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Composite industry news, April 2009

Laptop cover made of carbon composites

RocTool and Performance Materials Corporation (PMC) have made a complete laptop cover using carbon composites.

For the first quarter of 2009 DSM reports net sales of €1,837 million, down 22% on the first quarter of 2008 and down 12% on the fourth quarter of 2008.

One of the world's largest wind turbine manufacturers is to shed 1900 manufacturing jobs in the UK and Denmark.

Speciality glass reinforcements and fibre-based materials supplier Ahlstrom has announced a further restructuring programme aimed at annual cost reductions

Applied Chemical Laboratories Inc has developed an environmentally friendly solvent formulated to remove epoxy and polyester resins from manufacturing equi

Exel plc is changing its name to Exel Composites plc in English and Exel Composites Oyj in Finnish.

Advanced composite materials supplier Hexcel Corporation reports net sales for the first quarter of 2009 of US$307.3 million, 10.8% down on the first quart

Tencate Advanced Composites USA has installed a thermoplastic unitape prepreg line to meet the growing demand for aerospace thermoplastic composites.

LM Glasfiber saw a 53% jump in revenues to €885 million and recorded an operating profit of €91m in 2008.

The UK's wind power industry has given a thumbs up to a £525 million support package in Budget 2009, and believes that this will enable the industry to unl

DEDIENNE MULTIPLASTURGY® Group has converted its development licence for the Roc Tool Cage System® process for mould induction heating from RocTool into a

Ashland Performance Materials has entered into a logistics services agreement for Europe with De Rijke in the Netherlands.

Aircraft structures specialist Stork Fokker AESP of the Netherlands has signed an agreement with Virtek Vision International Inc, Canada, for the purchase

Structural core materials producer DIAB opened its new core manufacturing operation in Chennai, India, in late March.

Menzolit group has been sold to German investor All-Finanz for an undisclosed sum, but will continue ‘business as usual.’

The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has delivered his latest budget, which includes £1.4 billion of extra targeted support in the low car

US composites fabricator Composiflex has announced the registration of its FlexPLY® trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office. This will be used to

BASF has completed its acquisition of Ciba Holding AG, with BASF now holding 95.8% of Ciba.

An agreement between RheTech Inc and SABIC Innovative Plastics will see RheTech become the toll manufacturer of SABIC’s STAMAX long glass fibre reinforced

AOC LLC has announced a US$0.05/lb price increase on all resins, gel-coats, pigments, colorants and additives for shipments in Mexico.

Building on its experience in the marine and wind energy sectors, composite materials supplier Gurit is expanding its interests into the emerging ocean ene

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the prices of its unsaturated polyester resins and gel-coats sold in Europe and Asia Pacific by 3-4%.

The composite lateral cover or engine compartment door for the high-speed French TGV train was made using the light resin transfer moulding (RTM Light) pro

Mitsubishi Rayon Co Ltd is postponing the start of production at its new carbon fibre plant in Otake City, Japan, for approximately one year. The company’s

Devi Consultancy Services is launching a design and engineering programme featuring 2D to 3D computer assisted design (CAD) conversions, rapid prototyping,

The JEC Composites Show 2009 attracted 27 000 visitors and 1065 exhibitors to Paris, France in March despite the economic turbulence.

High-end composite materials producer Gurit, has reported a 1600% jump in net income to CHF17 million for the full financial year of 2008.

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