Adelaide firm FCT the designer/builder of torches and cauldrons for Olympics since 2000

Adelaide Industrial combustion company FCT Flames at Thebarton took on the challenge of making Olympic torches and cauldrons in 2000.

An Adelaide company has designed, built and tested at Thebarton Olympics torches and cauldrons for the Olympic Games since 2000. FCT Flames, an industrial combustion company, took a bold new direction – from designing burners for cement factories ­–in the leadup to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. 

When Cathy Freeman lit the Sydney Olympic cauldron, produced by FCT Flames, it was a game-changing moment for the Adelaide company.

Since then, no challenge has proved too great for the company, including designing a torch to be used underwater at the Great Barrier Reef and a six-metre-high tornado-style flame used at the Youth Games in Singapore.

But it ranks a “burning man” created for the opening ceremony of the European Games in Baku as its most challenging project yet. His outline was created with 600 metres of pipe fitted around a moving stage and the effect was sequenced so that fire spread from the heart out along the man's arteries. There was extensive design and testing done in an Adelaide workshop before it took a team six weeks to install the effects in the Baku stadium.

FCT Flames’ small team includes mechanical, electrical and process engineers, electricians, gas fitters and technicians. It takes a hand-drawn sketch or a computer-generated image and turns it into something real.

With billions of people watching the flame lighting, there are no second chances. To make sure things go without a hitch, the team has back-up systems, multiple gas paths and back-up power supplies. It is important that the look's right, the safety is right, the performance's right and the fuel consumption understood

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