JEC Group have brought together the international community of composites leaders and executives in our Composites Circle as an unique networking opportunity to meet with both peers and future partners.
Professor and Architect Mark Goulthorpe, of the MIT Department of Architecture, confirmed as guest keynote speaker for the Future of Composites in Construction.
The main goal of Abmaco is to encourage the exchange of knowledge and to clear up any doubts about the application of composites in large-scale production, thus supporting all the trends, concepts, products and materials available in the Brazilian market today.
In 2009, Abmaco – the Brazilian Association of Composite Materials – started to promote a series of workshops targeting all major car manufacturers.
These workshops aim to explain how and why some of them should make the move to composite materials.
Process and application
Focus is placed on demonstrating processes such as RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding), SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound) and BMC (Bulk Moulding Compound). All these processes use closed moulds, which means improved part accuracy, better-controlled processes, and minimized production costs for outputs ranging from 10,000 to 100,000 parts per year for each mould. Such outputs can easily absorb the demand for bumpers, interior panels, roofs, seats, cabins, hoods, carter protectors and light frames, not only for cars but also for busses and trucks.
The joining of Asplar and Abrapoli gave birth to ABMACO in 1981, with headquarters in São Paulo, which has as main objective to promote the development and dissemination of the composites market in Brazil. Its efforts are focused on the people and companies that directly or indirectly produce, specify, use and consume composite materials, and that are willing to help and promote the healthy development of the whole supply chain.
Currently, Abmaco has 120 associated companies that are responsible for producing and distributing raw materials and auxiliary products, services and composites processing for several important segments in the Brazilian economy. The president of the association is Gilmar Lima, general director of MVC Plásticos.
There is also some mention of the recycling programme that Abmaco is developing together with the Institute of Technological Research (IPT). Besides the environmental argument, this programme also focuses on the financial aspects of large-scale production. “The production chain was deeply affected by the recent crisis and the utilization of new, innovative materials and methods is a must. Flexibility, design, safety, low investments, speed, processes, cost and durability are all part of the composite vocabulary”, says Paulo Camatta. Choate carbon, an advanced composite company from Brazil, is already adapting its main production plant to the demands of the automotive industry.
Its international reach has turned the company into an ambassador for Abmaco’s cause in Europe with their sponsorship of the Ferrari # 7 at the European FIA GT3.
Here are few examples and update of these two techniques which can be seen in many application sectors now.