You’re Not Alone: Shaping the Industry Together with ACMA
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
by Cierra Johnson
1M ago
This issue of Composites Manufacturing magazine could easily be branded as a special issue focused on sustainability. There are articles on an eco-friendly sailboat (page 8), the automotive industry’s push for sustainability (page 16) and new ACMA tools that will help composites become the sustainable material of choice (page 20). I encourage you to read all three articles, then join your peers at ACMA’s new Composites Sustainability Today event June 4 – 6 in Denver. (You can register at acma.today/cst24.) The event will include roundtable discussions, networking opportunities and interactive ..read more
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RENCO’s Real-life LEGO-like Advanced Composite Blocks Offer a New Way to Build
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
by Cierra Johnson
1M ago
RENCO spent more than a decade on research, development and extensive evaluation and testing to secure IBC and IRC approval on its composite LEGO-like building blocks. RENCO’s proprietary Mineral Composite Fiber-Reinforced (MCFR) material is formed of repurposed glass fibers, recycled plastic, resin, and limestone fused with a methyl methacrylate bonding agent. The resulting material is economical and quick to produce and leaves a reduced carbon footprint when compared to traditional construction materials and projects. The advanced composite material is resistant to water, fire, mold, and is ..read more
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Leading the Way in Sustainability
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
by Cierra Johnson
1M ago
As a California-based manufacturer of composite architectural products, Kreysler & Associates is keeping a close eye on the sustainability movement. “We’re getting hit from both sides. The architect clients we serve are getting pressured to improve the efficiency of buildings, and we are located in California,” says Bill Kreysler, president of Kreysler & Associates. “But what happens here gradually works its way through the country. And if that turns out to be the case, then more of our fellow ACMA members are going to start hearing from their customers asking about the environmental i ..read more
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Setting Sail for Sustainability
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
by Cierra Johnson
1M ago
ECO Yachts in Monfalcone, Italy, launched a third-party verified carbon neutral production sailboat, the ecoracer30. The 30-foot-long sailboat, which features a recyclable thermoplastic hull and deck and other green technologies, is the culmination of a four-year journey by three longtime friends and sailing teammates who want to help solve the boat industry’s recycling problem. While GFRP composites transformed the leisure marine industry in the 1950s and 1960s, enabling mass production and a boom in boat ownership that continues today, millions of these crafts have reached their end-of-life ..read more
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FRP Enhances Sculpture Reproduction
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
by Cierra Johnson
1M ago
As part of the M+ Playscape, the Octetras are among the few pieces of art at the M+ Museum in Hong Kong that visitorsare encouraged to touch. The recreations of Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures sit in assemblies across a rooftop garden at the museum for contemporary visual culture, which opened in 2021. Like the initial Octetras, which were designed to be stacked in multiple configurations for use in playgrounds and public plazas, these sculptures are arranged to stimulate play and make connections between the body and imagination, explains Doryun Chong, M+ Museum’s deputy ..read more
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ACMA Fly-In Supported Industry’s Workforce Development Needs
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
by Cierra Johnson
1M ago
ACMA’s Composites 2024 Washington Fly-In lobbied in support of legislation aimed at helping U.S. manufacturers make training more affordable to workers. One of the priorities we highlighted for House and Senate offices during the February event was support for the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act. Fly-In participants met with more than 60 congressional offices, including with senior staff from the Senate leader on the bill, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The bill takes a successful program and expands it. The legislation would expand qualified expenses under 529 savings plans to in ..read more
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EPA Program Will Shape Selection of Construction Materials
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
by Cierra Johnson
1M ago
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is setting up a program to rate construction materials by their climate impacts. Suppliers of materials with lower impacts – with reduced emissions of climate warming gases associated with their production (also called embodied carbon) – will be able to apply an EPA “low embodied carbon” label to their products. Their products will be listed in an EPA registry of low-carbon construction products. Congress directed the EPA to set up this program in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, with the intent of mitigating climate change by directing federally f ..read more
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Driving Toward a Greener Future
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
by Cierra Johnson
1M ago
When the Environmental Protection Agency announced its new emissions requirements in March, it stated that automotive manufacturers could reach those goals if electric vehicles (EVs) made up 56% of new vehicle sales in the U.S. by 2032. This is good news for composites manufacturers who are already supplying lightweight components for EVs. It also presents additional opportunities to further educate EV OEMs on how composite materials can help automakers meet their sustainability goals. “We have a great story. I just don’t think we always do the best job telling it,” says Michael Siwajek, vice ..read more
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Closing the Skilled Workforce Gap
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
by Cierra Johnson
1M ago
U.S. manufacturers in all industries will face a shortage of 2.1 million workers by 2030, according to the National Association of Manufacturing. Young people aren’t eager to fill that gap; a 2021 study conducted by the Utah System of Higher Education and the Kim Gardner Policy Institute found that 75% of the state’s high school students wouldn’t consider manufacturing as a potential career. Even when young people are interested in manufacturing jobs, they often don’t have the necessary skills or access to training to develop them. Growing the composites manufacturing workforce requires a mult ..read more
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SABIC Fire-retardant Thermoplastic Battery Module Box Makes EVs Safer
Composites Manufacturing Magazine
by Cierra Johnson
2M ago
SABIC’s BLUEHERO initiative was designed to accelerate the worldwide transition to electric power and support global goals on climate change. As a starting point, BLUEHERO is focused on creating safer and more efficient electric vehicles (EVs), emphasizing flame-retardant structural battery components. Recent tests supporting the BLUEHERO initiative show that a battery module box made of SABIC’s STAMAX 30YH570 long glass fiber polypropylene (PP) resin is effective in providing thermal insulation and flame resistance, a crucial factor in reducing catastrophic fire incidents in EVs. The advanced ..read more
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