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Published: 1/29/2018

JEC World 2018 Preview
The JEC World trade show and conference, the largest composites event in the world, will be held at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, near Charles de Gaulle airport, outside Paris, France.

Published: 12/27/2017

Driving down costs: Technologies to follow in 2018
Cost drives most decisions about composites use, but most innovation now focuses beyond material cost.  

Published: 12/20/2017

Where the art and science of braiding meet
A&P has made a name for itself as a braider, but the depth and breadth of its technical aptitude comes into sharp focus with a peek behind usually closed doors.

Published: 11/29/2017

Major automotive tier supplier moving to composites
A well-known Tier 1 supplier to the auto industry, Cooper Standard (Novi, MI, US) employs more than 30,000 employees at 120 facilities worldwide, and is the largest global supplier of automotive sealing systems.

Published: 11/29/2017

Tooling: 3D printing’s “killer app”
If 3D printing can be scaled to make tools for composite auto body panels ... it will be transformative

Published: 10/26/2017

Highlights: SPE ACCE 2017
The Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibiton (SPE ACCE), held Sept. 6-8 in Novi, MI, US, remains the composites industry’s go-to event for the latest on technology and equipment for automotive comp...

Published: 10/25/2017

Tackling the traceability of composite materials
Have you ever looked outside an airplane window during in-flight turbulence and wondered how strong the wings really are and how much load they can take?

Published: 9/5/2017

Five more exciting months in composites for 2017
As I write this column, we in the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing the “dog days of summer,” that period from early July until late August when outdoor temperatures and humidity are the highest, and, it seems, business activity is at...

Published: 8/31/2017

CAMX 2017 exhibit preview
ACMA and SAMPE’s fourth CAMX will be the largest composites trade show in the composites industry’s largest market. Held in Orlando, FL, this year, it promises an even more robust exhibition and conference program.   

Published: 8/8/2017

Plant Tour: Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal, Germany
This wide-ranging research center works with government and industry to develop the best of polymer composite processing, across a range of technologies.