Austal wins two WA industry export awards
Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) is pleased to announce that Austal Australia’s strong export success over 2015-16 has been recognised by the Export Council of Australia with the awarding of two Western Australian Industry & Export Awards.
Austal Australia, the Australian shipbuilder bidding for the Commonwealth of Australia’s Offshore Patrol Vessel (SEA1180) program, is the recipient of the Western Australian Manufacturing Exports Award and the Marketing and Design Excellence Award for 2016.
Accepting the two awards at the Gala Ceremony held in Perth on Friday 28th October, Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the awards were a reflection of Austal’s international competitiveness in the design, construction, delivery and support of revolutionary defence and commercial vessels.
“Our Australian shipyard continues to contribute tremendous value to the WA economy, creating jobs, developing skills and growing Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability,” Mr Singleton commented.
The Western Australian Industry and Export Awards is an annual program which aims to recognise excellence in the export of goods and services by WA businesses. Over 2015-16, Austal Australia delivered five new vessels including two 58 metre Cape Class Patrol Boats for the Australian Border Force, two 72 metre High Speed Support Vessels for the Royal Navy of Oman and one 70 metre Large Crew Transfer Vessel for Caspian Marine Services of Azerbaijan from the company’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.
Austal Australia’s export programs continue into 2017, with construction of a 109 metre high-speed vehicle-passenger ferry for Mols Linien of Denmark commencing in April, as well as 19 x 40 metre Pacific Patrol Boats for 12 Pacific Island nations.
As a winner of two 2016 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards, Austal now progresses to the finals of the 54th Australian Export Awards to be held in Brisbane on the 24 November 2016. Twelve national category winners will be selected from the various state and territory winners, one of whom will receive the 2016 Australian Exporter of the Year title.