For example, the Automotive Composites Alliance (ACA) focuses on growing the use of composites in the automotive industry. With regulatory standards continuing to change, the ACA is working diligently with automotive manufacturers to meet these challenges head on.

Why should a company who is not currently active in a CGI committee get involved?

The strength of any organization and the quality of its results are based on the level of participation from its members. This is true within the CGI committees as well. Those with strong participation and leadership are realizing the results of their efforts and their members are prospering. From my experience over many years with ACMA, I have seen numerous examples where member companies have had a real advantage over non-member companies. Their businesses have grown and they are in the best position to leverage the many offerings and opportunities provided by ACMA and the CGI committees. It’s really pretty simple – get involved and reap the rewards!

What is the most significant contribution of CGI?

Through the CGI Fund, a significant pool of resources created by ACMA’s industry suppliers, distributors and affiliates, the CGI committees are investing in carefully selected and strategically targeted projects to assist the growth of their respective markets. Without question, providing tools for and educating engineers, designers, architects and specifiers on the benefits of composites over other materials through a variety of activities, is a primary function of the CGI committees.

How can companies benefit from working together and participating in CGI activities?

Because composites represent such a small percentage of the overall materials there is significant potential for composites growth. When companies involved in a specific industry segment come together to identify objectives and real actions to collectively capture a larger share of materials usage, all those companies can benefit by growing their businesses. By working together to share costs and resources to create initiatives such as developing industry standards and guidelines, member companies can better promote composites to their specific segment’s end-users. Leveraging the composites supply chain with raw material suppliers, composites manufacturers and end-users creates additional credibility for new composites applications and customers.