Quickstep establishes U.S. subsidiary

The new company, called Quickstep Composites LLC, will operate from Quickstep’s existing North American showcase site in Dayton, with U.S.-based director Dale Brosius appointed president and Australia-based CEO Philippe Odouard appointed as the second director.

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Australian advanced materials company Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (North Coogee, Australia) is accelerating its efforts to target aerospace and defense manufacturing contracts in the United States, with the announcement that it has incorporated a new subsidiary company based in Dayton, Ohio.
The new company, called Quickstep Composites LLC, will operate from Quickstep’s existing North American showcase site in Dayton, with U.S.-based director Dale Brosius appointed president and Australia-based CEO Philippe Odouard appointed as the second director.

Odouard said the establishment of a formal subsidiary in the United States will enable Quickstep to deal directly with the various tiers of the composites industry in America, including the aerospace and defense sectors.

“With a formal U.S. subsidiary, we are able to directly contract with prime defence contractors based in the U.S., including on projects subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that restrict access to foreign nationals,” he said. “All of the employees of Quickstep Composites LLC are US citizens, and in certain cases it will be necessary for our U.S. operations to maintain secrecy on particular projects or obtain clearances and
licenses before sharing data with Australia.”

Brosius said the U.S. entity will be permitted to apply as a prime contractor for certain State of Ohio and U.S. Federal Government funded programs aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the U.S. composites industry and other industries that employ advanced composites in their products, such as aerospace and high-performance automotive. It will also qualify for specific American State and local incentive programs related to job creation.

“The objective is to successfully qualify Quickstep’s patented composites manufacturing technology — the ‘Quickstep Process’ — with North American advanced composites manufacturers, and subsequently license the
technology and provide equipment to meet the demand of this fast-growing and important geographic market,” he said.