Thermoset molding is an established and successfully used process in a number of market sectors with a growing demand for composites. This kind of molding has been integral in a number of areas, including the automotive, construction and aerospace markets. Yet, until now, thermoset molders, one of the core components of the composites industry, have not had a unified voice and representation working on their behalf.
The new Thermoset Molders Committee of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has been created to fill that void. The newest Composites Growth Initiative (CGI) committee will allow compression molders to work together with their suppliers and through ACMA to grow their markets. Marketing, codes and standards and political advocacy are just a few of the initiatives that will benefit member companies of the Thermoset Molders Committee.
Thomas J. Meola, chief operating office of Premix, Inc., in North Kingsville, Ohio, and Kevin L. Barnett, president and CEO of Core Molding Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, have volunteered to be co-chairs of this CGI committee. Meola said, “The Thermoset Molders Committee will provide a great opportunity to bring many thermoset molders together to collaborate on key industry initiatives that will help to strengthen our presence and expand our reach in many markets.”
A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis of thermoset molding was recently completed at a meeting of the committee in Chicago. The Thermoset Molders Committee will be reconvening in the near future to develop strategies as a result of this SWOT analysis. Important areas that the committee will be focusing on are improving capabilities through materials and process innovation, regulatory issues, thermoset education and communication, marketing and market growth and other significant topics.
“The new Thermoset Molders Committee is an example of how the initiative of ACMA’s members will help to strengthen and grow the entire composites industry through the Composites Growth Initiative,” said Lori Luchak, president of Miles Fiberglass & Composites and ACMA’s president-elect and treasurer. “ACMA’s greatest resource is our membership. Because of dynamic and proactive members, we are able to respond to market changes and opportunities that affect all of us. ”