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Materials news, March 2009

Umeco Composites has restructured its operations into two subsidiaries: Process Materials and Structural Materials.

IFS’ FRP composite layer prevents steam manhole burns

Industrial Fiberglass Specialties Inc (IFS) has developed a hybrid steam manhole cover that includes an insulating layer of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP)

A wave energy converter designed to produce electricity from the movement of waves is being developed in Europe. The device’s construction relies on compos

GKN Aerospace and SLCR Lasertechnik GmbH (SLCR) have signed an agreement to develop an automated laser process designed to provide better, cheaper and fast

Engineering software company VISTAGY Inc has entered a strategic partnership with Innovation Technologies and Solutions (ITS) for VISTAGY’s composites engi

Quickstep Holdings Ltd has been awarded a subcontract to support advanced composites fabricator Vector Composites on a research programme focusing on devel

The Composite Park project aims to establish a business park dedicated to composite materials and plastics processing in the Eastern Moselle area of France

Lightweight fibreglass reinforced polymer (FRP) covers from Strongwell’s fabricator GEF Incorporated, have replaced heavy concrete utility trench covers.

AGY has entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Grace THW Holding Ltd to acquire a 70% controlling interest in the E-glass yarn producer Shanghai G

Hong Kong-based Process Automation International Ltd. (PAL), which supplies technologies and expertise in a variety of plating methods, has entered into a

Fiberforge has signed a licensing agreement allowing Oribi Manufacturing to develop and produce advanced composite parts using Fiberforge’s Relay™ Station.

Alcan Composites introduces the second generation of its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam core material, AIREX® T92.

Amber Composites and Axson Technologies are adding Italy, Spain and Portugal to the list of countries to which the companies’ complete composite solution i

The 63 ft Brazilian composite catamaran Cat 190 manufactured with vinyl ester resin through an infusion process has been launched by São Paulo-based shipya

LM Glasfiber will provide wind turbine blades to Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd under a large supply agree

Japanese carbon fibre composite materials company Mitsuya has developed a <40 µm prepreg sheet using Victrex’ APTIV™ film as the matrix polymer.

The Obama administration plans to provide broad relief to the American auto industry with the creation of a $5 billion fund to aid troubled parts suppliers

Dow Epoxy Systems (DES) has established a manufacturing facility in China and will start producing blends in a Dow Epoxy site in South Korea to serve compo

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG), part of Umeco’s Composites Division, has signed a three-year supply agreement with the carbon fibre spars manufacturer

Vestas and Boeing plan to collaborate on joint research projects that further the development of environmentally progressive technologies for the wind ener

Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica and M.Torres Diseños Industriales will cooperate on R&D for a new concept for wind turbine blade design, as well as on an au

Fiberglass Structural Engineering (FSE) has appointed Christopher Renoud, the son of founder Winston Renoud, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Quickstep Holdings Ltd has signed two key agreements with Abu Dhabi-based diversified conglomerate, Al Farida Group, for sales in the Middle East, and a co

Reinforced Plastics has launched a re-designed website with improved functionality and features.

Composite Advantage LLC (CA) has developed a fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite deck product for long span bridge applications.

Alcan Airex AG, part of Alcan Composites, and Armacell GmbH and have reached a licence agreement on Alcan Airex’s foamable polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

A modular cladding system based on sandwich composites has been developed by Skandinaviska Glassystem (SG), Sweden, for a building in Denmark. The lightwei

Menzolit has issued a statement that it is not affected by the insolvency of Plastal Holding AB of Mölndal, Sweden, filed on 5 March.

Columbia Chemical Corp. has been granted approval by the Boeing Company as a supplier of cadmium brightener for applications on all models of their commerc

Hexcel has begun construction of its prepreg manufacturing plant to serve the North American wind energy industry in Windsor’s Great Western Industrial Par

GE Aviation has opened a systems manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China for autoclaved composite parts, mechanical fabrications, structure assembly and ci

Emerging Energy Research’s (EER) 2008 Wind Turbine Market Share Update shows that banking on long-term growth, turbine manufacturers push capacity investme

LM Glasfiber has inaugurated a composite wind turbine blade production facility in Goleniów, Poland, to serve the rapidly growing multi-megawatts wind turb

Hexion Specialty Chemicals will build a production facility in Esslingen, Germany, to produce specialty epoxy resins used in the production of wind turbine

Fibermaq of São Paulo, Brazil, has released a monitor measuring corrosion of composite tanks.

CST Composites has started producing carbon fibre composite shafts for surf and rowing scull oars.

Over 70 technical presentations, including some on composites, will be given by industry experts at Reed Exhibitions’ Aerospace Testing, Design & Manufactu

e-Xstream of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, has released DIGIMAT 3.2.1, a nonlinear multi-scale material and structure modelling platform for composites.

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc (TAI), a supplier to Northrop Grumman Corp on the F-35 Lightning II programme, has delivered its first composite parts for

In a ruling of major significance, a federal circuit court upheld OSHA’s 2006 decision to set a Cr6 workplace exposure limit of 5 µg/m3. The announcement c

VEC Technology LLC, (VEC) has begun delivery of VEC built composite containers to the US Army National Guard (USANG) under a US$1.5 million initial test or

The glass fibre reinforced (GRP) composite LAMILUX Anti Slip from LAMILUX Heinrich Strunz GmbH offers weight reductions over wood, and strong rigidity.

Airborne Composites expects to cut new product lead time by 20% and scaled versions by 30% using VISTAGY’s FiberSIM® Software for composite design and tool

The plastics division of BASF has launched a high-temperature resistant Ultrason® thermoplastic E 2020 P SR in the form of flakes and micronised as a powde

Tods Aerospace has entered the first phase of a contract to manufacture more than 700 structural composites flooring plinths for premium class seating area

METYX Composites will be the exclusive distributor in Turkey for 3B The Fibreglass Company's Advantex™ Continuous Filament Mat (CFM).

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