aventadorWashington State has been at the forefront of the development and application of composites technology for all types of manufactured products from luxury yachts and cars to next-gen aircraft, prosthetics and even musical instruments. Our culture of collaboration and ready access to the state’s top-notch engineering expertise and research institutions has made it possible to successfully bring a wide range of products to market that utilize the revolutionary composite materials. Plus, our low-cost energy is attractive to companies like SGL, a large scale producer of carbon fiber.

Lamborghini’s Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory, which had been affiliated with the University of Washington, is setting up a museum to feature the evolution and innovation in the composites arena. The center will also include research and educational components. Read more in The Seattle Times.

Advanced manufacturing and composites, in particular, are a key part of Washington’s economy. Currently, there are more than 80 composites companies and more than 230 materials scientists in the state resulting in $3.3 billion in annual composites revenue.

If your company would benefit from being part of the future of advanced manufacturing contact a business expert at the Washington State Department of Commerce. allison.clark@commerce.wa.gov