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November 11, 2013 (Arlington, Va.) – Building on the success of the 2012 Chemical Processing Symposium, the American Composites Manufacturers Association held its second Chemical Processing Symposium: Managing Corrosion with Non-metallics in Galveston, Tex., November 6-7, 2013. The event was attended by 170 participants including engineers and composites end-users as well as manufacturers, suppliers and distributors.

During the two-day conference, attendees participated in an impressive education line-up that offered case studies by chemical companies, recent technical research, design and application insights as well as a broad range of composite solutions. Speakers from Albemarle Corporation, BASF, The Dow Chemical Company, ERCO Worldwide, Ashland, Owens Corning, Maverick Applied Science, RPS Composites, RL Industries and UTComp presented the education sessions. Networking events included the Composites and Chemical Processing Golf Tournament and an evening reception held in the Company and Product Showcase where participants connected with 26 exhibitors displaying some of today’s leading non-metallic corrosion solutions.

“This Symposium centers on examining why composites are particularly suitable for use in highly corrosive environments and how they can be key to designing better, stronger, more reliable chemical processing systems,” says ACMA President Tom Dobbins. “It also reflects ACMA’s commitment to offering targeted education programs across the expanding and ever-evolving composites industry.”

ACMA’s Corrosion Control Division held a meeting on November 5th, just prior to the Symposium, where members discussed upcoming projects such as preparing a briefing for the Congressional Composites Caucus and reaching out to engineering students via webinars and presentations delivered by chapters of engineering societies. The committee also welcomed new CCD member company Litek and discussed the development of a new member resource web page.

ACMA will offer further education on corrosion related topics at the new CAMX conference and exhibition, taking place October 13-16, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. For more information on CAMX, visit

Two other leading organizations supported the Symposium: NACE International, the world’s largest organization dedicated to the study of corrosion, and SOCMA, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates.

Event sponsors included AOC Resins, American Elements, Ashland Inc., Composites One LLC, Diamond Fiberglass, Dixie Chemical Company, Enduro Composites, Ershigs, Maverick Applied Science Inc., Owens Corning, PCCR USA, Reichhold LLC and RPS Composites.

Exhibitors at the Company and Product Showcase included AOC Resins, Ashland Performance Materials, Augusta Fiberglass, Beetle Plastics, Composites One LLC, CPIC North America Inc., Diamond Fiberglass, Duna-USA, Enduro Composites Inc., Houston Polytank LLC, Indumar Products Inc., Interplastic Corporation, Jushi USA, Kenway Corporation, Litek Composites Corp, Magnum Venus Plastech, Maverick Applied Science Inc., Mektech Composites Inc., Nexeo Solutions, Owens Corning, PCCR USA Inc., PITSAFRP, Reichhold Inc., Releasomers, RPS Composites Inc. and Specialty Plastics.