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Materials news, April 2010

Japanese carbon fibre producer Toray Industries Inc and German car maker Daimler AG have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to develop automotive p

Wind energy installations slow in Q1

The US wind industry installed 539 MW in the first quarter of 2010, the lowest first quarter figure since 2007.

New renewable energy projects in the first quarter of 2010 increased 250% in terms of value to US$224 billion compared to Q1 2009, according to the EIC’s q

SAERTEX has received Germanischer Lloyd (GL) approval for its SAERfix® EP self-adhesive fabrics, confirming their suitability for composite applications in

GM to allocate funds toward the production of cleaner, more fuel-efficient engines.

Hexcel Corporation reports net sales for the first quarter of 2010 of US$263.0 million, 14.4% down on the first quarter of 2009.

Indian Energy Ltd has closed project finance with State Bank of India for its 16.5 MW wind farm at Theni in Tamil Nadu, India.

Belgian advanced materials group Umicore has posted a 17% increase in revenues in its Q1 results.

The Helios Foundation for Sustainable Development, a not-for-profit venture to improve access to affordable and sustainable energy for low-income communiti

Vestas has entered agreements with EDP Renováveis and four Chinese power producers for the delivery of up to 2298 MW of wind turbines.

The US Department of the Interior (DoI) has approved the first US offshore wind farm – the Cape Wind project – off the coast of Massachusetts.

Ashland Performance Materials has taken full control of its Brazilian joint venture company.

Both rigid printed circuit board shipments and bookings up by double digits, IPC survey shows.

The state of U.S. manufacturing took center stage at the recent 2010 Washington Forum.

The UK offshore wind industry has reached 1 GW of installed capacity as two offshore wind farms off the coast of Britain began generating electricity: Robi

Powder metal specialist Kato Yoshiyuki, has retired from his role as director of Epson Atmix Corporation to establish a consultancy office in Yokahama, Jap

Aircraft landing gear systems specialist Messier-Dowty Canada has developed a new non-hazardous metal coating method which could eliminate the use of envir

Miba AG, based in Austria, has completed its purchase of Teer Coatings Ltd, a supplier of polymer coatings, electroplated overlays, and PVD coatings based

Sandvik Coromant and Precorp Inc have reached a co-operation agreement with the aim of being a joint solution provider for composite machining.

Vestas saw a €82 million loss after tax in the first quarter (Q1) of 2010 compared to a profit of €56m in Q1 2009.

Boeing has begun a series of extreme weather tests on its 787 Dreamliner aircraft in Florida.

Syrgis Performance Initiators has announced a global price increase for its Norox®, Superox® and Andonox® ketone peroxide products sold to the composites m

Visitors from 15 European countries attend special Atotech event.

Small wind power in China could reach 3-10 GW of installed capacity in 2010 if a set of measures laid out by a small wind roadmap for China.

From 1 May, Scott Bader will become the exclusive distributor of METYX Composites products in the UK and Ireland.

Skykon A/S has acquired facilities of 100,000 m2 at the former Lindoe shipyard in Denmark for the development offshore wind products for projects in the No

EconCore is producing honeycomb cores and sandwich panels made from bio-based plastics.

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

Eastern Petrochemical Company (EPETCO) has signed a loan contract for 200 million Saudi riyals (US$54 million) from the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (

Wind power could reduce electricity prices according to a European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) study.

GKN Aerospace is working with Airbus to design and build the fixed trailing edge (FTE) of the composite wings for the new A350 XWB aircraft.

SGL Kümpers, together with EADS Innovation Works (IW) and Airbus Operations GmbH, has invented a highly automated process for the production of preforms fo

Ashland Performance Materials has announced the availability of its full line of high performance Enguard™ gel-coats in India.

The Tûranor PlanetSolar composite catamaran will aim to sail around the world powered only by solar energy.

Central and Eastern and Europe (CEE) is boosting its renewable energy market making it attractive for investors and suppliers, according to analysts Frost

Owens Corning has established an excellence center for technical fabrics at its manufacturing facility in Zele, Belgium.

Wind energy could meet 50% of the EU’s electricity demand in 2050, according to speakers at the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC 2010)

The TungstenW Biometric wallet is made out of carbon fibre and features a biometric fingerprint reader which ensures only the owner can open the wallet.

REpower Systems AG will deliver 44 wind turbines to Al Yel ELektrik, a subsidiary of Akuo Energy SAS, for a Turkish wind project.

Zoltek Companies Inc is forming a new subsidiary, called Zoltek Automotive Inc, to speed up the development of high-volume applications for carbon fibres w

Höganäs has reported a positive income performance in its interim report covering 1 January to 31 March 2010.

Höganäs AB is collaborating with ship repair specialist Roussakis SA in producing what is probably the world’s largest laser surface coating.

DIAB has announced that it has reached an agreement with Gurit, producer of Corecell M-Foam, that Gurit shall remove all comparisons and references to DIAB

Composite panels are being used in the contemporary design of Sheraton Hotel currently under construction Milan Malpensa Airport in Italy.

A newly released Federal Reserve report showed U.S. industrial production edged up 0.1% in March and increased at an annual rate of 7.8% in the first quart

Composite materials specialist Gurit and Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) have signed a memorandum of understanding to extend their cooperation in the area of

Glass fibre reinforcement supplier 3B and carbon nanotube (CNT) producer Nanocyl have signed a joint development agreement to develop reinforcement solutio

Diana Lados, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has received the Robert Lansing Hardy Award from the M

A design for a floating tidal stream power generator is claimed to solve the maintenance issues that plague existing offshore turbine systems, according to

AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals has announced a price increase for its range of curing agents for thermoset resins in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (E

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber has changed its name to LM Wind Power.

The April member survey from the Precision Metalforming Association, or PMA, showed metalforming companies expect no dramatic ups and downs over the next t

Lockheed Martin will deliver a long-range air surveillance radar system to the UK overcoming sensor performance issues commonly caused by the rotating blad

DSM is introducing two bio-based resins for the automotive industry – a bio-based thermoset resin for producing vehicle body panels, and a bio-based thermo

Siemens Energy is launching its SWT-3.0-101 3 MW direct drive wind turbine.

WinWinD’s delivery of a 24 MW wind farm to Aseri, Estonia, has been confirmed.

As the first pre-production Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids came off the production line at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in the US, the electric car

‘Roadmap 2050: a practical guide to a prosperous, low-carbon Europe’ outlining various scenarios for renewable energy in Europe, has been published by the

JEC Composites reports 27 500 visitors to its 2010 exhibition in Paris on 13-15 April.

China took the lead from the United States last year for clean energy finance and investment, although the USA still leads in renewable energy capacity.

Centorr Vacuum Industries has shipped one of its Series LF Furnace Systems to a university in China.

Countries in East Asia can minimise greenhouse gas emissions without threatening their growth by using renewable energy, according to a new report from the

AOC LLC has announced a price increase for vinyl ester resins, unsaturated polyester resins and gel-coats in the USA and Canada.

AOC LLC has announced a price increase for all polyester and vinyl ester resins for Asia and the Middle East.

Collaboration between Technic and U-Albany targets the development of low-cost metallization to drive improved efficiency

3B is launching a new pultrusion mat that is said to produce parts with more uniform colours, high gloss and low surface waviness, as well as high mechanic

Cytec Industries Inc's Engineered Materials division has been recognised as Supplier of the Year by The Boeing Company.

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

Owens Corning says its Composites App Challenge is designed find new applications for composite materials. Total competition prize money of US$250 000 is a

Glasgow-based measurement and testing specialist, TUV NEL, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to assist the growth of the UK’s wind ene

AOC LLC has announced a price increase for all polyester and vinyl ester resins shipped to and within Mexico.

DSM Composite Resins, through its subsidiary Euroresins Kompozit Ürünler Tic Ltd Sti (Euroresins Turkey) (ERT), has outlined plans for closer cooperation w

Ashland Performance Materials has announced a toll manufacturing and distribution agreement with Boytek Resins of Turkey. Boytek currently distributes Ashl

Cray Valley has announced a further price increase for all unsaturated polyester resins and their derivates sold to the composites and cast polymer industr

Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc has announced a price increase for all of its polyester and vinyl ester resins for the composites market in North America.

Steinhagen, Germany-based Plasmatreat GmbH will mark the opening of its U.S. sales and technical Center in Elgin, Ill., with a plasma technology symposium

Global standards for wave and tidal power devices are being developed by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).

Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc will develop Canada’s first offshore wind farm.

Oil giant BP says it will spend over US$1 billion in 2010 on alternative and renewable energy.

The EU can switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, according to RE-Thinking 2050, a report from the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

Global wind power capacity could increase by 160% over the next five years, according to the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) annual wind industry forec

Ocean Power Technologies Inc has won a US$1.5 million award from the US Department of Energy (DoE) for the development of OPT's next generation PowerBuoy®

Yillik Precision Carbides, a division of PSM Industries, Inc., has moved to a new 13,000 square foot building in Ontario, California, USA.

H. C. Stark has been awarded a Can$4.14 million loan from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade to modernize the company’s tungsten powder

Platina Partners LLP is buying 52 MW of the 140 MW Fruges wind farms in Pas de Calais, France, worth €71.3 million.

The UK Crown Estate is inviting expressions of interest for a tidal energy project in the Inner Sound between Caithness on the Scottish mainland and the is

StrutTech, a US manufacturer of reinforced plastic strut support systems, is trading in its pultruded strut channels made of vinyl ester and polyester for

Boeing Corp. took another visible step toward full 787 Dreamliner production earlier this month by placing the first steel column for its Charleston 787 fi

The state science and manufacturing power metallurgy association of the National Academy of Sciences in Belarus plans to undertake US$2 million research fo

MISTRAS Group Inc has delivered two ultrasonic immersion systems for inspection of carbon composite components to HITCO Carbon Composites Inc.

The US Navy and the US Department of Agriculture have launched a partnership to promote the use of renewable energy.

GM is doubling the size of the largest and most technologically advanced automotive battery lab in the U.S. to expedite the development of electrically dri

Future opportunities for glass reinforced plastics in Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRIC countries) are good, according to Chuck Dana, group preside

GDF SUEZ has completed the construction of its first UK wind farm project at Craigengelt, near Stirling, in Scotland.

The first major solar facility in India will be used to power a stadium to be used in this year’s Commonwealth Games.

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings recently opened the Shmaze Color Design Studio to help manufacturers and industrial designers accelerate color design a

Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc has opened its new epoxy resin plant in Esslingen, Germany. It produces epoxy resins and bonding pastes used in the manufact

Eneco UK Ltd has received the rights to develop a 51 MW wind farm on the Lochluichart Estate in the Scottish Highlands from Infinergy, which has developed

DONG Energy has submitted a binding tender to build a 400 MW offshore wind farm outside Denmark.

A solar powered airplane has taken its first major test flight from an airfield in western Switzerland.

Boeing has announced that all test requirements were successfully met during the 787 Dreamliner’s ultimate load wing and fuselage bending test. This follow

The Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC, has announced the winners of this year’s Best U.S. and International Papers at IPC APEX EXPO, hel

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

Composites manufacturer Janicki Industries provided tooling for most of the carbon fibre components of the BMW ORACLE Racing yacht – the winner of the 33rd

Siemens will deliver 208 MW worth of wind turbines to two wind projects – one in Germany and one in Canada.

REpower will deliver 15 wind turbines to Poland and 18 wind turbines to Italy, totalling 67.65 MW.

VISTAGY Inc has announced that Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co Ltd of China has purchased its FiberSIM® composites engineering software to help streamline i

The US wind energy industry employs 85,000 people, according to the annual industry market report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

The USA has made US$37.5 million available over the next five years to support the US-China Clean Energy Research Center for research into clean and renewa

WindWinD says its new wind turbine facility, based in Hamina, Finland will produce 3 MW wind turbines and increase its total capacity potential tenfold.

Pattern Energy Group LP and Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board have entered into a 27-year power purchase agreement for the 138 MW St. Joseph wind farm in the M

Vestas has announced three wind turbine supply deals to the USA, Australia and Turkey over recent weeks totalling up to 460 MW.

Australia must invest billions in renewable energy over the next decade to achieve its 2020 target of lower GHG emissions, according to Siemens.

Lewcott Corporation's FM5LF polyester prepreg is designed for tubular radome applications. It is currently being used in high performance antennae radomes

Plansee High Performance Materials, says that it plans to invest in an automated plant in Towanda, Pennsylvania, to make powder metal (PM) metallic plates

International Titanium Powder (ITP), based in Woodbridge, Illinois, plans to begin producing commercial quantities of pure and prealloyed titanium powders

Testing of the Bombardier CSeries aircraft’s composite demonstrator wing is under way. The new aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2013.

A consortium of 23 companies led by GKN Aerospace has won a competition for a £5 million prize awarded to British business to develop innovative composite

The UK Government has pledged £4 million to a partnership to fund a new radar system for the Greater Wash to address wind turbine interference.

Carbon composites are being used to strengthen the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne, Australia.

The UK Government will invest up to £5 million for marine energy development in the UK.

Carbon fibre producer SGL Group and car maker BMW Group have announced that their joint venture, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, will build a carbon fibr

The Governor of Virginia has signed renewable energy legislation aiming to make the state ‘the energy capital of the east coast.’

The Renewables Obligation in Britain should be replaced with a carbon price, says the Institute of Directors (IoD) in its response to a government consulta

Most automotive suppliers saw sales increases for the month of March—some as high as 48%

VISTAGY Inc has announced that aerospace company BAE Systems has upgraded to its FiberSIM® 2009 composites engineering software as it migrates from the CAT

Consumption of all renewable energies in the United States last year increased by 5.5% over 2008 levels.

The annual meeting of industrial sponsors of the Center for Innovative Sintered Products (CISP) at Pennsylvania State University will take place next week,

The Teijin Group has unveiled a 'super-lightweight' electric concept car made with proprietary technologies including carbon fibre composites, polycarbonat

Neural networks and mathematical modelling have featured in major contributions to Metal Powder Report this year. Now Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute has po

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

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported nonfarm payroll employment increased by 162,000 in March, holding the national unemployment rate held steady a

“Intractable by design, therefore significantly challenging to recycle,” is Jan-Michael Gosau’s assessment of the technological task of reclaiming carbon f

The merger agreement provides for a wholly owned subsidiary of AZZ to acquire North American Galvanizing & Coatings in a two-step transaction.

The National Association for Surface Finishing Adds T&J Industries and Polyfab Plastics & Supply to the fold.

Ragasco AS, a producer of composite LPG containers in Norway, is in the process of acquiring Composite Scandinavia AB, a Swedish company which also produce

Resin Systems Inc's RStandard® polyurethane composite utility poles have withstood a direct hit by a tornado in Texas and weathered the harsh conditions of

Coveted status is a condition of membership into the National Association of Chemical Distributors.

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

A US$1.1 million grant by the Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program is funding a research project to fabricate composite wind turbine towers from res

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