This year’s Composites Europe – held in Stuttgart, Germany, on 22–24 September – was a record breaker according to its organizer Reed Exhibitions Deutschland. Approximately 470 companies from 29 nations exhibited and filled three exhibition halls for the benefit of the 10 000 visitors to the show.
The German reinforced plastics industry association AVK has found that glass fibre-reinforced plastics currently account for 95% of the composite industry’s output by volume, and that production of these materials will grow by 2.5% in 2015 to 1.1 Mt—the highest output in eight years.
The European composites industry is growing significantly according to AVK. Germany, the largest market for fibre-reinforced plastics in Europe, is set to grow by 6% in 2015, followed by the Eastern European countries (4%) and UK/Ireland (3%).
Further to this encouraging news:
- Multiaxial specialist Formax announced the opening of its innovation centre, which comprises three divisions: polymer composites; automation; ceramic composites;
- Huntsman and Haydale revealed that they signed a letter of intent as a first step in a joint development and commercialization agreement for graphene-reinforced epoxies;
- Technical textile producer Chomarat and composite modelling specialist CompoSIDE have formed a working partnership with Professor Steve Tsai of Stanford University to demonstrate the benefits of CompoSIDE’s modelling approach to composites design;
- A fire-retardant epoxy system formulated specifically for infusion processes has been launched by Sicomin.
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