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7/27/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Presche project demonstrates ability of Quickstep’s composite technology

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The Presche project focused on the delivery of commercial composite car parts using a number of new technologies.

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The Presche project demonstrated the ability of Australia-based Quickstep's resin spray transfer (RST) and Qure technologies to produce paintable, 'Class A' surface composite parts at a lower cost than traditional autoclave processes in niche volumes of up to 10,000 parts per year. These technologies also produced a demonstrator roof system for an Audi A1 vehicle.

Beginning in November 2011, the Presche project focused on the delivery of commercial composite car parts using a number of new technologies. A key outcome was the successful automation of some of the key steps in composite part manufacturing to deliver 'Class A' finish automotive parts such as bonnets, decklids and canopies.

"Spearheading the Presche project alongside several German automotive industry participants has proved invaluable, helping to broaden our technical knowledge and expertise to provide cost effective automotive manufacturing solutions,” said David Marino, Quickstep managing director.

"The project highlighted the capability and benefits of our industry-disruptive technologies, validating our Phase 1 automotive strategy to focus initially on lower volume opportunities. This has assisted in securing Quickstep’s first two automotive contracts, with manufacturing expected to commence in early 2016."

"We look forward to building on the success of the Presche project and further developing our innovative technologies including the new RapidQure process aimed at higher volumes."

The Qure technology is a unique, patented technology that molds carbon fiber components using fluids instead of standard autoclave techniques, reducing costs and processing time. It uses the company's RST technology to create carbon fiber parts with a 'Class A' surface finish more efficiently than traditional systems. Quickstep provides a turnkey manufacturing solution for aerospace, defense and automotive clients. 

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