Steber in spotlight at 2017 Defence Expo



Steber in spotlight at 2017 Defence Expo

A strong presence at the Pacific 2017 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney augers well for
the future of Australia’s leading fibreglass boat manufacturer, Steber International.
Steber was part of the NSW Government’s Hunter Defence division at Pacific 2017, with defence
now a critical sector for the region’s $41 billion economy.
In all, 500 companies from 23 nations were represented at the 10th expo, which featured the leading
innovators in naval defence and the commercial maritime industry.
In commenting on this year’s expo, General Manager, Alan Steber said: “A number of prime
defence contractors from across Australia and overseas plan to visit our Taree factory as we are one
of the few specialist fibreglass manufacturers with defence capability”.
This follows on from meetings with Defence Minister, Senator Marise Payne and Defence Industry
Minister, Christopher Pyne.
“During lunch with Senator Payne, discussions focused on the Hunter Defence consortium’s
proposals for trades and apprenticeship training and the important role SMEs are playing in building
Australia’s future defence manufacturing industry”, Mr Steber said.
In another expo highlight, Ocius Technology won the Defence SME Innovation Grant for the
Bluebottle unmanned surface vessel that runs on solar, wind and wave energy.
The Bluebottle will be a tremendous boost to border security world-wide and has the capacity to
transmit data and photographs from its ocean location, to ship or shore headquarters in real time.
Steber is a key partner with Ocius in the Bluebottle program, manufacturing the primary platform
and various specialist components.
Further indicators of Steber’s ongoing success include:
. The company has just completed an application to become an Australian Trusted Trader which will
streamline international business operations and expand export potential;
. Work will start soon on five Defence Department 38 ftrs through prime contractor Thales;
. Wins at local and regional Business Chamber awards, particularly in the field of Export
Excellence, could lead to further accolades at State and National levels in coming months.
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Photos:
ABOVE: Defence Minister, Senator Marise Payne in discussions with Hunter Business Chamber CEO,
Bob Hawes and Steber International General Manager, Alan Steber.
BELOW: Alan pictured with the award-winning Bluebottle at Pacific 2017.