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CST Composites celebrates 20 year anniversary

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CST staff, past and present, celebrated the company’s 20th anniversary. CST Composites has grown from humble beginnings into a an organisation with two manufacturing sites in Sydney and selling carbon fibre products to all corners of the globe. Customers over the years have included NASA, Australian Olympic Sailing Teams, America’s Cup Teams and FORD to name a few and the company has manufactured over 120,000 tubes during this time.
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Sailing success

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The festive season has been a jolly one for CST, with success in many high-profile sailing events.

Two CST team members took part in the 2015 Sydney to Hobart, with Justin Dock on TP52 Balance, which claimed handicap honours. Clynton Wade-Lehman was sailing on Raggamuffin 52.

CST team member Justin Dock with the George Adams Tattersalls Cup.

CST team member Justin Dock with the George Adams Tattersalls Cup.

December-January has seen the usual plethora of Nationals for dinghy classes around the country.

Skippers and crews using CST designed and manufactured equipment finished on the podium in the Flying11, B14, 16ft Skiff, I14 and Cherub classes.

CST expands

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At a time when the general impression is that manufacturing in Australia is on the wane, Sydney-based manufacturers CST Composites is expanding to a second factory site.

The advanced carbon fibre filament winder and pultruder is expanding into 1350 square metres of factory space in Ingleburn’s massive industrial area.

The industry that started in the backyard of CEO and founder Clive Watt’s rented Sydney home now employs 31 people and moving to the additional site will allow more growth.

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The pultrusion sector of the business will be moved, with three pultrusion machines to be located at Ingleburn, which again means more room for growth. Volume production is being relocated, so industrial products and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) products will also be fabricated at Ingleburn.

Filament winding machines, grinders and saws to run the production line are in the process of being installed. Additional mandrels will be needed to allow both sites to manufacture at full capacity.

Earlier this year, CST secured a $1.4 million Manufacturing Transition Programme grant from the Australian Government.

The Programme provides assistance to help manufacturing businesses become more competitive and sustainable, enabling a move or expansion into higher value or niche manufacturing activities.

“We have invested heavily over many years to develop our filament winding technology and automation, and this grant support and investment enables us to take the next step in growing our business,” Clive Watts says. “This second, larger, production facility will allow us to achieve greater economies of scale and gives us increased capacity.  This will enable the company to continue its push into new larger markets including Automotive, Oil & Gas, Mining and Defence.”

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CST Composites secures $1.4M government funding

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CST Composites Secures Government Funding

Advanced carbon fiber filament winder and pultruder, CST Composites (Sydney, Australia) has secured a $1.4 million (US$1M) grant from the Australian Government,  as a part of a $5.7 million (US$4M) project investment to increase production capacity, continue development of its filament winding process technology, and to enter new markets.

The grant was a part of the Australian Government’s $50 million Manufacturing Transition Programme that provides assistance to help manufacturing businesses become more competitive and sustainable, enabling a move or expansion into higher value or niche manufacturing activities.CST Composites Secures Government Funding

On awarding of the grant, CST Composites was visited by Federal Minister Hon. Scott Morrison MP.  “This grant will support CST Composites to increase its capacity, employ more people and develop further innovations in both niche and mainstream markets. It is great to see this award-winning company, employing local people, offering a globally unique product and supplying carbon fiber products to leading companies all across the world from its Sydney base. ” Mr Morrison said.

CST Composites Managing Director Clive Watts welcomed the grant and the government’s support.

“We have invested heavily over many years to
develop our filament winding technology and automation, and this grant support and investment enables us to take the next step in growing our business.   The timing of the grant is also important, as we have just acquired a second larger production facility, which allows us to achieve greater economies of scale and gives us increased capacity.  This will enable the company to continue its push into new larger markets including Automotive, Oil & Gas, Mining and Defence.  Further to that, a weaker Australian dollar has seen demand increase from overseas companies as buying from Australia becomes even more attractive.”

The successful Manufacturing Transition Programme projects were awarded through a highly competitive, merit-based process, and based on advice from an expert technical committee to ensure the projects have a sound commercial basis.

CST exhibits at JEC Europe 2015

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CST Composites will be exhibiting for the fourth time at the JEC Europe Composites Show. JEC Europe is the biggest composites exhibition in the world.

CST Composites will take the opportunity to showcase its capabilities in filament winding, pultrusion and composites fabrication.

In attendance will be our Managing Director, Clive Watts and our Director of Strategy & Business Development, Mark Sterbic.

CST exhibits at JEC Europe 2014

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CST Composites will be exhibiting for the third time at the JEC Europe Composites Show. JEC Europe is the biggest composites exhibition in the world. You can find us at stand 7.2 F6 on 11, 12 and 13 March 2014.

CST Composites will take the opportunity to showcase its capabilities in filament winding, pultrusion and composites fabrication.

In attendance will be our Managing Director, Clive Watts, our General Manager, Chris Dixon and our Director of Strategy & Business Development, Mark Sterbic.