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Materials news, July 2010

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to accelerate innovation in renewable en

Zephyr solar aircraft achieves longest unmanned flight

The Zephyr solar powered high-altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned air system (UAS) has set a new world record for the longest unmanned flight. In July,

A newly released report shows rigid printed circuit board shipments increased 25.3%, with flexible circuit board shipments growing 14.8%.

The Farnborough International Airshow saw the unveiling of the BLOODHOUND SSC show car, a full size replica of the supersonic car which aims to set a new l

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation has developed a range of carbide grit hole saws for cutting a wide variety of abrasive materials such as brick, block,

H C Starck Ceramics and Kerafol, a Germany-based manufacturer of ceramic tapes, have partnered to manufacture, sell, and distribute high-temperature SOFCs

According to Sandvik’s president and CEO Lars Pettersson, demand for Sandvik’s products continued to improve in the second quarter, remaining high in the e

Höganäs, in its January-June interim financial report, said it had won gradual income gains, giving the company strength for the future.

Educational, networking event slated for Sept. 16-18 at the Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Seventh International Conference on Inorganic Materials, set for September 12-14, 2010, in Biarritz, France, is the latest in a series of interdiscipli

Umeco plc, a provider of supply chain services and advanced composite materials to the aerospace and defence industries, reports revenue growth in its comp

Fokker Landing Gear has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Goodrich Corporation to produce polymer composite landing gear drag braces for the Lockheed M

Dennis Dumsha has joined the Pavco team as Global Approvals Manager.

AgustaWestland says that its new AW169 multi-purpose helicopter benefits from extensive use of composites.

US Federal agencies purchased or produced 2.3 TWh of electricity from renewable sources in FY09, representing 4.2% of the Government’s electricity and surp

Hexcel reports sales of US$305.1 million for the second quarter of 2010, up 10% on the 2009 quarter, led by strong sales to the commercial aerospace market

Wind turbine manufacturer REpower says its result for the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal 2010/2011 fell 29% to €204 million.

For its 2010 third quarter, Ashland reports preliminary results of US$2 362 million in sales and net income of $148 million.

Product lifecycle management (PLM), adhesive technology, lightweight construction and biomaterials – just a few of the presentation topics at the COMPOSITE

A grant of £250,000 to develop a fully submerged SeaGen tidal turbine for deep water sites, has been awarded to Marine Current Turbines Ltd and its project

UK wave and tidal power research is receiving £7 million in support from the Technology Strategy Board.

QinetiQ’s Zephyr solar powered high-altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned air system (UAS) on Friday 23 July after 14 days and 24 minutes in the air.

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

A deterrence to adoption of composites in the maritime sector has been the issue of behaviour in fires. Researchers in Italy are investigating the benefici

Volkswagen (VW) and parts manufacturer MAHLE Filter Systems UK are using a glass fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) composite from Borealis to produce air

Activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the eleventh consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

The Precision Metalformers Association’s July report shows members anticipate little change in business conditions for the next three months.

Miba has opened a new $16 million production site for sintered components in McConnelsville, Ohio, USA.

Vale Inco has announced the ratification of its new five-year collective bargaining agreements with United Steelworkers (USW), the union representing produ

Committees for PowderMet2011 and MIM2011 have issued a call for papers and presentations.

Hardmetal specialist Kennametal’s chairman, president and CEO Carlos Cardoso has been elected to serve a two-year term as vice chairman of the executive co

Siemens energy, together with Prysmian, is to connect Nordsee-Ost offshore wind farm to the mainland power grid for the transmission system operator Transp

Gamesa will build three wind farms totalling 140.6 MW in the Castile-Leon region of Spain for Spanish wind power developer Esquilvent.

VS Vereinigte Spezialmöbelfabriken is using high strength structural parts made from Celstran long fibre reinforced polypropylene in its COMPASS school stu

Creative Pultrusions Inc has produced a pultruded structure to support solar panels on the roof of a restaurant in Delaware, USA.

Ashland Performance Materials has selected Barracuda Advanced Composites as its resin distributor for the infusion market in Brazil.

Funding support from the Recovery Act will lower the cost of batteries for electric cars from US$33,000 to US$10,000, predicts a report from the US Departm

Offshore wind is taking off in Europe with 118 new offshore wind turbines being connected to the grid in the first half of 2010, according to the European

Alliant Techsystems has shipped its first composite components for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft programme.

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has unveiled its Concept Plane at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow, offering a glimpse of what aircraft could look l

GL Renewables Certification (GL) has updated its guidelines for onshore wind turbines and components.

At the Farnborough International Airshow today, Bombardier Aerospace announced that its CSeries aircraft programme is on schedule for entry into service in

Siemens Energy will supply 68, 2.3 MW wind turbines to SSE Renewables’ Griffin onshore wind farm in the Scottish Highlands.

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

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has made its international debut, landing at Farnborough Airport, UK, on 18 July, prior to the start of the Farnborough Internati

The Airbus A380 passenger aircraft and the A400M military airlifter will take part in flying displays at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow.

Portugal-based Amorim Cork Composites has developed a range of natural and sustainable Corecork® products for sandwich structures that are said to offer ex

Boeing forecasts a US$3.6 trillion market for new commercial aircraft over the next 20 years as world economies rebound and strong demand for new and repla

Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise (SpaceShipTwo) space craft has flown for the first time with crew on board.

Up to $500 million could be invested in Canadian renewable energy following a recent meeting in China, says Canadian Bioenergy Association (CanBio) Preside

We are soon to publish the Metal Powder Report 2010 Buyers’ Guide. However, without your entries, it is nothing! Make sure your company is listed in this i

Kyocera Corporation is supplying solar modules for Toyota Solar Panels, which are to be installed on recreational boats from Toyota Motor Corporation.

Industrial production in the U.S. edged up 0.1 percent in June after rising 1.3 percent in May, according to a newly released Federal Reserve report.

3A Composites Core Materials, producer of the AIREX® and BALTEK® brand core materials, has developed the Hybrid Core Calculator to perform life cycle asses

American Chemet, based in Deerfield, Illinois, with manufacturing facilities in East Helena, Montana, USA has bought the manufacturing assets of a copper b

PM variable valve timing (VVT) system technology has been recognised as a Metallurgy Industry Landmark by the MPIF.

An undesirable feature of composite structures is variability, even between copies of the same basic structure produced at different ship and boat yards. D

Siemens is establishing a wind energy joint venture (JV) with the Russian companies Rostechnologii and RusHydro where Siemens will retain the majority stak

The Coalition Government needs to act quickly and decisively to reaffirm Britain’s commitment to the development of offshore wind energy through confirming

Innovative Composites International Inc (ICI) has received a purchase order for a composite pedestrian bridge from Engineered Plastics Inc (EPI), a US spec

The 19th Annual International Anodizing Conference & Exposition is set to take place Oct. 5-7, 2010 at the Marriott Montréal Château Champlain in Montréal,

Mitsubishi Rayon Co Ltd (MRC) has resumed construction of the new carbon fibre plant which it stopped work on in March 2009 as a result of the global econo

MCS is using an Araldite® hot curing epoxy system for the production of high strength, composite CNG tanks for performance and endurance vehicles.

Comprehensive AESF finishing program to cover 22 subjects in four days.

LumenGel Ltd has developed an in-line gel-coat finishing system for pultruded composite products.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its international debut this month at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow. Boeing will also display a range of u

Hexcel’s HexPly® unidirectional carbon fibre prepregs have been certified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for use in wind turbine blade applications.

The PlanetSolar composite catamaran will aim to circumnavigate the globe using solar power alone.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has applied to the US Federal Government for a 25-year lease to develop a wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean.

American Chemet Corporation has appointed William H Shropshire as its new president and CEO, effective 1st July, 2010.

The winners of the 2010 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation, have been announced at

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

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA is the first solar plane to have flown during the night.

Renewable energy could supply 97% of the European Union’s electricity supply by 2050, according to the study ‘Energy [R]evolution – Towards a Fully Renewab

Hungarian wind power has been hampered by grid connection issues, lead times and costs, but the new Government has ambitious plans to increase renewable en

GASTANK Sweden AB has developed composite compressed natural gas (CNG) storage tanks based on HiPer-tex™ high performance glass fibre from 3B.

Energy efficiency could have twice the impact of renewable energy, nuclear and clean coal combined, according to the Energy Efficiency Council of Australia

Seifert and Skinner & Associates Inc (SS&A) is introducing ComposicaD™ software, which generates winding patterns for any filament winding machine.

Good news: June auto sales increased 12% compared to last year; not-so-good news: suppliers saw a 4.6% decline from May.

Many countries are well-suited to solar power, and incentives and low-cost financing mechanisms should be offered to make the energy transition possible, s

The International AVK Conference takes place on 13-14 September in Essen, alongside COMPOSITES EUROPE 2010.

A new study from Frost & Sullivan reveals that Sweden has the highest potential market growth in Western Europe, and Poland is (and will continue to be) th

Firehole Technologies Inc has announced a partnership with Saratech Inc to market and sell Firehole’s Helius™ line of software tools.

A report from Alix Partners says defense spending cuts and airline financial struggles will hamper corporate jet demand.

The Egypt Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai features fire retardant glass reinforced plastic (GRP) parts made using Scott Bader resin and gel-coat.

Newly released ‘third estimate” lowers government's initial GDP calculation from 3% to 2.7%.

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

“The Megacity Vehicle is a revolutionary automobile," says Klaus Draeger, Member of the BMW Board of Management for Development. "It will be the world’s fi

New B.O.B, a.k.a ‘Bust Our Butts’, initiative ups the ante on customer service.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc has officially opened its new facility in Kinston, North Carolina (NC), USA, which will design and manufacture composite components

Renewable energies must generate almost half of the world’s power by 2050, up from the current level of 18%, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) will be exhibiting its range of resin systems for use in aerospace, space and defence applications at the 2010 Farnboro

The National Association for Surface Finishing, NASF, reported more full-conference registrations—as well as greater exhibitor participants and higher inte

Both PCB shipments and bookings increased in May, according to the latest report from the Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC.

Hunan ZKenergy Wind Power Industrial Technology Co Ltd of China designs and manufactures affordable, small-scale wind turbines suitable for off-grid locati

In an effort to increase its carbon fibre business, Toho Tenax Co Ltd has announced a number of initiatives to strengthen its business in the global aerosp

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