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Materials news, October 2011

Thirty-year industry veteran elevated to the position of Vice President, Technologies.

The new Danish centre-left coalition government has increased the target for wind capacity to 50% of the total power consumption in Denmark in 2020.

DONG Energy and Vestas will test Vestas' V164 7 MW offshore wind turbine at DONG’s demonstration site in the waters off Frederikshavn in Northern Jutland,

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

Plansee Group has acquired bonding specialist TCB Korea Co Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

US Liner Company's latest product is ECOTEX, a panel consisting of glass fibre reinforced thermoplastic skins and chopped long fibre polypropylene and glas

A fast response, coloured gel-coat mixing and delivery service for the German composites market has been set up by Bodo Möller Chemie GmbH in its facilitie

When Click Bond Inc wanted to develop a bonded nut plate stand-off for the cargo doors of a major manufacturer's new generation of commercial aircraft, it

SP-High Modulus is exhibiting at the METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) in Amsterdam on 15-17 November.

CS Energy Materials Ltd (CSEM), a joint venture between Germany's H.C. Starck and Japan New Chisso (JNC) Corp, has broken ground for a new cathode material

REpower Systems SE will deliver 12 wind turbines to Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) for the 24.6 MW Eva Creek wind farm near Ferry, Alaska, USA.

Hexcel Corporation reports net sales for the third quarter of 2011 of US$351.8 million, 19.5% higher than for the third quarter of 2010, led by strong busi

German testing equipment manufacturer Zwick Roell is seeing growth in the composites market.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) welcomed the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee (ECCC) to its base at Stromness and testing sites around t

Owens Corning reports that consolidated net sales reached US$1.5 billion in the third quarter of 2011, up 22% from the same period last year.

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) will model the UK's tidal energy resources to improve understanding of the possible interactions between tidal ener

The three new products joining BASF's crash-optimised glass reinforced polyamide 6 range are designed for crash-relevant automotive parts such as steering

The 25 jacket foundations for RWE Innogy's Thornton Bank 2 offshore wind farm off the coast of Belgium have now been installed.

GKN Plc of Redditch, UK, reports a 13% increase in trading profit to £113 million in the third quarter (Q3) of 2011, compared to the same period last year.

Carpenter Technology Corporation of Pennsylvania, USA, is receiving US$5000 in development funding from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeaster

SABIC Innovative Plastics and construction supply company Meccano de Mexico have developed one-piece, reusable concrete forms made from SABIC’s LNP Verton

Bayer MaterialScience LLC has conducted studies to compare the performance of its new Baydur® polyurethane systems with that of epoxy and vinyl ester based

Both rigid and flexible shipments up from August, but down compared to this time last year.

Dutch Thermoplastic Components (DTC) will exhibit a range of high performance continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic parts at The Composites Engineering

Ceradyne Inc supply the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) with ceramic body armour under an order worth around US$6.9 million.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc has shipped the first production composite centre fuselage panels for the Airbus A350 XWB programme out of its Kinston, North Caroli

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has awarded its 2011 Distinguished Service Awards to Dr Olle Grinder, Founder of Sweden's PM Technology A

Manager of the U.S. Protective product line will also oversee global Key Industry Management efforts.

Financing has been completed for the 75 MW Finca de Viento Santa Isabel wind farm in Puerto Rico, Pattern Energy Group LP says.

This year's Euro PM Congress in Barcelona, Spain, organised and hosted by the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA), attracted nearly 900 participa

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

Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd has begun mass production of its permanent magnet direct drive (PMDD) 1.5MW wind turbines for high altitude a

Minato-Ku, Tokyo, facility to provide Elcometer distributors and customers with a highly trained sales, service and support team.

Higher selling prices, combined with key market sector activity, drive earnings for the majors.

Specialist tooling company Manuplas will exhibit at The Composites Engineering Show 2011 this November.

GE Energy Financial Services and India's Greenko Group Plc will develop up to 1 GW of wind energy projects across India.

Wind Energy Services Company (WES), a provider of composite repair and maintenance services for wind farms and part of Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG),

Slight uptick seen in key barometer of confidence among inventory purchasing executives.

Vestas will supply 55 of its V100 1.8 MW wind turbines for a 99 MW wind farm in Texas, USA.

The new AXSON group unites BS Coatings, Revocoat and Axson Technologies to create a specialist in high performance polymer formulation.

Tata Power has reached the 300 MW milestone for installed wind power capacity in India.

LANXESS is strengthening its position in fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites, concentrating on hybrid composite sheet technology based on polyamide.

Union Process, Inc, of Akron, Ohio, has built a 5-SDM Attritor for a solar technology application.

Erasteel has taken a significant step in strengthening its research and development resource by taking a majority shareholding in Metallied, a company that

Patterns and Moulds Ltd will be showcasing its services at The Composites Engineering Show in the UK this November.

Ahlstrom Corporation is implementing a programme aimed at increasing annual operating profit by approximately 15 million euros from the year 2012. Around 4

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s sliding share price has left the French carmaker trading at a record discount to Volkswagen on investor expectations it will be the w

Index rises 0.2 percent, largely on the strength of durable goods manufacturing and mining.

Sterling Heights assembly plant to receive $165 million investment

Thirty-five airplanes a month will soon be rolling out the factory doors

Porcher Industries' new Greenlite™ reinforcements are based on cellulose fibres and compatible with bio-based resins.

Magnum Venus Plastech, a specialist in composites processing equipment, has restructured and rebranded to support a focus on new composites markets.

Chrysler Group, Nissan North America and General Motors posted gains of 20% or more to pace the major players in September. Chrysler jumped 27%, giving it

US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar calls for continued and unwavering commitment from industry and the Government for US offshore wind.

Surface coatings specialist's booth to reflect a 'collision shop' theme; industry stars, radical rods and bikes are also on tap.

Gurit will be showcasing its extended core material range, as well as its carbon fibre and tooling expertise, at the China Wind Power 2011 exhibition in Be

The new Latin American Composite Materials Association ( ALMACO ) has announced that it will organise a trade show in São Paulo in the second half of 2013.

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has officially opened Airbus’ new £400 million factory in Wales which will assemble the composite wings for the

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

PLANSEE High Performance Materials has opened PLANSEE Express, an online shop with semi-finished products and standard products for customers in the USA an

Huntsman will showcase a range of innovative materials and technologies for composite designs at The Composites Engineering Show in the UK this November.

FuturaGene and the Guangxi Academy of Sciences (GXAS) will collaborate on the development and optimisation of second generation biofuel production from woo

Scott Bader Ltd is exhibiting for the first time at The Composites Engineering Show 2011 in Birmingham, UK, in November.

PPG's GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM(R) D8113 clearcoat is the first to pass Toyota’s rigorous specification criteria for the exclusive $400,000 car’s signature ma

The City of Austin, Texas, USA, has switched to 100% renewable energy with all facilities from neighbourhood libraries and recreation centres to police and

Advanced Composites Group Inc (ACG) and JD Lincoln, members of Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM), will be exhibiting at SAMPE Tech 2011.

Original equipment and wind turbine manufacturers say stable Federal policies are needed to establish a US offshore wind industry at the Offshore WINDPOWER

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Dan Shechtman "for the discovery of quasicrystals."

Atlas Composites has become one of only three composites engineering firms in the UK to achieve the AS9100 Rev C quality management system standard for the

Composites Testing Laboratory Asia (CTL Asia) will be exhibiting at the JEC Asia show in Singapore this month.

Vermont Composites Inc has been presented with a Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) supplier excellence award.

The Australian Clean Energy legislative package, which put a price on carbon emissions and promotes renewable energy, has been passed by the House of Repre

As industries such as the auto parts industries transfer their capacities to China, the country's powder metallurgy industry benefits, according to Researc

The wind energy market is set to overtake aerospace as the largest user of advanced composite materials, accounting for nearly 60% of the market by 2020, a

AIST in Japan has developed a technology to produce sintered isotropic samarium-iron-nitrogen (Sm-Fe-N) based magnets with properties similar to neodynium-

ERAMET subsidiary ERASTEEL, has inaugurated a €20 million powder metallurgy gas atomising tower at its Söderfors plant in Sweden.

Precission Material Chemicals & Technology GmbH (PMCtec) will distribute Yuelong Superfine Metal Powders (YSM)'s fine and superfine metal powders in Europe

MDM Engineering Group Ltd (MDM) will exclusively market Atomising Systems Ltd's (ASL) atomising equipment and technology.

At the Fakuma 2011 BASF is introducing an Ultramid® Endure polyamide (PA) product with 50% glass fibre content which is said to offer improved stiffness at

Engineering and composite materials consultancy STRUCTeam has opened an office in Warsaw, Poland, to complement its established operation in the UK.

The tidal power industry is invited to join an initiative to help enable tidal energy to become a commercial reality at a ‘How to Build a Tidal Array in a

REpower Systems SE is delivering 23 of its MM92, 2.05 MW wind turbines to La Compaigne du Vent, GDF SUEZ Group, for two wind farms totalling 47 MW in Burgu

Hexagon Composites will exhibit at the 4th Asia Pacific Natural Gas Vehicles Association (ANGVA) Conference & Exhibition in China on 18-20 October.

Crane Composites Inc, a US manufacturer of fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) wall panels, has expanded its INNOVATIVE FINISHES line of architectural panels wi

CCP Composites comprises all the composites activities of the Total Group worldwide, including Cray Valley, Cook Composites and Polymers (CCP) and Composit

Hexcel’s HexPly® M21E/IMA carbon fibre prepreg is used to build all of the A350 XWB primary structures, including these wing covers, for which Hexcel has s

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

UK wind turbine manufacturer FuturEnergy has unveiled a highly efficient 10 kW turbine which employs Amber Composites' prepreg in its blade design.

Barrday Composite Solutions is introducing a new fire resistant epoxy prepreg for interior applications in the aircraft, rail and marine markets.

REpower Systems SE is supplying 36 of its 3.4M104 wind turbines for a 122 MW wind farm near Zeewolde, the Netherlands, to be developed by Zuidlob Wind B.V.

Southwest Windpower Inc and Advanced Technology & Research Corp (ATR) are joining forces to design and manufacture wind and solar hybrid systems.

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) will be exhibiting on the Umeco Composites stand at the JEC Asia exhibition in Singapore on 18-20 October.

Automakers report higher gains in light truck sales vs. passenger vehicles; luxury manufacturers continue record-breaking streak.

Specialty finisher solves surface treatment challenge in "Reflecting Absence" pools.

Seasoned energy industry business professional tapped to take Chromalloy to the 'next level'

AkzoNobel completes acquisition of more than 95 percent of Schramm Holding AG shares.

Executives say decorative paint line no longer in sync with BASF market-share growth strategy.

The Vector Strategy report provides an outlook for steel, aluminium, titanium, ceramic, ballistic fibres and composites, and transparent armour materials i

Airbus partner Premium Aerotec has successfully put together the first forward fuselage for the A350 XWB at Nordenham, Germany.

Seifert and Skinner & Associates are sponsoring a symposium on composite pressure vessels in Belgium this November.

Business and professional services, construction, and health care lead the gains.

The European Pultrusion Technology Association ( EPTA ) is inviting presentations for its 11th World Pultrusion Conference taking place in Turkey next Marc

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has completed the acquisition of composite pipe producer Ameron International Corporation in a merger transaction valuing Amer

Financing for the €335 million, 200 MW Jädraås wind farm in Sweden has been completed by private equity fund manager Platina Partners LLP and onshore wind

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA), through its European PM HIP Group, has published a new brochure entitled Introduction to Hot Isostatic

Carpenter Technology Corporation is undertaking a US$30 million (~SEK 200m) expansion of its Carpenter Powder Products facility in Sweden (CPP AB).

Dassault Systèmes, a specialist in 3D and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, has acquired Simulayt Ltd, a provider of composites simulation tech

GPI Prototype has installed an upgraded EOSINT M 280 direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) machine from EOS to build metal parts additively.

Hart Metals has installed a new atomiser for the development and production of new magnesium alloy powders for military applications at its facility in Tam

Ceradyne Inc has received a three-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract for Enhanced Small Armor Protective Inserts (ESAPI) ceramic

Divestiture to help Clariant improve operational efficiency.

Action requires persons who intend to manufacture, import, or process any of 36 listed chemical substances for an activity to notify EPA at least 90 days b

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees is ending the competitive solicitation process for the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project (GLOW) witho

A total of 7121 visitors attended the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2011 trade show in Stuttgart on 27-29 September.

Finisher scores extremely high in all 10 areas of the audit.

The European UP Resin Sector Group of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), which is currently composed of Ashland, CCP Composites, Reichhold and

At the AVK International Conference in Stuttgart this September, DSM Composite Resins unveiled a range of styrene-free resins.

Amber Composites has received The Supplier of the Year Award for Technical Innovation from motor yacht manufacturer Sunseeker International.

At the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show in Stuttgart in September, 3B - the fibreglass company introduced a new direct single-end roving for long fibre thermop

Siemens AG says it is aiming for a profit margin of at least 10% of revenues for its wind power operations, achieved through cost cutting and streamlining

Working with partners Technologycom Srl and Cimteclab Srl of Italy, US company Composite Technical Services LLC (CTS) has developed a bio-based epoxy resi

Boeing has delivered its first 787 Dreamliner composites-intensive aircraft to launch customer Japanese airliner ANA.

Huntsman Advanced Materials' Araldite AW 4856 / Hardener HW 4856 Fast epoxy adhesive designed for the manufacture of wind blades and large composite parts

Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) and UNStudio won the ‘Best Stand’ Blueprint Award at the 100% Design exhibition in London. The modular stand was crea

McLaren Automotive has established a subsidiary in Singapore responsible for all McLaren Automotive’s operations in the region, including sales and technic

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

Both rigid PCB shipments and bookings off in August compared to same period last year.

Real gross domestic product in the United States increased at an annual rate of 1.3%, slightly higher than previous estimate.

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

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