May 2021 Newsletter

The Launch of the CKN Knowledge in Practice Centre! An open resource for composites manufacturing knowledge and best practices With the rapid advancement of the composites industry and the costly process of manufacturing, the Composites Knowledge Network was created to facilitate access to the latest technologies, best practices, and world-class knowledge for Canadian SMEs. On … Read more

Market Survey Summary – Canadian Composites Industry

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CKN conducted a Canadian composites industry survey to understand immediate impacts and identify needs to support recovery. It identified the elements of the industry that were hardest hit, and that re-staffing and re-training with composites knowledge and skills is a priority for post-pandemic recovery. Thank you to the … Read more

BC-Made Carbon Fibre Bike Cranks

Optimization of the Manufacturing Process Challenge:A Vancouver based bicycle parts manufacturer is able to competitively produce CFRP bike parts locally due to their proprietary process – Many similar parts are produced overseas. To be even more competitive, they needed to increase their production rate without any detrimental effects. Approach:With support from the CKN and using … Read more

In Memory

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Pearl Sullivan, as shared by the University of Waterloo – Waterloo mourns the loss of Dean Pearl Sullivan | Waterloo Stories | University of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca). Pearl was a valued friend and colleague to many in the composites community, in addition to her major impact on … Read more

August 2020 Newsletter

Coming this fall: The Launch of the CKN Knowledge in Practice Centre! With the rapid advancement of the composites industry and the costly process of manufacturing, the Composites Knowledge Network was started to facilitate access to the latest technologies, best practices and world-class knowledge for Canadian SMEs. Since the CKN began in April 2019, the team has … Read more

April 2020 Newsletter

Reigniting the Canadian Composites Manufacturing Industry Will You Be Prepared? In a time of uncertainty for the Canadian Composites Manufacturing industry, one thing is certain: knowledgeable and experienced engineers will be needed to facilitate regrowth of the industry. To support this, the CKN, in partnership with SAMPE Canada, is hosting a 12-part webinar series on … Read more

January 2020 Newsletter

4POINT0 Advanced Materials Innovation Workshop “How do we create an innovative environment in Canada to encourage the development and scale-up of new products and processes by composite manufacturers?” The first Advanced Materials Innovation workshop, jointly hosted by the Composites Knowledge Network (CKN) and 4POINT0 organization, was held in Vancouver at UBC on October 22nd, 2019. … Read more

September 2019 Newsletter

With over 120 academic and industry attendees, CANCOM 2019 was a great event to officially launch the CKN at and it was well received by everyone! The presentation on the CKN was given by Anoush Poursartip at the welcome reception, and both of the co-leading organizations, University of British Columbia and Composites Innovation Centre, were there … Read more