VABO Composites (Emmeloord, Netherlands) was started by director Arnold Vaandrager in 2001, with several small marine projects. It proceeded to various applications for fishing vessels, including replacing metal storage boxes with composites. But the local fishing industry slowed significantly, forcing Vaandrager to look for new opportunities. “We have had to excel in what is difficult for others to make,” he notes. The company now completes a range of diverse projects, from industrial to marine to architecture, in a 3,000-m2 facility with a corps of 15 senior composites technicians and managers that scales up to 40 workers during large projects. Using mostly resin infusion, RTM Light and some wet layup, VABO has its own in-house design and materials & process engineers as well as fast tool fabrication using a CNC milling machine.
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