Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems Award Heat Treat Contracts Down Under

Karen Stanton, owner and director of HTA Group, Photo Credit: LinkedIn

Heat Treatment Australia  (HTA), a commercial and aerospace heat treater based in Brisbane, Australia, recently secured industry agreements with two of the world’s largest global defense companies, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems’ Controls and Avionics Solutions.

Lockheed Martin granted the F-35 supplier accreditation of its newly established facility in Sante Fe Springs, California, its first outside Australia, to provide thermal processing services for U.S. heat treat customers and to process stainless steel orders from Australian companies before the raw material leaves U.S. shores.

“We hope this new US facility will provide opportunities for HTA to collaborate with other Australian companies, and that our US-based thermal processing capabilities will be an asset to Australian industry,” said Karen Stanton, owner and director of HTA Group. “HTA’s entry into the US market aligns with the Australian government’s 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement, and will subsequently boost Australian Global Supply Chain opportunities, creating more jobs and economic benefit to Australia.”

In addition, BAE Systems, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has awarded HTA a contract for the supply of pressure manifolds for commercial aircraft jet engines in the U.S. The pressure manifolds are part of the digital engine controls for the LEAP family of jet engines. The LEAP engines will power some of the biggest fleets of commercial aircraft in the world, including Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320neo.

HTA will use its recently opened state-of-the-art thermal processing facilities in Brisbane to assemble the manifolds.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, upon congratulating the company for their achievements, said, “This will increase Australian companies’ competitiveness in the U.S. and other global markets and gain access to new global supply chain opportunities.”

HTA is the only aerospace heat treater in Australia with AS9100 and Nadcap accreditations. The company has branches in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and now Los Angeles.

Sources: Defenceconnect.com.au, Australian Government Department of Defence, Australian Defence Business Review, Lockheed Martin

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