By Trevor Starr
Following the good fortune of the second one (1995) version, this document takes a clean viewpoint at the undefined, reviewing alterations and advancements in constitution, company thoughts, marketplace , know-how and alertness trends.
This profile is totally revised with industry info with new forecasts to the yr 2005. New and rising applied sciences and functions are examined.
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The market for unsaturated polyester resins is estimated at 80 000-85 000 tonnes/year, while vinyl ester resins account for 3500 tonnes/year. ), telecommunications, electrical and construction and infrastructure. The region has significant oil and gas reserves. Contact moulding is the major fabrication technique. Spray-up is also common and there is definite interest in extending the use of resin transfer moulding. The whole area now supports around 1300 moulders and fabricators. Resin manufacturers Cray Valley, Reichhold and Dow have already set up in the region, as have glass reinforcement suppliers Vetrotex and Owens Coming.
Most fabrication techniques are practised, including filament winding and pultrusion, and the number of companies moving away from contact-moulding and increasing their capital investment in this way, will steadily increase over the period of this study. The Middle East is characterised by three distinct regions of composites activity. In Egypt and Israel, unlike the rest of the Middle Eastern region, there is some limited, injection-moulded thermoplastic-based composites production. Israel also has pultrusion manufacture.
9 North America Free Trade Association (NAFTA) region United States o f America There is little doubt that, through its Composites Institute, the USA (with Japan and Taiwan) produces the most accurate annual set of statistical returns, although unlike them, it does not produce a finished product tonnage division for thermoplastic matrix-based composites. , , , (x 1000 tonnes) =, i i, i , 1994 . . 3% , , m. 6% 9 . 1% ,i ,H i Commenting on the 1998 tonnage statistics, released at the International Composites Expo (ICE) '99 meeting in May 1999, Catherine Randazzo, Executive Director of the Composites Institute, stated that 'This is the seventh consecutive year that composites shipments have increased since the down-turn in 1991.