View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Aznac View post tag: Frigate February 29, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australian View post tag: awards Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Government Awards Aznac Class Frigate Contract View post tag: Naval View post tag: government Australian Government Awards Aznac Class Frigate Contract Share this article View post tag: contract A $300 million maintenance and repair contract for the Anzac Class Frigates will be negotiated with Naval Ship Management Australia, following their selection as preferred tenderer.Minister for Defence Materiel Senator Kim Carr said the new five-year contract was expected to provide better outcomes for industry and more effective, value for money outcomes for the Navy.“In June of last year my predecessor Minister Jason Clare announced the Government’s intention to reform the naval ship repair sector – commencing with the release of the tender for the repair and maintenance of the Navy’s eight Anzac Class frigates,” Senator Carr said.“I am pleased to announce the outcome of the Tender evaluation. I congratulate Naval Ship Management Australia, a joint venture of Babcock Australia and United Group Infrastructure, for being selected as the preferred tenderer.”Senator Carr said the announcement follows extensive consultation with industry on a new approach to contracts for repair and maintenance work.“In contrast to the previous arrangements which required every new maintenance activity to be individually contracted out, the grouping of ship repair and maintenance tasks offers the potential for significant cost savings. “These savings are achieved through reductions in contracting activity, greater ability to forecast work effort, and productivity gains through greater investment in workforce skills and infrastructure.“This initiative will provide industry with the predictability, certainty and stability that it needs to achieve efficiencies and provide job security for, and investment in, its workforce. “This new contracting approach is good for industry, it is good for job security and development, it is good for Navy, and it is good for Australian taxpayers who rightly demand maximum efficiency from every dollar spent on Australia’s defence.”Contract negotiations are expected to be finalised by June 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 29, 2012; View post tag: class Industry news
Northern Irish independent baker Graham’s Bakery has relaunched its range of traditional Irish biscuits and secured a deal to export products to Mexico.The family–owned and managed bakery, based at Dromore in Co Down, is now supplying its Irish shortbread biscuits and oat cookies to a leading food distributor in Mexico.Graham’s also supplies biscuits and other products to supermarkets in Britain (Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Budgens, Co-op, Scotmid, Ocado, Nisa and Amazon), the Republic of Ireland, the US, the United Arab Emirates and Spain.Tim Graham, Graham’s sales director, said: “We’ve a strategic focus on growth through developing sales outside Northern Ireland and have been exploring opportunities in a number of international markets.“We had the opportunity to meet with the Mexican buyers through our representative in Spain. They were impressed by the quality of our shortbread and oat cookies and also liked our new-look packaging, which subtly emphasises our traditional Irish identity.”The new packaging spotlights the provenance of the biscuits, he added, and shows they are produced from an old family recipe. It has been redesigned to enable the packets to be stacked upright – each 135g pack contains eight biscuits.Both biscuits have won UK Great Taste awards, and the oat cookies won a double gold in the 2016 awards.