Episode 39: Joe Fox, FX Consulting

Consultant Joe Fox talks about the massive potential for composites use in infrastructure applications and what it will take to turn that potential into reality.


Structural Composites launches high-strength composite bridge

Ribbon cutting ceremony includes bridge partners, federal and state engineers and future SC partner Elaine Culotti to promote the use of composites for future infrastructure projects.


Bedford Reinforced Plastics introduces FRP pedestrian and trial bridge line

Pre-engineered ReadySpan system for trail, park and golf bridges designed for easy installation and to perform in harsh environments for 75+ years with little maintenance.


InfraCore, CMSI agreement brings FRP infrastructure projects to Canada

CMSI to design, manufacture and install traffic, pedestrian and golf FRP bridges via InfraCore’s composite technologies for more sustainable, permanent structures.


Bedford Reinforced Plastics launches FRP structure line

Pre-engineered and prefabricated structures such as catwalks, walkways, fixed ladders and more can be combined for flexible configuration and minimal ongoing maintenance.


New Tennessee FRP bridge to promote composites use for rural infrastructure

Embedded fiber-optic sensors to give IACMI and industry partners critical performance and safety data of composite bridge deck, promote federal, state and local adoption of composites.


Aramco, ACI launch new center to develop, promote nonmetallic material use for construction

Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials to develop, disseminate and adopt consensus-based standards for concrete design, construction and materials.

IMAGINE Act encourages composite materials use for infrastructure applications

Introduced bipartisan legislation to spur R&D and deployment of advanced materials for nationwide transportation and water infrastructure projects.

Additive Manufacturing

LafargeHolcim France acquires stake in 3D-printed concrete specialist XtreeE

XtreeE’s current portfolio includes high-performance, 3D-printed concrete applications. Next steps include R&D work in continuous fiber-reinforced concrete.


SIS, InfraCore sign agreement for InfraCore technology license

Long-distance signing of agreement opens way for further composites infrastructure construction in Australasia.


Palari Group, Mighty Buildings to develop community of 3D-printed, zero-net energy homes

Palari to construct 15 eco-friendly homes via 3D-printed panelized Mighty Kit system, which delivers prefabricated polymer composite panels for reduced waste and setup time.

Carbon Fibers

Arris wins GOOD DESIGN award for optimized composite structures

Company honored for innovative carbon fiber lattice-type truss structure design enabling the future of lightweighting across multiple industries.


Creative Pultrusions forms Creative Composites Group for enhanced FRP solution offerings

CCG is the umbrella entity for the U.S.-based composite companies that are now part of Hill and Smith, with the dedication to provide flexible engineered composite system capabilities for major infrastructure markets.


Covestro Desmocomp resin offers facade elements efficient thermal insulation

Construction equipment suppliers opt for composites to develop a facade fastening system that is more UV-resistant, sustainable and lightweight than aluminum elements.


Advanced Infrastructure Technologies launches third division for FRP composites

New operating division AIT Manufacturing currently offers GBar, GBolt, GMat, GCage and GWall composite products for the infrastructure industry.


Dura Composites appoints new United Arab Emirates GRP distributor

The partnership with UAE-based Sea Gulf Industrial Supplies will help Dura expand its global footprint and GRP products into the Middle Eastern industrial market.


Notus Composites completes final epoxy prepreg shipment for Museum of the Future

More than 600,000 square meters in total of the company’s fire-retardant glass and carbon fiber prepregs were used to build the Museum’s facade panels.


AIT Bridges contributes composite beams to Maine bridge replacement project

The Grist Mill Bridge in Hampden, Maine has reopened after a project to replace an aging steel bridge span with one comprising five composite beams.

Natural Fibers

Teijin contributes to sustainability with infrastructure innovations

In light of climate change and increasingly aggressive environments, Teijin focuses on new, sustainable infrastructure technologies that will enable more adaptability.

Carbon Fibers

Memphis Area Transit Authority implements CFRP service ramps

CFRP ramps for rail trolley cars are 60% lighter and three times stronger than metal,  promote employee and public safety when onloading and offloading and are ADA-compliant.


The markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2021)

Boat sales surge during pandemic, carbon fiber continues to increase with demand for electric power, foiling and performance, while progress is seen for glass fiber composites in ships, 3D printing and recycling.

Glass Fibers

The markets: Civil infrastructure (2021)

Composites are slated for growth in bridges, water treatment systems, rebar and other concrete reinforcement, offering longer service life, competitive costs and improved sustainability.


The markets: Utility infrastructure (2021)

Corroded metal infrastructure continues to be a problem, and composite materials, including new advancements in graphene nanotubes, are providing solutions. 


Composite Advantage restores swing bridge deck with FRP

Six fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) panels were prefabricated, and a sidewalk was also designed for the project. Deck length totaled 61.4 feet by 35 feet. 

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