Carbon composites manufacturer Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (Sydney, Australia) announced on Feb. 14 the appointment of two experienced and successful industry executives, Tony Quick and Bruce Griffiths OAM, as independent non-executive directors of the company. Quick succeeds Mark Jenkins as chairman of the board.
Quick joins Quickstep following a career in the aerospace and defense industries. He is currently chair of the Defence Materials Technology Centre. In 2001 he helped establish GKN Aerospace Engineering Services to service global demand for engineering services. This company provided design services to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program for Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman and grew to employ more than 240 aerospace engineering staff in Australia. Its parent company, GKN Aerospace, is one of the world’s largest independent first-tier suppliers to the global aviation industry providing integrated metal and composite assemblies for aerostructures and engine products.
Griffiths has been involved in Australian manufacturing for more than 40 years and brings substantial global automotive and rail experience to assist Quickstep as it commercializes its technologies. He is former chairman (2007-2012) and managing director (1992-2007) of Futuris Automotive, an Australian company that is a leader in automotive innovation, and believes strongly that Quickstep’s business model and technology represent the future for Australian manufacturing. He joined Air International, which became Futuris, when it was a small company in 1974. Today, Futuris’ automotive heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, seating and interiors business employs 1,100 people and competes in a global marketplace where its biggest competitors are $20 billion to $30 billion companies.