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STRUCTeam Reaches 100 Project Milestone 

  • Tuesday, 18th November 2014
  • Reading time: about 4 minutes

STRUCTeam has celebrated passing its 100 successful projects milestone by growing its team and premises alongside relaunching its website.

STRUCTeam says this will result in greater benefits for composites clients and the supply chain through the consultancy’s enhanced service offering. STRUCTeam’s new website has been redesigned to help clients navigate the complexities of the composites industry.

“Composites solutions are gaining greater traction as their benefits and applications are becoming better understood,” explains STRUCTeam Joint Managing Director and co-founder, Julien Sellier. “We have responded to the surge in demand for composites expertise by growing our team and broadening our range of capabilities.”

 “Our team includes some of Europe’s leading experts in composites applications who are committed to challenging and changing industry thinking about the costs and benefits of using composites materials,” adds Julien.

According to co-founder and Joint Managing Director Radek Michalik, STRUCTeam’s rapid growth to complete 100 projects in only four years is underpinned by a combination of its team’s expertise and successfully educating the supply chain about the benefits of composites.

“Over the last four years, we have developed new workflows that put technology at the service of engineers and fast track the development of composites applications,” highlights Radek. “The result is more effective composites solutions tailored to clients’ needs and we work hard at promoting composites technology and knowledge transfer to achieve this goal.”

For Julien and Radek, fostering the growth in the use of composites materials across all key industries – which include rail, marine, civil engineering, renewables, automotive and oil and gas – is why they founded STRUCTeam, and the reason behind the firm’s rapid expansion.

“The relaunch of our website plays an important role in our service delivery,” continues Julien. “It is structured so that our clients, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders in the industry can better understand the opportunities that composites solutions can deliver.”

In further news, 3A Materials and STRUCTeam have launched an innovative structural design solution that provides an instant preliminary study of motor and sail boats between 25ft and 70ft. The solution developed by the team is described as providing a bill of materials and weight estimate compliant with both ISO 12215 Category A and ABS guidelines. This enables boat builders and designers to conduct rapid feasibility studies that reduce the cost and complexity of their new boat designs.

“Decreasing the cost and complexity of structural design without impacting on performance are key drivers behind the development of new boats,” explains STRUCTeam Managing Director Julien Sellier. “We input the basic dimensions of a motor or sailing yacht between 25ft and 70ft plus the designer’s preferred build technology into our software solution. The output is a rapid first calculation of the bill of materials.”

The bill of materials solution enables 3A Composites and STRUCTeam to provide boat builders and designers with valuable information at an early stage of the boat design process. The solution is tailored to the marine industry’s needs and it incorporates the primary technologies used in boat building. Designers can choose composites technologies from 3A Composites’ product range, such as glass or carbon using an infusion process, Balsa, PVC or PET foams.

The solution incorporates the advanced composites expertise of the two partners. 3A Composites brings its leadership in the development and design of sandwich core materials. This includes the company’s wide portfolio of AIREX, BALTEK and BANOVA products.

Eric Gauthier, President Global Key Accounts of 3A Composites Core Materials highlights: “To maintain its ongoing evolution, the global marine market requires value-adding partners that provide rapid access to professional support. Our partnership with STRUCTeam aims to offer the marine industry an independent design solution.”

Julien Sellier, Managing Director of STRUCTeam agrees, saying: “Our collaboration with 3A Composites has resulted in a unique solution that is beneficial for boat builders and designers at the very early stages of their designs.”

Julien concludes: “The enhanced support that can now be provided will ensure that the marine market continues to evolve and push boundaries both in terms of material selection and design and cost effectiveness.”

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