Quickstep, the manufacturer of advanced carbon fibre composites for the aerospace and automotive industries, has officially opened its new manufacturing facility at Sydney’s Bankstown Airport.

The facility will supply components to aerospace leaders Northrop Grumman Corporation and Lockheed Martin.

The ability to manufacture high-technology composites has enabled Quickstep to win major aerospace contracts in internationally competitive tenders.

Quickstep has already commenced production on the first phase of commercial production of F?35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter parts.

This work is expected to generate up to A$700 million over 20 years.

In March 2012, Quickstep was selected by Lockheed Martin to supply composite wing flaps for the C?130J Hercules military transport aircraft ? valued at $75 million to $100 million to Quickstep over five years.

Further substantial opportunities are under discussion now that its Bankstown facilities are coming on line.

Opened by NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell and Mr Gary Ervin, President of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems Division, the facility houses high?tech equipment to manufacture carbon fibre components that are typically half the weight of a comparable strong steel part.

“We congratulate Quickstep on this new facility,” said Mr O’Farrell. “This is one of the world’s most advanced carbon fibre component manufacturing plants and a great example of high technology bringing international work to NSW.

“With this facility, Quickstep will be the largest independent aerospace composites manufacturer in Australia.”

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