Organised by Apical Int., with a view to showcasing technology, some 80 Composite Australia members enjoyed their visit to Ryman Composites’ new manufacturing facility at Milperra, Sydney.
Guests had the opportunity to tour each stage of the modern 2,500 sq m production facility to see examples of the company’s diverse composite products and view each stage of production including design, lamination, mould making and finishing.
Among the highlights of the display was the opportunity for delegates to experience the award-winning SynFlyt 3DOF (degrees of freedom) outdoor flight motion simulator in a composite pod developed for pilot training schools large and small.
Chris believes strongly that there is room in the market if you are prepared to manufacture professionally. He shared salient advice gained from his experiences running a composites business for over 40 years. Lessons he has learnt — more often than not the hard way — include: run with a good thing; don’t undermine your suppliers; pay bills on time; share your success; and to carry people with you.
He has learnt to be cautious of people who distract you from your business, warning to be wary of customers that may attempt to run your business and inventors who may “never give birth”. Chris’ mantra is to “do it yourself and not buy other’s ideas”.
While always challenging, business is done on the power of good partnerships and customer relationships, says Chris.