Aerospace Tooling

Aerospace Tooling

Innovative tooling and automation outcomes for aerospace

For over 30 years, Marand has been a trusted supplier of high-quality, innovative tooling for commercial and defence industries around the world. As Australia’s leading aerospace tooling supplier we have designed, manufactured and exported over 1,800 tools globally, all upholding an AS9100 quality standard.

Our expertise in design, fabrication, machining and installation of high tolerance, complex tools is underpinned by a detailed understanding of end-to-end processes. This enables us to deliver innovative, cost saving solutions for our clients.

Marand’s involvement with the high level JSF/F-35 defence program is a testament to our capability. Under contract to Lockheed Martin, we have designed layup and trim tooling for the conventional seals and edges on three variations of the F-35 program and delivered them directly to suppliers in the US, Canada, Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.

Marand also prides itself on its innovative single tools, custom designed and flexible to hold multiple parts of various shapes, lengths and widths. Our universal holding fixtures have the ability to locate Aerospace skins to an accuracy equal to more traditional tooling solutions and with a flexibility never before seen in conventional tooling scenarios.

Marand designs and manufactures superior quality tooling specifically for the aerospace industry, including:

  • Aerostructure sub and final assembly jigs
  • Component and final assembly check fixtures
  • Lay-up mandrels for composite parts
  • NC machining, routing and drill fixtures including robotic automation solutions
  • Resin transfer moulding  tooling.
  • Co-cure bond tooling for composite parts
  • Automated facilities
  • Universal holding fixtures for trimming and drilling

Our expert tooling division comprises:

  • Design, engineering and project team >100 people, utilising leading CAD, CAM, FEA software
  • > 3,000sqm (32,000sq.ft.) fabrication facility
  • > 60 CNC machining centres (climate controlled 5 axis and up to 12m length capacity)
  • > 6,000sqm (64,000sq.ft.) assembly area
  • Largest  Australian CMM capability 
  • Advanced laser tracker measurement systems
  • International material supply chain
  • International shipping and logistics

Marand’s aerospace client base spans national and international, commercial and defence customers. Over the last 30 years, we have designed, manufactured and exported more than 1,800 tools to meet the diverse needs of these clients, delivering solutions that have resulted in long-standing relationships.

Our aerospace customers include:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Boeing Defence
  • Boeing Commercial
  • BAE Systems
  • Airbus Group
  • Terma
  • Kongsberg
  • Quickstep
  • Marand Aerostructures
  • ITT Exelis
  • Eurocopter / Australian Aerospace
  • CEA Technologies

In addition, Marand tooling is also used by:

  • Magellan
  • AVCORP
  • Fokker
  • RUAG
  • CRTM
  • GKN UK

Marand’s tools have been exported to the following countries:

  • USA
  • UK
  • Denmark
  • Canada
  • Norway
  • Netherlands
  • China
  • Malaysia

Over the last decade, Marand has received international recognition for its high-quality aerospace tooling solutions.

This includes the following awards:

  • 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
  • 2014 BAE Systems/Marand - CIPS International Procurement Project of the Year award
  • 2014 BAE Systems UK - MAI Procurement Awards - Best Relationships Award
  • 2013 BAE Systems - Bronze Chairman’s Award
  • 2012 - Victorian Manufacturing Awards - Manufacturer of the Year (Large Business Category)
  • 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 - Achieved AS9100 accreditation for aerospace activities.
  • 2009 BAE Systems "Source Acceptance" accreditation
  • 2009 Lockheed Martin Supplier Excellence Award
  • 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
  • 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