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About C-Tech

C-Tech is a premium composites manufacturer with a proud yachting history and extensive experience across a broad range of applications. Our design team have an innovative mindset, practical engineering skills and extensive knowledge of composites that we have used to successfully engineer products for a diverse range of applications.

Meet the Team

C-Tech has a positive, close-knit team of over 40 staff.  The team on the shop floor have high profile boatbuilding backgrounds with years of experience working in the industry.
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Our sales and design team:

  • Alex Vallings - Director, Sales, R&D

With an engineering background, years of sailing experience and a strong knowledge of material properties Alex Vallings has built C-Tech’s reputation as a company that manufactures superior, high-quality marine products and incorporates leading edge technology and design to provide maximum performance benefit.

  • Lyn Holland - Director, Accounts 

Lyn has been with C-Tech since 2001 when she merged her own software company with C-Tech. Lyn is an accomplished sailor and has a background in software development, librarianship and administration systems. 

  • Chris Kitchen - Business Development and Marketing

Chris joined C-Tech in 2014 after 10 years managing his own small boat business. He is an accomplished sailor and enthusiastic kite foiler. He has a background in mechanical engineering, marketing and business management.

  • Thomas Mellano - Design

Thomas is a mechanical engineer and joined C-Tech in 2018. Having worked at Safran in the aerospace and composite divisions on process development, quality control and product design for business jet, he has returned to a smaller (non-corporate) company to follow his true passion in the marine industry.

  • Shayne Young - Design

Shayne has over 20 years’ experience in composites, structural design, CAD/CAM and sailing. His impressive CV includes working at High Modulus, Volvo race teams, and owning his own composites company. Shayne is currently on sabbatical leave cruising the world on a 42ft catamaran with his family.

  • Tim Willetts – Mast Sales, Design and Production

Tim has 27 years’ experience specialising in composite masts. He has held key positions at both Southern Spars and Hall Spars. Along with his knowledge, he brings to C-Tech innovation and passion to deliver the best solution to customers.

  • Jeremy Gibbs - Tube Sales

Jeremy has been with C-Tech for over 10 years and has almost 20 years experience in composites. Jeremy has a background in naval design and is passionate about working with customers to achieve innovative solutions.

  • Alastair Campbell - Batten Sales

Alastair joined C-Tech in 2016. He is a keen sailor and brings industry experience and sailing miles to the batten sales team.


Company Background

C-Tech began life in 1997 when founder Alex Vallings spotted a gap in the market for high performance carbon fibre yacht masts. 20 years later and C-Tech has moved on from it’s humble beginnings in a farm shed in West Auckland to a globally recognised, premium composites manufacture.C-Tech 18ft Skiff

During it’s 20 years in business C-Tech’s expertise and reputation have grown. We have diversified our composites knowledge, and now manufacture top quality products across a variety of industries. As of 2017 we have supplied over 50,000 custom designed, high specification carbon yacht spars.C-Tech Emirates Team New ZealandFB-333

The C-Tech mission

C-Tech's mission is to simply 'Make Things Better'.
We want to be the place to be and deliver products that make a difference to performance. Our team embraces new materials and technology to stay ahead of the game.
We have a core set of values that include quality, integrity, innovation, teamwork and respect which are key when working with both our internal and external clients where deadlines are tight, quality is essential and confidential information is highly respected.

Industry Associations

  • NZ Marine
  • Marine Industry Association
  • New Zealand Superyacht Group
  • Auckland Chamber of Commerce
  • EMA Employers and Manufacturers Association 


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