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Materials news, August 2009


A preview of the COMPOSITE EUROPE 2009 exhibition will be published in the October issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine.

Private equity firm Terra Firma has announced its planned acquisition of US wind energy developer Everpower Wind Holdings.

The installed capacity of flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) systems in China will rise from 365 000 MW this year to 723 000 MW in 2020, according to the late

Reinforced Plastics is now posting composites industry news and comment on the Twitter networking site.

The non-ferrous powder metallurgy business was rocked last month by the news that two leading players in Germany and the UK had filed for insolvency.

German injection moulder Hock Sachsen GmbH has moved to a new MIM facility, located in Schwarzenberg, near Leipzig, Germany, along with four furnaces and t

A recession-driven sale has seen one of the PM industry’s sinter-forged products pioneers fall under new ownership.

A Hoeganaes submission, "Development of a Dual-Phase Precipitation-Hardening PM Stainless Steel" has won the Howard I Sanderow Outstanding Technical Paper

Boeing has announced that it expects the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner aircraft to take place by the end of 2009. First delivery is expected in the fo

The US Department of Energy (DoE) is investing nearly US$300 million in its Clean Cities Grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support c

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the price of its unsaturated polyester resins and gel-coats produced and sold in Europe, the Middle East and Af

Glass fibre reinforcements manufacturer 3B is exhibiting at the China Composites Expo for the first time this year, reflecting the company's plans to expan

A Cyprus windfarm has reached a €170 million financial close and construction is already underway.

Europe has fallen drastically behind North America on investment levels into the clean energy sector since 2003, the UK Carbon Trust says in its report Inv

The Springfield, Mass., AESF branch, in conjunction with Valley Plating and Poly Plating, has announced this year’s New England Surface Finishing Regional

The Powder Coating Institute, or PCI, and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, or NACE, will be partnering to produce The North American Industrial C

The AESF Foundation has released the schedule for its Fall 2009 courses. Topics range from environmental issues to precious metal plating techniques.

Columbia Chemical recently hosted three representatives from Ebara-Udylite Mexico to an intensive three-day training session at the facility's technical su

DuPont Powder Coatings recently launched a new website designed to give customers quick and easy access to information about its powder coatings brands and

The UK government has spent 20 times more on subsidising the coal industry than on investment in marine renewable energy, says UK main opposition party, th

Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) has announced plans to develop further products designed for the wind, solar, geothermal and biofuel generation markets.

Danish wind turbine producer Vestas has reported a 34% fall in profit after tax to €43 million in the second quarter (Q2) of 2009.

Cray Valley has announced a price increase for unsaturated polyester resins sold to the composites industry in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Siemens has opened a wind power training centre in Bremen, Germany, for customer personnel and wind turbine service technicians.

Nordex USA has completed its largest American wind project to date, the 25 wind turbines Highland windfarm, for EverPower Wind Holdings, connecting 62.5 MW

Composite Technical Services Inc (CTS) has established manufacturing and R & D operations in Dayton, Ohio, USA, to provide 'green' products for the composi

Australia has passed a bill targeting 20% of stationary energy to come from renewables by 2020.

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has allocated over US$119 million in funding from the American Recovery and Investment Act to support energy efficiency a

General Motors, GM, is increasing production at several North America assembly plants in response to increased sales. The decision maans will bring approxi

DuPont Automotive OEM Coatings has been named a GM Supplier of the Year for 2008. The honor, DuPont Automotive’s second in as many years, is in recognition

Metalforming companies predict a spike in business conditions during the next three months. These findings emerge from a newly released Precision Metalform

A newly released report from the Federal Reserve showed U.S. industrial production rose 0.5% in July, a tangible improvement over June’s 0.4% decline. Anal

The Society of Vacuum Coaters, SVC, plans to hold its inaugural Topical Conference—also known as TopCon—on Nov. 3-5, 2009, at the Albuquerque Marriott, in

Vestas, the leading wind energy technology business, has confirmed that it will cease wind turbine blade production activities at the company's UK sites on

Indian wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy Ltd has signed an agreement with Technomash Bulgarian Industrial Group to deliver six Suzlon S88 2.1 MW wind

Reichhold Inc has appointed Whitaker Oil as an authorised distributor for its composite resins in the Southeastern USA.

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have collaborated to identify research, development, demo

Using FiberSIM composites software from Vistagy Inc, the ING Renault Formula One (F1) Team dramatically cut the design and manufacture time of the composit

A high strength E-glass fibre reinforcement has been developed by Jushi Group and Gibson Fiberglass, aimed at composite applications requiring increased co

The UK government has agreed to support Airbus with up to £340 million repayable launch investment for the development of the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

Cook Composites and Polymers (CCP) has announced a price increase for its unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins, and gel-coats.

DSM Composite Resins has announced a price increase for its entire range of resins in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

DONG Energy is to build and run the Norwegian onshore wind farm Nygårdsfjell 2 in the Narvik municipality in Northern Norway.

Hexion Specialty Chemicals has announced a price increase for its unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resin systems in North America.

Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) is introducing an alumina trihydrate (ATH) flame retardant (FR) product optimised for pultrusion and wet-mat based applica

Vestas has received an order for 37 units of its V90-3.0 MW wind turbine, for a wind farm project in South Australia.

Service Filtration Corporation, or SERFILCO, Ltd., has announced that a Letter of Intent has been signed for the purchase of all assets of the Baron-Blakes

The 6th Annual Southern Metal Finishing Conference, set for Sept. 14-15 at the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C., promises to offer a wealt

The Aluminum Anodizers Council, or AAC, is inviting attendees to learn about basic techniques for producing a quality anodized product at its upcoming Anod

Interplastic Corporation’s Thermoset Resins Division is raising the price of its CoREZYN® and Silmar® brand products, including its vinyl ester and polyest

Following personnel negotiations started in June, Ahlstrom has decided on temporary layoffs of staff at its Karhula plant in Finland. These are to adapt pr

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

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) is introducing an epoxy resin matrix prepreg designed to offer the high levels of temperature resistance demanded by th

A combined wave and tidal flume at the UK's University of Manchester can now be hired by engineering companies and consultancies looking to conduct physica

The UK Crown Estate plans to offer Round 1 and 2 offshore windfarm operators with offshore wind projects in operation, under construction or awaiting const

Resin supplier AOC LLC will increase prices on all products in the USA and Canada on 31 August.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan talks up the prospects for renewable energy in South Africa

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has amended its contract with Beijing-based Sinovel Wind Corporation, China’s largest wind turbine manufacturer,

The companies will provide consulting, engineering, turbine design, certification, measurement, project management, strategic advice, inspection services a

Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM) has announced that Toho Tenax America’s Tenax® carbon fibre will be used in the construction of its 540SE technology demo

President Barack Obama earlier this month nominated David Michaels, Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA.

The Association Connecting Electronic Industries, IPC, has announced the findings from its monthly North American printed circuit boards report.

The Electrocoat Association and the Chemical Coaters Association International have joined forces to bring the finishing industry the 2009 Electrocoating S

The Electrocoat Association will hold its annual meeting Nashville, Tenn., at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, located at 2800 O

The 2009 Powder Coating Forum is set to take place at the Embassy Suites in Cleveland, Ohio, from Sept. 16–17.

Two of Germany’s most important industrial and surface finishing events—Paint Expo and parts2clean—have set dates for 2010.

The eRulemaking Program has launched a significant upgrade to www.regulations.gov, the website that provides one-stop, public access to information related

Second-quarter earnings reports from some of the largest chemical companies and coating materials suppliers, including BASF, Clariant, Dow, DuPont, and PPG

The U.S. government’s trade-in program, Cash for Clunkers, sparked a boost in demand making July auto sales better-than-expected—more precisely, the best p

A newly released Commerce Department Report showed gross domestic product, GDP, slowed 1% in the second quarter vs. 6.4% in the first three months of the y

Haviland Products, which formulates, manufactures and distributes decorative, functional and specialty coatings for Fortune 500 companies nationwide, annou

Effective July 1, 2009, Werner Auer took the reins as head of Siemens VAI Metals Technologies GmbH & Co. Auer, who was previously CFO of the Business Unit

Dysol, Inc., manufacturer of the patented DS-Series line of environmentally compliant cleaning solvents, announced that it has entered into a strategic par

Dysol, Inc., has appointed a distributor for the MagChem line of engine overhaul, maintenance and lubrication products.

Haviland Products Company has tapped Canadian Finishing Systems to be its exclusive surface finishing distributor to all of Canada.

Owens Corning reports consolidated net sales of US$1.2 billion for the second quarter of 2009, compared with $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2008.

Three UK-based banks are working with the European Investment Bank (EIB) on a programme to lend up to £1 billion to onshore windfarms over the next 3 years

AGY is introducing S-1 Glass™ high performance glass rovings for use in long fibre reinforced thermoplastics (LFT).

Verantis Corporation, successor in interest to Ceilcote Air Pollution Control, has announced the rebranding of Ceilcote’s pollution control products and se

DSM's net sales for the 2009 second quarter were down 20% compared to the same quarter of 2008, but were up 7% compared to the 2009 first quarter.

Core materials manufacturer DIAB has expanded capacity at its operation in Kunshan (Shanghai), China, to meet increasing demand for its products in Asia.

The UK wave energy project, Wave Hub, has placed a £1 million contract for electrical equipment installation and commissioning to link the wave energy proj

US company QuakeWrap Inc has developed a novel (patent-pending) fibre reinforced plastic (FRP), pipe lining system called PipeMedic™.

AOC LLC has announced a price increase on all resins, gel-coats, pigments, colorants and additive shipments for Latin America.

UK energy and climate change secretary says he's done all he can for Vestas workers.

Despite denouncing the closure of Vestas' Isle of Wight blade facility, it has emerged that the conservative-led council has a history of blocking wind far

Rio Tinto Ltd has made an agreement with Nippon Steel Corp to cut its iron ore prices by more than a third for 2009, foreshadowing likely price decreases i

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the prices of its unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and gel-coats produced and sold in India.

JEC Composites has named the winners of the JEC Asia Innovation Awards Programme 2009.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association has published its ‘Call for Papers’ for the 2010 Powder Metallurgy World Congress, to be held in Florence, Italy

Bayer MaterialScience is partnering with three companies that specialise in aluminium powder metallurgy to develop customized, carbon nanotube-reinforced a

MDM Engineering Group Limited has commenced work on the front-end engineering and design phase of a sinter plant project in Hotazel, South Africa.

Researchers from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, have developed a new technique for producing tin disulphide (SnS2) nanotubes by ‘growing

Finnish cast component supplier Componenta Corp plans to merge its two foundry business units in Heerlen, The Netherlands, into one entity.

Werner Auer has been appointed the CEO of Siemens VAI Metals Technologies GmbH & Co.

According to Mark C Paullin, president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), opportunities in the automotive and green industries could help th

The winners of the 2009 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) have been announc

The following five stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website during the month of July.

With its large domestic market, strong economic growth, considerable oil reserves and the major manufacturing base of industrial powerhouse Brazil, South A

NASF, the National Association for Surface Finishing, recognized more than a dozen individuals for their dedication, service, and technical contributions t

Reinforced Plastics magazine has published its editorial features programme and event distribution list for next year. (Deadlines available on request.)

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