A preshaped fibrous reinforcement formed by distribution of chopped fibres by air, water flotation, or vacuum over the surface of a perforated screen to the approximate contour and thickness desired in the finished part. Also, a preshaped fibrous reinforcement of mat or cloth formed to desired shape on a mandrel or mock-up prior to being placed in a mould press. Also, a compact "pill" formed by compressing premixed material to facilitate handling and control of uniformity of charges for mould loading.