Five South Australian SMEs to drive new technologies in future shipbuilding

The success of the Hunter class frigate program remains firmly in focus with the announcement of a new ‘Connected Supplier’ project set to bolster shipbuilding capability.

Established by BAE Systems Maritime Australia the project has enlisted six trusted SME suppliers to the Hunter class program to improve digital literacy and explore technology for better business performance.

Adelaide-based MyModular, Century Engineering, MG Engineering, Novafast International, Axiom and Hobart-based CBG Systems have each been selected, undertaking  workshops, site visits, one-on-one meetings and defence and cyber security briefings at BAE Systems’ Line Zero – Factory of the Future Facility at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct in Adelaide.

The project has been led by research agency DMTC as part of the Factory of the Future Manufacturing Growth Accelerator, an initiative established through a $4 Million South Australian Government grant.

BAE Systems Australia – Maritime Business Development and Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Director Sharon Wilson said that the formalised SME agreement will build resilience, capability and capacity in the defence industry, adding that the company is “committed to supported Australian industry and building a sovereign industrial capability that will last for generations.”

“Industry 4.0 technologies and advanced manufacturing methods are changing the face of not just shipbuilding, but industries across the country and the globe and we are right at the forefront of it,” said Ms Wilson.

“Our work with Australian businesses and academia is creating new jobs and career paths for people entering the workforce and those who have already had long careers, with opportunities to upskill and re-train in digital technologies.”

Commenting on the impact that projects like these have on local industry, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Susan Close said:

“Each of these projects is set to make our state’s manufacturing sector smarter, greener, and more productive.

“Helping South Australian industry access the cutting-edge findings and technologies within our research institutes is a focus of South Australia’s Advanced Manufacturing Strategy.”


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