Birdon is a long established family-owned marine engineering business located near Port Macquarie in NSW that provides a diversified range of services including ship building and repair, dredging, and engineering and contracting services.
Birdon is a regular Top 20-SME Supplier to the Australian & US Defence industries and the owner of the USbased marine waterjet manufacturer NAMJet.
A high profile contract
Between 2003 and 2005 Birdon built 24 Bridge Erection Patrol Boats (BEPB) for the Australian Army.
Following an extremely competitive tender process, the US Government announced that Birdon American Inc had been awarded a contract for the construction of up to 374 of its Series II BEBs for the US Army. The contract will be delivered over four years with a potential contract value of US$261 million.
This was the culmination of four years of design, tender submission and prototype trials, based on Birdon’s home grown design originally delivered to the Australian Army.
How we helped
The contract was split into two phases. The first phase (LRIP phase) involves the delivery of 25 Bridge Erection Boats (BEB). After successful delivery of the LRIP phase, Birdon will enter a full production phase for up to a total of 374 BEB’s.
Birdon established new manufacturing facilities in Denver Colorado, under the technical direction of Birdon’s experienced Australian division to deliver the first phase.
Birdon required financial support for expenditure related to delivery of this phase of the contract, including materials, labour and overheads.
Access to finance in the US was not an option and Birdon America Inc had to rely solely on its Australian operations to fund the first phase. Whilst Birdon’s Bank, NAB was extremely supportive of this significant contract, they were confined geographically to dealing with Australian territories and so Birdon approached Efic for support.
Our export working capital guarantee helped fund the start-up operations to support Birdon’s contract with the US Army for the manufacture and delivery of BEBs.
Securing this contract has provided a global platform for controlled and profitable growth in international markets for Birdon.