Recognising 30 years of Australian industry contribution to Collins Submarines

24 Jan 2017 Media release

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, visited H.I. Fraser in Sydney today. The hydraulics engineering firm marked a significant milestone supporting the Australian Defence Force by completing its millionth fitting for the Collins class submarines.

“For 30 years, the parts made by H.I.Fraser have been critical to ensuring Australia’s submarines are able to perform their important role in maritime operations,” Minister Pyne said.

“I congratulate H.I. Fraser and its employees on their contribution to Australia’s defence capability over the past three decades.

“This millionth fitting is a symbol of the long-term achievements and future promise of Australia’s defence industry.”

H.I. Fraser’s partnership with the Collins program has helped build the skills and experience for them to seize opportunities in other Defence capability programs such as the Air Warfare Destroyer and Landing Helicopter Dock.

Australia’s defence industry drives innovation, investment and employment in the Australian economy and delivers great capabilities for our defence forces,” Minister Pyne said.

“That’s why the Government is committed to maximising the opportunities for Australian defence industry to contribute to our major capability projects including the continuous naval shipbuilding program and Joint Strike Fighter and Future Submarines.

“Continuing the development of the sovereign Australian industrial base will deliver defence capabilities for decades to come and provide economic benefits for all Australians,” he said.

Local member for MacKellar, Jason Falinksi says H.I Fraser has been a strong defence business in his electorate for years.

"H.I. Fraser has been operating in Australia for 60 years and employ 45 people here in Sydney; I congratulate them on this great milestone," he said.

"They are yet another example of high end manufacturing that proves global competitiveness and being locally based are not mutually exclusive. I look forward to working with H.I. Fraser to lend my support so they can continue to maximise the opportunities for skilled employment in our area."