New Collaboration Agreement To Build Capability In Western Australia | Matrix



13 May 2020

West Australian companies Matrix Composites & Engineering and Echo Marine Group are pleased to announce a new collaboration agreement to pursue specialist naval related opportunities, bringing together a range of complementary skills and technical expertise to offer world class value-added solutions.

Matrix and Echo are neighbours within the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia and have worked successfully together on numerous prior projects. Echo – through extensive support from Naval Ship Management Australia – currently assists with the sustainment of the ANZAC class vessels on numerous tasks.

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From left to right – Aaron Begley, CEO Matrix Composites and Engineering and Mark Stothard, Echo Owner and Director

Matrix Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Begley said the new agreement is reflective of the long-standing relationship between Matrix and Echo and provides a good foundation from which to explore and pursue new directions.

“This agreement is a testament to the positive relationship that we have fostered with Echo over the years,” Mr Begley said. “Our complementary capabilities provide us with an exciting opportunity to develop fully integrated composite solutions for our naval customers, thus enhancing the long-term sustainment of naval platforms.”

Mark Stothard, Echo Owner and Director, said that, “Aside from the good working relationship we share with Matrix, Echo and Matrix share many synergies that will help to ensure this new collaboration is beneficial for our companies and our clients alike. Both firms are solution providers that strive to provide the best in innovative product design, materials, quality and service.

“Working together, Echo and Matrix can further diversify and grow the availability of locally produced specialist products and services for the Naval industry. It is our hope this initiative will result in additional local content, jobs and training opportunities right here in Western Australia.”

Matrix brings to the table an impressive 20-year pedigree in polymer chemistry, and an extensive history in delivering large and complex projects to customers where safety and reliability are critical. Combined with an intimate understanding of large-scale manufacturing and the requirements of the 4.0 era, Matrix composite solutions are in operation around the world. Matrix’s site in Henderson is also home to a fully equipped material laboratory and the largest hyperbaric test facility in the Southern Hemisphere

Jim Kingston
Technical Lead – Defence
Matrix Composites & Engineering
Ph: +61 8 9412 1200

Nigel van Rongen
General Manager
Echo Marine Group Pty Ltd
Ph: +61 8655 4980


Matrix Composites & Engineering specialises in the design, engineering and manufacture of composite and advanced material technology solutions for the oil and gas, civil and infrastructure, defence, resources and transportation industries. With more than 20 years’ experience, Matrix has gained a reputation as an industry leader within the composite domain and has become a major exporter of Australian goods and services with customers located all over the world. From its award-winning head office in Australia and a global network of agents, Matrix is uniquely positioned to deliver complete turnkey solutions offering with localised customer support.

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Echo Marine Group specialises in 100% custom design, newbuilding, refitting and sustainment of vessels within the Luxury, Commercial and Defence marine industries. Recognised through various international and national project and business awards respectively, Echo pride themselves on delivering excellence in terms of technical innovation, know-how, quality and service. Operating from purpose-built waterfront shipbuilding facilities in Henderson and employing a highly skilled team of local designers, trades specialists and apprentices, Echo provide a full suite of shipyard services to Australian and International clients.

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