“Working with engineering firms is important because ultimately they are the ones writing the specifications we have to adhere to,” says Puthoff. “We need to educate them on composites versus alloys and other materials.” INEOS strives to educate engineers, as well as industry partners, through its Corrosion Science Center (CSC). The goal of the CSC is to grow the usability and profitability of FRP composites in corrosion-resistant applications. It has held lunch-and-learns with engineering firms like FLSmidth & Co. to share advice on topics such as maintaining FRP equipment and identifying a third-party inspector.
Ultimately, sharing ideas and knowledge rather than working in individual silos remaining tight-lipped about your expertise will benefit the entire composites industry. Says Puthoff, “There’s a much larger market share out there that could keep all of us busy if we work together.”