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São Paulo has a postgraduate program in composite materials

News International-French

25 Jun 2014

The classes of the first postgraduate course in composite materials in São Paulo will begin on July/31.

Result of a partnership between the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) and Universidade Positivo, the course of 435 hours will have the same faculty of the courses held in Curitiba, Caxias do Sul and Joinville. The classes will take place at the Composites Technology Center (CETECOM), an organization led by ALMACO and the Technological Research Institute (IPT).

“Education is one of our main goals, and that is why we expect to have one hundred professionals graduated by 2015,” says Gilmar Lima, president of ALMACO. Over the past four years, ALMACO has promoted more than 200 courses and workshops throughout Latin America – these events were attended by approximately 5,000 people. During this period, ALMACO also edited seven technical books.

In 2013, the construction sector led the Brazilian consumption of polyester composites, with 49% of the total processed, ahead of transportation (17%), corrosion (11%) and sewage treatment (6%) – totaled 154,000 tons. The applications in wind power, which use composites based on epoxy resins, consumed 56,000 tons.

For 2014, ALMACO estimates a 5.1% revenue increase of the sector represented by ALMACO, totaling US$ 1,550 billion. In terms of production, the expectation is to reach 212,000 tons (+1.1%).