14 April 2008
14 April 2008
More than 260 composites industry leaders, 50 students and 20 faculty members participated in a highly successful ACMA conference at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, March 4 - 6, 2008.
The conference, ""Breaking New Ground: Structural Composites Applications in Defense, Infrastructure, Transportation, Corrosion Prevention and Power Industry,"" provided a forum for the composites industry and academia to come together.
""The high level of interest shown by both industry and academic participants is good news for the composites industry,"" says ACMA President John Tickle. ""The continuing partnership between our industry and the academic world promises steady growth and a bright future."" Tickle, who attended the conference, opened one of the morning sessions by addressing the attendees, thanking all involved and encouraging participation and membership in ACMA.
On the last day of the conference, ACMA recognized all poster session participants and presented awards to the top three student competitors. The awards were sponsored by Strongwell Corporation, Beetle Plastics, Technical Fibre Products, and Reichhold. This was the second time ACMA had partnered with University of Alabama at Birmingham to organize a conference.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.