Pultruded composites have found a role in numerous industries including construction.
Pultruded composites have found a role in numerous industries including construction.

The recent World Pultrusion Conference attracted 150 delegates, a record number, according to the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA), which organized the event.

Taking place in Vienna, Austria on 1-2 March the conference covered growth drivers for the pultrusion industry, potential in existing and emerging applications, and the latest developments in materials, testing and standardisation.

According to the EPTA, pultrusion is one of the few continuous processes for manufacture of composite parts and enables the high volume manufacture of structural profiles with improved mechanical properties and higher quality. Pultruded composites have found a role in numerous industries including construction, transportation, consumer goods, and the electrical and chemical sectors.

‘The record number of 150 participants, coming from North and South America, Europe, India and South Africa, indicates a clear and growing interest in pultrusion globally,’ said Dr Elmar Witten, Secretary, EPTA. ‘The high level of technology and application development activities showcased in the wide-ranging conference programme is evidence of a strong determination to improve the competitiveness of pultruded products and pursue growth opportunities.’

The World Pultrusion Conference is a biennial event and the largest forum for the pultrusion industry in Europe. The next conference will take place in March 2019.

This story uses material from the EPTA, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.