Founded in 2009, by Dr. Floreana Coman, Fabrics & Composites Science & Technologies – FCST – is an innovative company providing Research and Development; Manufacturing and Process Technology; Education and Training; and Supply Chain solutions to the global textile and composite materials market.
Based in Melbourne, FCST has unique composite materials and textile weaving capabilities, that enable it to serve a wide range of applications in markets, including aerospace, marine, automotive, building and construction, sporting equipment and defence. FCST can supply technical textiles, composite materials and technology in support of customers’ needs, particularly where superior performance, advanced processing or smart manufacturing are essential.
A key objective is to develop sustainable solutions that meet, or exceed, customer requirements by leveraging our extensive internal capability with the capabilities of selected research providers and universities; and through strategic partnering with innovative businesses.
The FCST team has a well-established record in a wide range of research projects. FCST will continue to take an active role in textile and composites R&D – internally and with strategic allies – to deliver effective and sustainable solutions for our clients.
Located in Melbourne, Australia, the FCST manufacturing facility is able to provide the composites and technical textiles industries with a wide range of products, and product support. The manufacturing facility is equipped with 2-D and 3-D looms, twisting and cabling system and finishing capability. Importantly, the operation has considerable flexibility and can support shorter production runs, to assist customers in proto-typing and product development.
Additionally, a well-equipped composite materials laboratory has been established to further assist FCST, and its customers, with innovation, product development and concept testing.
One of our goals at FCST is to create stronger links between Universities and industry. We undertake research projects with Australian Universities, providing valuable experience to undergraduates and postgraduate students.
To support “industry education” FCST is an active member of a number of leading industry associations.