Euron­aval 2014

SP's MAI - - FRONT PAGE - [ By R. Chan­drakanth ]

Over the course of its 24 edi­tions, Euron­aval has be­come the largest plat­form for in­ter­na­tional ex­change on naval and mar­itime is­sues (be­sides yacht­ing). Euron­aval which set sail in 1968, owes its leader sta­tus to the ex­cel­lence of French naval in­dus­tries, the world’s sixth man­u­fac­turer and sec­ond in Europe.

This five-day in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion to be held from Oc­to­ber 27 to 31 is or­gan­ised un­der the joint pa­tron­age of the French Min­istry of De­fence and Sec­re­tariat of State for the Sea.

The Chair­man of Euron­aval, Pa­trick Boissier, states that global mar­itimi­sa­tion is caus­ing the de­mand for mar­itime trans­port to soar. ‘Blue growth’ re­lies on the de­vel­op­ment of min­eral, food and en­ergy re­sources and con­tains the hope for a bet­ter fu­ture. But the sea is a com­pli­cated and some­times dan­ger­ous place. This is why state con­cerns fo­cus on ren­der­ing it safe and peace­ful. The fight against ter­ror­ism and piracy, surveil­lance of ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zones, pro­tec­tion of re­sources, se­cu­rity of eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties, safety of hu­man lives at sea, de­fend­ing na­tional in­ter­ests and na­tional sovereignty claims are crit­i­cal is­sues that en­cour­age all coastal coun­tries to equip them­selves with pow­er­ful, re­ac­tive and multi-pur­pose navies.

With an an­nual turnover of more than 40 bil­lion euros, mil­i­tary ship­build­ing is one of the driv­ing sec­tors in the global econ­omy. Ev­ery two years at Euron­aval, ship­yards, con­trac­tors, equip­ment providers, in­dus­trial busi­nesses and naval de­fence ser­vice com­pa­nies come to­gether. Beyond its sta­tus as an ex­cep­tional ex­hi­bi­tion of in­no­va­tive ma­te­rial and high per­for­mance ser­vices, Euron­aval brings to­gether po­lit­i­cal decision-mak­ers, mil­i­tary chiefs and in­dus­tri­al­ists from around the world to ex­change ideas and pre­pare for the navies of the fu­ture.

Euron­aval is the cen­tre stage for ne­go­ti­at­ing or con­clud­ing of a large num­ber of con­tracts to the ben­e­fit of ship­build­ing busi­nesses. Euron­aval is where the fu­ture of mar­itime se­cu­rity and safety is de­ter­mined, the fu­ture of peace, he states.

In Septem­brer 2013, AMI In­ter­na­tional re­leased a World Naval Mar­ket Fore­cast, demon­strat­ing astrong growth in to­tal new naval con­struc­tion through 2032. 522 new con­struc­tion pro­grammes to­talling more than 3,800 new ships, sub­marines and craft. Th­ese same hulls and re­lated equip­ment ex­pen­di­tures are ex­pected to reach $838 bil­lion over the next 20 years, up about 12 per cent from AMI’s 2011 20-year world naval mar­ket num­bers. Vol­ume growth is even more strik­ing, with the num­ber of new hulls fore­casted to be built over the next two decades up some

22 per cent com­pared to 2011 forecasts. This ro­bust growth high­lights the in­creas­ing sig­nif­i­cance of naval and mar­itime se­cu­rity ca­pa­bil­i­ties in over­all de­fence spend­ing.

Asia-Pa­cific over­takes US mar­ket

The Asia-Pa­cific naval mar­ket con­tin­ues to show strong growth. The Asia-Pa­cific re­gion has passed the US to be­come the world’s largest naval mar­ket by vol­ume com­pris­ing 1,066 ves­sels or ap­prox­i­mately 28 per cent of the mar­ket over the next 20 years. This in­cludes over 650 ma­jor and mi­nor sur­face com­bat­ants and 116 sub­marines worth over $167 bil­lion in the next two decades.

In the Mid­dle East & North Africa (MENA), over 640 ves­sels to­talling $54.7 bil­lion are to be ac­quired. A majority will be for pa­trol ves­sels with ma­jor sur­face com­bat­ants, mine war­fare ves­sels and sub­marines.

Naval ship­build­ing pro­grammes in Latin Amer­ica ap­pear to be sta­ble through 2032. A grow­ing num­ber of coun­tries in the re­gion are seek­ing part­ners on de­sign/build projects and mak­ing neart­erm in­vest­ments, with 60 per cent of the re­gion’s fore­casted new build hulls ex­pected to be com­mis­sioned over the next five years.

Many NATO coun­tries (ex­clud­ing the US) con­tinue to re­struc- ture their sea ser­vices and re­align new ship pro­grammes to op­ti­mise fleet struc­tures in a re­source con­strained en­vi­ron­ment. Fu­ture pro­cure­ments re­main rel­a­tively flat with 524 ships and sub­marines fore­casted to be built through 2032 to­talling $179 bil­lion.

The US mar­ket con­tin­ues to show weak­ness due to on­go­ing fis­cal is­sues. De­spite slow­downs, the US re­mains the world’s largest naval mar­ket by value with over $291 bil­lion ex­pected to be spent on nearly 1,042 new ships, sub­marines and craft through 2032. GICAN has es­ti­mated: World­wide or­der book for ves­sels: $150 bil­lion for mil­i­tary or­ders, plus $300 bil­lion for civil­ian or­ders. Europe or­der book (ex­clud­ing Rus­sia): $36 bil­lion for mil­i­tary or­ders (24 per cent of world or­ders), plus $36 bil­lion for civil­ian or­ders (12 per cent of world or­ders), i.e. $72 bil­lion in to­tal (16 per cent of world or­ders). France or­der book: $10 bil­lion for mil­i­tary or­ders (6.7 per cent of world or­ders and 28 per cent of Europe’s) plus $5 bil­lion for civil­ian or­ders (1.7 per cent of world or­ders and 14 per cent of Europe’s), i.e. $15 bil­lion in to­tal (3.3 per cent of world or­ders and 20.8 per cent of Europe’s). Es­ti­mates of ac­tiv­ity val­ues for new de­fence con­struc­tions, the prin­ci­pal coun­tries can be clas­si­fied as fol­lows: • USA, with An An­nual sales Fig­ure of Ap­prox­i­mately $10 Bil­lion. • China, Ap­prox­i­mately $4 Bil­lion. • France, Rus­sia And the United King­dom, Around $2.5 Bil­lion to $3

bil­lion.

• Ger­many, Ja­pan, Ap­prox­i­mately $1.5 Bil­lion.

Be it for de­fence mis­sions or eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, the sea is seen now by all the stake­hold­ers, cus­tomers and sup­pli­ers in the world as an area of in­creas­ing strate­gic im­por­tance. In terms of the mar­ket, Euron­aval wit­nesses the fast-grow­ing naval equip­ment de­mand since na­tions have re­alised the im­por­tance of what is called the ‘fait mar­itime’ (strate­gic and eco­nom­i­cal im­por­tance of seas and oceans).

Such aware­ness is ac­com­pa­nied by the ne­ces­sity to dis­pose of the means to pro­tect mar­itime bor­ders and oil, min­ing and halieu­tic re­sources within the coun­tries ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zones (EEZ). Th­ese new de­mands guar­an­tee the high po­ten­tial of de­vel­op­ment in the naval sec­tor on an in­ter­na­tional scale for the years to come, and com­fort Euron­aval has a key place for world naval in­dus­try.

Euron­aval’s DNA

The Euron­aval’s rai­son d’être is to sim­plify decision mak­ing for buy­ing coun­tries by of­fer­ing a wide range of in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions that can be ap­plied to all con­tem­po­rary naval is­sues. Spon­sored by the French Gov­ern­ment, Euron­aval is the only pro­fes­sional in­ter­na­tional show ex­clu­sively ded­i­cated to naval de­fence and mar­itime safety/se­cu­rity (MSS), cov­er­ing sur­face ves­sels, sub­marines and naval avi­a­tion.

Since 1968, the ex­hi­bi­tion takes place ev­ery sec­ond year in the French cap­i­tal dur­ing five days and cov­ers all the nec­es­sary means to carry out coastal and off­shore mis­sions: pro­tec­tion of naval sovereignty, law en­force­ment and peace­keep­ing at sea, pro­tec­tion of as­sets and nat­u­ral re­sources, con­trol of mi­gra­tion flows.

The 24th edi­tion has 352 ex­hibitors from 28 coun­tries. There are 10 na­tion pav­il­lions – Aus­tralia, Brazil, Chile, Ger­many, In­dia, Italia, Rus­sia, Nether­lands, United King­dom and USA. In terms of ex­hibitors, Euron­aval will wel­come In­dia and Aus­tralia, two new na­tion pav­il­lions with pro­fessed am­bi­tions in the naval sec­tor. And Bel­gium, the United Arab Emi­rates and Turkey will also be present at the ex­hi­bi­tion for the first time.

Over 55 per cent of the ex­hibitors are for­eign com­pa­nies. Over 90 of­fi­cial del­e­ga­tions from 65 coun­tries have con­firmed par­tic­i­pa­tion. The ex­pected trade vis­i­tors has been put at 30,000.

Trends and in­no­va­tions

At Euron­aval 2014, some of the most sig­nif­i­cant tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ments will be re­lated to stealth and dis­cre­tion is­sues and new tech­nolo­gies for re­duc­ing radar and acous­tic sig­na­tures. The B2B events to de­velop new tech­ni­cal or com­mer­cial part­ner­ships will be or­gan­ised this year by the CCI Paris-Ile de France and the En­treprise Europe net­work.

Jean-Marie Car­net, the CEO of Euron­aval, said: “Marine space is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly strate­gic with 80 per cent of the vol­ume of the world’s trade trav­els by sea. With the in­evitable de­ple­tion of land re­sources, states are now look­ing to the sea for en­ergy, food and raw ma­te­ri­als to pro­vide for the nine bil­lion in­hab­i­tants pro­jected for 2050. All th­ese ob­jec­tive data are the source of ma­jor schemes around marine spa­ces cur­rently led by states, prompt­ing them to be­come ap­pro­pri­ately equipped to de­fend the in­ter­ests of their re­spec­tive pop­u­la­tions. An in­creas­ing de­mand for equip­ment en­sures global ac­tiv­ity that is well-sup­ported on an in­ter­na­tional level. The six ma­jor sec­tors of ac­tiv­i­ties cov­ered at Euron­aval 2014 will an­swer th­ese de­mands.”

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