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Charter for a Voluntary Code of Practice within the European Pultrusion Industry

13 April 2001


The main European companies active in the pultrusion sector have decided to sign a charter for a voluntary code of practice. This charter represents a commitment to uphold and seek to continuously improve standards within the European pultrusion industry. In signing this charter, each member has agreed:

At the technical level, to supply only products manufactured in compliance with the laws and regulations applicable in the country of use.
At the commercial level, to conduct business in a responsible manner and to work towards enhancing the viability, quality and scope of the European pultrusion business.
At the promotional level, to include in the literature only, that detail which accurately describes the product, its attributes and performance.

Pultrusion, one of the leading closed mould technologies, is a major growth sector of the FRP composites industry and one of which is increasingly penetrating a large market : construction (windows, doors, beams), transport (products for the railway, automotive and aeronautical sectors), industrial (platforms, handrails, gratings), marine, electrical, telecommunications, recreation. In signing this charter, the European pultruders express their wish to pursue this development and to satisfy their clients.

It is also important to notice that European pultruders are working on standardization. A first European standard establishing a data block system for the designation of pultruded profiles (designation, methods of test and general requirements, specific requirements) is expected to be published in 2001. Standardization work continues on fire and chemical resistance.

Signatories of the charter : ATP, Bekaert Composites, DCP, Ebo Systems, Exel, Fibreforce, Fiberline, GDP, Kuhne, Menzolit-Fibron, Rochling and Top Glass.

Contact : Jean-Pierre de Lary - Secretary of the GPRMC European pultrusion group – GPIC 65, rue de Prony 75854 Paris cédex 17. Tél.33.1.44.01.16.39 fax 33.1.42.67.77.19





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