MG Engineering had a stand at the Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition that was held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in October. The Hon Jack Snelling, Minister for Defence Industries, was amongst the many visitors to the stand.
MG Engineering has been offering its varied and versatile engineering solutions since 1996 when it began as a father and son ship building and engineering firm founded by Nick and Anthony Brdar. The company has since grown to offer its services within many industries in Australia, including mining, ship building, and infrastructure. "It was intended that the company be versatile," states Mr Brdar. "We always intended that the company be able to cater to more than one market, be it maritime, mining, or construction. That was our mission statement." See full article here
The Port Adelaide firm is almost a third of the way through the first of three 25-tonne masts it is building for the AWD Alliance.
MG Engineering managing director Anthony Brdar said the company planned to have the first 22m-long mast completed and barged to the nearby Common User Facility at Osborne by the end of this year.
Each of the masts is being built in six sections, then joined on a jig.
Mr Brdar said 10 staff had already been taken on with numbers expected to reach 70 by the end of this year after the company won the Mast Block contract in May.
"ASC has been working closely with us on the project to ensure it meets high quality workmanship and to ensure the work is completed on schedule," Mr Brdar said.
This latest contract means the company has won close to $10 million worth of work on AWD projects.
It won its first AWD job in 2010 and has since completed contracts to build piping, ducting, corrugated bulkheads, walkways and ladders.
Plans are now under way to build a new 1000sq m workshop at the company's Moorhouse Rd base, taking its total workshop size to 3000sq m.
Mr Brdar said the AWD work had helped the company's expansion, along with its longer term plan to diversify with jobs also coming in from the resources and maritime industries.
MG Engineering has gradually increased its footprint since it was started by Mr Brdar and his father, Nick, in 1996, with Mr Brdar saying its workload was boosted by having direct access to the Port River slipway.
The AWD masts are a case in point, with the finished structures too large to be moved by road.
"I always saw the AWD project as an opportunity. The strategy was that because we were on the river and so close in proximity to ASC, there was good opportunity there," he said.
"When we built our current workshop extension in 2008 we actually designed it so it could meet those size requirements."
AWD Alliance chief executive officer Rod Equid praised the company, saying it had achieved success in a range of areas, including the fabrication of bulkheads and foundations.
"The AWD Alliance has developed a good working relationship with MG Engineering and the awarding of the mast contract has provided further opportunity to develop shipbuilding capabilities in South Australia," Mr Equid said.
There were five apprentices working on site at MG Engineering with Mr Brdar saying he wanted to increase this number as the company's demand for skilled boilermakers and welders grew.
To date, there had been no trouble filling positions but Mr Brdar was prepared to look overseas if predicted shortages in the trades occurred.
He also planned to maintain the company's business plan to attract diverse industry contracts. "We need that to survive," Mr Brdar said. "We work on anything from ships through to work in the oil and gas industry."
Construction of the AWDs involves the fabrication of 90 separate steel blocks, 30 for each ship, as well as three additional sonar blocks.
The blocks will be put together at the Osborne Common User Facility with the first ship's keel laying scheduled to start in September.
A contract worth more than $3 million has been awarded to MG Engineering at Port Adelaide to build masts for the air warfare destroyers under construction at Osborne. Radar and communications equipment will be fitted to the 22-metre masts.
The Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare, said the masts each would weigh 25 tonnes.
He said they would be floated in sections along the Port River to the ship construction site.
"The information that's carried on the masts, the radar as well as all the technical information that the radar enables the ships to have is critical. You don't have an air warfare destroyer without a mast," he said.
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare and Member for Port Adelaide Mark Butler today announced the award of a $3.25 million contract to construct the three masts for the Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) to Port Adelaide based company, MG Engineering. “MG Engineering has already started the construction of the mast for the HMASHobart,” said Mr Clare.
“They will hire an additional 10 staff to do this work over the next two years - taking their total staff to 40 people.”
“This is a great example of a local manufacturer winning work on the biggest Australian Defence project currently underway,” said Mr Butler.
Each mast is 22 metres long and weighs 25 tonnes. The masts will be constructed in six sections and then joined together on a jig. They will then be transported by barge down Port River to the Techport site where the AWDs are being assembled.
"This is an important part of the AWD Project, involving the construction of three new warships,” Mr Clare said.
"The new ships are based on a proven design from the Spanish Navy and when complete will be one of the most capable warships of its size in the world.
"Each AWD will have anti-air, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capability as well as the ability to embark a helicopter at sea.”
Construction of the AWDs involves the fabrication of 90 separate steel blocks, 30 for each ship, as well as three additional sonar blocks at a number of shipyards in Australia and overseas.