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Materials news, May 2009

Dow Epoxy will increase prices for its epoxy resins in Europe (including Turkey) from 1 June, or as contracts allow.

Advanced Materials, a division of Huntsman Corporation, has unveiled a new leadership team, effective immediately.

Composite yacht builder McConaghy Boats is currently working on the Lutra 80, a high performance carbon composite yacht designed for use in the Mediterrane

$2 million is the answer. It's a carbon composite supercar based on the Corvette ZR1.

Attendees hailing from all over Latin America, Europe and beyond descended on the Transamerica Expo Center in São Paulo, Brazil, May 7–9, to attend the 30t

Tencate Advanced Composites USA has developed a cyanate resin prepreg system designed to meet the needs of manufacturers of satellite structures.

Celanese Emulsion Polymers, a producer of products for glass fibre sizing, unveils its new website.

The future of the Indian composites industry looks prosperous through 2014 and beyond, study says.

The developing world will outpace the developed world in purchases of industrial equipment in 2009, as most developed countries experience declines in gros

Resin supplier Reichhold is increasing prices on all products for the European composites industry.

The SAMPE 2009 conference and exhibition attracted 250 exhibiting companies and 3300 attendees to Baltimore, Maryland, USA, on 18-21 May.

Ahlstrom has issued a proposal to start negotiations on temporary layoffs at its glass fibre plant in Karhula, Finland. The Karhula plant produces speciali

A Global Aircraft Recycling Symposium will take place at this year’s Aero & Defense Test 09/ITEA Annual Symposium.

Siemens is building a €60 million wind turbine rotor blade and nacelle production facility in Lingang New City, Shanghai, China.

Aberdeen’s proposed offshore windfarm is likely to be scaled down in terms of numbers of turbines, but still capable of becoming a demonstrator centre, par

Scott Bader UK’s new automated dispensing and mixing system can rapidly produce a 25 kg keg of gel-coat in any RAL, BS or colour-matched colour, offering a

Gulfstream Aerospace has completed testing on its first all-composite structural wing assembly.

The nation's industrial production fell 0.5% in April—the smallest amount in six months. Analysts believe this provides fresh evidence that the pace of the

A hybrid vehicle constructed using Swedish company Oxeon’s TeXtreme spread carbon tow fabric took part in Shell’s Eco-marathon competition this year.

Spatial Composite Solutions has been commissioned to design, build and install an Airbus A320 Cabin Service Trainer (CST) for UAE airline company Etihad Ai

The Closed Mold Alliance has launched a website aimed at companies looking to convert to closed mould composites manufacturing.

The 322 MW Whitelee windfarm outside Glasgow, Scotland, which could be Europe’s largest onshore windfarm, was switched on this week.

Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM) has unveiled a new boat which will be built by Strategic Composites and made with ZPM’s carbon nanotube (CNT) enhanced pr

Future Pipe Industries Group (FPI) has obtained the Shock Test Certificate for its glass fibre reinforced epoxy pipe systems in order to become a qualified

Siemens Energy will supply 175 of its SWT-3.6-107 (3.6 MW) wind turbines to the 1 GW London Array offshore windfarm owned by DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar.

The 50 MW Pays de St Seine windfarm in France, developed by RES Group’s French subsidiary EOLE-RES3, has been commissioned.

Owens Corning is selling its European composites distribution business to the Gazechim Groupe of France.

METYX Composites is organising its Second Biennial Composites Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, on 1-6 June.

Composite Integration Ltd has won two categories in the 2009 Cornwall Business Awards.

Firehole Technologies Inc, a provider of composite analysis and simulation software, is partnering with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) specialist AeroMorpho

High Modulus is launching a lightweight, pre-fabricated composite panel designed for use in a range of applications, including boats, bridges, roofing, flo

Siemens has established European headquarters for wind power sales and project execution in Hamburg, Germany.

US demand for reinforced plastics is forecast to grow 2.8% annually to reach 3.6 billion lbs in 2013, giving a market value of US$7.4 billion.

Ashland Performance Materials will transfer the European production of its Modar® modified acrylic resins into its wholly-owned manufacturing facility in S

DISA Group, a leader in molding and casting technology, has merged with Wheelabrator Group, a leader in surface preparation technology, to create a formida

Ashland Performance Materials has begun production of polyester resins and gel-coats in India and has started customer deliveries in the country and surrou

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has selected 53 projects focusing on wind energy for up to US$8.5 million in DoE funding and has announced US$25m for the

Swedish shipyard Kockums has signed a licensing agreement with the Japanese shipyard Universal Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) giving USC the right to use K

US glass fibre reinforcements company AGY reports net sales of US$39.6 million for the first quarter of 2009, 31.7% down on the first quarter of 2008.

DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar will invest €2.2 billion in building the first 630 MW phase of the London Array offshore windfarm in the Thames Estuary, UK.

The Marine Renewable Energy Promotion Act of 2009 looking at the development of marine and hydrokinetic energy resources has been introduced in the US Hous

Global sales in the small wind (<100kW) market grew 53% to 38.7 MW in 2008 representing 19,000 units and US$156 million.

A wind turbine at Tjæreborg Enge, 10 km south of Esbjerg in Denmark, has been fitted with a test blade with advanced measuring equipment to gather data on

Resin supplier AOC LLC will increase prices on all products in Europe and Asia from 1 June.

AOC LLC will increase prices on all resin and gel-coat products in the USA and Canada from 1 June.

Ashland Performance Materials has announced a partnership with Amtech LLC and Endurance Wind Power to produce wind turbine blades at Amtech's North America

Core Molding Technologies, a US manufacturer of composite materials and products, reports a net loss for the first quarter of 2009 of US$660,000, compared

Quatro Composites will highlight its proprietary methodology designed to optimise the structural performance of carbon fibre composite components at the SA

Bayer MaterialScience AG has started construction of a facility for the production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in Chempark Leverkusen, Germany. The plant wi

Standards organisation ASTM is working on proposed new standards that involve fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composites.

Pultruder Exel Composites reports net sales of €18.5 million for the three months 1 January-31 March 2009, 11.4% down on the 2008 first quarter.

Auto sales in the U.S. continued on their downhill roll as most manufacturers reported high, double-digit sales decreases. Industry analysts see the trend

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to review its revised Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule, which went into effect Dec. 29, 2

Surface finishing industry members convened in Washington, D.C., April 28–30 for the 2009 Washington Forum, the annual event sponsored by the National Asso

Siemens plans to build a wind turbine nacelle production facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, USA, to meet the “strong demand for wind turbine equipment in Nort

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) composites technologies paid a key role in the successful launch of United Launch Alliance's Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air

The European Parliament passed the €5 billion European Union (EU) Economic Recovery Plan on 6 May 2009, which will see investment in energy projects, broad

DSM Composite Resins is increasing prices across its entire product range by 3-5%.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner scheduled to fly later this quarter has moved to the flight line. The aircraft's construction is 50% composite materials.

Siemens Energy and EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG have signed a contract for the supply of 21 SWT 2.3-93 wind turbines for Germany’s first commercial of

High Modulus, a supplier of composite technology and structural engineering solutions, reports significant revenue growth for the year ending 31 March 2009

A study will look into the potential for wave, tidal stream and tidal range technologies around the English and Welsh coastlines, according to the UK Depar

A composite blower housing for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry has earned Premix Inc the 2008 Thermoset Durability Award from

For the first quarter of 2009, Owens Corning reports consolidated net sales of US$1.1 billion, down 21% from the first quarter of 2008. Sales in its Compos

Weeks after the Obama Administration facilitated the ouster of former General Motors chairman and CEO Rick Wagoneer as it pressed the company to construct

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) recently received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence—an honor th

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