Cameron Coleman, Wagners Chief Executive Officer outlined that the “Wagners (WGN) are well known for being suppliers of constructions materials and services, however, a large part of our business is focused on developing and delivering innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions for the construction industry”.
“Our Earth Friendly Concrete and Composite Fibre Technologies are now being applied in significant infrastructure projects globally. To have the ability now to be able to showcase these materials in projects like the Boeing facility who share our vison in sustainable manufacturing, right in our back yard in Toowoomba, is something we are extremely proud to support”.
“We look forward to exploring opportunities that this project may provide for Wagners and our region generally. This facility is going to provide significant benefit for our community and we look forward to welcoming Boeing to Toowoomba.”
Boeing Defence Australia Vice President and Managing Director Scott Carpendale said the selection of Wellcamp Airport as Boeing’s preferred location for Loyal Wingman assembly was indicative of the company’s global focus and support for Australia’s sovereign defence capabilities, supply chain and export opportunities.
“We are confident in the future production outlook for this world-class, innovative aircraft,” Mr Carpendale said.
“We’re thinking long-term about this investment, which could assist Australia to gain future work share in other global defence and aerospace opportunities, in addition to the Loyal Wingman assembly.
“The Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct location is attractive due to its access to a flight line, clear flying days, commercial flight access from major cities and ability to support the rapid pace at which the Airpower Teaming System program is growing.
“Sustainable aerospace is a critical focus for The Boeing Company, and Wagner Corporation’s use of sustainable construction methods supports our vision to create a leading sustainable aerospace manufacturing facility from the ground up, including renewable technologies and human-centric design.”
Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick welcomed Boeing’s decision and said it reinforces the strength of Queensland’s almost 25-year relationship with the aviation company.
“This announcement follows our success with Australia’s first commercial drone flight testing facility at Cloncurry Airport last December, of which Boeing was a first user,” Mr Dick said.
“It’s the result of an arrangement our government entered into with Boeing Australia last year to support the establishment of the primary final assembly facility for the Boeing Loyal Wingman here in Queensland, subject to defence orders.
“It’s expected the project could generate up to $1 billion dollars for Queensland’s economy over 10 years, with more than just defence industries to benefit.
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– Media Statement: Wagner Supplied (22 September 2021)
– Media Statement: First-of-its-kind Boeing Loyal Wingman facility set to land in Toowoomba
– Images: Boeing
– Address: Wellcamp, Toowoomba
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