ASX-listed carbon fibre composite manufacturer Quickstep Holdings has confirmed it has signed a manufacturing partnership agreement with Italian firm ATR Group, which will give it access to new international markets.
The announcement aligns with Quickstep’s ambitious approach to growth that includes the realisation of capacity in its Bankstown, NSW facility and other extensions into relevant markets, leveraging its proprietary out-of-autoclave process technology Qure and the Quickstep Production System (QPS).
ATR Group is a leading Italian company that designs, prototypes and manufacturers structural parts and components in advance composite materials.
Based in Colonnella, Italy, ATR Group operates nine plants in Italy and has been manufacturing composite parts since 1982.
According to Quickstep CEO and managing director Mark Burgess, the arrangement with ATF Group will provide the business with a strong manufacturing partnership in the European market with a highly-respected composite company.
“ATR has key strengths in design, development, tooling and advanced manufacturing across both the automotive and aerospace sectors. We have big ambitions and high expectations for this agreement,” he said.
Valter Proietti, president and CEO of ATR Group, said the business was excited about the future benefits of co-operating with Quickstep and accessing its technology.
“The Qure technology, in conjunction with Quickstep’s QPS and ATR’s strong carbon fibre heritage … will provide us with a competitive advantage to expand our market and customers in Europe,” he said.