ATL Composites works with instructors at the Plastic and Rubber Technical Education Centre (PARTEC), Composites Training Centre at Mount Gravatt in Brisbane to help demonstrate the advantages of epoxy-based products over traditional materials.
Mick Bunker, ATL’s Queensland Sales Manager said ATL Composites is a leading supplier of advanced composite materials, specialising in the formulation and manufacture of quality Australian made epoxy-based products for marine, architectural, automotive, sports & leisure and industrial markets.
“It’s important that we work with PARTEC Composites Training Centre and share our product knowledge so that they can share that knowledge with others.”
The PARTEC institute has a campus at Townsville, Cairns and Mackay, and provides on-site training at Riviera Yachts on the Gold Coast.
Mark Halford, Training Consultant at PARTEC explained “From school-based programs to mature-aged apprentices, there is no age limit. We provide training for a lot of trades under one roof, in plastic moulding, tool making, pipe extrusion, welding and engineering.”
For just on 25 years, PARTEC has enjoyed a strong relationship with ATL, who have donated materials for hands-on trials and apprentice training course work, plus their expertise in material evaluation and testing.
“A working knowledge of epoxy is vital for trades today. Epoxy offers several advantages over steel, timber and concrete in corrosion resistance, strength to weight properties, adaptability to civil works such as footbridges, plus longevity and low maintenance and has many applications across all industries, including marine, industrial, automotive and aerospace sectors.”
PARTEC is active in many of these fields, including sponsorship of the University of Queensland and QUT race teams for Formula SAE, Open-Wheeled Formula style race cars designed, built andraced by university teams that gather for the annual event in Melbourne.“As part of a 12-month curriculum program, we train the engineering and design students in how to work in composites – carbon fibre and epoxy – and provide workshop time as they prepare their vehicles.
“These kinds of activities are considered crucial for the talented engineers and designers of the future. The whole idea of the project is to lead to industry placement and various major companies attend the event for talent scouting and recruitment.”
In 2020, ATL Composites is celebrating 40 years of operations, supplying innovative composite products to the marine, automotive, industrial and construction industries in Australia and around the world and Quality Certifications include: ISO9001 – 2015 and the highly respected DNV-GL Shop Approval for the Manufacture of Fire-Reinforced Plastics. Their proven epoxy systems include TECHNIGLUE high strength adhesives, high-performance KINETIX laminating resins, TECHNIFILL lightweight filler compounds, TECHNIREZ industrial systems, and WEST SYSTEM marine epoxy.