The Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) has reelected Gilmar Lima, general director of MVC Soluções em Plásticos, as president.

 In effect for three years, the new term includes Sérgio Falcão, sales leader of Owens Corning, as first vice president, and Sandro Leonhardt, senior market and business development manager at LORD Latin America, as second vice president.

‘We have finished the last period ahead of ALMACO with the feeling of accomplishment. We strictly followed our strategic plan, and the final balance is positive.’ said Lima. ‘Of course we would like to have done more, especially in relation to the construction of the Center of Excellence in Composites, which would increase our portfolio of solutions and services.’

Lima cited the main achievements of his administration as the production of market data, the expansion of ALMACO and the creation of the Top of Mind, the industry's main award.

‘Another highlight was the organization, in 2012, of Compocity, the composites city, the development of recycling and reverse logistics programs, the availability of postgraduate courses and the partnership with JEC Group,’ he said.

Financial stability

On the negative side, Lima regretted that it was not possible to establish the financial stability required to keep the association more active. ‘This limited our capacity to invest more strongly in market growth.’

According to the president plans for the next administration include the generation of cash for new investments, increased representation of the association in Latin America, including the creation of a subsidiary in Mexico, construction of the Center of Excellence in Composites, extending relationships with major composite users, popularizing the material and consolidation of the partnership with JEC Group.

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