13 December 2016
13 December 2016
On 8 December, the awards ceremony for the Composites Industry ‘Top of Mind’ competition was held in São Paulo, Brazil.
Organised by the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) since 2010, the Top of Mind is described as the main award of the Brazilian composite supply chain. ALMACO claims that there were 4,094 votes, distributed in 25 categories for this years awards.
The full list of winners and the percentage of votes obtained is detailed below:
Polyester Resin: Ashland (45,05%)
Epoxy Resin: Olin (26,99%)
Vinyl Ester Resin: Ashland (51,43%)
Fibreglass: Owens Corning (54,89%)
Carbon fibre: Texiglass (44,83%)
Adhesive: Lord (57,39%)
Peroxide: Polinox (46,24%)
Gelcoat: Morquímica (27,12%)
Moulding compound: Tecnofibras (20,42%)
Release agent: Redelease (52,12%)
Additive: BYK (54,55%)
Manual Process (hand lay-up / spray-up): Marcopolo (24,71%)
RTM: MVC (24,70%)
SMC: Tecnofibras (30,43%)
BMC: BMC do Brasil (48,25%)
Pultrusion: Cogumelo (23,64%)
Infusion: MVC (22,98%)
Filament Winding: Petrofisa (19,05%)
Continuous Lamination: Fibralit (39,74%)
Moulds Manufacturers: AJB Souza (33,04%)
Fabrics for reinforcements: Texiglass (33,94%)
Equipment: Fibermaq (57,49%)
Distributor: Redelease (53,53%)
Innovation: MVC (25%)
Composites Industry: MVC (21,08%)
Composites are considered hard to join and researchers have predominantly focused on mechanical joining technologies including crimping, gluing, riveting or screwing. The Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November will show the advantages and drawbacks of each of these processes.
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University are commencing a study into the use of thermoplastic tapes in injection moulded parts. Companies interested in joining the study are invited to a kick-off event during Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 18 October.
ZSK will hold its bi-annual technology showcase on 21-22 September 2018 at its Krefeld, Germany, headquarters. The Embroidery Technology Show assembles more than 25 exhibitors from around the world to discuss emerging trends in the embroidery manufacturing industry and demonstrate the latest products produced using techniques such as tailored fibre placement (TFP) or smart textiles.