ATL’s DuFLEX panels are used in a variety of industries, including marine, road and rail transportation and industrial. Duckworth says that architecture is a promising market for composites, in part because of the design freedom the materials offer.

“[Our panels] are lightweight, thermally insulating and easier to transport, install and maintain than traditional materials and their flexibility of design allows architects to create stunning structures like the Sydney rooftop,” she says. “Often associated with bold projects – both aesthetically and architecturally – composites are emerging as the leading building materials to replace timber, steel, aluminum and concrete.”

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