Fincantieri Australia will hold a supplier briefing with Northern Territory businesses in Darwin later this month to showcase the opportunities for local industry in the shipbuilder’s global supply chain.
The briefing will take place on January 25 at the Northern Australia Development House in Darwin and will run in partnership with the Northern Territory Government, Australian Industry and Defence Network Northern Territory (AIDN-NT) and the Defence Teaming Centre.
Representatives from a range of Northern Territory industries are encouraged to attend, including manufacturing, ship repair and sustainment, and engineering. Fincantieri will also demonstrate the opportunities for service providers including legal, logistics, and training within their supply chain.
Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and is now operating in Australia to tender for Australia’s next major naval program – the SEA 5000 Future Frigates program.
Chairman of Fincantieri Australia, Dario Deste said that should Fincantieri be selected in the tender, there would be significant opportunities for Australian companies to not only participate in the design and build process for Future Frigates, but to become involved in other global shipbuilding projects.
“Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, and we currently have forward orders booked for 25bn Euro. Our need to engage new suppliers is very strong,” Deste said.
“This briefing in Darwin allows us to meet with a range of new potential suppliers and broaden the pool of partners to support our global pipeline of shipbuilding activity.”
The briefing in Darwin is part of a series of briefings and technical workshops that Fincantieri is holding around Australia.
Beginning last November, the shipbuilder held two technical workshops for potential suppliers in Adelaide, including a mechanical component session focused on engineering expertise, and a workshop for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC).
This was followed by a briefing with potential suppliers in Brisbane in December. Further briefings and workshops across Australia are set to be announced in the coming months.
Fincantieri has 20 shipyards across four continents, employs 19,400 people and works with 80,0000 subcontractors.
In November, Fincantieri opened an Australian office in Adelaide, and released to South Australian shipbuilders a RFP to build three cruise ship blocks in Adelaide in 2018.
“We are already working with a number of Australian suppliers, with the size and strength of our operations allowing us to bring work in from our global projects to Australia,” Deste continued.
“We have placed orders for manufacturing equipment for ships with Australian companies, and issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to Australian shipbuilders to build cruise blocks with Australian steel.
“Australian companies are already joining our global supply chain, and the opportunities are growing.”