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Materials news, February 2010

Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, recently became the Canadian distributor for Dipsol America, headquartered in Livonia, Mich. The agreement

NASF Names Christian Richter Executive Vice President

Christian Richter, founder and CEO of The Policy Group, was recently named executive vice president of the National Association for Surface Finishing, or N

The New Zealand-based Technical Services laboratory of SP-High Modulus has achieved accreditation by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) for mec

Gamesa reports an overall fall in results for 2009 as a difficult market slowed down wind developments.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) announced its Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) at the COMPOSITES 2010 show in Las Vegas on 1

Sika Deutschland GmbH's Biresin CR83 epoxy resin has been approved by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for use in wind turbine, marine and industrial applications.

Marine Current Turbines (MCT) says Siemens Energy has acquired a minority stake in its tidal current energy turbine, to help deploy Britain’s first commerc

The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has been awarded US$270 000 in Ohio Third Frontier funds for research to design and test structures and

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe intends to invest up to £100 million in an offshore wind turbine project in the UK under a Memorandum of Understanding with

Russell Finex is supplying its range of separators to Atomising Systems Ltd as part of an atomising system for a major tin producer and exporter in China.

Composites distributor Terpol OY has signed a distributor agreement to supply Scott Bader's range of Crystic® products throughout Finland.

Kaman Helicopters will license FiberSIM® composites engineering software from Vistagy Inc and use it to streamline the design-to-manufacturing process for

PPG Industries’ Fiber Glass business has restarted a furnace at its facility in Lexington, North Carolina, USA. It will support increased demand, particula

Siemens has installed its 1000th wind turbine in the UK at the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm off the coast of Essex.

Alpha Sintered Metals Inc, based in Ridgway, USA, has bought Maxtech Manufacturing Inc, based in Quebec, Canada.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association has announced its ‘Awards for Excellence in Powder Metallurgy’ competition for 2010, which this year will be spo

Hexion Specialty Chemicals will increase prices in North America for its unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins.

A coalition of environmental groups says Canada could create at least 8000 jobs by if the Federal Government renews incentives for renewable energy.

Cook Composites and Polymers (CCP) celebrated its 20 year anniversary as a company on 9 February 2010.

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has opened the third call for capital grant funding for offshore wind component and technology develo

In a contract which could be worth more than US$100 million, GKN Aerospace has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace to design and manufacture the composit

Renewable energy could produce 100% of the electricity needed in Australia within 10 years, using technologies that are available now.

Owens Corning reports consolidated net sales of US$4.8 billion in 2009, compared with $5.8 billion in 2008. The lower sales were a result of weakness in th

The market for FRP pipes and tanks in India is expected to exhibit a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.8% for the period 2010-15, according to a rep

Cook Composites and Polymers (CCP) is increasing prices for all gel-coats, unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins, as well as all cleaner mate

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.9% in January, with increases logged across several major sectors. .

AOC LLC is increasing prices of all polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gel-coats and colorants for shipments to and within Mexico, Central America, Sout

Reichhold Inc has announced a price increase for all unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins sold in North America for the composites industry.

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

Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM) has announced an agreement to supply advanced resin systems for the Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats 2010 line of high per

The capital cost to install a 20 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility by 2015 will be US$7981/kW, according to a report from the Electric Power Research Ins

The West Michigan Chapter of CCAI, the Chemical Coaters Association International, plans to conduct a session at SUR/FIN 2010 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Lewcott Corporation is introducing new prepregs and adhesives for aircraft, marine and other interior applications.

Columbia Chemical Corp., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of zinc and zinc-alloy plating additives, is pleased to announce ISO registration renewal

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, is exhibiting at New Zealand’s largest boating exhibition on 11-14 March.

Douglas Kielbasa has been named Technical Service Engineer, Performance Coatings, for the U.S. Central Region by Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electr

Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM) has unveiled the Piranha unmanned surface vessel (USV), a lightweight composite boat built using ZPM's Arovex™ nanotube-r

AOC LLC is increasing prices of its polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gel-coats and colorants.

Wind turbines on the continental USA could generate 37 PWh a year, according to a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Controllable rubber trailing edge flaps for wind turbines have shown promising results in wind tunnel tests, says the Wind Energy Division at Risø DTU, Den

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the prices of its unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gel-coats, pigments and additives sold in N

Clipper Windpower Marine Ltd, a Clipper Windpower Inc subsidiary, has started the groundbreaking of its offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing facility

The Belgian materials group, Umicore, said its performance in the second half of 2009 improved substantially from the low levels seen in the first part of

Hamburg-based metal powder supplier, K-mat GmbH, has opened a dedicated UK office in North Yorkshire.

Ford and General Motors, both heavy users of PM parts in both engines and transmissions, began the year well with double digit sales gains in January as th

The Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic have commissioned three new wind turbines that will supply 40% of the settlement’s electricity.

In today’s infrastructure market, four bridge applications continue to make strong use of fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composites despite the cost premiu

US home toolmaker Black & Decker Corp, an early adopter of powder metal technology, announced fourth quarter earnings of $33.9 million, down from $43.7 mil

Alaglas Swimming Pools is using new EcoTek™ resin from AOC to produce more environmentally friendly products.

Arkema Inc has introduced Luperox® IS 300, an organic peroxide initiator designed to speed up the infusion of large composite parts.

China is accelerating renewal of its steel making capacity at higher than planned rates.

Vale Inco says it is to restart production at its Voisey’s Bay, Labrador nickel mine and associated processing facility located in Newfoundland despite an

High-performance magnet producers in the US are calling on the government to unite federal agencies in tackling a perceived looming rare earth metals “supp

Ashland Performance Materials has added a corrosion-resistant product to its Envirez® range of unsaturated polyester resins containing renewable materials.

Federal agencies in the USA will provide funding over five years to develop new technologies in building energy efficiency.

The EU will meet its 2020 20% renewable energy target, even slightly exceed it, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Syrgis Performance Initiators Inc has started construction on a new laboratory facility designed to support its global organic peroxides business.

General Motors is to build its own electric motors for hybrid and electric vehicles.

REpower Systems AG and Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc (RES Canada) have completed the construction of a test wind farm in the Gaspé region, Canada.

HK Electric proposes a 100 MW offshore wind farm in Southwest Lamma Channel, Hong Kong.

According to the newly released February 2010 Precision Metalforming Association Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect conditions to re

Enova is granting NOK137 million to Sway AS to erect a 10 MW prototype offshore wind turbine in Hordaland, Norway.

Vestas will deliver 33 of its V90-3.0 MW wind turbines to Granite Reliable Power Windpark in New Hampshire, USA.

PLANSEE High Performance Materials has installed a new PVD coatings facility that will allow it to develop and analyze sputtering targets in-house.

US pultruder Strongwell Corporation has introduced its GRIDFORM™ Design Guide. This aims to show bridge engineers that the GRIDFORM composite grating syste

The unemployment rate fell from 10 to 9.7 % in January, as nonfarm payroll employment—down 20,000—remained unchanged from the previous month. This accordi

Wave and tidal could receive £12 million from the UK Technology Strategy Board in 2010 to develop “the wave and tidal technologies of the future.”

Dynamet Technology, Inc, based in Burlington, USA has been awarded a Phase IIB grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to further develop its t

Gamesa has set up an Indian subsidiary, Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt Ltd, near Chennai, India, to produce the Gamesa G58-850 kW Wind Turbine.

Hart Metals Inc, based in Tamaqua, Pa, USA, has received US$1.6 million from the US Department of Defense (DOD) to develop new atomised high-performance ma

Turkey must exploit its huge wind energy resources if it wants to meet its increasing power demand.

Wind turbine blades are currently based on thermoset resin technology, but could thermoplastics offer a better option? Dutch researchers are looking for th

Sales of cars and light trucks in the United States rose 6% in January, year over year. By comparison, January 2009 U.S. auto sales hit a 26-year low.

Five associations in the United States have banded together to urge Congress to enact key policies which will continue accelerated growth across the renewa

Vestas profit after tax for 2009 rose 13.3% to €579 million from 2008.

In its year end report, Höganäs reported a good fourth quarter and revealed its plans to invest in R&D.

Schlenk Metallpulver GmbH & Co. KG has changed its name and legal form to Schlenk Metallic Pigments GmbH.

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) has announced the introduction of two additions to it range of bismaleimide (BMI) matrix systems. The new products are

The AESF Foundation, the educational arm of the National Association for Surface Finishing, is offering finishers customized courses for their employees.

China’s investment in wind energy last year kept the world’s overall investment in clean energy to 6.5% below the 2008 record, despite the worst recession

juwi has started construction of its first US wind farm in Richardson County, Nebraska, USA.

Imperium Inc is introducing the Acoustocam i600, a smaller, lighter version of the handheld portable ultrasound imaging camera currently used by companies

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber’s international service unit has joined the Global Wind Alliance.

Sensor Products Inc says the use of its Pressurex® pressure indicating sensor film helps optimise the setup of ultrasonic welders, resulting in welds of g

The Innovative Fluid Handling Group, or IFH, has purchased Phrophetstown, Ill.-based Williams Powder Coating and in the process created a new division call

Fourth-quarter results from several leading paint suppliers and chemical manufacturers reflect impact of rising demand and cost reductions.

Indian Energy Ltd says the first three wind turbines at its Theni Project have been commissioned and are now fully operational and grid connected.

Wind power represented the largest share of new electricity generating technology installed in the European Union in 2009.

Royal Ten Cate has agreed to acquire armour company AML UK Ltd. This acquisition will provide TenCate with access to the UK market for lightweight composit

Metalforming companies are increasingly optimistic about business conditions as the new year kicks off. That’s according to the newly released report from

President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve 3.4% increase in the Pentagon's base budget to $549 billion, plus $159 billion to fund U.S. military m

Gibson/Jushi will present information on their Environmental Stewardship programme during the Composites 2010 trade show in Las Vegas next week.

Siemens is to invest over €250 million in India by 2012, with a major part of this going to renewable energy.

Bayer MaterialScience has opened a pilot facility for the manufacture of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at CHEMPARK Leverkusen, Germany.

Cytec Industries' Engineered Materials division has won contracts to supply carbon fibre composite materials for Bombardier Aerospace’s new CSeries and Lea

The capacity of wind energy increased by 31% last year, adding 37.5 GW of wind turbines with an investment of US$63 billion.

Boeing has moved the 787 Dreamliner fatigue test airframe to the structural test rig at its Everett, Washington, USA, site.

Cincinnati Inc, a manufacturer of compacting presses, laser cutting systems, press brakes, and shears based in Ohio, says that it is investing 10% of its 2

Crucible Industries LLC, based in Syracuse, NY, has partnered with Pennsylvania-based Latrobe Specialty Steel Distribution for the sales and marketing of C

The London Metal Exchange (LME) has listed its first molybdenum brands for delivery following the plans for new contracts to trade the metal.

Gurit reports full-year 2009 target market sales of CHF307.3 million, 22.1% down on 2008, after a stable fourth quarter.

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) welcomes European regional energy initiatives, but says the aim is a European single market by 2015.

The demand for bigger wind turbines, powered by longer rotor blades, has placed many challenges on the blade manufacturers and their suppliers. What develo

Distributor Resintex Technology will be highlighting the range of composites marine products available from Scott Bader and SP-High Modulus during the SEAT

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

Cray Valley has announced a price increase on unsaturated polyester resins for composites applications.

The proposed US$12.2 billion budget for the Department of the Interior (DoI) in FY2011 includes an increase of US$14.2 million over last year for renewable

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

The National Association for Surface Finishing, or NASF, in cooperation with the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich., recently kicked off the 11

DSM Composite Resins has announced a price increase for its entire range of unsaturated polyester resins and gel-coat products.

Chinese glass fibre producer Jushi Group Co Ltd has established a sales and marketing office in Singapore.

REpower Systems AG will deliver 48 offshore wind turbines totalling 295 MW to RWE Innogy for Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm.

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) calls on the UK Government to consider a raft of immediate measures to deliver the UK’s 2020 renewable energy ta

AOC is launching its EcoTek 'green' resin technology for composites at the Composites 2010 tradeshow in Las Vegas next week.

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