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What are composites and why use them?

Composites are created by combining different materials together to form a whole structure that is better than the individual components. Composites are frequently found in nature, and there are many engineered composites in our world. Wood is a composite of long cellulose fibres within a matrix of lignin. Reinforced concrete is a composite of long steel fibres within a matrix of cement and stones. Papier-mache is a composite of long paper strips in a matrix of homemade glue. We engineer and assemble composites, core material, lightweight metals and adhesives into finished, ready-to-install products, from seafreight container floors, airfreight containers, hurricane shields, floors for trailers and caravans.