Our Factory

Our spacious Invercargill factory with its dedicated workspaces means composite and fibreglass jobs get the care they deserve.

In the factory, we have purpose-built gel coat, chopper gun and grinding booths for the manufacturing, plus two general workshop for repairs. This separation minimises the chance of cross-contamination which might downgrade the best possible finish.

In addition, we have several hi-tech areas – a dedicated temperature-controlled resin infusion room, a silicone/urethane flexible items room and a foam-filling booth.

Range of Production Processes

Because we’re skilled in a range of processes, we are able to use the most efficient one for your project.

Hand Lay

hand laying fibreglass boatFibre reinforcement layers are placed in the mould, then the catalysed resin is brushed on. Skilled workers can keep the laminate thickness and resin-to-glass ratio under control. It is suitable for low-to-medium production runs, where only one finished face is required.

 

Spray Up

chopper gun spraying fibreglassA chopper gun sprays a mix of chopped-strand glass fibres, resin and catalyst into the mould, making it great for complex shapes. This is an quick method for producing large items, or high runs of smaller items.

 

Vacuum Bag

Vacuum bagging of carbon itemUsually reserved for specialist carbon and/or Kevlar applications. After laminating the reinforcing fibres  and core with catalysed resin, the whole item is encased in a vacuum bag. This allows compression of the laminate and removal of any excess resin, giving high strength-to-weight ratios.

 

Resin Infusion

resin infusion of jet boat interiorState-of-the-art technology, whereby resin is introduced to the mould under a vacuum. Once all the reinforcing fibres and core have been wetted out the final item will have a precision finish coupled with light weight and maximum strength.

 

Other processes

We use other processes such as pre-preg and resin injection as needed. In addition, we have ready access to a wide range of pre-made fibreglass parts (pultruded rods, bars, channels, square/round tubes, beams and gratings, plus large pipes and sheet).

Post Curing

We have the ability to cure items at high temperatures to achieve maximum strength and long-term stability in a few hours, rather than waiting for weeks or months.