The polymer materials and composites industries are facing significant challenges, where certain solutions seem difficult to implement or require important innovations. Today, the composites industry still depends on petroleum and keeps a close eye on the short-term price fluctuations of raw materials. Others are preoccupied by growing restrictions, sanitary and environmental, actual or future.
Thermoset resins involve chemistry which has seen little evolution since they first appeared in the mid-20th century. These toxic petrochemical resins, from non-renewable sources and their inherent environmental risks are not readily substituted by greener and safer materials.