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Materials news, September 2010

The Institute for Supply Management, or ISM, pegged the August PMI index at 56.3% for August—an indication of manufacturing growth.

Rigid PCB shipments and flexible circuit shipments were up 24.3 percent and 35.7 percent in August, respectively, according to the latest report from the A

Composite rigging producer Future Fibres has teamed up with mould specialist Persico Spa to design and build carbon composite masts for customers in the gr

The Fraunhofer Insitute is developing titanium foam for implants that replace injured bones in biomedical applications.

Spheric Technologies, Inc, based in Phoenix, Arizona, and Victec Europe Limited have agreed to share technology, applications and customer information the

Copper specialist Ecka Granules, which filed for insolvency in August 2009, has been acquired by Platinum Equity LLC, a global acquisitions company based i

Red Maple, Gurit's tooling business in China, has won its first contract for a wind turbine blade mould from a customer in Europe.

Firehole Technologies Inc has announced that Red Bull Racing has chosen its Helius:MCT software for computer-aided design and engineering of advanced compo

Automated Dynamics has developed a high performance carbon fibre composite hydraulic pump with Cameron, a provider of flow equipment to the oil, gas and pr

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

Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing will deliver 66 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and 58 EA-18G Growlers to the U.S. Navy from 2012 through 2015.

Swedish shipbuilder Kockums AB has delivered its first CarboCAT® carbon fibre composite catamaran, which has been designed as a supply and service vessel f

Ameron International Corporation reports net income of US$8.9 million for the quarter ended 29 August 2010, compared to net income of $5.9 million for the

Offshore wind costs in the UK have risen significantly over the last five years, according to the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), but they could be redu

Volvo Cars is part of a European team looking at how a carbon fibre composite that can store more energy than conventional batteries could be used to make

Vestas says Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has confirmed that the wind turbine blade failure on the V112-3.0 MW on 8 September was due to human error.

The Swedish Wind Power Technology Centre (SVTC) has been set up to support the Swedish wind power industry.

Blackstone Tek (BST) of South Africa is using carbon fibre prepregs from Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) to manufacture a range of motorcycle wheels.

DSM Composite Resin’s 55% bio-based resin Palapreg® ECO has recently won two innovation awards.

Suzlon Energy Ltd has reached 5 GW of cumulative wind power installations for over 1500 customers across 40 sites in 8 states in India.

Boeing has marked completion of the steel framework for its new 787 Dreamliner final assembly building with a special topping-out ceremony.

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

GE will provide three 2.5 MW wind turbines for the expansion of the Groß-Santersleben Süd wind farm in Germany for Germania Windpark.

Gamesa has won a €7.4 million operation and maintenance (O&M) contract for 21 wind farms totalling 163 MW from Iberdrola Renovables in France and Germany.

Show's expansive format embraces virtually all levels of the manufacturing supply chain.

REpower Systems AG has established a subsidiary, REpower Systems GmbH, to serve the core wind power markets in Germany and Austria.

Building on the success of its COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fair in Germany, Reed Exhibitions is launching a new exhibition in China.

Gamesa presented its latest wind turbine platform, the G9X-2.0 MW, at Husum WindEnergy in Germany this week.

Ohio-based advanced materials company MesoCoat Inc says that its PComP nanocomposite cermet coatings have been selected as a "breakthrough nanotechnology"

With close to 40 Gigawatts (GW) of new capacity added this year, the world’s installed wind power capacity is expected to approach 200 GW by the end of thi

Move allows additional testing capabilities.

General Motors Co. recently announced plans to spend $483 million and add 483 jobs building current- and next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engines at it

By 2020, 80% of Scottish electricity consumption to come from renewable sources.

The wind energy industry in the UK is today celebrating a milestone of 5GW of installed wind energy capacity.

H C Starck GmbH plans to move its international business, executive board and managers from Goslar, to a new branch in Munich, Germany.

Miba has acquired the off-road vehicle business of Hoerbiger Drive Technology.

Today, Vattenfall inaugurates the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, located off the south east coast of England. This is currently the world's largest offshore wi

Imperium Inc, the US manufacturer of ultrasound imaging cameras for non-destructive inspection of composites, has signed a global distribution deal with Hy

Boeing recently announced plans to increase the production rate for the Next-Generation 737 program to 38 airplanes per month in the second quarter of 2013

Gurit reports net sales for the first half of 2010 of CHF156.4 million, down 10.6% on the first half of 2009, with lower sales to the wind energy and trans

This year's COMPOSITES EUROPE exhibition attracted over 8000 visitors to Essen, Germany, during 14-16 September.

Owens Corning has announced updated expectations related to its outlook for 2010 following strong first-half demand in the US roofing market.

GE has introduced new models designed to increase annual energy production (AEP) to its 2.5 MW wind turbine series.

Umeco plc's Process Materials business, part of Umeco Composites, is establishing a joint venture company in Shanghai with its distributor Shanghai Leadgo

Dow Formulated Systems' new VORAFORCE™ Composite Systems consist of both epoxy- and polyurethane-based products designed for energy, transportation, constr

Owens Corning has announced the 40 semi-finalists in its Composite App Challenge, a global competition to find new applications for composite materials.

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) warns that the European Commission's decision to impose provisional import duties of 43.6% on certain

The European Glass Fibre Producers Association (APFE) welcomes the decision to impose import duties on certain Chinese glass fibre products. It says that s

US company Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) is setting up a joint venture with SSP Technology of Denmark to supply wind turbine blades for North America

The US Air Force has selected WebCore Technologies to develop rapid assembly, energy efficient composite shelters under the Small Business Innovation Resea

AOC LLC has announced a price increase for all vinyl ester resins for Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Composite materials specialist Gurit will be showcasing its products for the wind energy market at the Husum WindEnergy exhibition in Germany this week.

Svendborg Brakes A/S, a supplier of braking systems for wind turbines, has won a lawsuit against a competitor over copyright infringement of Svendborg’s br

Boeing has begun fatigue testing on the structural airframe of the 787 Dreamliner aircraft at its Everett, Washington, USA, site.

Gaelectric, an Irish renewable energy company, has received planning approval for a 11.5 MW wind farm at Cregganconroe, Pomeroy, County Tyrone, Northern Ir

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

Exuberant turnout bodes well for state of U.S. manufacturing, organizers say.

Momentive Performance Materials Holdings Inc (parent company of Momentive Performance Materials Inc) and Hexion LLC (parent company of Hexion Specialty Che

Owens Corning has unveiled its Ultrablade™ fabrics designed for the manufacture of longer wind turbine rotor blades.

Airbus, British Airways and Cranfield University in the UK are cooperating on aviation biofuels from renewable sources like microalgae.

AOC LLC is increasing prices of all vinyl ester resins shipped within the USA and Canada.

The European Commission is to impose a provisional anti-dumping duty of up to 43.6% on imports of certain continuous filament glass fibre products originat

Cray Valley has announced a price increase for its complete portfolio of resins and gel-coats produced and sold in Europe.

Powder coating industry veteran recognized for numerous contributions.

Output rose 0.2 percent in August after a downwardly revised increase of 0.6 percent in July, according to the Federal Reserve.

Sandvik Mining and Construction is investing SEK 300 million in a new production plant, expanding its manufacturing of crushing equipment in Svedala, Swed

Publicly traded invester Abakan Inc is to acquire a 41% interest in Powdermet, Inc for an initial payment of $US500,000 with a closing for the remaining pu

ESM Special Metals & Technology plans to create a new company division and build a new magnesium powder atomizing plant in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

H C Starck has formed a joint venture with Japanese chemical company Chisso Corporation to develop and produce lithium mixed oxides for batteries used to p

Composites engineering consultancy STRUCTeam Ltd has moved into new offices in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, UK.

The newly released September 2010 Precision Metalforming Association Business Conditions Report indicates metalforming companies expect steady sales during

Hexagon Composites ASA's wholly-owned subsidiary Ragasco AS has signed a multi-year contract with Daimler AG for the supply of composite natural gas contai

Composites Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) and Composites Testing Laboratory (CTL) of Ireland have entered into an agreement to collaborate in commerci

An EU partnership to increase onshore and offshore wind power developments has been launched Scottish Energy Minister Jim Mather.

Gamesa is tripling its investments in China through 2012 to expand and adapt its manufacturing centre for the development of its new wind turbine systems.

METYX Composites is organising a resin transfer moulding (RTM) training course this November in Turkey.

Plans call for the consolidation of six Boeing divisions to four as aircraft manufacturer adjusts to current business environment.

UK company Tech-Wood International has developed a modular house construction concept using wood plastic composites (WPC), which it has licenced to manufac

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Reinforced Plastics will be exhibiting at the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fair in Essen, Germany, this week.

Latest purchase marks Pioneer’s seventh location.

3A Composites' FlexiCut is a cost effective finishing option for AIREX® foam core materials.

Wind produced nearly 10% of UK electricity earlier this month setting a new record for wind power production in the UK according to data from the National

Delcam will present its latest developments in CADCAM for composites at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago on 13-18 Septembe

Vestas has signed a global order for 400 MW of wind turbines with an option for an additional 1 GW from an undisclosed company.

ESB International and Marine Current Turbines (MCT) are developing the initial phase of a 100 MW tidal energy project off the Antrim coast, Northern Irela

A 7 m section of a blade on Vestas’ 3 MW V112 wind turbine has broken off, raising questions about the wind turbine manufacturer’s new flagship turbine.

Scientists at the University of Liverpool, UK, have developed a substance made of 95% water droplets surrounded by a sandy silica coating.

SKF is building two new factories in Dalian, China, and Mysore, India, continuing its expansion into Asia.

Tomkins, the UK parent company of Canadian PM components manufacturer Stackpole Ltd has been taken over by a financial consortium.

Miba has acquired two Austrian producers of power electronics components such as resistors and cooling systems for power electronics.

Dow Formulated Systems has announced plans to add capacity in China and in North America for its wind energy customers, with increased capacity for infusio

Sales of automobiles stalled in August, dropping a staggering 21% from this time last year.

GRP pipe producer HOBAS is exhibiting at the IFAT Entsorga 2010 trade show for water, sewage and waste in Munich next week.

Syrgis Performance Initiators has opened a new US laboratory which will support its global organic peroxides business.

Alstom will supply €200 million worth of wind turbines to Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) for a 217 MW extension to the Whiteless wind farm in Scotland.

Hydrite Advanced Resins LLC (HAR) has begun epoxy resin production at its new facility in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, USA.

The Wave Hub project for testing wave energy devices has seen the Hub being lowered into water at 55 m depth 16 km off the coast of Cornwall, UK.

Owens Corning is increasing production of continuous filament mat (CFM) glass reinforcements by re-starting a second production line at its manufacturing f

The State of California has awarded Lotus Engineering a US$2 million study into efficient, lightweight cars of the future. The vehicle design will use a mi

Cam Elyaf's WR6 roving has received Germanischer Lloyd approval for wind turbine blade applications.

At next week's China Composites Expo in Beijing, Scott Bader Composites will be showcasing three new products.

Gamesa will supply 129 wind turbines totalling 258 MW for 9 wind farms in Brazil to be developed by Iberdrola Renovables.

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

A bus shelter installation in Arizona incorporates a fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite grid structure to help protect waiting passengers from the he

InnoVida Holdings, a Florida-based manufacturer of composite panels, has developed proprietary materials and processes for rapid construction of durable, a

Det Norske Veritas (DNV), the international Marine and Offshore Certification and Classification agency, has issued a Statement of Conformity certifying th

RHC Lifting Ltd has commissioned one of Europe’s most technically advanced crane systems at GKN Aerospace’s new composite wing manufacturing facility in Br

The composites industry in Brazil is on track to register US$1.3 billion in revenue by the end of 2010 – 11% more than last year, according to the Brazilia

Renewable energy developer RES proposes an 11 turbine wind farm between New Luce, Kirkcowan and Glenluce, in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

US thermoplastics compounder RheTech Inc has launched a new line of biocomposite materials to provide an alternative to mineral or glass reinforced polypro

North American distributor Composites One has announced that its Chinese distribution operation Composites One China will exhibit at the China Composites E

The application deadline for the 5-7 October APMI PMT Certification Level I and Level II examinations is 10th September.

ATW Companies has scheduled the opening of Parmatech-Proform Corp’s new manufacturing facility in Rhode Island, USA, as reported in January.

Powdermet Inc has developed new PM alloys which it says have lower weight, higher strength, and increased hardness when compared to aluminium alloys curren

Airbus has commenced production of the A350 XWB aircraft in Germany. The first part will be the upper wing shell, the largest integrated carbon fibre reinf

Nordisk Vindkraft and HgCapital have inaugurated Havsnäs Wind Farm, located north of Strömsund in the County of Jämtland, Sweden.

AOC LLC is increasing prices for all resins sold in Europe.

U.S. economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 13th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s PM

The latest survey from the Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC, shows rigid printed circuit board shipments were up 23.9 percent, while bo

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the price of its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and gel-coats sold in E

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

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