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.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected a lightweight FiberSPAN fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge deck, manufactured by Composite Advantage, for the Rugg Bridge on Route 57.
The Lightweight Technologies Forum will take place in parallel to Composites Europe, on 6-8 November 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Tecniplas will exhibit FRP tanks suitable for contact with drinking water at the Fispal Tecnologia food and drink trade fair in São Paulo, Brazil, on 26-28 June.