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Materials news, May 2010

Alstom has broken ground for its 115,000 ft2 wind turbines nacelle assembly facility in Amarillo, Texas.

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

Swedish producer of spread tow carbon reinforcements Oxeon is adding new capacity at its Borås facility.

Quatro Composites™ has acquired an additional autoclave and on-site freezer to support its composites manufacturing business.

Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites industry, held its first Awards Dinner on the 5 May as part of its annual conference.

The iREMO project is developing process monitoring and control technologies for composite processing.

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is urging the EU to go for 30% emissions cut to keep the EU’s renewable energy leadership.

Coming out of the recession, European glass fibre manufacturer 3B says it is ready to pursue plans to globalise its business, focusing on markets where it

Plansee SE says that it plans to acquire a majority share in Wolfra-Tech Pvt. Ltd, a private company with approximately 150 employees is headquartered in M

Far East Wind Power Corp has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Málama Composites to develop a collaborative agreement towards the production of en

Umicore is to build a technology development centre for automotive catalysts in Suzhou, China, close to the company’s current automotive catalyst producti

Additive layer manufacturer Material Solutions, has installed a EOS M 270 additive layer manufacturing (ALM) machine at its new facility in Worcester, UK.

H.C. Starck GmbH has put in place a sourcing process called Responsible Supply Chain Management, refuting claims that the company use illegal materials.

The world will install 107 GW of green power by 2035, up from 44 GW in 2007.

A number of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Trade Access Programme (TAP) grants are available to help UK companies exhibit at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2010.

VEC Composite Technology has launched a new website featuring the benefits of its composite manufacturing process.

Around 5030 people attended the SAMPE 2010 conference and exhibition in Seattle, Washington, on 17-20 May.

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

SP - High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has appointed REJA Sp.z.o.o as the sole distributor for SP - High Modulus branded products in Poland.

The Fraunhofer Institute working with industrial partners, including H.C. Starck Ceramics and EagleBurgmann Germany, has produced a wear-resistant diamond-

Amber Composites has announced that its UK facilities have achieved the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems.

Industrial inkjet solutions provider Xennia is showcasing the use of advanced composite materials in inkjet printing systems.

Today, at a time when corporate travel to educational events is limited due to challenging business conditions, PCX was a valuable stepping stone to renewe

Hobas GRP pipes are being used in a major project to modernise the waste water treatment network in the St Nazaire region of France.

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

AOC has announced price increases for its vinyl ester resins sold throughout the world.

Dow Europe GmbH has announced a price increase for its epoxy products in Europe (including Turkey).

Printed circuit board shipments and bookings alike increased in April, according to the latest IPC Electronics Report.

Nordex USA Inc’s third generation 2.5 MW turbine series, the Gamma generation, will be introduced at Windpower 2010 in Dallas, Texas in May.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has recently tested a Samsung wind turbine drive train in its 2.5 MW dynamometer.

Skill shortages, training and industry standards urgently need to be addressed if the UK is to fully harness its renewable energy ambitions, according to a

North American distributor Composites One and 3M’s Renewable Energy Division have formed an alliance under which they will target wind turbine manufacturer

Aberdeen-based Green Ocean Energy says it is close to becoming the only marine power company in the world to have its technology "fully certified".

The newly released May 2010 Precision Metalforming Association Business Conditions Report indicates metalforming companies expect business conditions to co

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the price of its Derakane epoxy vinyl ester resins, and other resins containing liquid epoxy resin, sold in Eur

MAG Industrial Automation Systems will receive US$5 million to develop composite lay-up technology to produce longer-lasting, lower-cost wind turbine blade

Injection moulding specialist Arburg has developed a micro-injection moulding module which combines an 8 mm injection screw with a second screw for melting

Carbide tool specialist General Carbide, based in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA, has acquired full ownership of the business and assets of General Carbide

SeaEnergy PLC has secured a grant of £30,000 for a feasibility study into the service opportunities available in the expanding offshore renewable energy in

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the price of vinyl ester resins and speciality composite products in North America.

The Inverness based company has deployed a 1/9th scale of its AWS-III device, a ring-shaped multi-cell surface-floating wave power system, the result of al

Erik Weyls, formerly executive vice president, assumes the position of president, Coventya, Inc., in a recent management reorg.

Magnum Venus Plastech (MVP) is introducing a new package of products designed to optimise infusion moulding which it calls the Flex Moulding Process.

Statistics for the US and European PM industries have shown a remarkable bounce-back from the first quarter of 2009.

At the JEC Composites Show in April, Huntsman Advanced Materials used an exhibition stand with pillars built using a composite of flax fibre and epoxy resi

The 10-year exclusivity agreement will see Gamesa supply all turbines installed at sites developed by Cannon in Mexico’s Baja California. Gamesa will also

US distributor Composites One will be distributing Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM)'s Epovex, Epovex Adhesive and Arovex nano-enhanced composite products.

UK distributor CMS has been renamed AOC (UK) Ltd.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design for 2010.

Centorr Vacuum Industries has re-engineered its Sinterbar line of production high pressure sintering furnaces.

The UK wave energy project Wave Hub is on course to be deployed this summer with fabrication of sub-sea cables and the hub itself nearing completion.

UK headquartered carbon fibre converter Sigmatex has opened its new facility in Shanghai, China.

Holland has been named the partner country of the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2010 trade fair.

Pultruder Exel Composites reports net sales from continuing operations of 15.7 million euros for the first quarter of 2010, down 15.4% on the previous year

Hexcel has named French company Gazechim as distributor of its aerospace products in Europe.

Nordex USA Inc will supply 20 of its N90 2.5 MW wind turbines for the 50 MW wind farm in Garrett County, Maryland.

The 50 MW Barao Sao Joao onshore wind farm has been put into operation in southern Portugal by E.ON.

Cytec Engineered Materials is introducing PRISM™ EP2400, a one-part toughened epoxy resin system for use in infusion processes.

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

US refractory goods supplier Zircoa Inc has launched an online sale of excess inventory through its website.

PNE Wind UK Ltd, a PNE Wind AG subsidiary, plans to develop over 300 MW of wind energy in the UK.

The first composite bridge deck has been installed in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. It replaces a wooden bridge that is used for pedestrian and e

A power purchase agreement (PPA) between Kahuku Wind Power and Hawaiian Electric Company for the purchase of renewable energy from a 30 MW wind farm in Haw

Vector Composites and Quickstep have been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract by US Air Force for materials used in the F

Nearshore waves have more potential for wave energy development than previously thought, according to a New Scientist article.

Gamesa is setting up a wind turbine manufacturing plant in China with an annual capacity of 500 MW.

A new study from Owens Corning shows how the company’s boron-free Advantex® E-CR glass fibre outperforms E-glass reinforcements in stressed composite lamin

Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa’s net profit fell 75% in the first quarter of 2010 to €8 million in a difficult macroeconomic environment.

SP - High Modulus has secured further approval from two leading certification bodies for its new marine foam core, Corecell™ M-Foam.

PPG Industries' fibre glass business has announced that it has restarted a furnace at its facility in Shelby, North Carolina, USA.

Friday is the deadline for comments on revisions to a voluntary standard that determines what types of renewable energy are eligible to be sold in the US a

The new Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition in the UK stands firm on renewable energy, but disagrees on nuclear.

The European Commission (EC) plans to boost the electric car industry in Europe by promoting the development of a network of publicly accessible high volta

Patrick Snow, Kelly Steiler, and Stephen Rapaski—all juniors at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich., took home the top honors in NASF’s 2010

Hilti Group has increased its presence in the North American solar market by acquiring US-based solar mounting specialist Unirac Inc.

Dozens of General Motorsmanufacturing plants have achieved “zero landfill” status by recycling or reusing all normal plant wastes.

The Crystic® Crestomer® range of urethane acrylate structural adhesives from Scott Bader Composites now includes a product with a longer working time.

The UK Round 1 & 2 offshore wind projects have been extended with an additional 2 GW by the UK Crown Estate.

Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) has announced an industry matching grant program totaling US$500,000 for developing wave energy projects.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released roadmaps for solar PV and concentrating solar power (CSP), predicting that the two solar technologies co

Independent consultancy STRUCTeam Ltd, based in Southampton, UK, will offer design and material engineering services to the advanced composites market.

Russia's largest state universities and research centres will be integrated into a countrywide nanotechnology network (NNS), whose members will receive acc

Federal-Mogul Corp is extending its range of power metallurgy materials designed for use at very high temperatures.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) which operates and enforces Europe’s REACH environmental legislation will stage its fourth Stakeholders’ Day next Wedn

Polish company Markos is producing nacelles and hubs for wind turbines using infusion and open moulding techniques.

Partnership between Haviland Products and Product-Sol targets neeeds of the automotive, military, and aerospace industries.

Redelease has been named official distributor of AkzoNobel organic peroxides in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, alongside VI Fiberglass.

The Australian Government will commit A$653 million over four years to establish a Renewable Energy Future Fund.

The Department of Energy (DoE) has announced US$60 million in funding from ARRA to support small business research and development leading to deployment of

The strongest growth in US energy supply will come from renewable fuels used to generate electricity and to produce liquid fuels for the transportation sec

Pipe producer HOBAS has opened a research centre for glass fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) pipe systems in Wietersdorf, Austria.

Composites manufacturer Kemrock Industries and Exports Ltd has commissioned the first carbon fibre manufacturing facility in India.

More companies in the composites industry are starting using laser template projection systems to increase production throughput, improve quality and simpl

Japanese carbon fibre manufacturer Toray Industries Inc has signed a long-term basic supply agreement with European aerospace company EADS. The contract co

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

MAG Industrial Automation Systems says it is forming a new Renewable Energy Business unit to design and build automated manufacturing systems for solar pan

The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) will provide US$11.3m to develop 25 renewable energy projects.

The US Department of Agriculture will provide grants and loan guarantees to farmers, agricultural producers and owners of rural small businesses that want

Led by Brazil, Latin America is expected to reach 46 GW of total installed wind capacity by 2025 with a 12.6% compound annual growth rate of yearly install

A 131 ft blade of a wind turbine is touring 9 states to underscore the increasing role for renewable energy in the US energy future.

This September COMPOSITES EUROPE returns to Essen, where it will be held alongside the ALUMINIUM World Trade Fair to form the largest exhibition platform f

Australian advanced materials company Quickstep has secured new development contracts with a total value of over $500 000, including further collaborative

Seven associations in renewable energy and energy efficiency warn the US risks losing jobs if its fails to pass legislation with hard targets needed to str

A college focused entirely on careers in renewable energy and sustainable design, Ecotech Institute, has been announced by the Education Corporation of Ame

The newly amended SUR/FIN 2010 Technical Conference Program contains more than 60 educational sessions.

Increased demand spurs AkzoNobel to build an additional plant at its Ningbo multi-site for its Functional Chemicals business.

A number of major companies have posted their quarterly reports, with results varying between the positive and the optimistic.

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

The UK-based parent company of Canada’s PM auto components manufacturer Stackpole has noted a “greater than anticipated” upturn in underlying demand for it

DSM Composite Resins is increasing the prices of its complete portfolio of resins with immediate effect.

The tail section of the new Gulfstream G650 aircraft features a thermoplastic composite rudder and elevator.

Many U.S. automotive manufacturers posted stronger April year over year sales, but revenues fell short of expectations in March.

Latest H.E. Orr strategy designed to improve efficiencies and customer service while reducing costs.

Intrinsiq Materials Ltd, formerly Qinetiq Nanomaterials, has secured exclusive, worldwide rights on a new low temperature way of making nanoparticles.

Höganäs has developed a new range of electric motors for electric bikes and light vehicles.

Energy consultancy Xodus has developed a web-based tool for managing risks for offshore energy – including offshore renewable sources.

Lockheed Martin, Magestic Systems Inc (MSI) and Nikon Metrology won a JEC Innovation Award for composites technology used in the production of the F-35 Lig

Joint Effort between Technic and Circuit Automation focuses on flexible circuit-enabling technology.

Google has invested US$38.8 million in two wind farms in North Dakota.

A consumer guide for installing wind turbines has been launched by RenewableUK (former BWEA).

Consultants Mott MacDonald and Halcrow will promote growing opportunities for the development of global tidal range energy projects.

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

Owens Corning reports consolidated net sales of US$1.3 billion in the first quarter of 2010, up 18% on the first quarter of 2009.

Roster of SUR/FIN 2010 vendors expanded to include surface finishing job shops.

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

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