Austal continues to support innovation in Western Australia
Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) has attended the first forum hosted by the Government of Western Australia’s new Innovation Minister, The Hon. Bill Marmion MLA, in preparation for the State’s first Innovation Summit, to be held in Perth on 28 July 2016.
As a leading WA-based innovator in defence and commercial vessels, Austal was pleased to participate in the forum and looks forward to playing a proactive, leadership role in the Innovation Summit to help drive innovation development and investment in Western Australia.
Austal Vice President of Strategy and Commercial Development Andrew Malcolm, who attended the forum, said: “Austal’s successes, both here in Australia and overseas, are underpinned by our continued focus on innovation in vessel design, construction and support.”
“We believe the current opportunities for Austal and the broader WA defence industry in the delivery of the Commonwealth’s continuous naval shipbuilding program – including new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Australian Navy – will lead to collaboration and even greater innovation by WA companies across the supply chain.”
Austal’s Western Australia-based team of naval architects, designers and production engineers have successfully developed some of the world’s most innovative commercial and defence vessels, including the 127 metre Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and 103 metre Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) for the United States Navy, and the locally built 58 metre Cape Class Patrol Boat for the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy.
Austal is a global defence prime contractor and a designer and manufacturer of defence and commercial ships. For more than 27 years Austal has been a leader in the design, construction and maintenance of revolutionary ships for governments, navies and ferry operators around the world. More than 255 vessels have been delivered in that time.