28 May 2008
28 May 2008
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) this week released its 2007 Composites Industry Report.
The report, which is available to ACMA members, provides the latest statistics on the U.S. composites industry, including end market uses.
The 2007 Composites Industry Report highlights the total impact of composites production and also provides data on fibreglass thermoset composites shipments by year, and market and end-use applications. Additionally, it highlights sales of composites for markets such as construction, marine, and transportation and the use of composites in windmill blades and sports equipment.
""This report is one of the most important tools for tracking the growth of the composites industry in general and in specific market areas,"" said John Tickle, ACMA president. ""We use the information to help us determine the areas where we should be focusing our efforts as we plan for future growth.""
As the rail sector looks to new technologies to enable it to answer sustainability, performance and cost challenges, applications for pultruded composites are set to grow, according to a new report from the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA). Lightweight, high performance, durable composites offer energy efficient solutions with lower environmental impact and reduced through-life costs in rolling stock and rail infrastructure.
Saertex is introducing two new products focusing on fire protection.
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.