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Materials news, December 2010

3A Composites Core Materials appoints Trident Foams UK distributor

3A Composites Core Materials has named Trident Foams Ltd as the exclusive distributor of its AIREX® and BALTEK® core materials for the UK market from Janua

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) reports that European Commission (EC) has released a document to the EU27 Member States for consultati

The Reinforced Plastics office will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Friday 24 December until Tuesday 4 January.

Researchers at Bristol University are testing a prototype of a large-scale bridge with composite decking to learn more about the behaviour of composite bri

Composites use in passenger railcar applications is expected to see double-digit growth during 2010-2015 to reach US$732 million by 2015, according to a re

SP - High Modulus, the marine composites business of Gurit, has become a partner sponsor of the Zhik 2011 Moth World Championships sailing event taking pla

Suzlon Blade Technology and Idé-Pro Engineering & Software A/S have signed a three year contract under which Idé-Pro will deliver a complete integrated sol

Two new composite exhaust stacks installed at a Camden, New Jersey, wastewater facility significantly reduced initial costs for the Camden County Municipal

The German Federation of Reinforced Plastics, AVK, is inviting nominations for its 2011 Innovation Awards.

Gamesa is supplying a total of 120 MW of wind turbine capacity to the Windstar wind project, for Western Wind Energy Corporation at the Tehachapi Pass in s

Huber Engineered Materials and Almatis Inc have reached an agreement under which Almatis will toll produce a number of its speciality flame retardant produ

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

Spirit AeroSystems Inc has celebrated the rollout of the Sikorsky CH-53K helicopter fuselage. The fuselage assembly includes composite cockpit and cabin se

Scott Bader Europe is increasing the prices of all Crystic® unsaturated polyester, DCPD, Crestapol® and vinyl ester resins from 20 January 2011.

AOC LLC is increasing the prices of all resins sold in Europe from 17 January 2011.

A newly released report from the Federal Reserve showed industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.4 percent last month, following a decline of 0.2% in

Newly released report shows metalformers anticipate a significant uptake in orders during the next three months.

A benchtop version of the world’s smallest lithium-based battery has been created by a team led by Sandia National Laboratories researcher Jianyu Huang.

Silicon anode manufacturer Nexeon, based in Abingdon, UK has developed lithium ion battery cells with the world’s highest capacity for their size.

Microbor Nanotech, a manufacturer of composite nano cubic boron nitride (NCBN) based in Moscow, Russia, has commissioned its first line of cutting instrume

According to a source mentioned in a Reuters report, the US is not exploiting enough its rare earth materials for production.

Hoeganaes Corporation has appointed Shashi Shukla as the new managing director of Hoeganaes Corporation Europe, reporting to Dave Kasputis, president.

NGenTec Ltd has secured investment of £2 million from Amsterdam based SET Venture Partners and Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Co-investment Fund for the de

Composite materials specialist Hexcel Corporation has provided its guidance for 2011, projecting solid growth in both revenues and earnings.

The proposed European Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Scotland has been awarded a grant of up to €40 million from the EU through the European Economic Re

Engineering simulation specialist ANSYS and engineering software provider VISTAGY Inc have integrated ANSYS® 13.0 Composite PrepPost™ and FiberSIM® 2010 co

Reichhold has announced a January 2011 price increase on all products for the European composites industry.

Corrosion resistant equipment manufacturer Plasticon Europe BV, Oldenzaal, the Netherlands, has acquired AC Plastiques Canada (1992) Inc.

REpower will deliver 25 of its MM92, 2.05 MW wind turbines to EverPower for projects in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Norwegian company Hexagon Composites warns of a weaker than expected result in the fourth quarter of 2010, mainly a result of lower sales in two of its sub

WebCore Technologies LLC has announced that its TYCOR® W core material products have earned a Certificate of Approval by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for use in

DSM Composite Resins has announced a price increase for its complete range of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins.

AOC LLC has ended its exclusive distribution strategy with Poliformas Plasticas in Mexico.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc has shipped the first production leading edge spar component – an outer spar made from carbon composite – for the Airbus A350 XWB pr

BayernLB is contributing €26 million for the 30 MW Seyitali-Aliaga wind farm in the northwestern Turkish province of Izmir.

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

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) says no solution has yet been reached at the international climate talks at COP-16 in Cancún, Mexico, but that the ro

New appointments at AVK, and Lincoln Composites.

Turkish reinforcements supplier METYX Composites has announced a price increase for its products.

Geothermal could supply at least 20% of European energy demand in 2050, according to the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC).

Chem-Trend has added to its Chemlease® products with the new One FS EZ easy to apply, HAPs free, semi-permanent release agent.

Silver and black emerge as most popular ‘worldwide’ automotive colors, annual survey says.

The National Association for Surface Finishing, NASF, recently announced the results of its 2011 Board of Directors election, which covers posts for the AE

The American Bird Conservancy urges US Senators to include the US Fish and Wildlife Service Advisory Committee’s recommendations for wind turbine impacts o

Private investments in G-20 clean and renewable power projects could total US$2.3 trillion by 2020, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Dean Howard has been elected president of the American Powder Metallurgy Institute (APMI International), and three new directors have been appointed.

Laser sintering system manufacturer EOS has launched a new machine for processing metal powders.

Engineers at GE Global Research have paired a high-energy density sodium battery with a high-power lithium battery to power a transit bus.

The General Motors – Shanghai Automotive 50:50 joint venture is eyeing the Indian market as a major destination for minivans manufactured by Wuling, China’

After China’s rare earth metals exports plunged by more than 70% in October exports regained some momentum in November. However, according to Sojitz Corpor

Wind power can and must make a significant contribution to saving the climate, according to international wind industry representatives at the Global Wind

UK headquartered distributor GRPMS has signed a contract with Chinese company Jushi to act as exclusive UK distributor for Jushi's glass fibre reinforcemen

Conergy AG is selling off its German and French wind development and operating business to an investment fund managed by Impax Asset Management, as part of

Evonik’s ROHACELL polymethacrylimide (PMI) rigid foam core material has been used in the manufacture of the composite rear pressure bulkhead prototype of C

Moldex Composites Pvt Ltd is new company offering composite products for the automotive, aerospace and other markets from a purpose-built facility in a Spe

Samsung and partners is setting up a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Tillsonburg and wind turbine wind tower plant in Windsor, Ontario.

Seco Tools has expanded its product line with a new range of specialised routers for use in the machining of composite materials.

A composite lift bridge designed to carry heavy traffic has been installed in the city of Oosterwolde in the Netherlands.

Composites Horizons Inc (CHI), part of the Aerostructures & Composites division of the UK based Hampson Group, has announced an expansion programme to supp

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

The North American fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) tank market is likely to recover from the 2009 recession and post positive growth from 2010 onwards, acco

Borealis has received the Frost & Sullivan 2010 Global New Product Innovation Award in the Automotive Under the Hood Plastics category for its Xmod™ GB306S

Siemens has opened a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Shanghai, China, and a wind turbine nacelle production plant in Hutchinson, Kansas, as well

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe Ltd (MPSE) plans to invest up to £100 million in an engineering facility to carry our research and development into offshor

Rigid printed circuit board shipments were up 13.6 percent while bookings decreased 2.7 percent in October 2010 from October 2009, according to survey resu

REACH Delivery International is launching a new service designed to help chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and users guarantee the secure del

Nordex USA has secured an order for a 75 MW wind power project using its 2.5 MW N100 wind turbines from EverPower Wind Holdings Inc.

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) is reminding companies that new rules on classification, labelling, packaging and notification of chemical substances c

Australian exploration and mining company Venture Minerals says that its Mt Lindsay, north-west Tasmania tin and tungsten deposit has been substantially up

Kairos Partners Inc, a service disabled veteran-owned business based in Chester, Virginia, USA says that the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (

The offshore wind industry has moved from a niche market to a maturing industry, however securing funding and low returns on investment are major issues fo

International PM automotive parts manufacturer Federal Mogul is looking for acquisition targets in companies focused on electric vehicle (EV) technology.

Los Angeles-based Platinum Equity, owner of SCM Metal Products, has completed the acquisition of all material assets of Ecka Granules, headquartered in Für

Gamesa and Eolia Renovables de Inversiones will develop two wind energy projects in Mexico, for which Gamesa will supply wind turbines with a combined inst

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

45 people from 13 different countries attended METYX Composites' RTM training course in Turkey last month.

UK tidal energy company, Marine Current Turbines (MCT), aims to install a 5 MW tidal energy farm in Scotland by 2013.

AkzoNobel is launching a new range of cobalt-free and low-cobalt accelerators under the Nouryact® name for use in the curing of unsaturated polyester resin

AeroDef Manufacturing, set for April 2011, to offer insights into the evolution of manufacturing and the technologies driving future development.

Gamesa will set up a 300 MW wind turbine nacelle facility in Brazil following a memorandum of intentions with Jacques Wagner, Governor of the Brazilian sta

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has started construction of a new facility dedicated to manufacturing composite airframe structures and components

VISTAGY Inc has announced the sale of its FiberSIM® software to Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd for use in manufacturing composite parts for the newest gene

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