ACMA forms Thermoset Molders Committee

The new Thermoset Molders Committee will allow compression molders to work together with their suppliers and through ACMA to grow their markets.

The American Composites Manufactures Association (ACMA, Arlington, Va., USA) on April 14 announced the formation of the new Thermoset Molders Committee. The newest Composites Growth Initiative (CGI) committee will allow compression molders to work together with their suppliers and through ACMA to grow their markets. Marketing, codes and standards and political advocacy are just some of the initiatives that will benefit member companies of the Thermoset Molders Committee.

Thomas J. Meola, chief operating office of Premix Inc. (North Kingsville, Ohio, USA), and Kevin L. Barnett, president and CEO of Core Molding Technologies Inc. (Columbus, Ohio), have volunteered to be co-chairs of this CGI committee. Meola said, "The Thermoset Molders Committee will provide a great opportunity to bring many thermoset molders together to collaborate on key industry initiatives that will help to strengthen our presence and expand our reach in many markets."

A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis of thermoset molding was recently completed at a meeting of the committee in Chicago. The Thermoset Molders Committee will reconvene soon to develop strategies as a result of this SWOT analysis. Important areas that the committee will be focusing on are improving capabilities through materials and process innovation, regulatory issues, thermoset education and communication, marketing and market growth and other significant topics.

“The new Thermoset Molders Committee is an example of how the initiative of ACMA”s members will help to strengthen and grow the entire composites industry through the Composites Growth Initiative,” said Lori Luchak, president of Miles Fiberglass & Composites and ACMA’s president-elect and treasurer. “ACMA’s greatest resource is our membership. Because of dynamic and proactive members, we are able to respond to market changes and opportunities that affect all of us.”

For more information about joining the Thermoset Molders Committee of the CGI or any of ACMA’s CGIs, contact Mike Dunn at or 703-682-1654.