The beginning of RPC's transport operation was built on the back of the Tangara project in NSW, which at the time was the largest rolling stock order ever issued in Australia. With approximately $50M in seating, GRP linings and associated components over a 6 year period, the transformation of our transport sector from a relatively small fabricator to a fully resourced rail interiors design and production group was underway.
During the early 1990's, we started to diversify into a range of different transport products and, importantly, a significant engineering capability was introduced. Initially the focus of the engineering group was on mechanical engineering but that has substantially grown over the last decade to encompass materials science, composites engineering, mechatronics, electrical engineering, industrial design, and all the associated drafting and prototyping services required.
Technical innovation quickly drove the growth of our transport sector with numerous successful projects, design awards, and participation in technology transfer programmes with both commercial enterprises and universities. Each year RPC Technologies accepts a select number of engineering and materials science cadets from both Australia and overseas, further adding to the technical talent base within the organisation.
RPC's transport operation now looks to the future as a supplier of complete interiors kits to anywhere in the world, and with an extensive facility based close to one of the world's major shipping ports (Singapore), the necessary elements are in place to achieve this goal.