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Our latest article in the Rosebank Rd - Roundabout Magazine
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This company’s mission statement is exciting: make cool things go fast. When you
look at the list of jobs this composite engineering company has done it is clear they
practice what they preach.
Alex Vallings and Lyn Holland started C-Tech in 1997 through a shared passion for
sailing. Alex originally made carbon components for small yachts from a converted
home shed in West Auckland. Using products he made for the 12ft Skiffs he was
racing, Alex was able to test out areas of improvement. As his boat continued to
win races, other competitors were keen to get hold of carbon spars for their boats.
And so C-Tech, a composite manufacturing company, was born. Over time,
Alex continued to expand his knowledge and the variety of components made by
New Holopuni masts and booms ready to go!
Ten masts and ten booms have been packaged up ready to send to the Holopuni sailing canoes.
Check out their latest video on our Facebook page.
C-Tech is proud to be a Kiwi company
C-Tech is proud to be a Kiwi company and have participated in this video produced by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and the NZ Marine Export Group showcasing what makes us different.
C-Tech is a proud supplier of F50 parts for the SailGP
C-Tech is proud to be a supplier of F50 parts for the SailGP kicking off next February. We have been working with Core Builders Composites supplying a number of composite components for the F50 platform. We have also been working with Doyle Sails to supply sail battens. Watch this space! Read the full article here.
F50 production at Core Builders Composites (Photo: Core Builders Composites).
C-Tech's 5 Axis CNC Router is Now Operational
C-Tech is always looking to grow capabilities and stay at the cutting edge of technology delivering premium products to its customers. We have recently added new infrastructure to complement our extensive range of dedicated laminating machines, plotter, world class clean rooms, ovens and autoclave.
C-Tech’s 5 axis Routech R200 CNC router is now operational in its purpose built room.
Installed in a purpose-built room, the Routech R200 5 Axis CNC router has a machining envelope of 5,300mm x 1,370mm x 800mm. C-Tech are now able to machine foam cores, moulds, jigs, prototypes, 2D sheets and complete post production processing in-house. The CNC machine has filled a gap in our manufacturing assets and enables C-Tech to tackle more challenging and complex projects. C-Tech is now able to see most composite projects from tooling through to the final fitted-out parts.
Tooling for lifting dagger boards machined using a 5 axis CNC Router.
Although the machine has only been operational a few months, it is already busy and integrated into the processes for masts, battens and tubes ensuring accurate machining of parts for tooling and fit-out. It is improving lead times and efficiency in the workshop keeping staff and customers happy.
The main materials being machined are composites, plastics, timber and tooling board, however, depending on the project the machine is capable of working with a variety of other materials.
In combination with the Eastman S125 plotter and autoclave it completes the ideal set-up for processing premium composite components in-house.
The 5 axis CNC router completes the start to finish process at C-Tech for complex female moulded parts cured in the autoclave.
With new technology comes capable new staff to keep C-Tech performing at it’s best, and we have just made two key appointments. Sam Bullock joined C-Tech in May to run the 5 Axis CNC router. Sam is New Zealand’s top kite foil racer and has an impressive sailing CV. After completing his Mechanical Engineering degree he worked at Styrotech gaining experience on machining, moulding and materials and adds a boost to C-Tech’s capabilities.
Sam Bullock and Thomas Mellano.
Thomas Mellano also joined C-Tech as design manager in May. After completing his mechanical engineering degree Thomas worked at Karver in the early days helping develop their product range. He then spent a number of years at Safran in the aerospace and composite divisions working on process development, quality control and product design for business jets. He has returned to a smaller (non-corporate) company to follow his true passion in the marine industry. Thomas brings experience and skills from the aerospace industry to our production processes, engineering capability and 3D modelling.
Congratulations to Nick Craig who dominated the recent 2017 OK World Championships in Barbados using a C-Tech mast. Nick was quick with no result outside of the top 3 and six race wins. With changeable wind strength and a confused sea state Nick had the power he needed to get out at the start and power away from competition both upwind and downwind. Final results here.
2017 Moth Worlds - Moth Speed Uncovered
With the 2017 Moth world championship starting Tuesday, C-Tech’s Tim Willetts takes time to reflect on changes in Moth class rig design and development over the past six years. A lot has happened behind the scenes that is giving the top sailors the edge by staying ahead.
There have been two clear periods of development where ideas were explored and the performance of the class improved. Willetts who is passionate about the Moth says it is a unique and exciting development class to work with.
‘Because the Moth is so sensitive to weight and small design changes, it has been an excellent opportunity to work with the world’s best and learn. The class enables a fast turnaround between new ideas, design and testing which has accelerated progression’ This fast paced environment has kept the Moth at the forefront of international dinghy development, and it remains one of the highest performing classes on foils.... continue reading here.
C-Tech helps Emirates Team New Zealand get to Bermuda
Photo Credit Hamish Hooper/Emirates Team New Zealand
C-Tech is proud to have been involved with Emirates Team New Zealand for yet another cup campaign.
It has been a 15 year long partnership since C-Tech and Emirates Team New Zealand first worked together during their 2003 campaign to supply sail battens. Despite radical changes in the boats themselves, C-Tech continues to supply top-end carbon components to the high-tech foiling race yachts. C-Tech has now supplied the team with wing components, rudders, dagger board cases, fairings, lifting posts, tiller extensions, accumulator tubes, struts, prods and ‘bike components’ for their 2017 challenge.
C-Techs’ managing director Alex Vallings has been working with the Team since day one. “C-Tech is delighted to be working with Emirates Team New Zealand” says Vallings. “Over the last 5 campaigns we have seen a massive change in technology - foiling has turned sailing on its head. There has been a huge amount of learning needed from the teams, which has given us a fantastic opportunity to learn with them, and keep abreast of the latest developments and manufacturing techniques.”
Emirates Team New Zealand Shore Manager Sean Regan commented “C-Tech have taken on a key role building specialised componentry as part of the build group for our current AC class yacht. The team at C-Tech ensures the constant last minute changes to design and construction are communicated, planned and implemented efficiently to ensure the parts are completed on time and quality controls remain at the highest standard”
The staff at C-Tech enjoys working with Emirates Team New Zealand, and wish them all the best in Bermuda.
Go the Kiwis!
C-Tech are Proud Suppliers to the Q23
C-Tech are proud rig suppliers for the Q23 foiling production sports boat. We have worked together with Quant Boats to come up with a rig solution that can handle the high loads generated by the unique DSS foiling configuration. We are just finishing off a set of 10 production rigs. The Q23 is a truly innovative project that has succeeded in delivering a versatile foiling boat that is easy enough for amateurs to step on and experience high speed foiling. The boat was recently announced winner of the ‘European Yacht of the Year’ award. The Q23 is able to ‘fly’ at 20 knots boat speed in just 6 knots of true wind speed. The current speed record is a thrilling 27 knots.
Tim Willetts of C-Tech says "It has been a pleasure to work with the brains behind this project - Hugh Welbourn and Michi Aeppli. There are few people with more passion for their product in the industry than Michi". C-Tech wishes happy foiling and maximum enjoyment to all the new Q23 owners.
See more about the Q23 at www.quant-boats.com.
Full Carbon J-Foils
C-Tech has recently completed a set of J-foils for an SL33 using a new construction method. Utilising previous experience gained from Americas Cup foil projects we developed a full composite elbow join. Previous J foils had been manufactured with a metal elbow to join the main shaft to the lifting surface. This was to overcome high loading in this area. Metal elbows alone can be up to 40kg if there is a large radius in the design. C-Tech developed a method that would make a full composite foil possible. An elbow was tested to verify the construction method and the results exceeded all expectations. It was in fact the testing jig that failed at a load double of what the designers were expecting.
The finished J -foils weigh 34.5 kg and are stronger, lighter and stiffer than superseded set. The key to the success of this project has been in developing a cost-effective manufacturing method that enables the right mix of off-axis fibre in the elbow that has been consolidated by autoclave pressure.
The finished full carbon SL33 foils at 34.5kg being lighter, stronger and stiffer than previous versions.
C-Tech results at the 2016 Moth Worlds
13/13 races won with a C-Tech Boom. 10/13 races won with a C-Tech Mast. 11/13 races won with C-Tech wing tubes. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th overall with C-Tech boom. 2nd, 3rd 4th overall with C-Tech masts. Congratulations to our sailors and thanks for the feedback and ongoing development of our Moth products. Watch this space for UHM mast options that are even lighter..
U20 and GP26 rigs with Furling Booms
Two sports boat rigs with furling booms have just been shipped for a GP26 and a U20.
The furling boom is manually operated using a winch handle with a simple locking mechanism.
For more information click here.
New C-Tech Bent Moth Boom
The latest C-Tech Bent Moth Boom supplied for boats configured with a low mast post with a 15° bend. We also have a boom with an 8-10° bend suitable for the Mach 2 configuration. The Mainsheet attachment incorporates the vang attachment with no through bar required.
Debrief on 2015 Moth Worlds
In one of the most competitive fleets the C-Tech rigs performed well with two in the top 5 (Chris Rashley 4th, Chris Draper 5th). It was however a tough regatta for two of our sponsored sailors, Scott Babbage and Chris Rashley.
Scott and Chris were both using C-Tech masts, battens and tubes on their Moths.
Chris suffered from a protruding disc in his back during the build up in Australia, yet miraculously recovered to finish 4th overall. Read his take on the worlds here.
Scott Babbage had blistering pace upwind taking some race wins but a crash in race 9 saw him have to carry a DNC pushing him outside of the top 5.
The development program has already begun for 2016 with some innovative ideas being worked on.
C-Tech Moth Sailors Scott Babbage and Chris Rashley.
It was a clean sweep for C-Tech at the OK dinghy worlds held in Melbourne over the new year break with the top 10 sailors using C-Tech masts. Kiwi Matt Stechmann took the title with his custom C-Tech mast.
Scott Babbage has recently converted to a C-Tech Moth rig and has taken out Sail Sydney as part of tuning his boat ready for the Worlds next month in Sorrento.
A report on the regatta and results can be found here
Photo Credit: Craig Greenhill Saltwater Images
One of C-Tech's latest battens has more mass than a fully rigged Moth
These aren't the biggest battens that C-Tech have manufactured but that doesn't make them any less impressive. Designed for the main and mizzen on an 85ft Tripp the total weight for both sets is 260kg.
Batten #6 is 20.85m long and at 36kg has more mass than a fully rigged Moth weighing 30kg.
The battens are covered in dry spectra over-braiding, providing protection and chafe resistance particularly helpful in offshore conditions.
For more info' on spectra over-braiding or other sail batten hardware visit CT Sailbattens
C-Tech 2nd at the 2014 Moth Worlds
Congratulations to C-Tech's 4 time European Moth champion Chris Rashley for finishing 2nd at the Moth Worlds. These finished recently at Hayling Island Sailing Club in the UK.
A lot of rig development has been carried out with Chris and the UK Moth squad, the results are showing with 5 out of the top 10 using a C-Tech mast and boom.
C-Tech's new autoclave opens up new possibilities
April 2014 saw the arrival of a new 1.4m wide by 15m long autoclave at C-Tech.
The arrival of the autoclave opens up a whole new range of manufacturing possibilities.
For more information on the range of carbon tube available at C-Tech visit carbon-tube.com
OK Dinghy Interdom's & Australian Champs won by Greg Wilcox with a C-Tech mast
World Number 1, Greg Wilcox (NZL) took out the 2014 OK Dinghy Interdominion and Australian Championships, held at Black Rock Yacht Club, for the forth time.
Greg sails as always with a C-Tech mast. Here at the Interdom's Greg sailed Roger Blasse's boat, Roger won the last OK World's in Thailand with the same gear.
To read Greg's comments on C-Tech and our masts click here.
C-Tech bid Reido farewell as he takes on a new challenge
We would like to wish Chris Reid all the best as he takes on a new role outside of C-Tech. Chris (Reido) has been with C-Tech on and off since 2008, in between stints as a TP52 boat captain for Mean Machine and Team NZ. In 2009 Chris came on board full time to help plan and action the move from Waitakere to our new factory in Avondale, he has been Operations Manager at C-Tech for the last 4 years.
Chris' energy and attention to detail have been the driving force behind many of C-Tech's race and contest winning masts. Although we are very sorry to see Chris go we wish him all the best as he takes on new challenges.
2014 12ft Skiff Nationals won by C-Tech
With Cyclone Lusi forecast to hit NZ the 12ft Skiff Nationals still went ahead at the Auckland Sailing Club.
Chris Reid and Andrew Clarke sailing the C-Tech skiff won the event with Cyclone Lusi facilitating some pretty epic sailing.
NZL Back on top in the OK Dinghy Class World rankings
Sensational effort by Greg Wilcox (NZL) in 2013 lands him the World no 1 spot in the OK Dinghy Class. Sailing with a C-Tech mast Greg is back at the top for the first time since 2011 when he last held this position.
Nick Craig (GBR) is second and Jorgen Svendsen (DEN) is third in the rankings.
2013 ASBA Queensland State Titles won with a C-Tech rig
The 2013 Australian Sports Boat Association Titles have been won by David Ellis sailing his Shaw 650 with a C-Tech rig. Congratulations to David who won the event with 4 wins and a 6th.
C-Tech's 18ft Skiff wins the 2013 Mark Foy in San Fran'
C-Tech's Alex Vallings with crew Josh McCormack and Chris Kitchen have now won the Mark Foy trophy two years in a row. Last year they won in their hometown of Auckland.
The Kiwi's are dominating the Bay in San Fran' this week with the Mark Foy and America's Cup on at the same time. C-Tech made the Control Panel and lifting posts for ETNZ, who we hope bring the Cup home to NZ.
News from the America's Cup & 18ft Skiff Mark Foy regatta 2013 view here
Third Championship win for Chris Rashley & C-Tech at the Moth Europeans 2013
At the 2013 Moth Europeans in Sicily Chris Rashley has taken overall honours winning his third European Championship.
Chris sails the Exocet Moth, the result of three years design during which Ellway Aero-Hydrodynamics have worked closely with C-Tech developing the winning rig.
Chris is also the UK National Moth champion and ranks 7th in the World.
Carbon fibre pit boom for Triple 8 Racing & Red Bull Australia
C-Tech are suppliers to Triple 8 Racing, partnered with Red Bull Racing Australia for their carbon fibre pit booms. Triple 8 Race Engineering is an Australian motor racing team who are one of the leading teams competing in the V8 Supercar Championship series.
Great result for Blasse & C-Tech at the 2013 OK Dinghy Worlds
After a week of fantastic sailing and hospitality Roger Blasse (AUS) has won the OK Dinghy Worlds in Pattaya, Thailand with a C-Tech mast.
Overall, it was a fantastic C-Tech rig result with nine places in the top 10: 2nd to Nick Craig (GBR), 3rd to Michael Williams (AUS)
C-Tech masts have now won the OK Worlds 5 years running.
2013 JJ Giltinian Trophy for the 18ft Skiffs
At the JJs in Sydney C-Tech, crewed by Alex Vallings, Josh McCormack and Peter Burling, came 4th overall. C-Tech also won the Invitation Race before the event.
Overall, it was also our best C-Tech rig result to date with five places in the top 10: 2nd (Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel), 4th (C-Tech), 5th (Smeg), 8th (Yamaha) and 9th (Yandoo).
Congratulations to everyone who took part.
C-Tech 3rd & 4th at the 2013 12ft Skiff Interdom's
At the 2013 12ft Skiff Interdom' Championships in January C-Tech placed 3rd and 4th against the top Australian teams.
3x winner Alex Vallings the owner of C-Tech found himself in a battle for 3rd place on the podium against the other C-Tech team of Chris Reid and Ben deFluiter.
Overall C-Tech results are race winners 1 - 6 all using C-Tech rigs, and 14 out of the top 20. Great results for C-Tech.
C-Tech clinch the Nespresso 18ft Skiff title, San Fran 2012
C-Tech dominated this event in San Francisco winning 6 of 8 races including the famous bridge to bridge.
Skippered by C-Tech's Alex Vallings and crewed by Josh McCormack and Chris Kitchen they won the event with a new boat launched earlier this year fully rigged with C-Tech gear.
A new range of composite battens from C-Tech have been launched in August 2012, designed to complement and extend our existing CT Sailbatten range.
Whereas the hollow tapered CT Sailbattens are suitable for yachts from 45ft up to large Superyachts, C-T PlateBattens have been designed to allow yachts from 12ft up to 90ft to take advantage of C-Tech's batten technology. Carbon plate battens
C-Tech win the 2012 Mark Foy in a brand new 18ft Skiff
The 2012 Mark Foy Trophy took place in Auckland during the month of January. Alex Vallings from C-Tech and his crew sailed to victory in a brand new 18ft Skiff. The JJ Giltinians take place in Australia in February 2012.
Photo courtesy: Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat.com
Moth Europeans 2011 won with a C-Tech mast
Congratulations to British Sailor Chris Rashley who has won the 2011 Moth European Championship in Germany with a C-Tech mast.
"His scorecard was a near perfect set of bullets. he definitely has more power in the lighter winds and we attribute this to the mast, so you can add that to your list of accolades" Phillipe Oligario, July 2011 Atomik UK
2011 C-Tech mast wins the International OK Dinghy Worlds
The 2011 OK Dinghy Worlds have been won in Largs Scotland by Nick Craig from Great Britain, Nick wins for the 4th time. 2nd place went to Martin Von Zimmerman, 3rd to Thomas Hansson-Mild with a C-Tech mast and 4th to Greg Wilcox also with a C-Tech mast.
C-Tech masts have now won the OK Worlds 4 years running.
photo courtesy: Neil Goodhead
C-Tech carbon AC45 rudders
C-Tech has been contracted to build the rudder foils for the AC45 America's Cup boats. C-Tech has manufactured the steering assemblies using high temp' pre preg in aluminium molds. Hull parts are manufactured using resin infusion, tillers, cross bars and stocks are manufactured using a pre preg mandrel wrap technique.
Australian Contender Champ's won with a C-Tech mast 2011
Congratulations to Geoff Fisher who won the International Contender Australian Champ's with a C-Tech mast. Geoff dominated the event which took place at South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club. Visit our Contender page for C-Tech products.
Sean Managh comments on his C-Tech rig "the rig worked well and it looked hot! isn't that half the race?!"Jan 2011
Photo courtesy: South Lake Macquarie Sailing Club
1st place with a C-Tech mast at the NSW NS14 State Titles 2010
Congratulations to Robert Fish and Cassie Cause sailing "Dark side of the Moon" with a C-Tech mast, they won the 2010 NSW NS14 State titles.