The power of local connections
We might be a global company, but we do our best to act locally in every country in which we operate. A big part of this philosophy is involving local experts and suppliers in our process. It’s a win-win situation – we benefit from the talent and local knowledge of these highly skilled individuals, and in return, we give back to local industry, indirectly creating jobs and stimulating business. We even upskill our suppliers so they can provide the ongoing services the project demands.
Naval Group Australia has already begun working with the local defence industry. Over 768 companies have attended the nationwide Future Submarine industry briefings we have hosted in partnership with Lockheed Martin Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia. We have sent 948 requests for information to 243 companies.
We’ll continue to engage with Australian industry throughout the design, construction and sustainment phases of the Future Submarine Program.
How to be added to the Naval Group list of suppliers.
Frequently Asked Questions
1 – In the past, how successful has Naval Group been in sourcing their equipment within their customer’s country? What is the typical percentage of equipment still being sourced in France?
This is dependent upon the agreement we have had with the customer country. For example, the contracts we have in place with Brazil, Malaysia and India are different to our agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia. Regardless, we go to great lengths to meet the requirements of our customers.
For the Future Submarine Program, our aim is to ensure that the submarine will be sustained here in Australia as much as possible. Of equal importance is our goal to maximise the involvement of Australian Industry during the build phase. The baseline of all our design takes into account the current qualified global supply chain.
2 – Will it be valuable for an Australian subject matter expert (SME) to engage in a joint venture/partnership with a French company already working with Naval Group in France?
If a required equipment, system or capability is not found in Australia, it could be valuable for an Australian SME and a French company to enter into a joint venture/partnership.
This will benefit:
- Naval Group, because the program seeks to establish the Australian Industry Capability necessary to support the build, operation and sustainment of the Future Submarine; and
- The Australian SME, who will be upskilled as a result of receiving the Naval Group technology required to meet our standards.
These business cases represent a real opportunity for Naval Group, the partner and the Australian SME.
3 – Based on industry contact so far, which systems or equipment are you most concerned about with regards to the ability of Australian Industry to supply and support through life?
At this stage, we have no concerns with regards to specific systems or equipment.
The main objectives of the Future Submarine Program are:
- regional superiority;
- sovereignty for sustainment; and
- the maximisation of Australian companies.
Naval Group and the Commonwealth of Australia are working together to define the right level of expectation and the baseline of opportunities to support creation or development of business.
4 – What happens if we are assessed by Naval Group or Lockheed Martin and are considered not suitable?
Naval Group is in the process of identifying capabilities and opportunities Australia wide.
Throughout the program, we’ll get in touch with you when a need arises. However, from time to time your company may be deemed unsuitable for a given opportunity or commodity.
Changing your business plan can help you be reconsidered for future opportunities. Examples include investing in and/or improving the capabilities of your business; forming a mutually beneficial partnership with another supplier; or becoming a sub-contractor of a prime.
5 – Will new suppliers be considered if not preferred in France?
There is an opportunity for any suppliers that want to get involved in the Future Submarine Program. It’s one of our main goals to maximise Australian industry’s involvement in the program.
6 – What is involved in becoming a “pre-qualified’ supplier and what is the process?
The first step to being considered as part of the Naval Group supply chain is to contact our procurement team who will send you a Supplier Pre- Qualification form to complete. Alternatively, you can download the form directly from our website.
Naval Group representatives may then visit your premises in order to better understand your company’s capabilities.
7 – How do SMEs that have registered to become a supplier get notified of acceptance?
When you register on our Industry Capability Network database, you’ll receive an automatic email to confirm your enrolment.
8 – Is there a list with contact details of pre-approved suppliers?
Naval Group’s list of pre-approved suppliers is confidential, and information from the list cannot be shared.
9 – The Naval Group procurement team mentioned a need for design software from 2018 onwards. What type of tools are required?
At various stages during the project, you’ll be required to have CAD, CFD, visualisation, integration of inventory and scheduling tools. If you have capability that you believe may be of interest to us, please register your company via the Industry Capability Network.
10 – Will a startup company or relatively new SME be considered?
The short answer is yes. Because Future Submarine Program is such a longterm project, we’re keen to partner with new businesses with innovative ideas, because we have the time to help these businesses develop their ideas a point where they can be benefit the Program.
Our design process takes into account what we call Technology Readiness Levels.
For younger companies offering interesting technologies, we’ll set a roadmap with the relevant stakeholders (including universities, SMEs, peers, Naval Group and Commonwealth of Australia experts) to ascertain whether the business is mature enough to meet the Program’s requirements.
Please reach out to us if you think you have a product or technology that can provide value to this project.