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Materials news, June 2010

Muncie, Ind.-based Mid-West Powder Coating invests in new equipment, production facility.

Vestas will deliver 139 of its V90-1.8 MW wind turbines to Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Americas Inc for the Cedar Point Wind farm in Lincoln and Elbert

Vacmobiles.com Ltd has upgraded its Vacmobile 20/2 mobile vacuum system for 2010. The machine is used for composite manufacturing processes such as resin i

Renewable energy will continue to be the bright spot of the US economy in 2010 but could decline in coming years without public policy and finance to drive

The US departments of the Interior (DoI) and Energy (DoE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their working relationship on the f

BASF is launching its first long glass fibre reinforced polyamide grade, Ultramid® Structure LF.

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The MPIF has released a new report focusing on ways in which the PM industry excels at sustainability.

The Titanium Industry Development Association (TiDA) has opened a new facility in New Zealand designed to develop new titanium products.

Toho Tenax announced today the conclusion of a long term framework agreement with EADS and its subsidiary Airbus regarding the direct supply of carbon fibr

Michael E. Lutheran, president of the MPIF, has been named president of Royal Metal Powders, Inc, a company newly formed by American Chemet Corporation, ba

The offshore wind industry is urged to move towards standardised contracts to reduce risk and save project time, say energy consultancy Xodus Group and leg

Irish company ÉireComposites has been awarded a total of €1.9 million in research and development contracts from the European Space Agency, aimed at produc

Toho Tenax Europe GmbH has won a contract to supply carbon fibre material for major primary and secondary composite structures on Bombardier’s new CSeries

Following the introduction of its new name a few months ago, core materials supplier 3A Composites (previously known as Alcan Composites) has launched a ne

In a recent speech, the UK Secretary of Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, called for the EU to adopt a 30% emissions reduction target by 2020.

Every year COMPOSITES EUROPE showcases the dynamic development of the composites market and presents current trends. On 14-16 September the trade fair will

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Chilton, Wis.-based coating specialist responds to consumer demands for additional products and services.

Magnum and MacDermid Australia will cover Witt Lining's drop-in tank liner sales throughout Australia and New Zealand.

E.ON's Climate & Renewables Operations Team will stream live wind data from its Robbin Rigg offshore wind farm using Natural Power’s ZephIR lidar.

Composite Technology Investors LLC, Solana Beach, California, has completed the purchase of Vector Composites Inc (VCI), Dayton, Ohio, from DR Technologies

Prepreg and phenolic resin supplier Lewcott Corporation has named BMB Solutions Composites as a sales representative for Canada.

To reinforce its composites activities, ESI has opened its new worldwide Research & Development Centre for the Simulation of Composites Design, Manufacturi

Vestas will deliver 44 of its V100-1.8 MW and 35 of its V90-1.8 MW wind turbines to Capital Power Corporation for its proposed Quality Wind Project in Brit

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and in Grenoble have found a new way to improve the performance of hardmetal for drill bits.

HOBAS glass reinforced plastic (GRP) pipe forms part of a water treatment project in Venice.

The National Tooling & Machining Association, NTMA, and the Precision Metalforming Association, or PMA, are applauding the House of Representatives for pas

A survey reveals that two-thirds of Americans believe solar technology should play a greater role in meeting the country's energy needs, and three-quarters

The 'Borouge 2' high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Abu Dhabi uses fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite pipe to cool process water with seawater.

Global catalyst specialist Evonik Industries has acquired the precious metal powder catalysts business of Udaipur, India-based Ravindra Heraeus Pvt Limited

Allegheny Technologies Inc (ATI) has appointed Robert S. Wetherbee as business unit president of its metalworking products division.

Gamesa’s G90 Class II wind turbine has been certified by GL Renewables Certification (GL).

A combination of energy efficiency, fuel-switching and a combination of commercially-available renewable energy technologies could allow 100% of Australia’

Reichhold has entered into a manufacturing partnership in Turkey with Ilkalem Ticaret ve Sanayi AS.

Pioneer Metal Finishing, headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., is proud to announce the acquisition of Dragon Anodizing located in Gaffney, S.C. The acquisitio

Larick succeeds Bill Rosenberg, who will continue serving as Chairman of the Board and Marketing Director.

Bentley Chemicals says that employing re-useable silicone bags for moulding composites under vacuum is faster, cheaper and 'greener' than the traditional c

DONG Energy has been awarded the concession to build the 400 MW Anholt offshore wind farm off the island of Anholt in the Kattegat, Denmark.

Componeering Inc of Finland is introducing Version 4.1 of its ESAComp software for the analysis and design of composite structures.

Renewable energy technologies are declining in cost but continued efforts are required to further reduce this, according to energy ministers from the 21-co

Technic, based in Cranston, Rhode Island, is pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive redesign of its website, www.technic.com. The new site featu

Dow Formulated Systems will introduce its latest composite products for the manufacture of wind turbine blades at the Wind Power Asia trade show in China t

Two prototype wind turbine blades GloBlades measuring 42 m have been flown from China to LM Wind Power’s facilities in Lunderskov, Denmark.

The Spanish EU Presidency has launched the 10-year, €6 billion, ‘European Wind Initiative (EWI) – a research and development roadmap for the wind energy se

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Janicki Industries has helped Lockheed Martin produce the Full Scale Pole Model for its F-35 stealth fighter jet programme. The model is now being used to

Software developers JETCAM International and 123 Insight Ltd have announced a partnership with composite manufacturer Synergy Composites to create an ‘Open

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner with General Electric (GE) engines has completed its first flight.

Poly Products is proud to announce the promotion of Jeff Kubiak from sales manager to the position of vice president of sales. Kubiak, a 14-year veteran wi

A European consortium is working to produce a ‘REACH Toolkit’ to help the European polymer industry in its implementation of REACH (Registration, Evaluatio

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight test fleet has passed 1000 hours of testing. The project team estimates that it is about 40% through the test conditions r

The US Department of Energy (DoE) will award a total of over US$76 million to support energy efficiency in building technology projects and the development

Following a recovery in demand, Teijin Aramid is planning to restart the last spinning line for aramid fibres at its plant in Emmen, the Netherlands, takin

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a technical assistance program to design more sustainable, green and energy efficient communities

In 2012 COMPOSITES EUROPE will move from Essen to the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, following the ALUMINIUM trade fair's relocation to this venue.

The National Aerospace Laboratory NLR and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands have developed a new fibre architecture with improve

Ensinger’s Penn Fibre Division has added a glass fibre reinforced PEEK composite with improved high temperature properties to its line of thin gauge sheet

Indian Energy says the first 4.5 MW of its 16.5 MW wind farm at Theni has been registered under the Generation Based Incentive (GBI) scheme in India.

Atlantic Equipment Engineers, a division of Micron Metals, a manufacturer of metal powders and compounds, has launched a new website with improved informat

GRPMS will distribute reinforcements supplier Chomarat's product range in the UK, Eire and Scandinavia.

The power system in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland can accommodate the ambitious 40% target for renewable energy by 2020, according to Ecofys

Australian advanced materials company Quickstep Holdings Ltd has established a new subsidiary company in Dayton, Ohio, to target aerospace and defence cont

Surface finishing Industry standouts were honored at a special ceremony at SUR/FIN 2010 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Umicore’s board of directors has approved various changes to the organisation of the group.

Miba reports that its sales during the first quarter of 2010 were €98.0 million, a 31.9% increase from the same period the previous year, and a 17.4% incre

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has signed an agreement with global tin organisation ITRI to improve the traceability of tin in the African country

Airtech Advanced Materials' new Securlon® multi-layer bagging film is available in widths up to 7.1 m.

Wind turbine producer Vestas has established a permanent office in Johannesburg, South Africa to serve the emerging southern African wind energy market and

Red Composites is offering a translation service from English into Chinese language, specifically for the advanced composites industry.

Veracity Technology Solutions has completed a proof of concept demonstration with the US Army for a non-destructive inspection (NDI) process used for testi

Industrial production advanced 1.2% in May after rising 0.7% in April, according to a newly released report from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

The US Department of Energy (DoE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Delaware will work towards a test site for commercial

The University of Maine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center has launched a website to provide information on the DeepCwind deepwater offshore wind

A European project aims to develop a process for the high volume production of high quality natural fibres for use in composites.

Carbo Tech has received a 150 million euro order from McLaren Automotive to produce the carbon fibre monocoques for McLaren's new range of sports cars.

Core materials supplier DIAB is launching the Composites Consulting Group (CCG), an independent consulting company focusing on engineering and manufacturin

Gabriele Schwager has been appointed Project Manager of the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show.

The Brussels-based organisation estimates that this would take total installed capacity to almost 85 GW by the end of they year - an increase of 13%.

Creative Composites has won a contract to design and manufacture composite components for a new multi-purpose utility vehicle developed by Multihog Ltd.

Airtech Advanced Materials is introducing Toolfusion® 3, a two part, low viscosity epoxy infusion resin for use in producing prepreg quality, composite mou

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A newly released survey from the Precision Metalforming Association shows metalforming companies expect business conditions to dip during the next three mo

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) will be exhibiting its automotive composites technology at the Automotive Interiors Expo later this month.

Environmental stewardship, hard chrome plating techniques are among the main topics in AESF's fall training lineup.

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) has announced the sale of its South African based subsidiary, Advanced Composites Group SA (Pty) Ltd (ACGSA), to AAT Co

Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, and Dipsol Chemicals Co. Ltd, of Tokyo, Japan, recently announced an expansion of their association to fu

An FRP roof created using resin from Ashland Performance Materials now covers the Theme Pavilion constructed for the Shanghai World Expo currently underway

Siemens will supply German utility Erneuerbare Energien GmbH (ENBW) 288MW of turbines for the EnBW Baltic 2 offshore wind farm.

Aerospace systems supplier Goodrich Corporation has acquired UK based Crompton Technology Group Ltd (CTG), a manufacturer of carbon fibre composite product

Talks between the United Steelworkers (USW) union and major North American nickel producer Vale Inco that resumed last Friday in a bid to resolve the bitte

Janicki Industries, based in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, USA has built a giant 1600°F/871°C annealing furnace, designed to handle large-scale, high-precisio

The EC funded PreCarBi project on the simulation of liquid resin infusion of new composite materials has resulted in the development of bindered composite

A special manufacturing-related session is scheduled to take place 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 17, at SUR/FIN 2010 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The belief that the European wind energy industry can make a serious contribution to green growth was backed by politicians of the left and right and trade

The University of Glasgow in the UK and Gaia-Wind Ltd have released the results of research showing that larger blades are more efficient at generating ele

X-ray analytical instrument manufacturer PANalytical has developed a new high-performance diffractometer.

The University of Glasgow and Gaia-Wind Ltd have released the results of research showing that larger blades are more efficient at generating electricity i

The MFKK Invention and Research Centre, an R&D establishment based in Budapest, Hungary, has made available to the PM community a database of information a

US heat treatment and sintering specialist Harper International has been awarded a contract to supply an advanced thermal processing system for sintering n

Sales of U.S. automobiles rose sharply in May, by nearly 20%, marking the fourth straight month of increases. Year-over-year performance improved markedly

Rhodia has developed a high performance polyamide composite suitable for manufacturing structural parts for the transportation and construction sectors.

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) has achieved recertification of its VTM®260 Series prepregs from Lloyd’s Register.

The federal government has signed an agreement with ten states to establish an offshore wind energy consortium for the Atlantic Ocean.

The United States remains the most attractive country in the world for renewable energy, although it now ties the top spot with China.

Plansee has developed an extremely corrosion-resistant glass-melting electrode made of molybdenum.

Advanced composites company Hexcel Corporation has updated its outlook for the remainder of 2010 and says it expects total company revenues to grow at a do

Stronger government support for green power could boost employment in the sector, according to the latest forecast from Greenpeace and the European Renewab

Washington rated top state in hydroelectric output and for green power from all renewable energy, including hydroelectric.

Applied NanoStructured Solutions LLC (ANS), a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp, and glass fibre reinforcements supplier Owens Corning have signed a joint

Vestas is about to launch two R&D projects: cost-effective deep water foundations for large offshore wind turbines and an intelligent energy management sys

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LM Wind Power Service & Logistics has opened its North American regional wind blade service center in Abilene, Texas.

Scott Bader has upgraded its Crystic Fireguard 75PA topcoat to provide better fire retardant properties and handling.

Following a record-breaking year of capacity additions in 2009 with 9.8 GW of wind projects installed, the US wind market finds itself confronting a growth

The deal provides Synergy with the right to manufacture Trelleborg Advanced Engineering Materials products for a long term period.

Mainstream Renewable Power, has completed Private equity is getting ready for investment in renewable energy over the next year, according to a recent KPMG

Boeing and Canadian industry partners have launched a new research and development consortium aimed at strengthening Canada's competitive position in the m

The National Association for Surface Finishing, organizer of SUR/FIN 2010, has signed up more than 25 “first-time” exhibitors. Additionally, about a dozen

Mr Yoshiyasu Iino, President of DIAMET Corporation, has succeeded Mr Yutaka Mizuno, President of Fine Sinter Co Ltd, for a two-year term to May 2012 as Pre

A newly released Report from the Institute of Supply Management, or ISM, shows economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 10th c

GE says it will provide direct-drive wind turbines for first offshore, freshwater wind farm in North America.

Arkema has received approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for commercial sales of its Graphistrength® multiwall carbon nanotubes (CNTs

According to tin member association ITRI, tin consumption has recovered strongly in 2010, with China continuing to provide massive support to the tin marke

Hilti Corp has completed its acquisition of India-based Bhukhanvala Diamond Systems Private Ltd.

Nordex will deliver 8 of its N80/2500 wind turbines to the Screggagh wind farm in Northern Ireland for DW Consultancy Ltd.

The Institute will take on the mission to develop U.S wind and other renewable energy resources.

Reichhold has announced a further price increase for all vinyl ester resins for the European composites industry.

3M has partnered with Rope Partner to conduct an in-field study on the effects of leading edge wind turbine blade damage.

China Windpower and Liaoning Energy will establish 18 new joint ventures (JVs) in Chaoyang, Liaoning Province, China, for the development of 900 MW of wind

VISTAGY Inc has announced that GKN Aerospace has purchased its SyncroFIT® software for developing airframe assemblies, for use in conjunction with FiberSIM

IPC Technology Interchange links printed circuit board development with DoD readiness.

Ken Kreeger, Former Nordson Corp. Executive, Honored at PCI Annual Meeting

SUR/FIN 2010, set for June 14-17 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich., is literally right around the corner. Register today and be a part of something big

Companies working in the powder metallurgy industry have been enrolled as regular members of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).

The president of the European Powder Metallurgy Association has called for the formation of more specialist groups under the umbrella of the organisation a

SABIC Innovative Plastics has developed a high-performance compound combining carbon fibre with Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin, which is designed to repl

UK company Tods Defence Ltd has completed the design and manufacture of a second Bow Sonar Dome for the US Navy DDG Zumwalt Class ‘stealth’ ship programme.

Composites equipment supplier Magnum Venus Plastech (MVP) has announced the death of its founder, Jim Hedger Sr., on 29 April 2010.

KOMPOIST 2010, the trade show for the composites industry in Turkey, takes place on 10-13 June 2010 in Istanbul.

The Association Connecting Electronic Industries, IPC, reported a 10% increase in attendance during, ironically, the 10th anniversary of its annual APEX EX

SUR/FIN 2010, set for June 14-17 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich., is literally right around the corner. Register today and be a part of something big

The lack of financing is a major obstacles to growth of the wind energy industry in the USA, according to an industry opinion poll.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has published its 2009 Composites Industry Report, which provides the latest statistics on the US

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