Three SMEs join in Hunter class frigate build

Three new SMEs have signed up with Adelaide’s ASC Shipbuilding and will join in the important prototype phase of the construction of Australia’s new Hunter class frigates. Adelaide Profile Services, Intertek’s Adelaide Inspection Services and NSW-based Sofraco will work with Osborne-based ASC Shipbuilding, which is owned by prime contractor BAE Systems Australia. Adelaide Profile will…

Queensland joins WA in move to boost train manufacturing

The Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has promised a $1 billion railcar construction pipeline for the regional city of Maryborough, joining WA which this week provided the first tranche of funds towards its own local railcar manufacturing programme. The promise, which would apply should Labor be re-elected at the coming state election, includes $600 million for…

De.mem wins seawater desalination contract

Water and wastewater treatment company De.mem has won a $2.6 million contract to provide a seawater desalination plant for innovative fruit and vegetable grower Sundrop Farms. The plant, which will utilise ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis membranes, will be manufactured at De.mem’s Brisbane plant. Sundrop, a world leader in the use of solar concentrator electricity generation…

Western Australia commits to local train manufacture

The Western Australian budget includes a record $5.7 billion investment in Perth’s METRONET rail services, including the first tranche of funding for local pasasenger train construction. The budget includes spending of $1.7 billion on rail projects in 2020-21 for the the Forrestfield-Airport Link and the Thornlie-Cockburn link now under construction. Three other rail line extensions…