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COMPOSITES 2003 Sessions on MACT, Styrene and Regulations

30 September 2003

CFA's trade show and conference at the Anaheim Convention Center will feature an entire day of programming on Oct. 2 to help composites manufacturers comply with the new EPA MACT rule.

MACT will require most existing composites manufacturers to adopt new molding technologies and reduce emissions by 2006, and many companies are already revising their emissions permits to reflect MACT requirements. New sources must comply on start up.

A special session on Oct. 3 will provide an update on the regulatory and health effects classification of styrene. Also on Oct. 3 will be a series of events for molders and suppliers located in California, including a luncheon address on the business climate in that state, and workshops on the Cal-OSHA styrene PEL and SCAQMD rules.

CFA has also invited composites professionals to participate in an open dialogue on market growth strategies during a special forum on October 2 from 3:00-4:30 during COMPOSITES 2003. The session will be led by CFA's President, Richard Morrison (Molded Fiber Glass) and Randy Weghorst (AOC), Chairman of the Market Development Alliance (MDA).

Morrison and Weghorst will share information on discussions held recently between CFA and the MDA about synergistic efforts between the groups affecting the future of the industry. They will reveal developmental plans for CFA to embark upon new efforts toward industry growth. ""Our association is very committed to ensuring the future of this industry is strong,"" noted Morrison. ""We work daily to train industry professionals on how to enhance their operations; we work actively in Washington and in the states to ensure our industry is regulated based on good science; and now it is time for us to put forth proactive efforts to ensure the vitality of our industry.""

CFA's Executive Director Missy Henriksen expanded on the group's plans by saying, ""We anticipate the Composites Growth Initiative will include elements of both market development and market expansion. We envision our new program will include expansion components of marketing and advertising, outreach to colleges and universities, code and standard development and more. In addition to the market expansion activities, we anticipate working with some of the traditional activities that the MDA has been involved with.""

Morrison emphasized that his group is still in ""the planning stages of what aspects of growth the association will embrace. We are in the development phase of the Initiative and we anticipate its roll out in late spring of next year. To help us develop something that is meaningful for the industry, our plans must have input from key stakeholders. We anticipate that our industry forum at COMPOSITES 2003 is the beginning of data collection.""

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