Quickstep secures aircraft contract

Carbon composites manufacturer Quickstep has secured its largest production order to date.

Under the purchase order, the company will manufacture and deliver composite carbon fibre wing flaps for 24 Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules aircraft.

The production will commence at Quickstep’s newly established aerospace facility at Bankstown, and deliveries are expected to commence in December 2013.

Quickstep’s managing director Philippe Odouard said the company was delighted to receive this order.

“We are proud of our relationship with Lockheed Martin. This contact builds on our growing reputation for providing high-quality carbon composite products to globally supply chains,” Odouard stated.

The Lockheed Martin C130-J flap program is the second aerospace program awarded to Quickstep, following its contracts to produce components for the F-35 lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program.

The deal is expected to generate up to $700 million in revenues for Quickstep over the next 20 years.

Quickstep is expected to become one of the largest Australian contributors to the JSF Program.