A family owned business that was founded in 1946, Steber International originally produced timber clinker hull boats, transitioning to fibreglass (FRP) construction in 1959. It is now considered as one of the pioneers in the construction of fibreglass vessels in Australia.
The Apical team recently organised a tour of the Steber manufacturing plant which is on a four-acre site in Taree a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.
Generous host and General Manager, Alan Steber shared salient advice gained from his experience running a composites business for over 40 years. His strong belief in networking was demonstrated by the calibre of invited speakers, including the Federal Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie, and State Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, both of whom outlined their commitment to manufacturing in the region.
Alan also explained that an active R&D program is critical for continued innovation and growth in regional areas. “Given the distance from key decision makers, we simply have to stay ahead of the pack by knowing more and offering innovative solutions and products,” Alan said.
Alan proudly led a tour of the factory covering a $2m export vessel, 43ft navy vessel, 4380 sports cruiser, 34ft commercial fishing vessel and a host of other projects under construction. Alan explained that it takes on average 43 mouldings to make one Steber commercial and/or recreational composite vessel.
The event was another advanced manufacturing facility tour initiated and organised by our team.