29 March 2017

Local businesses to benefit from Naval Shipbuilding Industry Briefings

I strongly urge Geelong and Corangamite businesses seeking to become involved in Australia’s lucrative defence industry to attend a Naval Shipbuilding Briefing in Geelong on 7 April. 

It is a wonderful opportunity for Geelong and Corangamite businesses to learn more about the economic opportunities which will flow from the Turnbull government’s $89b national shipbuilding endeavour, which will see Australia develop a strong and sustainable naval ship building industry. 

The briefing will focus on the next generation of naval surface ships; specifically the Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessels, which represent a $39b investment by the Australian Government.  

The Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessel programs will directly create over 2500 jobs for Australians and indirectly support the jobs of many thousands more. 

I encourage our local industry to come along to the briefing—particularly those in the maritime, manufacturing and construction sectors. I also encourage think-tanks, universities and research establishments to come along. 

Industry will be provided high level updates on the two shipbuilding programs and how they can get involved by registering with the newly-launched Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC). Almost 400 businesses have already registered for Naval shipbuilding updates through CDIC’s portal. 

The Future Frigate program will replace eight ANZAC class ships with nine future frigates, while the Offshore Patrol Vessel program is replacing thirteen Armidale Class Patrol Boats with twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels.  

The Offshore Patrol Vessels are due to begin construction Adelaide in 2018 and will move production to Henderson, WA in 2020. The Future Frigate program is slated to begin construction in 2020 in Adelaide. 

This is a very important chance for companies across the Geelong and Corangamite regions to win a slice of these very important defence contracts.  

The Geelong briefing will be held from 8.45am until 1pm on 7 April at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (the dome) in Little Malop Street.

With the likes of Marand and Chemring supplying components for the F-35 joint striker program, Geelong suppliers are already playing a vital role in our growing defence industry.   

Further information: 

To attend one of these briefing please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/department-of-defence-11842283748  

Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessel programs: http://www.defence.gov.au/casg/EquippingDefence/SEA5000PH1_FutureFrigates  

Centre for Defence Industry Capability’s services: http://www.business.gov.au/cdic  

28 March 2017