The association reports that over the past 12 months it has seen more than 50 companies join, from SMEs to OEMs and including manufacturers, material/equipment suppliers, designers, consultants, engineers, end-users and academia. In the last month alone Composites UK has welcomed Williams Advanced Engineering, Formula Masts, Intelicare, MSD Design, GRP Aberdeen, Composite Metal Technology, McCarthy Environmental and P.J. Hare as members.
Taking the association up to 300 members is Tricel, which 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 to influence its view on fibre reinforced polymer composites, and encouraging investment in an industry where the UK could be paramount.
“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,” says Sue Halliwell, Operations Manager at Composites UK. “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,” she continues. “I look forward to working with the team and board of directors to take the association to the next level.”
Association activities planned for the rest of the year include the launch of a Bridge Design Guidance document, a showcase event for the marine sector, four regional events and joint undertakings with other trade associations.