Quickstep Partnerships

Innovation is at the core of Quickstep, 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  the future of the aerospace and aviation industry.

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.

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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.


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

University of Technology Sydney

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



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


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.


AMSL is a Urban Air Mobility start-up based at the Bankstown airport, next to Quickstep’s main manufacturing facility. Quickstep is producing carbon fiber components for AMSL’s first flying prototype using AeroQure, our proprietary Out Of Autoclave technology. Beyond that, both companies are exploring how to make use of Quickstep’s industrial aerospace capabilities to meet AMSL future high volume manufacturing needs.

Spirit Aerosystems

Spirit Aerosystems, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, USA, is one of the world’s largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial and defense aircraft. The company’s core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Spirit AeroSystems is a US$7 billion global company, with more than 18,000 employees worldwide.

Quickstep and Spirit are collaboratively working to validate AeroQure as a commercial aerospace production solution, capable of meeting aerospace quality and performance requirements, as well as reduced product cost and high production rates. The goal is to ultimately develop a fully integrated industrial solution, paving the way towards future production contracts.

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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