High-Performance Composites

MAR 2013

High-Performance Composites is read by qualified composites industry professionals in the fields of continuous carbon fiber and other high-performance composites as well as the associated end-markets of aerospace, military, and automotive.

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market trends multiples return to prerecession levels regardless of industry. This is a good sign. Beyond valuation metrics, 2013 should be a strong year for business owners who are looking to make an exit in the next few years. Given the transition to production on major aerospace platforms, the market is generally at a healthy point in the cycle. But in any industrial sector, the cycle can change quickly. Strong market conditions don't turn on a dime, but they also don't last forever. At some point, there will be another downturn, and it's not out of the question that it could come in the next couple of years. Larger companies with owners near their golden years will face a decision: either invest in innovation or make acquisitions to spur growth and stay competitive. We don't expect owners who survived the last downturn to have an appetite for going through another one. We will not be surprised to see, before too long, some of the more well-known names in the industry change hands. The author extends a special thanks to industry consultant Steve Speak (Steve Speak Coaching and Consulting, Scottsdale, Ariz., steve@stevespeak.com) for his contribution to this article. VARIABLE TEMPERATURE TECHNOLOGY (VARIOTHERM) ID AVAILABLE FOR RAP HEAT COOL ABLE TO HANDLE TEMPERATURES UP TO 437ºF WITH WATER Proven, SigniÀcant BeneÀts Over Typical Mold Temperature Control Techniques • ReducedoverallCycletimeforThermoplastic compositemolding • Maintainsmoreuniformtemperaturegradientacross themoldthanoilorelectriccartridgeheaters • Rapidmoldheatup/cooldowninasingleunit (2xfasterthanoilunits) • Smallerfootprintthanoilorsteamunits • 65%lessenergyconsumptionthanoilor electriccartridgeheatersandeco-friendly • NoriskofÀrehazardorpartcontamination 14201SouthLakesDrive,SuiteB,Charlotte,NC28273•www.single-temp.com phone:7045044800•fax:7045045882•K.Petrykowski@single-temp.com CASE STUDIES: http://www.single-temp.com > Downloads > English > Composites special - Additional documents for the composites sector 5-Axis Machining Centers For Composites Phone: 330.920.9200, ext 137 • Fax: 330.920.4200 • Website: www.quintax.com • E-Mail: sales@quintax.com march 2013 | 9

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