04 June 2006
04 June 2006
Composites continue to find effective use in a wide variety of construction applications ranging from new build structures to refurbishment and restoration projects.
Their use is set to increase further over the coming decade as major opportunities arise including the 2012 Olympics, the current housing crisis and an ever aging infrastructure. Key properties such as light weight, excellent long-term durability, flexibility in design, prefabrication and fast construction process on-site will enable innovative cost-efficient structures to be developed using composite materials in both a pure form and also working synergistically with other materials to give improved performance.
In order to meet these new challenges, the UK’s NGCC (Network Group for Composites in Construction) is realigning the way in which it operates and in doing so is looking to expand and increase its membership. NGCC aims to bridge the interface between the composites industry and the construction community, providing guidance, technical support and advice where needed. In order to achieve this, core activities such as networking, CPD seminars, conferences and site visits will continue; but to improve technology and information transfer, a new interactive website has been launched as well as a redesigned newsletter targeted at the wider construction community. NGCC will also be working closely with the National Composites Network (NCN) to produce a ‘road map’ for the composites in construction industry in order to facilitate the step changes required to meet the new opportunities.
NGCC has recently changed its coordinating organisation; the head-office is now at NetComposites Ltd, Chesterfield under the direction of Dr Sue Halliwell. Membership benefits, information on how to get involved and application forms can be obtained from NGCC at the contact email below.
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Technical Fibre Products will showcase its Optiveil nonwovens at China Composites Expo in Shanghai on 5-7 September.