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MVP Joins Composites One in Announcing Partnership with IACMI

Arlington Heights, IL, October 20, 2015… Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and Magnum Venus Products, has partnered with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) to lead four schools in 2016 focused on advanced process and materials.

“This is an incredible opportunity,” said Composites One President and COO Leon Garoufalis. “Over the past decade, we’ve provided hands-on training in closed molding and advanced processes to more than 4,000 manufacturing professionals. With IACMI, we’ll reach an even wider audience, ultimately helping to grow composites manufacturing in the U.S. and working to create more jobs in the composites industry.”

A public-private partnership, IACMI is supported by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and is one of eight organizations comprising the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation. ”Partnering with Composites One reinforces our mission to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies for low-cost, energy-efficient manufacturing of advanced polymer composites,” said IACMI CEO Craig Blue.

Through the partnership, Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance will lead four two-day schools in advanced composites technologies at key IACMI locations across the US. Sessions include:

         Process & Advanced Materials Workshop – April 5-6 in Knoxville, Tennessee (Oak Ridge National Lab)

         Intermediate Processing & Wind Energy Workshop – June 14-15 in Denver, Colorado (NREL)

         Process & Advanced Materials Workshop – August 9-10 in West Lafayette, Indiana (Purdue University)

         Process & Automotive Market Advances in Composites – November 1-2 in Detroit, Michigan (Michigan State)

The schools will cover such topics as advanced and closed mold processing, out-of-autoclave production, additive manufacturing (3D printing) light-weighting of products, prototyping, selecting systems and equipment, advancements in composites and high performance materials, data acquisition, modeling and simulation. Instructors include process experts from Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance – a resource dedicated to helping manufacturers make a successful conversion to closed mold and other advanced processes. Along with Composites One, the Alliance founding members include Magnum Venus Products and RTM North Ltd.

For more information, please come to Composites One booth #S94 at 11:00 AM, October 28, during CAMX 2015 in Dallas, TX. Or visit compositesone.com or call Composites One at 800-621-8003.

About IACMI: The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of advanced composites. The national institute is supported by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and over $180 million committed from IACMI’s partners. Find out more at IACMI.org.

About Composites One: Composites One is the nation’s leading distributor of composite materials, serving customers from more than 35 locations in North America. Composites One offers composites fabricators and molders thousands of products from more than 600 of the industry’s top suppliers through a technical sales and customer service force that is the most knowledgeable in the industry. The company offers a variety of value added services that include a dedicated advanced composites team, closed mold technologies, technical applications reviews, and unmatched regulatory compliance assistance. Composites One is headquartered in Arlington Heights, IL. Find out more at www.compositesone.com.

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