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Materials news, March 2010

Inkjet printable copper ink

Intrinsiq Materials, formerly Qinetiq Nanomaterials, has developed Intrinsiq CI, a stable, cost effective 12wt% copper ink formulation designed for photoni

Union Process, Inc has redesigned its 110cc mini tank for its laboratory attritors, high energy mills for mechanically alloying metal powder particles. The

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has created “Powder Metallurgy: The Preferred Metal-Forming Solution”, a new video showcasing the fabrication

Software provider VISTAGY Inc has announced a strategic partnership with NS Solutions, a Japanese information technology specialist, to expand the use of i

General Motors recently recognized its top suppliers during a special ceremony at the GM Design Dome in Warren, Mich. Seventy-six companies representing 16

The global wind industry posted another record year in 2009, as cumulative installed wind power capacity grew to 158,000 MW.

Two German companies have received € 860.000 in funding from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany's federal state of North Rhine-Westphal

Boeing has completed the ultimate-load wing up-bending test on the 787 Dreamliner static test unit.

The RCF Group is planning to launch a new company called Green Carbon Fibre Ltd which will supply a range of 100% recycled carbon fibre products for use in

A US think tank says creating ‘competitive renewable energy zones’ would be a solution to raise the private investment that is needed to update transmissio

Siemens will invest £80 million to develop an offshore wind turbine production facility in the UK.

Rigid PCB shipments were up 9.4%while bookings increased 36.4% in February 2010 from February 2009. That’s according to the North American Printed Circuit

The ASTM has approved a new standard addressing the tension testing of composite materials externally bonded to concrete and other structural materials for

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

Scott Bader is increasing the prices of all Crystic® unsaturated polyester, DCPD and vinyl ester resins, as well as all gel-coats, pigments, bonding pastes

A desalination plant in Barcelona has installed composite pipes and fittings manufactured by Spanish company Protesa using DSM Composite Resins’ Atlac® vin

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would not require power plants or other industrial sites to obtain federal pollution permits for emitting

Reichhold has announced the re-launch of its website in a new, more user friendly design, with improved functionality and more information to assist the us

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) predict that a new facility will support €1 billion of renewable energy and energy efficienc

China has moved steadily to prevent foreign participation in its renewable energy market, which will have a negative impact on the renewable energy industr

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved US$279 million over five years for renewable energy projects, part of the state’s Renewable Portf

Atotech, a global metal finishing chemical supplier and industry leader in green paint shop technologies, has gained QUALICOAT approval for two aluminum pa

Small business in the United States received 23% of the federal funding for renewable energy support, more than any other sector.

New York governor David Paterson has awarded US$24 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to 206 renewable energy and energy effici

Wales has the potential to generate twice its electricity demand from renewable energy sources within 15 years, according to environment minister Jane Davi

A new epoxy resin system for filament winding has been developed by Sika Deutschland.

Indian tribes in the US can combat climate change by creating jobs through the development of renewable energy facilities, says a report from the National

At the WindPower 2010 exhibition in May, WebCore Technologies LLC will be showing its TYCOR® W core material, which is designed to reduce total cost and we

The nation's car makers are facing a twin-turbo-sized challenge: consistently improving quality and standards on the shop floor while battling misperceptio

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and 3M have signed agreements on renewable energy research.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DoE) have outlined a series of steps to further strengthen the ENERGY STAR energ

GE will invest €110 million to develop offshore wind turbine manufacturing facilities in the UK.

The nine-month strike at Vale Inco’s Sudbury, Ontario, mining and refining operation is creating significant disruptions in the PM industry, according to M

The dates and location of next year’s Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) conference and exhibition, PowderMet2011, have been shifted west and forwar

A fast response, coloured gel-coat mixing and delivery service for the Spanish composites market has recently been set up by Grupo Plastiform in Madrid.

Sandvik subsidiary Walter AG has announced a machining-software combination that could make life easier for manufacturers of medical implants.

Atomising Systems Ltd (ASL), based in Sheffield, UK, has appointed Simon Dunkley as managing director, taking over from his father, John Dunkley.

BROETJE Automation GmbH is introducing an automated handling system for fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composites.

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) says its HTM®143 cyanate ester and MTM®44-1 epoxy resin systems are suitable for use in satellite and other space appli

Triumph Group Inc has signed an agreement to purchase Vought Aircraft Industries Inc from private equity firm The Carlyle Group.

Renewable energy consultancy Garrad Hassan has updated its wind farm design software, GH WindFarmer 4.1.

The European Union must engage all levels of society to support renewable energy, if it is to meet its commitment of 20% from renewable energy by 2020.

Boeing Corporation recently prepared a new GOL Airlines 737-800 for Boeing’s first-ever application of a chrome-free primer to a single-aisle airplane boun

Scotland could create 60,000 green jobs by 2020 in low-carbon and renewable energy industries, according to the Scottish Government.

Balsa wood plantation Plantaciones de Balsa, Plantabal S.A., Ecuador, part of Alcan Composites Core Materials, has earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineers (SAMPE) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will combine their autumn compos

A newly released Federal Reserve report showed industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, following a gain of 0.9 % in January.

Competitive athletes looking for every possible reduction in weight can now invest in swimming goggles featuring frames made from carbon fibre reinforced

Two recently released reports from the Department of Defense and the U.S. Commerce Department emphasize the government’s growing awareness of the importanc

For the second successive year, UK composite marine engineers Tods Defence have received the ‘Suppliers Excellence Award’ from Raytheon Integrated Defence

Lightweight materials such as composites are vital to the success of electric and hybrid vehicles to offset the added weight of their batteries.

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

The 2010 NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair, “Re-Shoring to Bring U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Back Home,” is set for May 12, 2010, at the Hyatt Re

Highly reinforced polyamide (PA) has been chosen over steel, aluminium and glass mat reinforced thermoplastic (GMT) to manufacture the spare wheel recess o

The UK New and Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has opened its 27 m tall wind turbine training tower at its facilities in Blyth, Northumberland.

Australian advanced materials company Quickstep Holdings Ltd has signed a Manufacturing License Agreement (MLA) with global security company Northrop Grumm

A California-based wind energy developer has acquired a 283 MW wildlife-friendly wind farm along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in southern Texas.

Strongwell’s pultruded glass reinforced plastic (GRP) EXTREN® structural shapes have been used to replace wooden screening structures at The Vintage Club,

A mapping service allowing visual comparison of renewable energy statistics in Europe is now available from the specialist search engine for renewable ener

Dates have been announced for the ceramics and powder metallurgy show Ceramitec, to be staged in Munich

ACuPowder International LLC, based in Union, New Jersey, USA, has resumed production at its water-atomized copper-powder plant in Greenback, Tennessee, sa

Phoenix Scientific Industries (PSI) has introduced a laboratory-scale melt spinner to address growing global research into rapidly solidified nanocrystalli

Half of the US companies which currently do not support renewable energy are considering options to generate or buy renewable energy, or at least to purcha

Toshiba corporation has eneded production of generaluse tungsten filament incandescent bulbs. Toshiba was the first to manufacture them in Japan 120 years

The solution to energy and climate change challenges lies in developing low-carbon sources of renewable energy, rather than reducing energy use, according

Borealis’ Nepol™ GB215HP, a long glass fibre reinforced polypropylene, has enabled BMW to develop a 20% lighter dashboard carrier for its 7 Series cars.

Molded Fiber Glass Tray Company, based in Linesville, USA, has introduced a new line of high-strength glass-reinforced thermoplastic trays designed for the

Melling has announced the purchase of Rush Metals, based in Billings, Oklahoma, USA a subsidiary of Cloyes Gear and Products, Inc.

Bearings and sintering specialist Bowman International has acquired most of the assets of the sintering division of MPC Industrial Solutions, which went in

As part of a project partially funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE), Bayer MaterialScience LLC is researching the potential use of polyurethane comp

Firehole Technologies has launched Version 4.0 of its Helius:CompositePro™ software.

A bipartisan group of state governors want President Obama and Congress to adopt a set of recommendations that will develop wind energy across the United S

Growth in the three renewable energy sectors last year was 11.4% over 2008, and their US$139 billion in aggregate revenue will reach US$326bn by 2019.

The newly released March PMA report shows metalformers expect conditions to remain virtually unchanged from the previous month.

Wind energy employed 550,000 people at the end of last year and will employ 670,000 by the end of 2010, predicts the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).

AAR Corporation has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, to design and manufacture composite flap track fairings for the wings of Bombardier's n

The Cleveland Coatings Society has set the program agenda for the 2010 ‘Sink or Swim Symposium,’ slated for May 18–19 at the University of Akron in Ohio.

Marine energy such as wave and tidal could provide up to 16,000 jobs in the UK, according to the UK Government’s new Marine Energy Action Plan.

Imperium Inc's Acoustocam i600 handheld ultrasound camera will be tested by Bell Helicopter in a project to develop non-destructive inspection (NDI) techni

Construction work on the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, UK, began on 9 March.

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

Pangborn Corporation, designer and manufacturer of surface preparation products, has named Ontario-based Always Dependable Service an authorized distributo

Composites testing company Bcomtesting has expanded its capabilities and services.

Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, recently named Robert Smith Eastern Canada regional manager. In this role, Smith will be responsible for m

The European Union will surpass its target to consume 20% of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2020, according to national forecasts submitted by

Seifert and Skinner & Associates Inc (SS&A) has announced the addition of Kristof Weckx to their roster of associates.

Sherwin-Williams has signed an agreement with Spraylat Corporation of Pelham, N.Y., to become the exclusive North American distributor of Spraylat EMI/RFI

Testing services company Exova's laboratory in Anaheim, California, has acheived Nadcap accreditation.

The US wind industry, through the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), has called on Congress to pass a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) t

Magnum Venus Plastech (MVP) has conducted its three-day Light RTM (LRTM) training course in India.

American Trim, a Lima, Ohio-based company specializing in the forming, decorating, and coating of metal and composite substrates, recently received $994,00

The California Energy Commission (CEC) says its US$90 million ‘Clean Energy Manufacturing Program’ will strengthen the state’s leadership in clean and rene

Talks aimed at ending the bitter eight-month strike at Vale Inco’s Sudbury, Ontario, nickel production facility broke down last weekend.

GKN has reported a positive outlook for its PM businesses, due in part to group restructuring. “GKN has made significant progress in realigning its operati

Diran Apelian, director of Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Metal processing Institute and Howmet professor of mechanical engineering at WPI has bee

As part of the development of its aerospace business, GKN has opened a new £14.8 million aerospace facility on the Isle of Wight, UK, to research environme

Northrop Grumman Corporation is teaching Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc (TAI)'s engineers how to build the complex composite structures used in the F-35

The Government of Australia has released its first national Energy Resource Assessment, concluding that wind energy and other renewable energy sources are

Proposed US legislation on energy efficiency would create more than half-a-million jobs within two years, according to the American Council for an Energy-E

Carbon fibre supplier Zoltek has been named 2009 Supplier of the Year by Vestas Blades AS, the blade manufacturing division of wind turbine maker Vestas Wi

PM auto parts producer Federal-Mogul Corporation has reported strong profitability in Q4 2009, with higher gross margin, improved net income of $43 million

SB Specialty Metals LLC, a new PM player, has struck a supply deal with Carpenter Powder Products after buying the assets of Crucible Service Centers from

New company Seifert and Skinner & Associates Inc will specialise in filament winding, software for composites, composite processes and product design, and

A study in North Carolina suggests that solar and wind energy could supply 94% of the electricity needs in the state.

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has offered a conditional commitment on a US$117 million loan guarantee to finance construction of a 30 MW wind energy pr

Reichhold has announced a price increase for all products for the European composites industry.

Catamaran Cruisers has started using AOC’s new Eco-Tek™ styrene-free resin in the production of its houseboats.

The latest report on U.S. automotive sales showed the majority of manufacturers—including Ford, GM, Nissan, Hyundai, and Honda—experienced increases in Feb

Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has purchased three machines from MAG Industrial Automation Systems to support production of its MS-21 series co

GKN Aerospace's new £14.8 million facility forms part of the Environmental Lightweight Fan (ELF) programme, which aims to prove high-rate production proces

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

A newly released U.S. Department of Labor report showed the economy lost 36,000 last month, holding the national unemployment rate at 9.7%.

The U.S. surface finishing industry has lost a dear friend and a staunch advocate, with the recent passing of Si Gary, former owner and president of Scient

RenewableUK (formerly BWEA) says 2 GW of wave and tidal could be installed in the UK by 2020, but that further Government investment is needed.

Simulation software supplier ESI Group has initiated the INFUCOMP European Research Consortium, in which 14 partners will aim to simulate liquid composites

Toho Tenax Co Ltd says it has developed a carbon fibre fabric that is less than half the weight of currently available lightweight carbon fibre fabrics. Th

American Plating Power, a leading manufacturer of rectifiers and power supplies for the electro-chemical industry, has announced the recent launch of a new

Ecka Granules in Germany has appointed EA Metal Powders, based Columbia, South Carolina, USA, as its exclusive sales agent in North America for copper and

HC Starck has sold its AMPERKAT business to Evonik Degussa GmbH, based in Essen, Germany.

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed an aluminium steel foam using a combination of powder and cast metal that has a similar elast

Materials testing, analysis and consultancy firm Ceram has appointed Dr Paul Myers as principal consultant for refractories.

As the result of a contract with new Chinese customer Envision, LM Glasfiber is establishing its fourth wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in China.

Airliner Oman Air has awarded a US$2.6 million contract to Spatial Composite Solutions, the Dubai-based manufacturer of crew training equipment, for two ne

The fifth COMPOSITES EUROPE exhibition will return to Essen in 2010 where it will be held alongside the ALUMINIUM World Fair on 14-16 September. The combin

Iberdrola Renovables will base an offshore wind division in Glasgow, Scotland, to promote wind energy projects that will amount to 10 GW of capacity.

According to researchers at Ashland Performance Materials, epoxy vinyl ester resins can improve the economics and speed of wind turbine blade manufacture c

The award winning Lotus Evora provides the basis of the carbon design concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The car features a carbon fibre,

The UK Government has announced a new strategy to make UK homes more energy efficient and increase use of renewable energy.

TenCate Advanced Armor USA has won vehicle and personal protection armour contracts amounting to approximately US$25 million, with a contract option that c

Computers and electronic products were among the top-performing categories in January, according to a recently released market sector report from the Insti

The state of Massachusetts has launched a new financing plan that will support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at state buildings, saving m

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

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the prices of its complete portfolio of resins and gel-coats produced and sold in Europe, the Middle East and A

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