According to Tom Burbage, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin, the Joint Strike Fighter Program have reinforced Lockheed Martin’s commitment to Australian aerospace supplier Marand Precision Engineering during Asia’s prestigious aerospace event, the Australian 2009 International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition.
At a special presentation, Burbage formally acknowledged the exceptional work and capabilities of Marand Precision Engineering by presenting Rohan Stocker, their General Manager, with the Lockheed Martin Award for Supplier Excellence. It was Marand Precision Engineering’s determination to complete and exceed Lockheed Martin’s schedules that impressed Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin had given Marand Precision Engineering nine months to provide 123 tools for the programme, and then asked Marand Precision Engineering to shave a total of four months off this schedule. Efforts by Marand Precision Engineering to re-schedule work enabled them to supply the tools in five months.
To date Marand Precision Engineering have shipped 320 tools to Lockheed Martin as well as the JSF Engine Installation and Removal Trailers. Lockheed Martin’s award was presented ‘In appreciation of the F-35 Program Control Surface and Edge Tooling Initiative’ and ‘Support of the Lockheed Martin Palmdale SiteApplications’ said the inscription on the plaque.
Lockheed Martin chose the Airshow as a fitting platform to formally recognise Marand Precision Engineering as a supplier for the JSF programme in front of the industry’s most influential companies and government representatives.
Marand Precision Engineering had won their first Lockheed Martin F-35 order in 2003 with assistance from these departments. Consistently providing quality and timely products has enabled Marand Precision Engineering to forge bonds with Lockheed Martin, proof of which was the award presented.