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Materials news, December 2011

Textile manufacturer Arvind Ltd of India and PD Fiber Glass Group, Germany, have formed a joint venture for the manufacture of woven and multiaxial glass f

Gamesa and Iberdrola have signed a new framework agreement for a minimum of 50% of the total wind turbine fleet Iberdrola buys for its renewable energy bus

Lightweight automotive construction will be one of the topics discussed at the International VDI Conference: Plastics in Automobile Manufacture taking plac

SKF has inaugurated its Global Technical Centre in Bengaluru, India (GTCI), addressing its five technology platforms – bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubr

Nordex is one step closer to series production of the N117/2400 onshore wind turbine with the installation of the first unit at the Stadum citizens’ wind f

RUSAL’s IRKAZ, an aluminium smelter based in Irkutsk, and specialists from RUSAL’s Engineering and Technology Center, have tested Nanocomp Metcast, nanocoa

The programme is now available for the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) conference taking place in Turkey in March 2012.

Virtek Vision International Inc is celebrating 25 years of providing laser templating solutions to aid the assembly of carbon fibre composite parts.

Ashland Performance Materials has launched an expanded page for its Derakane resin on the Ashland website and closed the Derakane.com website.

Giorgio Vismara joins Gurit as General Manager Marine, while Wilfrid Gambade is appointed Business Unit Director, DSM Composite Resins.

Metal Powder Report would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Boeing's first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner has put weight on wheels for the first time. The site will deliver its first aircraft next year.

Epic Electric Vehicles (Epic EV) has be selected to produce lightweight composite bodies for the new DeLorean Motor Company electric vehicle (DMC-EV) slate

Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solutions' Coast Composites business unit has achieved AS9100 Rev C certification.

Dow Europe GmbH and AKSA Akrilik Kimya Sanayii AS have signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture in Turkey to manufacture and commercialise car

To achieve the goal of cutting emissions by over 80% by 2050, Europe's energy production needs to be almost carbon-free, according to the European Commissi

New San Mateo, Calif., location to provide sales and service support for Fischer Technology customers.

ITT Exelis has reached the halfway point in the construction of its new composites design and manufacturing centre for aerospace structures.

According to Composite Insights’ latest study, there is an enormous opportunity for unsaturated polyester resin in the fabrication of fibre reinforced plas

Local Power Inc has received a 'Notice-To-Proceed' from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), to write several Requests for Proposals (RFP

Formtech Composites launched it vision of an electric vehicle (EV) at Frankfurt’s IAA Motorshow. The E1 research study provides the base for a number of co

The City of Austin, TX, Southern Oregon University, the Bank of Georgetown (DC and MD), Stevens Pass, Diamond Packaging, and Sandy Alexander have been the

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

China's demand for metal could grow at a slower rate in 2012 and prices are predicted to fall, according to Wang Huajun, Deputy Secretary General of the Ch

The Plansee Group sells its provider of sintered components and systems for the automotive industry, PMG, as it plans to focus more strongly on developing

Siemens and Shanghai Electric will set up two joint ventures (JVs) for the Chinese wind power market.

METYX Composites, a manufacturer of technical textiles and composites-related products, is building a new factory in Manisa, Turkey.

The arc welding equipment and filler metals market saw revenues of US$11.70 billion in 2010 and analyst Frost & Sullivan estimates this to reach US$19.29 b

Drop in output of motor vehicles and parts puts brakes on manufacturing.

Scottish company Scott & Fyfe Ltd has appointed Fournier Matériaux Composites as distributor for its range of Polymat reinforcement products in France.

DIAB is offering two new finishing options for its core materials – One Directional Cut (ODC) and Grid Score Thin (GST).

US powder metal demand is projected to grow 6.3% annually, reaching £1.5 billion in 2015, according to ReportLinker.

Park Electrochemical Corp has announced the opening of the major expansion of its composite aerospace materials, parts and assemblies manufacturing and des

Miba saw sales of €429.6 million in the first three quarters of financial year 2011/12, up 37% compared to the same period last year.

New company Stratolaunch Systems is developing an air-launch system which it says will revolutionise space travel.

Precision Metalforming Association members predict a spike in business conditions during the next three months, survey says.

Market-driven innovation remains a primary driver for DuPont headiing into 2012.

The US solar energy industry saw a record 140% growth in installations in the third quarter (Q3) of 2011, compared to Q3 2010, thanks to utility-scale proj

Goodrich's Aerostructures business is to install a third Mongoose automated fibre placement (AFP) system from Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc.

Non-destructive testing (NDT) services provider X-Ray Industries has acquired Arcadia Aerospace Industries, a specialist in composite structures inspection

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) will hold a two-day Short Course on PM Sintering Fundamentals and Mass Production in Helsingborg, Sweden,

Molycorp Inc, Daido Steel Co Ltd and Mitsubishi Corporation have formed a joint venture to manufacture and sell next-generation neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB

Lincoln Composites is participating in a US Department of Energy (DOE) project to reduce the costs associated with high-pressure hydrogen storage vessels f

One-quarter of original automotive equipment manufacturers surveyed are 'slightly more optimistic' about business conditions.

Revived Detroit facility to produce the next-generation SRT Viper.

Heatcon Composite Systems has won a US$2.6 million contract to provide the US army with equipment to repair composite aircraft in remote locations.

To meet growing demand for its products, Spirit AeroSystems Inc is to move production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fixed leading edge composite wing compon

Airbus has started joining the first 21 m long front fuselage section for the A350 XWB in Saint-Nazaire, France.

Etihad Airways has announced an order for ten Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, making Etihad the world's largest customer for this aircraft.

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

Cosma International, part of Magna International Inc, is acquiring BDW technologies group's four operations within vacuum high-pressure aluminium die casti

Jose Maria Bermudez to lead all aspects of Dow Coating Materials' business, from engineering and manufacturing to sales and customer service.

Increases of up to 7 percent slated for hydrous and calcined products.

Hunton & Williams and Penman Consulting have launched the REACH Product Stewardship Forum website to help companies navigate the processes, regulations and

Cargo Composites, a maker of thermoplastic composite air cargo containers, is to establish its new headquarters and assembly facility in Berkeley County, S

Principle Power Inc and Energias de Portugal (EDP) have deployed the first full-scale, 2 MW offshore WindFloat offshore wind turbine solution off the coast

Epson Atmix Corporation is investing YEN3.2 billion in a new superfine alloy powder production plant at the Hachinohe Kita-Inter Industrial Park in Aomori

North American car maker General Motors (GM) and carbon fibre producer Teijin Ltd have announced plans to co-develop carbon fibre composite technologies fo

Renovation includes new corrosion lab, clean room, and expanded testing space.

Deal enables AkzoNobel to strengthen its position in specialty plastic coatings.

Jeffrey Oravitz elevated from position of vice president of global business development to president and CEO.

EADS Innovation Works and DolphiTech AS of Norway have signed a cooperation agreement for the development of a non-destructive testing (NDT) system for com

Ampere Equity Fund, managed by Triodos Investment Management, has acquired 90% of four onshore wind farms from DunoAir totalling 51 MW and an option to buy

Boeing has established two world records with the 787 Dreamliner, setting new achievements for both speed and distance for the aircraft's weight class.

Kennametal Inc Chairman, President and CEO Carlos Cardoso, has been selected to help lead the Governor’s Manufacturing Council as part of the Team Pennsylv

Siemens has completed its acquisition of Vistagy Inc, a supplier of specialised engineering software and services with emphasis on design and manufacture o

Pair of new representatives tapped to drive MacDermid's activities relating to Ford Motor Co. and General Motors.

In its guidance for 2012, Hexcel Corporation projects solid growth in revenues and earnings.

Ministers from Ireland, the UK, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey have called on the EU to give its full backing to t

The 1st Mastergel International Training on RTM Light took place last month in Brazil.

The US Navy and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed first flight of the second X-47B unmanned air vehicle (UAV), for which GKN Aerospace has desig

PLANSEE is now offering customers to pay for their standard and semi-finished products made from molybdenum, tungsten and tantalum and their alloys using o

Newly created position to oversee development, optimization and content management of Enthone websites.

If projections for EU renewable energy developments are realised, the European market is set for huge growth this decade, according to the European Energy

Diatex, a manufacturer of technical textiles and supplier of equipment for composites moulding, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

AREVA Wind has extended its M5000 offshore wind turbine platform with the M5000-135, featuring a 135 m rotor.

Spanish car manufacturer GTA Motor is using prepregs from Advanced Composites Group (ACG) to create its Spano super sports car.

AIC Group is putting the finishing touches to making 125 tonnes of equipment operational for the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol. The project h

Sweden's Höganäs, SwePart and Vicura have joined their knowledge on transmission design, materials and manufacturing to produce transmission for electric v

Arequipa City, Peru, is expanding its water network with the help of 1.9 miles (3.1 km) of Flowtite™ composite pipe manufactured by O-Tek Internacional SA

3B-the fibreglass company is introducing a range of reinforcements designed for specific resin systems used in the manufacture of wind turbine blades. The

Ingalls Shipbuilding has been awarded a US$46 million advance procurement contract for work on the US Navy's third Zumwalt-class destroyer, DDG 1002. The m

RenewableUK has welcomed a series of UK Government announcements giving strong support to the renewable energy sector.

Seventeen EU countries have over 141 GW in total of offshore wind energy capacity built, under construction, consented, or planned in Europe.

The joint venture (JV) Otavi Steel Mill Pty Ltd has been formed to build a steel mill in Otavi, Namibia.

Huber Engineered Materials has announced a January price increase for its entire line of alumina trihydrate (ATH), magnesium hydroxide and cast polymer pro

Powder Coating Institute ends two-year collaboration with NACE.

Wind Energy Services Company (WES), a specialist in repair of composite components such as blades, nacelles and nose cones, has expanded its services and e

Chad Murphy brings more than 17 years of experience in the automotive plating industry.

According to the Airbus Global Market Forecast, the USA and Canada will require 5901 new passenger aircraft of more than 100 seats between today and 2030.

FORMAX, a UK based manufacturer of glass and carbon fibre multiaxial reinforcements, has appointed Andercol as its distributor for Latin America.

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

Russia's Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works OJSC (MMK) has made a cash offer for Australian Flinders Mines Ltd, which specialises in iron.

SolarCity and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have agreed to terms on financing for SolarStrong, SolarCity’s five-year plan to build more than US$1 billion w

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

Leading indicator shows manufacturing sector expanded for the 28th consecutive month.

The new Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research at the University of Western Ontario (FPC@Western) has chosen a compression moulding press and co

Tanaka Kikinzoku International K.K., which handles imports, exports and sales of Tanaka Precious Metals, has started full-scale operation of its local subs

The European Investment Bank will provide £150 million of long-term funding to Vattenfall's 300 MW Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.

North Charleston operation will supply Boeing South Carolina with 787 interior components.

REpower Systems SE will install two of its 6M offshore wind turbines for RWE Innogy near Eemshaven, the Netherlands.

Surmet Corporation of Burlington, MA, USA has won a Phase I SBIR programme from the US Department of Energy (DoE) entitled 'Durable ALON® Windows for High

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