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Composite Advantage takes part in TAC event

Oct '19
Pic: Composite Advantage
Pic: Composite Advantage
Composite Advantage participated in the Transport Association of Canada (TAC) conference and exhibition for the first time with its focus on bridge decks, rail platforms and fender protection systems. A high percentage of the attendees were owners of infrastructure, including engineers and managers representing parks, city, regional districts and provinces.

The event was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia during September 22-25.

“I was encouraged to participate by our supplier of non-slip overlays (Tremco Infrastructure Group) and Canadian engineers that have included FRP in their bridge designs,” Scott Reeve, president, Composite Advantage said.

CA has found high acceptance of FRP technology as an engineered solution for a number of Canadian bridge projects.

“I found the TAC conference to also be a positive experience. The main reason for this is a high percentage of the attendees visiting the exhibit booth were owners of infrastructure. This included engineers and managers representing parks, city, regional districts and provinces. This was a refreshing change from other trade show trends where infrastructure owners do not have travel budget for their technical staff. Many of the agency engineers were aware of FRP, but had not seen the range of bridge elements and applications that have been accomplished. A major aspect of our sales effort is education and awareness of FRP infrastructure products,” Reeve said.

Visitor interest was in three areas - bridge decks for truss bridges, planking for timber deck replacement, and cantilever sidewalks. Every urban area is expanding shared-use paths. Adding a lightweight sidewalk resonates with most people as a cost-effective solution. The more populous provinces of Ontario and Quebec are similar to the northeast US with aging vehicle bridges that the community wants to retain, and totally replace. Lightweight, solid surface decking is perfect for this niche.

“I was able to include FRP planking in the bridge line-up with Creative Pultrusion products. This is a safe and long-lasting replacement for timber that competes well on cost. I look forward to the next TAC conference in Vancouver in 2020. There will be more to offer with the expanding Creative Composites Group product lines,” he said.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (SV)

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