Kockums Co-Operates With Japanese Shipyard in Mine Warfare Sector(May 12, 2009) -- Kockums, the Swedish subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, has signed a licensing agreement with the Japanese shipyard Universal Shipbuilding Corporation (USC).
The licensing agreement gives USC the right to use Kockums' GRP-sandwich technology in the production of hull structures for mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs). USC has a long tradition in this sector and has built more than 100 MCMVs in wood. The new MCMVs are built to a Japanese design, based on the earlier vessels, but will now use composites instead of wood for the hulls. USC has now also signed the first production contract.
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The project is positive for Kockums in several respects, and we are naturally proud to have been chosen. It is highly significant that such a professional customer, after exhaustive analysis, should choose the Kockums concept for its next-generation vessels. We look forward to successful cooperation with the company. It is an important export order for us, states Kockums CEO Jan-Olof Johansson, commenting on the news.
Source : ThyssenKrupp AG