The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, officially opened Quickstep Holdings Limited’s (ASX:QHL) new flare housing manufacturing facility at its Bankstown site. Quickstep, Australia’s leading independent manufacturer of advanced carbon fibre components, also welcomed the attendance of Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Melissa Price MP, senior Department of Defence officials and defence industry representatives.
Quickstep’s new flare housing project has established a state-of-the-art facility for the manufacturing of composite housings for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft’s countermeasure flares, which form an essential part of the aircraft’s defensive capability.
Mark Burgess, CEO and Managing Director of Quickstep said:
“This exciting new project has seen the further development of our world-class advanced manufacturing capabilities here at Bankstown Airport. We applied advanced tooling, robotics and process engineering skills to develop this facility, which will competitively position Quickstep to secure more F-35 work and other defence and aerospace projects in the future.
“I am honoured that Prime Minister Morrison has opened our new facility in Bankstown and commend his government’s vision to build a strong, sustainable and globally competitive defence industry – supporting the development of a highly skilled workforce and thriving defence industry sector.”
Quickstep is pleased to partner with Chemring Australia for the supply of countermeasure flare housings. This partnership represents an evolution of Quickstep’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program work – from the production of composite parts, including fuselage components and vertical tail parts – to the manufacturing of consumable flare housings. This capability highlights Quickstep’s increasingly important contribution to Australia’s sovereign defence industrial base and the world’s largest military aerospace program.
Quickstep is part of the Australian industrial base and will continue to work with the Australian government and its industry partners to ensure that Australia’s national security and future prosperity is safeguarded now and in to the future.