Quickstep signs helicopters agreement

03/03/2011 - 09:54

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Advanced materials company Quickstep has signed an agreement that will pave the way for it to become a recognised supplier to global helicopter company Sikorski International Operations.

Advanced materials company Quickstep has signed an agreement that will pave the way for it to become a recognised supplier to global helicopter company Sikorski International Operations.

Under terms of the memorandum of understanding signed by the companies, Quickstep and Sikorski will work together to prepare Quickstep's patented manufacturing technology for use in Sikorsky's global supply chain.

The MOU is contingent on Sikorski securing an Australian Defence Force contract for the purchase of its MH-60R Seahawk helicopters.

Sikorski is one of two suppliers that have tendered for the program.

Quickstep said the agreement was part of its two pronged strategy to secure more manufacturing business; firstly through the promotion of the Quickstep Process; and secondly by winning composite contracts that can be completed at its Australian manufacturing facility.

Quickstep managing director Philippe Odouard said the agreement represented another opportunity for Quickstep to secure additional large-scale aerospace manufacturing contracts.

"Sikorsky is a major manufacturer of helicopters globally, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with them to join their supply chain," Mr Odouard said.

"The potential to secure substantial contracts through the Sikorsky supply chain represents a further step for Quickstep to build its contract based business on the back of last month's announcement of a long term agreement with Northrop Grumman for the supply of parts under the international F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

"We are also pleased by Sikorsky's specific interest in our patented Quickstep Process, which has demonstrated key material and cost benefits for the manufacture of high performance composite materials."

Sikorski supply chain vice president Al Altieri said the company had a strong interest in the Quickstep Process following successful development programs with Quickstep's US subsidiary, Quickstep composites.

""We believe the Quickstep Process may offer exciting benefits for the manufacture of composite materials and, subject to the award of the Air 9000 Phase 8 program, look forward to Quickstep's involvement in our Australian industry participation program," he said.

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