Welcome to Henderson Alliance

The Henderson Alliance has been established by a group of progressive small & medium enterprises (SMEs) to support a higher level of small business participation in emerging defence industry contracts in Western Australia.

Henderson Alliance

The purpose is three-fold:

  • to provide a voice to industry and government for SMEs in defence
  • to provide a platform for SMEs to form partnerships to allow participation in larger scale projects
  • to create a forum for networking, mutual support and innovation

By working together constructively we can bring the right skills together and deliver project management and risk-proofing in the commercial scale the prime contractors are seeking.

With the Alliance we want to keep things moving quickly so we will start as a loose affiliation coordinated by IKAD to develop the participation base and then decide the best way to operate. At this stage there are no membership fees.

Businesses interested in joining or seeking further information should contact Darryl Hockey on 0407 920 911 or info@hendersonalliance.com.au

Henderson Alliance Members

Launch Day

From left to right

Wayne Fernie — MacKenzie Marine & Towage
Joe Vinciguerra — Host Group
Corey Travia — Weldtech Oilfield Services
Ivan Donjerkovich — IKAD Engineering
John Pedri — Marine Construction Services
Graham Clarke — Marine Technicians Australia
Tony Pozzato — Pozztech
Corey Hope — PCM Group
Kyle Ballantyne — Marine Inspection Service
Gavin Satie — L2S Engineering
John Allery — Host Group
Paul Greenwood — Marine Inspection Service
Richard Ruotolo — Host Group

Our Alliance

IKAD Engineering

IKAD Engineering

IKAD Engineering is a privately owned company formed in early 2005. Key personnel involved in the company have a wealth of experience in Project Management, Marine Engineering, Naval Projects, Construction Engineering, General, Mechanical Engineering and Asset Management.

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CJ Rigging

CJ Rigging

Established in February 1987, C&J RIGGING is a family owned and run business. With 30 year’s industry experience, a highly qualified team and professional approach. C&J RIGGING has the solution to suit any situation.

At C&J RIGGING we value our clients and work with them to provide the most suitable equipment and personnel for the task at hand. Our combination of Knowledge, expertise and capability ensures we are perfectly positioned to deliver your lifting solutions in the safest, most efficient and cost effective manner.

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Heat Exchangers WA

Heat Exchangers WA

Heat Exchangers WA was established in 2003 with a vision to become the very best plate heat exchanger service centre in Australia, having accomplished this we are now expanding our supply and service range to include a wider variety of heat transfer equipment. Heat Exchangers WA provide servicing and spare parts to suit all makes and models of plate heat exchanger or cooling tower, regardless of manufacturer.

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Host Group

Host Group

Host Group is a privately held company, and we are proud of our culture, our employees and achievements since our establishment in 2015. We provide maintenance, engineering, access and support solutions to the global resources, energy, ports and infrastructure sectors.

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Kulin Group

Kulin Group

At Kulin Group we believe it is better to ensure that Assets last their intended life and longer, and that knocking down assets and starting again is wasteful. Our philosophy is the same whether we are working in New Construction, Maintenance or Repair.

Kulin Group was formed in 1988 to service the Construction, Mining, Oil & Gas, Resource & Marine Industries in Western Australia. Kulin Group has since evolved into a Company that provides innovative and cost effective remedial engineering solutions across the specialist contracting field, and General Maintenance.

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L2S Engineering

L2S Engineering


Mackenzie Marine & Towage PTY LTD

Mackenzie & Towage PTY LTD

Mackenzie Marine and Towage Pty Ltd is a family owned company which was founded by the late Don Mackenzie in 1972 commencing operations as a harbor towage and pilot boat service provider in Esperance WA, with Don utilizing his existing fishing boat and commissioning the companies first dedicated tug, Cape Le Grande, to carry out towage operations.

With over 85 years of marine towage experience in our management team, we consider ourselves to be specialists in the marine towage industry, with no challenge too complex to overcome.

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MCS Marine & Construction Services

MCS Marine & Construction Services

Marine and Construction Services are a WA-based company servicing the Oil & Gas, Marine, Mining and Eartmoving, Construction and Defence industries throughout Western Australia.

The specialist expertise and experience of our teams in their respective industries enable us to provide the highest quality and optimum outcomes for our clients.

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Marine Inspection Service P/L

Marine Inspection Service P/L

Marine Inspection Service P/L (MIS) NDT services are Radiography, Ultrasonic Inspection, Magnetic Particle Inspection, Dye Penetrant Inspection, Subsea NDT Inspection, Vacuum Leak Testing, Hardness and Ferrite Testing, Positive Material Identification, Class Society Hull Thickness Surveys, Visual and Welding Inspection, API Tank / Pipe Inspection, and LeveL III NDT Consulting.

Our Mechanical testing services include Macroscopic Examination, Impact Testng, Breaks and Bends, Tensile Testing, Machine Workshop, Heat Treatment, Fatigue and CTOD Testing.

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Marine Technicians Australia

Marine Technicians Australia

Marine Technicians Australia (MTA) is an Australian Owned and Operated Electrical Company Licensed in Both WA and NSW. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality service to the Royal Australian Navy. MTA is an ISO-9001 quality endorsed company, as well as a Defence Recognised Supplier and proud members of both the Australian Business Defence Unit and the Australian Industry & Defence Network.

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PCM Group

PCM Group – Industrial Maintenance Services

PCM Group is an Australian owned and operated company based in Darwin, Northern Territory and Perth, Western Australia delivering safe industrial blasting and protective coating solutions to Australian industries.

PCM Group delivers complex projects throughout Australia by combining the latest industrial blasting and coating technologies with a highly trained, multi-disciplined workforce providing cost effective solutions to customers looking at maximising the life cycle of their assets.

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PQR Quality Solutions

PQR Quality Solutions

PQR is a highly focussed West Australian based Quality solutions consultancy that provides world class inspections and quality consulting services to projects throughout the Asia Pacific. PQR has been founded on a passionate and stable service experience that delivers an unrivalled, dependable and results driven partnership each and every time.

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Pozztech Engineering

Pozztech Engineering

Pozztech Engineering Pty Ltd was founded in 2013 and is 100% Australian owned and operated with our facility located within the Australian Marine Complex, 35km south of the Perth CBD.

Pozztech is a leading Fabrication Company which specializes in the manufacture of Process, Non-Process and Bulk Handling Equipment for the Oil & Gas, Mining, Agriculture and Process Industries.

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Subcon are an international company providing subsea foundations and stabilisation. Subcon design, fabricate and install the following: Concrete Mattresses, Pipeline Crossings, Structural Grouts, Span Rectifications, Artificial Reefs, Wharf and Jetty Stabilisation, Heavy Coastal Armour.

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Watmarine Engineering Services

Watmarine Engineering Services

Established since 1989 Watmarine Engineering Services is a leading Western Australian company providing engineering services focusing on the maintenance and repair of pumps and ship related equipment. Watmarine\s services also extend to the Oil and Gas, Mining ang Commercial Industries.

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Weldtech Oilfield Services

Weldtech Oilfield Services

As a specialised fabricator and on-site service provider for the oil, gas, mining and construction industries, the Weldtech team seamlessly brings together extensive engineering experience and expertise, talented fabrication experts, and a genuine ‘can do’ attitude.

Working from detailed drawings or collaborating on concept designs with our clients to create unique solutions to difficult fabrication, welding, mobilisation and installation problems, Weldtech works quickly, efficiently and competitively to meet any challenge.

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Latest News

All hands on deck with Henderson Alliance

April 3, 2017

DARRYL Hockey says he knew he was on to a good thing when his phone began to ring non-stop.

Mr. Hockey is co-ordinator of the fledgling Henderson Alliance, a band of small to medium-sized enterprises at the Australian Marine Complex eager to ensure they are not forgotten when work from the Federal Government’s $89 billion worth of naval shipbuilding programs is distributed.

Seventeen local companies are currently on the alliance, with more in talks to join.

“It’s continuing to gain traction,” Mr Hockey said.

“We’ve got a lot of hope for the defence industry contracts but as time has gone on and information has come out about how those contracts will work, there has been some anxiety that there won’t be as much work for small and medium enterprises as was originally envisaged.”

Part of the $89b worth of work includes the $50b submarine program helmed by French firm DCNS, a frigate program worth $35b and a $3b offshore patrol vessel program set to move from Adelaide to WA in 2020.

International firms including DCNS and German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems talked up local supplier and fabricator involvement during the submarine tender process.

In May last year, the former State Government offered 16 small and medium-sized businesses a share in $350,000 to enable them to improve their competitiveness and secure work related to the defence programs.

Mr. Hockey, strategic partnership manager at IKAD Engineering, said the alliance was working to ensure all the talk was more than “lip service”.

“We don’t want to be critical and we don’t want to be complainants but we do want to something positive for small businesses,” he said.

Mr. Hockey said informal talks with government and business agencies had taken place. More official meetings will be held once the alliance has a concrete plan.

SMEs band together to secure shipbuilding work

March 30, 2017

At least 17 companies have joined the alliance, which hopes to ensure SMEs are securing work and benefitting from the shipbuilding program, not just the big prime companies.

Manager of strategic partnership with IKAD Engineering Darryl Hockey said the alliance, which will be co-ordinated by IKAD, was formed by SMEs in the Henderson and WA maritime business industry that are "looking down the track" to see how much work they might be able to secure from the large-scale Navy projects.

"There's been a number of companies that have spoken to us in recent time saying 'perhaps there's something we can do together'," said Hockey.

"So we've pulled this alliance together."

"At this stage we've got 17 on board, we're still talking to some others as well and it just seems to have a real groundswell of interest and support."

Hockey identified the three key purposes of the alliance as:

  • to provide a voice to industry and government for SMEs in defence;
  • to provide a platform for SMEs to form partnerships to allow participation in larger scale projects; and
  • to create a forum for networking, mutual support and innovation.

Companies part of the alliance include Host Group, IKAD Engineering, L2S Engineering, Marine Construction Services, Marine Inspection Service, Marine Technicians Australia, Mackenzie Marine and Towage, PMC Group, Pozztech and Weldtech.

Twelve offshore patrol vessels have been ordered for construction by the Australian government, with two to be built in South Australia and 10 in WA when construction moves to make way for the Future Frigate construction in Adelaide in 2020.

The program is estimated to cost over $3 billion.

The 12 vessels will replace the 13 existing Armidale Class patrol boats.

The government said the OPVs will enhance the Australian Defence Forces' capacity to support border security, maritime resource protection and military patrol and response operations.

The Henderson Alliance hopes to promote its policies and views to the state and federal governments, and key industry bodies such as the CCI WA Defence Industry Council and the Australian Industry and Defence Network.

Dutch company Damen and German companies Fassmer and Lürssen have been downselected as tenderers for the program.

Henderson businesses join for slice of ship work

Peter Williams

Friday, March 24, 2017 6:55AM

Fear of missing out has led smaller businesses in WA’s maritime hub to band together to target work from the $89 billion naval shipbuilding program.

At least 14 companies plan to join the Henderson Alliance to ensure the big defence contractors are not the only ones to benefit from the vessel contracts.

IKAD Engineering managing director Ivan Donjerkovich has been overwhelmed by interest from industry counterparts in Henderson, home to the Australian Marine Complex.

The Federal Government has mandated that 10 offshore patrol vessels will be built in WA.

Work is also expected to flow to Perth from the South Australia-based $50 billion submarine and $35 billion future frigate programs.

But members of the newly formed group fear much of the work will be concentrated at the Henderson operations of Austal, Civmec and BAE Systems.

"The guys out in the back streets here, the smaller boys, we’ll be fighting for whatever crumbs they give us," Mr Donjerkovich said.

"Us smaller guys need to get smarter. How can we be positive and ... get a slice of the action."

He said by working together the contractors could combine their skills and achieve the commercial scale the prime contractors required.

The alliance would also promote its policies and views to the State and Federal governments, and key industry bodies such as the CCI WA Defence Industry Council and the Australian Industry and Defence Network.

Small businesses join forces to get ship work

March 24, 2017

Business owners in Henderson are forming an alliance to better bid for work in the naval shipbuilding program. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper Peter Williams

The West Australian

Fear of missing out has led smaller businesses in WA’s maritime hub to band together to target work from the $89 billion naval shipbuilding program. At least 14 companies plan to join the Henderson Alliance to ensure the big defence contractors are...


IKAD to Establish Henderson Alliance for Defence SMEs

March 23, 2017

Concerned local business IKAD Engineering is seeking to establish a commercial alliance of SMEs in the Henderson area to assist small business participation in emerging defence industry contracts.

"Many overseas prime contractors short-listed for the $90b programs for new frigates, submarines and offshore patrol boats are major European firms who might prefer not to deal with multiple small local businesses — so we may need to aggregate our capabilities to manage larger work packages," said IKAD Managing Director Ivan Donjerkovich.

"There amany small Henderson businesses which already provide quality products and services but probably lack capability in aspects such as international business development, supply chain management, documentation, marketing and advertising," he said.

"By working together we can bring the right skills together and deliver project management and risk-proofing in the commercial scale the prime contractors are seeking."

"The potential danger is the overseas firms only select major Australian partners and Henderson SMEs will struggle for a fair share of the work - this would be the worst possible outcome for the WA economy."

"It will be a real danger for this State if local content is simply defined by the total number of jobs created, instead of the actual number of SMEs engaged," he said.

The group will have a commercial focus but also responsibly promote the policies and views of the Henderson Alliance to government and key industry bodies such as the CCIWA Defence Industry Council and the Australian Industry and Defence Network (AIDN).

"As an example of our local content commitment, we have tendered for a large defence industry contract in Exmouth.  While IKAD has the capacity to go it alone, our bid now involves other members of the Henderson Alliance along with some SMEs in Exmouth as well.  We saw this as an excellent platform to launch our cooperative approach," he said.

"We certainly want to get things moving quickly so we will start as a loose affiliation coordinated by IKAD to develop the participation base and decide the optimal way to operate."

"When it comes to these major new defence contracts, partnerships are the only way to go and my door is always open," Mr. Donjerkovich said.

IKAD Engineering is a Henderson-based engineering firm with over 100 employees which undertakes refurbishment, maintenance and refit work on ANZAC frigates as well as a wide range of significant activities across industrial, energy, mining, oil and gas sectors.

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