NSW/ACT Youth Conference invites Varley Group as guest speaker in support of improving current job support systems


Represented by Human Resource Manager, Jan Dobbie, Varley Group took an inspirational interest in the NSW/ACT Youth Conference organized by the Australian Government’s Department of Jobs and Small Business Wednesday, 3rd April.


As an invited guest, Jan took the opportunity to speak about key actions that Varley Group undertakes to assist young people make successful transitions from school to the adult  world of employment.


Varley Group prides itself as a company that effectively demonstrates a track record working with various youth careers programs like VET, Port Stephens P-Tech, PaTH, RDA Hunter STEMships and short training programs for unemployed people within the Hunter, Sydney and Ballarat areas.  These programs have proven to be vital in the identifying passionate and committed young people for hiring as apprentices and trainees.


Varley believes we all have responsibilities to showcase what our work is, what career opportunities are available within our organisation and industry.  “Helping others ignite their passion and ultimately for making a society that provides economic and social benefit for all.’ States Jan Dobbie.


The conference brought together stakeholders in supporting young unemployed people to identify how to improve the current support system. The event shared many inspirational stories and case studies combined with an open mind to structuring future service models in order to skill and prepare our youth for careers and work.

RGM Maintenance Townsville wins Daimler Dealer of the Year

TOP DEALERS: (Left to right) RGM Maintenance Company Directors Greg Jackson and Russell Newman were presented the Daimler Truck and Bus Dealer of the Year award by Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead. Contributed

TOP DEALERS: (Left to right) RGM Maintenance Company Directors Greg Jackson and Russell Newman were presented the Daimler Truck and Bus Dealer of the Year award by Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead. Contributed

Original Article: Big Rigs Magazine

RGM Maintenance Townsville has been named the 2018 Daimler Truck and Bus Dealer of the Year at a black tie event in Melbourne.

The dealership has played a crucial role in the North Queensland market for Daimler Truck and Bus, setting new standards of customer service in the region.

"Daimler Truck and Bus had a remarkable year across Australia and New Zealand, but it was evident something particularly special was happening up in Townsville and the surrounding area,” said Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead.

"Anyone who deals with RGM Maintenance Townsville would realize they are having a hugely positive impact on the Daimler Truck and Bus network across Australia.”

Mr Whitehead presented the Daimler Truck and Bus Dealer of the Year award to RGM Maintenance Company Directors, Russell Newman and Greg Jackson, who had first aspired to join the Daimler dealership network some 15 years earlier.

Mr Whitehead praised the RGM Maintenance team for its commitment to both the sales and support aspects of the business.

"They are also some of the most passionate and hard-working people, who happen to be some of the nicest people you will ever meet,” he said.

Daimler Truck and Bus brands Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso also presented a range of awards at the Docklands event including metro and regional dealers of the year.

Mercedes-Benz presented the Metro Dealer of the Year award to David Reid of Sydney's Stillwell Trucks, while Christchurch's Prestige Commercial Vehicles was announced as the runner up.

The Mercedes-Benz Regional Dealer of the Year was awarded to Dean Mavin of Mavin Truck Centre, Kempsey, while RGM Maintenance Townsville was named the runner-up.

Freightliner presented its 2018 Metro Dealer of the Year award to Greg Gardiner of Daimler Trucks Huntingwood, while Christchurch's Prestige Commercial Vehicles was announced as the runner up.

The Freightliner Regional Dealer of the Year award was presented to Cameron O'Hara of Daimler Trucks Toowoomba, while Daimler Trucks Newcastle took out the runner-up title.

Fuso presented its 2018 Metro Dealer of the Year award to Kirstin Hoskin from Daimler Trucks Somerton and Daimler Trucks Brisbane came in second.

The Fuso Regional Dealer of the Year was presented to Chris Spence from Daimler Trucks Sunshine Coast and Murwillumbah Truck Centre was named runner-up.

All three brands announced a series of individual awards that celebrate all areas of the dealerships, from the sales showroom through to the service areas and parts counters.

Avalon 2019, An eventful aerospace and defence exposition


Tuesday 25th Avalon Airshow (Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition) kicked off for 2019 with something for everyone. Over 600 trade exhibititors, advanced military hardware, corporate jets and air displays didn’t disappoint the thousands that attended the event.

 Crediting diverse capabilities and stance within the Defence industry today, Varley made its mark being part of the Defence NSW stand, F-35 Expo Chalet with Lockheed Martin, also CTSi (Varley USA) on the Maryland USA stand and VRA (Varley Rafael Australia) exhibiting with Rafael.

 “Avalon means business, and that means bringing the world to Australia and taking Australia to the world through high-quality delegations and guests who are here to see what Australian industry had to offer,” Avalon 2019 chief executive Ian Honnery said in a recent airshow newsletter.

 “The number of high-level Air Chiefs and industry players reflects this.”

 “A record number of Air Chiefs have been invited, adding another dimension to Avalon 2019 as an international marketplace and the ideal location for Australian industry to reach out to the world.”

 Avalon 2019 has created and ensured many business connections for the Varley Group in addition Varley was a shortlisted contender to win the Avalon 2019 Innovation award for the Mudbucket (Open System for Avionics Integration).  Varley USA CEO, Matt Hederstrom presented at the Technoilogy Symposium on ‘Navigation System for GPS Denbied Environment’ and ‘Mudbucket – Open System for Avionics Integration’ awarding him with the best presentation award.

New US Naval drone technology to be shown at Avalon

The US Navy’s latest drone technological upgrade will be shown for the first time in Australia at the Avalon Air Show by the Varley Group/CTSi and L3 Technologies today.


The joint venture completed flight-testing recently of a newly developed integrated communication and navigation system for drones and military aircraft operating in highly contested and GPS-denied environments.


Designated the Enhanced Link Navigation System (ELNS), the prototype was built under a US Navy $8.7M Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III contract and flight tested at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport near Patuxent River, MD.


“Our team put ELNS in the air in less than 18 months. It worked the first time and every time during 15 flights which included 152 approaches,” said Ian Gallimore, CTSi Chief Technology Officer.


“ELNS provided area navigation to replace GPS at ranges in excess of 50 nautical miles all the way through landing. Pilots from Airtec, who provided turn-key flight test support, said during test events, “These needles are… money,” and “ELNS is as good as any instrument landing system I’ve flown, I’d fly it in the weather.”


Martin King, Navy Project Manager, added “ELNS is scalable for unmanned aircraft in all Groups, from those needing high integrity like MQ-25, to small unmanned aircraft on tight weight budgets. ELNS is the first system to bring GPS-denied navigation capability to small UAS. By combining significant investments in related fields to create a whole new capability like this, ELNS takes Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) for air vehicles in a compelling new direction.”


ELNS utilises L3 Technologies’ waveforms that defeat adversary strategies to detect and disrupt allied signals, using waveforms that are essential in communications-denied and GPS-denied environments


“There is a strong fit between what ELNS brings and the threats that our forces are facing today,” said Tom Sanders, CTSi Chief Executive Officer.


Varley Group, CTSi & Air Affairs form strategic “Mudbucket®” Partnership

Varley Group and CTSi to upgrade the mission capabilities for Australian LearJets

Avalon Air Show (February 2019) – Air Affairs, Varley Group & CTSi and have announced a strategic “Mudbucket® Partnership” to upgrade the mission capabilities of Air Affairs’ LearJets.  Currently, Air Affairs provides red air support and target towing services for the Australian Defence Force.  These enhancements will afford the Air Affairs flight crew unprecedented situational awareness during the exercises, therefore improving the training & operational outcomes for the Australian Defence Force.


CTSi, through Varley Australia, will design and install an avionics upgrade package, based on the proven “Mudbucket®: Solution for Avionics Integration” technology that will display the position of other aircraft in the vicinity so the pilots will be able engage with those aircraft in a more realistic scenario.  The situational awareness will also dramatically increase the level of safety during the training operations.


“We at Air Affairs will now be able provide a level of training for our customers that we’ve not been able to before,” says Chris Sievers, CEO of Air Affairs.  “We will still provide a reliable, low-cost platform for the ADF, but now with a capability that will take training to a whole new level.”


Tom Sanders, CEO of CTSi, says, “We are thrilled to be a member of this “US – AU” team that bring our US-based avionics experience to bear for our key allies here in Australia.”


“Varley Group has a track record of providing key capabilities and support to our warfighters, and we’re excited to be able to build on that legacy into the next generation and beyond,” says Jeff Phillips, Managing Director of Varley Group.  “Our customers will rely on this Mudbucket® Partnership for innovative airborne solutions for years to come.” 


This new direction for the Varley Group demonstrates the latest leading-edge technology for Avionics and Cyber space.


With Air Affairs’ operational expertise, Varley Group’s capability, and CTSi’s innovative engineering, the Mudbucket® Partnership creates a world-class team in the air services arena unmatched around the globe.


About CTSi

CTSi (a part owned USA division of Varley Group) is a specialising integrated solutions business developed to solve challenging technical problems. With 2018 sales over $50M and a solid SBIR track record, CTSi is positioned for rapid growth to meet emerging demand within the U.S. DoD for new technologies. See more about CTSi at www.goctsi.com.


About Varley Group

Varley Group is Australia’s oldest and most advanced engineering company. The company success is in providing customers with innovative solutions and quality in design and manufacture. It provides a comprehensive range of services and products to a wide variety of major industries..  See more about Varley Group at www.VarleyGroup.com.


About Air Affairs

Air Affairs Australia is a highly capable and innovative Aviation Flight Operations and Engineering-based company.  Established in 1995 and 100% Australian owned, Air Affairs is a leader in the provision of specialized airborne and engineering services to the Defence Forces, Government departments and multinational companies in Australia and around the world.  See more about Air Affairs at www.airaffairs.com.au

Hunter Valley based manufacturing company marks major milestone in Australia’s industrial participation with Fifth Generation F-35 arrival

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The arrival of the first two Fifth Generation F-35A aircraft to the Royal Australian Airforce, Williamtown marks a monumental milestone for Varley Defence in design and manufacturing in Australia.


Varley’s work on the F-35 Program has cut across both Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman with the Landing Gear Handling System (LGHS) commencing in February 2004, Canopy Maintenance Sling assembly to Lockheed Martin in 2005, the Aircraft Maintenance Sling to Northrop Grumman in 2005 and the Deployable Data Management System (DDMS) Shelters for Lockheed Martin Australia in 2018.


Since Varley’s involvement in the System Development and Demonstration phase of the F-35 Program, the company has maintained its status as a strategic supplier by demonstrating their ability to supply best-value products, on-time delivery through Lean Manufacturing and innovation to the Defence and Aerospace markets.


Varley are proud to be an integral supplier to the F-35 program and is one of two Australian companies that has designed, developed and manufactured equipment for the program, earning the coverted status of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).


“A wonderful day for Australia to witness the arrival of the first two F-35 aircraft.” said Jeff Phillips, Managing Director.


“It’s fabulous to see the fruits of our labour and end outcomes of many years of hard efforts on the F-35 JSF program.”


“It was an opportune moment to interact with Lockheed Martin senior executive team and support other Australian industry companies like Varley.”

About Varley Defence

Headquartered in Tomago, Varley Defence is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Varley Group. The company employs more than 850 people in Australia and 100 people in the US working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence,  specialised vehicles, and civil sectors.

Local Queensland workers building the ambulances saving lives


Growing local jobs with a Queensland workforce was the topic of conversation when Member for  Bancroft, Chris Whiting, inspected Varley Vehicles ambulance assembly line with its CEO Blaine Scarr on Thursday.


Varley Vehicles has completed about $5 million worth of work for the Queensland Ambulance Service this year, creating 30 jobs locally at its Narangba factory and another 30 Queensland jobs through the supply chain.


It is looking to expand these local operations when the Queensland Ambulance Service announces the results of a tender in the new year to complete $3 million worth of upcoming ambulance builds.

Varley Vehicles is one of four companies looking to capture some of this work.


Mr Scarr said the ambulance production line at Varley Vehicles was a real example of the Queensland Government and Mr Whiting’s commitment to a local build, with local workers and making use of the local supply chain.


“When you see a Queensland ambulance or a fire truck go driving by, know that it was engineered locally by workers from Queensland,” Mr Scarr said.


“Without the Queensland Ambulance Service’s investment in the Queensland manufacturing industry and more importantly in Varley Vehicles local operations, 30 direct Varley jobs, and another 30 local jobs downstream in the supply chain, would've been lost to the region.


“Creating local jobs and supporting high skilled manufacturing is a central plank of what our government does. Well done to Varley for having such faith in our local community, and in Queensland.” Said Mr Whiting.


About Varley Vehicles

Headquartered in Narangba, Varley Vehicles is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Varley Group. The company employs more than 850 people in Australia and 100 people in the US working on a wide range of major programs spanning the specialised vehicles, aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

Top US breast cancer research professor to present at HMRI with NEW drug discovery treatment

Professor Venu Raman

Professor Venu Raman

Director of Molecular Therapeutics and professor of Radiology of the John Hopkin University, Venu Raman is to visit the Hunter Medical Research this week to present new discoveries for cancer treatment.

Raman and his team developed a first in-class drug called RK-33 which began while conducting research to understand the effect of second hand smoke on breast cancer. The now patented small molecule inhibitor of the DDX3 gene is an exciting first in-class pharmaceutical.

Since metastatic breast cancers have very high levels of DDX3, previously there have been few drugs that have any long lasting impact against metastatic cancers. “We think RK-33 will work in any cancer that requires DDX3. And so far, all these difficult cancers require DDX3” says Raman.


Professor Vanu Raman will be in Newcastle the 11th of May to visit and present his biogenesis of the RK-33 drug as a treatment for cancer; and bring into focus how to take bench side research to the bed side.

Ramans' research has also been greatly supported by the Fishing Cures Foundation in the United States assisting in funding for their research. World-class Hunter region engineering company, Varley Group supports the Fishing Cure Foundation and also recently donated $1,000 to the HMRI (Hunter Medical Research Institution) through fund raising efforts.

For more information about Professor Vanu Raman’s research see: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/articles/rk-33

Varley Group challenges Varley US to Fishing competition and raises $1,000 for HMRI

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Last week Varley Group donated $1,000 to the HMRI (Hunter Medical Research Institute) in support to fighting illnesses affecting lives throughout the world. The money was raised through a friendly fishing challenge amongst Varley corporate comrades between Australia and the USA.

In the purpose of fund raising for cancer the two Varley teams arranged the fishing event through the US fund raising organisation Fishing Cures. The friendly challenge was set on United States home waters seeing Varley US winning the challenge and donating their prize to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Centre.

As both teams were in the challenge to support their own chosen cause, Varley Group was awarded with a portion of the funds to donate to the HMRI (Hunter Medical Research Institute).

Varley group CEO, Jeff Phillips said "Cancer has touched many of my friends and relatives, I am proud to join Fishing Cures as it supports researchers on the hunt for cures."

NSW Training Services pilot group 1 completes their Varley work placement

From the left: Jan Dobbie, Lindsay Challinor, Adam James, Mathew Hunt, Michael Gonebale, Daryl Fletcher, Kyle Parker and Wayne Moy.

From the left: Jan Dobbie, Lindsay Challinor, Adam James, Mathew Hunt, Michael Gonebale, Daryl Fletcher, Kyle Parker and Wayne Moy.

Last Thursday group 1 of the NSW Training Services pilot completes their forty hours work placement onsite at Varley Tomago. The first group of six program participants, Lindsay Challinor, Adam James, Mathew Hunt, Michael Gonebale, Daryl Fletcher and Kyle Parker endured the Varley ten hour shifts over four days while learning new found skills to take onto their job prospects.


The participants were keen and enjoyed taking on new skills like electrical work, wire stripping and reading engineering drawings for the police and ambulance vehicle assembly lines. Apart from picking up additional skill set qualifications Lindsay Challinor stated, “Through this program I have found it to be character building and have gained new confidence in applying for manufacturing roles.”


All participants work efforts impressed both Production Manager Wayne Moy and HR Manger Jan Dobbie as did Michael Gonebale in particular who landed a position in the store. Michael commenced his full time position on Monday 7th May.


Every participant found that Varley is a friendly, down-to-earth family environment and was proud to have worked at Varley for their placement. The advice for future work placement participants from group one is ‘Enjoy and take on the learning opportunity and experience!’