Quickstep becomes the first strategic manufacturing partner of DRONAMICS
The partnership will accelerate the scale up of the Dronamics fleet to meet growing demand for capacity on their routes
The turnkey solution with Australia’s largest independent aerospace composites business will see the first units land in 2023
LONDON – July 2022 – DRONAMICS, the leading middle-mile cargo drone developer and operator, announced its first strategic manufacturing partnership at the Farnborough International Airshow today. DRONAMICS will be working with Quickstep Holdings Limited, a tier one manufacturer and the largest independent aerospace composites business in Australia, trusted by the world’s leading aerospace companies.
The turnkey solution partnership will help accelerate the production of the DRONAMICS cargo drones. With the first units landing in 2023, the long-term plan targets the ramp-up of production of hundreds of Black Swan cargo drones annually in the next four years.
The agreement comes at a key time as DRONAMICS recently became the first cargo drone company to obtain a European drone airline license, and is gearing up to launch commercial operations in Europe before the end of this year before entering Australia from 2023.
The manufacturing will take place in Quickstep’s Australian facilities, globally recognised for their innovative engineering and premium manufacturing capabilities and trusted by the world’s most advanced aerospace players.
Konstantin Rangelov, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of DRONAMICS, says:“The first strategic manufacturing partnership is a key milestone in our mission to enable same day delivery for everyone, everywhere. As an innovator who is challenging the status quo in cargo mobility, we are thrilled to have the support of an experienced partner like Quickstep to help us realize the full potential of our solution.”
Mark Burgess, Quickstep Chief Executive Officer, said “Quickstep shares Dronamics passion for innovation and this is an exciting partnership. We are delighted to be taking their Black Swan aircraft from prototype to production. The Dronamics solution could well revolutionize the middle-mile cargo delivery sector and this partnership gives Quickstep the opportunity to provide our engineering and manufacturing expertise into delivering a large sophisticated cargo drone. This is also a great opportunity to advance the Australian aerospace sector, something we are very passionate about.”
In the photo: Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of DRONAMICS and Steve Osborne, GM Sales and Marketing Quickstep
About DRONAMICS: DRONAMICS is the leading developer and operator of large, long-range drones built specifically for cargo. Its flagship Black Swan is able to carry 350kg at a distance of up to 2,500 km / 1,550 miles, enabling same-day shipping over very long distances for a variety of industries, from pharma to food, from e-commerce to spare parts. Designed with fuel efficiency in mind, the Black Swan can operate on up to 90% lower emissions than alternative modes of transport, including air freight.
The company’s fast-growing team includes some of the world’s top aerospace and logistics experts and is Europe’s first licensed drone cargo airline. Dronamics is the winner of numerous awards for innovation and is IATA’s first Strategic Partner for drones worldwide.
About Quickstep Holdings: Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX: QHL) is the largest independent aerospace composite business in Australia, with facilities in Sydney, Geelong, Melbourne and Dallas. The group employs more than 280 people in Australia and internationally. More information about Quickstep is available at www.quickstep.com.au