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Materials news, August 2010

FRP Services will distribute US mould release manufacturer Zyvax's products in China.

A five-year composites research programme with a focus on strengthening Australia's position in the international composites industry, is underway. This ex

PNE WIND AG has completed its second wind farm repowering project with the Görike wind farm in Brandenburg, Germany, quintupling the output.

Airbus, in partnership with Air France and air navigation service providers from UK, Canada and the USA, is about to commence ‘Transatlantic Green Flight’

Shell and Cosan have signed a US$12 billion joint venture (JV) agreement to produce and commercialise ethanol and power from sugarcane.

Gurit has officially inaugurated the new production site of its tooling business Red Maple in China. The facility allows for the development and manufactur

The International Surface Finishing Academy is pleased to announce that Tonya Vyhlidal of Lincoln Industries will deliver the keynote speech.

Demand for composites in construction applications continues to grow, but to optimise the use of composites it is important to involve the composites engin

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Wind turbine blade supplier TPI Composites Inc has announced plans to open a wind blade innovation centre in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, to support its

Chemical reactor specialist HEL has developed a new subsieve autosizer for powder size characterisation using air-permeability, replacing the Fisher Subsie

Polymer-Chemie GmbH has established its metal powder compound division, founded in 2005, as an independent legal entity as of August 2010.

Vale Inco’s Goro project, located in New Caledonia in the South Pacific, has produced its first nickel metal product.

The EPMA European Hard Materials Sectoral Group (EHMG) will hold open meeting on the 12th October 2010 in Florence, Italy, during the PM World Congress and

REpower has officially opened its new wind turbine technology centre in Osterrönfeld in the Rendsburg-Eckernförde district, Germany.

Recycled Carbon Fibre Ltd has updated its existing website and launched a new site for its Green Carbon Fibre range of 100% recycled products.

SP - High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, will be exhibiting at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

Chinese manufacturing company Xiangtan Electrical Manufacturing Corporation Ltd (XEMC) may set up wind turbine production facilities in Northern Ireland.

Scotland’s offshore wind industry could contribute £7.1 billion of investment and create up to 28,000 direct jobs by 2020, according to Scottish Renewables

Chemicals company BASF will showcase its products for the manufacture of wind turbines at the Husum WindEnergy trade show in September.

More training courses for wind farm installation will be offered throughout Turkey due to high demand, GL Garrad Hassan says.

Canadian company Motive has announced the development of Canada’s first bio-composite bodied electric car, the Kestrel.

Biofuel made from whisky by-products could be used to fuel cars, according to Edinburgh Napier University in the UK.

Celanese Corporation affiliate Fortron Industries LLC will increase production of Fortron® polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) at its Wilmington, North Carolina,

JD Lincoln, part of the Composites Division of Umeco plc, is introducing a surface improvement film for epoxy composites.

Chemicals distributor Univar has signed a distribution deal with Celanese Emulsion Polymers, a specialist in emulsion technology.

Biogas could be an important part of EU’s 2020 targets for renewable energy, and the EU project Sustainable and Innovative European Biogas Environment (SEB

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According to the August 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect business conditions to rema

A laser inspection technique for assessing bond strength of adhesively bonded joints has been developed by LSP Technologies Inc.

The Chemical Coaters Associatino International Finishing Technologies Pavilion and Conference aims to complete the manufacturing process at FABTECH, North

Australian company MIRteq has appointed Composites One as its exclusive distributor in the USA and British Columbia in Canada.

Moroccan power utility ONE is building a 200 MW wind farm outside Tarfaya.

Airborne International BV has attracted a €9 million investment from Holland Private Equity to accelerate the growth of the company. The funds will be used

Columbia Chemical has been granted zinc nickel approval by General Motors for COLDIP NI-Z TRI BLUE 100 with Zinc-Chro-PELLENT under the GMW 4700B specifica

A paper co-written by GKN staff has won the 2010 MPIF Howard I. Sanderow outstanding technical paper award.

North American Tungsten Corporation Ltd, based in Vancouver, Canada, plans to re-start production at its Cantung tungsten mine in the Northwest Territorie

Arkansas Nuclear One, owned by integrated energy company Entergy Corporation has won a Meritorious Performance in Operations Award 2010 at the American Nuc

Nearly a year since Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas closed its blade facility on the Isle of Wight, former workers have formed a company that manuf

Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC), a developer of river and ocean energy technology, says its Beta Power System has generated grid-compatible power from

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing rules that will cut emissions of mercury and other harmful pollutants from Portland cement manufact

A newly released Federal Reserve report showed U.S. industrial production rose 1% in July after having edged down 0.1% in June.

The Dow Chemical Company, through its Venture Capital group, has made a minority equity investment in wind turbine blade technology specialist Blade Dynami

Vestas has seen a €162 million tumble in net profit to a loss of €119m in the second quarter (Q2) of 2010, and downgrades its full year forecast.

US company RL Industries has fabricated three large composite storage tanks for a chemical plant in Saudi Arabia.

Latest PMI report shows economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 12th consecutive month.

Goldhofer, a heavy haulage and special transportation specialist, has launched a flatbed semi-trailer for transporting wind turbine blades up to 62 m.

Huber Engineered Materials has acquired the Kemgard® flame retardants and smoke suppressants business of Sherwin-Williams.

Statoil’s Hywind floating offshore wind turbine foundations could be used in Scotland, according to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.

Denmark’s Risø DTU is building a test centre for large wind turbines at Østerild in North-Western Jutland.

Gurit has completed the development of a new range of PVC structural foam core materials designed for use in the manufacture of wind turbine rotor blades i

New NASF-sponsored environmental and technology symposium scheduled for Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m., at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc reports revenue of US$1.3 billion for the second quarter of 2010, compared to $947 million in 2009.

The global alternative and renewable energy industry expanded “rapidly” over the last year despite the global economic recession impact on worldwide energy

The Department of Energy (DoE) is targeting 50 GW of offshore wind until 2030.

Ireland’s renewable energy sources have a potential three times the country’s energy requirements.

Indian Energy has fully commissioned its 16.5 MW Theni wind farm and the associated substation.

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The 2010 New England Surface Finishing Regional Conference will be held on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa, Hyannis, Mass.

Appointment extends Crimp’s current role as executive vice president of Cookson Electronics’ Alpha business in Europe.

The IPC Conference for the North American EMS Industry: What It Takes to Supply the Military will kick off at the Embassy Suites in Washington, D.C., Sept.

ZCL Composites Inc, a Canadian manufacturer of composite tanks for the petroleum industry, reports revenue of $31.0 million for the second quarter (Q2), e

Wind Simplicity Inc is in the final in the 2010 Design for Recycling® competition for its commitment to recycling in its design and manufacture of its Wind

Atlantis Resources Corporation’s 1 MW tidal power turbine, the AK1000™, is due for installation at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), located in Ork

The partner country for COMPOSITES EUROPE 2010 is Holland and Dutch composites association VKCN will host the Holland pavilion, with support from the EVD I

Alloy specialist Carpenter Technology Corporation has agreed a deal with SB Specialty Metals LLC, which makes high alloy particle metallurgy materials, to

Scientists from Hong Kong Polytechnic University have discovered that a layer of silver nanoparticles placed between two layers of the organic semiconducto

Scientists at Cornell University's Energy Materials Center have researched a catalyst coated with platinum nanoparticles that could make PEM (proton exchan

Copper and bronze specialist SCM Metal Products, Inc, based in North Carolina, USA, plans to expand its copper powder plant production capacity in Suzhou,

Chemical companies can do more to support the automotive industry in going green whilst also opening new markets for themselves, says market research firm

HgCapital has bought a 44 MW wind farm in Malå, Västerbotten, Sweden, which will be developed by NV Nordisk Vindkraft AB.

Vestas will deliver 140 units of its V112-3.0 MW wind turbine to AGL Energy Ltd and Meridian’s 420 MW Macarthur wind farm in Australia.

U.S. Polychemical Corporation has introduced a saturated wipes version of its Acrastrip composite resin remover.

Composites One, Magnum Venus Plastech (MVP) and the Closed Mold Alliance will demonstrate closed mould boat building technology during IBEX 2010 next month

Creative Pultrusions Inc has won a contract to supply composite distribution poles to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP). The US$2.97 mill

After a month-over-month decline in U.S. auto sales, many automakers switched gears and boosted revenues in July—to the collective tune of 5%.

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc (TAI), a major international F-35 Lightning II supplier to Northrop Grumman Corporation, has delivered a prototype of its

Siemens Energy is supplying 98 wind turbines for the 227.5 MW Crossroads wind power plant in Oklahoma, USA for Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E).

The Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) is holding a seminar on Composites in the 2014 World Cup on 12 August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Norwegian EnSol AS is developing a solar thin-film technology to be used on windows with a potential to reach over 20% efficiency and be commercially avail

Carbon fibre producer Zoltek Companies Inc reports net sales for the quarter ended 30 June 2010 of US$42.4 million, an increase of 40% on the third quarter

Bio-oil could become a more efficient source of renewable energy with a potential of replacing fossil fuels such as diesel, according to a £1.4 million pro

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The 2010 Southern Metal Finishing Conference, sponsored by the International Surface Finishing Academy, has announced that online registration for the annu

Coventya, Inc., is pleased to announce the completion of the integration and consolidation of its Oriskany, N.Y., electroless nickel manufacturing producti

Automated Dynamics has delivered a new piece of high performance composite processing equipment to GKN Aerospace in the UK.

New tank cleaning website features products to increase cleaning effectiveness and efficiency.

German wind developer Pro Ventum International and GE are building a 90 MW wind farm about 250 km northeast of Bangkok, Thailand.

SO.F.TER. will launch a new line of polyolefin based compounds reinforced with plant fibres during the K plastics show in October.

Don Walsh, Uyemura director of operations, has announced that Chemithon Surface Finishing, Inc. has been tapped to represent Uyemura in four states as well

With a record number of wind power additions in 2009, the U.S. is second only to China.

The organisers of the International Conference on Tungsten, Refractory & Hardmaterials have issued a call for papers for its technical programme.

According to the MPIF, Royal Metal Powders Inc, based in Maryville, Tennessee, USA, a division of American Chemet Corporation (ACC), has started production

Global Tungsten & Powders Corp, a division of Plansee, plans to invest more than US$10 million in its plant in Towanda, Pennsylvania, USA by the end of 201

Lions Gate Metals Inc, a Canadian company owning copper and molybdenum mines located in British Columbia, has entered into a consulting agreement with Ken

Four UK offshore wind demonstration sites, each 100 MW or less, have been awarded by the Crown Estate to four companies.

Owens Corning reports consolidated net sales of US$1.4 billion in the second quarter of 2010, up 13% on the second quarter of 2009. Sales in its Composites

Global subsidies for fossil fuels dwarf support given to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power and biofuels, according to a new report by B

Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) is to fabricate 76 large diameter chemical storage tanks for a mining company's new nickel processing plant in Newfound

ACCIONA Energy is building a 45 MW wind farm in Lamèque, New Brunswick, Canada, representing an investment of C$115 million.

US mould release agent manufacturer Chem-Trend is celebrating 50 years of business.

Ameron International Corp has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with HD Supply Utilities for the distribution of Ameron’s uPole® composite utility

PPG Industries, a leading coatings and specialty products company, recently announced several executive assignments.

Attendees for the upcoming NAI Coating Show in Indianapolis, Ind., are invited to book their hotel reservations online.

At COMPOSITES EUROPE 2010, the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT will display a trunk liner for the Porsche Carrera 4 made using a thermopla

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Development of offshore wind farms in Poland has been slow, despite the country's leadership of the wind energy sector in Central and Eastern Europe, raisi

REpower Systems AG has launched a wind farm repowering project in the district of Dithmarschen (Schleswig-Holstein) with Repowering Kronprinzenkoog GbR inc

Icon Aircraft, Seal Beach, California, USA, has selected Liberty Aerospace of Melbourne, Florida, USA, and Flytech Kft. of Szombathely, Hungary, as supplie

A preview of the COMPOSITE EUROPE 2010 exhibition will be published in the September/October issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine.

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