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Composites 2004

30 September 2004

This years Composites 2004 show in Tampa Bay has survived the storms and will welcome the largest pool of composite professionals in North America.

This years American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) show will celebrate its 25th anniversary, with the focus of the show looking to build on previous successes and “build for a future in the composites industry”.

Over 225 composites industry exhibitors will be on-hand at Composites 2004, exhibiting the latest products and developments in the composites industry. Every major industry supplier and distributor in the country will be represented on the show floor, offering a diverse range of composites materials, tools, machinery, regulatory assistance, and much more.

Following a rare wave of severe weather in Florida, the Tampa Bay area’s tourism and hospitality industry infrastructure is unaffected. In fact, the area sustained very little impact from hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, with only minimal disruption in power and limited flooding, mainly in rural outlying areas. Hurricanes Charley and Ivan had no impact on the area. “We are concerned for everyone in the Southeast who has been affected by the weather,” explained Paul Catoe, president/CEO of the Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our hotels, convention centre, attractions, restaurants, port, and airport are all operating normally; we were basically back in business as soon as the storms passed.”

Despite the recent increase in severe weather, history shows that this level of activity is truly a rare occurrence. If severe weather threatens the Tampa Bay area, the Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau works collectively with other key hospitality industry personnel to assess the situation and to provide recommendations on appropriate action. “We are committed to our visitors’ safety, and remain firmly convinced that Tampa Bay is a wonderful and safe place for a vacation or meeting,” Catoe said.

Here’s a preview of just two of the products being exhibited at Composites 2004:

Zyvax will demonstrate to attendees of Composites 2004 its innovative, integrated slipcoat systemFlex-Z,, which was launched earlier this. Flex-Z was developed after Zyvax conducted a study to document the scope of problems with moulding irregularities affecting the behaviour of the gelcoat and/or laminated parts during cure cycles in the mould. Flex-Z lets moulders apply simultaneous ""levels"" of product to one mould to achieve the specific type of release needed. For example, one portion of the mould might require 3.0, another uses 1.0 while another part uses 4.0 – all at the same time. Flex-Z achieves this ""flexible"" performance through its array of six resin polymers comprising a quantifiable spectrum of release coating properties. Since each Flex-Z product shares a common root platform, the conversion from 1.0 through 6.0 is achieved by simply applying the desired release level directly over any Flex-Z product and in 15 minutes the mould is ready to run again.

It is packaged as an easy-to-use, color-coded and numbered system (from Z1.0 – Minimum Slip to Z6.0 – Extra Slip) and is suitable for all open and closed moulding processes, from wet lay-up to RTM and infusion.

Flex-Z is currently available in North America and in Europe. Package sizes include single cans, pails and drums

PPG Industries' will exhibit in booth 1401 include MatVantage II binder-free continuous strand mat, HYBON 2124 direct draw roving for pultrusion and HYBON 6055 gun roving.

“PPG is excited to return to the annual Composites show with new, unique products demonstrating our continued leadership and innovation in the fibre glass industry,"" said Victoria M. Holt, vice president of fibre glass for PPG. ""We are growing our presence in the composites market, with a diverse global customer base specifying PPG fibre glass for an array of composite applications.”






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