Nexport and GAUSSIN sign an exclusive Manufacturing and Licence Agreement in the presence of AUSTRADE representatives at the Australian embassy in Paris for the supply of zero emissions vehicles and systems in Australia & New Zealand
- Joint Venture between Nexport (51%) and Gaussin (49%) to locally manufacture and sell zero- emission vehicles (ZEVs) for port terminals, airports, logistics and small passenger transport vehicles.
- Agreement will create in excess of 80 jobs in NSW and highlights Nexport’s commitment to support Australia’s journey towards net zero
- Under the terms of the partnership, Nexport will pay Gaussin €10 million for licensing fees
- MCLA signed on 25 November 2021 at Australian Embassy, [4 Rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris,]
GAUSSIN (ALGAU – FR0013495298), a pioneer in clean and intelligent transport of goods and people, announces an exclusive 20-year production and licensing agreement with NEXPORT Pty Ltd. (Nexport), an Australian manufacturer and supplier of electric vehicles.
The MCLA follows the signing of the term sheet in September 2021. The 20-yearjoint-venture and licencing agreement will see the local assembly and supply of Gaussin’s range of zero emission vehicles and systems for port terminals, airports, logistics and people transport applications. Under the terms of the partnership, Nexport will pay Gaussin €10 million for licensing fees
Both parties will create an Australian jurisdiction Joint Venture – Gaussin & Nexport – owned 51% by Nexport and 49% by Gaussin. The MCLA marks a major step forward in the progression of an agreement that will bring a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable future for Australia and New Zealand through the implementation of locally manufactured net zero vehicles and systems.
Nexport is currently in discussions to secure a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility around metropolitan Sydney with a shortlist of sites currently being considered. The partnership is expected to create around 80 jobs.
Nexport CEO Michel van Maanen said: “The transport industry is the third largest polluter in Australia. As the first truly integrated solutions provider, Nexport connects infrastructure, assets, and applications through a local value chain helping government and industry transition towards zero emissions.
This joint venture will produce the best-engineered, most cost-effective ZEVs and lead Australia to a cleaner future. Progressing this agreement with Gaussin highlights Nexport’s commitment to this cause and establishing Australia as the leading manufacturer in a rapidly growing sector.
Gaussin CEO Christophe Gaussin added: “We are very proud of this new ambitious partnership with Nexport. Gaussin and Nexport are complementary and our partnership paves the way to a large scale distribution of zero-emission vehicles in the Australia and New Zealand markets quickly and efficiently. Our companies share a common ambition to fight against climate change and to help the mobility and transportation sectors to become carbon free.”
Austrade Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for France, Belgium and Spain, Mr Jean- Baptiste Nithart said: “This Joint Venture agreement between Australian EV manufacturer Nexport and French engineering firm Gaussin demonstrates how industry can practically deliver on the Australian government’s technology-drivenEmissions Reduction Plan. The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) supports collaboration between Australian and French companies that prioritises the use of innovative clean energy technologies such as hydrogen for EV charging infrastructure. This helps us achieve net zero by 2050, while creating jobs and growing our economy.”