New Observatory Dome Lands At Its New Home
Earth & Sky are nearing the completion of their new headquarters in Tekapo New Zealand, which has been designed to house one of the world’s most famous Victorian-era telescopes inside a custom observatory dome. IFS was honoured to be awarded the contract to design, build and install the very large observatory dome to house the historic Brasher telescope on the new building. The world-class astronomy centre is being built by the Earth & Sky Limited Partnership, with the observatory dome housing the 125-year-old Brashear Telescope which stands up to a maximum of ten metres tall. IFS Managing Director Simon Robb says his team started working on the project in 2017 when design work started. Manufacture then began in mid-2018 and the installation was completed in April 2019. “It has been a very exciting and challenging project to be involved in. It’s certainly unique. This dome is 10.9m in diameter, weighs about 5.5 tonnes and rotates 360 degrees with a large self opening and closing window.” “The construction process used for this dome is similar to how you’d make a large high-performance boat.” Once the design was completed a CNC router was used to cut sections to form plugs which moulds where then taken from. The parts where then manufactured from the molds using epoxy resin with the vacuum bagging process and the dome was then assembled at IFS’ Redruth site. It was then split into two for […]
2019 Conference confirmed for Christchurch
The 2019 Conference of the Composites Association of New Zealand will be held at the Commodore Hotel at Christchurch Hotel on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October. More details of the event and the conference programme will be available to members soon! A limited number of rooms are being held at the Commodore Hotel for 16 and 17 October so please book early to avoid disappointment. The room rates are as follows: GROUP ROOM RATE: $216.30 – premium level, $260.59 – business level (Detailed descriptions of rooms and facilities can be viewed at www.commodorehotel.nz) GROUP RESERVATION: #1700448 The above rates are quoted in New Zealand Dollars and include all applicable taxes and valid at the time of enquiry. Rates are subject to availability and may change. Please contact the hotel on Tollfree Reservations (within NZ) 0508 266 663 and quote booking name “Composites” to identify that you are with our Conference.
March issue of Flexi magazine now available on-line
The September 2018 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. Please submit any advertising or editorial content for consideration for our December issue to Caroline Gibson.
September issue of Flexi Magazine now available
The September 2018 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 for our December issue to Caroline Gibson.
Register for the 2018 Conference now!
Registration for the 2018 Conference of the Composites Association is now open! The conference will be held Friday 14th September at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Wellington. The committee have confirmed the programme which can be viewed here. Registration Please register to attend by completing and returning the attached Registration Form to email@example.com. Conference Sponsors We are very grateful to the following sponsors for their support: NZ Marine & Composites Industry Training Organisation – Welcome Drinks on Thursday 13 September NZ Fibreglass – Morning Tea on Friday P J Hobbs – Lunch on Friday Composites Plus NZ Ltd – Afternoon Tea on Friday Adhesive Technologies – Pre-dinner drinks on Friday NZ Composites – Dinner on Friday We look forward to seeing many members at this important upskilling and networking event for our industry!
June issue of Flexi magazine now available
The June 2018 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 issue of Flexi magazine out now
The March 2018 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. Please submit any advertising or editorial content for consideration to Caroline Gibson.
2018 Conference – 14 September at Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Wellington
We are pleased to advise that our 2018 Conference will be a one-day event to be held Friday 14 September 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.
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
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
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.
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