In 2012 the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) in its role as one of Australia’s peak industry associations identified that a new approach was required in order for companies operating within the Defence sector to be able to better manage the peaks and troughs of the work flow cycle. The longer product life cycles and asset availability demands together with the reduction in future defence acquisition projects meant companies needed to diversify into other sectors to supplement workflow, maximise and retain capabilities.
In looking further afield the DTC observed that other sectors were facing similar challenges albeit they had complimentary capabilities. The DTC seized upon work undertaken by Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, a world-renowned expert in the areas of competitiveness, clusters and innovation to create three clusters. These ‘clusters’ or ‘alliances’ are across the following areas:
- Specialist Vehicles; and
By working together, companies in the respective alliances are able to increase their capacity to service global opportunities that meet the quality and on-time requirements of the customer. Through the use of new technologies and methods for managing technical products over their life cycle the Alliances ensure tailored solutions to the customer.
The DTC is particularly grateful to the South Australian Government for supporting the “Alliancing” activities through the Department for State Development.