Carbon Revolution is a privately owned Australian company. Its origins are in advanced materials R&D and vehicle engineering within world leading technology organizations. The company emerged from an independent R&D program providing technology mentoring to university teams involved in Formula SAE campaigns. The first composite wheels developed by the founders appeared in 2004 on SAE vehicles competing in this global competition.
The venture rapidly evolved into a highly focused and effective group of leading engineers, scientists and industrialists. The team has expanded to add the skills and experience necessary to commercialize this technology and take it to the various global markets that are hungry for step change efficiency technologies of this type.
Amongst the founders and subsequent hires are ex-OEM senior engineers from chassis development and drive train roles, senior manufacturing executives from world leading automotive component suppliers, R&D specialists from leading aircraft manufacturers, industrial composites manufacturing specialists and numerous PhD’s with world leading materials and structures knowledge.
Carbon Revolution also has numerous formal partnerships for technology development and product testing around the world. This includes Deakin University and RMIT University in Australia, both globally recognized institutions in their respective fields of materials sciences and aerospace technology.
With this team in place the rigor of aerospace processes has been effectively merged with the efficiency and process controls characteristic of high volume automotive component manufacturing. Achieving global OEM standards for component supply (TS16949) by early 2013 is a key element of the overall world-class approach to quality and process control. This approach has attracted strong support and funding from the Australian Government under its $5.4 billion New Car Plan.
Carbon Revolution conducted much of the early laboratory testing in Europe using techniques and testing rigs that are favored by OEMs over the common industry tests. This approach has ensured that the most rigorous standards imposed by European OEMs have been tested for in leading laboratories.
From the outset, the team has adopted a clear strategy of understanding, fulfilling and ultimately exceeding OEM requirements and standards prior to launching product into any part of the automotive market.