Products made from composite materials can offer significant environmental benefits because of their characteristically low weight, good mechanical properties and excellent resistance to corrosion. For example, composites used in cars can reduce the overall weight of the car and so offer fuel savings through the lifetime of the vehicle. However, although the in service environmental benefits of composites are known, there is far less understanding of the environmental and social implications associated with the manufacture of composite materials and products.
Issues affecting the industry include health & safety, the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), energy consumption and toxicity from manufacture. Alternative materials and technologies (such as closed mould processes, natural fibres and low-styrene resins) have been developed to address these problems, but to date there has still been confusion within the industry as to the detailed benefits of these alternatives.
Shape Machining is today launching the Shape FastForm process developed specifically to drastically reduce the time it takes to manufacture thermoplastic carbon composite parts.
Negri Bossi will be present at MECSPE, first Italian event of the year 2019 that will take place in Parma, Italy from 28-30 March; the attendance at this event is testament that the society continues to take an interest in the domestic market.
Wabash MPI and Carver will highlight their full line of hydraulic and pneumatic presses for the composites industry in the USA pavilion at JEC World, the leading international composites show.