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%.
Covestro is pushing ahead with developing and marketing its continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites by introducing Maezio as brand name.
Shape Machining has pressed the first batch of parts that combine short fibre sheet moulding compound (SMC) over an optimised, long fibre carbon ShapeTex preform.
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.