Noske-Kaesar and Engie Axima have officially opened their new manufacturing facility in South Australia.
Located at Salisbury North – a suburb in the City of Salisbury – the facility is producing air conditioning and ventilation systems for the 12 Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels.
It is currently employing seven workers but the company is hoping to double this number in the next 12 months.
Premier Steven Marshall, who officially opened the new facility, said the move shows the confidence major companies have in the state’s thriving defence industry.
“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,” the Premier stated.
“This facility will undertake critical work, manufacturing the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) systems for the Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels being built at Osborne.
“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.”
Guillaume Weisrock, Vice President of International Business Development for Engie Axima, said the investment demonstrates the company’s commitment to being part of Australia’s current and future naval programs.
“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,” he continued.
“It was obvious from the start to set up in Adelaide given its growing Marine industrial environment and the support of South Australian Authorities.”
David Owen, General Manager of Noske-Kaesar Marine Australia, added:
“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.”