17 December 2009
17 December 2009
Moorabbin based composites raw materials manufacturer, Australian Composites Pty, has signed an exclusive supply agreement with Brazil’s Automotive, Petrochemical and building fibreglass materials supplier Vivian Regina Brasil Ltda, to distribute the Company’s rapid UV curing prepregs into Brazil’s massive automotive and transport parts assembly market.
The Composites industry in Brazil is said to be the largest in Latin America and is currently experiencing solid growth, accredited to an increase in the amount of global automotive and mass transit manufacturers sourcing finished parts from Brazilian companies. It is expected that the Brazilian composites industry will reach USD $4 billion a year by 2013.
Chief Executive Officer for Australian Composites, Daniel Leipnik and Managing Director for Vivian Regina, Jose Cruz believe the partnership will immediately provide great results especially where Brazilian manufacturers are concerned.
Jose Cruz, Managing Director for Vivian Regina, says, “Brazilian Companies are constantly looking for tomorrow’s high tech materials to enhance their production output and quality. Australian Composite’s UV cure (glass) prepregs offer the automotive sector the kind of technological leap forward that carbon prepregs have provided the Aeronautical industry”.
“With the amount of vehicles parts being made out of composites materials increasing all the time we see Australian Composites UV cure prepreg technology as being the perfect material for Brazil’s growing composites need,” adds Cruz.
“Expanding the distribution of our UV cure prepregs into the South American market is all part of our overall business growth strategy to sell our materials globally and continue along our path of double-digit annual growth” exclaims Leipnik. Vivian Regina is a well established, knowledgeable supplier of materials for automotive and building fibreglass applications and represents a vital pathway for us to enter one of the largest composite manufacturing hubs in The Americas,” suggests Leipnik.
Vivian Regina plans to warehouse large quantities or UV cure Vinyl Ester and Polyester E glass prepreg and begin marketing the technology to local manufacturers beginning February 2010.
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