LONDON, UK – October 14, 2014 – Major advances in thermoplastic technology will be presented to key Automotive, Aerospace and Energy sector representatives at this month’s International Conference and Exhibition on Thermoplastic Composites (ITHEC), developed through UK and EU public sector-funded projects in collaboration with Element Materials Technology’s Hitchin, UK laboratory.

Element Hitchin has provided materials and product testing expertise on the increasing application of thermoplastics in these industries. The three technical papers presented at the event will detail significant achievements in developing thermoplastic storage vessels for high pressure hydrogen applications; laser transmission welding of thermoplastic composite structures; and quality control of reinforced thermoplastic pipes through ultrasonic inspection techniques (UIT). 

Charles Noall, President and CEO of Element, comments: “Our involvement in these projects keeps us at the forefront of research and development in thermoplastics. The knowledge we have gained and shared contributes significantly to the growth of Element Hitchin and wider Automotive, Aerospace and Energy industry progress – which is already being demonstrated through subsequent research and commercial initiatives.”

The second annual ITHEC event will be held in Bremen, Germany on 27-28 October 2014.

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“Our involvement in these projects keeps us at the forefront of research and development in thermoplastics.”

Charles Noall

President and CEO