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Industry Trade Groups

Composite Industry

-- North America --

ASM International - The materials information society - Founded in 1913, ASM International is one of the world's largest technical societies; it is dedicated to the gathering and dissemination of information on engineered materials, including polymer composites.
American Composites Manufacturers Association— The world's largest trade association serving the composites industry. With more than 1,100 members from across the globe.
Composite Manufacturing Technical Group of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
SPE Composites Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers — an organized forum for the promotion and dissemination of information on the science, engineering fundamentals and applications of advanced polymer composite materials
Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering
SPI Society of the Plastics Industry

-- South America --

Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) (in Portuguese and English)

-- Europe --

Assocompositi - Assocompositi è l’associazione che raggruppa, tutela e promuove l’industria dei materiali compositi in Italia allo scopo di favorire lo sviluppo di tutte le potenzialità tecniche ed economiche di questi materiali. E’ finanziata con il contributo della quote di iscrizione delle aziende associate e si avvale della collaborazione di docenti universitari e di professionisti. (In Italian)
Composites UK - Promoting the UK composites industry
EPTA - European Pultrusion Technology Association - association formed in 1989 by the leading FRC (Fiber Reinforced Composites) Pultruders in Europe
The European Alliance for SMC/BMC - The European Alliance for SMC/BMC is an industrial association of European companies and institutions involved in the field and product chain of SMC and BMC. Good information about the technology and applications.
The European Alliance for Thermoplastic Composites - Formed in 2000 by leading European companies, with a concerted commitment to the technological advancement of longfiber reinforced thermoplastics


Union of Composites Manufacturers (UNCM) - joins manufactures of continuous reinforcing materials (fiber and roving, fabrics, meshes and etc.) and reinforced plastic, producers of specialized equipment, scientific organizations, trading companies. - In English and Russian.

-- Australia & New Zealand --

Composites Australia — Composites Australia Inc., formerly known as Composites Institute of Australia, is a separately constituted corporate association tailored to benefit the members of Composites industry and their customers. The association represents suppliers of raw materials, fabricators and providers of services within the composites industry. With nearly 200 corporate members it provides a forum for the industry to exchange information and promote the development new markets.
Composites Association of New Zealand (CANZ) - Provides a forum for the composites industry to exchange information, celebrate successes and solve problems for all Composite Industry participants in New Zealand and the Pacific

-- Asia --

FRP Institute of India - A professional society for bringing together under one platform all those who are concerned with FRP Composites in order to promote the growth and development of FRP Composites and their industrial and technological base
Japanese Reinforced Plastics Society (JRPS) - In Japanese

Other Related Industries

  TMS.org - The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
EUROMAP - the European committee of the national associations of machinery manufacturers for the plastics and rubber industries in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom
Materials Today - Materials Today is the international review magazine for all researchers with an interest in materials science and technology.
  Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) - founded to serve the needs of thermoset resin formulators and their suppliers, an independently incorporated non-profit trade association

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Standards Organizations

  ASTM - ASTM International is a not-for-profit organization that provides a global forum for the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems, and services
  MIL-17 - The Composite Materials Handbook MIL-17
  ISO - International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  DIN - Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Standards Institute) - in German and English
  NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology

Techstreet - from Thomson Reuters has many standards that can be downloaded for a fee.

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Applications of Composite Materials

Tanks, pipes and pressure vesselsBoat buldingConstructionAutomotive


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Tanks, pipes and pressure vessels

The Fiberglass Tank and Pipe Institute was incorporated in 1987 as a non-profit organization. Its' purpose is to provide a forum through which the fiberglass reinforced thermoset plastic ("FRP" or "RTP") industry can work together effectively toward the common goal of advancing the use of all fiberglass products in the tank and piping marketplace, i.e. coordinate market studies and statistics, combine talents and resources to provide standard-setting organizations with superior technical data and disseminate information to the government, industry and the public.
National Association of Corrosion Engineers
Dual Laminate Fabrication Association - DLFA was formed to promote the use of Dual Laminate structures composed of a thermoplastic liner over-wrapped with fiber glass reinforcement.

These structures have found uses in handling various types of corrosive liquids and gases as well as hi-purity liquids. Tanks, pipe, fittings, fume scrubbers and various other chemical vessels are made in this manner and provide a cost effective answer to the problems addressed.



AEGPL is the sole representative of the LPG industry at European level, representing over 24 national LPG Associations as well as distributors and equipment manufacturers from across Europe.

Our mission is to engage with EU decision-makers and the wider policy community in order to optimise the contribution that LPG - as a clean and immediately available energy source - can make to meeting Europe's energy and environmental challenges.

 Logo World LP Gas Association The World LP Gas Association is the authoritative, global voice for LP Gas. It promotes the use of LP Gas worldwide to help foster a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous world.
 National Propane Gas Association

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) is the national trade association representing the U.S. propane industry. Our membership includes small businesses and large corporations engaged in the retail marketing of propane gas and appliances; producers and wholesalers of propane equipment; manufacturers and distributors of propane gas appliances and equipment; fabricators of propane gas cylinders and tanks; and propane transporters.

With a membership of more than 3,200 companies in all 50 states, 38 affiliated state or regional associations, and members in 19 foreign countries, NPGA represents every segment of the propane industry.

Boat Building

International Boat Industry is the leading business-to-business magazine and website covering the global marine recreational trade.
European Boatbuilder is designed to serve the interests of professionals involved with the design and construction of pleasure boats and small commercial craft. The title also focuses on materials, components, tools and processes.
  Professional BoatBuilder magazine is written and edited for boatbuilders, repairers, designers, and surveyors. Published six times a year, by WoodenBoat Publications, Inc., it focuses on materials, design, and construction techniques and repair solutions chosen by marine professionals.


The Network Group for Composites in Construction (NGCC) represents the composites in construction industry in the UK and unites its members in one body. Its membership covers all sectors of the industry. Activities of NGCC include dissemination of information and news, forums for collaboration and networking, and providing a central focus for those needing support within the industry.
Directory of Construction related websites.
The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) is a non-profit trade association representing manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators/distributors, design professionals, and builders committed to providing quality structural insulated panels for all segments of the construction industry.


Automotive Composites Alliance A business unit of the ACMA, is a trade association of 24 plastics material suppliers and molders that provide the automotive and truck industries with composite products.
For four decades SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, has been at the forefront of the automotive aftermarket – a unique industry dedicated to the enhanced performance, appearance and handling of all types of passenger cars, light trucks and recreational vehicles.

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