Minister for Innovation, Senator Kim Carr, said the government is “proud to support companies like Quickstep” following the launch of the Sydney-based manufacturer’s new Resin Spray Transfer (RST) facility at its Bankstown Airport site.
Quickstep’s RST technology – which utilises carbon fibre – represents a shift from the current composite manufacturing techniques as it will provide a complete manufacturing solution from lay-up to cure, according to a statement from the Senator’s office.
As a result, Carr said Quickstep is setting itself up as a technology leader for the future of manufacturing in Australia, and is attracting interest from around the world, including for potential use on the international F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter program.
“Quickstep has responded to increasing global market demand for lightweight, high quality carbon fibre composite materials,” Carr said.
“They’ve invested in the research and development and leveraged that success to secure new business opportunities with some of the world’s largest aerospace, defence and automotive organisations.”
Quickstep is in the process of conducting a major R&D program with German car maker, Audi, aimed at delivering high quality finish, low cost, fast processing of carbon fibre composite, together with specialised resins specifically for the automotive industry.
Carr also said Labor’s plan is to modernise Australian factories to build capabilities and fill the niches that other countries cannot. He believes that doing so will create high-wage, high-skill jobs for Australians.
Quickstep received a $2.52 million Climate Ready grant and support under the R&D Tax Credit. Funding for the grant is included in the Budget.