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Trusted to Protect: EPE bringing the supply chain to New Zealand According to force protection specialists EPE, COVID has highlighted the necessity for organisations to review their through life support and supply chain risks, and to enhance in-country support. New Zealand’s geographical remoteness is a major factor in the strong case for ‘at point of use’ Though Life Support (TLS), with the value of local delivery highlighted – and amplified – by the destabilising supply chain impacts of COVID-19. “Specifically, the inability of external contractors to travel into New Zealand and the logistical impacts on global freighting have had a major impact on availability of equipment, spare parts and also the ability for specialist offshore trainers to deliver training,” said EPE’s New Zealand Business Development Manager Andy Cross. “Rather than attempting to support customers from offshore, EPE delivers a model of maintenance and logistic support in New Zealand that overcomes these challenges,” he said. “In this way, major obstacles and challenges have been overcome and customers’ needs have been met.” EPE NZ staff are working closely with the NZDF to assist in maintenance and training on a recently delivered complex water treatment system, where the Europe-based OEM is unable to physically travel to New Zealand. Using internet conferencing, work is underway to provide a solution and way forward. TLS is something Andy is particularly passionate about. Prior to joining EPE, he spent 10 years with the NZDF leading a team responsible for managing procurement, introduction into service and through-life management of the NZDF CBRNE, Combat Engineer, Ground Support and Deployable Infrastructure equipment. This followed 22 years in the British Army’s REME Corps and eight years in the UK Defence Industry. 22

An SME operating across New Zealand and Australia, EPE’s Wellington facility services several critical customers, including the NZDF, NZ Police and Aviation Security. The company has three Master Service Agreements (MSA) with the NZDF covering maintenance and supply for a wide range of equipment, and one with AVSEC. EPE’s solutions include Deployable Infrastructure, Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED), Counter Chemical, Biological, Radiological,

Nuclear and Explosive (C-CBRNE), Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) and Counter RPAS (C-RPAS); and unmanned systems. The company picked up a 2019 Minister of Defence Award for Excellence in the ‘Provision of Product to Defence less than $15 million’ category for delivery of the Counter Explosive Hazards (CEH) Expeditionary Project. “The CEH Project is to enable an expeditionary bomb disposal capability for both army and navy. Our personnel

EOD10 bombsuit in-service with NZDF and supported locally in New Zealand. Image: Supplied.

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