Moog Australia looking to expand with CDIC help

24 July 2020

Moog Australia, designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision control components and systems, expects to triple its revenue and double its employees over the next five years as the result of the Australian Government’s $200 billion investment in Defence.

Moog provides mission critical sub-systems and components on platforms including the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet, Black Hawk, AP-3C Orion, ASLAV, M113, Collins Class, and future aircraft such as the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Managing Director Bryan O’Connor said Moog Australia has been supplying Defence since 2003 and dedicates 70 per cent of its work to all defence platforms – land, sea and air.

'We engaged with the CDIC to undertake business mapping to determine how our workforce skills align with Defence needs,' Mr O’Connor said.

'With the assistance of the CDIC and the Australian Industry Group, we held a supply chain forum in which 60 companies took part. We presented an overview of our business, what we needed and how we propose to upskill suppliers. The CDIC then identified a number of companies matching the capability required and completed a skills assessment so they can participate in our supply chain.'

Moog also sought the CDIC's assistance to investigate how Moog could bring new infrastructure to Australia.

Mr O’Connor says Moog has cutting edge technology that it can bring to Australia from the U.S and other locations and the company is keen to play a role in the upcoming Defence projects.

'The infrastructure we want to bring to Australia requires skills which are not being taught in Australia’s tertiary sector. We have had Australian employment positions open for two years that we were unable to fill.'

The CDIC is now helping Moog to develop a relationship with Monash University and Melbourne University to design new courses providing the skills they need.

'There is the long-term strategic role to work with universities and research. These defence platforms will be in circulation for 50 years and the CDIC can bring together industry, universities and research,' Mr O’Connor said.

'It’s beneficial to have CDIC's assistance. While we could do supplier assessments ourselves, the CDIC's independence is advantageous to us and our suppliers when conducting a review and helping to fix the gaps. The CDIC's independence ensures the companies in the supply chain are given more support meeting the Defence requirements that we wouldn’t be able to provide.'

Moog Australia employs 21 people at its Melbourne headquarters in Australia. The parent company has 11,000 employees worldwide, in 27 countries and earned US$2.6 billion in annual revenue in 2017.