Advancing manufacturing: German ideal and Australian reality

04th December 2017

Event initiated and managed by Apical Int.,R&D investment,Technology,Uncategorized

Manufacturing is undergoing an historic transformation across the industrialised world. While we can learn from Germany, the reality is that Australia’s advanced composite manufacturing sector will adapt the best elements we have here, and around the world, to service our unique characteristics.

TTNA joins Asia Pacific Nonwovens Federation

05th July 2017


Australia’s TTNA is one of seven nonwoven industry bodies from the Asia Pacific region brought together by the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) to form the Asia Pacific Nonwovens Federation.

Founding members, Mr Li Lingshen President of CNITA[1], Mr David Rousse, President of INDA[2] and Ms Kerryn Caulfield, Executive Manager of the TTNA[3] met at the recent China Nonwoven and industrial textiles associations in Indonesia, India, Korea and Japan are intending to join the Federation which has a mission to serve the sector through the exchange of information, establishment of standards and support of the growth of cross market opportunities.

After a decade of rapid growth and investment, China is now the world’s largest producer of nonwovens, accounting for 40% of global production. China is also the world’s largest exporting country as well as the largest consumer market for non-woven fabrics. The largest application for China nonwovens is medical and hygiene (28%), followed by building and geotextiles (16%) which is being fuelled by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Packaging, filtration and separation, agriculture and transport applications are each running at around 10%.

“I am grateful to the CNITA and INDA for initiating the Federation and including Australian interests,” says Kerryn Caulfield of Australia’s TTNA. “We look forward to capitalising on the synergies between our countries and to furthering the development of international interests with fellow Federation members.”


Rebirth of Melded Fabrics

16th May 2017

Design,Event initiated and managed by Apical Int.,Recycling / Sustainability,Technology,Uncategorized

A heartening confidence in manufacturing textiles in Australia is good reason for the owners of Melded Products to reinvest and reopen the iconic company.

Victoria’s Desalination Plant Project

05th August 2016


I was delighted to lead a tour to give technical textile, filtration and composite professionals a look behind the scenes of the Victorian Desalination Plant Project – the largest desalination plant in Australia and the largest reverse osmosis plant in operation globally.

The Silk Road extends to Australia

12th October 2015

Design,Event initiated and managed by Apical Int.,Export,Recycling / Sustainability,Sustainability,Technology,Uncategorized

Thanks to the efforts of the Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations (FAPTA), the Technical Textiles & Nonwoven Association (a client of Apical International), Deakin University and its Institute for Frontier Materials, the Silk Road is coming to Australia in November 2015!

Opportunities for Australian composite manufacturers in Malaysia Plan

01st June 2015

Event initiated and managed by Apical Int.,Export,Technology

The Australian composites industry trade mission to Malaysia is timely given the country’s focus on realising the Eleventh Malaysia Plan, 2016-2020, and the importance placed on innovation and technology – a nice synergy for Australia’s composites sector and its ability to offer innovative solutions.

Family manufacturing business shines  

01st April 2015

Event initiated and managed by Apical Int.,Technology

A Victorian family business showcases what it takes to succeed in the current challenging manufacturing environment.

Geofabrics a success story for Australian manufacturing

09th October 2014

Event initiated and managed by Apical Int.,Sustainability,Technology,Uncategorized

In the current extremely challenging climate for Australian manufacturing, it was heartening to have the rare opportunity to tour the new plant of geosynthentics specialist, Geofabrics Australasia in Ormeau, Queensland.