Do you have any advice for small composites companies that are looking to land contracts with larger companies like Boeing?
Small composites companies need to demonstrate compelling performance, cost or schedule benefits. One way to do that could be to get involved in Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and work with a larger company to get a letter of interest. This letter indicates that the company’s efforts have pull with large firms, which can provide a transition path to products.
What did you learn from the Composites Executive Forum?
ACMA has active working groups which are intentionally forging communications channels in multiple industries that could benefit greatly from further use of composites. I’m optimistic that the collaboration of ACMA and SAMPE in CAMX – the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo will be successful and beneficial to constituents of both organizations.
ACMA members and the industries with whom they work in, could also be instrumental in developing the recycling and broader lifecycle sustainability benefits of composites. This is an important part of product life cycle management.