25 May 2012
25 May 2012
Earnings in the Brazilian composite materials industry totalled USD 366 million in the first quarter, corresponding to an increase of 1.6% in comparison with the last quarter of 2011, and a 2.5% growth when compared to the same period of the previous year, according to the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO).
The report, carried out by Maxiquim on behalf of ALMACO claims that, in terms of volume of raw materials consumed, there was a 6.9% decrease, totalling 55,400 tons, but an 18.3% increase, when considering the first quarter of 2011. “Composite moulders have turned the year with high stocks, which explains the gap between sales and consumption,” says Gilmar Lima, President of ALMACO.
They say the demand for raw materials was also affected by the increase of automated processes, which indicate rates of waste significantly lower than the manual processes. According to Maxiquim’s survey, the share of manual moulding in Brazil fell from 55% in 2010 to 51% last year. “It is an irreversible global trend, primarily supported by economic and environmental issues”.
The survey also indicates an increase of 5.4% in the sector’s revenue in the second quarter, reaching USD 386 million. For this year, sales are expected to total USD 1,594 billion, thus corresponding to an increase of 11.8% – in volume, 224,000 tons (+7.9%). “The main sectors responsible for such growth will be the agricultural and transportation sectors,” says Lima.
In 2011, the construction sector led the Brazilian consumption of composites, with 45% of the total processed, ahead of transportation (18%), corrosion (12%) and sanitation (7%). The applications in wind power – which use special composites based on epoxy resins - consumed 44,700 tons and generated a turnover of USD 312 million.
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3M is adding Scotch-Weld Multi-Material Composite Urethane Adhesives DP6310NS and DP6330NS to its portfolio of structural adhesives. These products are designed for lightweight assemblies in trucks, buses, RVs, speciality vehicles and passenger rail, and other markets like sporting goods and panels.