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Materials news, February 2009

GURIT HAS received US$21 million, or $23.5 million including interest, in damage payment from Zoltek Corporation.

Quickstep Holdings Ltd has signed a teaming agreement with EDAG Australia Pty Ltd forming an alliance to assist with targeting composite aerospace and defe

ITW Plexus has updated and improved its web site with more information about its products and services.

US and French researchers are teaming up to study the implementation of fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composites in civil infrastructure such as bridges.

Leading Indian industrial group Mahindra has announced its intention to start manufacturing composite powerboats and catamarans.

Lockheed Martin has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) selecting HITCO to manufacture wing skins and other composite components for the F-35 Lightning II prog

SP, the marine business of Gurit based on the Isle of Wight, UK, has appointed MarineWare Pty Ltd as its distributor for SP branded products in New South W

Germany's biggest composites exhibition, COMPOSITES EUROPE, returns to Stuttgart in 2009.

The USA has passed Germany to become world number one in wind power installations at the same time as China's total capacity doubles for the fourth year in

Imperium Inc, in collaboration with Boeing engineers, has developed a portable ultrasound imaging camera for remote inspection and review of composite stru

Gurit has entered a contract for supplying prepreg materials to a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer.

While air and water pollution control companies won’t be reporting record profits in 2009 and 2010, they will balance lost sales in some markets with growt

Forty-two percent of responding companies cited changes in their customers’ sourcing patterns from Asia back to North America or Europe in the past two yea

Meridian Automotive Systems Inc of Allen Park, Michigan, USA, plans to install sheet moulding compounding (SMC) capabilities in Mexico.

Reichhold has introduced a soy oil based resin, Polylite® 31325-00, suitable for sheet/ bulk moulding compound (SMC/BMC) and pultrusion.

A polyurethane pultrusion process from Bayer MaterialScience has been used to produce composite military containers.

Green Ocean Energy Ltd has developed a wave power machine which attaches to an offshore wind turbine thereby giving combined wind and wave power from one i

The production of Boeing's composites-intensive B787 has resumed with the joining of the fifth aircraft designated for flight test.

ITW Gema and MKB llc (Halo Coatings) have reached an agreement on a strategic global partnership to promote a new technology, known as the Halo Process. Ac

Automotive sales in the U.S. continued their downward spiral as several major manufacturers reported high double-digit declines.

Airbus and a group of Chinese industrial partners have signed a contract to establish a joint venture (JV) manufacturing centre in Harbin, China, for aircr

The tentacles of global economic recession have reached the chemical and paint industries. The latest earnings reports among the majors reflect softening i

If you're manufacturing, selling, or interested in using normal propyl bromide (n-PB) as a cleaning solvent, you will want to be knowledgeable about a proc

The U.S. government has reported that gross domestic product (GDP)—the broadest measure of economic growth—contracted at an annual rate of 3.8% during the

DSM Composite Resins AG, headquartered in Switzerland, and BÜFA GmbH & Co KG, Germany, have announced plans to form two joint ventures.

Huntsman and Hexion have reached an agreement to terminate the merger of the two companies, and to end all litigations among Hexion, Apollo Management and

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