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Australian Composites Expand into North America

20 November 2009

Moorabbin based composites raw materials manufacturer, Australian Composites Pty, has signed a partnership agreement with Sunrez Corporation to expand sales of the Company’s UV curing pre-impregnated fibreglass materials into Canada and the US.

In addition to this, it is hoped that the deal will also help to commercialize the company’s new rapid cure Flame Resistant prepreg technology (MTT 986t) to manufacturers of mass transit parts that require flame resistant, low smoke, and low toxicity materials.

Leipnik sought out Sunrez Corporation specifically as the ideal partner for increasing its presence in the US and Canadian composites industry. “Sunrez is already the market leader in this field and has received multiple patents for their UV cure technology. They are ideally placed to create further growth of UV curable products and utilise machine capacity available in our plant that can produce up to ten tonne of prepreg per day using custom designed computerised equipment. We expect to see a tremendous response from the market as a result of this partnership”, claims Leipnik.

Livesay, who has been involved in UV curable technology for over thirty years, believes the time for large scale adoption of UV curing prepregs has never been better. “Most companies manufacturing composite parts in North America these days face great competition from emerging nations such as China, India, and Vietnam, where labour rates are considerably less. There is a heavy focus by American and Canadian firms to reduce the costs of labour, material, and energy. One of the easiest ways to do that is by utilizing light curing composites materials which harden in minutes with sunlight or artificial light, enabling composite parts to be made rapidly with fewer people, less electricity, and without the quality concerns of staff having to formulate resins and catalysts and then wetting out the glass to form the part,” comments Livesay.






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