Pioneering smart alternatives to structural materials
Established in 1983, Pultron Composites Ltd is a privately owned industrial technology company that specializes in the development and manufacture of critical part and customised fiber- reinforced polymer (‘FRP’) pultrusions.
Pultrusions – a continuous manufacturing process used to cost-effectively produce FRP structural shapes – represent a fast-growing subset of the broader composites industry. Pultruded profiles are valued for their unique performance properties, including: high strength-to-weight ratio; light weight; corrosion-resistance; low thermal conductivity and high electrical resistance; electromagnetic transparency; energy storage capacity; sustained mechanical properties at low temperatures; and dimensional stability.
As a result of these advantages and corresponding economic / system performance benefits, pultrusions are displacing traditional materials in numerous applications.
Pultron is well-regarded for new product innovations, production technology advances and technical expertise, with over 34 years of composites research and development and numerous industry firsts.
The Company has developed 45 new major applications for composites across a broad range of industries, including recreation, agriculture, mining, construction, marine, electrical and industrial markets. Pultron specializes in the design and post-processing of pultrusions, leveraging in-house engineering, design and polymer research capabilities to produce bespoke FRP composite products tailored to be intergated into the customer’s solution/end product.
Among advantages Pultron can, if required, manufacture pultrusions to maximize fatigue resistance and perform well in situations of creep stress.
The Company’s focus on innovation, customer service and international competitiveness has allowed it to cultivate a diverse and loyal customer base and currently offers over 60 products to more than 100 customers in 20 countries across 10 end-markets.
Pultron has two manufacturing sites globally – located in New Zealand and Dubai, UAE – enabling Pultron to provide redundancy of supply, to maintain sourcing flexibility and to better serve its customers.
Strategy and Company Values
Pultron’s strategy is to offer the best performance to price ratio pultruded GFRP products in the world.
The strategy is underpinned by research and development (with an R&DD spend of around 4 x higher than average) to extract the maximum performance from materials, ultimately reducing the volume of material required – thereby offering the most cost effective product to our customers.
The commitment to our customers begins at the research and development stage continues through assistance with IP strategies;, quality assurance methodology, including development of bespoke test procedures where standard test methods are not applicable; and, full customer service and support.
Our values are summed up in three words:
• One Global Team
These values are part of the reason that after 35 years we are still the sole suppliers of GFRP pultruded products to the customers we began working with during our first year of business.
1982: Invented the world’s first fibre-glass electric fencepost (and clip) that transformed the NZ fencing market. This became the 1st patent held by Pultron
1983: Peter Holdsworth collaborated with some of New Zealand’s leading sailors to develop the ideal shape of the sail batten. This elongated hexagonal shape became the standard for pultruded sail battens around the world
1985: Coal mines are dangerous places. In 1985 Pultron pioneered the development of fibre-glass rock bolts for the Australian mining industry with mining experts to develop a cutable pultruded rockbolt which improved safety in coal mines
1985: Pioneered and developed the world’s first fibre optic cable strength member for telecommunications during the 1990’s – supplied enough optic cable to travel around the circumference of the world (40,000km)
1989: The declining range of their natural habitats has put elephants and farmers in conflict for many years, with many elephants being shot and killed. Pultron developed super-sized electric fences to keep elephants away from farmlands to help the conservation effort in Asia
1992: Developed world-first hybrid extrusion/pultrusion process. Pultron worked in conjunction with a leading Australian mining company, BHP Billiton to develop a unique high-flex rockbolt from High Density Polyethylene
1993: Developed FRP rebar to replace steel reinforcement to stop rust in concrete. 1994 developed a new production method to produce angles, stirrups, and other bends to supplement the straight rebar
1999: Retaining wall stability revolutionized. Developed the first fibre-glass retaining wall pin and then 40 million more…
1999: Sydney Water had to solve the problem of offering a 75 year design life for a tunnel expected to cope with contaminated storm-water. Pultron developed a chemically resistant tunnel-bolt culminating in the world’s first fully composite reinforced tunnel with an expected lifespan of more than 100 years
2001: The only pultruder from 10 international contenders able to develop the fibre-glass spring technology used for Dell computer & Hewlett -Packard
2003: America’s Cup contenders call on Pultron’s CMR testing laboratory for testing services. Pultron supplied flexible lofting battens of 40 and 60 metre lengths to Swiss contenders Alinghi
2004: World’s safest trampoline. Pultron worked with University of Canterbury professor Dr Keith Alexander to develop high performance rods for his revolutionary new design of ‘Springfree’ trampoline. Keith’s vision reached fruition as Springfree became known as the world’s safest trampoline
2006: Developed helical grinding process for composite rebar. Trademarked and developed the Mateen brand into a world recognized credible brand for composite reinforcement used in roads, tunnels and mines
2007: Timber power-pole cross-arms are sourced from rainforests, and are heavy causing H&S issues. Pultron developed a cross-arm which was lighter, quicker to install, plus reduced powerline maintenance costs due to longer life-span.
2007: Developed a world-first over molding technology for composite rods and helped revolutionise the trampoline
2009: Pultron Rock Bolts used in Worlds First Fully Composite Reinforced Tunnel, Sydney, Australia
2009: Americas Cup contenders call on Pultron’s testing lab for testing services. Pultron supplied flexible lofting battens of 40 and 60 metre lengths to Swiss contenders Allinghi
2010: New Zealand Minister of Trade, the Honourable Tim Groser, opened Pultron’s new factory in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai
2010: Partnered with industry leader for the world’s most advanced rubber track system
2010: Anti-pirate fences. Pultron designed the world-first electric fence for cargo ships travelling through dangerous shipping lanes where pirates frequently target medium sized vessels
2012: Developed the ‘holy grail’ of rockbolts – the ‘Self Drilling Rockbolt’ – for industry leader Hilti, who for 3 years were unable to develop the product with European competitors
2013: America’s Cup. Team New Zealand and Luna Rosa selected Pultron to supply the critical part 60 meter length lofting battens to get the critical sail cut perfectly
2013: 34th America’s Cup. Team New Zealand, Luna Rosa and foil builders for Oracle all made use of the equipment and expertise of Pultron’s CMR laboratory
2015: Supreme Customer Services Award. Pultron’s customer service department won the Gallagher Supplier of the Year 2015 Supreme Customer Service Award (400 suppliers)
2015: World’s first transferable bend technology developed. Successful technology transfer to the Middle East
2016: Developed proprietary fiberglass CNC grinding technology to enable leading USA marina company, Bellingham Marine, replace stainless steel tie-rods in pontoon systems
Our R&D Partners
Pultron takes its responsibility as a good community citizen seriously and sponsors a wide range of personal and community initiatives and events in the arts and music, education, ecology, science and technology, sport and recreation.
Pultron has supported the Gisborne International Music Competition since its inception in 1989 – and it has become an integral part of the Gisborne and New Zealand musical scene for young orchestral musicians. It has been a joy to watch former competitors go on to become leaders in the music world – filling positions in professional orchestras and chamber groups and working as soloists and teachers throughout Australasia and the world. We like to think that Pultron can take a little credit for their success and for contributing to enhancing the social and economic life of the community.
Pultron is proud to be a sponsor of the recent redevelopment of the War Memorial Theatre in Gisborne, New Zealand. The project included a major facelift of the theatre, as well as the expansion of the stage and auditorium, to ensure that the theatre meets the requirements of the Gisborne community for the foreseeable future.
Pultron Composites is proud to have a long-standing association with the Poverty Bay Agricultural & Pastoral Association Spring Show. The Poverty Bay A&P Show includes a vast range of exhibits, events and things for people to do and see.
With over 30 years of international presence
mateenbar™ is Pultron’s proprietary high-performance GFRP reinforcement rod for concrete structures. mateenbar™ is an alternative to steel reinforcement offering distinct advantages: corrosion resistance; non-conductive and non-electromagnetic; low thermal conductivity; non-magnetic; ease of cutting; lightweight; and low environmental impact.