09 November 2001
09 November 2001
The 1.3 billion lb market for natural and wood fiber-based composites and plastic lumber in North America consists of a diverse range of producers from traditional plastics processors to building products and automotive component suppliers, from start-up companies to Fortune 500 industry leaders.
A new report titled Wood Composites And Plastic Lumber Directory, First Edition details the activities of the over 150 producers of natural and wood fiber-based composites and plastic lumber in the United States and Canada. The report contains over 200 pages of company-specific profiles, as well as industry information, including the following special features: current industry demand and long-term growth; trends in consolidation, advances in processing/equipment and product technology; and industry structure, end uses, and major producers.
Raw materials, including resin types, grades, technical specifications, additives, annual consumption, process, types of profiles and manufactured items, and end markets served are specified. Suppliers are identified where available. Expected changes in purchasing trends are also covered. Raw materials tracked in each company profile include: polymers (i.e. HDPE, LDPE, PP, PVC, PS, commingled reclaim), fibers (i.e. wood fiber/flour, crop fiber), and additives (e.g., concentrates, coupling agents, heat stabilizers, lubricants, etc.).
The guide is the latest study related to the polymer-wood composites industry conducted by Principia Partners, the Exton, PA-based market research and business consulting firm. The directory is prepared by consultants from Principia's professional staff who have monitored the business development activities in the dynamic and growing synthetic lumber market since the business was first established over ten years ago. Study results will be available in first quarter 2002.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.
Australian organisations Austrak, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have joined forces to develop polymer composite solutions for bridge transoms in a $10 million project titled Polymer Composite Transoms for Rail Bridge Deck Replacement (CompTrans).