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Materials news, June 2009

Amber Composites is launching a range of consumable products for use in vacuum bagging in the oven curing, autoclave and infusion composite processes.

Composite pipe lining installed in US sewer project

A ‘cured in place’ composite pipe lining system has been used for a major sewer repair project in Reno, Nevada, USA.

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The East and West Michigan Districts of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) have signed an alliance agreement with the Michigan Occupational Safet

The Chemical Coaters Association International, CCAI, honored members for their service and dedication and installed its 2009–2010 officers and national bo

Bearings and sintering specialist Bowman International has appointed Paul Mitchell its technical director.

For its latest project Rogers Yacht Design is working with composite materials supplier SP to produce a new line of carbon composite cruiser racers.

Airbus Germany has awarded Atkins Nedtech a contract to design composite components for the inboard flap of the new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

An extra 25GW of offshore wind energy could be accommodated around the UK’s shores, in addition to the 8GW already built or planned, UK Energy Minister Lor

Yuneec International is carrying out test flights on its E430, two-seat, composite aircraft, which is said to be the first commercially available electric

Owens Corning has licensed its Twintex® glass thermoplastic composites technology to Fiber Glass Industries Inc (FGI).

Lincoln Composites has manufactured a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tank for what is claimed to be the world's first chopper (motorcycle) to be powered

Boeing has announced a further delay to the first flight of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Michigan governor Jennifer M. Granholm has announced an aggressive strategy to diversify the economy and attract investment in the state. The plan entails

Scott Bader is introducing its new website which covers the range of products and services offered by its Composites, Adhesives, and Specialty Polymers bus

Braided textile specialist A&P Technology Inc is now using carbon fibre reinforced Fortron polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) tape for aircraft interior applicat

The Welsh Assembly Government has committed £28.66 million to support Airbus' development of a facility for the assembly of composite aircraft wings at its

Australian-based Quickstep has been awarded A$2.6 million under the Australian Federal Government’s AusIndustry Climate Ready Programme, an initiative focu

GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies has announced the availability of a hand-held, ultrasonic test instrument for use while an aircraft is at the arrival/

Strongwell’s glass fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) structural materials have achieved Los Angeles Research Report (LARR) approval for radio frequency (RF) t

The European composites industry association EuCIA has appointed Alisa De Backer as its new General Manager.

US firm IDI Composites International has acquired the former Menzolit Compounds International sheet and bulk moulding compound plants in France and China.

UK railway contractor Birse Rail has recently installed a new composite railway footbridge in just six hours at Bradkirk, Blackpool, UK, thereby minimising

Final assembly has begun on the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft destined for delivery to ANA of Japan. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the first

Cytec Engineered Materials (CEM) has formed a new group to address the growing need for advanced materials such as composites in the industrial sector.

China could generate 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, according to Zhang Xiaoqiang, Vice Chairman of China’s national development an

Boeing, TenCate Advanced Composites BV, Stork Fokker and the University of Twente have signed an agreement to establish the Thermoplastic Composites Resear

Hexion Specialty Chemicals will increase prices of its unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins in North America next month.

US firm Energetx Composites plans to start manufacturing wind turbine components following approval of a grant from the State of Michigan.

AGY, a US producer of glass fibre yarns and reinforcements, has acquired a 70% controlling interest in the Shanghai, China, based yarn manufacturing busine

Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd has been accredited to the AS 9100 international aerospace quality standard.

Hexion Specialty Chemicals is realigning its North American composite resins and coatings manufacturing operations in order to enhance customer service, im

Pultruder Exel Composites is starting negotiations with staff on possible job losses at its plants in Finland.

The European Environmental Agency (EEA) says European onshore and offshore wind energy potential is equivalent to almost 20 times energy demand in 2020.

Investment company Mubadala Development Company has announced the construction of its composites plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE, will start this month and that th

A new FRP lining process for pipes and storage tanks is said to offer significant advantages over existing corrosion protection methods.

US moulder of composites products Premix is extending its manufacturing capacity with the addition of a 2000 ton compression moulding press.

The programme for the Advanced Composites in Construction (ACIC) 2009 conference has been released by organiser The Network Group for Composites in Constru

Interplastic Corporation is raising the price of its CoREZYN® and Silmar® brand products, including vinyl ester, polyester and speciality resins, gel-coats

What could be the world’s first large-scale floating offshore wind turbine has been installed by Siemens and StatoilHydro off the coast of Norway.

The UK Crown Estate has received a total of 42 applications from 20 bidders for wave and tidal energy leases for the Pentland Firth Strategic Area – the wo

This year, the nova-Institut will hold its Biocomposites Congress as part of the annual AVK International Convention which is held alongside the COMPOSITES

Cook Composites and Polymers (CCP) is increasing prices of its unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins, gel-coats and Thermaclean® industrial cleaner

A training programme for the composites industry has been developed by the Dutch association for composites VKCN, and VAPRO, a consultancy specialising in

A flame retardant, flexible core material has been developed by Lantor BV. It is designed to support the development of lightweight composite solutions, es

American Superconductor Corporation’s (AMSC) wholly-owned AMSC Windtec subsidiary, has licensed its 2 MW doubly-fed induction wind turbine design to Inox W

The US Air Force Research Laboratory and Lockheed Martin have announced the first flight of the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA).

The Polytec Group is closing the Swedish plant of its Automotive Composites Division.

CST Composites is introducing a range of pultruded carbon composite laminates designed for use in the the reinforcement of concrete, metal, wood and compos

The US wind energy market could bounce back in 2010 after a slower 2009, predicts analyst Emerging Energy Research (EER).

Jeff Martin of Martin Pultrusion Group Inc has been named the Brandt Goldsworthy Pultruder of the Year 2009 by the delegates of the 2nd Global Pultrusion C

Resin supplier Ara Ashland has appointed Mastergel Compósitos as a distributor for the southern region of Brazil.

Luis Fernandez, the new vice president of Dow Coatings Materials, outlined the market strategy for the newly formed division of Dow Chemical Company. The u

After weeks of speculation, General Motors (GM) on June 1 announced plans to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The filing,

For the second year in a row, transmission / interconnection constraints were identified as the greatest barrier to wind energy development according to a

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has released its 2008 Composites Industry Report.

Automotive parts producer ElringKlinger has developed a reinforced thermoplastic pick-up truck oil pan using DuPont's Zytel polyamide resin.

Entropy Surfboards is producing a range of custom surfboards that use Amroy Europe’s Hybtonite® resin system in order to improve durability by a factor of

Meridian Automotive Systems Inc has sold certain parts of its composites business to Decoma Composites LLC in response to the severe downturn in the North

Reichhold Inc is increasing prices of all unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins sold in North America for the composites industry.

Scott Bader is increasing the prices of Crystic® unsaturated polyester, DCPD and vinyl ester resins across all its European sites.

Tods Defence has been awarded a contract by the Spanish shipbuilder Navantia to supply the carbon composite, bow sonar domes for Spanish Navy’s new S80 sub

Composite tooling specialist Ebalta has announced the availability of what is believed to be the first ‘cast to size’ epoxy tooling blocks.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has released its list of the top 10 emerging aerospace technologies.'Greener' aviation techno

Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM) is expanding its manufacturing facility in Melaka, Malaysia, in anticipation of business growth.

Abahsain Fiberglass Middle East has started production of ECR-glass fibre products at its new factory at the Bahrain International Investment Park.

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