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Levett has achieved its breadth of customers by
providing world class machining, in both quality and
cutting efficiency. The company emphasises on-going
staff training and Supplier Continuous Improvement
Program to maintain its standards. Levett Engineering
works with its own supply chain, especially materials
suppliers and surface finishing, in order to bring more
work into Australia.
Our range of CAD/CAM software means we can
receive and process CAD models from virtually any
customer, including all major aerospace companies,
and to work with them through their supplier portals.
Levett Engineering conforms to the AS9100 Rev
C Quality Standard for aerospace and defence
manufactured components, with ITAR compliance. The
company also conforms to ISO 9001 2008 Quality
Standards as a minimum for all customer requirements.
We maintain a temperature controlled inspection
facility with a number of Coordinate Measurement
Machines to provide quality controls.
Another unique advantage of Levett Engineering is
our Advanced Aerospace Component Manufacturing
Facility. This remarkable capability has allowed us
to commercialise our experimental R&D investment
in a number of areas, through the securing of new
contracts in the Joint Strike Fighter development
program and other defence, aerospace engineering
and commercial aviation projects.
Levett Engineering’s strength in quality and
performance culminated in Lockheed Martin’s
recognition of Levett’s 100% Quality / 100% Delivery
for both 2013 and 2014.
Levett Engineering is a proven aeronautical
component and assembly supplier, already delivering
to most major military and commercial aircraft and top
tier manufacturers. It delivers world-class products, at
competitive pricing, in full and on time.
Quickstep in F35: a catalyst from a start-up to a
major technology exporter
Quickstep is an ASX listed company based
in Bankstown Airport, NSW. It specialises in
manufacturing carbon fibre composite parts and
designing new technologies for composites. It started
its involvement with the F35 JSF project in 2009
when it signed an MOU with Lockheed Martin (LM),
Northrop Grumman (NG) and BAE Systems (BAES)
to produce carbon fibre composite parts for the
program. The parts to be produced are doors and
external panels for the aircraft for Northrop Grumman
and the Vertical Tail (VT) skins, spars and fairings to be
integrated into the Vertical tail of the aircraft by Marand
The parts for NG will be fitted to all aircraft in the
worldwide production. The VT parts will equip around
25% of all aircraft. The value for Quickstep is in excess
of USD 700M over the life of the aircraft.
The work started immediately after signature of
the MOU with investment in equipment and moving
premises from Perth to Bankstown Airport in the
facilities previously closed by Boeing (ex Hawker
De Havilland). Quickstep then proceeded to qualify
the premises. The qualification of parts followed,
with the gradual introduction into production from
there. Today, 20 out of 21 parts of the NG scope of
work planned to be produced by Quickstep are fully
qualified and in production. The last part is nearing
qualification. The ramp up of production is now around
25% representing an annual turnover in excess of
USD 10M. The BAES scope of work is nearing its
final qualification with production starting next year.
Quickstep will ramp up to 100% as the number of
aircraft in production at LM increases with time.
In parallel, Quickstep finalised its AS9100 rev C
certification and more recently achieved its NADCAP
quality certification. NADCAP is an essential quality
requirement recognised by the industry to avoid
specific qualifications of process for each new
customer, saving large amounts of time and investment
on new contracts.
Participation in this program has been essential
to Quickstep development. The JSF program uses
composite material to its technical limits and therefore
places manufacturers that produce parts for it at
the top of composite technology worldwide. Already
Quickstep has signed another program with Lockheed
Martin to make the flaps of the C130J. Won in a global
competition, this program produces 3 shipsets of 4
flaps made out of carbon fibre every month. It was
won in March 2012 and production commenced in
February 2014 reaching full rate at the end of 2014.
This represents in excess of $20M of turnover yearly
for Quickstep. It is a testimony that Australian Industry
can be competitive and very innovative on the world
The cooperation to bring Quickstep from a start
up to a fully-fledged manufacturer of composite for
Aerospace has been exemplary. It has involved not
only its clients directly (Northrop Grumman, Lockheed
Martin and BAE Systems) and their confidence
Quickstep would deliver, but also the Commonwealth
Government, the State of NSW as well the JSF project
office in Canberra. Quickstep now employs in excess
of 160 people, a major success in the manufacturing
world in Australia in the past few years.
Quickstep also licences its technology to lay up
carbon fibre parts and cure them out of autoclave.
These technologies are patented and can be used to
considerably lower costs for the Aerospace industry,
sometimes in excess of 30 to 40%. They are also
very competitive in making automotive parts. In that
regard, Quickstep has already signed a Letter of
Martin production line, Fort Worth
Credit: Lockheed Martin
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