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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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Solvay and Spirit AeroSystems have agreed an extension to their supply partnership for composites to be used on Boeing’s commercial programs.


GKN Sinter Metals has received a quality award from automotive supplier Jatco for its Japanese business.


Two global international plastics recycling organizations have developed a global definition governing the use of the term ‘recyclable’.


GKN Aerospace has opened a new aero engine component repair and research facility in the state of Johor, Southern Malaysia.


Materials company BASF has agreed to invest US$25 million in 3D printing company Materialise, headquartered in Leuven, Belgium.

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