The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) have entered into a unique partnership. The two organizations will work together to support membership development and promote the overall composites industry.
ACMA is a provider of composites industry educational resources and is currently the world’s largest trade group, representing over 3,000 companies in the composites industry in North America alone.
IACMI, a public-private partnership created as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, focuses on developing lower-cost, higher-speed, and more efficient manufacturing and recycling processes for advanced composite materials. In terms of wind power, IACMI’s Wind Turbines Technology Area is focused on lowering the cost of wind energy while increasing the reliability of wind turbines. Wind-turbine production has become one of the world’s largest markets for plastic composites.
Together, the two organizations will align their interests to support numerous goals, including to:
- Partner on workforce development efforts, including the support and promotion of the ACMA Certification Composites Technician Program (CCT),
- Agree to have IACMI present at ACMA meetings and events, and to collaborate on joint events on selected topics,
- Explore other opportunities to collaborate on different topics, such as composites recycling, modeling, and simulation, and
- Promote memberships in each other’s organizations.
“At ACMA we are proud to partner with the IACMI as it will benefit our members and the breadth of the composites Industry,” says Tom Dobbins, president of ACMA. “The last few months our team has been working diligently to see this agreement come to life. The new synergies between our organizations are unprecedented and will create new dynamics and channels for ACMA members.”
“IACMI has brought together unprecedented commitment from state governments, industry and research institutions committed to leveraging their resources and technology to develop a workforce, create jobs and increase global manufacturing competitiveness in the rapidly growing use of advanced polymer composites,” added Dr. Craig Blue, CEO of IACMI. “ACMA provides the most current training and information available in the composites industry. IACMI’s partnership with ACMA for workforce training and education will enable IACMI members to strengthen industry integration and advance composite commercialization opportunities.”
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