Australian Engineering Company Develops New Solutions for Global Boeing 787 Aerospace Component Production
24 April 2006

Australian Engineering Company Develops New Solutions for Global Boeing 787 Aerospace Component Production

Marand Precision Engineering today announced that it had been contracted by Hawker de Havilland to Design and Manufacture the Automated Production System for detail manufacture of the component parts within the Boeing 787 Moveable Trailing Edge assembly.

The contract covers the provision of robots, bond shop tooling, thermal ovens, ultrasonic ply cutters, laser projection and a resin infusion system.

Marand Precision Engineering today announced that it had been contracted by Hawker de Havilland to Design and Manufacture the Automated Production System for detail manufacture of the component parts within the Boeing 787 Moveable Trailing Edge assembly.

The contract covers the provision of robots, bond shop tooling, thermal ovens, ultrasonic ply cutters, laser projection and a resin infusion system. These items will come together into a fully integrated system designed, manufactured then installed and commissioned by Marand’s highly skilled and trained workforce. The production system will break new ground in terms of the level of automated production of aerospace
composite components.

What this contract means to Marand?

Tony Ellul, Marand Director of Business Development & Marketing said "this contract further solidifies Marand's position as the leading designer, manufacturer and systems integrator for large automated manufacturing solutions in the automotive and now the aerospace sector in Australia and has helped Marand become a recognised player on the global scene, with recent successes on the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 program. It provides opportunities for Marand's Melbourne workforce to showcase their engineering, technical skills and capabilities as a part of the global supply chain on such a major and important international aerospace program.

AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERING COMPANY DEVELOPS NEW SOLUTIONS FOR 2 GLOBAL BOEING 787 AEROSPACE COMPONENT PRODUCTION

John O'Hehir, Hawker de Havilland General Manager for the 787 project said “Marand's many years of experience in the automotive sector has shown us how this technology can be applied to inject a far greater degree of automation and robotic technology into aerospace component manufacture than we have seen anywhere in the world."

"This will greatly boost our competitiveness over traditional methods. Working with companies like Marand is part of our strategy to promote Australian SMEs' ability to compete in the global aerospace industry."

O'Hehir said: "We expect the 787 program to generate at least $A4 billion in exports from Australia through the life of the program, and support more than 250 Australian jobs when full rate production is achieved at our Melbourne plant."

Boeing developed the 787 for the mid- sized jetliner market, estimated to be for 3500 aircraft over the next 20 years. The 787 will be more than 50 percent advanced carbon composites which allow higher cabin humidity and a lower cabin altitude, providing the atmosphere
for a great passenger flight. The 787 will have the largest windows of any airliner from 2008.

Australian Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane commended Marand for its contract win. "Coming on the back of their recent successes on the JSF program, the win consolidates their integration into global supply chains in the aerospace industry."

"The win also highlights Marand’s versatility in transitioning from servicing local industries to providing solutions to the global automotive and aerospace industries."

"The export and global integration focus of Marand is a good example of how Australian manufacturing will remain internationally competitive and relevant," he said.


Typical Marand Designed & Manufactured Invar Tooling & Automation Solutions for Bond Shop Applications


Typical Marand Designed & Manufactured Invar Tooling & Automation Solutions for Bond Shop Applications

For further information please contact: Tony Ellul - Director Business Development & Marketing Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Mobile: +61 419 365 864. Switch: +61 3 8552 0600.