15 July 2002
15 July 2002
Principia Partners is undertaking the world's first combined North American and European study of the rapidly growing market for wood and natural fiber plastic composites.
This detailed study, entitled Wood Plastic Composites 2003, is the sixth industry review conducted by Principia in the last four years. Following on the success of its benchmark 1999 analysis of the market, this report identifies key market opportunities, takes the first detailed look at the European WPC industry, and profiles established and emerging suppliers.
Wood Plastic Composites 2003 will cover the Building Products, Automotive, Infrastructure, Industrial, and Consumer markets for WPC and is ideal for established players and new market entrants, including: Resin Suppliers and Compounders, Wood and Natural Fiber Suppliers, Mineral and Polymer Additive Suppliers, Recyclers and Processors, Building Product Suppliers, Profile Extruders and Molders.
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).