23 September 2004
23 September 2004
At next months International Boat Show in Genoa, a meeting has been organised aimed at establishing an Italian association of the composites industry.
The meeting has been organised by Simonetta Pegorari, Editor of the European Via Mare boating magazine.
Pegorari insisted that specific interests of composites are not represented by various associations in the country, and issues such as recycling and the environmental effects of composites have not been addressed.
The national association “must organise training courses and workshops, inform prospects about different application sectors, cooperate with research institutes to find out possible trade markets for industries and promote meetings among managers to discuss common problems”, according to Simonetta Pegorari.
Pegorari added that “any established association must aim to represent its members during the meetings with local authorities, organise specialized shows or enter a partnership to attend international events as well as create working groups and a data base of the Italian composites industry”.
As more and more European countries have become members of the EU, a unique market has developed where national standards and regulations are being replaced by European regulations. This makes the need for a national association even greater to oversee and regulate national composite interests. The Italian Composites Association (AIICA) will be able become the spokesman of the production composites industry.
The EUCIA General Secretary, G.Bos will present a paper on the European associations in the composite sector and O. Manni, the Italian SAMPE Chairman will also present a paper. Other presentations will cover the role of private research in composites, encouraging international collaboration of composite projects, and issues concerned with composite recycling and financing composite projects.
The Association aims to bring industry organisations together. For further information please contact VIA MARE editorial office on the following number: +39-02-26305505.
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