The Carbonix brand was launched in 2015 to reflect growing diversification of Carbonicboats into aerospace and defence.
Carbonicboats was founded in the late ‘90s by Dario Valenza. The vision, driven by a passion for elegant design, was to make available to a broader public skills combining fluid dynamics and advanced composite materials. While Dario worked in a series of America’s Cup challenges, Carbonicboats applied cutting edge knowhow to projects in the automotive realm, in aerospace, and in feature film sets. Carbonicboats also developed and produced competitive radio controlled yachts, collecting impressive results internationally.
Our unique skills and experiences emerged from learning about composites while advancing the state of the art. Our fundamental understanding of composite structures in fluids comes from being around when such technologies were exotic and unknown. Our work on the frontier of composite aeroelastic structures forged a formidable international network of suppliers and consultants. If it moves in a fluid (air or water) and needs to have specific structural properties (light, strong, predictable flex), then we can make it better.
“A sailboat is an airplane with one wing in the water and the other wing in the air. All the problems of lift, drag, structural stresses, balance, and efficiency must be solved for two fluids. Making a yacht competitive means fully understanding the way structures behave in fluids, as well as ergonomics, adaptability, and performance envelopes.” – Dario Valenza, Founder and CEO.
By 2013 Carbonicboats was producing the world’s first fully foiling A Class catamaran and supplying appendages that helped win a World Championship convincingly. Customer work grew to include UAV airframes for an EU defence contractor. Our ongoing R&D includes design tools, manufacturing techniques, telemetry, and life cycle analysis.
In 2014, Carbonicboats committed to creating dedicated facilities and retaining key talent in-house to ensure a full and independent capability to deliver from concept to production. The chosen location, appropriately, was the World Heritage listed and very iconic Cockatoo Island, in the heart of Sydney, Australia.
In 2015 Dario was joined by Executive Director Salvador Klein who brought a complementary set of business skills to Carbonix. The team launched Carbonix and committed to expanding the product range to all-carbon/composite airframes for a range of UAVs, as well as continuing to improve existing lines.
Our core values put quality above all else. Team members have a passionate commitment to constant improvement. Elegant design and creating beautiful solutions are at the heart of why we do what we do.
Carbonix works pro-actively with regulators and certifiers, and is always open about sharing useful knowledge and helping. Among other initiatives there is a collaboration with UNSW for ongoing engineering research. We are driven by a passion for beautiful solutions to complex problems.