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Materials news, September 2008

GKN plc is acquiring Airbus' Filton,UK,aircraft wing component manufacturing and assemblies operation in a deal worth £136 million.

The COMPOSITES EUROPE 2008 exhibition in Essen, Germany, attracted 8000 visitors, up from last year’s figure of just over 4100.

TPI Composites of Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, has opened a 316 000 ft2 facility in Newton, Iowa, which will manufacture composite wind turbine blades for the

Composite materials for use in creating biodegradable natural fibre reinforced plastics are being developed by COMBINE, a UK-based consortium.

Earlier this month Atotech celebrated the grand opening of its new North American TechCenter for corrosion protection applications. The event, held at the

Virgin Galactic, based in London, UK, has launched ‘Eve,’ the all carbon composite WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) launch vehicle for the space ship SpaceShipTwo desi

UK-based car maker Lotus unveiled its Eco Elise green technology demonstrator at the British Motor Show in London in July.

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SGL Group and German engineering company Bertrandt have developed a new design idea for the interior structures of automotive vehicles.


H.C. Starck’s Fabricated Products division says that material prices for its refractory metals will probably inrease into 2018.


3D piezoelectric fibrous scaffold stimulate stem cell differentiation and tissue formation.


Specialty chemicals company Lanxess is strengthening its presence in China by building a new plant for plastics in Changzhou for around €20 million.


New elastomers at a stretch thanks to inspiration from nature.

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