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Leading composites societies join forces

9 May 2014

Australia’s three leading societies for the advancement of composites knowledge, technologies and applications have joined forces under a memorandum of understanding.

The MOU brings the Australian Composites Structures Society (ACSS), Composites Australia Inc. and the Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering – Australia Chapter (SAMPE) together on projects of mutual benefit to members of the organisations.

The memorandum was signed at the 2014 Composites Australia CRC-ACS Conference by Professor Murray Scott, President of ACSS; Ms Kerryn Caulfield, Chief Executive Officer of Composites Australia; and Dr Rik Heslehurst, chair of SAMPE’s Australian Chapter.

“By bringing together the two leading learned societies for the structural application of composite materials in Australia with the peak national industry association, the MOU provides the framework for the planning and delivery of some really exciting initiatives that will benefit the composite practitioners within each organisation,” said Ms Caulfield.

“Innovations in the fibre pre-forms, matrix materials and manufacturing processes are widening the opportunities for the application of composites for a broadening range of structural components. It is only through the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experiences that engineers, designers and manufacturers can successfully take advantage of these developments and contribute to the manufacture of new components and products. Composites Australia is really looking forward to working with ACSS and SAMPE to provide opportunities that achieve this goal.”

“Cooperation is the key to further developing the Australian Composites Industry and taking leading companies into global supply chains for advanced applications,” said Professor Scott. “By formalising our engagement, ACSS, CA and SAMPE will bring highly complementary networks together to achieve even better outcomes for our members.”

Dr Heslehurst (SAMPE) agrees: “The mutual benefits to all three associations cannot be under-estimated. This agreement is a win, win, win for the Australian composites community.”


ACSS is a technical society of Engineers Australia, which is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the development of professional engineers. With more than 100,000 members embracing all streams of the engineering discipline, Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia.

Composites Australia exists to increase awareness of the capabilities of the Australian composites industry and the adoption of composites technologies by Australian manufacturers, engineers and designers. A member-based organisation, it connects and supports the development of the industry and facilitates collaboration with researchers.

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) is an international professional member society. SAMPE provides a global forum for information, education and professional fellowship on materials and processes development.