The Forest Products Society and the USDA Forest Products Laboratory announce the Advancements in Fiber-Polymer Composites: Wood Fiber, Natural Fibers, and Nanocellulose Conference to be held on May 6-7, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Wood and other natural fibers have been used in composites for many years. Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest with the largest examples including the development of the wood-plastic composites industry and nanocellulose composites. A new generation of composites is emerging as material behavior is better understood, processing and performance are improved, and new opportunities are identified. Recent trends such as the desire to decrease petroleum dependence, increase bio-content, commercial production of nanocellulose, and changing markets will play a major role in the future of these composites.
This conference seeks to bring together industry, government, and academia to discuss the latest developments in fiber-polymer composites and represents an evolution of the International Wood and Biofiber Plastic Composites Conference series initiated by FPL and the University of Toronto, and hosted biennially by FPL and FPS. This conference is the premiere conference in North America covering topics relating to wood-plastic composites, an important and growing segment of the forest products industry. In addition, the conference covers the new field of nanocellulose composites. This advanced field will pave the way for new and enhanced forest products, including expansion into non-traditional markets.
The event will take palce the 6-7 May 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.