The Advanced Materials Show Connectivity Series: Composites

We think about materials being an individual entity, but what about when we combine them? Composites have been around for centuries with the originals being formed simply from mud and straw in construction to build more durable housing. Modern composites however bring us a new normal for advanced materials with lightweighting, increased strength, reinforcement, conductivity, flexibility and malleable properties, with endless manufacturing capabilities. These include carbon fiber, fiberglass, Kevlar, Thermoplastic and reinforced concrete.

Composites manufacturing in the US is set to hit $113 billion in the end-product market by 2022 with no signs of slowing down under the influence of its applications. Innovation has lead us to seek out increased efficiency in multiple sectors including energy, automotive, aerospace, marine and construction and hone our techniques with an increased need for a sustainable future. Composites grant us a key to manufacturing sustainably whilst reducing costs in large and small-scale manufacturing.

North America is home to some of the leading composite companies such as Huntsman Corporation, Owens Corning, Mitsubishi North American Composites and Toray who are key players in the development and integration of composites. With Owens Corning PINK Next Gen™ Fiberglas™ Insulation, TORAY creating a Carbon Fiber Composite Material with excellent heat dissipation that enables flexible thermal management design and Huntsman’s MIRALON® structural carbon material created from methane gas providing stronger, lighter and more energy-efficient solutions.

Composites are a cutting-edge material and are certainly in the lead in the advanced materials industry for future developments, including:

  • Olympic gold medallist Kim Je-deok of Summer 2020s graphene bow which is 60% more durable and 20% more shock-absorbing than traditional bows.
  • Hyzon Motors unveiled a new hydrogen storage system using composites for reduced weight and cost.
  • Carbon fibre bringing cost and performance benefits to the wind industry reducing the weight by 25%, according to a study led by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories.

The Advanced Materials Show USA is a dedicated show for end users, product developers, OEM’s and the entire material manufacturing supply chain. Those who visit will have a shared focus on seeking the latest materials, innovations and technology and will find new products, suppliers and partners all under one roof. Featured exhibitors include Graphene Composites an innovative nanomaterials engineering company, driven by an ethos to create life-changing products. CPS Technologies the world leader in developing and manufacturing advanced materials solutions and products. Goodfellow, leading global supplier of metals, alloys, ceramics, glasses, polymers, compounds, composites and other materials to meet the research, development and specialist production requirements of science and industry.

Our conference features a composites specific session at 11:55 am on the 14th of October – Developing composites and Polymers for a more sustainable aerospace sector. This session will showcase some of the most exciting innovations and applications alongside some of the current barriers facing aerospace designers and their materials suppliers.

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The Advanced Materials Show USA

October 13th – 14th 2021