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RCBI to host forum on advanced composites

Jun. 06, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing will host an Advanced Composite Materials Forum next week. It will be conducted 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at 1050 4th Avenue.

The forum is designed to encourage and assist entrepreneurs as they consider contract opportunities and career options in manufacturing -- particularly in the manufacturing of aviation, aerospace and automotive composite components. The forum will include direct involvement from private industry as well as RCBI staff.

The forum also will include a demonstration from Carbon Fiber Composites, a West Virginia-based manufacturer of composite airframe components.

"The growing composites sector offers an important element to today's jobs and is becoming increasingly essential for tomorrow's jobs as well," said Charlotte Weber, director and CEO of RCBI, in a press release.

The forum is part of a series of composites-manufacturing events at RCBI to increase awareness of composite materials technology and illustrate its impact across industry. It follows an event in Bridgeport at which educators learned about incorporating NASA's hands-on/minds-on "Museum in a Box" in their classroom activities. The composites-manufacturing events are made possible by support from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

Seating at the June 13 event is limited. To register or receive more information, call 800-469-RCBI (7224).

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