The Australian Composites Industry is a Modern Manufacturing Initiative Enabler


Dr. Matthew Young, Manufacturing Innovation Manager

As part of @Aumanufacturing “Fibres and composites transforming industry” series, Dr Matthew Young looks at Australia’s prowess with composites and their role in the federal government’s six priority sectors.

As a Materials Scientist and Metallurgist, composites manufacturing has played a large part in my career. Having grown up around water, I built and frequently repaired my own fiberglass white-water kayaks in the backyard. And then, as a university student in the 1980s, after visiting Hawker de-Havilland in Bankstown, I became intrigued by the high strength Kevlar and carbon materials, production tooling, manufacturing methods and autoclave curing for commercial aircraft.