Regional Development Victoria

Quickstep Holdings relocates to Geelong

11/08/2015

Victoria has secured a $13.9 million investment by carbon fibre and advanced composites manufacturer Quickstep Holdings to relocate process, research and development (R&D) functions from Germany to Geelong, creating 20 new, highly skilled jobs.

Quickstep’s relocation reinforces Geelong’s reputation as a growing centre for carbon fibre manufacturing technology.

The Government worked with Quickstep Holdings to secure the relocation of its R&D functions from Germany to operate alongside its new Automotive Division at Deakin University’s Geelong Technology Precinct in Waurn Ponds. By establishing its Global Technology and R&D Centre at Deakin University, Quickstep will create 20 highly skilled research and development jobs over four years along with job opportunities for Deakin University PhD students.

The new R&D facility will leverage equipment and expertise from other Geelong Technology Precinct tenants including Carbon Nexus, the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR), the Institute for Frontier Materials and the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre.

Quickstep aims to make Geelong its automotive composites solutions centre and is also developing capability to be part of the defence industry supply chain, working with a range of businesses. Quickstep has recently secured a niche volume order to produce a series of up to 1000 lightweight carbon fibre engine compartment parts for a global vehicle manufacturer, with production expected to begin in early 2016.



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