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Materials news, September 2011

Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) and Denmark's SSP Technology A/S are entering into a strategic partnership to establish a joint venture focusing on win

A ceremony marking the foundation of the Latin American Composite Materials Association, ALMACO, will take place today in Santiago, Chile.

Dominion has received a two-year, US$500,000 grant from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to investigate ways to reduce the cost of offshore wind by at lea

Assessment will also allow for a better understanding of the risks of exposure to TCE—a widely used chlorinated solvent.

Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel, is delivering 23 of its SL1500/82 wind turbines to a 34.5 MW wind farm in Sergripe, Brazil, for Engevix subsidia

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Public Service Commission (PSC) have made US$150 million available to fund a

Investment supports Technic’s commitment to new product development and quality control.

Teijin Aramid has started production of its first black aramid fibre, Twaron Black, in the Netherlands.

Fridley, Minn.-based finisher now poised to better service California clients.

Made from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes.

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and DONG Energy have signed a €240 million loan deal for financing the 399.6 MW Anholt offshore wind farm in Danish waters

Lamborghini has announced that its Sesto Elemento carbon fibre concept car will go into production.

Scrap metals processer ELG Haniel GmbH of Germany has acquired 100% of the shares in Recycled Carbon Fibre Ltd (RCF), a UK company which converts carbon fi

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

LISA Airplanes' AKOYA two-seat composite aircraft is able to land on land, water and snow.

Uptick in shipments and orders combined with fewer layoffs fuel optimism about short-term business conditions.

Industry veteran calls it a career after 33 years with Columbia.

Event signals PPG's plans to bring more advanced technologies and ‘green’ products to customers in China.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, Germany, and the University of Western Ontario, Canada, have set up a joint research centre to develo

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) is taking a series of legal actions against its largest customer, Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd, accusing Sinovel o

The first open-access hydrogen vehicle refueling station in the UK has been officially opened at Honda’s car manufacturing facility in Swindon. The hydroge

The Spaceship Company ( TSC ), a joint venture between Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites, has opened its final assembly facility at Mojave Air and Spac

Hampson Aerospace Aerostructures & Composites will highlight its advanced composite structures and assemblies at Aviation Expo / China 2011 on 21-24 Septem

Excellent mechanical properties, low weight and fast installation are some of the properties making composite materials attractive for modular housing conc

China's fast-growing industrial parks could be an opportunities for companies wishing to enter or expand their presence in China, according to Lux Research

Gurit is combining its composite structural engineering skills with business development and rapid prototyping resources in a new business unit called Engi

G24 Innovations (G24i) and Skyco Shading Systems Inc will install a wireless shade system powered by G25i's Gen-3 indoor solar technology in over 8000 wind

Reichhold is increasing prices for gel-coat orders shipped on, or after, 1 October 2011 in Europe.

COMPOSITES EUROPE 2011 is set for a strong start on 27 September in Stuttgart with 25% more exhibition area and 20% more exhibitors.

MetoKote Corporation Earns Volkswagen Group of America's Service Parts E-coat Business for U.S.-Built Passat

The first A350 XWB wing lower cover has been transported from Airbus’ composites manufacturing site in Illescas, Spain, to the Airbus wing assembly site in

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

RWE Innogy and FRI-EL Green Power have commissioned the 16 MW, €26 million Anzi wind farm in southern Italy.

International Innovative Technologies Ltd (IIT) will be showcasing its patented low energy milling technology for composites and other hard materials at Th

UK wind power has reached the 3 GW milestone for exporting electricity to the National Grid, according to RenewableUK.

Silvio Pioli replaces Jack Berg as CEO; Michael Berg and James Berg earn promotions.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is to purchase an equity stake in INPRO, a joint venture dedicated to collaborative innovation in automotive pro

A team of researchers have studied wind turbines' wake effect with the aim of increasing wind farm productivity, using Second Wind's Triton Sonic Wind Prof

Formtech Composites Ltd and BAE Systems are involved in a project to design, develop and produce a composite Light Assault Bridge as a technology demonstra

Modest gains seen among key sectors, including automotive, aerospace, and electronics.

Gamesa has signed three new wind power contracts in Sweden in the last four months including 20 MW of the G9X 2 MW wind turbines to Triventus and Spanish P

Australian company The Specialty Group is developing solar roofing materials in sheet form as part of a 3-year A$7 million clean energy research project. T

The global market for prepreg is forecast to reach 152 907 tonnes, equal to US$7.29 billion, by 2017, according to a new report available from Global Indus

Fraunhofer engineers have replaced a battery box for an electric car with a lightweight composite component. The new housing saves weight, sustains no dama

In his new role, Michael Lewis is responsible for advancing all aspects of Dow Coating Materials’ sales operations across the western region of North Ameri

New technology could improve affordability and efficiency in the production of the F-35 Lightning II Stealth Fighter.

Prominent New Hampshire fabricator adds powder coating and plating services to roster.

The US had an exceptionally good quarter with above normal wind speeds in the second quarter (Q2) this year, according to AWS Truepower LLC.

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, is launching a closed cell, cross-linked PVC foam core material for the marine market, PVCell G-Foam.

In a few months time two UK engineers will attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a composite pedal-boat to raise money for charity and hopefully set a new

The BMW Group is planning to recruit around 3500 new personnel this year, including specialists in lightweight construction and electrical engineering, as

METYX Composites is adding a new Tooling Centre, featuring a 5-axis CNC machine, to its facility in Istanbul, Turkey.

To show its commitment to the growing importance of lightweight design in the automotive industry, BASF has established a lightweight composites team.

A conference is being staged in Brussels later this month to review and assess what has been learned during the introduction of the REACH chemical regulati

Austrian powder metal manufacturer Miba has produced first half sales figures up by nearly 40%, but profits before taxes only slightly up on the same perio

A subsidiary of leading US powder metal manufacturer Ametek has developed a software system for analysis of multi-layer coatings of the type used in hardme

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders up more than 92 percent over June 2010, leading associations report.

Batteries used in electric and hybrid vehicles could get a boost from an Oak Ridge National Laboratory discovery that increases power, energy density and

In the first half of 2011, composite materials specialist Gurit achieved net sales of CHF163.1 million, a 4.3% increase on the first six months of 2010.

Nordex has received its two first orders for a total of 20 MW of wind turbines for Romania.

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

Continuing global success has encouraged powder characterisation company Freeman Technology to relocate into new larger premises based in Tewkesbury, Glouc

Heavy-duty industrial equipment manufacturer selects PPG Industries as sole coating supplier for North Little Rock, Ark., plant.

Ahlstrom Corporation has started co-operation negotiations with employee representatives at its Karhula and Mikkeli plants in Finland with the aim of impro

The US Department of Energy (DoE) is awarding US$38 million over three years to accelerate the development of geothermal technologies.

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has pledged US$43 million over the next five years to speed technical innovations, lower costs, and shorten the time-line

Richmond Aerovac has opened an office in India to act as a communication channel between Richmond Aerovac in the UK and its Indian customers.

Ashland Inc, a provider of specialty chemical solutions for consumer and industrial markets, has acquired privately owned International Specialty Products

North American Tungsten Corporation has reported net earnings of $1.3 million in its third quarter, compared to a net loss of $7.7 million in the second qu

Carpenter Technology Corporation plan to build a new 400,000 ft2 manufacturing facility to produce products primarily in the fast-growing aerospace and ene

Sandvik has developed a new business strategy and organisation “to achieve world-class performance in value creation through higher growth and profitabilit

Adhesive specialist Henkel's new polyurethane (PUR) adhesive Macroplast UK 1340 is said to speed up the process of wind turbine blade bonding.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)'s Pultrusion Industry Council (PIC) has taken a step toward creation of a national standard for th

Owens Corning is showcasing an array of innovative composite applications at the China Composites Expo in Shanghai.

Achievement sets August record for GM and joint venture partner.

Manufacturing still expanding, but rate of growth is slowing down

Owens Corning, a producer of glass fibre reinforcements for composite systems and residential and commercial building, will open its China Composites Centr

Beagle Technology Group has completed the £1 million composite upgrade at its facility in Christchurch, UK.

At China Composites Expo, Gerber Technology is introducing the GERBERcutter® Z1 computer-controlled, single-ply cutting system designed to cut a wide range

Certified applicator and coater of resin-based powder coatings expands to meet demands of customers in the Southeast.

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) will be exhibiting at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEi) show in London on 13-16 September.

3A Composites is introducing the new AIREX® T90.60, its lightest structural PET core material.

Automated Dynamics is testing a laser-based heating method for the production of fibre placed composite materials.

Less than a month after it first set sail, the CODE8, a One Design carbon racing yacht, has won the Keszthely-Kenese Regatta, a non-stop solo sailing race

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced over US$145 million for advanced solar technologies to “help shape the next generation of solar energy tech

LANXESS is investing €15 million in its glass fibre plant in Antwerp, Belgium, to expand production by 10%.

The Eurozone debt crisis and recent negotiations over US sovereign debt have had a negative impact on renewable energy financing, according to Ernst & Youn

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (SGL ACF) – a joint venture of SGL Group and BMW Group – has officially opened its new carbon fibre manufacturing plant in Mos

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

Mecmesin, a UK company specialising in force and torque testing equipment, will demonstrate two new testing systems at The Composites Engineering Show in B

Thermoset composites manufacturer Norplex-Micarta is introducing WaveMax™ 8000 solder pallet material, which combines a woven glass fabric with a high temp

Insituform Technologies Inc, a specialist in technologies for rehabilitation of pipelines and other structures, has acquired the North American business of

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

Brazilian wind power deployments could exceed 5 GW by 2013 representing a five-fold increase from the current installed capacity, according to the Global W

Scott Bader Asia Pacific will exhibit its range of Crystic® high performance speciality resins, gel-coats and adhesives at China Composites Expo 2011 this

Industry veteran to oversee operations at Chromalloy's Orangeburg, N.Y., facility.

Average annual global wind power growth has been downgraded from 11% to 10% in the period 2011-2016 in MAKE Consulting's Q3 2011 Market Outlook Update.

Robert Bosch GmbH is planning to build a pilot production line in Eisenac, Germany to research materials and production processes for new lithium-ion cells

The world metal and ceramic injection moulding market is forecast to reach $3.7 billion by the year 2017, according to a new comprehensive report by US mar

Cabot Corp has agreed to sell its Supermetals business, which uses tantalum ore as a raw material, to Australia-based Global Advanced Metals (GAM) for a mi

The European Powder Metallurgy Association will launch soon a club project on Component Fatigue Strength (Phase 1) in partnership with RTWH IWM Aachen.

Molycorp, Inc, the largest producer of rare earth oxides (REO) outside of China, has reached an agreement with Hitachi Metals to supply the company with ra

CDI (Century Design Inc), a supplier of prepreg machines and specialist composite processing equipment, has teamed up with manufacturing process consultant

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