Ingeliance sets up shop in Australia to dive into submarine contract

More than two years after Naval Group’s “contract of the century” with Australia, for the supply of twelve submarines, the details remain unclear. The industrialists, however, put themselves in order of battle. The Ingeliance consulting firm, Naval Group’s long-standing partner (formerly DCNS), which is expected to make 40 million euros this year, is the first French SME to set up on the spot with the creation of a joint subsidiary created with Memko, an Australian engineering company.

A choice that leaves nothing to chance. The contract, estimated at 35 billion euros, provides for ships to be built on site. “Australia’s ambition is to acquire competence in the shipbuilding industry, which implies a transfer of industrial know-how and technology”, explains Jean-François Cledel, the president of Ingeliance, who accompanied the from 2016. Markets that also engage subcontractors. And Memko has everything to learn from Ingeliance in the field of shipbuilding. The Australian company can also bring its knowledge of the software of Dassault Systemes (3DExperience and Catia) precisely claimed by Naval Group within the framework of the project.

The workforce of Ingeliance Australia, a dozen people in a few weeks, could be multiplied by ten in three to five years. “Everything will depend on the evolution of this contract but also on the evolution of the Australian market which should be very buoyant,” says Jean-François Cledel. By 2022 Ingeliance hopes to see the international represent 20% of its business against 5% today for a turnover of 80 million euros which will have doubled. The group employs 550 people and plans to create at least 150 positions in the next twelve months.