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Composite appl. CHANGE TOPIC

Composite applications products, January 2021

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GRP trough covers

Composite access cover manufacturer Fibrelite has formed a number of strategic partnerships with manufacturers of precast and preformed troughs.

Composite wheelchair seat

The NCC and global disability charity Motivation have joined forces to design a wheelchair seat pan made from sustainable composite materials.

Diab says that its Divinycell structural foam core has been used in the manufacture of indoor ice hockey sticks.

Solico and Structor Engineering are developing a outdoor cinema screen to be installed on an 80 m superyacht.

EconCore has introduced a new range of honeycomb cores with a higher heat performance than structures made with traditional thermoplastics.

Solvay says that its Zeniva polyether ether ketone (PEEK) resin has been chosen to help make composite screws for foot and ankle surgery.

The AMRC says that it has successfully completed a project to create stabilised, near-net shape 3D multilayer woven preforms.

Cobra International has joined forces with Swedish watersports manufacturer Radinn to mass produce a new range of electric powered surfboards.

Essentium has introduced an independent dual extrusion 3D printer to be used with a 20% carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene (PP) filament.

Bedford Reinforced Plastics has launched a new range of glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) parts that can be installed using a modular system.

Sicomin has introduced SR FireGreen 37, a hand laminating bio-epoxy resin featuring 25% plant-based carbon content.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) reports that its aramid nonwovens can help protect against abrasion or wear nonwovens in composite surfacing applications.

3D printing company Ricoh 3D has developed a range of carbon fiber composites made using additive manufacturing (AM).

BASF has developed a new polyphthalamide (PPA) material which it says is suitable for connectors post-processed with surface mount technology (SMT).

Solico has launched software for the design, calculation and optimisation of composite storage tanks and silos.

Sicomin reports that its GreenPoxy resins have been used to help build a sustainable new one-person yacht.

Lanxess reports that a smartphone made of its thermoplastic composite has been launched.

TRB Lightweight Structures and Hitachi have begun a project to make composite units for 23 new trains that are due to enter service by 2022.

BASF says that its Ultramid Advanced polyphthalamide (PPA) range now includes carbon-fiber reinforced grades with fillings of 20, 30 and 40%.

Decision SA, part of European composites consortium Carboman Group, has developed a new direct mold tooling technology for aerospace.

BÜFA Thermoplastic Composites has partnered with BPREG to supply the latter’s range of unidirectional prepregs and woven fabrics made with natural fiber.

Exel Composites says that it has secured a patent across Europe for its telecommunications radome design.

BASF has developed a new heat-stabilized version of its Ultramid glass fiber range, suitable for high-temperature applications.

Stratasys has introduced a new acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) based carbon fiber material for its 3D printers.

Sicomin and boat manufacturer Greenboats have developed what they say is the world’s largest natural fiber composite (NFC) structure.

Solvay has partnered with Vertical Aerospace to develop the composite structure of a new passenger air taxi.

Hexcel reports that its HexPly M9 prepreg has received Type Approval Certification from DNV GL for use in marine applications.

ThermHex Waben and Panel Systems have installed a lightweight polypropylene honeycomb core in a range of camper vans.

Sicomin says that it has sponsored extreme paddler Richard Kohler on his 6700 km solo kayak crossing of the South Atlantic.

Toray Industries has developed a carbon fiber reinforced plastic-based repair technique for sea vessels used in hydrocarbon production.

Hexagon Purus has supplied composite cylinders for a hydrogen-powered snow groomer, used in compacting snow for skiing and snowboarding.

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