The Advanced Structures and Composites Center based in the University of Maine, USA, has received the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) ‘Innovator of the Year’ award.

The Innovator of the Year Award is awarded to a company or organization in Maine that has accessed international markets through new and innovative processes or products.

The center has recently installed the Alfond Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory for Structural Thermoplastics, a demonstration lab that will test new ways to improve manufacturing new lab featuring 3D printers, robots, and digital tools.

‘It’s a great honor for the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center to be recognized for working with more than 500 international and national companies, including more than 150 Maine companies, to develop new products, reach new markets, and expand their international reach,’ said Dr Habib Dagher, executive director of the center.

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