EPTA Issues Full Report on 2018 World Pultrusion Conference
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Pultrusion is a continuous process for producing linear fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) profiles with a uniform cross-section. In the pultrusion machine the reinforcing fibres are impregnated with resin and pulled through a heated die where curing takes place. The finished profiles are cut to length at the end of the line and can then be stored and used as structural units when required. The pultrusion operation can be readily automated, allowing for low labour involvement, and is therefore a fast, efficient way of producing high performance composite parts. Since pultrusion allows for extremely high fibre loading and accurately-controlled resin content, pultruded parts have excellent structural properties and are produced at a consistently high quality. A range of reinforcing fibres can be used, including glass and carbon fibre, and a variety of thermoset and thermoplastic resins. Reinforcement, resin and additives can be combined in innumerable ways to ensure that the finished profile provides the optimum combination of properties required for a specific application. Pultruded composites offer a number of advantages over competitive materials including lightweight, high strength, parts consolidation, corrosion resistance, durability, thermal insulation, dimensional stability, and electrical insulation. This had led to their adoption in a diverse range of applications in the transportation, construction, infrastructure, chemicals, telecommunications, oil and gas, sports and leisure, consumer and numerous other sectors.
The European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) was created in 1989 by a group of leading European pultruders with the mission of supporting the growth of the pultrusion industry by maximising external communication efforts and encouraging knowledge sharing between members. Since 2006, the association has existed under the umbrella of the AVK – Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V., in Frankfurt, Germany. Membership of EPTA is open to all companies and individuals worldwide wishing to further the application of pultruded profiles.
EPTA has published an in-depth report on its 2018 conference, which attracted a record number of composites professionals from around the world to Vienna on 1-2 March.
The 12-page document, World Pultrusion Conference 2018: Attractive Long-Term Prospects for Pultruded Composites, is available to download here .
EPTA c/o AVK e.V.
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