Australian company Novafast will be supplying composite pipe and composite pipe fittings to the Hunter Class Frigate Program at the Osborne Naval Shipyard.
 
Composite product and material manufacturer, Novafast International, has been awarded a contract to manufacture 331 composite pipe spools that will be used for water systems and drains, each one ranging from 9m to nearly 12m long.
 

Australian-first 

 
Off the back of securing its first major defence contract with BAE Systems Australia, Novafast officially launched its new state-of-the-art $4million facility on Tuesday 28 June, showcasing Australian-first defence manufacturing capabilities for composite production. 

Novafast Business Manager David Figallo said
“We are pleased to partner with BAE Systems Australia to deliver world-class defence manufacturing capabilities in South Australia.”

“As the only Australian-based manufacturer of GRE composite pipes, Novafast aims to be the global leader in composite technologies and production processes using our advanced and automated production processes.

“At a time when Australia is facing increasing uncertainty in the region, it positions us as a key sovereign capability industry partner, and we’re delighted to have the partnership of BAE Systems to undertake this work in Australia.”

Novafast has also been certified by Lloyd’s Register to manufacture composite pipe spool – the only company in Australia to be fully accredited to manufacture this product. 
 

More work to come


BAE Systems Australia has contracted 45 Australian companies to support Hunter’s prototyping phase, and will progressively engage more local businesses as the program approaches cut steel on the first frigate. 
 
BAE Systems Australia Managing Director – Maritime, Craig Lockhart, said:
“It’s important our supply chain is invested in our success and to that end I’m pleased Novafast are working with us.

“By engaging local businesses we are not only creating local jobs, but building an enduring sovereign capability that supports Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding strategy for future generations.” 

Novafast's robotic technique manufactures advanced and automated composite piping and fittings to support the representative ship blocks that are being constructed as part of the Hunter program’s prototyping phase. This has already created 15 highly-skilled roles, with a projection to create 25 roles by late 2023 as the first batch of ships go into production.

 
 
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