The state of Victoria, Australia, is launching a concerted drive at Farnborough this year to showcase its $700 million aerospace industry. Thirteen Victorian companies will travel with the Team Australia delegation to the air show, of which three will be exhibiting for the first time.

And at the same time the state has confirmed that Avalon airport outside Melbourne will host the Australian International Airshow for another five years until at least 2015 and possibly to 2025. Show manager Bob Wouda says: "Avalon 2011, which is being held on 1-6 March 2011, will showcase Australian skills, technologies and investment opportunities to the world."

Wouda is urging visitors to visit the Team Australia and says: "Opportunities exist for European companies to work with Victoria's cluster of aerospace companies, which boast niche specialist capabilities and actively participate in global aerospace supply chains."

Management and technology consultancy Sypaq Systems serves organisations including BAE Systems, Thales and Lockheed Martin and has worked on the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter and Australian airborne radar warning programmes.

Victoria's second new face, Trimcast, is a packaging manufacturer that produces the Spacecase range of rugged plastic containers, which can be used to transport and protect military equipment such as radios.

Customers for Trimcast include Australia's military, the US armed forces and the UK Ministry of Defence.

Unique Solution Partners completes the triumvirate of Victorian debutantes at Farnborough, where it will be advertising its turnkey engineering services.

Unique performs design, simulation, engineering and manufacturing functions and is active in the aerospace composites industry, working as a Tier 1 supplier to EADS through its ties to engineering giant EDAG.

The company is one of 500 aviation industry businesses in Victoria, whose aerospace sector employ 22,000 people and is involved in programmes including the Airbus A380, Boeing 787 and Joint Strike Fighter.

Source: Flight Daily News