Our Factory

Composite and fibreglass projects get the care they deserve in our spacious Invercargill factory.

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

In addition, we have several hi-tech areas. A resin infusion room for carbon fibre production, a silicone/urethane room for making flexible items such as shock-absorbing insulated handles, and a foam-filling booth for injecting buoyancy foam into boat pontoons.

Range of Production Processes

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

Hand lay

hand laying fibreglass boat

Fibre 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.

Laminating gun

chopper gun spraying fibreglass

A chopper gun sprays a mix of chopped-strand glass fibres, resin and catalyst into the mould. This is an quick method for producing large items, complex shapes or multiples of smaller items.

Vacuum bag

Vacuum bagging of carbon item

Usually reserved for specialist carbon and/or Kevlar applications. After laminating the reinforcing fibres  and core with catalysed resin, the whole item is enveloped in a flexible vacuum bag. This compresses the laminate and removes excess resin, giving high strength-to-weight ratios.

Resin infusion

resin infusion of jet boat interior

State-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 is light weight and maximum strength with a precision finish.

Other processes

We use “pre-preg” materials and resin injection technology as needed.

In addition, we have ready access to a wide range of mass-produced fibreglass shapes (rods, bars, channels, square/round tubes, beams and gratings), plus large pipes and flat sheet.

Post Curing

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