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APC Technology shortlisted for DTC Teaming Award

APC Technology is delighted to announce we have been shortlisted for the DTC Teaming Award along with Daronmont Technologies, Cold Logic and Zenith Custom Creations.

The award recognises and celebrates organisations who achieve mutual business success as a result of collaboration (teaming arrangement) with other organisations.

Lee Stanley, Sales and Marketing Manager at Daronmont Technologies led the submission as the lead company of the project.

Why did Daronmont establish the teaming arrangement?

In 2009 Daronmont was invited by CASG to address the critical domain of high performance deployable C2 systems for the rapidly evolving Air Force Air Battle Management capability. Daronmont teamed with Zenith to achieve the successful completion of our first project together. This was also Zenith’s first exposure to Defence. Daronmont has leveraged this initial Deployable Systems opportunity into contracts with Raytheon, Indra (two contracts), Kongsberg Defence Australia, DSTG (entering into third contract), Army, Air Force Australian Border Force and the AFP. In addition to shelter manufacture, air conditioning and power generation are essential sub-systems in a successful deployable shelter system. Traditionally, these critical sub-systems have often been sourced from overseas suppliers, requiring significant modification to meet Australian requirements and contributing to downstream logistics support issues. Recognising the benefits of a local team that could support all of these capabilities, Daronmont sought out APC Technology and Cold Logic to join with Zenith to provide all the key technologies that integrate to create superior deployable shelter systems. Together, in various combinations, this team has delivered over 50 shelter systems to customers including CASG, DSTG, Australian Border Force and the AFP.

Teaming, as exemplified by Daronmont, Zenith, APC Technology and Cold Logic, enables the combination of best practice and capability in the development of complex platforms for the Australian Defence Force and Defence Industry. The development of Daronmont’s latest iteration of deployable shelter systems offers increased AIC via the integration of new manufacturing techniques, generator/UPS technologies and environmental conditioning systems from the team members.

The integration of local teaming partners significantly reduces the risks inherent in overseas supply chains and overseas OEM specifications unsuited to Australian environmental conditions and technical requirements. South Australian SMEs like Zenith, APC Technology and Cold Logic offer outstanding capabilities within their respective fields that are relevant to Defence. Forming a team that harnesses those skills and allows the individual companies to improve their capabilities, knowledge and people to develop a stronger value proposition to Defence aligns perfectly with Government industry policy.

In this case the teaming arrangements work naturally because the four companies are complementary and not competitive in any sense. The development of Daronmont’s latest shelter systems, including new and bespoke subsystems, has supported the further strengthening of Defence industry in South Australia and by extension the overall capability of the Australian Defence Industry.

What benefits did the teaming arrangement produce that would not have been realised had the teaming arrangement not formed. 

The development of the new shelter system with Daronmont Technologies as the teaming lead required the coordination of bespoke design in small unit numbers. This considered a whole range of items from physical envelope, through power consumption and environmental operating conditions that all have an impact on the design and execution of deployable shelter system projects. The use of bespoke subsystems as part of the platform ensured that the performance requirements were addressed in an optimised manner. It also ensured that the solutions presented to Defence Primes, CASG and the ADF were able to be locally supported, in contrast to alternative solutions that use a significant amount of overseas procured items with no system knowledge in country. It also ensured that items selected as part of the subsystems were suitable for the local requirements, rather than being designed for Europe or Nth America. Overall, this led to a reduction in risk for the end user, increase in operational capabilities and higher overall reliability.

In the case of APC Technology, this teaming opportunity has resulted in the commercialisation of a market leading generator based on footprint, weight and performance. For Cold Logic, innovative, high performance and light weight environmental conditioning products have evolved from the teaming opportunity. Zenith has broadened its manufacturing and customer base to support all team members and is now exposed to many more opportunities to support its growth ambitions. New manufacturing processes and capabilities have been incorporated into its Mt Barker facility. All the team members have benefited from the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded Australian industry leaders to provide turnkey technologies for deployable systems that are Australian designed and manufactured.

Most importantly, the team has demonstrated a successful commercial business model that can be expanded to include additional DTC members in future projects, further enhancing South Australia’s defence capabilities for further domestic and potential export opportunities.

About the companies involved

Daronmont Technologies is an Australian Systems Integration SME that operates in the Defence C4IISREW sector, with expertise in EW, radar technologies and fixed and deployable shelter systems. More information.

APC Technology is an innovative leader in design, manufacture, and support of rugged computing solutions for global defence & industrial customers.

Cold Logic is a specialist supplier of bespoke refrigeration and controlled environment systems. Cold Logic is wholly Australian owned and proudly South Australian for over 35 years. More information.

Zenith Custom Creations has been established since 2001, providing custom designed, fabrication solutions. We manufacture a wide range of projects, including custom gooseneck trailers, semi trailers & various truck bodies. More information.

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