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Materials news, December 2009

Vestas will deliver 50 of its V100 1.8 MW and 25 of its V90 2.0 MW wind turbines to Bulgaria and Romania.

Scottish and Southern Energy Plc (SSE) will acquire a 25.1% stake in the 367 MW Walney offshore wind farm west of the Isle of Walney in the Irish Sea, from

UK company Synergy Composites has invested in a new autoclave which will be used to manufacture advanced composite components.

Angstron Materials Inc, a producer of nano graphene platelets (NGPs), has been awarded US$1.494 million from the US Commerce Department’s National Institut

Siemens and DONG Energy have expanded their record offshore wind turbine supply agreement from March as Siemens is to provide 75 of its 3.6 MW offshore win

Power Composites will manufacture and deliver wind turbine blades for more than 200 MW for PowerWind’s wind turbine installations in its European market un

DONG Energy is acquiring PNE Wind AG's 50% ownership interest in each of the two German offshore wind turbine projects Borkum Riffgrund 1 & 2.

Nordex USA has received an order for 8 N100 wind turbines to be installed at a 20 MW wind farm in Glenmore, Wisconsin outside of Green Bay, USA.

Advanced Composites Group Inc (ACG) has signed a long-term supply agreement with US F1 Team, the only US-based team to take the grid for the 2010 FIA Formu

MetoKote Corporation to Build New Plant in Germany

A new partnership between automotive supplier Magna and the National Research Council Canada (NRC) will see the formation of a Composite Centre of Excellen

Underbody shielding manufactured by Takeo Automotive Systems and made of SymaLITE® from Quadrant Plastics Composites has been specified for the BMW Z4 car.

The Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) predicts 3% growth for the composites industry in Brazil in 2010.

A method for joining composite structures developed by Northrop Grumman for NASA's Composite Crew Module (CCM) demonstrator has passed a series of structur

Chemicals company Celanese Corporation has acquired FACT Future Advanced Composites Technology GmbH (FACT), Germany, a producer of long fibre reinforced th

Gurit has confirmed the closing of the acquisition of Suzhou Red Maple Wind Blade Mould Co Ltd of China.

The Reinforced Plastics team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

LM Glasfiber, the independent manufacturer of wind turbine blades, is entering into a three-year research project supported by the Danish National Advanced

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) is changing name to RenewableUK to reflect the increasing amount of renewable energy the organisation covers.

Most people will be disappointed with the agreement reached between China, India, Brazil, South Africa and the United States at COP15 in Copenhagen last we

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

UK’s Ofgem E-Serve has announced a short list of firms for the first 9 offshore wind farm links projects following the first tender to run transmission con

China is now one of the top two most attractive locations in the world in which to invest in renewable energy projects, according to Ernst & Young's latest

New legislation in the United States will create 253,000 jobs in power generation from renewable energy systems, and could add 469,000 more jobs, according

German wind turbine blade maker SGL Rotec GmbH & Co KG has announced a long-term agreement with BARD Emden Energy GmbH & Co KG for the delivery of blades f

REpower UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of REpower Systems AG, will develop two wind farms totalling 30.75 MW in County Durham in the North East of England u

LM Glasfiber will produce wind turbine blades for Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd’s new 2.5 MW wind turbine.

Robert Bosch GmbH, DEUTZ AG, and Eberspächer GmbH & Co. KG have set up a joint venture in the area of diesel exhaust aftertreatment.

GM has announced that Saab Automobile AB has sold Saab its 9-3 and current 9-5 models, along with powertrain technology and tooling to Beijing Automotive I

Miba, a manufacturer of sintered components for the automotive industry, has recorded decreased sales in its last market report, but suggests that there is

As part of plans to develop its business in Asia, glass fibre reinforcements manufacturer 3B, of Belgium, has appointed Essen International as its non-excl

The International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance) has called for renewable energy to be at the forefront of the post-2012 climate action regime in

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.8% in November after having been unchanged in October. Manufacturing production advanced 1.1%, with broad-bas

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its first flight yesterday at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, USA. Delivery of the first aircraft is scheduled for fourt

The world must invest in renewable energy and other low-carbon energy sources immediately, because every year of delay adds US$500 billion to the cost of p

Metalforming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during the next three months. That’s according to the newly released December 200

The sounds produced by wind turbines are not harmful to human health, concludes an expert panel in its report to the wind energy associations in the United

The CDM executive board rejected 10 proposed Chinese wind energy projects on the grounds of lack of consistency with the CDM additionality criterion at the

The global potential to produce biomass for energy in a sustainable way is sufficient to meet global energy demand, according to a paper by the World Bioen

Siemens Energy says it will establish its UK wind turbine generator R&D competence centre at the University of Sheffield.

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives has called for massive investment in renewable energy and green technologies to address climate change – and to s

Alcan Composites Core Materials is introducing an enhanced version of its AIREX® T90 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam core material which is designed

A survey of residents along the northeastern US coast indicates that 57% of respondents now support a controversial offshore wind farm, up from 44% in the

A ‘fund of funds’ sponsored by the European Commission will invest €12.5 million into a renewable energy fund for Asia.

More exciting details are emerging regarding the conference programming for SUR/FIN 2010, set to take place June 14–17 at Devos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich

The AESF Council, the educational arm of the National Association for Surface Finishing, or NASF, has released is schedule of training courses for 2010.

Governments need to establish regulatory and policy frameworks providing transparency, longevity and certainty to climate change and renewable energy inves

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

Australian Composites Pty Ltd has signed an exclusive supply agreement with Vivian Regina Brasil Ltda to distribute its UV curing prepregs into the transpo

The European Commission has granted €1.5 billion to offshore wind farms and carbon capture & storage (CCS) schemes that will relaunch Europe’s economy and

The Scottish Government has approved a second extension to a wind farm near Glasgow, boosting the capacity of the Whitelee Windfarm to 593 MW.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the sky for the first time on Tuesday, Dec. 15, ushering a new era in air travel as it departed before an estimated crowd

A global survey of 24,071 adults around the world shows majority support for government investments in renewable energy to address climate change.

In his recent column, “Selling, Buying, and Merging Companies During a Recession” (Metal Finishing, Sept. 2009), my esteemed colleague Bert Sherwood outlin

Saudi Arabia is seriously looking into renewable energy, according to Lady Judge, the Chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

The UK New and Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) will build a £15 million facility for testing offshore wind turbine blades of up to 100 m in length.

Composites distributor Infiglass of Peru has been appointed a distributor for composites processing equipment manufacturer Fibermaq of Brazil.

Three manufacturing firms in the US state of Michigan have been awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funds to help them diversify

A waste-to-energy incineration plant in Norway is employing fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composite chimney liners manufactured by Tunetanken AS of Denmar

EOS has developed new metal materials for its OSINT M 270 systems: EOS NickelAlloy IN718 and EOS Aluminium AlSi10Mg.

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen, Germany have made it possible to equip metallic componen

METYX Composites has invested in a MAX 4 multiaxial reinforcement production line produced by LIBA and has also started production of carbon fabric.

Corrosion-resistant composite components are being used in a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) unit recently installed by American Electric Power (AEP

The British government has released its pre-budget report which provides substantial new funding to renewable energy and other low-carbon options.

GE will supply wind turbines worth US$1.4 billion to Caithness Energy for the 845 MW Shepherds Flat wind farm in Oregon, USA.

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) is investing £126.5 million into Clipper Windpower Plc and intends to reach ownership of 49.5% of Clipper.

A low maintenace bridge installed in Reinbek, near Hamburg, combines steel beams with a glass reinforced plastic deck supplied by Fiberline Composites of D

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated US$34.7 million to establish a Carbon Fibre Technology

Owens Corning is doubling its capacity to manufacture glass fibre technical fabrics in Brazil to meet growing demand from the wind energy industry.

The first composite lay-up for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft – a panel for the centre wing box – has been manufactured in Nantes, France.

BMW has selected Hexcel reinforcements for the inner structural layer of the carbon fibre roof of its M-series cars.

Stork Fokker AESP has signed a contract with Airbus for the development and manufacture of the composite outboard flaps for the A350 XWB family of aircraft

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has included two ceramic fibre materials in its Candidate List of 15 substances of very high concern. The list will fo

REpower Systems AG has signed a delivery agreement to provide enXco with 70 REpower MM92 2.05 MW wind turbines for a wind farm project in the West Coast ma

Toho Tenax's carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) has been adopted for the cabin and other components of the Lexus LFA, a new supercar from Toyota.

The number of municipalities which has signed onto the ‘Covenant of Mayors’ for sustainable and renewable energy has surpassed 1000 since its creation in F

Leading Multilateral Development Banks (MDB) have committed to “further support” investment in projects and programmes in renewable energy, energy efficien

Swiss composite materials company Gurit has signed an agreement to acquire Suzhou Red Maple Wind Blade Mould Co Ltd of China, strengthening Gurit’s positio

The new Blade Test Center Gujarat (BTCG) of Indian wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon has successfully completed tests on a new wind turbine rotor blade usin

Westech Aerosol, a speciality industrial adhesives manufacturer, has developed an adhesive specifically for the vacuum infusion process.

When the curtain lifts on SUR/FIN 2010 in Grand Rapids, Mich., June 15–17, attendees looking for the “same old, same old” are going to be a bit disappointe

The National Association for Surface Finishing, or NASF, has announced the members recently selected to the 2010 board of directors.

Metal Finishing, in association with Dubois Chemicals, will present a webinar on Dec. 17, 2009. The one-hour presentation, based on an update on Dubois Che

Automated Process Equipment Corporation, or APEC, has merged with West Michigan Powder Coating to form a new division within APEC. The new division retains

Mankiewicz Coatings LLC, a subsidiary of German-based Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co., announced plans to locate a new $2 million facility in Berkeley County, S.C.

Siemens Energy has installed a prototype of its SWT-3.0-101 DD direct drive 3 MW wind turbine close to the Danish town of Brande.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) will present “key findings” on renewable energy during the climate conference in Copenhagen.

The United States remains the most attractive country overall for renewable energy, but China has moved ahead of Germany to take second spot in the ranking

Pulse Tidal, a tidal power developer based in Sheffield, England, is receiving a €8 million grant from the EU’s technology research and development fund (F

Nine countries including the UK signed up to develop an integrated offshore wind grid in the North and Irish Seas.

Swiss composite materials supplier Gurit has acquired composite engineering and materials company High Modulus of New Zealand, creating a stronger presence

Virgina Galactic today unveiled its SpaceShipTwo commercial spaceship at the Mojave Spaceport in California.

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

Nanocyl is installing a new reactor with a capacity of 400 tonnes/year for producing its NC 7000 carbon nanotubes.

Clipper Windpower Inc is exporting 27 of its 2.5 MW wind turbines to Mexico, backed by a US$80.66 million direct loan from the Export-Import Bank of the Un

Europeans consider climate change to be the second-most serious problem facing the world today, but paying for green / renewable energy or installing solar

Siemens Energy will supply 28 of its SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines to Meridian Energy for the Te Uku wind power project near Hamilton, New Zealand.

The Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm consists of 25 wind turbines with a total output of 90 MW, and is the biggest wind farm in Wales.

Boeing has completed the static test necessary to validate the side-of-body modification made to its 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Carbon fibre supplier Zoltek Companies Inc reports net sales of US$33.8 million for the quarter ended 30 September 2009, a decrease of 33% from the same qu

Gulf Coast governors—including Bob Riley (R-AL), Haley Barbour (R-MS), and Bobby Jindal (R-LA)—recently announced the establishment of The Aerospace Allian

Boeing Co. recently broke ground in North Charleston, S.C., on a second assembly facility for its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner—across the country from its t

Newly released data from the Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC, shows both shipments and bookings for rigid printed circuit boards were

PMI index trends, along with recent GDP movement, provide encouraging signs of an economic rebound.

Plansee plans to expand its range of sputtering targets for all types of metallic functional layers used in LCD displays with the addition of aluminium and

Treating and pressing specialist Bodycote’s has released its latest interim management statement, in which the company says that sales and trends in its se

General Motor’s chief executive officer (CEO) Fritz Henderson has resigned after only eight months in the role, according to reports.

ACCIONA Energy has completed construction of its largest wind farm in the world and the largest facility in Latin America.

Clipper Windpower Plc and its subsidiary Clipper Windpower Development Corporation have sold 28 Liberty 2.5 MW wind turbines totalling 70 MW, and its Maryl

KaZaK Composites Inc, a provider of composite engineering and design, has teamed up with Raytheon IDS and completed the design phase of the composite balli

The world will need to invest US$3.2 trillion if it is to generate 12% of electricity from wind power by 2050, and the International Energy Agency says the

A coalition of 16 associations from around the world has issued a joint statement in Copenhagen, Denmark to underscore how hydrogen technologies can help t

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

Rio Tinto has completed the sale of Alcan Composites, part of the Alcan Engineered Products division, to Schweiter Technologies for US$349 million.

As part of the UK Composites Strategy launched last week, a competition is being launched that will see £5 million awarded to British business to develop i

SGL Group's 50k heavy tow carbon fibre has been approved by Ger­manischer Lloyd Wind Energy GmbH (GL Wind) for the wind energy industry.

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