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Materials news, January 2010

The Powder Coating Institute, or PCI, will hold an advanced two-day hands-on powder coating workshop Feb. 22–23. The event will take place at the headquart

The Process Cleaning Expo (PCx) 2010—the only event in North America dedicated to cleaning in the industrial manufacturing process—will be held in Louisvil

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) is planning a Powder Metallurgy Summer School, which will take place in Madrid, Spain, from Monday 5th J

Hexcel Corporation reports net sales for the fourth quarter of 2009 of US$266.6 million, 7.9% lower than reported for the fourth quarter of 2008. Operating

Parmatech-Proform Corp says that it plans to open a new 25,000 ft2 metal injection moulding (MIM) manufacturing plant in East Providence, Rhode Island, USA

ACCIONA is the first company to register a wind energy facility in the USA under the requirements of the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS).

Harbec Plastics, Inc, based in Ontario, NY, US, has upgraded its direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) machine to run stainless steel, cobalt chrome, maragi

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have designed a simulation technique that could improve the distribution of metal powder in a die.

Polystrand Inc has announced the release of its 'green series' reinforcing tape which uses recycled polyolefin as the matrix.

Energetx Composites and Aeroblade have entered into a licensing agreement to design and produce utility-scale wind turbine blades for the North America mar

The German Federation of Reinforced Plastics, AVK, is inviting entries for its annual innovation awards competition.

Anaglyph has announced the release of version 4.0 of the Laminate Tools software application.

Distributor Composites One has announced that it will introduce a new line of formulated epoxy resin products manufactured by SIKA Corporation into the US

Eastman Machine Company is introducing a dual laser and blade cutting system for use by companies in the composites, aerospace, automotive, and industrial

ENECON Corporation is introducing DuraWrap™, a carbon fibre composite wrap system for use in repairing metal and concrete pipes and tanks.

Huber Engineered Materials engineers will present an educational session on fillers at the Composites 2010 show in Las Vegas next month.

Electric vehicles – plug-in hybrids and battery powered – will comprise nearly 20% of the global market for light vehicles in 2030, according to a study by

Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and 10 industry partners, will host demonstrations of closed mould technology at the Composites 2010 tr

Mould release specialisst Zyvax is bringing its distributors together at a training event to highlight the latest environmentally friendly products, applic

Gurit has granted a non-exclusive license for its patented Sprint technology and products to Hexcel Corporation.

The European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) has published the programme for its 10th World Pultrusion Conference, taking place on 8-9 April 2010

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

The UK government's UK Renewables Service is offering help to composites companies interested in becoming involved in the growing UK offshore wind energy s

Cutting systems manufacturer Eastman Machine Company will exhibit at the Composites 2010 exhibition in Las Vegas on 9-11 February.

The January 2010 Business Conditions Report from the Precision Metalforming Association, or PMA, shows metalforming companies are increasingly optimistic a

SP-High Modulus has announced that it will supply composite materials, engineering and expertise for the boat design selected for the Tour de France à la V

A European project aims to develop a window frame constructed of composite that has twice the insulation efficiency of the best frames currently on the mar

Speaking exclusively to Metal Powder Report, Jonathan Wroe, executive director of the European Metal Powder Association (EPMA) outlined his forecast for th

In December, the Official Journal of the European Union published a notice of initiation of anti-dumping proceedings concerning imports of certain continuo

Britain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will jointly fund £1 million for research into renewable energy policy.

METYX Composites has announced the signing of an agreement making Scott Bader the exclusive distributor of its products in France.

Despite the global economic crisis, optimism remains for the future growth prospects of Eastern and Central Europe reports global engineering group Trelleb

Sandvik has invested in a direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) machine, which, it says, can significantly reduce the time required to cost-effectively devel

Crucible Industries LLC has partnered with Latrobe Specialty Steel Distribution for the sales and marketing of the company’s Crucible Particle Metallurgy (

TPI Composites Inc has announced the successful durability and road testing of its All Composite Military Vehicle (ACMV).

With Grand Rapids, Mich., serving as the backdrop for SUR/FIN 2010, it’s only fitting that the conference programming reflect the major issues facing the d

The integration of 20% from wind energy is technically feasible, but will require significant expansion of the transmission infrastructure and system opera

Composite resin manufacturer Scott Bader has joined a UK sustainable resources project group which aims to identify new ways of manufacturing chemicals fro

The world’s first conference dedicated to carbon fibre recycling was held in November in Hamburg, Germany.

The board of directors of Nordson Corporation recently named Michael F. Hilton president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 16, 2010. Hilton, who

REpower Systems AG will supply 20 REpower MM92 wind turbines to National Wind LLC, a large-scale community wind project developer, for the first phase of t

RES has acquired a portfolio of wind power projects in South Africa totalling almost 300 MW.

Wind energy could supply 12% of the world’s power by the middle of this century, up from the current 2%, according to a 'Wind Energy Roadmap' to be publish

Boeing has completed initial airworthiness testing on its 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This will allow more aircraft to join the flight test programme.

The European offshore wind power market grew 54% in 2009 according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

The embedded smart sensor systems will allow operators of offshore wind farms to check ‘the health’ of the wind turbines, while the operator is sitting ons

From city cars, to supercars and alternative energy vehicles, car makers are finding more applications for carbon fibre composite.

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

A long spell of unseasonably cold weather pushed industrial production up 0.6% in December. This is slightly off from November, when industrial production

TenCate says it has been granted significant orders for anti-ballistic composite materials.

MVP has designed an automated vertical winding system to speed up production time for Delta Environmental Products.

Lower backlogs for aircraft parts, as well as uncertainty surrounding aerospace and defense budgets, shouldn't keeping aviation sector from flying high in

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has appointed Navimo as a new distributor for the UK marine retail market.

Sika Deutschland GmbH is introducing a new composite resin system for the aviation market which has been been approved by the German Air Ministry for use i

Canadian boat builder Campion Marine Inc has decided to manufacture all of its new boats with Envirez® bio-derived resin from Ashland Performance Materials

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and BASF SE have founded a joint laboratory for the production of nanomaterials in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Demand for nickel is set to rise again over the next few years after a recent fall in prices, says a report from UK-based Roskill Information Services.

Arnold Magnetic Technologies Corporation has reported the sale of its powder core business unit located in Shenzhen, China to Micrometals, Inc of Anaheim,

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

Natural Power has launched a new product in its suite of wind farm monitoring and management tools: ForeSite.

The Process Cleaning Expo (PCx) 2010—the only event in North America dedicated to cleaning in the industrial manufacturing process—will be held in Louisvil

The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, as part of its efforts to enhance chemicals management under the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, has relea

When are 85,000 job losses during a given month considered an “improvement?” When the comparative year-ago losses exceeded that number several times over.

ITW Plexus reports it has developed long working time, fast-curing, 1:1 methacrylate structural adhesives which provide improved bonding in wind turbine bl

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) has called on the UK government to ensure that UK manufacturing benefits from the recently announced Round 3 off

Waterjet machine manufacturer Flow International Corporation has received approximately US$11 million of orders for Composite Machining Center abrasive wat

Vestas will deliver 40 of its V90 2 MW wind turbines to Nordwind Handels GmbH & Co KG for the eastern part of Germany.

The Danish Council for Strategic Research’s Programme Commission on Energy and Environment has granted funding of DKK38 million for the establishment of th

AOC LLC has announced a price increase for Mexico, Latin American and the Caribbean for all resins and gel-coats.

Risø DTU has completed a successful test on a wind turbine with a laser-based anemometer built into the spinner in order to increase electricity generation

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PPG Industries has announced the certification of its HYBON glass fibre roving products for wind turbine blades by Germanischer Lloyd (GL), an internationa

AOC LLC has announced price increases for resins shipped from its European and Asia plants.

A study commissioned by the Scottish Government highlights Scotland's location, natural resources, research and manufacturing bases as key advantages for d

The marine energy industry is at a relatively early stage of development and maturity when compared to other renewable energy technologies, but the US Depa

A wind farm in the Caribbean island of Dominica is one of the first three projects to receive US funding under the ‘Energy & Climate Partnership of the Ame

Scott Bader is increasing the prices from its European production sites of all Crystic® unsaturated polyester, DCPD and vinyl ester resins, plus all gel-co

Reichhold has announced a 150 Euro/tonne price increase on all of its composite products sold in Europe.

The Forewind consortium will develop the largest zone in Round 3 for UK offshore wind farms, Dogger Bank.

The SMart Wind consortium, led by Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures (SPV), a division company of Siemens Financial Services, will dev

Two consortia, of which Scottish and Southern Energy Plc (SSE) is a partner, have been awarded development partner status by The Crown Estate in Round 3 of

RWE npower renewables has been awarded the Bristol Channel Zone, off the South Wales and North Devon coasts, UK, under The Crown Estate’s Round 3 offshore

VISTAGY Inc, developer of the FiberSIM composites engineering software, has announced a partnership with the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR

EDP Renováveis (EDPR) and SeaEnergy Plc have been awarded the right to develop offshore wind farms in the Moray Firth, Scotland, with an approximate instal

Composite materials developer Gurit is temporarily reducing the work force of its structural foam plant in Magog, Canada, by 125 people.

The UK's Crown Estate has announced the successful bidders for the exclusive Round 3 "Zone Development Agreements", which will take the development of up

Ford Motor Co., Honda, Toyota, Volkswagon, BMW, Hyundai, and Kia were among the major automotive manufacturers reporting December sales growth. Increases r

Russian shipbuilder SNSP has purchased Vistagy Inc's FiberSIM® composites engineering software to design and manufacture composite hulls, hull spars and su

The siging of a political declaration in early December last year will see the countries cooperate on the development of a North Sea supergrid joining up c

Diran Apelian, director of the Metal Processing Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, USA, has received the 2010 Robert Earll McConn

According to a new statement Michael E. Lutheran newly elected president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), the PM industry faces a slow rec

New 2010 editions of Standard Test Methods for Metal Powders and Powder Metallurgy Products, and Standard 35, Materials Standards for PM Self-Lubricating B

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC)'s wholly-owned AMSC Windtec subsidiary has signed a follow-on contract with China's Dongfang Turbine Co. Ltd. to

AOC has announced a price increase for the USA and Canada for all resins and gel-coats.

As manufacturing goes, so goes metal finishing—that’s a given. What remains somewhat of a mystery, though, is forecasting the precise point in 2010 when we

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

The Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC, recently announced that rigid PCB shipments declined 11.3% and bookings were down 4.1% in Novembe

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have launched an initiative to help regional authorities invest in renewable energy and ener

Forecasting company IHS Global Insight has issued its top 10 economic predictions for 2010.

METYX Composites of Turkey has strengthened its expertise in the resin transfer moulding (RTM) sector with the addition of two new production lines.

Canadian storage tank manufacturer ZCL Composites Inc has acquired Dualam Plastics Inc of Montreal, Quebec, a specialist in composite products for use in c

Dörken Corporation USA, an operating unit of Dörken MKS-Systeme, Herdecke, Germany and a global leader in the manufacture of corrosion protection coating s

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says the projects represent 70,000 MW of capacity that will help the state meet its 2020 goal of one-third of power from ren

Columbia Chemical is now offering COLTEC testing solutions for salt spray cabinets. New equipment including a state-of-the-art water deionization plant has

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website during 2009.

The United Kingdom generated 5.5 TWh of electricity from renewable energy in the third quarter (Q3) of 2009, an increase of 25% compared with Q3 2008.

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

American Finishing Resources, LLC, or AFR, recently announced its Chilton Coatings Removal and Tooling Fabrication operations have become registered to the

Vestas will provide 48 of its V90 2.0 MW wind turbines to the German company Prokon, for different locations in Poland.

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