Lavender Composites is Australia’s leading distributor of quality composite panels and glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) laminates.
We stock a large range of sandwich panels, including Holypan, PanTec, ThermoTec and PlyTec. Our range includes various types of GRP Lamilux skins, as well as a number of cores, such as polypropylene (PP) honeycomb and extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam. We also offer an extensive range of accessories, including extrusions (both aluminium and plastic), adhesives, fasteners and primers to help you complete your project.
In 2020 Lavender attained ISO 9001 certification for supply of composite materials, processing equipment and specialist material kitting to all industries. This international quality management system standard certifies that Lavender consistently provides products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
With over twenty years’ experience in the composites industry, Brisbane-based Lavender Composites provides timely, qualified technical advice and support to our valued clients Australia-wide. Our main facility is in Brisbane, and we also hold stock in Melbourne and in Hamilton, New Zealand.
We are a close-knit team with a passion for serving our customers and delivering good, sound and reliable advice about the best way to produce your caravan, campervan or motorhome. We take pride in providing you with the advice, materials and equipment to manufacture your projects, from RVs to relocatable buildings, toy trailers to truck bodies.
Lavender’s mission is to be the composite panel supplier of choice in Australia and New Zealand.
Some twenty years ago it was evident that there was a gap in the market for a supplier who could support industry with the best-quality composite materials in Australia. Nobody appeared to be doing it very well, and so Lavender Composites was born.
Initially we imported a few key products, such as structural prepregs and carbon fibre reinforcements, then our range grew to include thermoplastic sandwich panels, gel coat panels, and GRP skins.
Our relationships with leading international manufacturers are well established, which gives us buying power and better lead times. As well as our warehouse facility in Brisbane, we stock panels in Melbourne and Hamilton, NZ. Lavender attaining ISO 9001 certification means that we consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. These are just some of the reasons why Lavender is now one of the preferred suppliers of composite panel in Australia and New Zealand.
As an engineer, I’ve always been interested in how materials and products are designed and composites grabbed my attention. I believe that having the best-quality materials at your fingertips makes it remarkably easy to manufacture the best product design.
I started Lavender Composites to fill a gap in the market with excellent products and to provide sound technical support to customers who needed that extra assistance with product selection and advice on manufacturing methods.
Over two decades, Lavender has grown to take its place among the top suppliers in the composites industry.
My first job after completing trade school was as a payroll clerk for a metal door company. Recognising my potential, they sent me to night courses in sales and business management. I moved to Western Australia to set up the door business and expand into trailer sales. I started working with Lombardi Bros in the heavy transport equipment industry, travelling all over Australia taking trailer products to shows. This experience taught me to think on my feet, as I helped design equipment and solve problems alongside the client. As the company grew, so did my sales team, leading to my appointment as General Manager. After 15 years with Lombardi, I moved to SFM Engineering as General Manager, becoming an equal shareholder in the company a few years later. It was at SFM that I was first introduced to composite panel, the material that would revolutionise the transport building industry like nothing else before it. Using the panel on stock crates led to me winning an award for innovation in the livestock industry.
I have given 28 years of service to the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association, including as national chairman of this progressive organisation that improves the industry with better legislation and new codes of practice.
I was working with the manufacturer of Monopan composite panels when I was introduced to Lavender as the Queensland distributors. I really liked Rudi and his ability to think outside of the square. He has a good engineering brain, which I tap into when we have curly client conundrums. At Lavender, I’m able to use all my skills; not only am I out on the road selling, but I also help the client conceptualise and engineer their project while ensuring that the job is done properly and to code. I have autonomy and lots of great clients.
I’ve always worked in sales and have always loved making things, so this role really is a match made in heaven for me. In my spare time, I make skateboards from cork core product.
I am a people person, so I really like dealing with our customers. I enjoy coming to work every day to helping our clients solve manufacturing problems by advising and supplying the right composite products for their projects. Over the years I have gathered a lot of knowledge about composite products and what application suits which product. I enjoy sharing that information with our clients.
Plus, the team at Lavender are like a second family to me, which makes it a really nice place to work.
I’ve been in management for over 22 years, with 10 of those years working in warehousing and logistics.
Here at Lavender, we pride ourselves on getting orders picked and packed to the highest standard, and then dispatched within the best time frame possible. I run a very organised and professional warehouse team. I also work closely with our chosen freight companies to provide our customers with the best service possible for their shipment needs.
I’m also responsible for managing and running the CNC and Pathfinder cutting machines, specialised work which I find very rewarding.
As the father of six beautiful children, family is of the utmost importance to me. I love the team of people I work with, who are also like family to me. I enjoy the work we do here at Lavender, from selling advanced composite materials to cutting them to the customer’s specification.
I have worked in administration and finance roles for 25 years, with the last 10 years in my current role as the Administration Manager at Lavender.
The start of my journey in this field began with a traineeship after finishing Year 12. The company I did the traineeship with offered me a full-time position, and so began my long career in administration. Over this time, I have worked in the manufacturing, legal, engineering and medical sectors.
The staff at Lavender are a fantastic group of people to work with. We support and encourage each other, and working with such wonderful people makes coming to work each day very enjoyable.