Commerce Minister Michael Mischin will today meet with Australian representatives of German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH as part of the Federal Government's competitive evaluation process (CEP) for the $20 billion SEA 1000 Future Submarine Project.
The SEA 1000 project is Australia's most expensive defence procurement project to date.
Mr Mischin said the SEA 1000 project would replace the nation's current Collins Class submarines and would provide significant ongoing opportunities for local industry in the project's acquisition and life support phases.
"I am pleased to welcome the representatives of ThyssenKrupp to Western Australia to showcase the State Government-owned Australian Marine Complex (AMC) and its capability as a world-class centre for manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, technology, repair and maintenance activities in the marine, defence and resource industries," he said.
"The Department of Commerce has been working closely with ThyssenKrupp to present a detailed briefing for WA industry on its proposals to build Australia's new class of submarines, and to assist the company with one-on-one meetings with local industry at Henderson.
"In addition to hosting ThyssenKrupp, I am keen to support our local industry bidding for work associated with SEA 1000, and I am confident that the skills and expertise developed by our companies will be highly competitive in this exciting project."
The ThyssenKrupp team will visit the AMC today and meet companies based at the facility.
The Minister said the State Government had invested heavily in common use infrastructure at the AMC to support current and future submarines and other naval shipbuilding projects and their through-life support.
"WA has established its credentials by playing a critical role in supporting the current Collins Class vessels and expects to continue to support future submarines," Mr Mischin said.
The Department of Commerce is a member of the government/industry body established by the Australian Government to maximise Australian industry participation in this program.
The German design for the submarines are part of three international competing designs that also include France and Japan.
The successful contractor will be announced at the end of 2015.
For more information, visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au
Minister's office - 6552 5600