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Tricomposite – The transformatiom journey of the Tricomposite manufacturing plant continues

Frank Cristiano, General Manager, Tricomposite Australia and
Hugh O’Donnell, Director,  High Performance Consortium


This brave and compelling story of business transformation was presented at the 2017 conference, when Frank and Hugh described how the Tricomposite team transformed the business to be more reliable, innovative and customer focused in response to intense overseas competition. Central to this change was collaborating with peers in other industries, changing mindsets and accessing resources and ideas to improve productivity, quality and delivery performance with minimal capital investment.

We’ve brought back this popular team to hear more on the company’s transformation journey, one year one. Frank will outline recent achievements, including the journey of changing the culture to one of empowerment, ownership and accountability enabling him as GM to work more on the business.


Hugh O’Donnell is an accomplished business leader with an impressive track record as both an Executive, Facilitator and Management Consultant. Prior to consulting he held senior leadership roles in Europe, USA and Australia with AMCOR, UpRight, Searle and Yves Rocher.  With full P&L responsibility he led business transformations across multiple sites delivering sustainable top and bottom line growth.

Hugh works with both corporate and medium size businesses in manufacturing, construction and services. He supports teams to develop and implement their strategic plans using a practical customised approach, blending facilitation, coaching and action learning to maximise ownership, build internal capability to transform the business. He has worked with clients such as AMCOR, BP, AME Systems, Volgren, PPG Industries, AMCOL Inc., Gekko Systems and Life Saving Victoria.  Hugh is a founding director and lead-facilitator of the High Performance Consortium (HPC), a community of non-competing businesses collaborating to accelerate the transformation of their people and businesses to be globally competitive.

He is a past board member of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence, Innovation Insights (i2e) and is an advisory board member. He has facilitated Leadership Development Programs at Melbourne Mount Eliza Business School and is an international speaker on business improvement and strategy deployment presenting at conferences in Australia and North America.

Frank Cristiano joined Tricomposite as manager in 2013, taking on the general manager role a year later. Coming from a background in hydraulic engineering and OEM manufacturing in Australia and Asia for the automotive sector, he brought to Tricomposite expertise in advanced manufacturing processes for mass production. Since joining Tricomposite, Frank has increased monthly component output by 73 per cent to its current rate of 1700 parts per month for primary customer, RV manufacturer Jayco and is expanding the customer base. Frank is a board member of Composites Australia.