21 June 2001
21 June 2001
BRG Townsend, Inc is in the process of completing its second major multiclient study of the 1.1 million tonne engineering thermoplastics compounding industry in Western Europe. The study, focusing on systems containing a broad range of reinforcements, modifiers, flame-retardants and polymer blends, is based on data derived from over 200 interviews in ten countries.
Preliminary findings show that the industry continues to consolidate with the resin producers and major compounders growing even bigger. This presents opportunities to small specialty compounders who can react quickly to customer needs. Nylon continues to be the dominant polymer matrix at about 50% of the total, while materials such as polypropylene (PP) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) are gaining share in selected application areas. The automotive and electronics industries account for over 60% of composite consumption with substantial growth being forecast for the business machine, appliance, telecommunications, consumer and industrial markets. ""Engineering Thermoplastic Compounding Western Europe"" has publication scheduled for August, 2001.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s composites research and development was on display when the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) held its inaugural Open Day.
Haydale has produced and delivered eight composite general transition piece (GTP) sealing systems to National Grid UK, and has received an expression of interest for a further 60 over the next six years.