DCNS and PROGEN set up partnership to purchase local equipment for Brazilian submarine programme

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DCNS and Brazilian consulting engineering and service company PROGEN have signed a major partnership agreement. Progen, with 2,600 employees, brings expertise in local sourcing, contracting and contract follow-up and will play a key role in purchasing locally-produced equipment for the Brazilian Navy’s PROSUB* submarine development and construction programme.
The partnership represents a major milestone in local purchasing for the PROSUB programme while at the same time giving DCNS access to new resources to meet the growing needs of the Brazilian Navy using local contractors.
“This agreement confirms our willingness to set up innovative partnerships to better serve international client navies. We are also proud to contribute to the growth of the Brazilian naval shipbuilding industry.” said Sylvain Rousseau, DCNS’s SVP, Purchasing & Supplier Relations.
“It’s an honour for PROGEN to contribute to a programme of this importance. We are also totally committed to growing this partnership. The DCNS decision in our favour shows that we have what it takes to do the job and that we enjoy wide market recognition as such,” added Progen Chairman Eduardo Barella.
This partnership will enable DCNS to comply with Brazilian Navy requirements regarding local equipment meeting the strictest quality standards, whether for submarines or surface vessels. It will also ensure reliable local supply chains while helping DCNS to establish long-term ties with Brazilian companies. More specifically, DCNS and PROGEN plan to expand local purchasing for the Brazilian Navy’s other surface vessel programmes.
PROGEN provides consulting engineering services – including engineering procurement & commissioning (EPC) and engineering procurement & construction management (EPCM) – for Brazilian and international groups. Solid technical expertise gives PROGEN full control over all aspects of purchasing and supply chain management. The company has a range of plants and centres and does business in several Brazilian states as well as Argentina.
* The PROSUB programme calls for the design and construction of four Scorpene-type S-Br conventional-propulsion submarines under a technology transfer agreement along with technical assistance with the design and construction of the non-nuclear portions of Brazil’s first nuclear-powered submarine and the design and construction of both a naval shipyard and a submarine base.
About DCNS

DCNS is a world leader in naval defence and an innovative player in energy. The Group’s success as an advanced technology company with global reach is built on meeting customer needs by deploying exceptional know-how and unique industrial resources. DCNS designs, builds and supports surface combatants, submarines and mission-critical systems and equipment. It also proposes services for naval shipyards and bases. Last but not least, DCNS offers a range of solutions in civil nuclear engineering and marine renewable energy. DCNS is committed to sustainable development and was one of the first defence contractors to achieve Group-wide certification to ISO 14001. In recognition of the success achieved by its Filières du Talent knowledge sharing programme, DCNS was awarded the Trophée National de l’Entreprise Citoyenne (national award for corporate citizenship) under the patronage of the Speaker of the French Senate. The Group employs 12,800 people and generates annual revenues of around €2.6 billion. www.dcnsgroup.com

As a player in the market for 25 years, PROGEN is a company of consulting engineering, project and construction management of industrial projects. With 100% national capital and 2011 revenue of about R$401 million (≈ €167 million), the company stands out for its multisectorial performance. Progen currently employs around 2,600 people distributed in its offices in Brazil and Argentina.


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