As a result of the Australian government’s Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels, a German and a French defence manufacturing firms have opened a new heating and air conditioning facility in South Australia.
The Noske-Kaesar and ENGIE Axima site will produce air conditioning and ventilation systems for the offshore patrol vessels. The facility will employ seven workers and has plans to grow the workforce.
Located in Salisbury North, north of Adelaide, the manufacturing facility will grow the state’s defence industry, said SA Premier Steven Marshall.
“When I see this sort of investment in our state, it fills me with confidence about where our defence industry is currently at, and the direction in which it’s heading,” said Marshall.
With the Arafura Class project expected to continue well after the first launch of HMAS Arafura, scheduled for 2021, further jobs and investment are expected to flow through this project.
“This is further proof of the opportunities stemming from the $90 billion of defence investment from the Commonwealth in our state, giving South Australians access to jobs for decades to come,” said Marshall.
With ENGIE Axima one of a number of international companies which have come to Australia to take advantage of the government’s defence build up, the investment in local manufacturing capabilities will see future projects delivered locally.
“ENGIE Axima’s investment in an Adelaide production and testing facility marks our commitment to becoming a trusted and long-term participant in Australia’s current and future naval programs,” said vice president of international business development for ENGIE Axima, Guillaume Weisrock.
For Noske-Kaesar, this facility extends their capabilities in Australia.
“This facility refocuses our business operations from predominantly service and support back to our roots in Australia, which began with our involvement in the ANZAC frigate program in 1992,” said general manager of Noske-Kaesar Marine Australia, David Owen.