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Tag Archives: Building and Construction

The house that Rudi built

By Kerryn Caulfield and Simon Heading, Technical Sales Consultant for Lavender CE Pty Ltd. We all have a vision of our own dream home. It was not surprising that as a qualified aeronautical engineer, Rudi’s dream was a precision engineered home made from lightweight advanced materials that offered superior aesthetic, acoustic and insulating properties. Rudi…

University of Queensland: A double-skin tubular arch bridge system

According to the ‘National State of the Assets 2018 Roads & Community Infrastructure Report’ commissioned by the Australian Local Government Association, the need for investment in infrastructure today exceeds $30 billion and roughly one in five local timber bridges are in poor condition. The direct costs of replacing bridges including materials, labour and equipment are…

The Pinkenba Wharf – A step change in high technology building materials.

On the northern side of the Brisbane River, 10 kilometres from the Brisbane central business district and 10 minutes from the Brisbane airport, is a new wharf constructed from next generation composite building materials. Opened at the end of November 2018 by the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade, the Pinkenba…

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…

Boost to prefabricated housing opens opportunities for composites

Composites Australia welcomes federal government investment in the development of advanced manufacturing of prefabricated housing. “It’s pleasing that the initiative recognises composite materials and technologies as a key enabler in the future for prefabricated housing in Australia,” says Composites Australia Executive Manager Kerryn Caulfield. The funding, awarded under the recently announced Australian Research Council’s (ARC)…