GMS Composites expands to focus on Southeast Asia

Australia-based prepregger GMS Composites is expanding into Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam with the hiring of Kuala Lampur-based Lawrence Kok.

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Epoxy prepreg manufacturer GMS Composites (Dandenong, Victoria, Australia) reported on March 27 that it is expanding its business focus in Southeast Asia. The company has recently hired Lawrence Kok, who joins the company in the newly created role of regional manager-South East Asia, covering Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Kok, who will be based in Kuala Lumpur, is a chemistry graduate with more than 20 years technical sales and business development experience in the region; he is fluent in English, Malay, Indonesian, Cantonese and Mandarin. His appointment is part of an ongoing international growth strategy by GMS Composites, targeting key regions where it sees a growing demand for high performance composites in niche markets which use prepreg materials, such as aerospace and defence, automotive, motorsports and high-end sporting goods.

Sam Weller, managing director of GMS Composites, says, “We are delighted that Lawrence has joined the team. We see lots of good opportunities in Southeast Asia, particularly with our BMI and epoxy tooling prepreg options and our custom design prepreg service, both for the more specialist automotive and motorsport sectors, and in the aircraft market to support maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) needs.”

GMS Composites has particular expertise in developing and supplying ‘bespoke’ composite prepreg tooling and molding solutions, working with its customers to formulate and develop custom prepreg systems engineered to meet specific application needs and performance requirements. A choice of 10 standard prepreg resins systems have been developed for fabricating high-performance composite tooling and to mold finished composite parts using vacuum processing. Both in and out-of-autoclave (OOA) prepreg resins are available. All GMS Composites prepreg resins can be combined with a wide range of reinforcement fabrics made from carbon fibres, aramid, S-glass or polyethylene fibers.