Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR May 2016 Contents partner in the future submarine project and reminded
his audience that Australia is a Federation, not a Union!
South Australia has been making laws since 1885,
much longer than Canberra’s 1901.
Mr Hamilton-Smith argued strongly against a hybrid
or overseas build, since Australia would miss out on the
innovation and most of the supply chain opportunities
available. When the Air Warfare Destroyer project
closes, the 1400 people currently employed would
reduce to just 100, particularly since the Defence White
Paper did not clarify where the offshore patrol vessels
or future frigates would be built.
A point well-made was that Australia can only support
one principal naval shipyard, but several for sustainment.
He argued that as a major defence platform project
is usually reckoned to be one-third production and
two-thirds sustainment, it was quite possible that
South Australia would only see limited dollars even
if production was based there. This was because
production always involve sub-contractors and suppliers
based in other states.
Speakers from DCNS outlined its approach to the
FSM and innovation, including this clear distinction
‘invention is an idea made manifest, innovation is ideas
Later in the morning three large French-owned
organisations – Schneider Electric, Thales Australia and
Safran Pacific - presented their experiences of working
on Collins Class submarines as examples of what it is
like to work on such projects. These will be covered in
The afternoon was devoted to discussion and
examples of innovation by two university professors,
followed by a panel discussion where the audience
quizzed presenters on a wide range of topics, mainly
related to building submarines.
In discussion with seminar participants it became
obvious that although some are already involved with
Collins Class sustainment as sub-contractors to ASC,
the majority were trying to understand if there was a
role for their SME in the SEA1000 detailed design,
construction and sustainment phases.
APDR spoke with many of these executives during
the seminar and discovered that most were keen
and enthusiastic about potential future business
opportunities, but a minority had not really decided if
SEA1000 has a place for them in it.
Two typical executives APDR spoke to were happy to
explain their firm’s experience and capabilities.
Damian Adlington, a director of Adlingtons Australia
Pty Ltd, told APDR that Adlingtons is a leading national
pipe fabrication and installations contractor, providing
services to the air, land and sea Defence sectors.
Adlingtons manufacture and install refrigeration, fuel,
hydraulic and pneumatic piping systems and provide
through life support for the surface naval vessels and
Adlingtons have completed many multi-million dollar
supply, fabrication and installation projects in full and on
time for major defence primes including BAE Systems,
ASC, Thales and ATK Launch.
Founded in 2002 Adlingtons have built a reputation
for high quality fabrication and installations. Their head
office, based at Largs North in South Australia, has a
complete range of manufacturing capabilities including
5 axis bending specialised welding, machining and
complete parts assembly.
Adlingtons installation services include, crane hire,
onsite welding, new product installations, equipment
relocations and commissioning
Adlingtons have set the bar on quality and delivery
with advanced fully automated pipe and tube bending.
Coupled with Adlingtons robotic orbital welding, has
significantly reduced traditionally high labour costs and
Damian said Adlingtons save customers 20% on
average, optimising their industry experience and
advanced automated manufacturing technics. They are
Australian owned and ready to participate in Australia's
Future Submarine project.
Doug Ekserdjian, Regional Sales Manager, of Mack
Valves told APDR that they supply specialist valves to
the Australian mining and shipbuilding sectors. They are
a niche global provider of unique flow control, pressure
reducing and safety relief valve solutions.
Across both of their manufacturing facilities
(Melbourne, Australia and Pune, India) their highly
trained engineering team use top class technology to
deliver products that are designed, manufactured and
tested to the highest level of Quality Standards and
Product Certification worldwide.
Continuous, uninterrupted production processes and
defence’s naval platforms like submarines are all heavily
reliant upon effective critical equipment such as valves.
Design and manufacture are two key criteria, the third is
quality raw materials to extend valve life.
Even though their bid has not been selected, TKMS are
adopting a wait and see attitude, particularly given the
long and complex history of SEA 1000. The company
has indicated that it stands by its bid.
"An all-Australian build is the best option for Australia
as it offers the most efficient and lowest-cost approach,"
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Chairman, Doctor Hans-
Christoph Atzpodien, said in a address at the National
Press Club in Canberra attended by APDR. "It has
become quite clear to us that Australia has the local
engineering and technical skills as well as capacity
to help build the new submarine fleet." (For more
information see ‘TKMS Re-Commits to 12 Submarines
for $20 Billion’ APDR April 2016)
TKMS Australia’s chairman, John White, told APDR
in a private briefing following the NPC function that
industry must be involved from the start of the design.
He said that in the ANZAC frigate program hundreds
of Australian companies were engaged right from the
start. Any alternative approach would see the overseas
designer using the companies they were familiar with,
not Australian ones. He went on to say “the way a
project starts is the way it finishes.”
TKMSA had detailed meetings with over 500
companies in recent months, on top of around 3000
other companies and organisations which have
registered interest in participating if TKMSA had won
the CEP for the future submarine, or wins the OPV or
future frigate construction programs. At this stage no
sub-contractor is bound to any of the CEP contenders,
but each contender has been hard at work for the past
year making sure it can identify suitable sub-contractors
for the work packages which could be involved.
To be selected as a sub-contractor means being seen
as a better choice than possibly two other potential
Australian sub-contractors and at least one overseas
source, But not only might they win FSM work, but also
by joining the ThyssenKrupp global supply chain, which
purchases around $38 billion of products and services
each year, gain work in other fields. For example,
CIVMEC at Henderson welded-up a trial section of Type
214 submarine hull which so impressed ThyssenKrupp
that they gave them a $5.5m contract to build welded
steel products for the mining industry.
TKMS in Germany use a ‘digital shipyard’ which they
planned to bring to Australia as part of modernising
the shipbuilding industry here if they had won CEP.
This approach was pioneered by Siemens with
their ‘Teamcenter’ software as a way of transferring
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Focus on Collins Class support tends to to be centred on ASC at
Techport South Australia and Henderson in Western Australia - but
there are a large number of small firms who were involved in the
original production phase and now in sustainment.
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