Composite Materials Experts Form Alliance
Last February, a collaboration agreement was signed by three expert companies of the composite materials industry: Gazechim Composites Ibérica, Madrid, Spain, supplier in the composites sector in Europe, Magnum Venus Products (MVP), Knoxville, TN/USA, manufacturer of dosing and mixing equipments with an specific expertise in RTM, and Aimplas, Valencia, Spain, the Plastics Technology Center, as a reference center in capacities and resources in the composites area.
The aim of this collaboration agreement is to organize events with a high technical level of information, dissemination and demonstration to foster the use and new applications of composite materials. For that purpose, the brand Composites360 is created, what illustrates the vision to be given at materials, processes, products and sectors level.
As first action of this agreement, on 26 and 27 April a demonstrative workshop took place, focused on the use of high-performance composite materials by means of closed mold processes (RTM) and addressed to sectors such as the automotive, transport and aeronautics sectors. In this workshop, international and first-level speakers discussed the materials used, product design, quality, process optimization and manufacturing costs. It also included a demonstrative part consisting of the production of parts by RTM, including the use of polyester-type resins and epoxy with glass and carbon fibers.
Currently, composite materials are well positioned in some applications such as those related to the construction and the aeronautics industry, however, its evolution is allowing their introduction in new application sectors, including some with high productivity, such as the automotive and the transport industries. Nevertheless, it is still necessary to increase the information about the performances and the real possibilities, therefore it is needed an approach to these materials and processes to the industry so that it can assess its potential. Composite360 was established to foster the use and new applications of composite materials.
AIMPLAS Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico
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