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Historically, composite parts have already contributed to making many end market sectors more sustainable through the inherent properties of composite materials. For example, lower carbon dioxide emissions have been achieved through metal replacement, leading to weight reduction in cars and planes. Similarly, the long wind power blades, only possible to manufacture in composite materials, are replacing fossil fuel generation plants. Maintenance-free composite applications replacing metal and wood have reduced the usage of paint and chemical treatments.
These are just a few of the multiple ways that composites already play their role in making our world more sustainable. However, it has become clear that sustainability is becoming more and more central to the basic business strategies of many industrial companies and the composites sector is no exception.
A lot of interesting work is being done to meet the challenges of implementing sustainability and you will find in this section the latest developments at all levels of the supply/value chain, from raw materials to end products.
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