ADI Limited has pledged that if its bid to produce the Royal Australian Navy's new Patrol Boat fleet is successful, then the 400 people to be employed at the company's Newcastle site will include at least 30 unemployed.
ADI managing director, Mr Lucio Di Bartolomeo said most of the 30 unemployed will be trained to work with advanced composites, the material ADI will use to build the new fleet. ADI used composite materials to produce the Navy's highly successful Huon Class minehunters on schedule at its Newcastle facility.
The patrol boat contract will generate the 400 new jobs at the facility over the four year construction period, ensuring the Hunter skill base established by the minehunter program can be maintained.
It will also create an opportunity to provide unemployed workers with skills in the use of the new age building material increasingly used for commercial as well as defence applications.
ADI's Newcastle facility is a world class composites manufacturing facility. With advanced composites regarded as the 21st century building material, the company is confident of the facility's long term future if it can be assured of a naval shipbuilding role.
Independent research has forecast that about $650 million in revenue and about 1800 new jobs would be generated in the Hunter by the patrol boat program. The 1800 jobs includes factors such as employment created at ADI subcontractors and the economic multiplier effect.