05 Maret 2012
Lockheed Martin’s C-130J Hercules military transport aircraft – shown here with the flaps fully extended. (photo : Malcolm Clarke)
Australian advanced materials company, Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX: QHL –“Quickstep”) has secured its second major aerospace manufacturing program, today announcing it has been awarded the tender to manufacture wing flaps for the C-130J Hercules military transport aircraft.
Quickstep was selected as sole source supplier for the C-130J flaps following an international commercial tender program by Lockheed Martinwhich attracted bids from numerous manufacturers from around the world. Representatives of Lockheed Martin are scheduled to visit Quickstep’s Australian headquarters in the second quarter of 2012 to finalise contract details, which are expected to include a multi-year term and will see Quickstep as sole source global supplier for these part sets.
Managing Director of Quickstep, Mr Philippe Odouard, said that securing the contract represented an outstanding achievement for the Company’s contract manufacturing division.
“The award of this C-130J contract further demonstrates Quickstep’s ability to contest and win major aerospace manufacturing contracts and confirms our competitiveness on the international stage,” Mr Odouard said.
“It is good news for manufacturing in Australia demonstrating that we can keep manufacturing work in country through innovation and high-end capabilities. I would like to pay a particular tribute to the NSW government that supported us in developing the Bankstown facility which will become one of the most advanced in the world. This win could create 60+ new jobs at the Bankstown facility in NSW.”