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RP Asia 2004, an international conference and exhibition organized by Reinforced Plastics magazine, will be held September 1-2 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Designed to meet the needs of suppliers, fabricators and end-users of composites, RP Asia is said to offer a dynamic conference program addressing the latest technology and business issues at both regional and international levels, a comprehensive trade show visited by composites professionals from all over the world and an international forum for suppliers, manufacturers and customers to meet.

RP Asia 2004 will benefit those who are already familiar with composites, as well as provide an excellent introduction to those new to the industry, according to organizers. Designers, specifiers and end users will examine the benefits of composites over traditional materials such as metal, wood and concrete.

Asia is said to presently account for over 25% of the global polymer composites market, and the potential for further growth is said to be large, especially in countries such as China and India. At the same time, Asia is said to be attracting significant investment from companies in industrialized nations due to lower cost manufacturing.

Automotive applications and materials will be the focus of session one of the RP Asia 2004 technical program. Presentations will include: "Driving composite growth in the automotive industry," Andrew Hopkins, Owens Coming Automotive; "The cost-effective processing of automotive sandwich parts," Hermaun Seibert, Rohm GmbH, Germany; "Long fiber thermoplastics for automotive applications," speaker to be announced; "Body panels and surface finish: The success story of sheet molding compound (SMC) in the automotive industry," Joachim Zwecker, DSM Compo-site Resins, Germany; and "Carbon fiber: New possibilities in automotive parts," speaker to be announced.

Composites technologies (processes and innovations) will be examined during the second session. Presentations will include: "Cleaner manufacturing: New techniques in closed molding optimize output," Alan Harper, Plastech TT Ltd., U.K.; "Tubes, pipes and tanks: Advances in filament winding technology," John Green, GSG, and Danai Kasemset, Asian Chemicals & Engineering, Thailand; "Cleaning up spray-up," Douglas Wild, Magnum Venus Products/Hawk Mountain Ltd., Thailand; "Natural fiber composites: The development of environmentally friendly, recyclable products," Sarawut Rimdusit, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; and "Vacuum bagging for resin infusion," Craig M. Hill, Airtech international.

The third technical session is titled, "Beyond automotive: From consumer goods to construction." Presentations will include: "Cobra International: Thai success in global composites manufacturing," Michael Vender, Cobra International, Thailand; "Fiber reinforced polymer composites: Building materials for the renewal of civil infrastructure," Vistasp Karbhari, University of California San Diego; "Design and development of a gear case in advanced composites for a locomotive of Indian railways," Mihir Subhash Merchant, Permali Wallace Ltd., India; "Corrosion resistance: Epoxy resin technologies break through limitations," Audrey Boon, Dow Chemical, Malaysia; "Wind energy: Composite material technology for blade construction," Cameron Russell, Wind Energy SR U.K.: and "Innovations in boat building: Infusion using grooved core materials," Stefan Reuterlov, DIAB, Sweden.

The final session during RP Asia 2004 will examine market development and the best practice. Presentations will include: "Developing the composites market," Y.J. Jayakumar, FRP Institute, India; "You have identified your market, understood your processes: How do you build an efficient manufacturing plant?" Juergen Wittig, Wittig GmbH, Germany; "Composites and environmental protection," Kanemasa Nomaguchi, Plastic Lining Association, Japan; and "Quality management in composites manufacturing," Stephen Olle, AOC, U.K.

Conference registration for RP Asia 2004 costs $645 and includes entry into all conference sessions and the exhibition, a copy or the conference proceedings, lunches and more. Further information on RP Asia 2004 is available from the conference secretariat, tel.: +44 (0) 174 324 1289; fax: +44 (0) 870 138 9539.
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Date:Aug 1, 2004
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