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Composite applications news, May 2012

Virgin Galactic space vehicles get FAA launch permit

Space tourism company Virgin Galactic's space vehicle developer Scaled Composites has been granted an experimental launch permit from the Federal Aviation

Johnson Controls develops process for carbon composite automotive parts

Automotive interiors and electronics supplier Johnson Controls is applying its expertise in natural fibre processing technology to carbon fibre exterior bo

Umeco Structural Materials' new MTM®47 out-of-autoclave capable, high service temperature, epoxy resin prepreg is designed for the manufacture of primary a

ANDRITZ HYDRO Hammerfest has successfully supplied electrical power to the grid from its 1 MW HS1000 tidal turbine installed in Scotland. The turbine's com

New race car manufacturer McLaren GT plans to establish an engineering and vehicle assembly facility close to the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking

The administrators of Lola Cars and Lola Composites have cut 73 jobs at the two companies while the search for new owners continues.

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

An infra-red heating system from Heraeus Noblelight is being used in the processing of the composite rear spar assembly of the Airbus 350 XWB aircraft at G

The solar powered aircraft Solar Impulse is to attempt its longest flight, from Switzerland to Africa.

Collier Research Corporation has announced the release of HyperSizer® v6.2, the latest version of its structural sizing and analysis software used in the s

The South African Department of Energy has selected one of the most prominent wind energy contractors to build five new wind farm projects in the country.

FORMAX has announced that its range of carbon fibre multiaxial fabrics has been awarded the DNV materials qualification for use in a lifeboats and other ma

Umeco’s Structural materials operations in Derby and Manchester in the UK have been awarded certification to aerospace best practice standard AS9100C.

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

Lola Group Holdings Ltd has issued a statement announcing its decision to appoint an administrator to Lola Cars International Ltd and Lola Composites Ltd.

Composite structures specialist Comtek Advanced Structures has reduced its aircraft part repair turnaround times to an average of 15 calendar days in the f

The German Nordex Group has announced an 8.3 percent increase in sales in the first quarter of 2012 (€198.3 million compared with €183.1 m last year), but

A top U.S. government agency, the Department of the Interior (DOI), has announced that it intends to proceed with a review of plans by Atlantic Grid Holdin

Benteler-SGL GmbH & Co KG has invested €36 million in a new plant in Austria to manufacture automotive components made of carbon composites.

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, is exhibiting at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in Queensland, Australia, this month.

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been honoured with the Grand Prize during the 2012 Hermes Awards for Innovation.

Bayer MaterialScience plans to establish a global wind energy competence and development centre at its site in Otterup, Denmark, to coordinate the developm

Advanced high-strength steel (AHSS), aluminium, magnesium, titanium and carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) each has its own set of cost, availability,

US business aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft Inc has filed for reorganisation under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code.

Unitech Composites and Structures has invested in non-destructive inspection (NDI) equipment to aid its production and inspection processes.

It will reportedly be the only independent wind turbine testing site in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

38 of GE's 2.5 MW wind turbines will be used for projects in northern Poland, and the company will also build a service centre to provide long-term local s

Innovative Composites International Inc (ICI) has announced an agreement to supply its EcoScape™ composite modular homes for a housing project in Antigua.

Umeco’s Structural Materials business has signed an agreement with Canadian motorsports organisation Multimatic Motorsports to sponsor two Aston Martin Van

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

The company blames the U.S. market and regulatory conditions for postponing installation of the offshore prototype near Cape Charles, Va. - which the Virgi

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power says that although its 2011 financial results are in line with expectations for the year, they are disappoint

First Wind has started construction of its first wind project in Washington state - the 105 MW Palouse Wind farm in northern Whitman County.

RHC Lifting Ltd has commissioned and supplied its first Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) to GKN Aerospace’s new composite wing structures manufacturing and a

ACCIONA Windpower is installing two of its AW-3000/116, 3 MW wind turbines at Pioneer Grove in Cedar County, Iowa, USA, marking the first installation of t

Contracts signed for wind turbines in the second half of 2011 for delivery in 2013 fell 4% to €0.91 million/MW from 6 months earlier, with overcapacity and

Kaman Aerospace Group Inc and Kineco Pvt Ltd have announced an agreement to form a company in India to manufacture composite structures for aerospace, medi

RenewableUK says the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England's (CPRE) concern about over-development of onshore wind turbines is “misplaced”, as the a

Vestas' loss almost doubled in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 to €162 million, compared with a loss of €85m in the same period last year, as the company co

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website during the month of April.

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