New plastics factory powers worldwide expansion
UPDATE: Developer Denis Wagner says a new plastics factory planned for Wellcamp will help grow the expanding Wagners CFT company.
The Wagners-owned company manufacturing composite fibre technologies, supplying cross arm power transmission lines to Asia, marine boardwalks in New Zealand and bridges in north America.
He said the new factory would house new technologies and processes that would make it more efficient than the current factory located on Anzac Ave.
Mr Wagner said while there were no plans to create new jobs, the business was growing rapidly and that meant increasing employment opportunities.
He said Wellcamp Business Park was the perfect location for the factory given its proximity to the airport and access to good land.
EARLIER: A new factory manufacturing composite fibre technologies is planned for Wellcamp.
The factory, classed as high impact industry, will be built in an industrial complex already approved by Toowoomba Regional Council.
It will be constructed in the Wellcamp Business Park, a development owned by the Wagner family.
Developers say the use of composite materials has expanded greatly since their first use in the aerospace and nautical industries.
"As the use of composite materials has become more common their benefits have been realised by other industries and their use and acceptance by civil engineers has greatly increased in recent years," documents submitted to council state.
"Composite materials offer high strength, low weight, and long service lives as they are not prone to corrosion, rot or shrinkage as other materials more traditional used by the construction industry.
"Wagners CFT has pioneered the use of composite materials in Australia and indeed the world, exporting products from Toowoomba to locations such as the United States, Russia, Malaysia and Brazil.
"Wagners use the 'pultrusion process' to fabricate structural fibreglass sections.
"These sections are traditional in geometry and shape to rolled steel 'RHS' sections, however are made from fibreglass and vinyl ester resins.
"The material combination has been chosen by Wagners to provide the best structural system for an economical cost."
Wagners Composite Fibre Technologies has won major contracts using the smart technology including a cycling bridge extension onto an existing bridge over a watercourse in New Zealand.
The plant will be single storey and have a maximum height of about 8.6 metres from natural ground level.
How the plant will work
This is a continuous process in which the glass fibres and resin are drawn through a heating die to produce the structural sections.
Wagners produce three hollow profiles (100x75mm, 100x100mm and 125x125mm).
The pultrusion machine also includes a saw to cut the beams to length.
The pultrusion beams are then coated by a coextrusion process for ultraviolet and tracking resistance.
This is a continuous process where the beams are fed through a co-extrusion die that applies a primer then wraps them in a thin layer of polymer.
- Drill & push
The coated beams then have holes drilled according to the design and plastic blocks called inserts pushed to each hole position to reinforce the holes.
As the beams move through this cell a robot first applies a chamfer to the front end of the beam, the holes are drilled and then the robot applies a chamfer to the rear of the beam.
The drilled and coated beam is then moved to the pusher lane where inserts are pushed into the beam to align with each hole.
A two part polyurethane glue is then injected around each insert which significantly improves the load bearing capacity of the hole.
As each drilled, pushed and coated beam is fed into this cell the first hole is moved into position and a camera identifies its location and size, the hole is glued and the next hole is moved into position etc.
This is the final stage of production for a crossarm where end caps are glued to the ends of the beams, the customer details are stencilled and each beam is inspected for defects.
The arms are then stacked onto a palled and wrapped in packs of 50 for 100x100 arms or 40 for 125x125 crossarms.
The developer is a water service provider and will purchase treated water from council to store in reservoirs before use.
The development will also be serviced by reticulated bore water mains from licensed on-site bores.
A separate development application for a waste water treatment system was approved by council on 30 October 2014 and will ultimately service this development.
Combined parking at the facility will include fifty eight car parking spaces and provision for articulated vehicle parking.
Landscaping will be used to "soften" the development on external areas not otherwise used for vehicle parking, manoeuvring or storage.
The site has been cleared of vegetation.
The proposal is being assessed by council.
Wagners have been contacted for comment.