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Materials news, June 2011

A report commissioned by The Crown Estate, UK, and undertaken by BVG Associates, concludes that £2 billion will be spent annually on the manufacture of com

ZinKlad 1000 finishes meet Ford WSS M21 P51 specification.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has added cobalt-tungsten carbide in powder or hard metal form to its list of chemicals and biologic

The MPIF Technical Board has awarded a paper on high strength MIM alloy steels the 2011 MPIF Howard I Sanderow Outstanding Technical Paper Award.

Royal Metal Powders Inc, based in Maryville, Tennessee, USA, has appointed Advantage Metal Powders Inc., based in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, USA to distribute

Boeing has started the final phase of flight testing on the 787 Dreamliner prior to certification of the aircraft.

GKN Aerospace has signed an agreement with Recycled Carbon Fibre Ltd (RCF) to recycle the uncured carbon fibre composite waste from its aerostructure manuf

Several companies are discussing fundamentally different strategies for either global outsourcing for components or internally combining manufacturing proc

Initiative communicates competencies in innovation, sustainability, color leadership.

Partnership with The Thermoclad Company aims to support delivery of top-performing products.

Rigid PCB shipments were flat, but flexible circuit deliveries surged 14 percent, survey shows.

Facility supports fabrication activities across all Boeing Commercial Airplane models.

From the latest generation of glass reinforced plastics to state-of-the-art carbon fibre applications in vehicle or aircraft construction – on 27-29 Septem

Iberdrola Renewables and AREVA will bid for two of the five offshore wind farm zones that will be launched by the French Government in July.

At the Paris Air Show last week, Hypermach Europe Aeronautics announced plans to manufacture a new supersonic business aircraft called SonicStar.

Bioenergy is already around double the size of nuclear energy globally, according to the World Bioenergy Association

DONG Energy and ScottishPower Renewables have agreed to construct the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the UK under a 50/50 partnership.

This year, Airtech Europe in Differdange, Luxembourg, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The cement kiln route is the most sustainable solution for waste management of glass fibre reinforced thermoset parts and is compliant with EU legislation,

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has opened an office in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, which will bring together its sales, customer service an

A wind turbine nacelle testing facility is planned for 2014 in Bremerhaven, Germany, with backing from Federal and state governments.

DSM Composite Resins has introduced a new vinyl ester resin for the manufacture of composite components that come into contact with food and drinking water

Bayer MaterialScience LLC and Composites One have announced a distribution agreement under which Composites One will sell Bayer MaterialScience’s polyureth

AVK has released the programme for its 2011 conference, which takes place in Stuttgart this September, alongside the COMPOSITES EUROPE tradeshow.

Prepreg manufacturer Amber Composites has broken ground on a new building at its production facility in Langley Mill, Derbyshire, UK.

Svitzer UK and Sanderson Maritime have launched an offshore ‘hotel’ concept for accommodation for the offshore renewable sector.

TenCate Advanced Composites and Toray Industries Inc have signed a long term agreement under which Toray will supply carbon fibres to TenCate for the produ

Gamesa has secured a site for its Offshore Wind Technology Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, which could see the creation of 40 jobs.

The first foundation at 295 MW Thornton Bank 2 offshore wind farm in Belgium has been installed.

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

Hanie Miri, vice president of engineering at Precision Plating Company, wins tablet in drawing held at Enthone's booth at SUR/FIN 2011,

The UK's National Skills Academy Process Industries has announced a strategic partnership with Semta, the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering an

WinWinD is investing €8 million to develop a 3 MW arctic wind turbine as part of a European consortium.

WinWinD will supply, commission and operate a 250 MW wind farm in India under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Suryachakra Green Power.

Reichhold Inc will increase prices of all unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester composite resins sold in North America in July.

On Friday May 27, 2011, there was an explosion at the Hoeganaes Corporation atomized steel powder plant in Gallatin, Tennessee. Five employees were hurt in

Dr. Ken Mayland, president of Clearview Economics, advised SUR/FIN 2011 attendees to brace for a long period of stagnation.

EMC Metals Corp has sold its Fostung tungsten property, located in Foster Township, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, to Janus Resources Inc, a US-listed mineral e

White Mountain Titanium Corp is researching ways of using new technology to produce titanium powder.

Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane (RTFT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Rio Tinto Group, plans to invest US$30 million to improve efficiency and increase capacit

Stena Line’s passenger ferry, Stena Jutlandica, has seen the installation of two small wind turbines to supply electricity to the ferry going between Swede

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the prices of its gel-coats and derivatives portfolio sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from Ju

REpower Systems SE will deliver 13 of its 3.4M104 wind turbines to Alerion CleanPower SpA for the 44 MW San Marco in Lamis wind farm in Italy.

French automotive parts manufacturer Applications Composites has used Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) prepregs to manufacture the driver’s shell of the

US company Romeo RIM Inc claims it has installed the largest long fibre injection (LFI) press in the world, with the capability to produce glass fibre rein

UK companies GRPMS and Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) have entered into an agreement for GRPMS to distribute ACG’s product range in Scandinavia and Fi

Increase attributed to a combination of disciplined spending and significantly larger sales volume.

The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has issued its annual call for parts and vehicle-engineering team nominations for its 41

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

Bombardier Aerospace will use six 12 ton robots in the assembly of the cockpit and fuselage of the CSeries aircraft to enhance quality and reduce assembly

Scott Bader believes its new Crestapol 1234 high temperature thermoset composites resin can outperform existing thermoplastic and thermoset materials offer

GE will supply 40 of its 2.5 MW wind turbines for four wind farms in Laholm, Boxholm and Mjölby in Southern Sweden for Stena Renewable Wind Energy Company

Gordon Holdings Inc, parent company of Polystrand Inc and Gordon Composites Inc, has announced plans to expand its Polystrand thermoplastic composites busi

Deal with Akzo Nobel is designed to secure TiO2 supply to meet growing demand in Asia.

A newly released report from the U.S. Department of Commerce showed industrial production rose 01. percent in May—the second consecutive month with little

Excellent Pipes Company LLC has won a Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award 10th Cycle (2010-2011).

A Hungarian R&D centre has developed an ultrasonic technology-based system for the improved on-line inspection of P/M sintered parts.

Sumitomo Electric and Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal have established Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal Manufacturing (Changzhou) Co, Ltd. (SHMC) in Changzhou, Jian

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to add or renew your company details for the Metal Powder Report World Buyers’ Guide.

Siemens plans to invest over €150 million over the next two years to expand its wind power business.

The new LM Wind Power blade will be the longest composite blade structure in the world at 73.5 m (equivalent to a 24 storey building), creating an impressi

The newly released June 2011 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report indicates that 50% of companies surveyed predict activity

Lincoln Composites has signed a US$5 million contract with Especialistas en Gas del Peru S.A.C. (EGP) for the supply of 40 ft TITAN™ high-pressure tanks an

Wind power could avoid €23.7 billion in fuel costs from coal, gas and oil for electricity production in 2015, according to the European Wind Energy Associa

Elsevier has published the Top 25 articles for its Composites Structures journal for January to March 2011.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has signed a technology agreement with Italian acrylic fibre producer Montefibre SpA granting SABIC an internati

Sites impacted reflect areas where several of Lockheed Martin's major programs are transitioning out of development.

Boeing has officially opened its 787 Dreamliner final assembly building in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Assembly of first South Carolina-built 78

Alstom will build and service three wind farms in Brazil for Brasventos SA under a €200 million contract.

A new independent study examines the future of renewable electricity technology in the UK

The US Department of Health and Human Services has listed styrene as a substance that is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” in its 12th Repo

Several individuals representing various sectors of the surface finishing industry were honored for their contributions during a special ceremony at SUR/FI

Boeing's Defense, Space & Security unit has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with three Malaysian companies: Composites Technology Research Malay

SWAY, which is planning to develop a 10 MW floating offshore wind turbine, has installed its first prototype off the coast of Bergen, Norway.

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

Twenty-year industry veteran tapped to lead Enthone Asia Performance Coatings' Marketing Team in delivering industry-centric coating solutions for key end-

Huntsman Advanced Materials' Araldite® 2015 structural adhesive has been specified for bonding the deck to hull of the Neptys First Life 27 – a semi-rigid

JD Lincoln Inc, a member of Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM) North America, has won a 2010 Boeing Performance Excellence Award.

Nordson Corporation has announced the opening of a new demo center in Dongguan, China, that will further the company's ability to meet the needs of custome

VISTAGY Inc has announced that a DLR (German Aerospace Center) study has found its FiberSIM® composites engineering software superior to other tested drapi

Vestas is confirming negotiations on a 300 MW wind turbine order for Canada.

Gamesa is selling a 30 MW wind farm development in Tarragona, Spain, to wind farm developer Greentech Energy Systems.

Aluminium producer Alcoa has announced it has developed a new set of aluminium-based solutions for the aerospace market that are said to enable the buildin

Composite materials supplier Hexcel has opened a new sales office in Moscow, Russia.

Top Ten “International Electroplating Brand” and “Most Influential People” Recognitions

AOC LLC has announced a price increase for all products from 22 June.

Energetx Composites of the USA and wind turbine blade designer Aeroblade of Spain have entered into a Manufacturing Master Supply Agreement through which E

Siemens has installed the first prototype of its 6 MW offshore wind turbine, the SWT-6.0-120, with direct drive technology.

Hexcel has announced that its test laboratory at Duxford, Cambridge, UK, has been certified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for the mechanical and analytical te

PM expert Prof. Dr. Bernd Kieback is meeting with key organisations in New Zealand to strengthen industry and academic ties within the powder metallurgy fi

The organisers of PM2012 have issued a call for papers.

According to the MPIF and the Japan Powder Metallurgy Association (JPMA), production of iron and copper-base powder metallurgy (PM) parts in Asia increased

Audi has employed lightweight materials including carbon fibre composite to reduce the weight of its new, limited edition R8 GT Spyder sports car.

The U.S. economy created only 54,000 jobs in May, putting a damper on the momentum generated over the past few months.

Composites manufacturer Umeco has joined the National Composites Centre (NCC), a UK organisation aimed at bringing together business and academic expertise

Bombardier has begun installing semi-automated jigs at its new wing facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to support assembly of the composite wings for i

Ipeco Composites has used phenolic prepregs from Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) to manufacture standbacks for Bombardier Transportation passenger trai

Automotive supplier Johnson Controls is working with industry partners to develop a lightweight automotive design concept based on composites that will red

REpower saw a 4% drop in net income for the fiscal year 2010/2011 to €55.6 million, which has been a tough year for the wind power industry.

Wind turbine prices will continue to drop as a result of persisent problems in the supply chain, according to a new report.

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) will be exhibiting on the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) stand at the Paris Air Show later this month.

Layoffs are a result of the planned completion of the Space Shuttle program.

Quickstep Holdings Ltd has developed a composites production machine that will be available for customers to purchase as an 'off-the-shelf' product.

Dow Europe GmbH and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii AS have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the intent to form a joint venture to manufacture ca

A diverse renewable portfolio helps China hold top position in global energy rankings

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

The first COMPOSITES CHINA show will take place at the New Shanghai International Expo Centre on 13-15 July.

West Coast chemical distributor earns fourth quality certification through CMTC assistance.

PPG-Devold LLC, which manufactures multiaxial fabrics for the composites industry at its Shelby, North Carolina, USA, facility, has received registration t

Sep to lead the Enthone European Marketing Team in delivering industry-centric coating solutions to OEMs, applicators, and job shops.

Ashland Performance Materials will showcase its portfolio of wind energy products at the Offshore Wind China 2011 in Shanghai this month.

Evance Wind Turbines’ R9000 5 kW small wind turbine has been granted Conditional Temporary Certification (Conditional Certification) by the Small Wind Cert

New appointments at ACMA, PPG Fiber Glass, and Janicki Industries.

VISTAGY Inc has announced that MBDA Missile Systems has purchased its FiberSIM®) software to develop composite components for missile subsystems, missile a

Free one-day workshop set for June 14 at Henkel Electronic Materials in Irvine, Calif.

Biopharm giant Lonza, Inc. plans to invest in its microbial control plant, where the company makes lubricants for metal powder parts.

Chinese atomised powder specialist AT&M is to partner with powder materials provider Burkard Metallpulver Vertrieb GmbH (BMV) to sell and market atomised p

Munson Machinery has developed a screen classifying cutter with tungsten carbide blades that reduce hard, soft and fibrous materials into controlled partic

On 15 June 2011, 'Global Wind Day', citizens from around the world can discover the benefits of wind energy while having fun, says the Global Wind Energy C

AGY will increase prices of its E-glass yarn products in July.

Institute for Supply Management’s key index shows U.S. manufacturing continues to expand, albeit more slowly.

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

Boeing and Japanese airline ANA have announced they will work together to help prove the 787 Dreamliner's readiness to enter service on a commercial basis,

Gamesa has inaugurated its fifth factory, which will assemble 2 MW nacelles for the G9X wind turbine range with an annual capacity of 500 MW, in China in t

The Vistas Hotel in Benidorm, Spain, has been given a new composite facade, made up of white gel-coated glass fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) sections produ

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