27 November 2009
27 November 2009
Gilmar Lima, General Director of MVC Plásticos, has been reelected as President of the Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO). Along with Fenelon Chaves dos Santos, executive of BYK Chemie and vice president, Lima will assume the position for another three years.
Among the main goals of the new mandate, the president of ABMACO emphasizes the creation of committees focused on the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics, in 2016. “Our industry must be prepared for the opportunities that may arise, both in the transportation and in infrastructure sectors,” says Lima.
Another area of development was addressed through the creation of a working group that will be focused on the replacement of traditional materials, especially metals, by composites. “Brazil takes very little advantage from the corrosion resistance, lightness and versatility of composites”, adds Lima.
ABMACO’s National Recycling Program
One initiative that has already proven successful has been ABMACO’s National Recycling Program.
According to Lima, the Brazilian composites industry generates approximately 13,000 tons of waste per year, representing a waste of approximately R$ 90 million (US$ 52 million). In order to address these issues ABMACO introduced their National Recycling Program and by working with the government, ABMACO have helped to gain several tax reliefs for companies participating within this program.
“The structuring of ABMACO’s National Recycling Program has significantly progressed over the last two years. Also, we started to communicate with the Ministry of Environment to insert it into the official government programs. Thus, companies taking part of the program will have access to several tax reliefs”, says Lima.
Although it has suffered with the economic crisis, the Brazilian industry of composites has been proving to be able to recover.
“At the end of the third quarter, we expected a 3% decline in 2009. But now, the scenario has changed and we project a growth of 1% to 3%”, calculates Lima. “A significant part of the material’s demand comes from the transportation industry, specifically buses, trucks and agricultural vehicles automakers, which have suffered a lot with the crisis. And, by analyzing other segments, we may notice that we have lost opportunities for thermoplastics, due to our lower competitiveness and vulnerable flanks concerning recycling”, adds Lima.
When assessing the future outlook of the Brazilian composites market, Lima appears confident in his predictions: “We will grow at a rate above 10% as of 2011 again, a result guaranteed by the civil construction, infrastructure and energy industries and the recovery of the automotive industry. As for ABMACO, we shall continue to increasingly organize our industry, aiming the professional, ethical and above all, environmentally responsible development.”
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