60 new jobs as Bankstown becomes global base for Hercules aircraft wing flap manufacturing

5 March 2012

Bankstown advanced manufacturer Quickstep has won a contract valued between $75 million and $100 million to make carbon fibre wing flaps for C130J Hercules military transport aircraft.

The exclusive five year contract with Lockheed Martin will create over 60 jobs at Quickstep's new advanced manufacturing facility at Bankstown Airport.

Quickstep is currently relocating its operations from Western  Australia and establishing a state of the art carbon fibre manufacturing facility at Bankstown  Airport.

South West Sydney offers the scale, resources, facilities and, most importantly, the skilled workforce needed for large aerospace contracts.

NSW Trade & Investment has provided significant support for Quickstep including assistance with site location and introductions to key contacts.

The C130J Hercules contract will be Quickstep's second major aerospace win for its new Bankstown facility.

Last year Quickstep announced a 22-year contract with Northrop Grumman worth up to $700 million to manufacture up to 16 different parts for the international F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program, the world's largest military program.

"Congratulations to Quickstep – this is a major win against manufacturers from around the world to become the sole supplier of carbon fibre wing flaps for C130J Hercules military transport aircraft," Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said in his announcement.

Quickstep Managing Director Philippe Odouard said, "It is good news for manufacturing in Australia, demonstrating that we can keep manufacturing work in country through innovation and high-end capabilities. I would like to pay a particular tribute to the NSW Government that supported us in developing the Bankstown facility which will become one of the most advanced in the world."