The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and Tooling U-SME, a provider of manufacturing training, have formed a new partnership to improve training for the composites manufacturing workforce.

Tooling U-SME will make its learning and development programs available to the IACMI's members.

The composite materials market in the U.S. grew by 3.7% last year, reaching US$8 billion in value, and is expected to grow to US$10.6 billion by 2022. Increased demand for lightweight and fuel-efficient vehicles, progression in new construction, upgrade of old infrastructures and rising demand for wind energy are key contributors to this growth, mostly in the aerospace and defense, wind energy and transportation sectors. 

‘By combining our knowledge of composites technology with the learning and development expertise of Tooling U-SME, we'll be able to provide unparalleled advanced training programs to ensure the vitality of the U.S. workforce,’ said Bryan G Dods, IACMI CEO.

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