From coal to composites —what's new in the advanced materials industry
by Ross Marshall, Vice President of Strategy
A new buzz is humming around the composites industry across the Beehive state. Whether you’re in the industry or not, you'll want to be in the know.
While much has been said of composites in the past, the Governor’s initiative to strengthen Utah’s advanced materials industry is generating a fusion of activity. Utah’s advanced materials and carbon composites industry is on the verge of expanding its local and international foothold even further into aerospace, defense, outdoor recreation, medical devices and other markets.
The University of Utah, acting on behalf of the Governor’s office, initiated an effort in 2014 called the Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative or UAMMI. Yes, another big acronym—pronounced like Miami—but trading out the Mi for a big U. UAMMI has since become a nonprofit that is funded in part by the state legislature and the Department of Defense. The intent is make Utah’s composites industry more globally competitive and adaptable to new markets.
What UAMMI does is unite public, private, community, industry and educational partners to help Utah’s advanced composites industry continue to grow even stronger long term. Why composites? Advanced composites are key to improving medical products, creating innovative recreational products, sustaining the military’s air fleet, and contributing to widespread innovation across a range of industries and markets.
On the immediate horizon, UAMMI is teaming up with two industry organizations at an expo March 1. The Wasatch Front Materials Exposition will take place at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus. UAMMI and the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering, also known as SAMPI, will co-host a mini-conference on the aerospace supply chain. The session will feature the most up-to-date information about advanced materials.
UAMMI welcomes you to be a part of the swarm. Industry professionals, production managers and business owners are particularly invited to add to the conversation. Get to know UAMMI online at www.uammi.com.
This blog originally appeared in the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce Nubiz blog. To view this and other Nubiz blogs, click here.