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Materials news, August 2011

Adhesion alternative is energy efficient and practically emission-free, GM says.

GE Global Research is looking into wind turbine generators in the 10-15 MW range using MRI technology under a two-year, US$3 million project from the US De

US headquartered Brunswick Corporation has sold its Sealine brand of boats, based in Kidderminster, UK, to The Oxford Investment Group.

Bader is increasing the prices for its range of Crystic® gel-coats and pigments.

Rigid PCB shipments were down 10.2 percent and bookings were down 17.0 percent in July 2011 from July 2010, IPC report shows.

Alliant Techsystems has officially opened its new Aircraft Commercial Centre of Excellence (ACCE) in Clearfield, Utah, USA, which will support high rate co

Interplastic Corporation’s Thermoset Resins Division is raising the price of its CoREZYN® gel-coats and certain polyester colorants.

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

Iberdrola Renewables has begun the installation process of the 400 MW Wikinger offshore wind farm off the German coast of the Baltic Sea.

Gurit, which manufactures carbon composite body panels for the automotive industry at a facility on the Isle of Wight, UK, has secured Lloyd’s Register Qua

Under Koch's leadership, DeFelsko pioneered many technologies, including hand-held ultrasonic coating thickness gages, among others.

A coalition of 24 governors from both major parties and each region of the USA wants President Obama to provide better conditions for wind power developmen

DTE Energy has signed a contract to purchase 120 MW from a wind farm in Tuscola, Bay and Saginaw counties, MI, USA.

Providing renewable energy to the 1.4 billion people living without electricity is the No. 1 priority of the United Nations, says UN's Secretary General Ba

UK wind generation more than doubled in the second quarter (Q2) of 2011, rising 131.1%, compared to the same period last year.

Neptune Wind LLC is planning a 500 MW offshore wind farm between Massachusetts and Rhode Island, USA.

Australian advanced materials company Quickstep Holdings Ltd has provided an update on its relocation to a new aerospace manufacturing facility in south-we

Clipper Wind Power has scrapped the 10 MW Britannia wind turbine project for the UK Round 3 offshore wind development.

The World Trade Association has ruled against China’s export restrictions on raw materials, which include magnesium, manganese, silicon carbide, silicon me

The man expected to be chairman of China’s planned Rare Earth Industry Association says rare earth prices will remain bullish in the second half of this ye

China produced 10.46 million vehicles during the first seven months of this year, up 2.33% from one year earlier, the China Association of Automobile Manuf

PM manufacturer Federal-Mogul has developed a new piston ring coating that supports vehicle manufacturers’ efforts to make gasoline engines more fuel effic

The China Machinery Powder Metallurgy Association (CMPMA) says that the momentum, which saw a 24% year-on-year production expansion to more than 40 000 ton

The triennial ceramics trade fair, Ceramitec, is to be staged next year in Munich (22 – 25 May).

EHA, a German manufacturer of filament winding machinery and other production equipment, has changed its name to EHA Composite Machinery GmbH.

Worldwide PCB production estimated at $55 billion, with growth seen across all regions.

Space & Intelligence Systems reinforces Boeing's commitment to manufacturing in California.

Core Molding Technologies Inc, a US moulder of glass reinforced plastics and compounder of sheet moulding compound (SMC), has established a new subsidiary

Statkraft will build the 60 MW Stamåsen 1 wind farm in Sweden in addition to another wind farm already under construction in Central Sweden.

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG), sister company Richmond Aerovac and partner company Shanghai Leadgo-Tech Ltd will be exhibiting at the China Composite

GRPMS and Aerovac Systems, both subsidiaries of Umeco plc, have entered into a non-exclusive agreement for GRPMS to distribute the Aerovac product range in

Ashland Performance Materials will feature its portfolio of products for a sustainable economy at the China Composites Expo in Shanghai in September.

Composites Horizons Inc (CHI) has been chosen by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) to produce a second exhaust duct for the company's Preda

Italy could overtake Germany as the world's largest solar photovoltaic (PV) market, according to analyst SolarPlaza.

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

3M has launched a two-part hybrid structural adhesive which it says can save time when bonding bigHead and other fasteners.

Globally integrated R&D lab enhances the support of MacDermid's West Coast customer base.

Atlantis Resources Corporation has connected its 1 MW AR1000 tidal turbine to the grid at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, UK.

Lincoln Composites has signed contracts with two Vietnamese companies for the supply of high-pressure composite tanks and storage modules. The contracts wo

North American Tungsten has announced an increase of 72% in tungsten production in its Q3 results, over previous quarters.

Metso says that its BEST Model TSF twin-screw feeder is designed for precise batching and weighing applications.

The MPIF and APMI International have issued a call for presentations at MIM2012, the international conference on injection moulding of metals, ceramics and

Boeing forecasts that air carriers in Russia and CIS will take delivery of 1080 new aircraft over the next 20 years at an investment of US$110 billion.

Nanophosphate® lithium ion will power future electric vehicles

E.ON Climate & Renewables North America has ordered 112 units of Vestas’ V100 1.8 MW wind turbines, totalling 202 MW, for a project in the US.

The UK's Composites Skills Alliance has signed up the first of its training providers to deliver accredited composites training across the UK.

Vectorply is adding the C-BX 0300 multiaxial carbon fibre fabric to its VectraUltra line of reinforcements.

DSM reports that is composite materials have been used to build a school in India.

Nordson ASYMTEK will host a free technical seminar on conformal coating, dispensing and jetting applications and innovations and the fluids, equipment and

Vehicle and automotive parts manufacturing played a big role in July’s performance.

Despite uncertainty about the economy, the majority of automotive manufacturers enjoyed healthy sales increases last month—some by high double-digits.

Metalformers anticipate slower activity over the short term, survey shows.

AOC LLC has announced a price increase on selected gel-coats and liquid pigment dispersions.

Zoltek Companies Inc has been notified by the US Department of Energy / National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE / NETL) that it has been selected for ne

The US Department of Energy has announced more than US$175 million over the next 3-5 years to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced vehicle

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

STRUCTeam Ltd has won a contract to engineer the first example of a new class of sailing yacht being built to the Wally Cento 'box' rule. The 100 ft (30 m)

Coil and extrusion coating PPG products in North America to cost customers 8-12 percent more.

Tooling and production materials from Huntsman Advanced Materials have been selected to construct a new One Design carbon composite racing yacht,CODE8, man

Buffolo Tungsten, a US manufacturer of tungsten and tungsten carbide powders, has planned a US$19 million renovation of its manufacturing facility, adding

OM Group, Inc, has posted net sales of US$329.5 million in the second quarter, a 9% increase compared with the second quarter of 2010.

GKN has reported a 15% increase in powder metallurgy sales in the last six months, reflecting the company’s continued strong growth overall.

Stackpole, one of the foremost PM manufacturers in North America, has been acquired by the Sterling Group, a Houston, Texas-based private equity investment

Solar thermal projects in the US have attracted billions of dollars in the second quarter of 2011.

Permabond Engineering Adhesives Ltd is adding a high temperature resistant structural epoxy adhesive to its range.

The first Airbus A350 XWB centre wing box, which is made from 40% carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), has been delivered to Airbus’ facility in St Naza

New location to serve the Southeastern U.S. market, including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Owens Corning reports consolidated net sales of US$1.5 billion in the second quarter of 2011, an increase of 5% on the second quarter of 2010.

Carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek reports net sales of US$38.6 million for the quarter ended 30 June 2011, the third quarter of its 2011 fiscal year. This w

Richard Lynch to handle marketing of Enthone’s wear- and corrosion-resistant coatings for automotive related items.

Installation of new Garboli LPC 300 orbital grinding machine expands capabilities.

Document aims to bust common myths about cleaning printed circuit boards.

Former technical service representative now handles sales.

The second quarter of 2011 has seen healthy growth in installed wind power capacity in the US.

According to software provider VISTAGY Inc, only 56% of the composite design companies completing its survey considered themselves knowledgeable in composi

The 288MW offshore wind farm Meerwind off the coast of Germany is expected to be completed by 2013.

The Composites Association of New Zealand (CANZ) is sponsoring a seminar showcasing composites technologies which can help rebuild cities following earthqu

US waterjet systems manufacturer Jet Edge Inc is exhibiting at the 2nd Annual China Aircraft Development Summit in September.

COMPOSITES CHINA, the 1st Chinese Trade Fair & Forum for Composites, Technology and Applications, opened its doors on 13-15 July in Shanghai.

Umeco plc's German subsidiary Umeco Composites GmbH has purchased certain assets of Fenotec Ges.i.L from the administrator for the cash sum of €2.2 million

The Windquest Group, a US private investment group, has made an investment in Energetx Composites of Holland, Michigan. The proceeds of the investment will

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner that will enter into service has been unveiled. The aircraft bears the livery of launch customer ANA.

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

Durable goods manufacturing accounted for the vast majority of positions.

The bodywork of the Nuna 6 solar powered car designed by the Nuon Solar Team of Delft University, the Netherlands, consists of a composite sandwich structu

228 GE wind turbines will be sent to Wind Capital Group projects in Oklahoma and Kansas.

From the International AVK Conference, to the Composites Forum and Product Demonstration Area, the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2011 trade show in Stuttgart this Sept

Wind power capacity will increase but EU member states will have vastly different growth rates, according to the EWEA.

Indian company Kemrock Industries and Exports Ltd launched a range of carbon fibre products for industrial applications under the brand name JAITEC.

Following its acquisition of clutch manufacturer Stromag Holding GmbH last week, GKN plc plans to acquire the all-wheel-drive (AWD) components businesses o

Hardide Coatings says that its ultra-hard tungsten carbide CVD coating has passed BS EN ISO 10497 fire-testing on several sizes of metal-seated ball valves

Umicore has reported very positive half year results, with revenues of €1.1 billion (up 13%).

Nippon Koshuha Steel, a unit of Kobe Steel, has developed a better surface-treatment process for the metal moulds used in the auto industry to press steel

Deal illustrates PPG’s commitment to grow its presence in Latin America.

The SUNPATH programme aims to help the US gain a competitive edge in solar manufacturing.

Web Industries' new Composites Automation Development Center in the Atlanta, Georgia, will help the company's customers to test new carbon fibre composite

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan's new building features a spherical composite conference room developed using structural engineering expert

DuPont, PPG Industries, and Sherwin-Williams benefit from end-user demand, global activity, acquisitions, and price hikes.

Barry, a 21-year surface finishing industry veteran, remembered as both likeable and respected.

LAMILUX has announced that it can manufacture carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) sheets in widths up to 3.2 m in a continuous production process.

The wind turbine manufacturer credits internationalisation and efficiency for increases in its income and revenue.

South Africa’s news 20-year plan calls for 42% of new energy generation capacity to come from renewable sources.

Drop in key economic indicator confirms slowdown in manufacturing activity.

The grant will allow a team of researchers in Victoria to continue the development of plastic solar cells.

Barrday Composite Solutions will display its aircraft interior prepreg products and adhesives at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Seattle, Washington, next m

Brunswick Corporation has announced that it will establish a manufacturing plant in Brazil to produce boats for Brazil and the surrounding region.

The final wind turbine has been installed on Vattenfall’s offshore wind farm in Barrow off the coast of North-West England.

Marketing agreement designed to facilitate integrated solutions based on Siemens analytical products and services, and S&B’s field construction/maintenance

Andrew Saliga brings years of environmental experience from Tier 2 automotive and medical manufacturers.

The Official Journal of the European Union has published a notice of initiation of anti-dumping proceedings concerning certain woven and/or stitched glass

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

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

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