Richard Moore began his career attending the Repco Apprentice Training School in Carlton, Victoria. He subsequently transferred to the field of cast metal technology, and worked with some of the best metallurgists in the Australia whilst attending the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Richard was awarded a world travel scholarship that resulted in ths employment with George Fischer-Schaffhausen in Switzerland, John Williams in Cardiff, Wales, and Robert Taylor and Sons in Scotland during the period 1981-84.
Richard returned to australia in 1985, when he took the role of commissioning and running the new electric melting systems at Ajax Pump foundry. In 1986, while working at the renowned big casting manufacturer Graham Campbell Ferrum in Footscray as Quality Manager and Methods Engineer, Richard, and his father Keith, started Ceramcoat Setech.
Richard was instrumental in the growth of Ceramcoat Setech and its merger with Halky's hardfacing in 1992 to form United Surface Technologies (UST). He became very active in the thermal spray industry globally, and UST was one of the first members of the International Thermal Spray Association. Richard and Keith also became involved with the hard chrome alternatives techologies (HCAT) group from its very early days.
Richard was a regular attendee at ITSA and ITSC events, proudly flying the Australian flag. He also believed strongly in maintaining a relationship with academia, and forged close co-operation between UST and and partners such as CSIRO and Swinburne University of Technology.
Sadly, Richard passed away unexpectedly on 30 June 2013.