Civmec is one of the Western Australian companies gearing up to take part in the $89 billion worth of naval defence projects recently announced by the Australian Government.
Touring the company's workshop at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson today, Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said Civmec was a leader in the energy, infrastructure and civil sectors and was now bringing its skills and expertise to defence.
"Civmec has one of the largest heavy engineering and fabrication facilities in Australia and has the capabilities to undertake work packages associated with the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), and the future frigates and submarines," Mr Mischin said.
"Civmec has been in discussions with some of the successful shortlisted European designers of the OPVs. The construction of these vessels will transfer from South Australia to WA once the future frigate construction begins in Adelaide in 2020. The company has also been in discussion with DCNS, the Australian Government's preferred international submarine design partner."
As part of the Department of Commerce's submarine industry engagement in late 2015, DCNS identified the capacity for Western Australian companies such as Civmec, which specialises in the rolling and forming of large steel structures, to produce large sections for the future submarines.
"Testament to Civmec's tenacity and commitment, the company constructed a submarine hull section to demonstrate its capabilities to the three international bidders vying to build Australia's future submarines, including preferred partner DCNS," the Minister said.
Mr Mischin said there were ample opportunities for WA's defence sector to win work associated with the build and maintenance of the future frigates and submarines.
"In an era where modules can be built anywhere and transported to the assembly location, our internationally competitive industry will play a significant role," he said.
"WA has a world-class defence industry and ensuring the skills and expertise of the private sector companies based here are embedded into the Australian naval shipbuilding industry is essential. The State Government will continue to promote our capabilities to key decision makers."
As part of its Future Submarine industry engagement, the department is co-hosting an Innovation Seminar day with DCNS on May 24 in Fremantle to discuss the technology transfer opportunities for local industry.
Civmec opened at the Australian Marine Complex in 2010 and currently employs 1,500 staff
The company is located adjacent to the world-leading common-use facilities at the complex, including the floating dock
WA is home to about 180 companies with direct defence contracts
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