18 June 2010
18 June 2010
The Quickstep process has been demonstrated for the production of preforms for RTM and resin infusion, where the preforms are held together with a resin binder.
Chief Executive of Quickstep Holdings, Mr Philippe Odouard, commented:
“Due to Quickstep’s ability to precisely control the heating and cooling of resins within the curing process, we have been able to reduce the cycle time by between 35 and 50% compared with alternative processes, which also means fewer tools are required for the binder activation. The net benefit of these advantages means that a Quickstep-produced binder activated part can be 40 to 60% more cost effective than a part manufactured using competing technologies,” he said.
Mr Odouard said this offered enormous potential for Quickstep.
Quickstep has also incorporated a new subsidiary company which will operate from Quickstep’s existing North American showcase site in Dayton.
CEO Philippe Odouard said the establishment of a formal subsidiary in the United States will enable Quickstep to deal directly with the various tiers of the composites industry in America, including the aerospace and defence sectors.
“With a formal US subsidiary, we are able to directly contract with prime defence contractors based in the US, including on projects subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that restrict access to foreign nationals,” he said. “All of the employees of Quickstep Composites LLC are US citizens, and in certain cases it will be necessary for our US operations to maintain secrecy on particular projects or obtain clearances and licenses before sharing data with Australia.”
Mr Odouard said the decision to establish a subsidiary in the US followed the completion of an initial 3-year collaboration agreement with the National Composite Center (NCC) in Dayton, which enabled Quickstep to demonstrate its patented composites manufacturing process to potential customers and evaluate the prospective market for the technology.
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