02 April 2001
02 April 2001
Composites are expected to grow at a rate of at least 35% in Infrastructure Applications, according to a market survey report just completed by Composites Worldwide, Inc. Strongest growth should come in FRP bridges, CFRP repair and strengthening of reinforced concrete structures, and several other sectors studied.
The global building, utilities, and constructed environment market is changing rapidly. The deterioration of the infrastructure due to corrosion, aging, weather, accident, under-design, and damaging events like earthquakes is leading to increased opportunities for new materials and structures. Budget constraints and disruption to infrastructure users increasingly force the search for new solutions. Systems designs are altering who does what, and with what material and what process. New technologies, such as vacuum assisted resin transfer molding, high-speed pultrusion, filament winding, engineered fabrics, low-cost fibers, and other developments, are altering old competitive material relationships. Composites now are recognized as offering the possibility of displacing other materials - steel, aluminum, wood, plastic, and more.
Responding to these changes, Composites Worldwide conducted this market study to present the big picture and real perspective on some of the most significant developments in the world, from the viewpoint of biased observers. The new study is organized in a way that helps readers to see the opportunities - and see the competitive threats - stemming from these new developments
Tecniplas is highlighting its composite equipment for the sugar and alcohol industries at the Fenasucro Trade Fair in Sertãozinho, Brazil, on 21-24 August.
The outstanding lightweight construction opportunities and potential for incorporating smart components of composite materials make them increasingly attractive for machinery manufacturers, reports the Composites Europe trade show.