SourceBook 2016: The online edition

Welcome to the online SourceBook, the searchable, updatable, Internet-based counterpart to CompositesWorld's annually published print SourceBook composites industry buyer's guide.

Welcome to CompositesWorld’s online SourceBook, your guide to the composites industry’s suppliers of machinery, materials, software, supplies, services and other technologies. The online verison is the digital half — a variety of Web-based resources — of a larger product that also includes a tangible print version, SourceBook 2016, that was distributed with the December 2015 issue of CompositesWorld magazine. Together, the SourceBook’s printed version and this online counterpart deliver the full complement of reader services that we believe will make it worthy of a place on your book shelf and in your browser. The printed version lists more than 1,650 suppliers, whose products and services for composites manufacturing are listed in more than 500 product, material, equipment and service categories. As in each of the directory's previous 19 years, every company’s listing has been updated for the new print edition, making SourceBook 2016 the most authoritative and reliable directory in the composites industry.

SourceBook 2016, the print version, is divided into three sections: The first, our comprehensive Industry Overview, has two parts. Part I, “Composites 2016: Materials & processes,” appears only on the CompositesWorld.com Web site. (The introductory article to this section, bearing this title, can be accessed by clicking on its title under "Editor's Picks" at top right.) It surveys the broad basics of composites manufacturing, with special emphasis on the new and innovative materials and production processes introduced this past year. It also reviews design considerations, tooling options and a wealth of other data that, throughout the SourceBook’s life, have made the Industry Overview required reading for new employees at many of the industry’s composites manufacturing facilities.

Part II, “Composites 2016: A Multitude of Markets,” appears in the SourceBook print version in abbreviated form. (The introductory article to this section can be accessed by clicking on its title under "Editor's Picks.") But the unabridged Part II is available in its entirety here online. It examines the current state and future possibilities of the diverse major markets served by composites manufacturers — aerospace, automotive, energy, marine, infrastructure, etc.

Also online, you’ll find our Glossary of Terms, which provides definitions for many technical terms and acronyms (particularly those unique to the composites industry), and our updated list of Industry Organizations, which offers the most complete information available on pertinent trade and technical associations that serve the global composites industry.

The online SourceBook also offers much expanded information and contact data for listed suppliers. The print verison's Index to Products and Services, identifies suppliers by company name and phone number (including toll-free numbers, where applicable). Section three, our Alphabetical Listing of Suppliers, includes company names, locations and Web URLs. But our online SourceBook Showrooms expand company data to include addresses, phone and fax contact numbers, sales and engineering contacts, additional locations and product/service descriptions.

In the SourceBook’s Web edition, you’ll also be able to search a wider database (more than 2,200 suppliers, with those who elected to update for 2016 indicated by a check mark). Online, you can hyperlink directly to a supplier’s Web site and e-mail suppliers directly with your requests for additional information about products or services. Further, the online SourceBook provides a supplemental list of subcategories in the Fabricating Services section, and an enhanced set of specific subcategories in the Materials section under four headings: Adhesives; Prepregs, thermoset; Reinforcements, unimpregnated; and Fabrics, unimpregnated. These additional data are displayed online in supplier Showrooms and in the searchable online category sections.

We hope the SourceBook — the print version backed by our expansive online version here at the CompositesWorld.com Web site — will contribute to your firm’s success in 2016.

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