Russian composite manufacturers join EuCIA
By Richard Higgs
Posted 28 June 2012
Russian composite manufacturers, keen to take advantage of new business in Europe, have forged a new link with their western European counterparts in the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA).
In a bid to boost business and develop regional technology and other contacts for its members, the Russian Union of Composites Manufacturers (UNCM) has joined EuCIA as an associate member.
Moscow-based UNCM, founded in 2004, has 34 members, largely composite materials enterprises but also several specialist Russian university departments and research institutes.
“UNCM took the decision to join EuCIA as a supportive consideration for the development of our members’ composite activities,” explained Sergey Vetohin, executive director of the Russian organisation who said it aims to consolidate the sector in his country.
“Thanks to the entrance to this organisation, the companies (members) will get the additional possibility for coming into the European market and establishing new, mutually beneficial contacts with the European manufacturers and developers of new product types and technologies,” he added.
Commenting on the entry of the new EuCIA member, its president Volker Fritz said: “This will foster the development of our composites industry across the globe.”
EuCIA membership includes national segment organisations from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden as well as three regional Brussels-based sector bodies.
There are more than 10,000 companies and an estimated workforce of 150,000 involved in composites production in Europe.
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