Naviris, a 50/50 joint venture between Fincantieri and Naval Group is now fully operational
Through Naviris, the two companies aim to consolidate European naval defence in response to the increasing pressure of worldwide competitors. They are pooling their strengths to develop a new strategic capability and respond in an innovative way to the needs of their customers, the statement issued by the Naval Group on January 14 read.
With the head office located in Genoa with a subsidiary in Ollioules, the Naviris team will focus on bi-national and export projects. Underlining the strategic and developmental will attributed by Fincantieri and Naval Group to the operation, Giuseppe Bono has been appointed Chairman and Hervé Guillou Member of the Board. Claude Centofanti, Chief Executive Officer and Enrico Bonetti, Chief Operational Officer, will run the joint venture. Parent companies are equally represented on the Board of Directors.
Naviris foresees export and common French-Italians opportunities, such as the first studies for the Mid-Life Upgrade of the French and Italian Horizon-class destroyers, as well as European projects such as the development of the European Patrol Corvette light frigates.
Naviris, in its statement lists out its objectives to create value for its customers through the key areas, such as procurement optimisation, common R&D projects, worldwide proposals and prime contractorship and design authority.
“We are grateful to have received the unconditional support of our governments for the creation of a new European leader for the strategic sector of naval defence. Together, we will accelerate our technological advance and maintain our key differentiators by combining our R&D capabilities, renovating the products for the benefit of our customers. Naviris opens the way to a real construction of European naval defence,” said the two CEOs of Fincantieri and Naval Group, Giuseppe Bono and Hervé Guillou.
With more than twenty years of cooperation, Naval Group and Fincantieri have already achieved success together: as early as the 1990s with the Horizon air defence destroyer programme (four ships) and with the FREMM multi-mission frigate program ongoing since 2005 (twenty vessels).