Congress Learns About Advanced Composites

 Staff representing the Congressional Composites Caucus and other House of Representatives offices learned about the many uses of composites in military aircraft, missiles and unmanned vehicles, spacecraft and commercial aircraft on July 26 during a briefing given by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE).

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SAMPE Executive Vice President Ted Lynch
presents to Congressonal Composites Caucus

The use of advanced composites has steadily advanced since the 1970s, according to Ted Lynch, executive vice president of SAMPE and president of Washington, D.C.-based Strategic Marketing Innovations.  Fifth-generation fighters such as the F-35 contain more than 50 percent advanced composites and 53 percent of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is comprised of these ultra-strong and light-weight materials.

Co-chaired by Representatives Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Mike Michaud (D-Maine), the Congressional Composites Caucus is a forum for Members of Congress and staff to learn about and support the composites industry. The composites industry employs more than 300,000 people nationwide and contributes more than $45 billion to the US economy.

For more information on advanced composites application in defense, view the video of Lynch’s presentation