Following a thorough evaluation and selection process, Rolls-Royce has chosen Australian engineering company Marand as their preferred industry partner for the MT30 gas turbine enclosure manufacture and integration, should the BAE Systems Global Combat Ship – Australia (GCS-A) be selected for the SEA 5000 Future Frigate programme.

The specialised integrated gas turbine enclosure is a highly complex engineering solution that provides the mechanical support, noise suppression, controls, air intake, exhaust outlet, ventilation and auxiliary supplies necessary to ensure optimal performance for the world’s most modern and power-dense marine gas turbine.

Rohan Stocker, CEO, Marand, said: “We are thrilled to be chosen by Rolls-Royce as their partner for the MT30 enclosure design development, manufacture and integration.  The significant evaluation process and ultimate selection is a reflection of our world class team, engineering and manufacturing capabilities that have proven performance working in global supply chains.

“Completing the design development and manufacture here locally in Australia helps build the skills and future sovereign industrial capability required to support these critical propulsion system elements.  We look forward to working with Rolls-Royce should the Global Combat Ship – Australia be selected for the SEA 5000 Future Frigate programme.”

BAE Systems is one of the contenders for the SEA 5000 program, offering the Global Combat Ship – Australia, a local variant of its Type 26 Global Combat Ship design, being built at BAE Systems in Glasgow, for the UK Royal Navy.  Rolls-Royce is providing a wide range of mission critical products to the Type 26, including the MT30 gas turbine, MTU Diesel Generators, Mission Bay Handling System, Propellers, Steering Gear and Stabilisers and refuelling at sea equipment.

Rob Madders, General Manager, Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Australia & New Zealand, said: “We’re delighted to announce that Marand is our preferred industry partner for the manufacture of the integrated MT30 gas turbine enclosure. It fulfils an important milestone in our ambitious Australian Industry Capability strategy by securing a local supply chain for both the manufacture and sustainment of the enclosure including the transfer of highly specialised engineering skills and knowledge.

“As the latest member of our Global Supply Chain, Marand becomes an integral part of our rapidly growing MT30 market providing future export opportunities on world-wide naval programs. The MT30’s clear advantages have made it the turbine of choice for the latest Allied warships, including the US Navy’s Zumwalt class and Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship, Italy’s Landing Helicopter Dock and South Korea’s Daegu Class Frigates, as well as the UK’s Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers and Type 26 Frigate. The MT30 will continue to replace aging turbine designs and we fully expect to add to the MT30’s family of warships in the very near future.

“For Type 26 the MT30 is rated to 36MW at 38°C ambient, this power, unrestricted by global climate conditions and combined with minimal maintenance makes it the perfect choice for GCS-A”.

“The combination of Marand’s impressive engineering pedigree and the capabilities of the MT30, will give BAE Systems GCS-A world-leading capability now and into the future and we look forward to working with them on this exciting opportunity”.

Further opportunities for Australian industry partners feature heavily in the Rolls-Royce offering for SEA 5000, explains Madders: “Now we have Marand on board, we’re expecting to confirm other Australian industry partners to join our Global Supply Chain. If the BAE Systems GCS-A is selected, every product we supply will incorporate optimal Australian manufacture and assembly,” further developing Australia’s Sovereign industrial capability priorities set out in their continuous ship building and Defence strategies.

The company will be announcing further preferred industry partners for the manufacture and delivery of its products in the coming weeks; these will include propellers, the ship-to-ship refuelling at sea equipment, the Mission Bay Handling System, steering gear and stabilisation systems.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce has played an important role in the development of Australia’s civil and military aviation for nearly a century.  Today around 1,000 Rolls-Royce supplied gas turbine aero engines are in service, or on order in Australia. We are also a leading supplier of advanced propulsion, motion control, winching and maintenance systems for commercial shipping and naval vessels.
  2. Headquartered in Sydney, we also have offices in Canberra, Fremantle and Melbourne with additional engineering and field service offices at major airline and defence force establishments.
  3. Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver the cleanest, safest and most competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.
  4. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  5. Annual underlying revenue was £15 billion in 2017, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £78.5 billion at the end of December 2017.
  6. In 2017, Rolls-Royce invested £1.4 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
  7. Rolls-Royce employs almost 50,000 people in 50 countries. More than 16,500 of these are engineers.
  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2016 we recruited 274 graduates and 327 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.

About Marand

Marand designs and manufactures complex and innovative equipment and products to the aerospace, defence, mining, rail and renewable energy industries. Our customer base includes companies such as Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Boeing, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

Our expertise in applying innovative manufacturing and production techniques, with precision where needed, delivers substantial value to our customers.

For further information, please contact:

Craig Taylor
Head of Communications – Marine
Rolls-Royce plc
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Alex Lyon
Media contact
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