[Photo caption above: Triac Composites' 65 staff and Australian management team visited Vung Tau for a team building day.]
Triac Composites is an internationally owned and managed company,
based in HCMC, Vietnam.
While Triac Composites' origins are in manufacturing composite sailing
boats, its future actively includes expanding the use of composites into
Collectively, the Principals in the company have built more than 1,500 sailing boats over the last 30 years in three countries (Australia, USA and now, Vietnam). Each sailing boat was been built with composites - for very good reasons:
Why are composites the material of choice for the Principals' sailing boats?
Sailing boats rely on the wind. The lighter the boat, the faster it can travel so being light-weight is critical.
In the middle of the ocean, no one can hear you scream! Sailing boats must be built to withstand the enormous loads placed on them by the wind and water. Composites such as carbon fiber have an extremely high strength to weight ratio that rivals that of steel. Super strong; super light.
Sailing boats spend much of their lives in very hostile environments. Salt is an incredibly corrosive agent - but composites do not rust and they are able to withstand the ultra violet rays of the sun.
Composites can be moulded and manufactured into virtually any shape giving "design freedom" compared with other, more traditional, materials.
(For more benefits of composites, click here.)
Triac Composites: a new beginning, 2014
In 2014, the Principals established Triac Composites, the manufacturing arm of the Hong Kong-based Rapido Trimarans.
The 60' Rapido Trimaran was the first product to be manufactured by Triac
But, while composites are especially well suited to the sailing and marine
industries, their applicability in other industries represents
an enormous opportunity.
The attributes of being light weight, super strong, non corrosive and
offering design freedom are benefits that other industries will ignore at
their own peril.
Triac Composites' Principals are experts at building boats - and working with composites, whether that is in the marine industry or other industries.
Triac Composites employs more than 60 highly skilled and motivated Vietnamese staff. Many of these staff have worked with the Directors since they first moved to Vietnam back in 2006 when they relocated a boat-building factory from the USA.
Paul Koch - General Director and Co founder: Paul was the owner of Ostac Yachts from 1986 to 2008 and Corsair Marine from 1994 until 2010 Paul's vision and passion has pioneered numerous multihull innovations (see photo above, on right).
Richard Eyre - Co founder: Richard is a life long sailor, trimaran owner, lawyer and investment banker and brings many years of corporate knowledge and good governance to the company (see photo above, on left).
Mark Waller - Production Manager: A long and rich history in composite boat building that included two decades working with Seawind Catamarans, most recently as Production Manager.
Steven Diep - Is a Naval Architect (Australia) who greatly enhances Triac Composites' in house capability and manages our Kuka Robot (programming and operation).
Phil Johns - General Manager: Phil worked with Paul as the Marketing & Business Development Manager of Corsair Marine in Vietnam before joining the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam where he worked as its Executive Director. He joined Triac Composites in April 2018.
Ven Tran is heavily involved with CAD Drawings and the production. He was an original member of Corsair back in 20o6 when Paul shifted the business from the US to Vietnam and then again when Paul established Triac Composites in 2014.
Triac Composites' recent projects
Triac Composites' recent projects include building:
Water vessels including the in-house 60’ Rapido Trimaran as well as yachts, power boats, coastal patrol boats and ferries
The projects are varied and cover all shapes, sizes and strengths - all at a very low weight (being composites).
Triac Composites is well positioned to work with you to develop and deliver a composite solution for your needs.
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