Cluster welcomes new member Cathay Composites

Advanced Fibre Custer Geelong (AFCG) warmly welcomes its newest member to the fold, Cathay Composites.

Cathay has developed its own carbon fibre and resin re-strengthening system “Quantum CC”, which aids in the restoration of ageing infrastructure domestically and internationally, and also offers pultruded laminates which help in the development of wind turbine blades.

The company supplies a broad range of raw composite materials to support Civil, Rail, Automotive, Marine and Renewable Energy industries.

Operations director Anthony Ferronato, an aerospace engineer who spent close to a decade at Boeing, has recently returned to Melbourne from Shanghai to build the local operation, with a plan to also expand additive manufacturing.

“The intention is to see what else can we do in the way of creating more work, employment, development within Australia,” Mr Ferronato tells the Cluster team.

“For us, it’s a no-brainer to join the Cluster. It makes absolute sense.”

Anthony Ferronato – Operations Director, Cathay Composites

The five-strong team in Australia is complemented by another five in Europe and four in Asia, and Mr Ferronato says Cathay Composites may relocate from Bundoora to Geelong when the current lease is up, drawn by the prospect of collaboration.

“That’s the main drive for why we would go to Geelong. It’s power in numbers. While we might have a product or capability that is good for us, it could also be good for others and vice versa.

“We’re trying to find a void in the current industry here and leverage off others who already have the capability because that’s how you compete. If you have one company trying to do everything they are probably not going to do it right,” he says.

Cathay is focused first on state, federal and rural council tenders, with ongoing work for Vic Roads and other users of its unique reinforcement material.

“From here it is a matter of trying to harmonise our ideas with the potential needs and desires within Australia,” Mr Ferronato says.