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Composites enable innovation, creativity

30 November 2016

The latest issue of Connection magazine showcases creative and energised companies and individuals leveraging the benefits of composite materials and the capabilities of Australian manufacturers to gain a competitive edge and realise their vision for the future. 

In the November issue, you can read how Newell Composites in Murray Bridge, SA, made the 2016 Olympic cauldron that burned for 17 days in Rio de Janiero, not in steel, but using innovative composite fire retardant technology – the same technology they used with success for water tankers for a state firefighting service.

Two WA boat builders and keen surfers are using their creative skills with composite materials on the Seabin Project to clean up our oceans.  Our story tells how their vision and innovation has attracted crowdfunding of $300,000; captured the attention of marinas around the globe and the support of international marina infrastructure manufacturer Porala Marine to make the Seabins.

Perth-based artist Jon Tarry recounts his experience creating the spiraling eight-metre high abstract form for his sculpture Elevación that won him the highly competitive commission for St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s entrance. He drew on the latest design and 3D modelling technology which translated directly into production at Melbourne-based Composite Constuctions.  “… to do that on a large scale and with organic forms is credibly exciting,” says Mr Tarry. “Composites have won me.”

Veteran manufacturer Frank Cristiano also sees a strong future with composites.  The general manager of Victorian-based Tricomposite shares the journey he and his team have taken over the past three years to ramp up output and remain competitive.  

You can read the current and past issues online here …

Or download the .pdf  here …