2018 Conference dates confirmed
We are pleased to advise that our 2018 Conference will be a one-day event to be held at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington. After a full day of presentations there will be dinner and drinks and a chance to network with your industry peers. More details of the presentations and how to register will be available in due course.
Composites Assistant We are looking for a focused person to be work within the Composites department at Pacific Helmets Ltd. Reporting to the Head Composites Design Engineer, this role will focus on assisting the composites department where ever required. Implementing our tooling into production. Formal NZQA Composites qualifications and experience is not essential, however will be highly regarded. The below skills are desirable but not essential. Preferred skills Have basic laminating and gelcoating skills Basic skills in making R.T.M moulds Making jigs/tooling Maintenance/repair all types of tooling/moulds Basic Engineering and woodwork Know how to use air and power tools Can work out percentages Work safely with machinery/tools and chemicals Personal qualities Good time keeping Fit in with the team Can work unsupervised Clean and tidy in their work space/workmanship Can think ahead and work to time lines Not afraid to ask for help Eye for detail Able to problem solve Comfortable working with chemicals and fibreglass Full training will be given to the right person. Interested? Full job description available on request. Please send letter of interest/CV via e-mail to Jeremy Leathem, Head Composites Design Engineer or Glen Spink, Operation Manager. Jeremy.Leathem@pacifichelmets.com or email@example.com
“Characterising and Optimising cure of Thermosets” workshop 7 February
NETZSCH Workshop: “Characterising and Optimising cure of Thermosets” – CACM, Newmarket Campus, University of Auckland. 7th February 2018 NETZSCH will provide a free, full day workshop on thermal characterisation techniques for characterising and optimising the curing of thermosetting resins, composite materials, paints and inks. The theory of the thermal stability, composition of materials, enthalpy changes, specific heat, transition energetics, and deformation will be covere…d. Both the advantages and limitations of the various measurement techniques including DSC, TGA, DMA, TMA, and DEA will be discussed. Characterisation using UV light and evolved gas analysis (EGA) coupled to standard thermal analysis techniques such as TGA and DSC will also be covered. Finally, a live demonstration of the DEA 288 Epsilon and a facility tour will conclude the workshop. Andrew Gillen and Stephan Knappe (NETZSCH Geraetebau GmbH) will deliver the workshop. Stephan is a renowned expert worldwide in the field of Thermal Analysis, having worked in the field of Polymers/Composites since 1984. It is Stephan’s first time to Australia and NZ; having managed the polymer applications laboratory in Germany for 11 years. Stephan has worked on projects with many of the world’s leading automotive and aerospace companies and has a wealth of knowledge in […]
September 2017 issue of Flexi magazine
The September 2017 issue of Flexi Magazine is now on-line. We are currently working on the December issue and this will be distributed to members and posted on-line when available. Please submit any advertising or editorial content for consideration to Caroline Gibson.
2017 Conference – 21 and 22 September at the Waipuna Hotel, Auckland
The 2017 Conference will be held Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland. The full conference programme is available here and we encourage members to book soon to secure a place. The two day conference will offer informative and upskilling sessions and great opportunities to network with fellow composite industry leaders. The conference dinner will be held on Thursday 21 September in Wellington’s Restaurant at the Waipuna Hotel. Our keynote speaker is Dr Peter Schubel is the Director of the Centre for Future Materials at the University of Southern Queensland. Waipuna is offering a room rate of $160.00 per room per night (excluding GST and breakfast). Please book by phoning Tel 09 526 3000 – Use booking code COMP0917 to secure the special rate. Please contact Executive Secretary Caroline Gibson if you have any questions about the conference. We thank the following companies for their sponsorship of this year’s Conference: NZ Composites Adhesive Technologies Gurit
June 2017 issue of Flexi Magazine
The June 2017 issue of Flexi Magazine is now on-line. We are currently working on the September issue and this will be distributed to members and posted on-line when available. Please submit any advertising or editorial content for consideration to Caroline Gibson.
March 2017 issue of Flexi Magazine
The March 2017 issue of Flexi Magazine is now on-line. We are currently working on the June issue and this will be distributed to members and posted on-line when available. Flexi March 2017
Huge composites project – The Mega Cow of Morrinsville
Here’s a great story of a company using composites in an unusual project now adorning the Waikato town of Morrinsville! http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/late-mayor-leaves-money-in-create-mega-cow-preside-nz-s-capital-video-6519751
Troubleshooting Common Gel Coat application issues – Webinar
This webinar is for anyone tasked with solving production issues related to gel coat application. Polynt’s industry-leading technical representatives will discuss causes of common problems, methods for diagnosis and resolution, and review best practices to prevent recurrence. This session will be based on Polynt Composites Application Center’s (PCAC) Gel Coat Application Course, which is part of Polynt’s industry-leading composites training program. Presenters Steve Dearing, known in the industry as “Dr. Gel Coat,” and John Sawayda have a combined 80 plus years of experience in the composites industry – including gel coat development, gel coat production, and numerous gel coat applications. To register for this webinar to be held Wed, Mar 15, 2017 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM NZDT – please use this link.
Minutes of the 2016 AGM of the Composites Association of NZ
The minutes of the Composites Association of NZ 2016 Annual General Meeting held 9 September can be viewed here – 2016 Composites Association AGM Minutes
New September issue of Flexi now available to download!
Our new Flexi, as distributed at last week’s conference, is now available to download here – Flexi-September-2016
Great programme for our 2016 Conference
We are looking forward to seeing many members next week at the 2016 Conference for the Composites Association of NZ, being held Friday 9th September at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington. If you haven’t already registered contact Caroline Gibson to secure your place! Conference Programme 2016
Register now for the 2016 Conference!
The programme and registration details for the 2016 Conference of the Composites Association of New Zealand are now available. Register now or call Executive Secretary Caroline Gibson on Tel 09 376 7732 with any questions. Conference Programme 2016 Conference Registration form We look forward to seeing you at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Wellington on Friday 9 September.
June 2016 issue of Flexi magazine available to download
New Flexi now available to download – read the June 2016 issue here.
2016 Conference – Friday 9 September
From Vice President: Mark Battley Planning is well underway for the 2016 CANZ Conference at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington on Friday 9 September – do come and join us! The morning session starts by looking at new materials, processes and application areas including the impact of digital manufacturing technologies. The pre-lunch session is focussed on business topics including terms of trade, updates on Worksafe and ITO developments, and our Annual General Meeting. After lunch we will have presentations on current research and technology development activities, followed by updates on consenting of composites products for building and infrastructure applications. The final session is focussed on inspiring us all with case studies of composites in innovative infrastructure applications and discussions on enhancing engagement with Engineers & Architects. Followed of course, with a great dinner and networking. There are opportunities for sponsorship of the dinner and tea sessions and there will be places for posters & flyers – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
March 2016 issue of Flexi magazine available to download
New Flexi now available to download – read the March 2016 issue here.
Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting
The minutes of the Composites Association of NZ 2015 Annual General Meeting, held 17 October can be viewed here: AGM Mins 2015
Forward Together – CANZ Conference 2015
16th to 17th October saw an excellent cross-section of CANZ members getting together at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland for our 2015 conference. The conference covered a wide range of topics with speakers from inside and outside our industry. Prof. Simon Bickerton, from the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials at the University of Auckland started Friday off, describing his experiences working at BMW on mass production of advanced composites for the automotive sector. BMW’s developments around automation are likely to impact throughout the composites industry – a key question for us is how best to make use of these in the NZ context. Tony Stanton from Gurit then gave an interesting talk on the lifecycle benefits of composites. Tony used a case study for the design of a commercial ferry to compare what different material choices really cost – while up-front costs may seem higher for composites, once you consider the benefits of lower maintenance and reduced fuel consumption composites can offer very significant lifecycle cost and environmental benefits. Alongside the conference and well integrated into the morning teas and lunch we had trade displays from NZ Fibreglass, Olympus, P J Hobbs and Element Raw Materials, with a […]
December issue of Flexi available to download
New Flexi now available to download – read the December 2015 issue here. Flexi DECEMBER 2015
September issue of Flexi available to download
New Flexi now available to download – read the September 2015 issue here. Flexi SEPTEMBER 2015
Conference 2015 – A great success!
Composites Association of NZ – Conference 2015 Our 2015 Conference was held at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland, on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th October. A full day of information sessions on Friday 16th was followed by networking in the evening and on Saturday 17th there was a morning of sessions, our AGM and demonstrations at the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials in Newmarket, followed by the Conference Dinner in the evening. Download details here: Conference Programme Susan Lake addresses delegates at the 2014 Conference.