On Friday 10 March 2023, PMB Defence officially launched its new submarine battery manufacturing facility in the heart of the Osborne Naval Shipbuilding precinct, South Australia. PMB Defence Chairman, Mr Kim Scott officiated proceedings, with South Australia’s Premier, the Hon. Peter Malinauskas, officially opening the state-of-the-art facility.
Chief Executive Officer, Mr Stephen Faulkner welcomed those in attendance, including Senator David Fawcett, Mr John Chandler, First Assistant Secretary Submarines, CDRE Henri Nord-Thomson representing the Chief of Navy, along with retired members of parliament former Senator Chris Schacht and the Hon. Christopher Pyne, all of whom have played roles in broadening PMB Defence’s world view.
Mr Faulkner also acknowledged PMB Defence’s board, including retiring Chair, Mr David Hills AO, who is one of the inaugural directors of the company, dating back to the late 1980’s. Mr Hills AO has served as Chairman on the board until the end of 2022 and he thanked him for his guidance and wisdom over the years.
Mr Faulkner also thanked the current and former PMB Defence management team and employees, all of whom are a part of the dedicated team that care about delivering quality to our customers.
This is a historic moment for PMB, who have been located on Mersey Road for over 30 years, with the site previous opened by The Hon John Bannon MP, former Premier of South Australia on the 5th of February 1991.
Established primarily as an original equipment manufacturer, the company has transformed itself through investment in its people, facilities and technology to now have a highly respected submarine-battery engineering and design capability, which now exports to navies globally.
PMB Defence boasts the most modern dedicated submarine battery facility in the world and looks forward servicing the Australian Navy and our growing international customer base from this site over the coming decades.