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Composite industry news, January 2021

Stronger thermoplastics can replace steel

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM) has expanded its range of structural thermoplastic materials for new applications.

Vanden appointment

Recycling polymer company Vanden has appointed Paul Turner as a senior advisor to help support the company’s growth.

Data from ISTAT reports that plastics and rubber imports and exports fell by 17% and 14% respectively during January-September 2020.

Chemical company Sabic has made plans to build a facility to increase production of certified circular polymers.

Malcolm Forsyth, former director of global strategy at Scott Bader, has reportedly joined Composites UK as sustainability manager.

SGL Carbon has increased its fiber composite production in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Teijin has opened its European Sustainable Technology Innovation Center (ESTIC) in Arnhem, Netherlands.

Axiom Materials says that it has received carbon neutrality certification for 2019.

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers has joined Pinfa, the flame retardant and halogen-free producers and users association.

Exel Composites has appointed Steve Cook as its United Kingdom and Ireland regional sales manager.

Victrex says that laydown speeds of its thermoplastic uni-directional tape (UDT) has been increased to reach 4000 inches per minute (IMP).

AOC has announced a price increase for its unsaturated polyester resins (UPR) and epoxy vinyl ester (VE) portfolios.

INEOS has acquired BP’s global aromatics and acetyls business for a consideration of US$5 billion.

A new supply chain management consultancy has been launched in the UK focusing on SMEs in the automotive, aerospace and defense sectors.

A range of honeycomb material is being used to make parts by two automotive manufacturers in Mexico.

ASTM has announced that all its previously scheduled in-person April standards development meetings (including independent meetings) have been canceled.

Polynt Composites has raised the price of its UPR and gelcoats by €100/ton.

Scott Bader Co Ltd has partnered with Pultex GmbH to distribute its composite structural adhesives in Germany.

A group of companies in the North of England has been formed to help accelerate the bioscience sector in the Tees Valley.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has launched a sustainability report focusing on the plastics supply chain.

SINTX Technologies, which makes silicon nitride ceramic materials for medical and non-medical applications, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021.

Hexion Inc, which makes phenolic resins for composites, has appointed Karen M Fowler as its first Director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Chemical company INEOS has become part of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team.

SAMC, AVIC Supply and GKN Aerospace have signed a strategic joint venture (JV) agreement to make composite and metal aerostructures in Jingjiang, China.

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