- DCNS engages WA business and academia in technology transfer and innovation for future submarines
French company DCNS is in Perth to discuss technology transfer and innovation for the design and build of the $50 billion future submarines with local businesses and academia.
More than 200 people will today attend the innovation seminar, co-hosted by DCNS and the Department of Commerce, at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle. The French Navy frigate Guépratte will be docked at the Fremantle Wharf to coincide with the event.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the event demonstrated DCNS's commitment to building a national innovation environment for the project.
"This seminar is about creating an environment for local businesses to collaborate on one of the largest industry and innovation projects underway in the nation," Mr Mischin said.
"The State has a lot to offer the future submarine program. We have a strong culture of innovation teamed with the experience and proven track record to deliver international naval shipbuilding and sustainment programs.
"Our world-leading research sector has been integral to the construction, and now operation and maintenance, of resource projects in the State. There are real opportunities to transfer this technology and knowledge to the naval defence programs."
Guest speakers include DCNS, ASC, Thales, The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Monash University.
Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the future submarine program was estimated to create 2,900 Australian jobs, as well as work for suppliers across Australia.
"There are ample opportunities for the State to play a key role in the future submarine program. Today's event is a valuable opportunity for local businesses to hear from DCNS while also sharing their own experiences and skills," Mr Marmion said.
"Nowhere else in Australia can you find an experienced shipbuilding industry with the likes of ASC, Austal, BAE Systems, Raytheon, SAAB and Thales in one location, directly opposite the nation's largest naval base, HMAS Stirling.
"I am confident this State will continue to play a major role in the maintenance, upgrade and sustainment of all future vessels home-ported at HMAS Stirling. This Government will continue to promote WA's capabilities to our counterparts."
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