Automated Solutions

Automated Solutions

Innovative bespoke automation solutions

Marand’s turn-key automation service offering has a long history of designing, manufacturing and implementing comprehensive turn-key solutions across a broad range of industries including aerospace, rail and automotive.

Marand offer services from the consulting and feasibility phase for business case approvals all the way through to testing and delivery stage of projects.

Marand has designed and implemented Australia’s largest automation solutions as a trusted partner to Boeing, Ford, Holden, Toyota and more recently Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. Marand design and manufacture all equipment from our headquarters in Victoria, Australia. In addition to design and build capability, Marand’s mature and audited global supply chain has been grown throughout the last 40 years to provide product solutions that are fit for purpose and stand the test of time.

Marand have extensive experience in the automation of welding, handling and assembly operations on small and large scale projects. Proven experience and in-house capability in robotics, conveyors, manipulators, automated guided vehicles (AGV) ensure the right solution is used for the right application. Coupled with Marand’s expertise in jig and fixture design and experience in exotic materials provide a low risk choice for customers.

Successful automation solutions and products are the outcome of understanding the needs of our customers, decades of experience in design, development and in-depth understanding of the manufacturing business.

Automation solutions that improve quality, competitive advantage and OH&S in the fields of:

  • Welding
  • Drilling and cutting
  • Machining
  • Assembly and disassembly
  • Transfer and materials handling
  • Measurement
  • Composite production

Recent projects of magnitude have included a standalone project where Marand have been engaged to provide in excess of 41,000 engineering hours on the project's first phase of feasibility and concept engineering delivery for the customer business case approval gateway. No other Australian automation company is equipped to perform a task of this magnitude in-house.

Marand has Australia’s largest internal automation capabilities including:

Consulting, feasibility, engineering and design:

  • Project management
  • Specification definition and writing
  • Process and product engineering including simulation
  • Layout specification and design (Robotics, transfer systems, conveyors, automated guided vehicles - AGV)
  • Electrical engineering, design and programming
  • Mechanical engineering, design and detailing

Manufacture, assemble, test and trial:

  • Fabrication (Up to 70 Tonnes , < 5,000sqm)
  • Machining (3,4 7 5 Axis up to 12m length)
  • Mechanical Assembly (< 10,000m2 Assembly space)
  • Nata metrology QA laboratory (1,000sqm, Laser trackers, Large CMM)
  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic assembly (< 10,000sqm Assembly space)
  • Electrical control assembly and wiring (< 1,000sqm Electrical build)
  • Factory acceptance testing (< 10,000sqm)

Installation, commission and test:

  • Complete installation service
  • Portable dedicated site workshops
  • Laser trackers

Through life support and servicing:

  • Dedicated and professional service team
  • Scheduled servicing
  • Long term service agreements
  • Dedicated service vehicles

Thorough understanding of manufacturing processes and in-house multi disciplined engineering and manufacturing teams enable us to deliver complete systems from concept to through life support.

Marand’s history in developing automation solutions pre dates today’s electrical control technology where we first started designing and building mechanically automated machines for the Automotive industry over 40 years ago. Marand has driven the technology solutions forward remaining fresh with all automation technologies available today.

Marand’s customer base is predominately Blue chip organisations with many relationships exceeding 30 years.

Marand’s Automation customers include:

  • BHP Billiton
  • Rio Tinto
  • Boeing
  • Ford
  • Holden
  • Toyota
  • Futuris
  • Auto Alliance Thailand
  • China National Heavy Truck
  • Lockheed Martin
  • BAE Systems
  • Thales
  • Vawdery
  • Matrix Composites
  • AIRBUS Group

Marand Automation related awards and recognition include:

  • 2014 - Manufacturers' monthly Endeavour Award - Manufacture 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 UK- MAI procurement award best relationships award
  • 2013 - BAE System- 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 - 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 - Ford Australia Tony Simpson Relationship Award at Annual Supplier Awards
  • 2007 - BAE Systems UK Global certificate of approval for military programmes
  • 2007 - Governor of Victoria Export Award
  • 2006 - Victorian Government inducted Marand into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame
  • 2004 - Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame Certificate of Manufacturing Excellence
  • 2004 - Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame Certificate of Manufacturing Excellence
  • 2001 - Ford Gold Supplier Excellence Awards
  • 1999 - Victorian Government’s inaugural Design-Tech Engineering Excellence Award
  • 1999 - Automate Best New Product Award

Latest News

  • BAE Systems and Marand announce teaming agreement on Land 400

    2 February 2017

    BAE Systems Australia and leading Australian defence SME Marand today announced a teaming agreement for LAND 400, building on the companies’ long-term partnership on major projects.

    Marand will contribute leading cross-sector expertise gained from the automotive, aerospace, rail and defence sectors to the program, providing a range of production engineering solutions. The company has proven experience in welding ballistic steel, advanced machining and complex assembly performed on a daily basis for defence exports, and has been designing, building and launching vehicular production lines for over 30 years.

    BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive, Glynn Phillips, said:

    “I am delighted that Marand has chosen to work with BAE Systems Australia on Land 400. Today’s announcement demonstrates how Australian industry is getting behind our solution for the Australian Army.”

    Marand Chief Executive Officer, Rohan Stocker, said:

    “BAE Systems is a great partner. The Company delivers on its industrial commitments, transferring technology that has allowed Marand to create high skilled jobs and defence exports. We have already proven that we can deliver complex defence production technology transfers in Australia with 100 percent quality and delivery performance.”

    BAE Systems worked with Marand on its transition from the automotive and aerospace to defence industry through collaboration on the global F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program more than 10 years ago. BAE Systems provides titanium parts to Marand which are used in the manufacture of F-35 vertical tail fins in Australia and are in turn exported to the USA under contract from BAE Systems in the UK.


    In July last year, BAE Systems and Land 400 bid partner Patria were confirmed as one of two tenders selected to take part in the 51 week Risk Mitigation Activity for the Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 2 combat reconnaissance vehicle program.

    BAE Systems and Patria are offering the combat-proven AMV35 for Land 400 Phase 2. The team is committed to manufacturing the AMV35 locally with an industry solution that will grow local manufacturing knowledge, create jobs and bring further economic benefits to the Australian SME supply chain.

    About Marand

    Marand designs and manufactures complex and innovative equipment and products to the aerospace, defence, automotive, rail and renewable energy industries. Our customer base includes companies such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, 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 program, Marand is the global sole source of the F-35 engine removal and installation trailer.

    More info:

    Media Contacts

    Marand: Alex Lyon on +61 417 384 223 /

    BAE Systems: Kaye Noske +61 (0) 8 8480 7574 /

  • First in Australia, Marand now accredited for NADCAP Measurement & Inspection

    Marand is now accredited for CMM and Laser Tracker measurement and inspection by The National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap).

    At the time of accreditation, Marand was Australia’s 1st company and 1 of only 8 companies globally to receive the accreditation.

    “Marand’s achievement in receiving Nadcap M&I accreditation gives our customers’ confidence in Marand’s ability to measure and inspect its aerospace products. The fact that we achieved the accreditation is testament to the processes, people and capabilities we already had in place to serve our customers.” Rohan Stocker, Marand CEO.

    Measurement and inspection techniques are used throughout the aerospace and defense industry to verify dimensions ensuring production meets client quality requirements.


    Marand Nadcap Measurement & Inspection certificate for CMM and Laser Tracker measurement and inspection.


    About Nadcap

    Nadcap is the leading worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost-effective consensus approach to special processes and products and provide continual improvement within the aerospace and automotive industries.

    About Marand

    Marand designs and manufactures complex and innovative equipment and products 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 program, Marand is the global sole source of the F-35 engine removal and installation trailer.

    Media Contacts

    Alex Lyon on +61 417 384 223 or

  • Marand continues global F-35 success in training domain

    Following on from their very successful work in manufacturing vertical tails, an extensive range of aerostructures tooling and the F-35 engine installation and removal trailer, Marand has recently competed for and won a contract from Lockheed Martin for the detail design and manufacture of new F-35 Lightning II training technology. Marand will design the fuselage assembly for an engine and lift fan removal and installation trainer (ELFRIT) for the F-35 program.

    The initial ELFRIT will be delivered to the U.S. and will be used to train maintenance crews in the precision tasks of removing and installing engines and lift fans. Marand hopes that further examples of ELFRIT might be required at a number of the major F-35 sustainment bases worldwide.

    The contract for the initial ELFRIT represents around 45 person-years of additional Australian input to the F-35 program. Marand envisages that over 95% of the labour input will be carried out by Australian companies and a large proportion of the material content will also be locally sourced.

    Marand’s proven capability to develop and test innovative multi-purpose mechanical systems will be used for this contract.

    Marand’s General Manager of Aerospace and Defence, Mr Steve Mellor said, “This is another great opportunity for the Marand team to provide more innovative solutions into the F-35 programme. We are very excited to have the opportunity.”

    Marand expects to complete the design phase mid-2017 and to deliver the first unit late 2018.


    Alex Lyon – Business Development Manager
    M: +61 417 384 223