The Saga of Composites: Where is the composite industry heading?
Every aspect of the development of composites o‑ers a fascinating story, whether it is the study of the materials themselves and their gradual and continual process of transformation, the work with engineers who are always developing new applications for composites, the manufacturers who set out to conquer new markets, or the world’s many di‑erent geographical regions that are adopting composites, often for very specific uses. Hindsight makes it relatively easy to retrace the sector’s history. It is much more di‑icult, however, to map out the future, since so many factors (e.g. the world economy, lobbies, protectionism, resources) are beyond our control. But what we can do is analyse what is happening now.