Aerospace Tooling

Aerospace Tooling

Innovative tooling and automation outcomes for aerospace

For over 30 years, Marand has been a trusted supplier of high-quality, innovative tooling for commercial and defence industries around the world. As Australia’s leading aerospace tooling supplier we have designed, manufactured and exported over 1,800 tools globally, all upholding an AS9100 quality standard.

Our expertise in design, fabrication, machining and installation of high tolerance, complex tools is underpinned by a detailed understanding of end-to-end processes. This enables us to deliver innovative, cost saving solutions for our clients.

Marand’s involvement with the high level JSF/F-35 defence program is a testament to our capability. Under contract to Lockheed Martin, we have designed layup and trim tooling for the conventional seals and edges on three variations of the F-35 program and delivered them directly to suppliers in the US, Canada, Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.

Marand also prides itself on its innovative single tools, custom designed and flexible to hold multiple parts of various shapes, lengths and widths. Our universal holding fixtures have the ability to locate Aerospace skins to an accuracy equal to more traditional tooling solutions and with a flexibility never before seen in conventional tooling scenarios.

Marand designs and manufactures superior quality tooling specifically for the aerospace industry, including:

  • Aerostructure sub and final assembly jigs
  • Component and final assembly check fixtures
  • Lay-up mandrels for composite parts
  • NC machining, routing and drill fixtures including robotic automation solutions
  • Resin transfer moulding  tooling.
  • Co-cure bond tooling for composite parts
  • Automated facilities
  • Universal holding fixtures for trimming and drilling

Our expert tooling division comprises:

  • Design, engineering and project team >100 people, utilising leading CAD, CAM, FEA software
  • > 3,000sqm (32,000sq.ft.) fabrication facility
  • > 60 CNC machining centres (climate controlled 5 axis and up to 12m length capacity)
  • > 6,000sqm (64,000sq.ft.) assembly area
  • Largest  Australian CMM capability 
  • Advanced laser tracker measurement systems
  • International material supply chain
  • International shipping and logistics

Marand’s aerospace client base spans national and international, commercial and defence customers. Over the last 30 years, we have designed, manufactured and exported more than 1,800 tools to meet the diverse needs of these clients, delivering solutions that have resulted in long-standing relationships.

Our aerospace customers include:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Boeing Defence
  • Boeing Commercial
  • BAE Systems
  • Airbus Group
  • Terma
  • Kongsberg
  • Quickstep
  • Marand Aerostructures
  • ITT Exelis
  • Eurocopter / Australian Aerospace
  • CEA Technologies

In addition, Marand tooling is also used by:

  • Magellan
  • Fokker
  • RUAG
  • CRTM
  • GKN UK

Marand’s tools have been exported to the following countries:

  • USA
  • UK
  • Denmark
  • Canada
  • Norway
  • Netherlands
  • China
  • Malaysia

Over the last decade, Marand has received international recognition for its high-quality aerospace tooling solutions.

This includes the following awards:

  • 2014 Manufacturers' Monthly Endeavour Award - Manufacturer of the Year 
  • 2014 Manufacturers' Monthly Endeavour Awards - Global Integration Award
  • 2014 Melbourne's South East Large Enterprise Award
  • 2014 BAE Systems/Marand - CIPS International Procurement Project of the Year award
  • 2014 BAE Systems UK - MAI Procurement Awards - Best Relationships Award
  • 2013 BAE Systems - Bronze Chairman’s Award
  • 2012 - Victorian Manufacturing Awards - Manufacturer of the Year (Large Business Category)
  • 2011 - (Finalists) Victorian Manufacturing Awards 
    Manufacturers' Monthly - Manufacturer of the Year
    Manufacturers' Monthly - Exporter of the Year 
    Manufacturers' Monthly - 50th Anniversary Most Innovative Manufacturing Company 1961 - 2011
    Manufacturing Hall of Fame - Young Manufacturer of the Year
  • 2011 Lockheed Martin 100% Quality and Delivery Performance Award
  • 2010 Lockheed Martin Quality Excellence Award
  • 2009 - Achieved AS9100 accreditation for aerospace activities.
  • 2009 BAE Systems "Source Acceptance" accreditation
  • 2009 Lockheed Martin Supplier Excellence Award
  • 2008 Manufacturers' Monthly Manufacturer of the Year
  • 2008 Manufacturers' Monthly Exporter of the Year
  • 2008 Manufacturers' Monthly Global Integration Award
  • 2007 BAE Systems UK Global Certificate of Approval for Military Programmes
  • 2006 Victorian Government inducted Marand into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame
  • 2004 Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame Certificate of Manufacturing Excellence

Latest News

  • 2018 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Inductions

    On May 28 2018, the Victorian Government held their Annual Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards at Crown Palladium.

  • Rolls-Royce selects Marand as Australian Industry Partner for SEA 5000

    Following a thorough evaluation and selection process, Rolls-Royce has chosen Australian engineering company Marand as their preferred industry partner for the MT30 gas turbine enclosure manufacture and integration, should the BAE Systems Global Combat Ship – Australia (GCS-A) be selected for the SEA 5000 Future Frigate programme.

  • Land 400 opportunity provides future Ford Geelong site potential

    9 November 2017

    Today Marand announced a plan to breathe new life into the historic Ford Geelong facility. Marand is currently negotiating with Ford about the future use of the Geelong facility to open up further advanced manufacturing jobs for Geelong. Marand Executive Chairman Mr David Ellul said “As teaming partners for Land 400, we would love to produce the BAE Systems AMV35 Hulls and Turrets here in Marand’s Geelong facility. Marand and Ford Australia have worked together for over 40 years; I’m currently in discussions with Ford to ensure we can make this a long term reality in the next chapter for the Geelong community.”