Bringing New Technologies to the Marine & Other Industries
Atlantic Composites is a manufacturing company based in Donegal. We specialise in RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boats) manufacturing and repairs using new technologies in our state of the art facility on the Gweedore Industrial Estate since 2008.
Our RIBs are manufactured using a process called Vacuum Infusion. We are the only boat manufacturing company in Ireland using this process. This process gives the optimum glass to resin ratio resulting in a lighter, stronger structure, that is more resistant to osmosis, de-lamination, and structural fatigue. The finished quality is excellent and can be repeated exponentially.
This technology drags traditional fibreglass/composite manufacturing into the 21st century which means that the manufacture is now a process
as opposed to a skill
. The design is a result of strenuous sea trials off the west coast of Ireland. Using the data obtained during these trials the Atlantic Rib
was subsequently designed and manufactured.
Our RIB's were designed using Computer Aided Design (CAD); meanwhile the moulds are manufactured using 5-axis CNC milling machines for the plug from which our moulds are cast. This design process is unique to Atlantic Composites' range of RIBs.
This process is not exclusive to RIB production and is suitably adaptable to all types of composite manufacturing. Composite components hold a number of advantages over some of the traditional material used throughout the industry i.e. aluminium, wood or steel. These advantages include weight, relative strength, corrosion resistance and the ability to be moulded into complex shapes.
We are an approved repair facility, having such prestigious suppliers on board such as Suzuki, Garmin, iCOM and Scott Marine Seating. We undertake all types of structural and cosmetic repairs including fibre-glass, gel-coat, electrical, diagnostics and tube repair/re-fit.
Our clients include the Irish Fisheries Board and the Irish Coast Guards.