South Australia has signed a number of key deals at Euronaval 2018 in anticipation of the start of major naval shipbuilding programs in that state.
French engineering firm Groupe FIVA announced that it would acquire Cadgile, the largest independent CAD drafting specialist in South Australia. Groupe FIVA, based in Cherbourg and a partner with Naval Group France, will work with Cadgile’s staff to develop engineering services for the defence, energy and environment sectors in Australia.
The announcement followed the signing of a collaboration agreement between Cadgile and ASC to work on current and future naval programs in Australia and France.
ASC also agreed to collaborate with Endel Engie to create joint business opportunities on the SEA 1000 Future Submarine program.
Spanish company Detegasa signed with South Australia’s SAGE Automation to expand its through-life-support capabilities for the RAN’s surface ships by providing in-country support for Detegasa equipment on-board LHD, DDG and future AOR vessels.
SAGE general manager for defence Paul Johnson said the deal opened opportunities for Detegasa to manufacture equipment in Australia for future programs, including the SEA 5000 Hunter class frigates. “We see this agreement and partnership with Detegasa as a game changer for our TLS delivery. We very much look forward to working with Detegasa to bring value to the Defence support managing contractors and Navy assets.”
Redarc Electronics and Rowlands Metalworks formalised an MOU with German naval C2 and navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz to partner for future Australian naval projects, including the Hunter class Future Frigates.
Defence SA chief executive Richard Price said South Australian businesses made up almost half the Australian contingent at Euronaval 2018. “It’s great to see South Australian defence companies taking a proactive approach to forming strategic partnerships with international defence companies.”
This article was first published by Australian Defence and Business Review on October 29, 2018.