Quickstep opens Munich site

Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (North Coogee, Australia) has opened a new testing and manufacturing facility in Munich, Germany. The facility will be operated by Quickstep GmbH and will be used to conduct manufacturing trials and development work for European aerospace groups, including Eurocopter (Donauwörth, Germany) and

Related Suppliers

Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (North Coogee, Australia) has opened a new testing and manufacturing facility in Munich, Germany. The facility will be operated by Quickstep GmbH and will be used to conduct manufacturing trials and development work for European aerospace groups, including Eurocopter (Donauwörth, Germany) and Airbus Industrie (Toulouse, France).

The center, at the EADS group facilities in Munich, includes a Quickstep QS20 composites production machine. The first projects scheduled at the site will involve development work under a cooperation and development agreement (CDA) with Eurocopter, signed in May. The center also will manufacture prototype parts for Airbus Deutschland GmbH (Laupheim, Germany).

The CDA with Eurocopter aims to investigate, optimize and qualify the manufacturing process for composites parts. Assuming successful optimization, the agreement calls for industrialization leading to commercial production of aerospace components for a number of helicopter programs in 2008.

Quickstep also has been awarded a U.S. patent that covers the “melding” aspect of the Quickstep Process, which enables multiple composite subcomponents to be “melted and welded” together without the use of adhesives, bolts or rivets. The resulting melded structure reportedly shows no physical difference or separating surface between the two joined parts.