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Materials news, April 2011

Certification assures the global aerospace and defense contractor industries that Metco conforms to their strict guidelines.

Lockheed Martin extends Cytec JSF contract

Cytec Industries Inc's Engineered Materials business has signed a contract extension with Lockheed Martin for the supply of structural composite and adhesi

Dubai based composite structures supplier Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) is celebrating five years in business.

Quickstep Holdings Ltd of Australia has entered into a funding agreement for the issue of convertible notes to the value of US$15 million to US-based La Jo

AOC LLC has announced a 14 May price increase for all products sold in the USA and Canada.

GKN Driveline says that it plans to keep on expanding production and introducing new automotive technology in China.

Plansee reports that its production site in Esashi, Japan, is now back in full operation.

Swedish metal powder producer Höganäs, in its 2011 interim report, has posted net sales of MSEK 1,770 (1,548) in the first quarter of 2011, up 14% year on

J.D. Lincoln Inc is relocating its Costa Mesa, California, prepreg and adhesives operations to a new facility in Huntington Beach, California.

Michael Köhler is taking over from Gabi Schwager as Project Manager of the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show.

Viridity Energy, Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals will develop and implement a project to maximize wind power through

The agreement, which could result in contracts to supply 900 MW of turbines, is the first to be signed by Chinese and Spanish companies in the wind energy

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc has announced a price increase for its unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins sold in North America.

Boeing, disputing union measure, claims the right to build additional U.S. production capacity outside of the Puget Sound region.

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

Huntsman Advanced Materials is part of Trans-IND, a European project focusing on industrialised manufacturing of transport infrastructures using fibre rein

Achievement reflects Metco Metal Finishing's focus on operational consistency and continual improvement.

DeltaTRAK has published an Application Note entitled Wireless Traceability of Prepreg Product Temperature.

Australian advanced materials company Quickstep Holdings Ltd is participating in a European research project investigating the use of nanotechnology in imp

MoldTru™ LPT-68000 low-profile tooling resin can reduce the cost and time required to make Class A surface composite tools by up to 70%, claims AOC.

E Tech Solutions (Europe) Ltd specialises in the distribution of bio-composite materials.

Metso Minerals Industries, Inc says that its BEST vibratory feeders are designed to smoothly convey products, due to an adjustable flow of material is adju

Greenes Group is retrofitting vehicles with compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks manufactured using HiPer-tex™ high performance glass fibre from 3B.

Granta Design has updated its GRANTA MI composite data management product and introduced new tools in its CES Selector software.

Vestas is delivering a total of 104 MW of wind turbines to an undisclosed customers and wind farm project in Canada.

Automotive specialist Mahle says that it achieved group sales of €5,260.6 million in the 2010 business year, the highest sales figure in the company's hist

Uptick in automotive, aerospace, and transportation equipment manufacturing drives 0.8% increase in U.S. industrial production

Engineered Sintered Components (ESC) is investing US$9 million in a 20,000 sq ft addition to their second on-site facility and in new equipment.

Metal powder and automotive manufacturer GKN has reported continuing strong results in its 2011 first quarter report, including a 14% rise in sales.

Union Process Inc has built an attritor for a European manufacturer of raw materials for the ceramic industry.

Reichhold has announced a May price increase for all products for the European composites industry.

In a recent project, Spanish construction firm ACCIONA Infrastructure worked with Huntsman Advanced Materials to construct a 44 m long, 3.5 m wide carbon c

Two long-time executives are promoted; new VP of strategic development named.

Zyvex Technologies says its Piranha 54' unmanned boat built using carbon nanotube strengthened prepreg has completed sea trials which demonstrate record fu

The cost of offshore wind turbines could be cut by a third through the use of new approaches, according to the UK Energy Technologies Institutes (ETI).

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc is to sell its North American composites and coating resins business to PCCR USA, a subsidiary of European investment gro

The EU must spend €270 billion over the next 40 years to meet its 2050 energy objectives, including an increased focus on energy efficiency across the powe

Premier Composite Technologies (PCT), builder of the new FARR 400 racing yacht, has confirmed the successful test sailing of the first hull.

The European Commission (EC)'s Transport 2050 strategy sets out plans for a competitive transport system that will reduce Europe's dependence on imported o

VN Composites has manufactured composite parts for a Thales Alenia Space satellite using prepregs from Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG).

3A Composites has signed an agreement with PVC foam producer Tiansheng New Materials to jointly market structural core materials in China, with a focus on

Barrday Advanced Material Solutions is reorganising into three operating divisions focusing on protective products, composite materials, and renewable ener

New appointments at MFG, AOC and Beagle Aerospace, and winner of the 2011 Brandt Goldsworthy Pultruder of the Year Award announced.

GE will supply three units of its 2.5 MW wind turbine to the Zensko wind farm in Krzecin, Choszczno County in north-western Poland.

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

Annual contribution reflects ongoing support of NASF's efforts on the regulatory front

Despite a consistently robust conference program, many finishers and suppliers are choosing not to participate in this important industry event.

Owens Corning has introduced SE1550, a new single-end Type 30® roving compatible with most thermoset resin systems and weaving processes.

Honor recognizes Columbia Chemical as one of the top companies in Northern Ohio working to improve employee health and overall quality of life on the job.

Leatherman Tool Group selected long glass fibre composite from RTP Company for the handle of its new line of folding knives.

5000th robotic painting unit from Dürr Corporation sold to Volkswagen Taubate.

New energy efficient milling technology developed by International Innovative Technology (IIT) enables the economic conversion of glass reinforced plastic

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has formed a new Thermoset Molders Committee to help grow this markets.

Chinese company Guang Wei Composites is supplying GL approved prepregs to wind turbine blade producers and is developing products for the marine, public tr

Expanded prototyping, testing, and training facility features state-of-the-art plating lines as well as analytical and material science labs.

Purchase advances Graco's core growth strategies while providing a leading position in industrial powder paint equipment sector

H.C. Starck has signed an agreement with a Brazilian subsidiary of AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V.’s subsidiary, to secure the vast majority of tanta

Fraunhofer Institute researchers have developed alloyed car door and other automobile parts which it says could be the future in auto manufacturing.

AOC has entered into an agreement with BASF-Spain for the exclusive manufacturing of the AOC unsaturated polyester resin product line.

China said it will increase this year’s production quota for rare earths but gave no sign it might reverse plans to cut exports of the exotic metals needed

General Motors (www.gm.com) and Ford (www.ford.com) said the recovery in their home market may continue in the face of Japan’s disasters.

The UK Waste Recycling Group (WRG) has received planning permission to erect two wind turbines at its closed Carnaby Landfill site, near Bridlington in Eas

TMP Inc has developed a new high temperature rapid heating oven and an automated high temperature composite moulding press system.

Bombardier has started work at its Mirabel, Québec production facility to accommodate final assembly of the first flight test CSeries aircraft.

Ashland has expanded the coverage of its CompositeBuild.com website to include European composites manufacturers serving the building and construction mark

Scott Bader Composites Europe is implementing a further price increase for its resins, bonding paste and structural adhesive products.

Californian Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign a bill today requiring a third of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy by 2020.

Owens Corning says its HiLight™ multi-end roving is designed for use in architectural applications such as skylights, cladding, and greenhouses.

GRPMS will distribute the Sigmatex carbon fibre reinforcements range in the UK, Eire, France, Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic states.

Belwind NV says it will make parts of its latest offshore wind farm concession site off the Bligh Bank on the Belgian continental shelf available for offsh

Syrgis Performance Initiators AB has announced a price increase for its Andonox®, Norox®, Pulcat® and Benox® organic peroxide product lines sold to the com

Car sales climb 17% in March despite steadily rising fuel prices.

A new facility capable of testing wind turbine blades up to 90 m in length will be inaugurated at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Syste

AGY says its S-3 HDI™ glass fibre enables the production of printed circuit board (PCB) laminates that have a significantly reduced coefficient of thermal

Polymer Technologies of Singapore has developed Polynanosil, a mixture of homogeneous dispersed elongated silica nanoparticles in epoxy resin.

Cray Valley has announced the European launch of its range of EnviroGuard™ unsaturated polyester resins, which feature bio-sourced raw materials content of

Despatch Industries is to supply a fully integrated, pilot-scale carbon fibre manufacturing line for the new Australian Carbon Fiber Research Facility (ACF

Worldwide wind capacity has reached 197 GW despite a slight decrease in new capacity, according to the World Wind Energy Report 2010 from the World Wind En

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

Metalformers anticipate slower activity over the next three months, PMA report shows

Supplier recognized as valued exporter of zinc and zinc alloy plating additives to Korea.

Annual 'Suppliers' Night" meeting offers educational, networking opportunities

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

India could install 65.2 GW of wind power by 2010, according to the Indian Wind Energy Outlook 2011 published by the World Institute of Sustainable Energy

Over 29 000 visitors attended the JEC Composites Show in Paris last week.

AOC LLC has announced a price increase for all resins sold in Europe, effective immediately.

The Cannon Group will be showing its latest developments in composites, polyurethane and thermoforming technologies at the China International Wind Energy

Intrinsiq Materials has launched Intrinsiq CP, a prototype 80wt% copper screen print ink formulation designed for photonic curing at room temperature in ai

Umicore has awarded its 2010 Scientific Award to Dr Damien Debecker for his work on molybdenum-based catalysts.

A new project has been created which will focus on investigating and developing new technologies in heating and new materials in order to improve furnaces.

Jonas Gustavsson, currently president of the wire and heating technology product area within Sandvik Materials Technology, has been appointed its new presi

A new Frost & Sullivan report predicts revenues from European composites for public transportation will grow in the coming years.

Gamesa is setting up a technology laboratory in Singapore focusing on materials research and development for wind turbines.

China has released updated wind power capacity figures showing the country installed 18.9 GW in 2010, bringing the total to 44.7 GW, compared to previous f

Virtek Vision International, a Gerber Technology business, is introducing LaserKit™ , a laser-guided kitting tool that helps workers assemble accurate kits

Syrgis Performance Initiators Inc has announced a price increase for its Norox®, Pulcat®, Benox®, Superox® and Andonox® organic peroxide products sold to t

Quickstep Holdings Ltd says it has manufactured a proof-of-concept painted carbon composite flat panel to Class A automotive quality using its Resin Spray

According to data provided by the Japan Wind Power Association, no wind turbine in Japan was damaged by the recent earthquake and by the tsunami.

DSM Composite Resins is increasing the prices of its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester resins with immediate effect.

E.ON plans to invest €2.6 billion in renewable energy in the period 2011-2013, following investments of €1bn in 2010.

HydroStrand™ is a chopped strand glass fibre for use in high performance polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) composites employed in automotive and industrial part

Virtek Vision International, a Gerber Technology business, is introducing the Virtek® LPS-7H laser projector, used to guide assembly lay-up operations.

Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solutions highlighting its large structure composite and metal tooling capabilities at JEC Composites Show last week.

Advanced Composites Group Inc recently received a 2010 Boeing Performance Excellence Award.

AGY’s S-2 Glass® fibres are being used to provide structural and ballistic protection in the new Ocelot Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) developed by

GE is introducing taller wind turbine towers for its onshore wind turbine product line, bringing hub heights to 130 m.

High performance epoxy prepreg SE 84 Nano incorporates 3M™ Matrix Resin and is designed for sailing boat components where compressive strength is a key req

The EADS Technology Licensing initiative has a portfolio of composites manufacturing methods and techniques available for licensing.

2011 marks the 25th year of Tenax® carbon fibre production in Germany.

Gamesa has launched its low-wind wind turbine, G136-4.5 MW Class III, at the Hannover Messe 2011.

Wind power contributed over 10 TWh to the UK energy generation in 2010, representing a 7.7% growth over 2009.

Sandvik Coromant is introducing a blog designed to share knowledge on the machining of composite components.

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

Turkish resins producer Poliya has acquired the resins business of Turkish glass fibre producer Cam Elyaf.

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

Owens Corning is introducing XStrand® H roving, a high-performance glass reinforcement for long-span composite parts manufactured using the pultrusion proc

3B has won a 2011 JEC Innovation Award in the Construction Category for the pultruded composite cladding used at the Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel,

Event introduces ITW Gema partners to the latest Color Change Technology

Jim Wetherald to tackle electroless nickel-related questions

Ashland Inc has announced that it has closed the sale of its global distribution business Ashland Distribution to Nexeo Solutions LLC, an affiliate of priv

Gurit has signed a contract to acquire Spanish balsa material producer Balseurop for approximately €20 million, completing the expansion of its core materi

Carbon fibre suppliers are looking forward to recovery in the market.

Vestas is delivering a total of 150 MW of wind turbines to Energisa S.A. for four wind farms in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

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