All Things Composites: Industry Veteran Insights on the Past, Present, and Future of Composites

 

From snow skis to Corvettes, airplanes and infrastructure, composites are all around us.

But what are they, and where do they fit in to modern-day manufacturing? Magnum Venus Products unpacks the topic on the premiere episode of “All Things Composites,” joined by special guest Dale Brosius, Chief Commerical Officer at IACMI.

With decades of varied experience in the industry of composites, Brosius dives into the way composites have evolved and what new industries are discovering the benefits of using composites in production.

South Texas raised, Brosius grew up surrounded by big oil, which lead him to a chemical engineering degree and ultimately working all over the world in a variety of manufacturing industries. The author and consultant explained what factors lead to the growth of composites, like increased production speed, scale, and cost.

As the world of composites innovated over the years, more efficient practices emerged, and production sped up while growing in size. Wind turbine blades, for example, when first produced, were limited to just 40 meters long. Composite production innovated, and today blades are over 65 meters long and made from just one mold.

Though forward-thinking, risk-averse industries like aerospace have largely driven the composite industry, Brosius emphasizes that composites have many use cases. Infrastructure, often slow to innovate and fearful of change, can benefit from using composites that have been specifically designed for strength using resins and fibers. Sports equipment, a more flashy consumer industry, has also latched onto composites in the construction of durable sports gear.

The industry of composites aims to have a long life in the world of manufacturing and keeps its gaze toward the future not only a few years down the road, but decades. By educating youth about a future in the composites workforce and creating composites designed to last 75-100 years, the industry is set up for a long and fruitful trend of growth thinking beyond what has already been done.

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