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Materials news, October 2008

A range of bamboo reinforced polypropylene and biodegradable polylactic acid compounds and mat products has been launched by Transmare Compounding BV.

Finmeccanica, an Italian aerospace, defence and security company, has entered into an industrial manufacturing partnership for civil aircraft composite par

A new gel-coat formulation designed to deliver a high level of weathering performance was introduced at the IBEX boat building tradeshow by Ashland Perform

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing a final rule that revises the definition of solid waste to exclude certain hazardous secondary mate

Qinetiq is modernising Warren Street underground station in London with glass fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) panels as part of a multi-million pound contra

Three guides on fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) for concrete reinforcement that could help broaden markets for composites use have been released by the Ame

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has published guide specifications for the design of pedestrian bridges mad

Strongwell is launching a glass reinforced grating designed to replace 1 inch (˜2.5 cm) steel gratings in corrosive environments such as offshore drilling

On July 1, 2008, EPA published the final regulation for plating and polishing area sources in the Federal Register (73 Fed. Reg. 37728). The final rule, 40

Ashland India Pvt Ltd (AIPL), a subsidiary of Ashland Inc, Dublin, Ohio, USA, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Natural Petrochemicals Pvt Ltd

Polytec Holding AG is acquiring Peguform Group, a leading European supplier of composite parts to the automotive industry, placing Polytec Group in the top

A solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made with carbon fibre composite has completed a three and a half day flight in Arizona, USA.

The BPS240 Body Panel System and MTM®57 component prepregs from Advanced Composites Group of Heanor, Derbyshire, UK, were chosen for IFR Automotive's Aspid

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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.

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

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

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

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

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