Advanced composite manufacturer Quickstep has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Brisbane-based battery casing technology firm Vaulta.
Under the MoU, the two Australian companies will combine Quickstep’s manufacturing capability with Vaulta’s advanced cell casing technology to develop smarter technologies and capabilities for renewables and for the high growth market in electric-powered land and air vehicles.
Quickstep CEO Mark Burgess said the company has already commenced working on their first customer proposal with the Vaulta team.
“Consumers and the wider market are showing a stronger interest in electric vehicles and electric flight, and to cater for this we need more sophisticated systems in battery casings,” Mr Burgess noted.
“We identified this as a segment that we wanted to focus more on, as it is an important opportunity across the markets we operate in.
Vaulta founder Dominic Spooner said the company was looking to ‘create a shift’ in battery casing technology that significantly reduces cost, complexity, weight and space in all vehicle types, while greatly increasing efficiencies in safety and workforce deployment.
“The work Quickstep is doing in aerospace is all about lighter and better vehicles and we are looking forward to matching our innovative casing system with their new projects,” Mr Spooner said.
“We love designing and building the new casings that help fulfil the visions of those forging new capabilities, particularly in defence and aerospace.
“The work we are doing at Vaulta will support Quickstep with specially-created battery casings that are intended to be significantly lighter and stronger. Our casings are also designed to reduce waste and contain more reusable parts.”