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Defense: Jeumont Electric motors for Australian submarines

22 Jun 2016 | Front page, Advanced Materials

Following the selection of French naval contractor DCNS as preferred partner for Australia's next-generation submarine program—a hefty €34bn in all—Jeumont Electric expects to supply the main motors. More on an industry leader that is advancing from strength to strength.

Jeumont Electric—Northern France

Jeumont Electric named top supplier for Australian submarine program

In February 2015, Australia short-listed one contractor each from France, Germany and Japan for its 12-submarine Sea 1000 program. And in May 2016, the government selected France’s DCNS as its preferred partner for this €34bn program.

As a key contributor to bid preparation since October 2015 and an established leader in rotating machines for over 100 years, Jeumont Electric was named one of the program's top five subcontractors. The company will supply propulsion packs, each with a permanent-magnet synchronous motor and associated power electronics cabinets, as well as maintenance training. Production work on this long-term program is expected to begin in 2020, with the first submarine projected to enter service in 2030.

From strength to strength

The market for marine technology, currently 25% of Jeumont’s annual revenue, is set to grow. In addition to the company’s healthy military orderbook, thanks in part to the new Australian program, demand is strong in the commercial sector, where it has booked orders from cruise operators including France's MSC.

Yet Jeumont’s strategy is also focused on wind energy. As part of the European Union’s Ecoswing program, the company has teamed up with European partners to up-rate the first 3.6 megawatt superconducting machine and validate the concept.

Jeumont's press release

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