10 July 2012
10 July 2012
Metyx Composites organised and hosted its 3rd Composites Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-8, 2012, in conjunction with event sponsors; Airex AG, Aksa, Duratek, PPG Fiber Glass, Reinforced Plastics Magazine, Scott Bader, The Turkish Carbon Society, Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association, and Umeco.
Metyx explains that its Composites Summit is the most comprehensive event for high-performance composites in Turkey and amasses industry leaders from across the globe. It says this year saw a total of 200 participants, presenters, and sponsors representing 18 different countries.
The five-day event consisted of a two-day composites conference followed by a three-day RTM school. Participants were welcome to attend one or both parts. The event was designed to be appropriate for new-comers to composites as well as those seeking advanced techniques to maximise results.
According to Metyx, attendees learned about the composites industry’s latest proven production techniques as experts from various industries presented case studies and best practices. The presenters were world renowned companies and institutions, including AR Engineers (Germany), Areva (France), Composite Integration (UK), Kreysler & Associates (USA), Metyx Composites (Turkey), Metyx Composites Tooling Center (Turkey), MVC Solutions in Plastics (Brazil), Polin (Turkey), Scott Bader (UK), STRUCTeam (UK), TAI – Turkish Aerospace Industries (Turkey), TCMA – Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association (Turkey), TPI Composites (USA), and Yonca-Onuk JV (Turkey).
Metyx says its Third Composites Summit was unique in terms of breadth of content across industries where high-end composites are employed, including marine, automotive, transportation, wind energy, construction and architectural applications, infrastructure, and sports and leisure. It describes one of the event highlights as a presentation by Bill Kreysler, former ACMA President and President of a renowned architectural firm in the US. Mr. Kreysler discussed the opportunities and challenges that face composite fabricators of complex building shapes. Another significant presentation was made by Gilmar Lima, Director of MVC Solutions in Plastics of Brazil. Mr. Gilmar presented the use of composites in the automotive industry, including innovative production methods such as RTM-S. A summary of other Summit highlights follows.
Chomarat is developing its Coatings & Films business at its French sites. The Group has just acquired an extruder and a graining line to increase its production capacities and develop new, more efficient solutions, particularly in the field of TPO (polyolefin thermoplastics).
Group Rhodes, through its Rhodes Interform business, has developed a revolutionary new process that enables large monocoque components, particularly those produced by super plastic forming (SPF) from very thin material, to more accurately retain their shape on cooling.
Dura Composites has expanded its Dura Deck range to include Dura Deck Resist, a co-extruded decking board with an innovative 360 degree outer angle which protects its core from the elements, as well as a new and improved Dura Deck Eco.