How can we enhance technology transfer in the Defence sector?

6 May 2020

Easy Skill Australia and French firm AMETRA GROUP, have signed a memorandum of understanding underpinning the aim of developing commercial opportunities in specialized engineering services for Defence.

The partnership will focus on jointly developing commercial opportunities related to specialized engineering services in Defence through the transfer of technology from France to Australia, the building of skills and promotion of Australian content supported by bespoke training.

Additionally, the partnership will work closely with Australian universities in the development of undergraduate engineering opportunities enabling Australian students to complete internship placements in France. EASY SKILL AUSTRALIA and AMETRA GROUP committed to building an inclusive and diverse Graduate Program encouraging applications from female students and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

AMETRA GROUP has 40 years of experience serving major industrial programs providing engineering support for Defence, Aerospace, Transport and Energy. Ametra’s most recent successful delivery feature calculation and simulation advances for nuclear boilers on board NAVAL GROUP’s French Barracuda submarine. AMETRA has successfully set up a joint venture in India to support defence offset programs for French customers and has already transferred know-how and technology to affiliates in Tunisia and India.

Counting 6 years of experience in the Australian market EASY SKILL AUSTRALIA has provided services to ASC (Australian Submarine Corporation), Luerssen, Safran Electronics & Defence as an innovative Australian Engineering and Manpower company specializing in Defence, Energy and Mining.

Their first joint request for information (RFI) has recently been submitted to Naval Group Australia for the preparation of Structural and Functional engineering studies on the Future Submarine Program (Attack Class, Shortfin Barracuda) which will be delivered in South Australia. This MoU brings together the best of French expertise, supported by a long history of engineering design capabilities built upon the generations of French submarines and major defence assets. The MoU represented by AMETRA GROUP and local content from EASY SKILL AUSTRALIA, enable the Australian supply chain to benefit from the expertise obtained from driving the transfer of technology capabilities.

Donatien Bruggeman, South Australia Area Director at Easy Skill stated :

« This MoU is a further important initiative into Franco-Australian defence cooperation and support. The initiative constitutes part of EASY SKILL’s strategy to increase the proportion of Australian content and build of Australia’s major defence contracts. »

Michel Renard, Sales Director at AMETRA GROUP added :

« This MoU also contributes to Ametra’s service offer as a naval defence engineering expert, consistent with a position already established as a land and aeronautical defence specialist. »

The EASY SKILL AUSTRALIA-AMETRA GROUP partnership is aligned with the vision to train the next generation of Australian engineers to ensure the sovereignty of Australia’s defence industry in reference to capability, readiness and resilience meeting the nation’s needs.

For more information, contact our area director in Adelaide donatien.bruggeman@easy-skill.com, +61 (0) 452 616 147

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