Aerospace Ground Support Equipment

Aerospace Ground Support Equipment

Complexity is no issue for this aerospace ground support equipment powerhouse

Marand is Australia’s leading end-to-end supplier of complex aerospace ground support equipment (GSE), from design to manufacture and through life sustainment.

Our expertise is built on decades of success in designing and building GSE products for airlines and more recently, our involvement with the high level JSF/F-35 global defence program.

Working closely with Lockheed Martin over several years, Marand has become the global supplier of the F-35 Engine Removal and Installation (R&I) Mobility Trailer and has delivered over 40 of the estimated 300 required over the next 20 years. To date and for the foreseeable future, all Pratt & Whitney F135 engines that are installed or removed from F35 aircraft will utilise a Marand designed and manufactured R&I Trailer.

This very sophisticated Trailer allows engines to be installed in any environment and under any conditions, including on an aircraft carrier in high sea states, with the support of just two personnel and with no external power, whilst providing absolute safety and security for personnel and the airplane.

Marand also provides servicing and spare parts for the F35 R&I Trailer, with most of the manufactured components that comprise each Trailer being made in our Geelong factory and assembled and tested at our state-of-the-art facility in Moorabbin. Manufacturing is supported by a well-developed lean supply chain locally and in the US. 

This proven capability with high-level GSE for military platforms has resulted in recent contracts with Boeing Defence to provide a range of equipment, such as external fuel tank installation dollies, to support foreign sales of F-15 aircraft.

Marand’s expertise, leveraged off years of designing support equipment for the auto and rail sectors, has consistently shows its ability to address airplane sustainment issues that require complex support equipment to provide the most cost effective, safe and quick turnaround solution.

Marand’s aerospace GSE customers span both commercial and defence aircraft sectors, where we have offered bespoke solutions to unique maintenance and sustainment issues as well as production support equipment and facilities.

Our aerospace customers include:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Boeing Defence, Space & Security
  • Qantas

In addition, we also supply aerospace solutions to:

  • BAE Systems
  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Magellan
  • Avcorp
  • Fokker
  • Airbus Group
  • Terma
  • Kongsberg
  • ITT Exllis

Marand’s aerospace manufacturing capabilities have received significant national and international recognition over the last decade, including:

  • 2014 Manufacturers' Monthly Endeavour Award - Manufacturer of the Year
  • 2014 Manufacturers' Monthly Endeavour Awards - Global Integration Award
  • 2014 Melbourne’s South East Large Enterprise Award
  • 2012 - Victorian Manufacturing Awards - Manufacturer of the Year
  • 2011 - (Finalists) Victorian Manufacturing Awards
    • Manufacturers' Monthly - Manufacturer of the Year
    • Manufacturers' Monthly - Exporter of the Year
    • Manufacturers' Monthly - 50th Anniversary Most Innovative Manufacturing Company 1961 - 2011
    • Manufacturing Hall of Fame - Young Manufacturer of the Year
  • 2011 Lockheed Martin 100% Quality and Delivery Performance Award
  • 2010 Lockheed Martin Quality Excellence Award
  • 2009 Lockheed Martin Supplier Excellence Award
  • 2009 - Achieved AS9100 accreditation for aerospace activities
  • 2008 Manufacturers' Monthly Manufacturer of the Year
  • 2008 Manufacturers' Monthly Exporter of the Year
  • 2008 Manufacturers' Monthly Global Integration Award
  • 2007 BAE Systems UK Global Certificate of Approval for Military Programmes
  • 2007 Governor of Victoria Export Award
  • 2006 Victorian Government inducted Marand into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame
  • 2004 Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame Certificate of Manufacturing Excellence

Latest News

  • Land 400 opportunity provides future Ford Geelong site potential

    9 November 2017

    Today Marand announced a plan to breathe new life into the historic Ford Geelong facility. Marand is currently negotiating with Ford about the future use of the Geelong facility to open up further advanced manufacturing jobs for Geelong. Marand Executive Chairman Mr David Ellul said “As teaming partners for Land 400, we would love to produce the BAE Systems AMV35 Hulls and Turrets here in Marand’s Geelong facility. Marand and Ford Australia have worked together for over 40 years; I’m currently in discussions with Ford to ensure we can make this a long term reality in the next chapter for the Geelong community.”

  • BAE Systems and Marand announce teaming agreement on Land 400

    2 February 2017

    BAE Systems Australia and leading Australian defence SME Marand today announced a teaming agreement for LAND 400, building on the companies’ long-term partnership on major projects.

  • First in Australia, Marand now accredited for NADCAP Measurement & Inspection

    Marand is now accredited for CMM and Laser Tracker measurement and inspection by The National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap).