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Materials news, October 2009

High Modulus, a supplier of composite technology headquartered in New Zealand, has opened a sales office in Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA, to continue gro

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) which is in charge of implementing REACH environmental legislation is staging its third Stakeholders’ Day at the Helsi

China’s largest nickel trader is taking a 15% stake in Royal Nickel Corp, a small mining outfit led by former Inco executives including ex-CEO Scott Hand.

Former Tier One PM auto parts supplier Delphi has emerged from Chapter 11, almost four years after it filed for bankruptcy protection and signalled the sta

A £1.5 million development grant to Metalysis, is to help provide 90 jobs at the speciality metals technology innovator.

Michael E Lutheran, vice president of United States Metal Powders Inc (USMP), based in Flemington, New Jersey has been elected president of the Metal Powde

Business performance at Belgian materials group Umicore improved in Q3, reflecting a combination of better than expected sales developments in most segment

OM Holdings Limited (OMH) has bought a large stake in the Tshipi é Ntle manganese project in the Kalahari Basin, South Africa. It has acquired 49.9% equity

BMW Group and SGL Group have formed a joint venture to manufacture carbon fibres and fabrics for the automotive industry.

A European project aimed at developing a novel recycling route for thermoset composites is underway in Europe. The EURECOMP project will focus on the solvo

An £8 million project that will produce tools capable of accurately estimating the energy yield of major wave and tidal stream energy has been approved by

SP, the marine business of Gurit, has appointed A. Anagnostopoulos & Co as the sole distributor for SP branded products in Greece.

The Carbon Trust is to inject up to £18 million in additional funding into the UK clean and renewable energy sector, providing a booster for clean tech sta

Risø DTU has just concluded a large full-scale experiment on a wind turbine taking detailed measurements of the load distribution on a 40 m long wind turbi

Vestas has received an order for 51 units of the V80-2.0 MW wind turbine for the Oaxaca I project to be located in the municipality of Santo Domingo de Ing

Professionals within the US solar electric industry value chain predict strong growth for their businesses over the next two years, and say more favourable

Wind could also attract US$10 billion in investment every year and create 213,000 green collar jobs, says the industry.

Renewable energy projects receive 5% of the financial assistance provided from 2001 to 2008.

Governors of six US states have approved a renewable energy blueprint for their region, and now want President Obama and Congress to support their developm

A 2.3 MW wind turbine will be the centerpiece of a multi-year US project to study the performance and aerodynamics of large wind turbines in a major govern

Boeing and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) have signed an agreement to work together on the production of composite flaperons for Boeing's 777 series aircr

Metaldyne Corporation has completed the sale of substantially all of its assets to MD Investors Corporation.

Data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) shows a total of 1.3 million vehicles were sold in China during September, up 77.

India, with the ninth largest auto industry in the world, is becoming a major export base for the global business.

The UK wind industry has seen the installation of 4 GW of wind energy capacity, the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) announced at BWEA31 in Liverpool

Local council approvals of wind farm applications in the UK have fallen to a new low of just 25%, the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) said at BWEA31

GKN’s powder metallurgy business returned to profit in June, towards the end of a half year that was described by Sir Kevin Smith, CEO of UK-based GKN plc

The online Global Powder Metallurgy Database (GPMD) has added a new section which contains more than 130 full fatigue curves for a number of Fe, Cu and C s

Researchers from Japan have developed a method for producing metal nanowires that heats carbon nanotubes and a metal powder together in a vacuum.

Following the jailing of three people earlier this year in the wake of the conspiracy to steal trade secrets from powder-forging experts Metaldyne (Metal P

Carbon fibre composites are not only helping with the lightweight construction of cars and aircraft, they can also benefit bicycles. At COMPOSITES EUROPE 2

QinetiQ and Vestas Wind Systems claim the successful trial of a radar mitigation technology for wind turbines that significantly reduces the radar signatur

Renewable energy could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2741 Mt by 2030 under accelerated environmental policies, according to the International E

Total sales of electricity from renewable energy facilities in the USA increased by 35% last year, dominated by an increase of 50% in sales of green power

The New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) in the UK is helping the country reach its 20/20 targets for renewable energy with offshore marine and wind ene

The United States government should focus on the development of renewable energy as well as traditional energy sources, says one of the country’s more infl

The 63 MW Dry Lake wind farm has been dedicated as the first commercial-scale wind power project in the state of Arizona.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has commended President Barack Obama’s proposal for new measures to help small businesses access c

Cars, boats and aircraft rely on lightweight construction, but to make sure that lightening the load does not come at the expense of safety, Fraunhofer res

The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) will move to Kentucky in 2010, following seven years in Miami Beach, Florida.

Around 7000 visitors are reported to have attended the second JEC Asia exhibition, which was held in Singapore on 14-16 October 2009.

The UK will fund £5.15 million to research to solve the problem of radar interference from wind turbines.

FiberCore Europe and DSM Composite Resins have developed a composite bridge that is reported to surpass conventional steel and concrete bridges in terms of

Firehole Technologies Inc, a supplier of composite analysis and simulation software, has acquired the CompositePro software from Peak Composites Inc.

Cytec Industries reports net earnings for the third quarter of 2009 of US$12.5 million and net sales of $740 million.

DuPont Engineering Polymers is increasing prices for its standard grades of its Zytel® polyamide, Minlon® mineral reinforced polyamide and Zytel® HTN high-

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber is expanding its operations in China.

Composittrailer NV, a specialist in large composite structures, has changed its name to ACROSOMA NV.

Lectra, a supplier of cutting systems and software for composite materials, will exhibit at the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fair in Stuttgart this month.

The difficult global economy continues to impact year-on-year sales, but PPG Industries sees some business improvement over the first two quarters of 2009.

E.ON Climate & Renewables has laid half of the 90 offshore wind turbine foundations and the first cables at Rödsand II between the German island of Fehmarn

The Carbon Trust has called on UK renewable energy equipment suppliers to take advantage of a £2 million sales opportunity from its equipment scrappage sch

New appointments and staff changes – Exel Composites, Dieffenbacher, Umeco, Vermont Composites Inc.

Reinforced Plastics magazine will be exhibiting at the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show in Stuttgart this month.

Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM) claims its Epovex Adhesive™ line of two-part epoxy adhesives are stronger and less expensive than conventional aerospace

German reinforcements producer SAERTEX and composites manufacturer KEMROCK Industries and Exports Ltd of India are planning to establish a joint venture co

General Motors Company, GM, is investing more than $230 million in four GM plants in the greater Flint, Mich., area to support the production of the fuel-e

Industrial production rose 0.7% in September after an upwardly revised gain of 1.2% in August, according to a newly released report from the Federal Reserv

Metalforming companies expect business conditions and incoming orders to plateau during the final quarter of 2009. That’s according to the October 2009 Pre

BASF has expanded its application lab for epoxy resin systems at its Ludwigshafen site in Germany.

GKN Aerospace has purchased an industrial microwave oven to continue its research into the microwave curing of composite structures.

Twenty-six universities and colleges across the United States received a grading of A- for their use of renewable energy on campus.

A series of standards on the non-destructive testing (NDT) of aerospace composites has been developed by the ASTM.

Siemens Energy will be supplying wind turbines totalling over 565 MW and worth more than €600 million for six onshore wind farms in North America.

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) will supply its Superconductor Electricity Pipelines to the Tres Amigas Project, the USA’s first renewable energ

Alliant Techsystems has delivered a full-scale crew module made of composite materials to NASA for testing.

At COMPOSITES EUROPE 2009, the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF is presenting a 4 m high exhibit – a mock-up of a

Hexcel has opened a sales office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to support its composites business in the Southern Asia Pacific region.

Focusing on the need for weight efficiency and durability, Italian boat builder Cantieri di Baia has made the switch from polyester and vinyl ester to SP’s

The Association Connecting Electronic Industries, IPC, has released its Worldwide Annual Printed Circuit Boards Report. The release projects double-digit d

Honda recently named DuPont Automotive OEM Coatings a Supplier of the Year for outstanding performance in providing products and services. Out of a base of

Joe Powder, the powder coating expert featured in the monthly “Ask Joe Powder” section of Metal Finishing magazine, will now be available to answer reader

The AESF Foundation announces the last call for its Electroplating and Surface Finishing Course, scheduled to take place Oct. 26–29 at the Holiday Inn Expr

Representatives from Elsyca, a Leuven, Belguim-based company specializing in numerical modelling technology to predict and optimize electrochemical process

Chem-Trend has announced that its Chemlease® CPR semi-permanent release agent will be available in Europe and Asia before the end of 2009.

PPG Industries' TUFROV 4575 glass roving for long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) applications is now available to customers worldwide.

WindTronics plans to assemble residential and small commercial wind turbines, and conduct research and development in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Cyprus’ first wind farm has begun construction in the Orites area of Kouklia (Paphos district).

UK renewable energy provider Living Fuels, a subsidiary of AIM listed REG Bio-Power, is appealing to the UK Government to draw attention to discrepancies b

RES has acquired a portfolio of 500 MW of wind power projects in Turkey.

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. will develop a demonstration wave power station in Japan together with a consortium of the three Japanese companies Idemitsu

Composites Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) and global aerospace supplier Goodrich Corporation have signed agreements that establish CTRM as a centre of

The market for industrial stack gas scrubbers has historically been small compared to those used in coal-fired power plants. But, thanks to proposed regula

Siemens and Airtricity, the renewable energy development division of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), have signed a contract on the supply of wind turbi

E.ON has opened what it calls the “world’s largest wind farm” in the USA. The wind farm in Roscoe, Texas, USA, consists of 627 wind turbines with an instal

RAMPF Tooling and Amber Composites have developed a new system of tooling paste which is reported to deliver significant reductions in time and cost for ma

Is your company exhibiting at the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) trade show in Las Vegas on 9-11 February 2010?

Vistagy Inc’s FiberSIM® software is being used by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), to reduce the design time and enhance the efficiency of the com

Christensen Shipyards spin-off Renewal Energy Composite Solutions LLC (RECS) has received a US$1 million grant to cover the costs associated with transitio

Huntsman Advanced Materials is offering information on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) legislation via a n

The European Plastics Converters (EuPC) trade association is launching the REACH Club, a networking platform for anyone interested in REACH and its impact

Lantor BV is introducing a reinforced 3D flexible core material for use in the vacuum infusion and RTM Light processes.

Owens Corning is increasing production of dry use glass chopped strands (DUCS) at its Chambery, France, facility by nearly 50% in the 2009 fourth quarter.T

Sony claims its VAIO® X Series is the world's lightest notebook computer. It is housed in a lightweight carbon fibre chassis.

nidaplast composites will present its new ROVIpan™ core material designed for infusion processes at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2009.

The UK-based fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy has provided the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus with a multi-functional fuel cell auxiliary powe

Northrop Grumman Corporation has awarded a contract to produce composite air inlet ducts for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkish

China has long since been criticised by the West as being intransigent on its response to climate change issues. But a new analysis by NGO Greenpeace compa

Nida-Core Corporation has announced the type approval of its NidaFusion SXO core material by Det Norske Veritas (DNV).

Spirit AeroSystems Inc has broken ground on a new facility in Saint-Nazaire, France, at which it will assemble the composite centre fuselage section of the

Auto sales in the U.S. fell by 23% in September, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department. Hardest-hit were General Motors and Ch

Employers cut 263,000 jobs in September, bringing the U.S. unemployment rate to 9.8%—a 26-year high. That’s according to a report issued by the U.S. Depart

Jordan Barab, acting chief of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, recently signaled his organization’s intent to implement the Glob

DYMAX, Corporation, a manufacturer of advanced light-curable adhesives, coatings, and curing equipment, has announced the appointment of Peter Zazzaro as g

Quatro Composites has become a technology partner of Insitu, supporting development of composite components for its next generation of unmanned aircraft sy

MVC, a supplier of composite components to the Brazilian automotive sector, has acquired Fibermaq´s equipment for the application of gel-coat.

Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group) Company Ltd (XAC) of China is to acquire the majority of shares in FACC AG, a supplier of composite aircraft components ba

Reinforced Plastics magazine has established a Group on the LinkedIn professional networking site.

The European composites industry association EuCIA has published its latest newsletter.

Gurit has confirmed the closing of the acquisition of a majority stake in Chinese structural foam company China Techno Foam Co Ltd.

Cutting tool supplier Dormer has created a Research Technology Centre (RTC) to address the machining issues presented by composite materials.

A line of rigid, lightweight and aesthetically pleasing sliding carbon fibre toughened glass sunroofs have been developed using Variable Temperature Mouldi

Wave and tidal developers can now bid for £22 million in government funding to accelerate the commercial development of marine energy in the UK, the Depart

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) and Beijing-based Sinovel Wind Corporation have signed a follow-on contract worth more than US$100 million for c

The following five articles were the most popular on our website during the month of September.

Wasatch Wind, a wind developer based in the Western USA, is selling the rights to a 4400 MW offshore wind project in Lake Erie, 5-30 km off the Ontario coa

General Motors Company, GM, will add a third shift at three facilities—Fairfax, Kan.; Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and Lansing Delta Township, Mich. The additional shi

The monthly North American printed circuit board report from the Association Connecting Electronic Industries, IPC, shows declines among both shipments and

Jeff Grodecki, technical support manager for Columbia Chemical, becomes the latest addition to the “Ask the Experts” roster on metalfinishing.com. Grodecki

ITW Gema and Alliance Surface Finishing, Inc., recently reached an agreement on a strategic global partnership to promote a new Alliance Surface Finishing-

ASM International, the materials information society, recently recognized select members for their distinguished contributions to the field of materials sc

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