Aerostructures

Aerostructures

Australia’s largest privately-owned aerostructures manufacturer

Marand Aerostructures has recently become a first tier supplier to the global aviation industry and boasts Australia’s only climate controlled aerostructures assembly facility. Leveraging decades of experience with the aerospace industry, at the start of 2014 Marand commenced manufacturing Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F-35A vertical tails under agreement with both BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin.

The F-35 specifications demand the application of unique manufacturing processes to achieve levels of accuracy unlike any other aircraft production in the world today.  Marand developed a state-of-the-art, climate controlled assembly facility at its Moorabbin site which delivers these unique processes in the most cost effective manner. This has been achieved by leveraging Marand’s extensive experience in the design and manufacture of precision machine tools and aerospace assembly tooling.

For over 30 years, Marand has designed and manufactured a range of facilities, assembly tools and components for aerospace companies, such as major automated assembly systems for Boeing’s 787 program. Close customer relationships have allowed Marand to develop an excellent understanding of aerostructure assembly processes.

Since 2003, Marand has also provided engineered solutions to the JSF project. Our knowledge, experience and performance with tooling and ground support equipment in both the commercial and defence industries is what inspired the confidence of Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems. As a result, following a highly-successful capability transfer process, Marand’s assembly line is now a second source to the BAE Systems line in the UK and will manufacture and deliver over 700 F-35A vertical tails over the next 20 years.

The establishment of Marand’s aerostructures capability also demanded the development and management of a complex supply chain stretching across Europe, the UK, USA and Australia.  With value chains for rare specifications of titanium and high temperature carbon fibre materials that can stretch over 18 months, Marand has developed supply chain management skills of the highest order.

All this is executed within a secure ITAR/EAR controlled environment that gives our customers and their respective Governments absolute assurance that their security interests are being protected to the highest order.

Marand’s aerospace customers span both commercial and defence industries, with the provision of tooling, ground support equipment and assembly automation, and most recently aerostructures assembly for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

Our aerospace customers include:

  • BAE Systems
  • Lockheed Martin

In addition, we also supply aerospace solutions to:

  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Boeing Defence, Space & Security
  • Magellan
  • Avcorp
  • Fokker
  • Airbus Group
  • Terma
  • Kongsberg
  • ITT Exllis
  • Qantas

Marand’s Aerostructures division has developed and excelled quickly, gaining international recognition including:

  • 2014 - BAE Systems/ Marand- Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), International Procurement Project of the Year
  • 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 - MAI Procurement Awards - Best Relationships Award
  • 2013 BAE Systems - Bronze Chairman’s Award
  • 2012 - Victorian Manufacturing Awards - Manufacturer of the Year
  • 2011 Lockheed Martin 100% Quality and Delivery Performance Award
  • 2010 Lockheed Martin Quality Excellence Award

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