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

  • 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.

    Marand will contribute leading cross-sector expertise gained from the automotive, aerospace, rail and defence sectors to the program, providing a range of production engineering solutions. The company has proven experience in welding ballistic steel, advanced machining and complex assembly performed on a daily basis for defence exports, and has been designing, building and launching vehicular production lines for over 30 years.

    BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive, Glynn Phillips, said:

    “I am delighted that Marand has chosen to work with BAE Systems Australia on Land 400. Today’s announcement demonstrates how Australian industry is getting behind our solution for the Australian Army.”

    Marand Chief Executive Officer, Rohan Stocker, said:

    “BAE Systems is a great partner. The Company delivers on its industrial commitments, transferring technology that has allowed Marand to create high skilled jobs and defence exports. We have already proven that we can deliver complex defence production technology transfers in Australia with 100 percent quality and delivery performance.”

    BAE Systems worked with Marand on its transition from the automotive and aerospace to defence industry through collaboration on the global F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program more than 10 years ago. BAE Systems provides titanium parts to Marand which are used in the manufacture of F-35 vertical tail fins in Australia and are in turn exported to the USA under contract from BAE Systems in the UK.

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    In July last year, BAE Systems and Land 400 bid partner Patria were confirmed as one of two tenders selected to take part in the 51 week Risk Mitigation Activity for the Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 2 combat reconnaissance vehicle program.

    BAE Systems and Patria are offering the combat-proven AMV35 for Land 400 Phase 2. The team is committed to manufacturing the AMV35 locally with an industry solution that will grow local manufacturing knowledge, create jobs and bring further economic benefits to the Australian SME supply chain.

    About Marand

    Marand designs and manufactures complex and innovative equipment and products to the aerospace, defence, automotive, rail and renewable energy industries. Our customer base includes companies such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

    Our expertise in applying innovative manufacturing and production techniques, with precision where needed, delivers substantial financial benefits to our customers. This has resulted in Marand being the largest Australian supplier on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme. In addition to the F-35 Vertical Tails program, Marand is the global sole source of the F-35 engine removal and installation trailer.

    More info: http://www.baesystems.com/en-aus/article/bae-systems-and-marand-announce-teaming-agreement-on-land-400

    Media Contacts

    Marand: Alex Lyon on +61 417 384 223 / alexl@marand.com.au

    BAE Systems: Kaye Noske +61 (0) 8 8480 7574 / kaye.noske@baesystems.com

  • 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).

    At the time of accreditation, Marand was Australia’s 1st company and 1 of only 8 companies globally to receive the accreditation.

    “Marand’s achievement in receiving Nadcap M&I accreditation gives our customers’ confidence in Marand’s ability to measure and inspect its aerospace products. The fact that we achieved the accreditation is testament to the processes, people and capabilities we already had in place to serve our customers.” Rohan Stocker, Marand CEO.

    Measurement and inspection techniques are used throughout the aerospace and defense industry to verify dimensions ensuring production meets client quality requirements.

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    Marand Nadcap Measurement & Inspection certificate for CMM and Laser Tracker measurement and inspection.

     

    About Nadcap

    Nadcap is the leading worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost-effective consensus approach to special processes and products and provide continual improvement within the aerospace and automotive industries.

    About Marand

    Marand designs and manufactures complex and innovative equipment and products to the aerospace, defence, automotive, rail and renewable energy industries. Our customer base includes companies such as Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Boeing, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

    Our expertise in applying innovative manufacturing and production techniques, with precision where needed, delivers substantial financial benefits to our customers. This has resulted in Marand being the largest Australian supplier on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme. In addition to the F-35 Vertical Tails program, Marand is the global sole source of the F-35 engine removal and installation trailer.

    Media Contacts

    Alex Lyon on +61 417 384 223 or alexl@marand.com.au

  • Marand continues global F-35 success in training domain

    Following on from their very successful work in manufacturing vertical tails, an extensive range of aerostructures tooling and the F-35 engine installation and removal trailer, Marand has recently competed for and won a contract from Lockheed Martin for the detail design and manufacture of new F-35 Lightning II training technology. Marand will design the fuselage assembly for an engine and lift fan removal and installation trainer (ELFRIT) for the F-35 program.

    The initial ELFRIT will be delivered to the U.S. and will be used to train maintenance crews in the precision tasks of removing and installing engines and lift fans. Marand hopes that further examples of ELFRIT might be required at a number of the major F-35 sustainment bases worldwide.

    The contract for the initial ELFRIT represents around 45 person-years of additional Australian input to the F-35 program. Marand envisages that over 95% of the labour input will be carried out by Australian companies and a large proportion of the material content will also be locally sourced.

    Marand’s proven capability to develop and test innovative multi-purpose mechanical systems will be used for this contract.

    Marand’s General Manager of Aerospace and Defence, Mr Steve Mellor said, “This is another great opportunity for the Marand team to provide more innovative solutions into the F-35 programme. We are very excited to have the opportunity.”

    Marand expects to complete the design phase mid-2017 and to deliver the first unit late 2018.

    Contact

    Alex Lyon – Business Development Manager
    E: alex_lyon@marand.com.au
    M: +61 417 384 223