Australia-based companies Quickstep Holdings and Futuris Automotive Group are joining forces with for the development and production of lightweight seat backs for the global automotive industry.
Quickstep Holdings is a Sydney-based company with links to aerospace and defence. Futuris Automotive Group is a global parts supplier active in the U.S., Mexico, China, Thailand and Australia. Futuris Mexican plants are located in Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuna, in the northern State of Coahuila.
Both companies announced a collaboration on seat backs formed from composite material –carbon fibre– that will be as much as 50 per cent lighter than conventional units currently in production, according to a press release.
Quickstep has been a parts supplier to the local automotive industry, manufacturing a carbon-fibre air intake duct for Ford Australia, as well as composite parts for the Thales Hawkei light armoured patrol vehicle used by the Australian Army.
Through its contact with Futuris, Quickstep hopes to sell its lightweight seat backs to Futuris customers as diverse as Ford, GM, Chery, SAIC, Tesla and Faraday Future.
“This composite seat project will allow Quickstep to demonstrate the production rate and quality of structural automotive parts we can produce for vehicle programs greater than 20,000 parts per year,” said Quickstep CEO, David Marino.
“This is an extension of the recent developments in our tooling, equipment and materials solutions for our ‘next-generation’ RapidQure process, offering volume manufacturing systems for the automotive industry.
Futuris is taking the lead in the project, as the partner responsible for design, specifications and testing. Quickstep has begun work, with a sample of the seat back already produced at an undisclosed manufacturing plant.