Penguin Composites joins DMTC on advanced defence manufacturing

Tasmanian SME Penguin Composites has partnered with the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) to explore hybrid composite materials in defence manufacturing.

The partnership will focus on enhancing platform-independent technologies that can be applied across supply chains including in the land, maritime, aerospace and space sectors, Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, announced on Friday.

Penguin Composites specialises in manufacturing composite components from various polyesters, isothalics, vinylesters and epoxies combined with composite products of various fibres and core materials to a broad base of industrial, commercial and domestic markets.

“The partnership will explore the development of new compounds with unique characteristics that could, as one example, enhance the performance of military vehicles and reduce manufacturing costs,” Minister Pyne said.

The project is part of DMTC’s Enabling Technologies Program, a broad-based effort to enhance platform-independent technologies that can be applied across supply chains including in the land, maritime, aerospace and space sectors.

“DMTC was delivering the collaboration and focus on innovation that was envisaged in the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement, in this case through exploring the potential of novel material compounds,” Minister Pyne said.

Penguin Composites will join existing DMTC project partners Thales Australia, Imagine Intelligent Materials and research partners from University of Queensland, Swinburne University of Technology, Deakin University and RMIT.

“The involvement of both researchers and industry partners will allow the team to test new configurations and identify the differences in performance compared to conventional materials,” Minister Pyne said.

“With that deeper level of understanding, the team can then turn their attention to challenges in maximising efficiency and developing cost effective manufacturing solutions for these innovative material systems.”