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Materials news, April 2009

E.ON withdraws from Wave Hub project

E.ON and Ocean Prospect are withdrawing from the Wave Hub wave power project off the north Cornish coast in the UK.

Insitu has received a US$30 million contract from the Canadian government to provide small unmanned aerial vehicle (SUAV) services to support the Canadian

PolyOne Corporation has launched OnForce™ LFT long-fibre thermoplastic compounds.

The year ahead will be tough for wind energy whereas solar power will experience an uptick in 2009, according to analyst Emerging Energy Research (EER).

For the first quarter of 2009 DSM reports net sales of €1,837 million, down 22% on the first quarter of 2008 and down 12% on the fourth quarter of 2008.

RocTool and Performance Materials Corporation (PMC) have made a complete laptop cover using carbon composites.

Chinese suppliers of flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) systems have installed or have orders for plants with the total electrical capacity of over 500,000 MW

Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) has completed the delivery of 18 large bore, fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) tanks to a chlor-alkali producer.

A fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite structure made with the corrosion-resistant Vipel® vinyl ester resin from AOC has been applied to an odour contr

Exel plc is changing its name to Exel Composites plc in English and Exel Composites Oyj in Finnish.

Speciality glass reinforcements and fibre-based materials supplier Ahlstrom has announced a further restructuring programme aimed at annual cost reductions

One of the world's largest wind turbine manufacturers is to shed 1900 manufacturing jobs in the UK and Denmark.

Applied Chemical Laboratories Inc has developed an environmentally friendly solvent formulated to remove epoxy and polyester resins from manufacturing equi

The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) annual wind energy industry rankings report shows that wind energy leaders in several categories maintained t

Advanced composite materials supplier Hexcel Corporation reports net sales for the first quarter of 2009 of US$307.3 million, 10.8% down on the first quart

Thomas GmbH + Co Technik + Innovation KG saw its radius pultrusion in the final for this year’s international technology award, Hermes Award, at the Hannov

Tencate Advanced Composites USA has installed a thermoplastic unitape prepreg line to meet the growing demand for aerospace thermoplastic composites.

The Aerospace Testing, Design and Manufacturing Show will move to Hamburg in 2010, to run alongside the Aircraft Interiors Expo. This will enable visitors

LM Glasfiber saw a 53% jump in revenues to €885 million and recorded an operating profit of €91m in 2008.

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) subsidiary Airtricity and Fluor Ltd are creating a new consortium to bid for the exclusive rights to develop windfarms u

The UK's wind power industry has given a thumbs up to a £525 million support package in Budget 2009, and believes that this will enable the industry to unl

Ashland Performance Materials has entered into a logistics services agreement for Europe with De Rijke in the Netherlands.

DEDIENNE MULTIPLASTURGY® Group has converted its development licence for the Roc Tool Cage System® process for mould induction heating from RocTool into a

Structural core materials producer DIAB opened its new core manufacturing operation in Chennai, India, in late March.

Menzolit group has been sold to German investor All-Finanz for an undisclosed sum, but will continue ‘business as usual.’

Aircraft structures specialist Stork Fokker AESP of the Netherlands has signed an agreement with Virtek Vision International Inc, Canada, for the purchase

Interplastic Corporation has received a certificate of approval from Lloyd’s Register for its CORVE8121 vinyl ester laminating resin.

Many manufacturing entities in the New England region of the U.S. have been able to largely withstand the recessionary onslaught that has devastated other

Deterioration in the global economy resulted in soft first-quarter earnings numbers due to lower demand in many of the end-use markets serviced by major pa

A fabric cutter designed for use in cutting very long pieces of composite materials is being introduced by Lectra, the French supplier of specialised softw

The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has delivered his latest budget, which includes £1.4 billion of extra targeted support in the low car

US composites fabricator Composiflex has announced the registration of its FlexPLY® trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office. This will be used to

BASF has completed its acquisition of Ciba Holding AG, with BASF now holding 95.8% of Ciba.

MFG-CP, a division of Moulded Fiber Glass Companies, supplied 20 ft stay-in-place fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) pile jackets filled with lightweight concr

A line of Type 27 flexible mesh abrasive wheels in several grades for grinding, sanding, and preparing the surfaces of composite wind turbine blades, fibre

As part of its acquisition of American Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) earlier this year, Arkema acquired the OXPEKK® range of high performance polyethe

A team developing a radio-controlled full composite aircraft will be the winner of this year’s Young Aerospace Engineer of the Year Technology and Innovati

An agreement between RheTech Inc and SABIC Innovative Plastics will see RheTech become the toll manufacturer of SABIC’s STAMAX long glass fibre reinforced

Advanced Composites Group (ACG) and graphite and carbon-based products producer GrafTech International Ltd have finalised processing and performance requir

Hexcel Corporation is using Imperium’s ultrasonic camera Acoustocam™ I-500 for non-destructive inspection of composites.

AOC LLC has announced a US$0.05/lb price increase on all resins, gel-coats, pigments, colorants and additives for shipments in Mexico.

The School of Engineering at Swansea University has been awarded £655 000 to study high performance composite materials that will be used in a new generati

Siemens has received a turnkey order for the supply of 13 of its SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines from EnerjiSA Power Generating Company for Çanakkale-Mahmudiye w

Solar Team Twente will use advanced composite materials from TenCate for its solar powered car, which will participate in the 10th World Solar Challenge in

Gurit's facility for automotive composite parts has increased production and a new technical centre is being created. The company says that its technology

Multibrid, a subsidiary of AREVA, will supply 80 M5000 5 MW offshore wind turbines for the 400 MW Global Tech 1 windfarm 90 km from the coast in the German

Energy Composites Corporation has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the City of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USA, to acquire a 54 acre parcel of land fo

Energy Composites Corporation has launched a composites-in-wind-energy programme, WindFiber™, under which it will carry out wind-related innovation, engine

Optimum Anode Technologies, a newly formed business affiliate of Titan Metal Fabricators, has hit the ground running with a full complement of dimensionall

According to InsideEPA.com, the Pentagon's acquisition chief has signed off on a memo essentially forcing the military to use substitutes in place of hexav

DONG Energy has installed the first offshore wind turbine at its Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm project in the Thames Estuary off the East coast of Engl

AGL Energy Ltd has entered into agreements for the construction of the 132 MW Hallett 4 windfarm at North Brown Hill in South Australia.

Acorn Growth Companies has acquired the California-based advanced composite aircraft components and structures manufacturer, Integrated Composites Inc.

Building on its experience in the marine and wind energy sectors, composite materials supplier Gurit is expanding its interests into the emerging ocean ene

A £500,000 fund has been launched to help environmental entrepreneurs and small businesses develop ideas to generate renewable electricity from the River S

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the prices of its unsaturated polyester resins and gel-coats sold in Europe and Asia Pacific by 3-4%.

Airbus has extended its existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TenCate for composite materials for its aircraft.

Tier One supplier to Airbus, Premium AEROTEC, is using VISTAGY Inc’s FiberSIM® software to design and manufacture large composite fuselage sections.

Oxeon’s spread carbon tow fabric TeXtreme® has been used in Momentum Model Technologies HB’s lightweight hand-launched glider, Sirius F3K.

Ocean Power Technologies Inc has received additional funding of US$1.1 million for its on-going project with the US Navy to demonstrate the PowerBuoy® wave

The composite lateral cover or engine compartment door for the high-speed French TGV train was made using the light resin transfer moulding (RTM Light) pro

Mitsubishi Rayon Co Ltd is postponing the start of production at its new carbon fibre plant in Otake City, Japan, for approximately one year. The company’s

Fibreglass manufacturer 3B is introducing a fibreglass dry chopped strand product for reinforced polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) compounds.

HOBAS’ centrifugally cast glass fibre reinforced plastics (CC-GRP) pipes are being applied to a hydropower station at the estuary of the rivers Pöls and Mu

GKN Aerospace has started work on the creation of a new composites manufacturing facility in Bristol, UK. This will form a key part of GKN Aerospace-Filton

The JEC Composites Show 2009 attracted 27 000 visitors and 1065 exhibitors to Paris, France in March despite the economic turbulence.

Devi Consultancy Services is launching a design and engineering programme featuring 2D to 3D computer assisted design (CAD) conversions, rapid prototyping,

Stephen Candiloro, Sr., one of the plating industry’s technical giants, suffered a fatal heart attack on Feb. 6. He was 77. During the latter half of his 6

On April 1 the Dow Chemical Company announced the completion of its acquisition of Rohm and Haas. The acquisition is a major step in Dow’s strategy of grow

High-end composite materials producer Gurit, has reported a 1600% jump in net income to CHF17 million for the full financial year of 2008.

Three automotive applications using TenCate’s composite ‘smart textiles’ are on show at the AutoRAI 2009 car show in Amsterdam, the Netherlands this April.

Graco® will exhibit its fluid handling equipment for wind energy manufacturing applications at the WINDPOWER 2009 Conference and Exhibition on 4-7 May, 200

The Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe (IVW) GmbH won two composite innovation awards at the JEC Show in Paris, France, in March.

MAG is introducing rapid material placement and quick-cure moulding systems that reduce lay-up infusion and curing time by 50%, double throughput and incre

Tecnofibras, part of Busscar Group, is producing composite mid roofs for International do Brazil’s truck model 9800.

Scott Bader has launched an improved sanitaryware gelcoat range, Crystic® 967 Excel, with “enhanced” properties and long term performance.

FRP Equipment Inc, a division of fibreglass producer and glass fibre recycling machinery manufacturer Seawolf Design, has expanded its line to include thre

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