BRITISH systems and engineering technology company Frazer-Nash has established their Australian HQ in Adelaide ready to service the Australian defence market and target other markets such as oil, gas and rail.
Starting with two employees in May 2010, the company’s entrance into the Australian market has been a resounding success.
After investing heavily in growth and development, the team is now approaching 30 people, leading to the opening of a new office to house its expanding workforce.
Frazer-Nash aims to double its local workforce over the next 18 months, and is striving for over 100 employees within five years.
“South Australia has a positive attitude to investment in the high technology industry,” Frazer-Nash Australian business manager Phil Harris said.
“It is a prime hub in the defence industry, with numerous facilities and major programs based locally, such as the maintenance of the Collins class submarine fleet.”
From its Adelaide base, Frazer-Nash has secured a diverse range of major defence projects, as well as rail and renewable energy developments.
Their projects include:
- delivering support to the Air Warfare Destroyer project
- developing software with DSTO to support submarine programs
- identifying and documenting industry requirements for a Submarine Land Based Test Site
- providing advanced analysis support to the oil and gas industry
- supporting Carnegie Wave Energy in the development of a wave energy prototype.
The new headquarters has opened doors for their employees to gain experience in international markets.
Australian employees are given the opportunity to work and train in Frazer-Nash’s UK operations, while key senior UK personnel have been seconded to Adelaide to ensure the development of local staff.
“Adelaide also benefits from a number of excellent universities which will provide us with a valuable recruitment pool in the future,” Mr Harris said.