Quickstep wins agreement to use spray technology for automotive

Quickstep's Resin Spray Transfer (RST) technology will used by defense contractor Thales Australia to make the bonnet, side skirts and mud guards for Hawkei vehicles.

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Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (Sydney, Australia) announced on Oct. 28 that it has entered into its first agreement to use its Resin Spray Transfer (RST) technology for an automotive application. Quickstep has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with defense contractor Thales Australia confirming Quickstep’s selection as exclusive supplier of the bonnet, side skirts and mud guards for Hawkei vehicles. The contract is expected to be valued at more than $8 million AUS.

Thales is currently bidding to supply the Australian-designed and -manufactured Hawkei to the Defence Materiel Organisation, to replace Army Land Rovers. Final approval is expected in 2015, which could lead to the production of up to 1,300 Hawkei vehicles over four years.

Quickstep's RST technology uses a "robotized" process that dramatically reduces manufacturing times and costs for producing carbon fiber composite vehicle parts. The process delivers parts that are strong and corrosion-resistant yet lightweight, key requirements for Hawkei vehicles. These same criteria are crucial for key requirements for vehicles required to comply with U.S. and European fuel efficiency legislation, leading Quickstep to advance discussions with several leading carmakers.

Quickstep’s executive director Philippe Odouard says that the agreement with Thales represents a crucial stepping-stone towards commercialising its RST technology within the automotive industry.

"We are delighted to secure this letter of intent from Thales, which is one of the world's leading international electronics and systems groups servicing the defense, aerospace and security markets. Thales will be one of the first customers for this new highly efficient and competitive technology for the automotive industry.”