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10/31/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Quickstep, Futuris Automotive to collaborate on composite seat back

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Project for structural automotive seating parts to be completed mid-2017.

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Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (Bankstown Airport, NSW, Australia) is collaborating with Futuris Automotive Group to develop a composite front seat back for automotive manufacturers. This project will result in a lighter weight (up to 50% weight saving), fully functional composite seat back part that will be available from mid-2017.

Futuris Automotive is a global seating and interior systems supplier, with operations in the U.S., Mexico, China, Thailand and Australia. Futuris is working with a range of customers globally including Ford, General Motors, Chery Automobile, SAIC Motor, Telsa Motors, Faraday Future, Karma Automotive and a number of other automakers.

As the lead in the project, Futuris Automotive is responsible for the seat back design, specifications and testing. Quickstep is providing its advanced composites technologies to manufacture the demonstrator parts, using its patented Qure and RST processes. Excellerate Australia (previously the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology) is providing funding to support the project.

Quickstep has commenced trialing materials and processes for the project and has already manufactured a sample of the Futuris-designed seat back structure at its Waurn Ponds facility in Victoria.

“This composite seat project will allow Quickstep to demonstrate the production rate and quality of structural automotive parts we can produce for vehicle programs greater than 20,000 parts per annum. This is an extension of the recent developments in our tooling, equipment and materials solutions for our ‘next-generation’ RapidQure process, offering volume manufacturing systems for the automotive industry,” says David Marino, CEO and managing director.

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