15 January 2008
15 January 2008
The Automotive Composites Alliance (ACA) of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has launched its new website.
In addition to furnishing information about ACA and its member companies, ACA´s website provides general market information for those outside the composites industry as well as more substantive technical resources for engineers and designers for automotive and truck OEMs. For example, the website’s ""Auto Composites 101"" section covers why composites are specified and gives an overview of manufacturing processes and the ABCs of FRP materials. It also includes a history of automotive composites, demonstrating the acceptance of composites for more than 50 years.
""The ACA website allows the composites industry to reach OEM engineers, as well as buyers, with the message that composites have a growing number of desirable uses in vehicles,"" said ACA Chairman Keith Bihary. ""The website is also a portal for composites companies to see how ACA tracks existing automotive markets and is working to expand these markets for its members.""
The ""Resources"" section of the ACA website provides materials engineers and designers with tools to help them learn about composites and to assist them in specifying composites, including: a list of composites components found in autos and trucks, downloadable technical documents such as design and paint manuals for designers and manufacturing engineers, and access to technical papers and articles about automotive applications for composites.
The new ACA website includes a photo gallery showcasing passenger cars and trucks that contain components made from composites. The site provides visitors with a listing of published articles to educate users of composites and an ACA event calendar highlighting the activities and value ACA brings to users and its member companies.
The ACA is an industry alliance of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA). Since 1988, ACA representatives have served as the composite industry’s experts for automotive customers and the media.
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