Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions - Maryborough Forge Facility

Contact Details

Jatin Patel
Procurement Engineering Specialist
+61 7 3364 0670

  Locations: QLD Australia
  Project Value: $60m
  Project Status: Inviting Applications
  Project Owner Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions Pty Ltd

Project Details

About the Project

Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM - a joint venture between Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (RWM) and NIOA) will establish an advanced forging and manufacturing facility in Maryborough, Queensland.

The forging and manufacturing facility will produce artillery shell cases and other munitions-related products for supply to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and for export to allied nations around the world via Rheinmetall’s Global Supply Chain. The ADF - through its supply arrangement with NIOA and Rheinmetall - currently imports artillery shell cases from overseas for use by the Australian Army in both training and military combat. Production from the Maryborough facility will replace imported munitions and will supplement Rheinmetall’s existing munitions manufacturing base to meet demand from customers overseas. Critically, the forging and manufacturing facility will ensure that future munitions supplies to the ADF will be Australian-made and create Australian Industry Capability for current and future munitions programs.

The joint venture will construct a new, high-tech manufacturing plant located on a greenfield site within an existing industrial precinct in Maryborough, Queensland.

The forging and manufacturing facility will create up to 100 direct, long term and highly skilled jobs in the Maryborough and Fraser Coast region.

The project has the support of Federal, State and Local Government.


The Federal Government has confirmed it will commit $28.5 million towards the forging facility from its Regional Growth Fund following a thorough review of the RNM joint venture’s detailed proposal. Additional commitments from the Queensland Government and cooperation from the Fraser Coast Regional Council have also been confirmed.

Construction is anticipated to commence in the second half of 2019.

Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in 2021. The commissioning process will then commence which will include low rate and initial production. Full rate production is expected to occur in 2022..

About the Proponent

Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions Pty Ltd, is a Joint-Venture between Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GMBH and NIOA Pty Ltd.

Rheinmetall AG, based in Düsseldorf, is an international technology group specialising in security and mobility. In fiscal year 2017, the Group’s Defence subsidiaries generated annual sales of €3,036 million employing some 11,232 dedicated workers.

Established in 1973, NIOA has grown to become Australia’s largest privately-owned supplier of arms and ammunition to the sporting, law enforcement and military markets and prides itself on providing complete system solutions inclusive of through life support to Defence and Law Enforcement customers.

Local Participation Program

The total job creation from the construction and operational phases is estimated to be 452. The facility will require a range of skills and positions, including a General Manager, administration, production line managers, engineers, machinists and CNC operators, workplace health and safety, labourers and apprentices.

The facility will embark on a phased employment campaign commencing in 2020 although a search for a General Manager will commence in 2019.

The facility is committed to maximising opportunities for the Fraser Coast region, and where possible, will procure goods and services locally.


It is encouraged for suitably qualified local industry interested in supplying to the project to register an expression of interest (EOI) through the ICN Gateway webpage.

  • This is an initial, general EOI submission and work packages currently available to submit an EOI for are listed below.
  • Shortlisted SMEs will be invited for further process.
  • To submit an initial EOI for the work scopes, businesses must have an ICN Gateway company profile. Information on how to register your company on ICN Gateway is detailed below.

It is important that businesses submitting an EOI are aware that their submission does not guarantee that they will progress further in the procurement process. Only businesses that can demonstrate capability and capacity in accordance with Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions Pty Ltd. standards will be invited to pre-qualify for specific opportunities. 

ICN Gateway company registration

  • Your company summary and company description are used to assess your ability to complete projects when you lodge an EOI- please ensure that your company invests the time and energy required to represent your company in the most effective manner possible.


ICN Queensland

Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions strongly encourages suppliers to contact ICN in the first instance to gain an understanding of the EOI process and development programs, such as their ICN Gateway Profile Improvement workshops. 

Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions

Please send your enquiries to maryborough@nioa.com.au


Work Packages

To submit an expression of interest, select the icon next to the work package scope you are interested in.
Note: The closing date/s for expressions of interest shown below are subject to change.

Roll Marking Machine26 May 202008 Jun 2020 
RNM is looking for EOI from companies willing to undertake the Supply of a Roll Marking Machine for marking of artillery - projectile - cylindrical steel bodies
Milling Machines26 May 202009 Jun 2020 
RNM is looking for EOI from companies willing to undertake the Supply of 2 x Milling Machines.
General Expression of Interest05 Apr 201930 Jun 2020 
Please express interest in general if you are interested to supply/contract to this project.
Head Contractor (Traditional Lump Sum Procurement) 

Full scope has been awarded to:

BADGE Constructions

Kunda Park Office
500 Maroochydore Road
Kunda Park QLD 4556
Phone (07) 5445 2588
Facsimile (07) 54454445
Email: sunshine.coast@badge.net.au

Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Head Contractor under a Traditional Lump Sum Procurement process for the proposed Maryborough Forging & Manufacturing Facility.
CNC Machinery19 Dec 201924 Jan 2020 
RNM is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified business interested in the supply of CNC Lathes and Equipment in Maryborough, QLD
Construction Subcontracting Opportunities29 Oct 201913 Dec 2019 
RNM seeks expressions of interest from appropriately skilled, qualified, and experienced subcontracting companies for the trades and services related to the Construction of the Maryborough Forge Facility. If you submit EOI for this work package, your information will be passed to the shortlisted Head Contractors for review; the head contractor may then contact you to request any more information required during the Tender process.
Container Forklift19 Mar 202003 Apr 2020 
RNM and the Industry Capability Network (ICN) hereby invites Expression of Interest from respective Forklift suppliers for the supply of a container forklift for the Maryborough facility. All EOI submissions should be made through the ICN Gateway.
Fencing (Perimeter Fence)19 Dec 201916 Jan 2020 
RNM is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified business interested in the supply and install of a site security fence in Maryborough, QLD
Gantry Crane19 Mar 202003 Apr 2020 
RNM and the Industry Capability Network (ICN) hereby invites Expression of Interest from respective Suppliers and Installers for the supply of Qty 2 Gantry Cranes Systems for the Maryborough facility.
Mechanical Testing Tools19 May 202029 May 2020 
Supply of Mechanical Testing Equipment for production control of artillery - projectile.
Mowing/Slashing Services18 Dec 201916 Jan 2020 
Rheinmetall Nioa Munitions (RNM) and Industry Capability Network (ICN) hereby invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitable contractors to Mow/Slash RNM Maryborough Site.
Multidisciplinary Consultants05 Apr 201915 Apr 2019 
Express interest for consulting opportunities on this project. Various disciplines will be visible when answering the EOI questions.
UltraSonic Testing Equipment13 May 202024 May 2020 
Manufacture and Supply of Ultrasonic Testing Equipment for Cylindrical steel bodies
Vegetation Removal Services18 Dec 201916 Jan 2020 
RNM is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified business interested in undertaking land clearing activities in Maryborough, QLD