Fordyno’s Business Development Manager, Liam Fechner, was grateful to be invited to speak at the Rail Manufacturing CRC Participant’s Forum in Melbourne on 31st October 2018.

Liam presented some of Fordyno’s iconic projects including the new Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 high-speed train design and the Fuxing Hao high-speed train to the group of rail industry and academic representatives.

But the core of the presentation was the huge potential for structural composite materials to be applied in rolling stock and save weight, improve fatigue life and deliver better trains. Our work with CRRC on the Wuhan Optics Valley Quantum composite tram was shown as one viable solution for composite rolling stock structures, and recent developments in composite structures around the world were also presented.

The presentation was well received with a number of insightful and challenging questions from an informed audience.

It was fantastic to learn about the broad range of research being undertaken through the Rail Manufacturing CRC covering energy storage, unmanned inspections, rail welding technology and training and maintenance. The CRC is delivering a deep and diverse range of research topics to support the Australian rail industry, with potential global application.

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Innotrans 2018

Fordyno was fortunate to attend InnoTrans2018 in Berlin last month. Our team spent 4 amazing days at largest transport event in the world. Some notable trends from exhibitors included battery and super-capacitor technology developments for off-wire rail operation, technological solutions to improve the overall network efficiency, an abundance of electrically powered buses, and integration of communications technology for health reporting of rail assets. 

While there were many impressive exhibitors and displays, the highlights for us were: 

·         CRRC Cetrovo Train – We were excited to watch CRRC reveal their new generation metro vehicle featuring a carbon fibre car body and bogie frame. While this specific train is a prototype and is not intended for service, it demonstrates a very strong interest and investment in composite technology for the rail industry, similar to the engineering design work that Fordyno has been doing. It was fantastic to see the huge amount of interest that it generated with asset owners, operators and car manufacturers alike. It encourages us to continue to develop our composite engineering solutions for rolling stock. 

·         DeutscheBahn Ideenzug: the ‘Train of Ideas’ - filled to the brim with innovative design ideas for rolling stock interiors (and a couple of exterior ideas), the Ideenzug represented for us an interesting challenge to the status quo for train design. Several features that we would love to incorporate into our own interior designs included the interior green wall comprised of living plants, ‘standing seats’ for greater seating capacity, creative lighting that created a more playful space, personal noise cancelling by Silentium, and floor-to-ceiling digital displays providing more useful information and greater interest to commuters. Several features we’d love to have in our office that DB somehow managed to squeeze into a train were massage chairs, private yoga rooms and a separately partitioned play room for kids.  

·         Austrade and the Australian delegation – of course we could not forget our mates from Australia featuring AFL finals footy on the big screen and the best coffee we could find in Europe. 

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Fordyno visits Airbus in Stade and Hamburg

On 14th September 2018, Fordyno’s team was thrilled to visit Airbus’ composite manufacturing facility in Stade, Germany, where the Vertical Tail Fins are manufactured for the Airbus A320, A330 and A380 series aircraft.

It was incredible to see the fully automated laying up of unidirectional carbon fibre tapes for the aircraft tail skins and the precision applied in cutting, moulding, reinforcing and joining composite parts.

Fordyno was able to observe the strict quality control applied including ultrasound scanning of the completed tail skins.

We followed this with a tour of Airbus Hamburg on 17th September where the A320 and A380 aircraft are assembled and painted. The scale of the operation is astounding as the full aircraft are progressively put together from components sourced from all over the world.

The experience with Airbus was great and really demonstrated the possibilities for composites in lightweight structural applications. Inspiring and educational for all our team.

Metro of the Future

CRRC MA Next Generation Subway Car Concept secures itself as Challenge 2 winner of the MTA Genius Transit Challenge.

Fordyno was commissioned by CRRC to complete the interior design from initial sketches right through to CAD renderings to help them visualise a futuristic and innovative interior. Follow the link below to see more.

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Jobs: Design Engineer



The Opportunity:

As we look to expand our horizons we offer a great opportunity to the successful candidate to get involved in a growing and evolving company and to receive training in state-of-the-art engineering tools.

Based in Sydney Australia, not only do we offer a great environment to work and live in but also offer the chance to travel internationally with the company.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive Salary.
  • Friendly working environment.
  • Opportunity to grow and develop in an expanding business.
  • For the right candidate we can offer Sponsorship to work in Australia.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for a graduate engineer with up to 2 years industry experience in mechanical or aeronautical engineering. We look for a creative mindset who is willing to learn state of the art engineering tools designing metal as well as composite structures.

  • Good general engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills
  • An interest in engineering design with composite materials
  • Understanding of Finite Element Analysis theory. Practical experience with Finite Element Modelling (ANSYS preferred) would be highly regarded
  • Experience with 3D modelling software (Siemens NX preferred but not essential)
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to travel overseas
  • Experience designing and analysing composite structures would be a bonus.

Interested? How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and your resume through to:

Jobs: Industrial Designer



Industrial Designer:

As we look to expand our horizons we offer a great opportunity to the successful candidate to get involved in an evolving company, to have their own say and influence on the design culture, and have more of an involvement than just sitting at a desk and getting the work done.

Based in Sydney Australia, not only do we offer a great environment to work and live in but also offer the chance to travel with the company, a willingness to travel is essential to the role.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive Salary.
  • 9.5% Superannuation on top of salary.
  • Friendly working environment.
  • Opportunity to grow and develop in to an expanding business.
  • For the right candidate we can offer Sponsorship to work in Australia.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for an Industrial Designer / Transport designer with several years professional experience within the industry. We look for a creative mindset who will continually surprise and delight our clients with their creative output.

  • Good design research and concept generation abilities.
  • 2D rendering, sketching and presentation (photoshop, illustrator etc).
  • Competent 3D software knowledge.
  • Experience with Keyshot.
  • 3D Max experience is a bonus.        

Interested? How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, your resume, and a PDF portfolio through to:

Sam Payne

Design Manager