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Category Archives: Manufacturing

Composite Australia’s 2018 Program

Composites Australia has released the 2018 Program, a schedule of national events advancing the Australian composites sector.  The program  profiles the capabilities of Australian-made composite products and processes promotes knowledge sharing and business development opportunities for the Australian composites industry  delivers technical workshops and seminars for the uptake of composites technologies by Australian manufacturers, engineers, architects…

Birth of Australian-made carbon fibre industry

The vision for Geelong, Victoria, to be a carbon fibre manufacturing hub producing low-cost high performance material for the Australian and global markets is fast becoming a reality with three recent developments. The developments will hopefully give the Australian composites industry a distinct market advantage and open the opportunity globally for the benefits of carbon…

Penguin Composites wins defence contract

In a win for Australian manufacturing, Tasmanian company Penguin Composites has signed a contract with Thales Australia to build bonnets and various parts for the new Hawkei protected Army vehicles. The three-year contract, worth over $8 million, represents the company’s first major defence-related contract, and is expected to create around 15 jobs at its facility…

Advanced materials key to manufacturing growth

Composites Australia submissions to state and federal future manufacturing plans advocate for government investment and support to unlock the potential of our sector to grow, generate new jobs and contribute to local economic growth.  The Victorian Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council invited Composites Australia to contribute to the review of Victorian manufacturing. At a meeting with Council Chair…

Victorian truck trailer manufacturer MaxiTRANS secures $60m contract with Coles

Congratulations to Composites Australia member MaxiTRANS Industries on securing a contract for the supply of 395 truck trailers to Coles.  Valued in the order of $60 million, the contract to build the refrigerated and non-refrigerated trailers at MaxiTRANS’ Ballarat plant is said to be one of the largest of its kind in Australia and as Chief Executive Dean…

2017 training and events calendar

Composites Australia has released the association’s 2017 calendar of technology workshops and business and professional development events for 2017. The calendar can be downloaded here (.pdf) or visit Upcoming Events on this website for the most up-to-date details and registration. 

First graduates of composites engineers apprenticeship

Seven Boeing Aerostructures Australia employees are the first in Australia to successfully complete the engineering – composites trade apprenticeship. The certificate presentation ceremony at Boeing’s Port Melbourne facility in August marked an important milestone for all in attendance. The nationally accredited apprenticeship training program was initiated by Composites Australia and realised through the support of…

Industry award for innovative composite flight simulator

Congratulations to SynFlyt, the Australian company formed to develop, manufacture and commercialise an economical flight simulator for pilot training. The company has earned the Manufacturer’s Monthly 2016 Endeavour Award in the Outstanding Start-Up category. The Synflyt story demonstrates Australia’s innovation capability, marrying technology with composites to develop an innovative high-tech simulator for pilot training schools, large and small….

2017 ACI Conference

The 2017 Advanced Composites Innovation (ACI) Conference – Australasia’s premier event for the composites industry, engineers, designers and researchers – to be held at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on March 29 and 30 with a technical workshop on March 28.

Realising the potential of 3D printing with composites

In the current issue of Connection, Professors Milan Brandt and Murray L. Scott assess the potential of additive manufacturing in the design and production of composite parts directly from CAD. Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing is now the fastest growing sector of manufacturing globally. The main driver is globalisation, which is changing the nature and…