German industrial engineering company thyssenkrupp AG submitted a proposal to the Philippine government to build defense ships in the country.
Heinrich Hiesinger, chief executive of thyssenkrupp, said the offer was to boost the country’s defense through an engineering, procurement and construction contract to build military ships.
Hiesinger said the company would focus on building military ships like frigates and submarines, after China and Korea dominated the market for commercial ships.
“We have very strong offering on the defense side. If your government decides to grow defense, we will definitely be interested to be a partner,” he said over the weekend.
Hiesinger said the proposed partnership would cover a long period, as building a war ship would take time.
Hiesinger said if the government accepted the offer, the German company would look for a local shipyard as a partner to manufacture the ship locally.
He said thyssenkrupp would also tap local talents and workers to build the ship here.
“We take the expertise in engineering but we normally look at the local milieu and build it locally. We are one of the companies who can build ships locally. If the government is using tax payers money, then there should be jobs here,” he said.
Thysenkrupp is the top builder of war ships and conventional submarines.
Heisinger said the Philippine government has the sovereign decision on defense matters.
“This is a sensitive topic. We will never make a push in the defense decision of your government. I think the government will have to make a decision themselves. Only then we will be able to support it. But it is not up to us to push anything with any country. If the government has not made any decision, then we will be standing aside but we will never push for any contract,” he said.
Thyssenkrupp has a long history in the Philippines starting 1903, when it delivered components for the construction of railways, small trucks and engines.
The German firm also supplied machinery and equipment for cement plants and key components for complete cement clinker production lines.
It was involved in the construction of the Petron plant in Bataan―the first polypropylene plant in the Philippines and provided various heavy machinery for the Sual Power Plant.
Thyssenkrupp is a diversified industrial group with traditional strengths in materials and a growing share of capital goods and services businesses.
It employs 159,000 workers in 80 countries developing high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services.