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Materials news, November 2011

Global wind power set for steady growth to 2020

The global wind energy market, which saw capacity grow 22.3% from 2009 to 2010, is set to see continued steady growth to 2020, according to GlobalData's re

Carbon fibre producer Zoltek Companies Inc reports a 38.6% increase in sales for the fourth quarter of its 2011 fiscal year (ended 30 September), over the

Teijin Ltd has announced plans to establish what it says is the world's first pilot plant for fully integrated production of carbon fibre reinforced thermo

The 2012 European Powder Metallurgy (PM) Congress in Basel, Switzerland, on 16-19 September 2012, is calling for technical papers.

Spring Hill, Tenn., facility 'reborn' as ultra-flexible operation.

Customised carbon prepreg materials from Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) are being used by Holland Composites to manufacture the lightweight, ultra-thi

Siemens Energy has launched its 6 MW direct drive offshore wind turbine, the SWT-6.0, at the European Offshore Wind Energy Conference in Amsterdam, The Net

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released guidance for policy makers and other stakeholders to avoid past mistakes, overcome new challenges and re

The Advanced Engineering UK 2011 group of events, which included The Composites Engineering Show 2011, attracted nearly 7000 visitors to Birmingham on 9-10

European wind power production could meet 31% of the EU's 20% emissions reduction target and even enable an increase in EU's climate goals, according to th

Does your company manufacture, design or distribute products that come into contact with food or drinking water? This webinar on 1 December will discuss ho

OM Group reported a net loss of US$68.3 million in the third quarter of 2011 following the acquisition of VAC Holding in August.

Slower seasonal trends prevail, monthly IPC survey shows.

Partnership to initially focus on electron-beam manufacturing of F-35 parts.

US think tank Third Way says China has surpassed the United States as the top nation in total clean energy investments, attractiveness for renewable energy

The first 100 ft (30.48 m) Wally Cento sailing yacht hull has been completed at Green Marine's Hythe, UK, facility.

Umeco plc exhibited its composites expertise at the official opening of the UK's National Composites Centre on 24 November.

Donations fund educational projects related to air and space technology.

Embraer SA and Alcoa have signed a technology sharing agreement that involves the use of Alcoa's aluminium alloys to support Embraer’s development of meta

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

North Rhine-Westphalia’s 2011 Innovation Award in the 'Innovation' category has been awarded to Professor Reinhart Poprawe, Director of the Fraunhofer Inst

Strategic focus shifts toward core coating and graphic arts resins markets.

Graphic Parts International Inc (GPI) manufactures high-tolerance vacuum table workholding systems to hold down composite materials.

Euroresins Europe Holding GmbH & Co KG and United Initiators have announced that their existing partnership for the distribution of CUROX® organic peroxide

GKN Aerospace plans to establish a new assembly facility in Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA, to perform assembly operations for the HondaJet business aircr

Boeing has announced a six-month tour with its new 787 Dreamliner to show the new aircraft to customers and partners around the world.

GKN Aerospace has joined industry partners Airbus, AgustaWestland, Rolls-Royce, Umeco and Vestas in celebrating the official opening of the UK’s National C

PLANSEE's Tantal (tantalum) has been certified by the Electronic Industry Citizen Coalition (EICC) as 'conflict-free', meaning the tantalum has been obtain

The UK Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable, formally opened the National Composites Centre in Bristol

Assembly of the first A350 XWB’s 32 m long carbon fibre composite wings has begun at Airbus’ recently-opened North Factory in Broughton, UK.

SABIC Innovative Plastics' new speciality polypropylene (PP) compounding operation at its Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, site will supply PP compounds and STA

Aurora Flight Sciences is investing in automated fibre placement (AFP) technology to enable the manufacture of larger and more complex composite structures

Sandvik AB plans to acquire the remaining shares in the metal-cutting tools manufacturer Seco Tools AB.

Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) has started supplying spare and replacement composite parts for older wind turbines.

American Fiberglass Tank Repair has launched a field service operation to focus on the repair of composite nozzles, composite tank leaks, shell cracks, as

The US renewable energy sector must attract new investors and make use of unique tax-based financing structures in the next 18 months or risk a sharp drop

Hexcel has commissioned two new carbon fibre production lines at its manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Private investment firm Takoda Group LLC has acquired metal fabricator Danco Metal Products Inc, which has served the metal and lexan fabrication industry

Polin is launching a new waterslide series called Magic Spheres, manufactured using resin transfer moulding.

A power company in Indonesia has employed a composite liner based on Vipel® F010 vinyl ester from AOC to protect the surface of a new concrete aeration pit

Quickstep Holdings Ltd is taking part in a joint development project supported by the German government and car manufacturer Audi to develop new manufactur

AREVA will test its M5000 5 MW offshore wind turbines in the new full load test bench in Bremerhaven, Germany, to check the functionality under nominal loa

BMW AG has secured a 15.16% stake in SGL Carbon SE, strengthening its focus on the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) in lightweight car manufa

United Alloy is expanding its Wisconsin facility by 21,000 ft2, adding 32 new jobs.

Tods has become a member of the new National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol, UK.

KraussMaffei has announced an order from BMW for a large number of injection moulding, reaction process and automation machines and systems.

Carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek Corporation has set up a new carbon fibre prepreg facility and technical centre just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

At the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) in San Diego, Oracle Racing Spithill won both the match and fleet racing championship, becoming the first team to

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

Hoeganaes says it has implemented various safety measures following the three incidents at its Gallatin Plant in Tennessee, USA.

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) has launched the Recycling & Sustainability Platform of the European Composites Industry.

Austerity measures could lead to a potential climate change funding gap of US$45 billion by 2015, according to Ernst & Young.

According to the new Airbus Global Market Forecast, Brazil is set to become the fourth largest domestic air travel market in the world, requiring 701 new p

Parmatech Corporation, provider of custom manufactured metal injection moulding (MIM) components and services, will feature a range of its capabilities for

Norplex-Micarta's NP572 composite consists of a high strength glass fabric with an epoxy resin and is said to offer excellent physical, mechanical and elec

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has welcomed a bipartisan Governors' Wind Energy Coalition endorsement of legislation for a four year extension

A new publication from Textile Media Services reviews the history and current use of composites in the automotive sector and assesses how far these materia

China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources Inc saw a near doubling of revenues in the third quarter (Q3) of 2011 to US$7.1 million on soaring fluorite sales.

The ‘Araldite’, a racing boat reinforced with flax fibres, has crossed the finishing line in the Transat 6.50 Charente-Maritime race in 15th place.

Exhibitors report heavy traffic—and even a few orders—at Chicago show.

Uptick in durable goods manufacturing pushes industrial production up by 0.7 percent.

The Isle of Wight – a peaceful, modest-sized island off the English south coast – plans to become a net energy exporter of energy by 2020, while halving re

Cabot Corporation has added graphene technology to its portfolio, through an intellectual property licensing agreement with XG Sciences Inc.

Ahlstrom Corporation has decided to close its glass fibre speciality reinforcements plant in Bishopville, USA.

The annual value of renewable energy capacity installed will double in real terms to US$395 billion in 2020, rising to US$460bn in 2030, compared with US$1

Atkins has been named as an official engineering services provider to the UK's National Composites Centre (NCC) on a three year framework agreement.

Linde Group has published a guide on sintering of steels, focusing on the use of atmospheres in powder metal sintering.

China’s 12th Five-Year Plan demonstrates its resolve to accelerate the transition from manufacturing powerhouse to innovation engine, as the government’s 3

South Korea is investing WON10.2 trillion (US$9 billion) in offshore wind, aiming to build 2.5 GW by 2019.

Siemens is expanding its industrial software portfolio with the acquisition of Vistagy Inc, a supplier of specialised engineering software and services wit

Innovative Composites International Inc (ICI) has signed a cooperation agreement with contractor Millenium Brasil and Green Intelligence Corporation, a con

First Wind has ordered 77 of Vestas' V100 1.8 MW wind turbines, totalling 139 MW, for two wind projects in the USA.

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that Atlasjet Havacilik AS of Turkey has signed a letter of intent to acquire 10 CS300 aircraft, with options on a furth

Onshore wind energy could reach parity with fossil fuel generated electricity by 2016, according to analyst Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Malama Composites, a manufacturer of polyurethane foam made from bio-based renewable resources, has joined Spain’s Green Comm Racing Team at the America's

Airbus and its parent company EADS are assisting Abu Dhabi in its goal of creating a world-class aviation industry in a cooperation that includes the manuf

Boeing forecasts that airlines in the Middle East will need an estimated 2520 aircraft worth US$450 billion by 2030.

Kennametal has announced a new grade of indexable milling insert for steel and stainless steel.

SP-High Modulus has appointed Best Link Trading Company Inc as a new re-seller for its products in the Japanese marine retail market.

Service facility now authorized to provide turbine engine component repairs for Japan's leading airlines.

Gamesa has met its sales forecast for the full year of 2011 by the end of the third quarter, with 2805 MW – 94% of which has been outside Spain.

Faulty parts increasingly entering supply chain, U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee report finds.

At the Dubai Airshow 2011, Oman Air announced an order for six Boeing 787-8s.

The renewable energy share of the global energy mix could rise from 13% in 2010 to 18% in 2035, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA) 2011 W

GKN Aerospace has won a production contract with Honda Aircraft Company as supplier of the composite fuselage for the HondaJet business jet.

Scotland has been awarded £103 million from the UK Fossil Fuel Levy to spend on renewable energy investments.

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Sandvik AB is cutting 365 jobs in Sweden affecting employees at Sandvik Materials Technology and Sandvik Mining and Construction, as well as employees at S

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) will be exhibiting at the Railway Interiors Expo in Cologne, Germany, on 15-17 November.

GrafTech International Ltd has acquired the business and assets of Fiber Materials Inc (FMI), a manufacturer of advanced carbon composite materials, for US

Automated Dynamics has introduced the Research Workcell, a small-scale, self-contained automated fibre placement (AFP) machine designed for universities an

Haysite Reinforced Plastics now offers its H193/H232 Pultruded Laboratory Fume Hood Panels in custom length sheets for application in laboratory fume hood

The wind energy market is poised for greater consolidation which will see the emergence of fewer, but stronger, participants, according to analysts Frost &

STRUCTeam has won two contracts for the design and structural engineering of large wind turbine blades for clients based in China.

ERAMET Group has reported a 3.3% fall in turnover for the third quarter (Q3) of 2011 to €792 million compared to the same period, saying results were hit b

Henkel has developed a polyurethane-based composite resin which it says cures faster than epoxy resins.

REpower Systems SE will supply 75 of its MM82 and MM92 wind turbines to EDF EN Canada Inc for the 150 MW Massif du Sud wind farm on the south shore of Qué

Airbus has announced that A350 XWB pre-Final Assembly Line (FAL) activities have started although with some delay as a result of late availability of some

Carpenter Technology Corporation will construct its 400,000 ft2 manufacturing facility, which was announced last August to meet customer demand for alloy p

Monteco Ltd, a Canadian company active in stormwater management, wastewater pretreatment and composites manufacturing, has integrated all of its water-rela

The prototype of Gamesa's G128 4.5 MW wind turbine erected at an R&D wind farm in Jaulín, Zaragoza, Spain, reached 97.34 MWh operating at 100% availability

Siemens has secured orders for 6 wind turbine projects in North America since July, totalling US$900 million and over 670 MW.

GKN Aerospace has won a £6 million contract from Cobham Mission Equipment to design and manufacture a lightweight air to air refuelling pylon for the wing

ACCIONA Energía will build a 49.5 MW wind farm in Costa Rica, which will produce electricity for the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE).

Indo-US MIM Tec plans to separate its medical device contract manufacturing services resulting in an independent, focused company, Indo-Med.

Innovative Composites International Inc (ICI) has purchased the assets of Eleison Composites LLC, a manufacturer of fibre reinforced thermoplastic skin mat

GKN Aerospace has increased its participation with the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) with the development of a Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) win

Sealant Equipment & Engineering’s Dual-Station XYZ Robotic Dispensing System is designed to improve the adhesive dispensing process.

According to Owens Corning, use of fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) made with the company's Advantex® glass fibre in place of steel in flue-gas desulphurisat

Creative Composites, based in Northern Ireland, has unveiled a new extension to its composites manufacturing facility.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced the 2011 AWEA Awards, honouring wind industry supporters, leaders, innovators and advocates for their

Deutsche Rohstoff AG has signed an off-take agreement with Global Tungsten & Powders Corp for all tungsten concentrates, which will be produced in the Wolf

The architectural centrepiece inside the Texas A&M University Health Science Center is a spiral staircase made from steel bar-reinforced concrete using fib

Italian yacht maker Persico has used a Huntsman Advanced Materials adhesive in the build of a new design of Volvo Open 70 racing yacht for the Abu Dhabi To

Management consultancy Cast Strategies LLC has launched an initiative to assist US composite manufacturers enter the market in India.

In response to SolarWorld and a coalition of US domestic solar manufacturers' complaint against China, President Barack Obama cites “questionable competiti

Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed that final results of a three-phase wind tunnel test programme further validate the aerodynamic design and support fuel

China could have 1 TW of wind power by 2050 with wind supplying 17% of electricity production, compared to today's 1%, according to the National Developmen

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

The DIRA-GREEN project, which aims to develop a fast and reliable inspection tool based on digital radiography for the inspection of green parts, is asking

Gurit will showcase the capabilities of its new Engineered Structures business unit at The Composites Engineering Show in Birmingham, UK, on 9-10 November.

Nordex will supply 14 of its 2.5 MW wind turbines, the N90-2500 series, for the Pant-y-Wal and Fforch Nest wind farms in Wales.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has published its first newsletter on ISO standards in PM.

TenCate Advanced Composites North America in Morgan Hill, California, USA, is expanding into an adjacent facility, which will focus on thermoplastic compos

Siemens Energy has opened a new wind power distribution facility in Wichita, Kansas, USA, to serve the Americas.

The Light Composite Materials for a Sustainable Future Conference will be held in Brussels in January.

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG), GRPMS and Richmond Aerovac will be co-exhibiting at The Composites Engineering Show in Birmingham, UK.

Wind turbine prices in the US have fallen by nearly a third on average since 2008, according Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab) report

Höganäs continues to return solid growth and high profitability, according to CEO Alrik Danielsson.

Kaman Aerospace Group Inc has entered into an agreement to acquire Vermont Composites Inc, a manufacturer of composite aerostructures based in Bennington,

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Eisenmann AG has acquired carbonisation specialist Ruhstrat GmbH, headquartered in Bovenden-Lenglern, Germany.

Hundreds of millions of dollars allocated toward engine production and block casting.

Nearly 300 delegates attended the International AVK Conference in Stuttgart on 26-27 September 2011, the opening event of the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show.

PTECH 2011 – the eight International Latin American Conference on Powder Technology is taking place on 6-9 November 2011 in Florianópolis, Brazil.

Gurit reports net sales of CHF248.9 million for the first 9 months of 2011, an increase of 5.2% on the first nine months of 2010.

China Ming Yang has been granted potential financing of up to US$5 billion from the China Development Bank Corp for further developments of wind power in C

China's tin imports surged to 3,610 tonnes in September, up by 125% on the previous month and 167% compared to September last year.

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