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Technico Solar Boat

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Technico Solar Boat

In 2017 and earlier this year, CST has been a sponsor for the team at Technico Solar Boat (TSB) and provided them with composite carbon fibre tubes to be fitted into their solar boats.

TSB is a university project consisting of engineering students from Instituto Superior Técnico that work together on the development of a racing vessel exclusively powered by the sun. TSB participates in worldwide university competitions organised by solar 1.

Here at CST, we saw what TBS was trying to achieve and wanted to support them and their cause. The competition such as the Solar 1 Monte Carlo Cup in Monaco (which TBS competed in, in 2017) are put together to raise awareness and encourage technological innovation in solar energy. Meeting the energy needs in both leisure boats and the shipping industry in an environmentally and sustainable fashion.

We are a big believer in environmental and sustainable energy at CST and it was a no-brainer to support TBS in the 2019 Solar 1 Monte Carlo Cup and to support a team of brilliantly clever engineers that are paving the way for the future.

Check out Técnico Solar Boat website to find out more and give them all the support!

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Check out these awesome photos of the solar boat in action

(All images provided by our friends at Técnico Solar Boat)

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NEW Finishing Capabilities

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NEW Finishing Capabilities - Centreless Grinding

The team at CST Composites is excited to offer a new finishing capability for our composite tubing products. Using precision centreless grinding technology, our skilled technicians now have the ability to produce outer surface diameters on our composite tubing within tolerances of +/- 50 Microns… that’s 0.05 of a millimetre! Even the ants would be happy with that!

We’ve already had success with this innovation, having been put to the test by one of Australia’s leading Supercar Championship teams to supply various sizes of precision ground tubes for a new Supercar featuring in the 2019 Championship.

Centreless grinding of our products is available NOW to all CST customers.

Get in contact with us today to discover how our precision products can take your business or hobby to the next level.

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Check out these close up shots of the different surface finishes

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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.

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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.

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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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