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Materials news, October 2010

Gurit reports target market sales of CHF235.9 million for the first nine months of 2010, a 1.1% increase at constant rates over the first nine months 2009.

3TIER’s wind performance maps for the third quarter of 2010, show that in general, North American winds were up, whereas European winds were down.

Composite materials manufacturer Hexcel Corporation reports net sales for the third quarter of 2010 of US$294.5 million, 14.5% higher than in the third qua

Rhodia is launching its Evolite™ by Technyl® range of polyamide-based continuous fibre reinforced materials at the K 2010 exhibition.

Siemens has concluded a framework agreement with Enel Green Power for the supply and maintenance of up to 260 wind turbines with a capacity of 600 MW for E

Spanish wind farm manufacturer Gamesa receives new contracts in China to supply 197 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 251 MW.

Both rigid and flexible shipments surged by double digits in September, IPC report shows.

Danish Yachts is introducing its latest range of carbon fibre composite military vessels at the Euronaval exhibition in France.

Indian Energy has entered into an agreement with Suzlon Energy Ltd. for the construction of a 50.4 MW wind farm at Tejuva in the state of Rajastan.

Researchers at the University of Delaware, USA have developed a new method for depositing a single layer of platinum atoms onto a relatively inexpensive tu

Höganäs has reported very positive third quarter earnings, with net sales of SEK 1,728 (1,193) million in the quarter, up 45% year on year, and sales volum

Materials testing specialist Ceram, based in Staffordshire, UK, has recruited seven scientists to work as technical consultants in order to diversify its p

Intertek has been awarded Nadcap accreditation for testing of composite materials for the aerospace and automotive industries.

Oxeon's TeXtreme® high performance spread tow carbon fabric is being used in BAUER’s new SUPREME TOTALONE composite ice hockey stick to enhance its perform

Boeing exceeds analysts' expectations, while Lockheed Martin revenues tumble by double digits.

Offshore wind could contribute 54 GW to US electricity networks by 2030, according to a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Von Roll is extending its composite armouring products range with the new PARA-LITE® PHT20 phenolic prepreg for hard armour applications.

Alstom says it will have installed 80 MW of its ECO 100 wind turbines in France by the end of 2010, across four wind farms.

Carbon nanotube manufacturer Nanocyl will showcase its new range of carbon nanotube (CNT) masterbatches at the K 2010 show in Düsseldorf this week.

3A Composites Core Materials has announced the completion of the Chinese translation of its website.

Long time CCAI member is recognized for his years of dedication and service at both the national and chapter levels.

Offshore wind turbines could be sited in deeper water off the UK coast using floating foundations, according to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

Armour protection specialist Plasan and TPI Composites Inc have formed a joint venture called Armored Chariots LLC to produce next-generation crew compartm

Bombardier Aerospace has inaugurated the new facility at its site in the Querétaro Aerospace Park, Mexico, which will be responsible for the fabrication of

Vestas says 3000 jobs could be axed – mainly in Denmark – as the wind power market fails to recover according to expectations.

Bedford Rural Electric Cooperative has installed an FRP pole and dead-end cross arm in Shawnee State Park, Pennsylvania, USA.

Software provider Firehole Technologies has announced a contract with Farr Yacht Design Ltd covering analytical evaluation, design review and modification

Boeing has awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products a US$17 million contract for the production of composite components for the C-17 Globem

The European project SmartFiber is aiming to develop an embedded sensor system for the structural health monitoring of composite products such as wind turb

Gamesa will locate its global offshore wind headquarters in London with plans to invest up to €150 million by 2014.

The UK Government has announced £60 million in funding to establish offshore wind manufacturing at British ports.

Albany Engineered Composites Inc is planning to construct a new plant adjacent to its Rochester, New Hampshire, USA, operations to support its aerospace pr

The European Plastics Convertors Association (EuPC) is urging plastics convertors to challenge their raw materials suppliers in court if they are faced wit

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

Bombardier has completed the first phase of construction of the Belfast, Northern Ireland, facility designed for the manufacture and assembly of the compos

Toho Tenax Europe GmbH has began full operation of the fourth carbon fibre production line at its Oberbruch plant in Germany.

PPG Industries has announced a price increase on all glass fibre reinforcement and speciality yarn products in North America.

A newly released Federal Reserve report showed most major manufacturing indices moved downward last month. One of the few exceptions was the category of mo

Vestas has received a 128 MW order for 24 V90-3.0 MW and 31 V90-1.8 MW turbines from Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for the Solano 3 project

After a temporary suspension, North American Tungsten Corporation Ltd has announced the re-start of production at its tungsten CanTung mine, found in the N

This year’s European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) World Congress, which took place in Florence, Italy from 10-14th October, attracted delegates fro

The North American powder metallurgy industry has continued to grow, reported MPIF president Michael E Lutheran in his comments at the Global Review sessio

Alloy specialists Carpenter Technology, based in Pennsylvania, USA, and Sandvik Materials Technology, based in Sweden, have formed a strategic partnership

The vast majority of automotive manufacturers achieved sales gains during the month of September, pushing total industry revenues up by double digits.

New audit system was designed to align with the existing high standards of certifications currently required by the major auto manufacturers.

A surge of prototype projects could signal dramatic growth in ocean energy industry, reports IHS.

The World Wind Energy Association expects global capacity to reach almost 200 GW in 2010 but calls for further improvements in national and International p

Reichhold Inc is increasing prices of all unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins sold in North America for the composites industry.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne argued there was "no strategic case at this time for public funding" of a scheme to generate energy in the

Composites specialist Tods Aerospace has received a contract from Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd to design and build lightweight components for the US Army's Long

Zyvex Technologies' Piranha Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), a boat built from nano-enhanced carbon fibre composite, is now starting sea trials.

At the China Wind Power show in Beijing, DSM Composite Resins launched a new resin for wind turbine blade applications.

Following a visit from a delegation from Uruguay, Ragasco AS is anticipating a contract for the delivery of composite propane storage cylinders to the coun

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

Composites distributor GRPMS received yacht builder Sunseeker International’s Overall Supplier of the Year Award for 2010 during a ceremony held at the Sou

China’s wind power can reach 230 GW of installed capacity by 2020, and its annual electricity output of 464.9 TWh could replace 200 coal fire power plants,

3M has signed a commercialisation and supply agreement with TenCate Advanced Composites USA Inc that allows TenCate to purchase 3M™ Matrix Resin for the cr

UK carbon multiaxial reinforcements producer Formax is investing in a new research and development facility with a focus on developing unidirectional fabri

A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan projects the global automotive OEM coatings market will reach $14.1 billion in 2016. By comparison, suppliers earned r

Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Blade Technology has chosen MSC.Software simulation products for the design of its next generation of composite wind turbi

Avrupa Minerals Ltd has announced plans to upgrade its Covas tungsten project in northern Portugal, near the border town of Caminha.

Union Process Inc, based in Akron, USA, has built an 05-SDM hybrid mill capable of small media milling.

Registration is now open for the 2010 MPIF Fall Management Conference & 66th Annual Meeting, which takes place from 7-9 November at Buffalo Thunder, Santa

KMT Robotic Solutions Inc has sold an additional Root End Cut and Drill System to a North American manufacturer of large wind turbine blades.

New York-based SiGNa Chemistry, a manufacturer of materials featuring stabilized reactive metals, has developed a new low-temperature method for stabilizin

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa and the shipbuilding division of US defence company Northrop Grumman Corporation have signed an agreement to launc

SABIC Innovative Plastics is adding speciality polypropylene (PP) compounding to its Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, USA, site in the first quarter of 2011 to

Wind could meet 12% of global power demand by 2020, and up to 22% by 2030, according to a study published today by the Global Wind Energy Council and Green

Space tourism company Virgin Galactic has announced the successful completion of the first piloted free flight of its spaceship VSS Enterprise.

Wind Energy Services Company (WES), a US provider of maintenance and repair services for wind turbine blades, nacelles and spinners, is relocating its base

Interplastic Corporation’s Thermoset Resins Division is raising the price of its CoREZYN® and Silmar® brand polyester resins, gel-coats, colorants and putt

International Energy Agency (IEA) calculations based on preliminary data show that China has now overtaken the U.S. to become the world's largest energy us

US company Vector Composites Inc has been granted a license to use the Quickstep Process for develop and manufacture of composite components for the aerosp

AOC LLC has announced a price increase on all polyester resins, gel-coat, pigments and additive products for the USA and Canada.

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

Gurit will double the manufacturing capacity for its PVCell™ G-Foam core materials in China. The products are designed for use in the manufacture of wind t

The Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) is leading a project that will result in the formation of the Latin American Association of Composit

Automobili Lamborghini SpA and Callaway Golf Company have teamed up to develop technologies and materials designed to enhance the performance of their prod

Hydro will invest about NOK850 million to upgrade the Rjukan hydropower system in Telemark, southeast Norway between 2011 and 2015.

AOC LLC is increasing the prices of polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gel-coats and pigments for Mexico.

Ofgem's prediction that the UK solar market is likely to reach 60 MW by the end of 2010 and 250 MW in 2011, has spurred Solar Power UK to extend its progra

California Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Central Valley Plater for effective pollution prevention program

Exclusive license agreement calls for Baron-Blakeslee to manufacture and sell the highly regarded Lab-Kleen precision bench-top vapor degreasers.

Hardmetal specialist Ceratizit, based in Luxembourg, has signed a joint venture agreement with a Taiwan-based carbide manufacturer.

Testing specialist Institut Dr. Foerster , based in Baden-Württemberg, plans to exhibit new technology for the non-destructive testing (NDT) of powder meta

Tin has reached its highest price since its previous peak, reached in May 2008.

UK-based particle testing specialist Malvern Instruments has extended its direct operations in Japan.

US company Matrix Composites has been certified to ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2004 Rev B, a quality management standard specifically written for the aerospac

Lamborghini's carbon fibre technology demonstrator, the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show this month. With an overall curb w

Nammo Composite Solutions has obtained the AS 9100 certification for manufacturing of advanced composites for the aerospace industry.

A difference in opinions has become apparent as the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) oppose RenewableUK’s claims that very high subsidies to wind power ar

AVK (the German Federation of Reinforced Plastics) presented its 2010 Innovation Awards during the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show in September.

The Environmental court has given wpd, a Stockholm-based wind power operator, the green light to begin construction of a large-scale offshore wind farm on

Zircotec's plasma-sprayed zirconia-based coating, which protects composites from the effects of heat and abrasion in tough operating environments, has won

CTC patent focused on processes to create discrete corrosion defects on substrates and establish corrosion nondestructive inspection test standards.

Independent manufacturer of blades for wind turbines, LM Wind Power, plans to expand its manufacturing base in Brazil.

Gurit has launched its new wind turbine Blade Repair System RENUVO™ , comprising UV curing single-component resins and glass prepregs, UV lamps and associa

Ashland Performance Materials has announced a new distribution agreement with GRPMS to cover Finland. GRPMS currently distributes Ashland’s composites prod

VISTAGY Inc has sold its FiberSIM composites engineering software to SOLVER Company of Russia for use with a fibre placement system in designing composite

Alstom will construct a 24 MW wind farm in Turkey for Eolos Wind Energy Generation Co Inc, a subsidiary of Güris Construction and Engineering Co Inc.

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

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

Renewable energy sources in the UK produced 4.72 TWh in the second quarter (Q2) of 2010, down 12.1% from the same period last year, according to the Depart

Non-polluting electric buses featuring composite bodywork are being introduced in the city of Seoul in Korea.

GE and Harbin Electric Machinery Co Ltd (HEC) have set up a joint venture (JV) to manufacture and supply wind turbines to customers in China.

The EC-funded BADANA project aims to develop procedures for the extraction of natural fibre from banana plant waste. The fibres will be used to develop the

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