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The Aachen Centre for integrative Lightweight Production (AZL), Germany, is establishing a new workgroup on Composites in Buildings and Infrastructure.
This follows the completion of an initial market and technology study which identified opportunities for composite technologies in these markets.
The aim of the new workgroup, which will hold its first meeting in January, is to develop applications and support business development for composites in these two growing markets. The meeting is open to interested companies from the composites industry as well as the building and infrastructure markets.
The aim of the initial workgroup meeting will be to turn insights from the study into a long-term workgroup collaboration and to define topics and initiatives for the joint cooperation in the field of process and manufacturing technologies, fire safety regulations, materials as well as standards and norms. Industrial keynote presentations will introduce these action fields and will provide an insight into building and infrastructure applications for composites. The meeting will provide a platform to network with companies along the entire composite value chain.
Dr Amer Affan, CEO and Founder of Affan Innovative Structures, is in charge of various composite projects for buildings such as the Museum of the Future in Dubai.
“We have been utilising structural composites in construction since 2010,” he reports. “Composites is a truly high-tech material compared with the traditional building materials (steel, concrete, timber and aluminium) but it is still to be recognised as such in the conservative and price-sensitive building industry. AZL, particularly its location at the RWTH Aachen University and its partner companies, offers a good platform to progress the use of composites in construction.”
AZL, in collaboration with more than 25 companies, recently completed the Joint Market and Technology Study on New Potentials for Composite Technologies in Buildings and Infrastructure, establishing a broad knowledge on business opportunities for composite technologies in these two growing markets. In a structured approach, the study determined the key segments as well as the technologies/applications with the highest market and technological potential. Analyses of 20 market segments, investigation of 438 applications, technology analyses of 25 highlight components and 11 detailed business cases were elaborated throughout the study. Additional to requirement analyses for materials and production technologies, new concepts for efficient, profitable production technologies and cost engineering analysis were developed. With the workgroup, the AZL will take this initiative a step further with the aim of building a long-term cooperation platform for composites in these markets.
Justin Jin, CEO of the Korean company Axia Materials, participated in the study and is part of the AZL Partner Network.
“As producer of large thermoplastic composite sheets and composite SIP (Structural Insulated Panel), we are eager to drive composites in B&I applications with the best efficient way,” he says. “The AZL study on buildings and infrastructure provided us great networking with key players in this business field and opportunities to strengthen our products with the key elements from partners. The study also gave us a proper market understanding including market size/volume in numbers to prove the value of this technology to the building industry. We are looking forward to following up on these first insights and to realise applications with the AZL and its partners.”
Besides the networking options, the meeting will offer the opportunity to get an insight into the activities of the AZL Network, consisting of nine research institutes at the RWTH Aachen Campus and more than 80 companies from 21 countries. During an optional guided tour, participants will visit selected institutes at the RWTH Aachen Campus.
Image provided by Affan Innovative Structures
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