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CST targets green hydrogen supply chain

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Next stop … U.S.A.

CST Composites is going global this year with a joint venture with U.S. firm Optimum Composite Technologies.

After 26 years, the move positions CST on the path as a leading player in the global green hydrogen supply chain.

The partnership complements both companies’ manufacturing abilities, giving CST Composites access to Optimum’s technical expertise and Intellectual Property (IP) in carbon fibre pressure vessels. It also means greater access to U.S. markets for its high quality, filament-wound composite tubing by leveraging Optimum’s U.S. facilities, customer base and supply chain.Carbon fibre pressure vesselCST Composites will expand its core capabilities in designing and producing Composite Pressure Vessels (CPVs) and other applications.

The Australian Government is committed to Australia being a major hydrogen player by 2030.

CST growth plans include establishing Australia’s first hydrogen vessel manufacturing facility, which will service emerging and growing demand from the defence, space, transport and energy sectors.

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Press release: CST targets green hydrogen supply chain

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After 26 years in business, Australia’s CST Composites is positioning itself to be a leading player in the global green hydrogen supply chain through a joint venture with US-based hydrogen storage tank manufacturer Optimum Composite Technologies.

The joint venture will see CST Composites expand its core capabilities to support the growth of Optimum’s business in designing and producing Composite Pressure Vessels (CPVs), which are used to store hydrogen and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and have many other applications.

Carbon fibre pressure vessel

CST has two manufacturing facilities in Australia and the growth plans include establishing Australia’s first hydrogen vessel manufacturing facility, which will service emerging and growing demand from the defence (e.g. VTOL vehicles), space (e.g. rockets), transport and energy sectors.

This manufacturing facility will help advance Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy, which highlights the need to develop the country’s supply chain infrastructure, including hydrogen storage tanks. High pressure storage tanks at low cost will be a crucially important part of transport, building backups and many other aspects of hydrogen adoption.

The joint venture will complement both companies’ manufacturing abilities. CST Composites will have access to Optimum’s technical expertise and Intellectual Property (IP) in carbon fibre pressure vessels. CST Composites will also gain greater access to US markets for its high quality, filament-wound composite tubing by leveraging Optimum’s US facilities, customer base and supply chain.

CST Composites managing director, Clive Watts, said “High-pressure gas storage vessels is one of the biggest and fastest-growing markets globally for advanced composites, particularly for filament-wound carbon fibre composites”.

Recent significant corporate developments include South Korean Hanwha Solutions’ acquisition of US hydrogen storage tank manufacturer Cimarron Composites and its plans to invest US$100 million to expand the business.

The Australian Government is investing $1.4 billion to position Australia as a major hydrogen player by 2030. Mr Watts said “we will be applying for the grants and financial support available to advance our projects, which focus on the innovative design and development of hydrogen and CPV products. We are planning to make a significant investment to grow our new joint venture”.

CST Composites is a leader in filament winding technology and 90 per cent of its products are exported to Europe, the US, China and Asia. All of its profiles and tubing are currently manufactured at its high-tech facilities in Sydney. The company was a recent recipient of funding under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Manufacturing Modernisation Fund.

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About Optimum

Optimum specializes in the design, fabrication and production of type 3 and 4 alternative fuel cylinders. As a fuel storage specialist, Optimum is continuously seeking to advance in an ever-growing industry. Optimum’s goal is to provide our customers with high quality, safe, and durable fuel storage tanks to satisfy their needs. The company was formed with the synergy of an experienced American designer and a global manufacturing network.

With over 23 years of combined experience in the design and fabrication of COPV’s, Optimum is able to design and fabricate innumerable tanks of various types, sizes, uses, and operating pressures. Optimum’s role as a clean fuel advocate is to provide the worldwide community with a way of storing compressed fuels safely. Optimum are filament winding experts with over 50 years of industry experience. Their world class engineers work on the cutting edge of automotive, aerospace, marine, and infrastructure projects. Created to produce hydrogen storage cylinders, they are continually growing, innovating, and helping businesses stand out.

CST Newsletter – December 2020

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2020 has of course been a difficult year for everyone around the world. That said, it has been an exciting year for us and our 25th year at CST Composites.

Many milestones have been achieved throughout the year, including outgrowing our factory at Kurnell and moving production to a larger facility in Ingleburn, Western Sydney. We look forward to continuing our expansion of technology and production capacity in 2021. By no means exhaustive, here are a few of the achievements our team has made over the past year.

Technology

We’ve worked with all of our customers through periods of disruption and uncertainty to support their needs. Key to this has been the efforts made to increase our production capacity. The uncertainty brough on by COVID has greatly increased the difficulty of forecasting market demand for products, but by continuing to push the boundaries of our production capacity we have been able to meet the sudden spikes in demand caused by economies reopening. We’ve added an extra winding machine as well as increasing the level of automation across production, post processing of tubes and quality control.

One big milestone achieved in 2020 was the conversion of all production to prepreg fibre. This has numerous benefits in terms of minimising health and safety risks during production while ensuring consistency and repeatability of our products.

New products

2020 saw the launch of TowPro masts for the I14, 16ft Skiff, Sabot and Flying 11 classes. Leveraging the technology developed for our Moth TowPro range, these masts feature machined aluminium fittings, precision joining sleeves for interchangeable panels and prepreg construction. The interchangeable panels allow for fine tuning mast bend by swapping out parts of the mast rather than building a completely new spar.

We have also launched class approved products for the ILCA 6 (Radial), 49er and 49erFX. We are excited to continue powering the highest levels of competitive sailing with these new products.

We were also proud to see AMSL Aero’s Vertiia eVTOL aircraft making headlines in the Australian Financial Review. CST’s engineering and materials knowledge have been supporting the wing spar development that will see this electric Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft flying in 2021. Congratulations to the team at AMSL Aero and all involved for a job well done.

Sailing results

Congratulations to the following class champions who achieved fantastic results during 2020 using CST products:

  • Archie Massey and Harvey Hillary won the I14 worlds in January, our 13th win in this development class.
  • The Australian 16ft Skiff nationals were won by Sutech Musto Racing.
  • Dylan Fletcher won the UK Moth Nationals – the event originally planned to be the 2020 World Championship.
  • Bryce Edwards and Josh Tasker took home the MG14 Australian Championship
  • Nicolas Goyard won the Formula Foil World Championship using a Slake mast powered by CST Composites.

We wish good luck and fair winds to our team sailors competing over the Australian summer.

Merry Christmas

CST is closed for the Christmas break from the 19th of December, restarting on the 4th of January. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

New Winding Machine

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We’ve recently added a new winding machine to our volume manufacturing facility, which will be in operation soon to add extra capacity coming into Christmas. Adding additional machinery gives us the flexibility to take on more low volume custom work for high performance applications without interrupting existing production.

Happy Easter

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CST’s rapid development technologies have once again been put to the test. Within a week we made custom one off tooling and a big tube for Southern Spars / Rigpro. This will be used to repair a pole on the 212ft superyacht “Adix”. Happy Easter from the CST team!

CST Composites ISO 9001;2015 Recertification

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CST Composites ISO 9001;2015 Recertification

We are proud to announce that we have achieved recertification for both manufacturing facilities under the new ISO9001;2015 standards.

As a growing business, we guarantee to our customers a professional and transparent operating/organisational system that meets the standard recognised by over 168 nations around the world, through this recertification.

This allows customers past, present and future to have peace of mind that CST will provide a world leading professional product in a cost effective and timely manner for the mining, industrial and marine sector.

Make sure to check our other posts on our website and social media sites to stay up to date on all elevate CST activities and events

Flashback Friday

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Today we are blowing out the cobwebs and looking back to 2010 when we made the most highly loaded tube in CST history. Transitioning the 95,000 kg working loads into the laminate made it an extremely complex tube to engineer as well as manufacture. We had to ensure that the safety factors were sufficient which resulted in the laminate thickness in some areas exceeding 75mm. Many new production processes were developed for this project, ranging from thick laminate curing to incorporating the metal threaded ends during the winding. This was a great milestone in CST history.

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Australian Global Supply Chain Integration Award

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CST was proud to receive the GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRATION AWARD at the Endeavour awards last night in Melbourne. We were in good company as we were able to edge out other finalists such as Boeing and BOC. The award is recognition of our success at being able to tap into global supply chains with innovative and cost competitive components while still being based out of Australia. Chis Dixon, CST’s GM was on hand to accept the award.

Posted by CST Composites on Thursday, 12 July 2018

 

Ten years active in the Moth Class and the NEW 2018 Deck Sweeper masts

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It’s been 10 years since CST composites released the one piece M351. This mast was a revolution at the time, cutting the mast diameter from 50mm to 40mm. The Moth Worlds 2008 were won by Australian John Harris at ‘Windy’ Weymouth in July 2008.

The class has come a long way since then and we at CST are stoked to support the class and excited to celebrate the recent 8th victory with CST spars. Below is a breakdown of CST’s victories over the last ten years.

To celebrate this latest world championship win we will be releasing the production “Deck Sweeper” mast. The world championship winning mast and boom are now available:

  • Deck Sweeper DS1 Mast: Used by Paul Goodison to win the 2018 worlds and is targeted at the top end of the fleet.
  • Deck Sweeper DS4 Mast: This mast is a little stiffer and easier to sail downwind and will help the good sailor become better.
  • Tapered Bent Boom: Also used by Paul Goodison to win the 2018 worlds.

The Elite range of masts is still available and suitable for conventional sails which are still fast and current. The most popular being the Elite 21, Elite 22 and Elite 24.

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