Quickstep announced the acquisition of a minority stake in Carbonix, an industry leader in drone design and manufacturing who provide Data/Drone as a Service (DaaS) capabilities to a range of industries. A manufacturing agreement between Carbonix and the company is also under negotiation to support planned manufacturing volume growth.
Additionally, Quickstep has appointed Steve Osborne to the role of Business Leader – Quickstep Advanced Air Mobility (QAAM), this will be in addition to his existing role as General Manager Group Business Development. Osborne will lead the growth of Quickstep’s newest business vertical, which focuses on leveraging the company’s manufacturing, aerospace MRO services and R&D capabilities to enter the rapidly growing Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector. The AAM sector, which includes drones and other eVTOL aircraft, is recognised as the 3rd revolution in aerospace. The Global AAM market is valued at A$226 billion from 2020 to 20291, in addition to the segment targeted by companies like Carbonix, the cargo drone manufacturing and operating market alone is predicted to reach US$58 billion by 2035.
Quickstep Chief Executive Officer Mark Burgess said, “We believe the Commonwealth Government’s National Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy will support national AAM sector growth. Establishing a dedicated vertical ensures we are laser focused on taking advantage of the environment this creates. Quickstep’s global reputation as an aerospace manufacturer and the creation of our Aerospace Services business provides us the foundation to build, operate and maintain drone systems.”
Osborne said, “Our Waurn Ponds site will be home to QAAM and become our drone manufacturing Centre of Excellence, leveraging our R&D capabilities and university relationships to provide drone companies with manufacturing solutions to aerospace quality at automotive pricing.”