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Materials news, March 2011

Facility represents TITAN’s first expansion outside the United States.

Outlining the US energy strategy, President Barack Obama says oil imports must come down by a third by 2025 and that the share of renewable and low-carbon

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute, has published a new guide on the measurement of rough surfaces using inter

Umicore has posted an 16% increase in revenues due to improving conditions in most of our end markets and recovered earnings.

Höganäs AB has proposed the election of Björn Rosengren as Board member, to be confirmed at the company’s Annual General Meeting on 2 May 2011.

The Plansee Group has acquired over 7% of the shares in form of a block deal of Chilean company Molibdenos y Metales S.A. (Molymet).

Union Process, Inc has built an S-200 production Attritor for conductive ink manufacturing.

Arburg says that its recent Technology Days 2011 events, which took place in March, attracted more than 5200 visitors, reflecting an improved injection mou

The European Union’s High Power, High Reliability Offshore Wind Technology (HiPRWind) project is looking into the development of up to 20 MW offshore wind

Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM) companies Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) and JD Lincoln will exhibit their prepreg materials at the Aircr

The Scottish Government has approved a 69 MW extension to the Black Law wind farm and the 69 MW Blackcraig wind farm.

Vestas has unveiled its 7 MW V164 offshore wind turbine, which could see the first prototype developed in 2012.

Pliogrip™ 1000-series acrylic structural adhesives from Ashland Performance Materials are now available to the composites industry in Europe.

Mark Hutchinson tapped to cover U.S. Central Region

The U.S. economy added 216,000 jobs during the month of March, bringing down the unemployment rate to 8.8%.

3A Composites Core Materials is unveiling its new BALTEK® SBC balsa core material this week.

Vestas has confirmed it is in negotiations with a consortium planning a near 400 MW wind farm in Mexico.

Toho Tenax will introduce its new high tenacity carbon fibre filament yarn Tenax®-E HTS45 E23 at the JEC Composites Show 2011 in Paris this week.

Volkswagen unveiled its XL1 concept car at the Qatar Motor earlier this year. Cloaked in carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body panels attached to a C

Durkin elevated to director of international product development

Findings reveal mixed activity among rigid and flexible printed circuit boards

An-Cor Industrial Plastics has supplied 38 glass fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) tanks for a water filtration plant under construction in The Bronx, New Yor

UK company Amber Composites can now supply ROHACELL® high-performance foam core materials from Evonik Industries.

Innovative process enables repairs on the shop floor without having to remove the molds.

Global demand, capacity constraints, outages and availability of feedstocks and intermediates are blamed for increases.

GM, Honda, Mazda, and Toyota among the manufacturers making adjustments to limit disruptions in the supply chain.

After gains during the previous month, U.S. industrial production declined 0.1 percent in February.

Alstom has upgraded its 3 MW ECO 100 wind turbines with a capacity factor increase of 8-15% across wind classes.

The ITRI reports that a team of nuclear specialists from Ukraine could help Japanese engineers stabilise the Fukushima nuclear power plant through the use

The Japan Powder Metallurgy Association (JPMA) reports that the Japanese powder metallurgy industry "suffered great damage" as a result of the recent devas

The EPMA has published the agenda for its next REACH Workshop, called ‘REACH and Exposure Scenarios’.

Marine Current Turbines Ltd’s (MCT) 1.2 MW SeaGen tidal turbine has passed the UK’s operating performance criteria for wave and tidal technologies.

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc (TAI), an international F-35 Lightning II supplier to Northrop Grumman Corporation, has delivered its first production com

Ashland Performance Materials has announced an April price increase for its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester resins and epoxy vinyl ester resins

The recently released Precision Metalformers Association March survey reflects optimism about prospects over the next three months.

C. A. Litzler Co Inc has acquired the technical assets of Western Advanced Engineering Company (WAECO) of Orange, California, a supplier of custom hot-melt

E.ON has been granted planning permission to build a 47.5 MW onshore wind farm near Garve in the Scottish Highlands.

IPS Structural Adhesives is leveraging its merger with Holdtite Adhesives Ltd to create a new brand, expand production capacity and introduce new technolog

Oxeon is introducing +a/-ß variants of its carbon fibre TeXtreme® Spread Tow Fabrics, initially launching a +45/-45 product.

Zoltek Corporation has restructured its carbon fibre business into three units focusing on Wind Energy, Composite Intermediates, and Technical Fibres.

The Materials Research Division at Risø DTU will develop the scientific basis and computational tools for the microstructural optimisation of wind turbine

SP - High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has signed a commercialisation and supply agreement with 3M for use of 3M™ Matrix Resin in high performanc

Fully redesigned website allows customers to outline job parameters, attach drawings and technical documentation.

The €170 million project will reportedly provide 8% of the island’s electricity generation capacity.

The European Union has imposed a definitive anti-dumping duty of 13.8% on imports of certain continuous filament glass fibre products originating in China.

Senior figures from Indian Government and business have backed a new report by international NGO The Climate Group, which describes how a low carbon develo

BASF Corporation has opened a new epoxy composite laboratory at its technical centre in Tarrytown, New York, which will focus on wind turbine blade applica

Reichhold Inc has announced an April price increase on all unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins sold in North America for the composites industry.

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

Interplastic Corporation’s Thermoset Resins Division is raising the price of its CoREZYN® and Silmar® brand resins, gel-coats, colorants and putties on 9 A

AVK (the German federation of reinforced plastics) is partnering with the CompoCycle composite recycling system developed by Zajons Zerkleinerungs GmbH.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has designed two new Certified Composites Technician (CCT) programmes – Light Resin Transfer Mould

A study has found that there have not been extensive issues with shadow flicker from wind turbines in the UK.

Bayer MaterialScience has concluded a patent license agreement for the use of carbon nanotubes (CNT) with Hyperion Catalysis International Inc.

LMS International and e-Xstream engineering have started a strategic partnership to develop fatigue tools for random fibre reinforced composites.

German automotive supplier Mahle GmbH has acquired all remaining shares in the Turkish engine components manufacturer Mahle Mopisan.

Eramet Group’s turnover grew 33% in 2010 compared with 2009, and growth remained firm in the 4th quarter of 2010, according to its yearly financial report.

Daimler AG and Rolls-Royce Group plc have formed a 50:50 joint venture in order to offer for 100 per cent of the share capital of Tognum AG.

Scientists at Yale University in the US have developed bulk metallic glasses (BMGs)-metal alloys that have randomly arranged atoms as opposed to the orderl

Union Process, Inc has developed a system for controlling the flow of liquid nitrogen into the grinding chamber for customers performing cryogenic grinding

GE introduced a 4.1 MW direct drive offshore wind turbine at EWEA 2011 in Brussels this week.

The EU needs to adopt binding renewable energy targets for 2030 to ensure long-term investment, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Dutch company EverkinetIQ International has developed its first small wind turbine based on a glass fibre reinforced ASA resin from BASF.

Module provides detailed information on the different types of aircraft painting facilities.

Hikes reflect uptick in raw materials used in the formulation of powder coating resins.

Program demonstrates PPG's commitment to support automotive repair industry training efforts in China.

AOC LLC has announced a 7 April price increase for all polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gel-coats and pigments for all shipments to, from, and within

BAE Systems Composite Structures Inc has purchased VISTAGY Inc's FiberSIM® software to design and manufacture parts for commercial aircraft programmes.

China could surpass 70 GW of installed wind power in 2015 under the country’s new Five Year Plan, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Vestas’ 6 MW offshore wind turbine, which will be presented later this month, will be deployed by PNE Wind at Gode Wind III of the German coast.

Cray Valley is increasing the price of its complete portfolio of resins and gel-coats produced in Europe in April.

Amarillo, Texas-based Leading Edge boasts high capacity as well as proven painting capabilities.

Scott & Fyfe Ltd has appointed Azelis Composites as distributor for its range of glass fibre reinforcements in the UK and Ireland.

MAG IAS has received an order for two VIPER® 6000 Fibre Placement Systems from Alliant Techsystems (ATK) for use in the manufacture of wings for the F-35 L

Alstom Wind is going offshore with its new 6 MW permanent magnet direct drive wind turbine.

Audi Concept Design has developed lightweight carbon fibre skis which may be ready for series production by this winter.

AOC LLC will increase the prices of all its products for the USA and Canada on 11 April 2011.

The Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre, a joint venture between Airbus and its Chinese partners, has been officially inaugurated in Harbin,

A study by SBI Energy shows that the thermal and digestion waste-to-energy market is to be unaffected by the global economic downturn, forecasting the annu

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

The Prodrive-run Aston Martin Racing team has revealed its new AMR-One car, which features a carbon fibre monocoque.

ACCIONA Energy begins construction of its first wind farm in Poland which is to be situated at Golice in the west of the country.

Applied Composites Engineering (ACE) has been appointed exclusive agent for Anaglyph's PlyMatch™ ply placement technology in the USA and Canada.

Schario brings 10-plus years of industry experience with specialization in laboratory analysis.

Suppliers cite cost increases in raw material costs, operating expenses as well as growing inflationary pressures.

At the end of 2010, the market for composite products reached an estimated US$50 billion and it is expected to reach $78 billion in 2016, according to a re

The US solar market value grew 67% last year to US$6 billion despite the recession, according to a report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEI

Sandvik has formed a research and development cooperation agreement with Vasa Museum, Sweden, to develop an essential bolt replacement project to commence

Owens Corning has held the official opening ceremony of its new glass fibre production facility in the Yuhang Economic and Development Zone, Hangzhou, Chin

SKF has signed a three-year strategic partnership agreement with Sandvik Mining and Construction in order to strengthen the relationship between the two c

Reduced export quotas and stronger mining restrictions in China have driven up rare earth element prices between 30% and 60% since December.

India’s finance ministry has projected economic growth of up to 9.25% in the next financial year while signalling that the budget deficit will be cut to ea

Japanese domestic car production fell 7% during January to around 670 000 vehicles.

GKN has posted very strong 2010 results, particularly in its Driveline, Powder Metallurgy and Land Systems divisions

An ambitious vision for Europe’s energy sector over the next 30 years has been published by the European Commission.

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is expanding its presence in India by building new manufacturing plants and a wind power technology centre.

The US Navy / Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned aircraft successfully completed its maiden flight last month with GKN Aerospace-developed and manufactured wi

Vertical axis offshore wind turbines could provide an alternative to conventional horizontal turbine designs, according to the Energy Technologies Institut

Teijin Ltd has announced that it has established the world’s first mass production technologies for carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). The company cla

Pultruder Strongwell’s laboratory is now equipped with an Instron 5984 materials testing machine with an environmental chamber.

Renewable energy could supply 26.7% of China’s energy consumption by 2030, although the more probable middle scenario sets the share at 20-22%, according t

BMW has launched a sub-brand focused on developing sustainable mobility solutions – BMW i. Two models will be introduced from 2013, both featuring carbon f

A new report predicts that the global wind turbine market will expand in 2011, with an estimated growth of 18%, after the global growth in new grid connect

Delta Motorsport Ltd unveils its all-electric E-4 Coupé this week, during the UK stage of the European Automotive Industry Technology Roadshow (EAIT). The

Delegates at a renewable energy conference for Latin America and the Caribbean have called for investment into the region.

Highlights focus on Pangborn Group’s capabilities and experience in key industries.

Car maker Volkswagen AG has purchased an 8.18% stake in the equity of carbon fibre manufacturer SGL Carbon.

Axson Technologies, a specialist in the manufacture of epoxy and polyurethane resins, is opening a new production plant in China, and is planning to open a

EWEA 2011: A roadmap defining an ambitious, but realistic target and development pathway to 2030 for offshore wind in the Central and Southern North will b

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

Lamborghini launched its new Aventador LP 700-4 model at the Geneva Motor Show last week. The car is based on a carbon fibre composite monocoque that combi

New online program offers website development and Internet exposure for custom manufacturers and industrial service providers.

George Spilka, investment banking specialist, offers his insights.

REpower Systems AG will introduce a 3.2 MW wind turbine with a hub height of 143 m at the European Wind Energy Association’s EWEA 2011 in Belgium this mont

Germany specialty chemical group SKW Metallurgie and its US affiliate ESM, a magnesium specialist, have opened a atomized magnesium metal powder production

In its review of 2010, thermal processing specialist Bodycote reported improved revenues and a positive outlook for 2011.

Plansee’s online shop for metal and alloy wires, rods, sheets, foils and ribbons is now available for European customers.

US Synthetic Bearings, a creator of synthetic diamond bearings for the energy industry was selected to form part of the technology showcase at the US Depar

Tods Aerospace will be focussing on its range of carbon, glass and aluminium skinned composite structural flooring at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in German

Prominent South Carolina politician gets a birds-eye view of the surface finishing industry from a plater's perspective.

Australian company Quickstep Holdings Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with helicopter company Sikorsky International Operations Inc aime

Two further Hexcel HexPly® unidirectional carbon fibre prepregs have been certified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for use in the manufacture of wind turbine b

Prominent supplier of zinc plating additives announces membership in MFAI and NASF.

Haysite Reinforced Plastics' Dura-Core 1000™ composite sandwich panel is said to exhibit excellent flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) properties and is design

Core Molding Technologies Inc says it new Featherlite™ low-density sheet moulding compound (SMC) offers high surface quality and improved economics.

Global offshore wind and solar energy markets continued to grow steadily last year, according to Ernst & Young.

The first NATEX workshop on bio-composites for the textiles sector takes place later this month in Poland.

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

An extension of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) has been launched in Australia.

DSM has announced a partnership with Indian company Kemrock Industries and Exports Ltd for the production of speciality composite resins in India. DSM and

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