Technical Services & Innovation


Final Day – A Visit to Empa the Swiss Federal Laboratories

On our final day in Europe (Friday 6th of October), we visited Empa the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.

As part of an Australian Research Council project, Aeramix is looking forward to performing some trial CFRP installation works together with technology and project partners Empa, Simpson StrongTie (S&P), Swinburne University and of course VicRoads.

Our visit to Empa today was aimed at understanding the technology further and gaining further insight into various structural innovations in preparation for works to be undertaken on a Victorian bridge later this year. Further detail on the project will be made public in the forthcoming months.

What an impressive organization Empa is with its numerous laboratories developing and testing structural innovations lead by a highly skilled team of structural engineers, scientists and PHd students.  We were privileged to be met by several of Empa’s team and Simpson StrongTie (S&P) and witnessed these innovations in the making.

A special thanks to Marko Horvat, our technical manager for facilitating an extremely worthwhile visit and of course to Empa’s team and S&P for their hospitality and for sharing these innovations with Aeramix.

We welcome the confidence being given to us and now looking forward to implementing the innovations in Australia.





Greetings from Switzerland

On the third day of our trip (Thursday 5th October), Jim Barraza and I are joined by Jon Paul Marrow our Structural Protection Manager and Marko Horvat our Technical Manager to visit S&P Clever Reinforcement Company in Seewen just outside Zurich.

Today we met with Martin Huppi, S&P’s Senior Structural Engineer and we were privileged to be given a tour of their factory and witness firsthand the latest in the development of structural strengthening technologies using carbon fibre reinforced polymers.  Aeramix is certainly proud to receive the confidence from S&P that will enable us to work closer and potentially deliver these innovations to Australia, as we strive to meet our vision of becoming Australia’s foremost installer of carbon fibre technologies for applications such as bridges, carparks and various other steel and concrete structures.

Here are few of the snapshots of S&P’ Head Office



A Visit to Siplast Manufacturing Plant in Southern France

On 3rd of October our French connections have lead Jim and I to the Siplast manufacturing facility in Mondoubleau south of Paris.

We met with Xavier De Mauny, Siplast Export Manager and Darin Fitzgerald National Sales Manager – Australia / New Zealand for Siplast and had the pleasure of witnessing Teranap being manufactured to the highest of quality standards during our tour of the factory lead by Didie Enri, Siplast’s Plant Director.

We undertook some practical, hands on training as we believe in fully understanding the products we apply.

Additionally, we had the pleasure meeting Siplast’s production staff and again ran our video of the Teranap works being performed in Tasmania. We felt that it was important for Siplast’s production staff to witness the results of their efforts in producing product that aim to preserve the environment.

As expected all products demonstrated were of high quality with great care taken throughout the manufacturing process. We were impressed with how efficiently operations were handled in the plant and the genuine culture demonstrated across the company.

It is certainly my pleasure to share this experience with you and looking forward to delivering quality outcomes as a result of the innovations and lessons gained today.





Greetings from France

Greetings from Antony, Paris. I am here with our National Business Development Manager Jim Barraza at the SIPLAST head office learning more about the range of products available and continuing to develop our relationship. They are our supplier for Teranap 431 & 531, products we are using in a large Tasmanian project we are working on and installing some 220,000sqm.

Equally, we have taken the opportunity to show off our most recent video of this installation and demonstration how proud we are to work with Siplast products and the work we do.

Here we met with Xavier de Mauny, Damien Soler, Christophe Duret, and the entire Siplast export team for a chat and to showcase our latest project video.

Stay tuned as I will be sharing with you my experience of the four-day trip in coming days.

IPWEA Qld Gala dinner awards 2

Double the Reward

It was a spectacular night in Mackay and representatives from Aeramix; Rob Hillgrove, Mark Samblebe, Joel Fitzgerald and Tony Hourigan were thrilled to be a part of it. The Aeramix Technical Services and Innovation team were presented their awards together with project principals Richmond Shire Council and Etheridge Shire Council in front of 300 people from across Queensland, Australia and New Zealand who represented local and state government, consulting engineers, contractors, Mayors and Councillors from all over Queensland.

Cole Harvey CEO of Aeramix said “it’s testament to the hard work of our TSI team, they set goals, communicated well with our clients and delivered on time and within budget. The awards are the icing on the cake and we are very proud of our team and the work we have done in Queensland.”

Congratulations is extended to all Queensland Councils who were nominated and received awards.

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