NSW company Lintek chases further success in global F-35 program

A small Australian business has developed a cutting-edge manufacturing system that doubles the production capacity of its printed circuit boards, positioning itself for further success in the global F-35 program.

Queanbeyan based Lintek Pty Ltd produces circuit boards for phased array radar and electronic warfare systems, which forms part of the F-35 program. 

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, and Senator for New South Wales, Senator Jim Molan AO DSC, joined Lintek at their Queanbeyan site to announce the new capability.

Minister Price said Lintek’s enhanced capacity had increased their likelihood of winning further contracts in the F-35 global supply chain, and creating more jobs.

“This development is a terrific example of Australian defence industry’s ingenuity and commitment to enhancing our local aerospace manufacturing capability,” Minister Price said.

“The Morrison Government is investing $200 billion in Australian defence industry, creating new jobs and delivering more opportunities for small business to export their capabilities overseas.

 “So far, 50 Australian companies have shared in almost $1.7 billion in the production of the F-35 program, employing over 2400 Australian workers.”

 Senator Molan said Lintek employs about 50 people at their manufacturing plant, and their potential for growth was an exciting opportunity for local workers.

“Lintek is a prime example of a small business benefiting from Australia’s involvement in the global F-35 program,” Senator Molan said. 

“It’s great to see advanced manufacturing growing and creating jobs in Queanbeyan.”

The Morrison Government is on track to deliver more than 5000 jobs in the F-35 program by 2023.

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Kym Bergmann
Kym Bergmann is the editor for Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR) and Defence Review Asia (DRA). He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and the defence industry. After graduating with honours from the Australian National University, he joined Capital 7 television, holding several positions including foreign news editor and chief political correspondent. During that time he also wrote for Business Review Weekly, undertaking analysis of various defence matters.After two years on the staff of a federal minister, he moved to the defence industry and held senior positions in several companies, including Blohm+Voss, Thales, Celsius and Saab. In 1997 he was one of two Australians selected for the Thomson CSF 'Preparation for Senior Management' MBA course. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including Raytheon, Tenix and others. He has served on the boards of Thomson Sintra Pacific and Saab Pacific.


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