30 September 2014
30 September 2014
With the head office in Brazil and offices in Chile and Argentina, ALMACO is the main regional representative of the composites production chain.
According to Gilmar Lima, president of ALMACO Brazil, the arrival of the entity to Colombia will contribute to making the Latin American composites sector increasingly representative. “Just as in Brazil, Chile and Argentina, the operations of the Colombian office will be supported by the pillars formed by education, innovation, relationship with government agencies and sustainability,” he commented.
Chaired by Rafael Ignácio Velez, ALMACO Colombia is established with 13 founding partners. “Our initial goal is to strengthen the dissemination of the material with the industry, government and universities,” said Esteban Tous, Director of the Colombian Association and Andercol, a manufacturer of resins in the region – owned by Inversiones Mundial Group.
The company states that in 2013, the composites industry in Colombia processed approximately 30,000 tons, and the main representatives were the manufacturers of pipes, poles and parts in general for the construction and transportation sectors. This year, the expected growth is 8%.
Toho Tenax is introducing a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant prepreg that incorporates carbon fibre developed for aerospace applications and carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.