Composites: a profile of the worldwide reinforced plastics by Trevor Starr

By Trevor Starr

Following the good fortune of the second one (1995) variation, this document takes a clean viewpoint at the undefined, reviewing adjustments and advancements in constitution, company concepts, marketplace situation, expertise and alertness trends.

This profile is absolutely revised with industry facts with new forecasts to the 12 months 2005. New and rising applied sciences and functions are examined.

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Table 44 does not include any estimate of thermoplastic-based composites consumption other than for glass mat thermoplastic (GMT). If the GMT total (24 000 tonnes) is removed, then the resulting 1997 thermoset consumption of 184 500 tonnes is close to the total of 194 500 tonnes for the year for Germany suggested by PPG. ,,,,. 2 . 2 kg. Figures for 1997-99 (Table 45) are derived by separating the GMT total, and adding an allowance for other thermoplastic-based components. They are used as the basis for the 1998-2005 forecast in Table 47.

4 .. 7 ,. 0 n.. , ,.. ,, , Germany Although employing the same raw materials, equipment and technology, Germany shows a marked difference in emphasis when compared to the composites industries of other EU members. Germany's composites industry reflects the strength and the needs of its manufacturing sector at large. It is therefore reliant on its automotive industry. At Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz, the use of composites provides cost, weight-saving and performance solutions. As well as this rapidly growing use of thermoplastic-based composites, the use of sheet moulding compound (SMC) in automotive applications has spawned an industry-wide involvement in SMC material along its product life - its development, fabrication, recycling and involvement.

7 Thermoplastic-based Total . _ , i ,, , ii =. 6 i i Spain Spain is an increasingly important centre of composite industry activity. With Portugal, it makes up 8% of the European composites industry. Fuelled by the expansion of its automotive and truck industry, it illustrates the relationship between the level of industrial activity and the development of the composites industry. In Spain, growth has been rapid enough to necessitate the introduction of a local raw material supply. BASF and Cray Valley, have either established, acquired or developed facilities to produce thermoset resins, seen as a positive step in a positive market.

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