WA companies to meet with shipbuilder Navantia Australia
Navantia Australia will today meet with local businesses looking to be part of the significant program to build nine anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.
Navantia has been selected as one of three shortlisted designers to participate in the $35 billion SEA5000 Future Frigates program to replace the existing ANZAC Class fleet.
Department of Commerce Industry Development Director John O’Hare said Navantia would use today’s briefing to discuss their approach to the build program, identify opportunities for local industry and hold important one-on-one business meetings.
“This $35 billion build program is a significant opportunity for local businesses to contribute towards the build and sustainment of the next generation of Navy frigates,” Mr O’Hare said.
“Local industry is already repairing, maintaining and sustaining Navy vessels, including the current ANZAC frigates, so we’re ready to take part in future naval ship build and sustainment programs like SEA5000.
“The Department of Commerce is co-hosting the industry briefing with Navantia to make sure WA companies are informed about opportunities to enter the build program’s procurement supply chain.”
Mr O’Hare said the State’s local industry had significant expertise including steel fabrication, and electrical, mechanical and process engineering which put WA in a strong position for naval ship build and sustainment programs.
“Western Australia is home to a world-class defence industry comprising around 180 companies with direct defence contracts,” he said.
“The country’s largest naval base HMAS Stirling is located in WA, where 12 Royal Australian Navy fleet units are home-ported, including five of the eight ANZAC frigates.
“The Common User Facility at the Australian Marine Complex provides open access to technologically advanced and cost-effective infrastructure through its shipbuilding, fabrication, technology and support precincts.
“Our location, skills, infrastructure and internationally competitive capabilities make WA an important hub for naval shipbuilding and sustainment, and we’re ready to take part in future naval projects.”
Media contact: Lisa Turnston, Department of Commerce 0466 340 038
Navantia Australia, has over 100 employees in this country, with offices in Sydney, Canberra, and Adelaide, and a WA office to open by 2018. Navantia is the designer of the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers, Canberra Class Amphibious vessels (LHDs), and the LHDs landing craft (LLC) as well as the supplier of two new logistics ships for the Commonwealth of Australia.
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