Navantia Australia strengthening partnerships with Tasmanian industry

29 November 2017

Navantia Australia’s Board Director Francisco Baron, Managing Director Donato Martinez, and Supply Chain Manager Greg Keen, will visit Tasmania this week to tour regional defence enterprises and discuss future naval shipbuilding partnerships.

Navantia Australia and Tasmanian Department of State Growth representatives will visit local businesses including Taylor Bros, Elphinstone Group, Direct Edge Manufacturing, Penguin Composites, Pivot Maritime, CBG Systems, Finite Elements and IMBROS. The tour will include a visit to the Australian Maritime College (AMC) and attendance at the inaugural Tasmanian Defence Futures Forum.

Francisco Baron addresses the Tasmanian Defence Futures Forum

“Tasmania is a key contributor to Australia’s shipbuilding enterprise as home to a thriving defence industry and the country’s leading maritime training institution, AMC. Since 2016 Navantia Australia has worked with AMC to explore collaborative maritime research projects, internship programs, joint PhDs and staff and student exchanges. We’re looking forward to visiting AMC again and building our relationship with this internationally recognised centre of excellence,” said Mr Baron.

“Navantia Australia will continue to engage with industry and partner with academic institutions to strengthen our links with the local supply chain and develop a strong pipeline of future workers to support Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding enterprise.”

In addition to training the future workforce and partnering with academic institutions, Navantia Australia is also committed to supporting Australian small and medium enterprises, said Mr Martinez.

“Australian industry is critical to Navantia Australia’s shipbuilding capability. We’re committed to helping local industry grow and supporting small and medium enterprises to enter the global market, in turn creating export opportunities for Australian business.”

“For example, since 2008 Navantia Australia has nurtured our partnership with third generation Tasmanian family business, Taylor Bros. Taylor Bros has grown from building timber yachts and small coastal and river craft to become a multi-disciplined marine engineering company, who we recognise as a key Australian equipment supplier for the Hobart Class destroyers, Canberra Class amphibious ships and the replenishment vessels Supply and Stalwart.”

Over the past decade, Navantia Australia has established partnerships with over 200 Australian companies to develop Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding capability.