ACMA Presses Congress to Advance Composites in Defense and Transportation Issues

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From L to R: Stephen Kittredge, Owens Corning; Keith Bihary, Molded Fiber Glass Companies; Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH); Nick Padfield, Scott Bader – ATC; Scott Balogh, Mar-Bal.

During ACMA’s second annual Transportation & Defense Policy Fly-In, approximately 25 ACMA member companies traveled to Washington, D.C. to connect with Members of Congress and Federal agencies. ACMA members were able to meet with 75 congressional offices to advocate for more federal funds in R&D, acquisitions of composites and for policy changes aimed at reducing market barriers to allow composites to be more competitive against traditional materials.

Participants also had the opportunity to converse directly with leaders in federal markets about how composites fit into their strategic objectives. The first panel explored the role of composites in the modernization of the U.S. military and the second focused on composites in the future of transportation and mobility.

Following the fly-in, ACMA anticipates accelerating research on advanced composite applications, continued promotion of composite recycling solutions, and further emphasis on the benefits of innovative material solutions to modernizing transportation and defense products for military and civilian applications.

From L to R: Dan Coughlin, ACMA; Nick Padfield, Scott Bader – ATC; Lisa Ewald, Composites One; Sen. Angus King (I-ME); Madeline Wehrle, ACMA; MJ Carrabba, ACMA; David Ring, Strongwell; Dustin Troutman, Creative Pultrusions.