Team Defence French Roadshow

This year’s Euronaval exhibition was of special importance to Australia. It’s the first since the Future Frigate announcement, meaning there were clear deals to be struck and relationships to solidify. South Australian defence companies featured prominently at the exhibition, which has cemented its reputation as the preeminent maritime exhibition in Europe.

The event is well attended by naval primes from all over the world. During the week there were over 23,500 visitors that met with over 400 exhibitors looking to develop internationally.

More South Australian companies than ever before participated on the South Australia stand within the larger ‘Team Defence Australia’ stand. With nineteen companies of the total forty Australian companies, South Australia certainly stood out as the Defence State. Due to the approaching Future Frigate and Future Submarines programs, the opportunity to seek alliances at Euronaval with UK and French companies to work as suppliers is timely and relevant.

Euronaval also presented an opportunity for South Australia and France to further build their relationship. The Premier for South Australia Steven Marshall met with French President Emmanuel Macron while supporting South Australian companies at the exhibition. During their meeting President Macron underlined the importance of the upcoming submarine program for his country and that every effort would be put into signing the final contract.

This view was reiterated to the Premier in meetings with the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves le Drian, French Defence Minister Florence Parly and French Secretary of State for Defence Geneviève Darrieussecq.

Alliances made between South Australian and UK and European companies at Euronaval in preparation for upcoming defence projects were marked by a number of Memorandum of Associations (MOU.)

One MOU was agreed between advanced manufacturing companies Redarc Electronics and Rowlands Metalworks with Germany company Raytheon Anschütz to partner on future naval projects including the Hunter Class Future Frigates.

The ASC (Australia’s centre for building and maintaining naval defence capabilities) signed a collaboration agreement with French company Endel Engie to create joint business opportunities for the Future Submarine program. The ASC also signed a collaboration agreement with France’s Groupe FIVA to facilitate the effective delivery and support to current and future naval programs of work in both Australia and France.

South Australian-based company SAGE Automation and Spanish company Detegasa celebrated a major commercial and industrial partnership to expand the South Australian company’s support capabilities for Australian and French naval projects.

Defence SA Chief Executive Richard Price said: “It was encouraging to see South Australian businesses collaborating with international companies, which will ensure local companies benefit from major shipbuilding projects.”

Defence SA and the Office of the Agent General are able to assist with achieving the desired outcomes of these deals and  encourage further collaboration between European companies and their counterparts in South Australia.

For a list of the companies on the stand and their respective profiles, or further information on the Defence State, please contact Trade and Investment Director John Rees.