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Composites Manufacturing

Surface Generation Ltd., a technology start-up based in the United Kingdom, has been investing in the consumer electronics market for the past three years. Rather than commit to one solution, the company designs and manufactures equipment to make products using composites, advanced plastics, metals and glass. CEO Ben Halford believes high-performance composites ultimately will win the lion’s share of business in consumer electronics. “That’s not to say it’s a done deal. There’s a fairly big scrap going on in the marketplace,” says Halford, whose company also works in the automotive and aerospace areas. “The metallic guys aren’t going to take this lying down: They don’t want their lunch to be eaten. But I think it’s inevitable that continuous fiber reinforced (products) will be there in large part within the next two years.”