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Aerospace SME welcomes new board of directors member

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Queensland-based aerospace company TAE Aerospace has welcomed Kim Scott to the company’s board of directors, building the corporate expertise of the company ahead of projected growth supported by the F-35 program. 

Queensland-based aerospace company TAE Aerospace has welcomed Kim Scott to the company’s board of directors, building the corporate expertise of the company ahead of projected growth supported by the F-35 program. 

TAE Aerospace is pleased to announce that Kim Scott has joined the board of TAE Aerospace as a non-executive director. On welcoming Scott to the board, TAE Aerospace CEO and managing director Andrew Sanderson said he looked forward to working with the experienced industry leader to help shape the future of the company, both here in Australia and now more globally.  

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“Kim’s mix of skills and experience will yield significant benefits for our business. He brings strategic leadership skills, technology and innovation knowledge and marketing experience from his executive career with Tenix and BAE Systems,” Sanderson said. 

TAE Aerospace is a 100 per cent Australian-owned aerospace company that operates globally. TAE Aerospace creates value for customers through innovation and deliver premium quality products and services in aerospace engineering, manufacturing, turbine engine and component MRO.

The company’s new Turbine Engine Maintenance Facility (TEMF) in Bundamba, south-east Queensland, will enable deeper-level maintenance, where the F135 engine modules for the F-35 are disassembled, repaired and reassembled for testing.

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As part of establishing this leading-edge capability, TAE has partnered with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for the engines and turbines, world-leading military aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, to establish a centre of excellence, not only for Australian industry, but equally as a critical cog in the global F-35 sustainment and logistics network.

Once completed, the building will have 15,620 square metres of floor space, which is an 80 per cent expansion of the current footprint, which will see five key work areas established, including:

  • F135 engine maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) and regional warehouse area – ready Q4 FY19
  • Existing engine MRO&U and warehouse area for engines from Hornet (F404), Super Hornet, Growler (F414) and Abrams tank (AGT1500), plus expansion space – ready Q2 FY20
  • Engine component repair area including, cleaning, non-destructive testing, machining, welding, grinding, heat treatment – ready Q2 FY20
  • Advanced manufacturing facility for aluminium vacuum brazing based chassis production for the F-35 aircraft – ready Q2 FY20
  • Administration and engineering office complex – ready Q2 FY20

The specially designed, secure facility will provide optimised work areas for improved production flow, which is climate controlled throughout, while implementing an open plan design to maximise the use of space and equipment.

This leading-edge capability also provides the opportunity for Australia to further develop its sovereign industrial capability through collaboration with key global partners on the F-35 project. This expands beyond just the OEMs, like Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney, to the global operators of the weapons system, particularly allies including the US, Japan and South Korea.

Scott said he was honoured to be invited to join the TAE Aerospace board, “TAE Aerospace has an outstanding reputation in the defence and commercial aerospace markets, and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience to help support the local and global growth and development of this great Australian-owned company now and into the future.”

Aerospace SME welcomes new board of directors member
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