08 May 2007
08 May 2007
Meridian Automotive Systems has launched a sales and marketing initiative to supply raw sheet moulding compound (SMC) to other moulders in the thermoset composites industry.
Meridian's Grabill, Indiana single-purpose SMC compounding facility, constructed in 2003, produces polyester, vinyl ester and blended resin compounds reinforced with glass fibre, glass cloth or carbon fibre. Meridian' says that its SMC formulations and technical service capabilities have been honed to perfection for use in its own extensive SMC moulding operations, which predominantly focus on transportation-related applications.
Richard E. Newsted, Meridian's President and CEO, said, ""This expansion is part of the business growth initiative of our composites group into the consumer and industrial market. We have added dedicated resources to support our new customers in the SMC compound market, and we intend to provide high quality, competitive products and services to these customers.""
Meridian Automotive Systems is currently a supplier front and rear end modules, exterior thermoplastics and composites, lighting and interior systems to automobile and truck manufacturers.
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).