Composites Manufacturing – Benefits With Urgency

16 May, 2017

It was a delight to exhibit and present at the Composites UK event, hosted by the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) this week, May 10-11th.

Ceramicx played a full part in the wealth of technical and market information imparted to delegates. The networking opportunities and discussions were of the highest quality as was the standard of the presentations.

Time after time the same message asserted itself: The composites industries face unprecedented demand, the like of which the world has not yet seen.

The global aerospace civil aviation sector alone is set to ramp up from 60 planes produced each month to over 200 a month by the year 2030. This is unknown territory for all concerned, and will engender all kinds of issues in the years ahead.Here, for example, is a snapshot of growth rates for composites used in the following sectors - from 2015 to 2030: Aerospace +17; Automotive +15%; Oil & Gas +31%.

What we are witnessing is an industry that faces boom opportunities but also huge issues of information dissemination and cross-sector communications – concerning technology, material and process developments and challenges that are not unique to any one sector.

Many factors are combining to play a role in this heightened future demand. Light-weighting of parts, for example, is tied up in the drive to hit various CO2 targets set out in global legislation.

OEM manufacturers are also demanding more cost effective processing methods to reduce part cost. The means reducing the CAPEX spend for processing equipment and also the energy expenditure for each part. Many of these manufacturers clearly want to move away from the prepreg/autoclave combination to a system of automated tape or fibre laying/placement (ATL/AFP) with resin injection. 

Ceramicx is ready and able to match this demand with a variety of Infrared heating solutions; custom-made machinery builds and also our proprietary Out Of Autoclave (OOA) ovens such as The Vector. In that sense the future for our composites business looks very positive.

However, Ceramicx is also mindful of our responsibility to raise the awareness and the profile of the industry and its technical opportunities. We shall therefor play a full part in disseminating the content of the May 10-11 events – both online and in an upcoming issue of HeatWorks magazine. We shall continue to play a full part in the excellent activities of Composites UK and in the international composites exhibition circuit, in Europe, the USA and elsewhere.

Composite manufacturing will play an important part in the new industrial landscape currently being fashioned. Ceramicx intends to be on the leading edge of these developments.

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