Quickstep Partnerships

Innovation is at the core of Quickstep – so we make partnerships a priority.

We work with leading educational institutions, organisations and industry collectives to ensure we stay on top of new technology. It’s great for business – and for the future of the aerospace and aviation industries.

With partnerships, we can focus on issues that need solutions. We can investigate new technological applications. And we’re able to support exceptional PhD and post-graduate students.

By working with global leaders in education and technology, we have the best resources on hand to deliver leading composite solutions.

Advanced Fibre Cluster


Quickstep is a founding member of the Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong (AFCG), an initiative of a group of highly innovative companies and organisations aimed at accelerating the growth of the advanced fibre and composites industries that continue to develop around Deakin University and the Geelong region.

The region is a centre of excellence in advanced fibre and composites manufacturing and innovation. The Cluster promotes and supports the interests of its members through the facilitation of research and business collaboration, access to opportunities, trade missions and site visits, advocacy, training, and the sharing of management and technical best practice.

Deakin University

Deakin University


Quickstep has a Strategic Research and Education Agreement in place with Deakin, with several undergraduate and PhD projects currently underway. Quickstep is also a partner with Deakin in the ARC Future Fibres Hub, with research focused on improving the Qure process and development of new high performance processes and materials.

Through partnerships like these, we can continue to develop new carbon fibre applications, improved processes – and better solutions for our clients in the auto, aviation and other industries.

RMIT University logo

RMIT University


RMIT has been producing leaders in technology for many years – and we’re proud to be part of that. We connect with RMIT students through the ARC ATLAS program. ATLAS is a research centre aiming to transform the auto industry through the development of advanced, lightweight materials and design. We supervise PhD students for six months, providing valuable industry knowledge.

It’s a great way to mentor students and give them experience in the advanced manufacturing industry.

Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology


The collaboration between Quickstep and Swinburne includes a number of Industry 4.0 projects:

  • project on automated layup under the Innovation Connection scheme
  • Global Innovation Linkages (GIL) project on integration of Qure and automated performance
  • Industry 4.0 readiness assessment to see a world-first process for 3D printing on an industrial scale

We’re working with the brightest minds globally, to create innovative and commercially viable solutions.

UNSW

University of New South Wales


Quickstep has collaborated with UNSW on a range of R&D projects, including:

  • automated tape placement (ATP) under the Innovation Connection scheme
  • final year undergraduate project on processing of PEEK thermoplastic tapes
UTS

University of Technology Sydney


Quickstep has three final year undergraduate projects for UTS students currently running on 3D printing of carbon fibre composites.

CSIRO

CSIRO


Quickstep has a long-term collaborative partnership with CSIRO, focused on process automation and Industry 4.0 implementation.

AMGC

Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre


Quickstep has completed an advanced manufacturing demonstration project with the support of the AMGC, and developed an advanced composite manufacturing solution for the production of front fenders for a European luxury vehicle OEM. A similar project, but this time for the commercial aerospace industry, is envisaged to start no later than 2020.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc


General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) is a global defence and diversified technologies company, based in the USA. GA-ASI produces a series of unmanned aircraft and a range of advanced intelligence and surveillance technologies. Quickstep is a participant in Team Reaper Australia (TRA), a consortium set up to support the supply of armed drones to the Australian government, under Project Air 7003.

ATR Group

The ATR Group


The ATR Group, based in Colonnella, Italy, manufactures and supplies composite components for the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors. ATR operates nine plants in Italy and has been manufacturing composites since 1982. Quickstep has a manufacturing Partnership Agreement in the European market with ATR.

Quickstep - Innovation Connection

Innovation Connection


Quickstep supplements primary partnerships with our Innovation Connection program at UNSW and Swinburne.

Innovation Connection provides access and resources for short-term projects. We can work on a specific issue or problem, and it will get full support from engineering staff and students.

Quickstep - People Innovation

People innovation


Quickstep values good people, and we get to support the best through our partnerships.

We’re currently working with close to 10 PhD and post-graduate students via our university partnerships.

We get great support – and they get to work on fascinating projects like 3D printing, thermoplastic material processes and filament winding for rocket boosters.

We also support final year university students around the country with mentoring and placements, so we can help them learn, connect and experience the best of the aerospace industry.

Quickstep partnerships help develop highly-skilled students – who one day might make a huge impact on the future of aerospace and aviation.

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