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COMPOSITES 2011 – preview

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) annual trade show takes place on 2-4 February in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. We review some of the ex

Comment: Driven by 2020 targets, wind power market in CEE breezes ahead

With the traditional wind energy markets in Europe approaching saturation, wind turbine manufacturers and project developers are looking for new frontiers.

Find out how cost-effective improvements in machinery and systems can help you achieve specific productivity goals in your plant.

Delving into the polymerisation of vinyl esters via reactive free radicals, Vicki P. McConnell reports on the range of performance and processing options d

This column examines how regulatory agencies are hurting our country’s manufacturing prospects.

Wind turbines are getting bigger, driven by economies of scale and the need to increase ‘power per tower’ at wind farms, especially offshore. George Marsh

With China now the clear global renewables leader and new countries emerging as key contenders in the market, a new world order is apparent in the clean en

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference and Exposition (ACCE) took place in September. Mike and Pam Brady report.

The US Secretary of the Interior has finally approved the Cape Wind offshore plan to build 130 wind turbines on the country’s east coast. But does this win

Today, ultrasonic cleaning of parts is utilized in a dizzying array of applications. To that end, ultrasonic cleaning works best when paired with the appro

A350 XWB (extra wide body), the aircraft that Airbus Industrie did not want to build, is now visibly taking shape, propelled by fully committed engineering

North and East Asia have experienced mixed fortunes in recent years, yet the area remains the world’s most dynamic region, thanks to China’s seemingly unst

Wet scrubbers are used for the abatement of chemical emissions from process equipment. Many wet scrubbers in operation are achieving less-than-expected emi

Plans for wind farms are often opposed by defence organisations and air traffic control services on the grounds that they interfere with radar, making it d

While there are a number of ways to keep paint line components clean, the burn-off oven has become a standard in many facilities due to the ability to clea

With the advancements in science and electronics in recent years, metal finishers currently have many choices for the measurement of plating and coating th

Trial and error sometimes produces answers for an experienced MIM operator faced with a problem in the mould. But modelling is increasingly being called in

The low weight, high performance characteristics of ceramic components means that ceramic injection moulding is an expanding business. A seven-country Euro

The hazards of combustible dust encompass a wide range of materials, industries, and processes – including metal powders. Any combustible material can burn

With news that Höganäs has launched a new, light weight motor for electric bicycles, Metal Powder Report looks at the growth of the ‘e-bike’ market in Chin

There is tangible evidence that the pains of the global recession are subsiding and that an economic recovery – albeit a tepid one – is well under way. But

In this article, I will suggest practical ways to reduce the operating costs and environmental impact of electroplating equipment without making a large ad

PCI executive director shares his thoughts on the upcoming NAI Coating show, as well as his outlook on the global powder coating industry.

The use of automated cutting equipment is not restricted to large composites companies. It is also proving its worth with smaller companies and in research

Storms and lightning strikes are a significant safety risk for wind farm workers. Don Leick examines the guidelines and best practice used by top wind powe

Advanced Coating & Application Technologies promises to revolutionize the traditional coating process.

Asian and Australasian countries are brimming with renewable energy resources that have never been fully exploited. Poor infrastructure is one of the main

Reinforced Plastics takes a look at what's happening at this year's show, which is being held in Essen, Germany, on 14-16 September.

Construction is one of the largest markets for composites globally. While growth has slowed in regions hit by a decline in residential housing construction

An excellent wind resource, powerful coastlines and a wealth of woodland give Scotland an undeniable advantage in the renewable energy race. And Scotland’s

Understanding and planning for chemical resistance are difficult processes. This article explains the primary factors involved, including physical and chem

The Megacity Vehicle will be BMW’s first electrically powered production car. It also features a new vehicle architecture and extensive use of lightweight

Specialty finisher banks on proven proprietary processes, plus a little bit of luck.

Until recently, the marine industry has shown little interest in the composites engineering software tools developed in other industries. Shipyards are now

Lack of investment and an underdeveloped marine supply chain are holding back the marine energy industry in the UK. But there is room for development if th

The offshore wind turbines that will fulfil the UK’s Round 3 needs require a sophisticated supply chain of service and installation vessels, not to mention

The following case study provides examples of how proven automotive paint finishing strategies can be applied to the design of an aerospace paint finishing

Dr Rob Banerjee, Vice President, Business Development at WebCore Technologies, discusses how a new core material can help manufacturers of large wind turbi

Investigation and evaluation of the environmental impacts of a given product or service are starting to gain importance in the composites industry. To answ

As decisions are made concerning the prudent and proper responses to government regulatory requirements of the surface finishing industry, analysis of the

A catamaran built almost entirely from lightweight, high strength carbon fibres is set to circumnavigate the globe using solar power alone. Jürgen Klimke,

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