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Do you think COVID 19 will disproportionately affect the Composites industry (positive or negative)? Why?

  • 1.  Do you think COVID 19 will disproportionately affect the Composites industry (positive or negative)? Why?

    Posted 04-03-2020 02:01
    Given the current economic conditions, do you think the composite industry is in a good position to bounce back once all the shelter-in-place orders are lifted? What can we do (as current members of the composites industry) to help our industry rebound as fast or faster than the rest of the economy?

    Tommy Hyatt
    Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
    Orlando FL

  • 2.  RE: Do you think COVID 19 will disproportionately affect the Composites industry (positive or negative)? Why?

    Posted 04-06-2020 12:07
    Hi Tommy -- I believe a number of SAMPE constituents, members, non-members and composites engineers and scientists might be asking the same questions. Looking back to the days and weeks after 9/11 I believe similar thoughts were on most people's minds. As engineers, scientists and human beings in general -- I think we all tend to rise to the occasion and look for ways to do things. Entrepreneurs and forward looking folks tend to come up with novel ways to overcome deficiencies forced upon up by things like COVID-19. Sometimes it takes time, but human nature is "to explore the unknown, to innovate, etc." Although not a hockey player or dedicated fan (I was a water polo player who love the challenge of competition in the pool) -- Wayne Gretzky is famous for his quote of "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been." With that in mind, look at how many tutorials, webinars, conferences, and other events have gone forward to providing technology by "virtual" technology events. Will things occur instantaneously? Probably not. But I personally feel, and SAMPE is heavily engaged on these new expanding opportunities, that we will see "bounce-back", and we will see our industries going forward. We -- SAMPE -- would love to work with you on any ideas you might have. Stay healthy, and take care of your friends and associates. Scott Beckwith, FSAMPE

    Scott W. Beckwith, PhD, FSAMPE
    SAMPE Global Technical Director
    President, BTG Composites, Inc.
    Taylorsville, UT

  • 3.  RE: Do you think COVID 19 will disproportionately affect the Composites industry (positive or negative)? Why?

    Posted 04-07-2020 14:36
    Edited by Chris Locke 04-08-2020 11:30

    Hi Tommy,

    Great question! In supporting Scott's sentiments, I do think the industry will bounce back once the "shelter-in-place" orders are lifted. I think that we need to be preparing NOW for when the orders come and take advantage of this time to figure out how to shift gears in a meaningful way. One example that comes to mind is how the SAMPE HQ team ramped up the completion of the SAMPE's Thermoplastic Tutorial Series in order to get it out to our audiences now when they were at home, and/or telecommuting, and might find the content to be a useful and productive diversion from the news of the pandemic.

    Our members can do the same . . . shift gears to embrace the times, and if that means taking risks, then so be it. In the case of the videos, it would have been nice to have a little more time to give a bit more polish to the content, but alas, the time was right, so off it went. And guess what? Our viewers love it! Now, we're re-arranging projects and ramping up even more content to get out to our audiences . . . it might not be as highly produced, but it's good content, and we know you'll love it. We are also now scrambling to get more content to you via other channels as well . . . webinars, papers from our fellows, etc.

    So developing responses to a crisis is paramount to the survival of any organization; there will be winners and losers when this is all said and done, and the ones who come out on top are the organizations that are able to shift gears quickly and respond effectively to the needs and wants of the economy.

    I also think this is a time when leadership counts. Not everyone has to be a boss/supervisor/manager or in a position to make decisions in order to make an impact. Being the "boss" of your areas of responsibilities is just as important these days. If you see a problem, provide the solution and/or suggest it to the powers that be. They're busy too and having teammates who not only identify problems but have thought through different solutions and have a recommendation is probably very welcome right now. Step up . . . step up in your job, in your industry, but more importantly, in your family and community. That is what's going to get us through to the other side of this pandemic. 





    Chris Locke

    Director, Marketing, Membership and Education

    Society for the Advancement of Material

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