The partnership is focused on consolidating Hydro Group’s current work on the Royal Australian Navy Collins Class Submarines and to extend its services to aid the Australian capability for Future Submarine and Future Frigate. Additionally, the company will offer its expertise in specific marine cabling systems.
Complementing the work Hydro Group undertakes, MacTaggart Scott provides solutions from analysis of initial requirements through to commission and life support, operating in the naval defence and marine industries, globally.
Graham Wilkie, head of global development at Hydro Group said: “Entering into this new agreement allows us to improve our network across Australia. We have seen demand increase for our high reliability interconnection products for submerged fibre and electrical systems, and the Future submarine programme will require closer working relationships to be established. This partnership will enable us to further improve our existing customer service and provide local support and manufacturing capability.
“The opportunity to work with MacTaggart Scott will allow us to develop our hands-on design and engineering approach, to support our continued global growth.”
As part of the company’s international expansion strategy, Chris Westren has been appointed as Hydro Group business development manager. Based in Adelaide, Chris will provide on the ground support for Hydro Group’s customers, whilst being responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities.
Mr Wilkie continued: “With over 20 years’ experience in the defence sector, Chris brings a wealth of invaluable industry experience to Hydro Group. His appointment will allow us to increase efficiency and ensure regular interaction with customers across the region. I have no doubt he will be an asset to our team.”
Peter Richings, MacTaggart Scott Australia general manager commented: “We take pride in supporting innovative and forward thinking companies, and we are pleased to support Hydro Group’s operations throughout Australia. We look forward to identifying new opportunities for the company and in turn support its international growth plans.”
Hydro Group employs more than 100 full time staff worldwide and operates on a global platform providing total solutions to a portfolio of prime contractors, major operators, OEMs, defence agencies, defence organisations and the UK MOD.