Diverse, accurate tooling solutions for all applications

Marand is Australia’s leading aerospace and automotive tooling supplier with a wide ranging experience and proven ability to meet precise quality requirements, in service of our automotive customers such as Ford, Holden, Toyota and China National Heavy Truck we design and manufacture all types of machining and assembly fixtures and tooling.

Marand service our aerospace customers such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems with machining fixtures, assembly fixtures and lay-up mandrels for composite component manufacture, gauging and assembly operations.

Our CAD/CAM facility utilising the latest design, FEA & manufacturing software linked to our CNC machinery, allows Marand to provide a wide range of specialist services on a full range of complex jigs and fixtures. A quality system accredited to AS9100 aerospace quality standard underpins the success of our business and this is complemented by our NATA certified in-house laboratory.


  • Automotive bodyshop and aerostructures sub and final assembly jigs
  • Component and final assembly check fixtures
  • Lay-up mandrels for composite parts
  • Machining, routing and drill fixtures including robotic automation solutions
  • Resin transfer moulding (RTM) tooling and facilities
  • Co-cure bond tooling for composite parts
  • UHF - Universal holding fixtures for trimming and drilling

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  • A tail of two cities

    Top award for F-35 joint UK / Australian team

    A BAE Systems' team has been named as the International Procurement Team of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) at their annual Supply Chain Management Awards.

    Working together

    The award was handed out for the team’s role in helping Melbourne-based company Marand, become the only other company in the world alongside BAE Systems to build vertical tails for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

    The awards were selected by a judging panel headed by senior procurement directors from blue-chip organisations including ITV, Network Rail and Sainsbury’s.

    BAE Systems deliver the aft fuselage, horizontal and vertical tails, for the F-35 as part of a consortium led by prime contractor, US-based Lockheed Martin.

    Delivering savings

    Gary Burns, Head of Procurement and Supply Chain for the F-35 programme - BAE Systems, said the work undertaken by the award-winning BAE Systems and Marand team had helped deliver £8.3m savings, hit targets for future cost targets and created a benchmark for future industrial participation.

    He said: “The team fought off fierce competition and were recognised by an independent panel of procurement leaders from across various industrial sectors under the sponsorship of the CIPS institute, who lead the direction of the procurement and supply chain profession.

    “The award is testament to the hard work, performance and innovation of the team in collaborating with Marand to transform themselves into a first class F-35 assembly business.”

    Transferring capability

    The work with Marand saw BAE Systems, in just two years, effectively transfer our vertical tails manufacturing capability half way across the globe from our site near Preston, United Kingdom to Melborne, Australia, where Marand will now provide us with over 700 vertical tail sets for the F-35 over the next 20 plus years.”

    Steve Mellor who heads up the F35 vertical tail team at Marand and who was at the CIPS ceremony said, “It has been a great journey working with BAE Systems to develop this leading edge aerostructures assembly capability at Marand. Achieving this in such a short time is testament to the great relationships that we have developed and how open both parties were to innovative approaches. It has been tremendous to see this effort recognised by this prestegous award.”

    Media Enquiries: Alex Lyon on phone: +61 3 8552 0600 or via email

    More Information on the BAE Systems website: Newsroom

  • Marand Delivers First Australian Made Vertical Tails For F-35 Lightning II

    MELBOURNE, Australia, Mar. 31, 2014 – A ceremony was held today at Australian company, Marand, commemorating the delivery of the first ship of Australian made F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter vertical tails.

    The Honourable Dr. Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria, and The Honourable Michael Ronaldson, Senator for Victoria representing the Defence Minister, were among the distinguished guests in attendance.

    This delivery of the first major air frame components marks an important production milestone for Marand, BAE Systems and Australia, demonstrating the significant industrial benefits the F-35 program brings to the growing Australian aerospace industry. The work on the F-35 vertical tails is subcontracted to Marand by BAE Systems and is one of the largest planned manufacturing projects for the F-35 in Australia, with 722 ship sets anticipated.

    “We take our commitment to international participation very seriously, and today is a very proud day for us, for Marand, and for Australia’s F-35 programme. In just two years, we have worked side by side with Marand to develop a world class aerostructure facility with a first-rate, repeatable capability for the next 20 to 30 years,” said Cliff Robson, senior vice president F-35 for BAE Systems.

    David Ellul, managing director of Marand, commented, “This is a major step for Marand to move into the field of aerostructures manufacturing. I am very proud of our team for achieving so much in such a short time with tremendous support from BAE Systems. The unique capability we have established will serve the Australian Defence industry and create high technology Australian jobs for many years to come.”

    The F-35 Lightning II aircraft will provide the Royal Australian Air Force with a transformational 5th generation fighter capability and provides significant benefits to the Australian aerospace industry, with more than $350 million (USD) already contracted and $6 billion (USD) in expected manufacturing orders over the life of the programme.

    “The F-35 is not only transforming the battlefield but also the global aerospace industry. This programme is built on a foundation of unprecedented partnerships that tie our countries together and link our companies with one another. There’s really no better example of the true global nature of this programme than right here at Marand,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

    Background Information

    About the F-35 Lightning II

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is the world’s most advanced military aircraft and for over a decade, the U.S. and our allies have invested in developing this fifth-generation, international, multirole fighter aircraft that will serve as a cornerstone of global security in the 21st century.

    About Marand

    Marand designs and manufactures complex and innovative equipment and know how to the aerospace, defence, automotive, rail and renewable energy industries. Our customer base includes companies such as Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Boeing, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

    Our expertise in applying innovative manufacturing and production techniques, with precision where needed, delivers substantial financial benefits to our customers. This has resulted in Marand being the largest Australian supplier on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme. In addition to the F-35 Vertical Tails programme, Marand is the global sole source of the F-35 engine removal and installation trailer.

    About BAE Systems

    At BAE Systems, we serve the needs of our customers by delivering a wide range of advanced defence, aerospace and security solutions that provide a performance edge. We work together with local partners to develop, engineer, manufacture and support the innovations that increase defence sovereignty, sustain economies and safeguard commercial interests. With some 84,600 employees in six continents, we are committed to creating solutions that protect and strengthen nations, commerce, communities and people.

    About Lockheed Martin

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.


    Media Enquiries: Alex Lyon on phone: +61 3 8552 0600 or via email 

    More Information on the Lockheed Martin website:

  • Melbourne for Aviation and Aerospace

    Why Melbourne, Victoria for Aviation and Aerospace? Melbourne, Victoria is recognised as a centre of excellence for aviation and aerospace. Aviation and aerospace is a very important part of the economy here in Victoria and indeed, in Australia. Australia is really leading the world in terms of the privatisation and development of its airport industry and now we have an opportunity to take that expertise into Asia, where they're building airports at a rapid rate and are really looking to Australia and Victoria for the expertise and leadership that we have.

    Melbourne Airport is very thankful it's located in the state of Victoria due to its very stable economy; due to its highly-skilled workforce. More aircraft landing and taking off, more freight, more needs for maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities within Victoria to support that growth. So the aviation sector should have confidence in Victoria.

    Avalon Airport is located between Melbourne and Geelong, Victoria's second largest city. In 2012 the Victorian government committed to make Avalon a second international airport for Melbourne. The growth of international traffic into Victoria is very significant. Avalon Airport has got a huge capacity to embrace this growth.

    The Victorian government has been extremely supportive of Avalon Airport and their growth. Down at Avalon we've got the International Airshow every two years, which is one of the best international airshows in the world.

    Manufacturing has always been very important to Australia and very important to Victoria, which is arguably Australia's manufacturing hub.

    GippsAero is a member of Mahindra Aerospace. It's based in Gippsland. It designs new aircraft from a clean sheet and takes them through prototyping and into manufacture and then into the international marketplace.

    GippsAero is unique because it is Australia's only aircraft manufacturer. We currently sell into 38 different countries and what that gives us is a great exposure for Australian IP. The business has a backbone of R&D. It is developing new aircraft. Those new aircraft are targeted towards the export market.

    We have companies such as Rosebank and Marand taking significant and important parts of global supply chains. The Joint Strike Fighter project is one of the most important projects for Australian industry and Marand is taking the lead here in Victoria and indeed expanding its operations as it designs and builds the engine trailer.

    Victoria is blessed to be the home of several leading universities and training colleges. These universities are producing world-class graduates. For example, RMIT University graduates are working on the Comac C919 project in China.

    We're working hand in hand with these organisations in order that the course is designed specific to the aerospace business and that the course content delivers someone who's got the competencies we're looking for to grow the business. So Victoria is a great place to be. You've got an opportunity to work with organisations in your supply chain that are not going to let you down and as we diversify the business and grow the overall number of aircraft produced we can look to Victorian companies to provide that skills and services to the business.