The advanced composites manufacturer has signed an MOU with a Brisbane-based technology start-up in a bid to develop new products for the defence and aerospace sectors.
Quickstep and battery casing technology company Vaulta have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at combining the firms’ respective services to develop new products and capabilities for the high growth market in electric-powered land and air vehicles.
Specifically, Vaulta is seeking to create a shift in battery casing technology, which “significantly reduces” cost, complexity, weight and space in all vehicle types, while also increasing efficiencies in safety and workforce deployment.
“The work Quickstep is doing in aerospace is all about lighter and better vehicles and we are looking forward to matching our innovative casing system with their new projects,” Vaulta founder Dominic Spooner said.
“We love designing and building the new casings that help fulfil the visions of those forging new capabilities, particularly in defence and aerospace.
“The work we are doing at Vaulta will support Quickstep with specially-created battery casings that are intended to be significantly lighter and stronger. Our casings are also designed to reduce waste and contain more reusable parts.”
Mark Burgess, CEO of Quickstep, said the MOU comes amid growing interest in electric vehicles and electric flight, adding that Quickstep requires more sophisticated battery casing technology to service demand.
“We identified this as a segment that we wanted to focus more on, as it is an important opportunity across the markets we operate in,” he said.
“We are proud to be working with an exciting Australian start-up and have already commenced working on our first customer proposal with the Vaulta team.”
This latest announcement comes just over a week after Quickstep signed an MOU with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) supplier Volansi.
The firms agreed to jointly engage various regulatory, operational, and commercial stakeholders to promote the delivery of Volansi drones to the commercial and defence services markets across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
In exchange, Volansi has committed to consider leveraging Quickstep’s proprietary aerospace manufacturing process, ‘AeroQure’, to manufacture its drones.