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ACMA and IACMI Combine Forces to Grow the Composite Industry

03 November 2015

ACMA and IACMI Combine Forces to Grow the Composite Industry

The American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) have entered a new agreement to work together to develop and promote composites.

According to both parties, they have entered into a unique partnership agreement. Both organisations recognise their complementary skills and mission to grow and foster the composites industry. The agreement outlines ways in which the two organisations will work together to support membership development in both organisations and promote the overall composites industry.

Specifically, ACMA and IACMI will align their interests to:

  • partner on workforce development efforts, including the support and promotion of the ACMA Certification Composites Technician Program (CCT),

  • agree to have IACMI present at ACMA meetings and events, and to collaborate on joint events on selected topics,

  • explore other opportunities to collaborate on different topics, such as composites recycling, modeling and simulation, and

  • promote memberships in each other's organisations.

"At ACMA we are proud to partner with the IACMI as it will benefit our members and the breadth of the composites Industry," says Tom Dobbins, President of ACMA. "The last few months our team has been working diligently to see this agreement come to life. The new synergies between our organisations are unprecedented and will create new dynamics and channels for ACMA members."

IACMI, a public-private partnership created as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, focuses on developing lower-cost, higher-speed, and more efficient manufacturing and recycling processes for advanced composite materials.

"IACMI has brought together unprecedented commitment from state governments, industry and research institutions committed to leveraging their resources and technology to develop a workforce, create jobs and increase global manufacturing competitiveness in the rapidly growing use of advanced polymer composites," said Dr. Craig Blue, CEO of IACMI. "ACMA provides the most current training and information available in the composites industry. IACMI's partnership with ACMA for workforce training and education will enable IACMI members to strengthen industry integration and advance composite commercialisation opportunities."

 


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