Cammell Laird forms supplier network for UK’s Type 31e frigate project

22 August 2018 (Last Updated August 22nd, 2018 15:51)

Shipbuilding and engineering services company Cammell Laird has set up a network of more than 2,000 suppliers that would be involved in the construction bid for the UK Royal Navy’s future Type 31e frigate.

Cammell Laird forms supplier network for UK’s Type 31e frigate project
Cammell Laird BAE Systems Leander frigate. Credit: Copyright BAE Systems.

Shipbuilding and engineering services company Cammell Laird has set up a network of more than 2,000 suppliers that would be involved in the construction bid for the UK Royal Navy’s future Type 31e frigate.

The company is currently registering more than five new suppliers every week in order to establish the supply chain for the new Leander-class warship.

Currently, Cammell Laird is bidding to construct five Type 31e frigates for the UK Royal Navy after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) took its first steps to reopen competition for the shipbuilding contracts.

“BAE Systems has also had strong interest from other countries, so we are keen to hear from more companies that believe they could be part of the Leander success story.”

Designed by BAE Systems, the Leander-class vessels will be marketed to international customers by the company.

Cammell Laird Leander project director Tony Graham said: “While our supplier list is already extensive as we select suppliers for the five Royal Navy frigates, BAE Systems has also had strong interest from other countries, so we are keen to hear from more companies that believe they could be part of the Leander success story.”

According to Graham, the company still continues to provide opportunities for interested parties to join the Type 31e frigate supplier list.

Since the competition was announced in September last year, more than 400 Leander specific suppliers have registered with the programme as part of the UK’s new National Shipbuilding Strategy.

To date, more than 300 suppliers have already been cleared to support the Cammell Laird’s UK MoD bids.