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ACMA and EPTA Celebrate Advancement of Pultrusion Technology at the North American Pultrusion Conference

  • Wednesday, 24th April 2019
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On 8-10 April 2019, over 200 composites manufacturing business leaders and experts from North America and Europe assembled in Rosemont, Illinois, US for the North American Pultrusion Conference.

Hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) in partnership with the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA), the exciting composites industry event attracted leaders, customers, OEMs, and suppliers in search of the latest knowledge and information about pultrusion, including forecasts and models on industry trends, cutting-edge applications, and today’s standards and quality.

“ACMA believes it’s vitally important for the composites industry’s suppliers and manufacturers to expand our understanding of pultrusion technology and its varying market applications. In order to thrive in a competitive, global markets like automotive, and construction, and infrastructure manufacturers and OEMS are looking for the next level of applications and materials to promote and sustain growth. Pultrusion helps meet that need.” said Tom Dobbins, ACMA President. “With an increase in attendance of 25% since the first year this event was held, it is clear the industry is ready to use the Pultrusion process in many market segments.”

With over 15 conference sessions, the North American Pultrusion Conference delivered fresh insights into the pultrusion manufacturing process. Ashley Duncan from Composites One moderated the entire event. Conference highlights included the opening keynote address by Steve Gonzalez, Director of Major Projects at KONE with insights on KONE’s UltraRope – a super-light rope technology with carbon fibre core and special high-friction coating that is used for elevators around the world. He shared the advantages of the technology, which eliminates the disadvantages of existing steel ropes used in elevators, including high energy consumption, rope stretch, large moving masses, and downtime caused by building sway.  

Day one also featured the popular session, ‘Curved Pultrusion for Lightweight Automotive Components’, that detailed how to make tubular curved profiles with a continuous pultrusion process with speed, predictability and optimal cost. Attendees learned how the process can be applied in automotive manufacturing for car bumpers, battery trays, front end systems, roof bows and more.

Day two began with a keynote featuring Paul Gogan of WEC Energy Group. During the keynote, he discussed how composites utility poles and crossarms are being successfully deployed and installed with great results for electric service providers and improved reliability and safety for customers and staff. The day also included a presentation by Dr. Amol Vaidya of Owens Corning. During the session titled ‘The Successful Standardisation of Fibreglass Rebar’, Dr. Vaidya explored Owens Corning’s process of collaboration and research with academia and trade organisations to develop a comprehensive set of design guidelines, test methods, installation standards, materials standards and quality assurance reporting for various applications and uses of fibreglass composites.

In addition to the conference program, attendees networked and shared with 13 exhibiting companies, expanding their professional network and gaining a hands-on learning experience with leading composites industry companies that are thriving with pultrusion technology. ACMA and EPTA thank the following companies for their generous support of the event: Dixie Chemical and Interplastic Corporation provided support as Platinum sponsors, and Chromaflo Technologies provided additional support as a Silver sponsor.

“A major value for conference attendees was the diversity of attendees and exhibitors. Attendees came from all levels – some were novice and others were more seasoned. The event facilitated in-depth discussions, product demos, and deep learning for attendees at all levels, helping our industry leaders to see pultrusion beyond their markets and industries as a viable, competitive technology for manufacturers,” said Elmar Witten, European Pultrusion Technology Association.

Questions regarding the conference program can be submitted to Visit for additional information, including conference agenda, the detailed conference schedule, and a listing of exhibitors. A next North American Pultrusion Conference is being planned for 2021.

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