Producers of polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fiber are regrouping, principally to gather annual industry statistics.
"Our first objective is to get accurate statistics for the year 2000," said Peter Oswald, who began a two-year term as chairman of the new Carbon Fiber Management Council.
The group is taking over a duty previously performed by the Suppliers of Advanced Composite Materials Association. SACMA, which also handled market development, environmental work, test methods and lobbying, ceased operations June 1. Industry consolidation weakened SACMA's base.
CFMC's success in gathering the data will "be a good indication of whether the group will be able to work together," said Oswald, vice president of sales and marketing in Knoxville, Tenn., with Rockwood, Tenn.-based Fortafil Fibers Inc.
The council functions within the Composites Fabricators Association of Arlington, Va. Larry Craigie, CFA manager of technical services, is coordinating council activities.
The council plans to meet at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering trade show and conference May 6-10 in Long Beach, Calif.
Tom Lemire, general manager in Irvine, Calif., with the Toho Carbon Fibers Inc. subsidiary of Toho Rayon Co. Ltd., was named council vice chairman and chairman-elect.