Austal Limited has attended the first forum hosted by the Government of Western Australia’s new Innovation Minister, Mr Bill Marmion, in preparation for the upcoming State’s first Innovation Summit, which will be held in Perth on 28 July 2016.
Austal Vice President of Strategy and Commercial Development Andrew Malcolm, who attended the forum, said the company is looking forward to playing a proactive, leadership role in the Innovation Summit to help drive innovation development and investment in Western Australia.
“Austal’s successes, both here in Australia and overseas, are underpinned by our continued focus on innovation in vessel design, construction and support,” Mr Malcolm said.
“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 been involved in the design and construction of 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.