Maryborough could construct defence submarine Navy-fleet

MARYBOROUGH manufacturing businesses could get a share in the Federal Government's $50 billion Navy-fleet upgrade.

Last month representatives from German ship-building company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) visited Maryborough to talk about how local manufacturers could be involved.

With the Australian Government expected to favour a high percentage of the building to be done locally, TKMS visited several regions in Australia.

TKMS chairman John White said Maryborough was well-placed to be involved in the construction should TKMS secure the submarine contract.

"We figured there's got to be some capability up there," he said.

"There are some companies that have excellent capabilities in niche areas that we think could potentially participate with the submarine program."

Dr White said a modern and high-tech submarine had about 350,000 identifiable parts and materials, and he hoped to source as much as possible from Australian companies.

Global Manufacturing Group Maryborough director Phil Dowling said the naval contract would be a "long-term thing".

He said GMG was better placed to secure work due to recognition the company was a qualified supplier on a global market

Mr Dowling said the discussions with TKMS were positive and Maryborough could be involved.

"If we can make train parts we can make just about anything," he said.

In a separate project, GMG has tendered with German company, Rhine Metal to build componentry for the Defence Force's new truck fleet.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the region would experience a new birth in manufacturing should Maryborough receive some work in the contract.

"This is the new age of manufacturing," he said.

"The Fraser Coast and the city of Maryborough is in an ideal position."

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