Several federally-sponsored research programs are central to the growth and success of the American composites industry. IACMI-The Composites Institute is leading the way on cutting edge research on the next generation of composites materials for wind energy, lightweight automobiles and compressed gas storage vessels. ACMA will press Congress and the administration to ensure IACMI remains well-funded, well-managed and responsive to the real world needs of composites manufacturers, industry suppliers and customers large and small. The National Institute for Standards and Technology has committed to working with ACMA and our members to address industry standards and testing needs. This will help address voids that inhibit our ability to compete against other materials.

ACMA is equally committed to fighting for fair regulation of our industry. Last year, ACMA members educated OSHA about process safety issues faced by composites manufacturers and opened a discussion on styrene toxicity in preparation for the agency starting to update the workplace exposure limit for this substance. In 2017, we’ll likely see the opening rounds of industry communications with rule makers on EPA’s update to its air emission control standard and on OSHA’s new combustible dust standard.

This will also be an important time for composites manufacturers across the U.S. to come into compliance with California’s Prop 65 right-to-know regulations and for the industry to promote sound science for styrene risk evaluation at EPA’s newly-reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemicals-in-commerce program and at Cal-OSHA for that agency’s Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL) update. Fire code bodies will also consider ACMA-recommended revisions to the codes for resin spray operations and storage of organic peroxides. We will also monitor local and state air regulatory agencies as they modify or adopt volatile organic compound (VOC) control rules to comply with EPA’s updated ozone standard.

They key element that ties all of our efforts together – and what allows ACMA to be a successful advocate – is you. By being a member, joining ACMA committees, participating in advocacy events and supporting PAC and grassroots programs, you can drive positive change on all of these issues. By unifying together, we can build a more vibrant future for composites and America.