Submarine hopes drowned with German loss

THE prospect of submarine parts being manufactured in Maryborough has been stymied after ThyssenKrupp missed out on the tender to build Australia's new fleet.

The German shipbuilders had held talks with local manufacturers this year to investigate economic parts manufacture in the Heritage City.

But this opportunity has been quashed for now, with the Federal Government's announcement on Tuesday that the $50 billion tender would go to French company DCNS, that will oversee the building of 12 submarines in Adelaide.

While Phil Dowling's company, Global Manufacturing Group, which is owned by himself and two others, could have gained long-term contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars annually from a ThyssenKrupp win, he said the scale of the submarine building project meant there was still time to get a "foot in the door".

"It is probably a length of time away before they gather up what needs to be done ... it is still a couple of years away," he said.

Mr Dowling said he would keep "digging away" to get Maryborough industry included in the national supply chain for the submarine build.

He said steel kitchens, bunk beds and ducting for hydraulics and wiring could all be made here.

"But the big money is in the hull or engines (production), and none of us (in Maryborough) can expect to get a sniff of that," he said.

Even if his group is contracted to build parts, Mr Dowling said the dollars brought in would be shadowed by income generated from train carriage-part manufacture.

"But then again, a couple of hundred-thousand dollars a year extra is always useful," Mr Dowling said.


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