Quickstep CEO Mark Burgess (left) and Boeing Defence Australia VP Scott Carpendale signing the asset purchase agreement.
Quickstep CEO Mark Burgess (left) and Boeing Defence Australia VP Scott Carpendale signing the asset purchase agreement.

Australian carbon fiber manufacturer Quickstep Holdings has agreed terms to buy Boeing Defence Australia’s aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business based in Tullamarine, Victoria.

Completion is expected around the end of 2020.

Boeing Defence Australia manages a wide range of composite, bonded and metal aircraft structures for both commercial and military operators and has experience working with Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier aircraft, F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets, F/A-18F Super Hornets, C-130J Hercules and CH-47 Chinooks. According to Quickstep, it plans to broaden the scope of MRO work offered to include F-35 and other military and commercial work, and obtain CASA, FAA, EASA and DASR certifications.

‘We are delighted to soon be welcoming highly capable aerospace employees from the BACR business to Quickstep,’ said Mark Burgess, CEO of Quickstep. ‘The acquisition of this important national capability aligns well to our business strategy, positions us to grow our defence sustainment business and opens up new opportunities in the high value commercial aftermarket as we move toward post-pandemic recovery.’

This story uses material from Quickstep, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.