Quickstep F-35 production exceeds 100 parts/month

Australia-based Quickstep makes doors, panels, skins and other composite parts for the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.

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Quickstep Holdings (Sydney, Australia), a manufacturer of advanced carbon fiber composites, announced on Oct. 6 that manufacturing output for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program (JSF) exceeded a rate of 100 parts/month for the first time in September 2016, with 108 parts made.

David Marino, CEO and managing director of Quickstep, says, “Quickstep’s Aerospace Manufacturing business has continued to increase scale, and has exceeded the JSF 100 part milestone earlier than anticipated. This compares with 590 parts completed during the previous financial year. We are now well-positioned and have confirmed our capacity and capability to meet further JSF ramp-up. This performance has led to increased orders with our current customers, proving Quickstep’s ability to deliver additional contract volume.”

The business delivered 256 parts during the September quarter and is confident of meeting the continuing ramp-up for the JSF program. The aerospace manufacturing business will complete further capital works in calendar 2016 to increase capacity for the planned growth, supporting improved production efficiencies. Capital works to date have enabled the passing of the 100 parts per month milestone ahead of schedule.

Quickstep is the primary supplier globally to Northrop Grumman for 21 composite JSF components including doors, panels, skins and other composite parts. It is also the supplier of JSF vertical tail components for BAE Systems and Marand Precision Engineering.