Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites supply chain is very pleased to announce that it has exceeded the 300 member mark.
Over the past 12 months the association has seen more than 50 companies join sizing from SMEs to OEMs including manufacturers, material/equipment suppliers, designers, consultants, engineers, end-users and academia, all of whom coming together to influence the direction of the UK composites industry.
Taking the Association up to 300 members is Tricel who has joined, amongst other reasons, to stay abreast of the developments with the EN124 standard. This initially looked to rule out using composites in gully tops and manhole covers for vehicle and pedestrian areas which would be detrimental to many UK composite manufacturers. Composites UK has made it a priority to lobby against this and now has a group of member companies consulting on this standard as it develops.
The Association has also developed closer ties with government working with them to influence their view on fibre reinforced polymer composites, encouraging investment in an industry where the UK could be paramount.
Sue Halliwell, Operations Manager at Composites UK commented:
“Over the last decade Composites UK has grown and developed from a 50 member strong body to an influential Trade Association representing 300 companies from across the UK supply chain. As membership increases it gives us more strength to influence those who create standards which affect the composites industry.
“The association has developed alongside the industry, tailoring our member services to meet the changing demands of a rapidly growing sector. I look forward to working with the team and board of directors to take the Association to the next level.”
2017 will see the release of the Bridge Design Guidance – a document being created by the Composites UK Construction Sector Group (CSG). This guidance for bridge designers will provide material information, design principles and check-lists to enable increased confidence in the use of FRP composites for footbridges.
The CSG provides a forum for discussion with regards to the use of fibre reinforced polymer composites in construction and have already published various case studies of their work and technical sheets on fire performance, durability, end-of-life solutions, environmental impact, in-service inspection and maintenance, testing and life cycle analysis. The group is chaired by James Henderson of Atkins and includes input from Jacobs, Millfield Composites, iLecsys Rail, Pipex px and Tony Gee and Partners amongst others.