Quickstep wins Aerospace Australia Defence Innovation award

Carbon composites technology company Quickstep Holdings has received the Aerospace Australia Defence Industry Innovation Award for 2015.

The award was presented by Aerospace Australia's chairman, Air Marshal Les Fisher, at a ceremony during Avalon 2015, the Australian International Air Show.

David Marino, recently appointed managing director of Quickstep, said the award was a strong endorsement of the company's technology.

"Lightweight, super-strong carbon-fibre structures are the way of the future and the Quickstep Process offers great advantages for companies demanding faster production at lower cost,” he said

"Our first Quickstep Process plant for a commercial customer is nearing delivery. Aerospace components manufacturer ORPE Technologiya will use the Quickstep Process to manufacture 4.5 metre x 6 metre shielding for satellite launch vehicles, realising significant cost savings compared to traditional curing techniques.”

Quickstep is also working with other aerospace and defence companies, including Airbus, to demonstrate the use of its technology for a range of aerostructures.

The Quickstep Process addresses industry needs for a faster, more cost effective method of developing carbon-fibre composite structures. Benefits of the new technology include shorter curing times, simplified tooling processes and lower costs.