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Phil Coveny

High Performance Resins in the Aerospace Industry

Composite construction of modern vehicles from the space station to an F1 car require precision moulding to make the components which can be an expensive and time consuming process. The ability to make tooling cheaply and accurately for short component lifetimes yet withstand autoclave and vacuum cycling rules out the use of most conventional organic coating and adhesive systems. A small NZ company has taken on the giants and provided a cost effective and rapid tooling and coating system.

Phil has been involved in the resins and coatings industry for the last 50 years. In that time he has been:

  • Past National President Surface Coatings Association of New Zealand

  • Australia and NZ Technical Manager Coatings, Resins and Adhesives, Nuplex Industries (now Allnex), retired 2012

  • Principal of own consulting company, currently working part time with various coatings customers and student supervision with Auckland University.

  • Technical Manager then Operations Manager Revertex/Nuplex Industries (Resins Manufacturer)

  • Technical Manager for Mercator Technologies (Resins Manufacturer)

  • Operations Manager A.C.Hatrick N.Z. (Resins Manufacturer)

  • Production Manager, ICI Paints New Zealand Ltd

  • Bench Chemist Taubmans Paints

Throughout that time, he has achieved the following:
  • Management and control of R&D labs for Nuplex ANZ.

  • Formulation of numerous aqueous polymers for decorative, industrial, textile, adhesives and ink markets including those with controlled morphology and thermosetting characteristics.

  • Formulation of numerous solvent borne resins including saturated polyesters and alkyds.

  • Formulation of specialist high film build water resistant coatings for paper-faced and cementitious interior and exterior boards

  • Formulation of variety of special purpose factory applied aqueous coatings for NZ and South East Asia including adhesives for high speed corrugators

  • Formulation of top range decorative aqueous enamel paints, epoxies and hybrid PUD based coatings.

  • Formulation of silicon based coatings and adhesives for the marine and aerospace industries

  • Expert witness on coatings and adhesives disputes including court work.

  • Chemical analyses including microscopic investigation, FTIR, DMA and Instron tensometer

  • Process and engineering design, commissioning, construction and operational control of 7 high and low temperature resin plants or plant extensions in NZ and 3 in Malaysia (no operational control)

In this downtime, Phil enjoys:
  • Yacht Racing keelboats, light weight skiffs and dinghies plus their construction, currently racing OK Dinghy at local and World contests internationally

  • Offshore yacht sailing including trips across the Atlantic, to New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, Bora Bora to Samoa
  • Motorcycle racing

  • Scuba diving

  • Fitness training

  • Snow skiing

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