Leading engineering support services organisation and defence multinational Babcock has created a new gateway to connect with Australia’s defence supply chain.
The gateway, created with Industry Capability Network (ICN), was launched to focus on Babcock's submarine operations.
The new Babcock Submarine Supply Chain Gateway is seeking to engage with companies that have capabilities in casting and materiel, and forgings.
Babcock has supplied submarine systems across the globe for more than four decades. The company has designed and manufactured the Collins Class submarine weapon launching system and manufactured the weapons handling system.
David Ruff, chief executive of Babcock Australasia, said the ICN Gateway represented the "next logical step" in the company’s long-term commitment to the supply chain in Australia.
"Babcock designed and manufactured the Collins submarine weapon launching system and manufactured the weapons handling system, and we’ve been supporting these and other Collins systems with the help of our national supply chain for the past 20 years," said Ruff.
"To ensure we have the capability for supporting Australia’s submarine programs into the future, we want to broaden and deepen our relationship with the supply chain and that’s why we’ve launched this ICN Gateway.
"ICN is recognised as the pre-eminent industry portal and will enable us to engage with even more skilled suppliers to build and sustain the capabilities that will position us now and into the future."
Earlier this year, Babcock opened its Regional Support Centre in Adelaide as part of its expansion plans.
The centre, opened by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, is central to Babcock's expansion plans according to Ruff.
"The decision to establish a larger, central support centre in South Australia marks a significant milestone for Babcock in the region and it provides a consolidated platform to sustain our growth, across both Australia and New Zealand," said Ruff.
In Australia and New Zealand, Babcock employs over 725 staff. The company operates across aviation, marine, mining and construction, cyber security and engineering consultancy.