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National Manufacturing Precinct

Composites Australia has committed to the National Manufacturing Precinct, an initiative formed through the federal government’s plan for industry, Building On Australia’s Strengths. The program is in response to a report by the Prime Ministers’ Manufacturing Taskforce, which included non-government members and made over 40 recommendations. “We need to increase the level of industry-led research…

CST Composites

CST Composites – ‘Innovate to grow: The CST story’ Tuesday 4th June CST Composites has transformed itself from a small specialist company providing “yachties” with masts and spars to one of the world’s leading innovators in filament winding and associated technologies. In a short time, CST has maintained a continuous focus on innovating its manufacturing processes,…

NASA launch tanks: Vickers visits Composites Conference Melbourne 4th March, 2013

Under the leadership of Mr John Vickers, an engineering team at the Materials and Processes Laboratory, NASA, has devised an enormous ten metre wide moulded cryotank from ultra light weight, strong and non-corrosive ‘composite’ materials as a revolutionary new hydrogen fuel tank with the potential to be used for NASA’s heavy-lift launch vehicles. Designed to…

Global composites experts converge on Melbourne

The 2013 Composites Australia and CRC-ACS Conference and Trade Show inspired everyone attending — from local SMEs through to NASA in the USA — with the potential of the entire spectrum of composite materials to deliver innovative, manufacturable and merchantable products to customers in Australia and offshore. Held in March at Melbourne’s Crown Conference Centre…

NASA’s new composites technology

Under the leadership of Mr John Vickers, an engineering team at NASA’s Materials and Processes Laboratory, has devised an enormous 10 metre diametre moulded cryotank from ultra-light weight, strong and non-corrosive ‘composite’ materials as a revolutionary new hydrogen fuel tank with the potential to be used for NASA’s heavy-lift launch vehicles. Designed to replace the use of…

Technical Standard for FRP Composite Girders

VIEW DRAFT STANDARD The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has released a second draft of the Technical Standard for the Design of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composite Girders. Read the draft standard online.  Composite Australia members wishing to comment should email Kerryn Caulfield.    

Victoria – a fully subsidised Composites apprenticeship

To address the skills and labour shortages that have dogged the composites industry for many years, CA along with Manufacturing Skills Australia developed a trade qualification for the composites industry. Skills Victoria recently announced that the qualification was deemed a fully subsidised ($12.50 per hour) apprenticeship. Kangan Institute is poised to deliver the qualification, commencing…

Tech-clinic on U.S. Army Protective Materials for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Soldiers

Visit to Melbourne by Dr James Zheng, Chief Scientist for Project Manager – Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, Program Executive Office – United States Army. Renowned for being at the forefront in the development of combat body armour, Zheng will discuss “U.S. Army Protective Materials for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Soldiers.” His presentation will review new…

SAMPE in China

The 7th SAMPE China conference and exhibition – Improving Advanced Composite Materials Applications – will be held from 15th to 17th of October at the China World Exhibition Hall in Beijing. Papers on industrial applications for composites, low-cost technology, new materials and structure designing, automation, out-of-autoclave, mass production, tool using and sustainable development are all…

Composites milking the system in NZ

Gurit, the Isle of Wight-based composite specialist, has helped to produce what is claimed to be the world’s first composite rotary platform for the milking industry. Waikato Milking Systems in New Zealand has used a composite solution to create a platform which is claimed to have a 25% longer lifespan than a concrete rotary platform….