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Materials news, July 2009

Bayer MaterialScience LLC will receive a US$750 000 grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to support the development of composite technologies to pr

UK-based Pulse Tidal says its shallow water tidal device can produce predictable, low cost renewable energy at the same time as reducing the large investme

Jon Allen, Sr., vice president of RamQuest Software, Inc., has been tapped to deliver the keynote speech at the 6th Annual Southern Metal Finishing Confere

Online registration is now open for COATING EAST 2009, the second innovative regional conference & trade show to be held in 2009 Sept. 30–Oct. 1 at the Gay

Staff at the Vestas wind turbine blade factory on the Isle of Wight has started an occupation of the factory in response to Vestas’ plans to cut 1900 jobs

The second quarter of 2009 presented the expected slowdown in wind energy project activity as banks underwent stress tests, governments reshuffled budgets

A 25% glass fibre reinforced polyamide (PA) 6 compound from Chem Polymer is designed to provide moulders with an alternative to halogenated flame retardant

US companies Hamilton Sundstrand and Parkway Products Inc have formed a joint venture which will act as a low cost manufacturer for composite aerospace pro

Visitors at AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 were treated to the first public demonstration flights of Virgin Galactic's spacecraft launch vehicle and Virgin boss S

Hexcel Corporation reports net sales of US$277.3 million for the second quarter of 2009, 22.9% down on the 2008 second quarter. Sales to the commercial aer

Ashland Inc has announced preliminary results for the quarter ended 30 June 2009, the third quarter of its 2009 fiscal year.

Gurit has announced that it is acquiring a majority share in a structural foam company in China. The transaction is expected to be closed in September.

Hexion Specialty Chemcials expects to record sales of approximately US$950 million, an operating loss of $16-31 million and Segment EBITDA of $87-94 millio

SUR/FIN 2009, the premier technical conference and exhibition for the North American surface finishing industry, kicked off June 15–17 at the Kentucky Inte

A newly released report from the Federal Reserve showed U.S. Industrial production decreased 0.4% in June after having fallen 1.2% in May. For the second q

Pultruder Exel Composites plc has released its interim report for the first six months of 2009, reporting second quarter sales 14.1% down on 2008.

Gibson Fiberglass is opening a new warehouse facility in Elkhart, Indiana, USA, in anticipation of economic recovery in the composites industry.

juwi is to set up its first large-scale wind farm on US soil in south-eastern Nebraska.

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) in the USA have added a nanomaterial to sheet moulding compound (SMC) to make it stronger, tougher and elect

International Solar Energy Society (ISES) member Dieter Holm attended the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)'s 8th World Wind Energy Conference & Exhibit

Aircraft company Boeing reports second quarter revenues of US$17.2 billion, up 1% on the second quarter of 2008, driven by growth in defence programmes and

The programme for the International AVK conference, which takes place alongside the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2009 trade fair in October, is now now available.

Reed Exhibitions has announced the dates for the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fair in 2010.

Glass fibre reinforcements supplier PPG Industries reports sales of US$3.1 billion for the second quarter of 2009, down 30% on the second quarter of 2008.

German wind turbine maker Nordex has begun construction of a US$100 million manufacturing facility in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA. It is expected to start pro

The market for composites in the North American automotive industry is expected to reach US$1581.1 million in 2014, according to a new report.

SP is introducing Corecell™ M-Foam, a structural foam core material for the marine industry.

Scott Bader's Crystic Crestomer® 1196PA adhesive has been approved by RINA for use in bonding core materials and skin laminates in composite sandwich struc

The new Board of Directors of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) have taken up their posts.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has announced that its annual conference and trade show will now be called COMPOSITES, the Composi

NetComposites Ltd has developed a series of training courses for the composites industry.

China could become a major player in wind energy – not just in instalment, but also in producing wind turbines and components, according to a report from a

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced several funding opportunities over the last week including up to US$22 million for community renewable ener

Arkema has appointed Velox GmbH as distributor for its Graphistrength® multiwall carbon nanotube products.

Vestas will supply a total of 75 MW of wind turbines to a large Chinese Independent Power Producer (IPP).

Enthone, Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, has acquired select assets of Westbrook Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Scarborough, Ontario. Specif

Just a few weeks after General Motors (GM) filed for Chapter 11 Protection, the company has announced its emergence from bankruptcy, leaner, refocused, and

Metalforming companies expect continued strengthening in business conditions during the next three months, according to the findings of the July Precision

DSM Composite Resins has announced a strategic partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) in Pfinztal, Germany, which will foc

England is behind on meeting its 2010 target of generating 10% of electricity from renewable sources, according to a report from the British Wind Energy As

SABIC Innovative Plastics has recently introduced LNP Thermocomp PX07444, a polyamide (PA) 6 thermoplastic compound that is reinforced with up to 20% curau

RWE npower renewables' Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm started generating renewable wind energy at the North Wales coast, UK, early July.

The white paper released on July 15 by the UK Government, The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, gives details of how the UK will meet the cut in emissions set

Alliant Techsystems (ATK), Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, has selected TenCate Advanced Composites USA as a supplier of composite prepreg material for the ma

German producer of polyester moulding compounds LORENZ Kunststofftechnik GmbH says that, despite the economic crisis, its business is continuing apace.

SABIC will start up a new plant in Belgium for production of STAMAX long glass fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) composites and SABIC® PPcompound by the

US organisations AMT II Corporation and Douglass Aerospace LLC have agreed to team up to provide consulting services to the global aerospace and defence in

Boeing is to acquire the Vought Aircraft Industries facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA. The Vought facility fabricates and assembles structu

The National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) template, published late June by the European Commission, gives governments a binding framework for drawi

Resin supplier Reichhold has announced a price increase for all of its composites products sold in Europe.

Austrian hardmetals specialists Plansee drove consolidated sales up 2 per cent to €1.1 billion in the fiscal year 2008 – 2009 which ended on February 28. I

Quickstep Holdings Ltd, Australia, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM), a manufactur

The prototype Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft was recently unveiled. This carbon composite, solar powered craft is believed to be the first aircraft that wil

Popcorn screens are vital for protecting the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems that reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in coal-fired power pla

Three reports published over the last month dismiss the variability of wind as an obstacle to large scale deployment of wind energy, says the British Wind

X-Tender Boats will build its new line of carbon composite yacht tenders using Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM)’s carbon nanotube (CNT) enhanced prepreg,

DuBois Chemicals, a global provider of sustainable cleaning solutions for safe, high- performing facilities, is participating in the U.S. Environmental Pro

Precision Quincy Corp., an industrial process oven manufacturer, has formed a strategic alliance with Dallas-based Pollution Control Products Co., a burn-o

Reliable Silver, Inc., which has been fabricating metals products for industrial and decorative applications for more than 30 years, has rolled out a new p

Owens Corning is expanding capacity to produce technical fabrics at its facilities in China and India in order to support its wind blade fabrication custom

T. Boone Pickens is scrapping plans for his 1000 MW windfarm in Pampa, Texas, USA, due to lack of transmission lines, and is instead planning three to four

UK-based Marine Current Turbine’s SeaGen tidal power system has been accredited by the UK energy regulator OFGEM for Renewable Energy Certificates (ROCs) m

The Danish, German and Spanish governments have helped Egypt set up the 360 MW Zafarana windfarm near the Gulf of Suez.

The European Alliance for Thermoplastic Composites (EATC) has launched a new website at www.eatc-online.com.

The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has published an updated forecast for worldwide wind installations in the year 2009 predicting a 25% growth in win

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has won a 80 MW contract to supply turbines for a wind farm in Turkey.

GE Global Research and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a carbon composites manufacturing Ce

SP is nearing completion of the structural design of Panamax, a 60 m carbon composite sailing yacht.

Nidec Corporation and NTN Corporation have signed an agreement that allows Nidec to purchase all of NTN's interest in two joint ventures.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 generated more than US$2 billion in stimulus funding for US drinking water infrastructure projects. Thou

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has signed a cooperation agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on research into composite mate

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut (WKI) in Braunschweig, Germany, have developed a method of detecting defects in composite wind turb

Swiss-based Composites Busch SA has developed a one-piece ice hockey stick that uses Huntsman Advanced Materials’ Araldite® NanoTech Composite RTM epoxy re

The REpower MM92 wind power plants, each with a rated power of 2.05 megawatts (MW) and a hub height of 80 metres, are intended for five wind farms projects

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