Birdon recognised as one of Australia’s Top 20 SMEs

Coming off the back of a busy and productive 2018, the Birdon team has started 2019 on a high.  Birdon has been recognised as one of Australia’s Top 20 SMEs based on defence-related turnover in 2018.

Every year the Australian Defence Magazine conducts a survey to snapshot what the Australian defence industry looks like in terms of turnover, workforce, Australian Industry Capability (AIC), research and development (R&D), exports, female workforce participation and Indigenous engagement policies. The results are a reflection on the year that was, and an insight into the year ahead.

The cut-off figure for making the Top 20 SME list rose to $13.5million for 2018, up from $9.5million in 2017. Birdon was listed as having the fourth highest revenue from exports of the Top 20 SMEs.

Birdon’s Australian defence contracts throughout 2018 included the Bridge Erection Propulsion Boat Life of Type Extension; the disposal, scrapping and recycling of Ex-HMAS Sydney; modifications to Army Utility Workboats (AUW); ongoing support for Birdon-built vessels including BEPBs and Regional Patrol Craft; and disposals work at the Royal Australian Navy base.

This achievement is only possible because of the hard work of our entire team of project managers, foremen, supervisors, fitters, boilermakers, shipwrights, dredge operators, electricians, painters, tradespeople and labourers. We are proud to have been recognised as one of the Top 20 SMEs and are working hard to build upon this success in the year to come.



Information from Australian Defence Magazine, December 2018/January 2019 Top 40 Defence Contractors/Top 20 Defence SMEs surveys.


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