High Performance


The High Performance Council (HPC) is one of ACMA's Composites Growth Initiative (CGI) Committees. This specialty industry committee is focused on growing products and market segments using high performance composites.  High performance composites are materials that are typically used on aerospace/aircraft applications, but these materials are increasingly being used in wind energy (land and offshore), automotive, building construction, and certain specialty industrial applications where material performance is critical.

Mission Statement

The mission of the High Performance Council is to promote the use and encourage the manufacturing of advanced composites for use in demanding applications across multiple industries.

Vision Statement

To become the leading advocate for high performance materials and composites through education, marketing, and standards development. To become an industry forum for collaboration and to foster innovation in manufacturing and product development among our member companies.


There are currently 28 companies that belong to ACMA's High Performance Council.  Eight are fabricators; the remaining companies are material suppliers, distributors, consultants, and academics.



Tom Hedger
President, Magnum Venus Plastech


ACMA Staff Liaison

Andrew Huber
Manager, CGI Committees
P: 703-682-1653


HPC is the newest CGI committee after being launched in 2012.  The HPC has been involved with learning more about the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and its impact to the composites industry.  HPC has also connected with the Department of Commerce’s Composites Working Group (CWG) and plans to contribute knowledge about composites recycling through collaboration with the Green Composites Council – Recycling Committee.  The HPC plans to develop online training primarily geared towards users of high performance materials.  In addition, the HPC plans to get involved with education in automotive and wind energy applications specifically related to Congressional briefings on Capitol Hill, and will be conducting an exploratory meeting of a Renewable Energy Subcommittee at AWEA in Las Vegas this May. The HPC will also be in attendance at SAMPE Tech in Seattle this year and will be holding a meeting at that conference. Any companies interested in joining the HPC are welcome to attend this meeting, simply RSVP to Andrew Huber at Ahuber@acmanet.org.

Become a Member

The High Performance Council is open to any member of the American Composites Manufacturers Association interested in growing high performance composites. There are no additional costs beyond ACMA membership. For more information or to apply for membership, please contact Andrew Huber.