WESTERN Australia's Austal Ships, which specialises in developing high-performance catamarans and monohulls of aluminium and composite materials, is targeting the China market. Austal is confident that its aluminium vessel is generating great interest in China and hopes to obtain more orders. The 40-metre high speed catamaran Shun Shui was developed for Yuet Hing Marine Supplies on behalf of Chinese interests. Austal, which is heavily involved in research and development, has a big commitment in time and resources working on innovations in hull design. It constantly revises hull shapes with software that gives tremendous cost savings. The company is also looking at different methods of joining aluminium and always with a view to lighter weight.