Rheinmetall partners with Queensland Gaskets to deliver Commonwealth Project Tender worth $18 billion

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Rheinmetall partners with Queensland Gaskets to deliver Commonwealth Project Tender worth $18 billion

Queensland Gaskets has partnered with Rheinmetall Defence Australia for the $18 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 project, joining a growing team of Australian SMEs to deliver three LYNX KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicles to the Australian Defence Force for Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) trials over the next 12 months.

The Australian Army needs a new IFV for close combat – to close in and defeat an enemy in the most dangerous and lethal environments for Australian soldiers. Queensland Gaskets has been selected as a partner to supply componentry and an assembly of parts to manufacture the new LYNX, a next-generation IFV which is designed to deliver Australian troops in combat with world leading protection.

“Our collaboration with Rheinmetall has provided a great opportunity to showcase the breadth of our manufacturing capabilities – from consultation and gasket cutting to part assembly and everything in between,” Queensland Gasket Managing Director Carl Quarterman said.

The opportunity to utilise local, skilled and high-quality manufacturers was a core consideration for Rheinmetall when engaging Queensland Gaskets, joining Team LYNX.

“We are an Australian company with a global supply network built over our 67-year history in industry. This means we have the skills and capability to deliver into complex, high quality, large-scale projects,” Mr Quarterman said.

Rheinmetall will deliver three LYNX vehicles to compete in RMA trials conducted in Australia from November 2020. The extensive testing regime, considered world leading, will put vehicles through a range of trials including lethality, mobility and blast tests.

If successful, the LYNX fleet will be manufactured in Queensland at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Redbank south west of Brisbane. The signing of the Hungarian Armed Forces as the first LYNX customer also means Australian SMEs will see future potential export opportunities for Australia.

Queensland Gaskets are solutions-based experts. After an initial consultation, the team worked with Rheinmetall engineers to create the specialised part that matched the project’s requirements within two months.

“Specific premium-grade materials including metal, foam and rubber were sourced through our network of suppliers. Components were cut by the team on our CNC router and water jet cutter, followed by the hand assembly of parts at our factory in Brisbane,” Mr Quarterman said.

The value-adding end-to-end process that Queensland Gaskets takes ensures that the parts it manufactures meet the high standards required to ensure the protection of Australian soldiers in combat. This helps place Rheinmetall in a strong position to win the tender for this national defence project by engagement with local industry.

More about the project

The Land 400 Project is a major project and investment by the Commonwealth Government which is being delivered in 4 stages.

LAND 400 Phase 1 - Project Definition Study (completed).
LAND 400 Phase 2 - Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability - acquisition of 211 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles
(the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle replacement).
LAND 400 Phase 3 - Mounted Close Combat Capability - acquisition of up to 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles
(the M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier replacement) and up to 17 Manoeuvre Support Vehicles.
LAND 400 Phase 4 - Capability Assurance Program.
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Queensland Gaskets is an Australian family-owned-and-operated manufacturing business situated in the Salisbury industrial area of Brisbane. QG has been manufacturing high quality products using advancing cutting technologies for more than 65 years.
We operate an ISO9001:20015 Quality Management System to consistently provide products that meet customer and applicable regulatory requirements, and strive to enhance customer satisfaction in everything we do.

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Carl Quarterman

Owner and Managing Director

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Carl began his career working for BP as an Industrial Chemist before progressing through the company to become a supply chain specialist. For over 14 years, he operated extensively in the global business, focusing on supply chain management and integration.

His devotion to becoming a world-class leader started during his service in the Army Reserve, where he developed a particular interest in Australia’s Defence capability.

After serving on the Management Committee, Carl was elected President of the Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN), Queensland in 2016 and in 2022, was appointed Chair of the AIDN National Board. Carl has an unwavering commitment to supporting and cultivating a strong defence industry in Australia.

With strong leadership skills and global corporate experience, Carl took up the Queensland Gasket reins in 2012. Since then, the company has continued to work closely across industries utilising his supply chain network, as well as adapting to meet the changing needs of consumers, technologies, and business opportunities.

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