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Austal Awards Alu Design Major Contract For New Australian Customs Fleet

Jun 2012


Alu Design & Services (Alu Design) has secured a substantial contract with Austal, a world leader in the manufacture of fast ferries and naval vessels, to provide advanced pilot chairs for a new series of eight patrol boats for the Commonwealth of Australia’s Customs and Border Protection fleet.

Alu Design will provide a total of 40 chairs for Austal’s cutting-edge patrol boats, equipping the ships with its lightweight and ergonomically designed Alutech 200 and Alutech 500 products. The chairs will offer the upmost in comfort, strength and usability, with integrated tiller holder and trackball functions.

Austal’s decision marks a continuation of a growing relationship with Alu Design, which has already provided chairs for a range of the firm’s vessels in the international market.

Commenting on the latest development, Frank Robertsen, Marketing Director of Alu Design said: “We are very proud to have won this new, significant contract from Austal – our biggest to date with the firm’s Australian operation.

“The client recognizes that our products offer them an attractive combination of leading design and build quality at very competitive pricing. We have also proven to them through our previous contracts that Alu Design can fulfil promises, meet expectations and deliver on time and within budget.”


Nathan Foster, Austal’s Senior Main Equipment Officer, noted that he was pleased to consolidate the firm’s relationship with Alu Design.

He commented: “Austal’s decision to award the helmseat contract for the Cape Class Patrol Boat project to Alu Design was clearly based on their innovative designs, operators’ comfort and commercial competiveness.

“We have been installing Alutech helmseats in our vessels since 2009 and have had very positive feedback from our clients”.

Alu Design will begin delivering the chairs in August 2012.

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