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First Brazilian postgraduate program in composites starts on August 19, 2011

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17 Aug 2011

Result of a partnership between the Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) and Universidade Positivo, the first postgraduate program in composite materials of the country starts on August 19, in Curitiba (Paraná), with fifteen students enrolled. 

Result of a partnership between the Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) and UniversidadePositivo, the first postgraduate program in composite materials of the country starts on August 19, in Curitiba (Paraná), with fifteen students enrolled. 
“Although our market is one of the fastest growing in the world, there is a real blackout of talents in Brazil. Therefore, we are tirelessly working to make these courses available”, says Gilmar Lima, president of ABMACO. Directors of the association will be part of the faculty. 
At Universidade Positivo, the postgraduate program in composites will be related to the Design and Product Design Course, which is coordinated by Jorge Tamura.“We already had a subject on the introduction to composites in the undergraduate program. With the postgraduate, we will be able to address more broadly the main player among the materials”, he says.
In March 2012, ABMACO and Universidade Positivo will organize the postgraduate program in Caxias do Sul, one of the main composites processing centers of the country. In São Paulo, it is also scheduled to start in the first half of the next year.
“The model that we have agreed with Universidade Positivo also includes the program with the in company format. Regardless of where it is carried out, it is important to point out that this postgraduate is fully recognized by the Ministry of Education”,says the president of ABMACO.

Established in 1981, the Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) represents the entire production chain of composites or fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP), a material that has over 40,000 applications cataloged worldwide, from water storage tanks to pipes and aircraft and rocket parts. Presided by Gilmar Lima, General Director of MVC Soluções em Plásticos, ABMACO has about 300 members and holds, together with Institute for Technological Research (IPT), the Composites Technologic Center (CETECOM), the largest of its segment in Latin America.