The Bolwell Corporation has an enviable reputation for the creative application of composite materials - from sports cars to trucks and many products in between. And it was our unique combination of heritage, expertise, innovation, and application that led to the design and manufacture of cutting-edge caravans under the Bolwell RV banner.
Can you imagine a caravan that does not rely on rivets or screws to hold it together? A caravan that is strong, waterproof and watertight? We could!
It was a revolutionary concept, born from our experience in composite technology and manufacturing, and that idea became a reality when we introduced the Bolwell EDGE and BolwellAIR caravans to the market.
The body of the EDGE, our tough luxury tourer, is bonded - making it extremely strong and waterproof, unlike any other caravan on the market. Even the pivoting roof is a single water-tight structure.
‘Lightweight’ and ‘aerodynamic’ are not words usually associated with caravans, but they do describe the Bolwell EDGE. It is a stable, safe, and economical tow - thanks to the Bolwell SureFoot independent trailing arm suspension.
The AIR is our compact, expandable camper offering anyone with a small SUV an affordable caravanning experience. The AIR and The EDGE share the same high-tech construction and innovative, lightweight design.
Bolwell RV IS the cutting edge of caravan design and manufacture, with durable, waterproof and lightweight vans that are as attractive as they are strong.
In 2008 we began designing caravans that were to be superior to those currently available to the touring public.
The Bolwell Corporation, started by Campbell Bolwell in 1962, is the company behind Bolwell RV.
Campbell wanted to build sports cars - and build sports cars he did - and sold over 800 of them. With the creation of the Bolwell marque, Bolwell secured a place in Australian automotive history.
The company expanded into truck bodies, military vehicles, the use of aerospace technologies and has clients across a wide range of industries.
Bolwell’s Design Director, Vaughan Bolwell, inherited his father’s design and innovation DNA, leading the Bolwell team of designers and engineers. It was a team that was involved in the ultra light cycle design and build that was used by the Australian Commonwealth Games team to win gold and break world cycling records.
A radical, fully-moulded fibreglass caravan built in Melbourne has been recognized with a Good Design award at this year’s Australian Design Awards.
Bolwell’s innovative fibreglass caravan launched late last year, has been pipped by an interactive playground for the major prize at the 2011 Australian International Design Awards.
The futuristic, two-berth Bolwell RV, which combines aerospace technology with funky styling and advanced aerodynamics, was in the running for Australia’s top design award, together with 126 other finalists in this year’s competition.
However, the judges were most impressed by the ICON playground, designed by Denmark-based Kompan, which “brings interactive gaming technology together with outdoor play equipment to provide an engaging, challenging and fun play area promoting a healthy, active lifestyle”.
The ICON playground was also judged best in the Sport and Leisure category, which included eight other finalists including the Bolwell caravan, a finless surfboard, and all-in-one backpack bed.
Of the finalists, 47 products were awarded a Design Award in recognition of design and innovation excellence. The remaining 80 finalists, including the Melbourne-built Bolwell Edge, were recognised as Good Design.
Other cleverly conceived, camping-related products recognised at the Awards, included the Backpack Bed which received a Design Award and the bioethanol-powered EcoSmart Fire Stix, described as a “contemporary twist on the traditional campfire”, awarded a Good Design.
Bolwell’s Good Design gong follows another award recently given to the fledgling RV builder, when the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE) awarded the Bolwell van a Certificate of Commendation at its annual awards presentation night.
It was the fourth highest award presented by the SAE on the night, with Vaughan Bolwell, who was also the lead designer on the Australian Institute of Sport-RMIT SupaRoo track bicycle, which won gold at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, on hand to accept the award.
JEC Asia Innovation Awards 2011 winners to showcase groundbreaking composites applications in the region.
JEC Composites today announced the winners of the JEC Asia Innovation Awards 2011, the annual award program organized by JEC Group that recognizes breakthrough composites processes and application developments across the Asia Pacific region.
The rapid pace of growth in Asian countries, such as China, India and South Korea, has outstripped industrial developments in other parts of the world and led to an increased demand in Asia for more innovative technologies and processes to be adopted across the composites value chain, particularly in industry segments such as aeronautics, automotive/transportation and construction/infrastructures.
This year, 14 organizations and their partners will receive awards for their roles in advancing composites innovations at JEC Asia 2011. The annual JEC Asia will be held in Singapore on October 18-20 (www.jeccomposites.com/events/jec-show-asia-2011-0).
“Our annual JEC Asia Innovation Awards program provides a clear affirmation that composites research and development activities are fast gaining prominence in Asia,” says Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO. “The Awards is a big part of JEC Group’s overall commitment to raise
awareness and keep composites companies in Asia consistently updated on new technology developments.”
Rewarding the most innovative composites solutions in Asia:
Innovation: A fully molded caravan with lightweight, aerodynamic properties
Winner: Bolwell (Australia)
Bolwell has been working with bonding techniques used in the aerospace industry for transportation applications. These include the design and development of a fully molded, composites-based touring caravan. The Bolwell Edge caravan is lightweight, aerodynamic and rides easily on an independent trailing arm suspension, making it stable, safe and economical to tow. The body is bonded, creating an extremely strong, one-piece waterproof structure, while the moldability of the composite materials enables a clean and uncluttered design.