Vinay Venkatesan, Senior Research Analyst, Frost & Sullivan and Mark Singleton, Startlink Systems Ltd.
Strong growth in building and construction activity in North America is expected to drive demand for composites. The poor state of US infrastructure is creating opportunities for composites in highways and bridge applications. In Europe, steady recovery of construction activity, mainly in residential and commercial construction, provides several opportunities for use of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. The highest demand is likely to come from customers seeking alternatives with key properties of anti-corrosion, resistance to chemicals, light weight and longer life spans compared to traditional materials such as steel, concrete and aluminum. This briefing provides a broader understanding of regional growth trends for composites, their use in building and construction, supporting regulations, drivers and challenges. It also demonstrates opportunities wherein fiberglass composites can outperform conventional steel and concrete.
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