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Materials news, January 2012

GM To Build $200 Million Stamping Facility in Texas

Facility will produce large stamping components for the next generation of full-size Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades.

The call for papers for this year's Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) has been announced.

Siemens Energy has secured its first wind turbine orders in Africa, with a total of 100 MW to Nareva Holding for the Haouma and Foum El Oued Wind Power Pla

The German Federation of Reinforced Plastics, AVK, is inviting submissions for its annual awards in the area of fibre reinforced plastics (FRP).

Gamesa is entering the electric vehicle and energy efficiency market, taking a stake in N2S, a Spanish start-up specialising in intelligent energy services

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, is exhibiting at the Seatec boat technology exhibition for the first time.

Alcoa is expanding its aluminium lithium capacity and capabilities to meet growing demand in the aerospace market for its newest alloys, allowing air-frame

Sandvik celebrates its 150 years' anniversary on 31 January – the date Göran Fredrik Göransson formed the company in Sandviken, Sweden.

Rigid PCB shipments offer 3.6 percent, but bookings increased 0.1 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

DTC, Instron, Pinette Emidecau Industries and Italmatic have joined the ThermoPlastic Composites Research Centre (TPRC) in The Netherlands.

Composites design specialist Caterham Composites and software provider Altair Engineering GmbH have signed a partnership to help both companies streamline

North American distributor Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance and over 15 industry partners, will host demonstrations of closed mould technology duri

Carpenter Technology Corporation reports a 154% increase in net income to US$23.6 million in the second quarter (Q2) of 2012.

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The deadline for abstracts for the European Powder Metallurgy Association – Euro PM2012 on 17-19 September in Basel, Switzerland, is fast approaching.

Auto parts suppliers agree to pay a total of $548 million in criminal fines.

The fourth quarter of 2011 saw a drop in the number of new global energy and renewable energy development proposals compared to both the same period in 201

The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) has scheduled the meeting of its Powder Metallurgy Gearing Committee for 21-22 February in Fort Myers, F

The first REpower 3.4M104 onshore wind turbine has been sold in the UK for phase one of a repowering project at Blyth Harbour.

Joseph J. Zajk from firearms company Ruger has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at MIM 2012 on 19-21 March in San Diego, CA, USA.

Distribution networks for the dryers will remain intact.

The UK has reached 6 GW of installed wind power capacity, according to trade association RenewableUK.

Grey Mountain Partners has acquired Custom Components Company, a niche building materials manufacturer, fabricator and supplier of aluminium, stainless ste

KOKS Group, which exports merchant pig iron and is one of Russia’s largest merchant coke producers, has paid holders of its début five-year Eurobond issue

Rachel Cheng named Senior Research and Development Chemist; Rob Pawson promoted to Regional Sales Manager for the South/Southwest Regions.

American Colors Inc, a custom colour house serving the plastics and coatings industries, has appointed North Coast Chemical Sales as sales agent for thermo

Rolls-Royce / GKN Aerospace joint venture CTAL has opened a £14.8 million facility on the Isle of Wight, UK, to develop manufacturing processes for aircraf

SHW AG, which supplies the automotive industry, saw a 24% jump in revenues to €360 million 2011, driven by a strong fourth quarter.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a US$23 million contract by Spirit AeroSystems to produce composite winglets for commerci

BestMetal Corporation has completed the acquisition of the privately owned powder metallurgy fabricator Wakefield Corporation.

AOE certificate allows Chromalloy turbine repair station to provide component repairs for Japan's All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines.

New offshore wind installations in Europe remained relative stable in 2011 with 866 MW, compared to 883 MW in 2010, according to the European Wind Energy A

A HOBAS composite potable water tank has helped the Austrian town of Karlstetten avoid water shortages each year.

AVK is inviting presentations for its annual conference, which is once again co-located with the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fair in Germany.

The Powder Metallurgy Association of India (PMAI) is organising its short course in powder metallurgy on 15-18 March 2012 at the Indian Institute of Techno

XBoards Inc has developed a limited edition snowboard, called BioBoard™, made from flax fibre reinforced composite.

GMP Friction Products has developed high-speed sintered metallic friction brake materials to be used in wind turbines.

Advanced Composites Group (ACG) Ltd and Richmond Aerovac will be co-exhibiting under the Umeco banner at the Seatec/Compotec 2012 shows in Italy this Febru

The huge clock tower at the centre of the Abraj-Al Arab development in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, was constructed using composite materials from Gurit.

The Centre for Powder Metallurgy Technology (CPMT) has re-appointed John Engquist of Burgess-Norton Manufacturing Company as its President.

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APMI International has announced Ian Donaldson and Al Dornisch as this year's Fellow Award recipients.

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that Geneva-based PrivatAir has placed a firm order for five CS100 aircraft and has taken options on an additional five.

The Scott Bader Europe Composites Division has expanded the Crystic gel-coats and Crestabond structural adhesives mixer capacity of its plants in the UK an

The programme has been finalised for MAGNETICS 2012, where market and technical leaders discuss how recent developments in magnetic materials and related t

AMETEK Specialty Metal Products (SMP) is offering high-purity sputtering target materials made using its consolidation technology, for high-purity metal po

Increase caps 10th consecutive quarterly gain.

Industry experts to discuss pending conflict materials regulations at IPC APEX next month.

Mainstream Renewable Power has raised €40 million in loan notes to finance its domestic and international renewable energy plans.

Custom Composites has launched a range of products for the marine sector, including masts, tiller extensions and safety rails.

Suzlon Energy Ltd has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Andhra Pradesh for the development of 3 GW of wind capacity in the

Seifert and Skinner & Associates (SSA) has expanded its composites laboratory and opened a new testing facility and office in Hasselt, Belgium, enabling it

Kennametal Inc is acquiring Deloro Stellite Group from Duke Street Capital for approximately €277 million, subject to customary regulatory approval and neg

Capstan is set to acquire the metal powder assets of Wellman Product Group, a Carlisle Brake and Friction company.

Developments include enhancement of plating on plastics line.

Deal enables Ecology Coatings to provide BASF a non-exclusive license for use of four patents involving metal, plastic, and fiberglass coating technologies

Purchase of Colombian coatings company expands PPG's presence in the region.

METYX Composites has invested in a state-of-the-art MAX 5 multiaxial machine to produce carbon fibre reinforcements.

KEMET Corporation is implementing a plan for sourcing conflict-free tantalum from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), committing itself sourcing its ta

Resin supplier AOC LLC has announced a February price increase for all products sold in Europe.

Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp is aiming for production at its Round Top development in Texas, USA, in late 2015 or early 2016.

Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, is commenting on Vestas' job cuts and possible US layoffs depending on the extension of the US Pr

Scott Bader Europe is increasing the prices of its Crystic® polyester, DCPD based and vinyl ester resins, Crystic® gel-coats, Crestapol® resins and Crestom

New passenger car registrations in the EU dropped by 6.4% to 953,108 units in December 2011, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Associatio

Bernard Williams, Consulting Editor of ipmd.net and a long time friend of Gordon Dowson, remembers the contribution made to the PM industry by a popular an

Reichhold will increase prices for all polyester and vinyl ester resins, gel-coats and bonding paste resins in February.

The US Chemical Safety Board (CBS) has released a report regarding the fatal explosions which took place at Hoeganaes’ Gallatin facility in January, March,

Vestas is cutting 2335 jobs around the world in an effort to streamline the business and cut costs, and warns an additional 1600 jobs could go in the USA i

Carpenter Technology Corporation has entered into an Amendment of the Merger Agreement with the owners of Latrobe Specialty Metals Inc, initially entered i

AOC LLC has announced price increases for vinyl ester and unsaturated polyester resins, gel-coats and pigments in the United States and Canada.

A Danish project has been granted DKr1.6 million by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation for research on a mass production method for high qu

Gurit has launched a new range of G-PET structural foam core material mainly designed for the wind turbine blade manufacturing and marine markets.

Wind turbine manufacturer REpower Systems SE has purchased the remaining 49% stake in wind turbine blade producer PowerBlades GmbH from SGL Rotec GmbH & Co

A Phase I SBIR award from the US Army is providing a boost to Surmet’s cost-effective manufacturing of ALON® and spinel Optical Ceramics.

There has been large interest in France's 3 GW offshore wind tender with four consortia competing for five sites off the coasts of Normandy and Brittany.

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An investment report from Investing Daily reveals a global shortage of rare earth elements (REEs).

Hexagon Composites subsidiary Devold AMT is intending to move the remaining production of multiaxial reinforcements from its plant in Langevåg, Norway, to

AOC's new Vipel® L085-PPA epoxy novolac vinyl ester resin range is designed for cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) applications that need resistance to aggressive

Amana Tool, a manufacturer of carbide-tipped, solid carbide and replacement carbide cutting tools, has developed the Prestige adjustable super fine dado gr

UK company Elmira has developed a range of bio-based prepregs.

Ametek Precision & Engineered Materials of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, has named Uwe Gottschalk as its European Sales Manager for sales and marketing of

Chinese wind turbine manufacturers are facing tough times with factors such as safety, quality, reliability and after-sale service possibly tilting the sca

Nissan and Daimler are joining forces to produce Mercedes-Benz 4-cylinder petrol engines at Nissan's powertrain assembly plant in Decherd, Tennessee, USA.

Dipsol gets aluminum anodizing chemicals and pre- and post-treatment products; METALAST broadens its reach.

Suzlon will deliver 24 MW of wind turbines to a project in Brazil, and its subsidiary REpower, is set to deliver 150 of wind turbines to Oklahoma, USA.

Quatro Composites has been awarded a contract to certify and produce Boeing 787 Dreamliner composite stowage bin fittings for the 787-9 model.

Gamesa has opened a wind turbine blades factory in India to supply the G5X-850 kW and G9X-2.0 MW wind turbines.

BorgWarner Turbo Systems Kft has announced plans to increase its turbocharger manufacturing capacity by 50% at its plant in Oroszlany, Hungary.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has announced the programme for the PM Sintering – Fundamentals and Mass Production, short course, due to

Shandong Heavy Industry Group (SHIG)-Weichai Group has reached agreements with the major creditors of luxury yacht maker Ferretti to acquire a controlling

Vestas has signed a conditional wind turbine order for the 310 MW Lake Turkana Power project in Kenya.

To deliver on the promise of manufacturing, Kennametal Inc Chairman, President and CEO Carlos Cardoso says he and his industry peers need to more clearly a

PlastiComp Inc, a compounder of long fibre reinforced thermoplastics (LFT), has purchased the Winona airport campus facility from Minnesota State Colleges

Metals and ceramic powder company H.C. Starck Group is expanding its Executive Board to four members to reflect the Group’s “diversified business and suppo

According to the ITRI, China imported 4,220 tonnes of refined tin in November, the highest monthly total since April 2009, with half of the imports from Ma

Family-owned manufacturer of flexible PVC liners attributes longevity to customer service, relationships, and its employees.

Japanese group Toray Industries Inc has purchased the remaining shares in carbon fibre manufacturer Société des Fibres de Carbone SA (SOFICAR) in France fr

Vestas has reported a preliminary revenue estimate of €6 billion for 2011 with an EBIT margin of 0%, due to deferred revenue and earnings, as well as highe

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc is increasing the prices for epoxy resin products in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Essar Steel Minnesota LLC says its National Instrument (NI) 43-101 Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves report indicates 1.77 billion tonnes or iron ore

Reichhold has opened a new facility for manufacturing resins in Tianjin, China.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) is seeking candidates to be considered for the Kempton H. Roll PM Lifetime Achievement Award.

The FARR 400 carbon composite one-design racing yacht designed by FARR Yacht Design and built by Premier Composite Technologies has won awards from two sai

Global R&D spending is set to grow 5.2% to US$1.4 trillion in 2012, according to the Battelle R&D Magazine Global R&D Funding Forecast.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc has delivered its first composite centre fuselage section for the Airbus A350 XWB programme.

Renewable energy sources continue to expand rapidly while substantially outpacing the growth rates of fossil fuels and nuclear power, according to the Mont

AkzoNobel and DSM have announced the signing of a cross-license agreement on cobalt-free technologies for the curing of thermoset resins.

The renewable energy share accounted for 12.4% of overall gross final energy consumption in 2010, as against 11.5% in 2009, according to EurObserv’ER's fig

China’s rare earth exports totalled 14,750 tonnes in the first 11 months of 2011, accounting for 49% of total export quotas, according to the Chinese Minis

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The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has called on European leaders to take urgent action to secure a stable economic environment for

Automotive manufacturers capped off a robust 2011, with the vast majority experiencing double-digit gains in the final month of the year.

Aurora Flight Sciences has delivered the first complete ship set of composite structures to Northrop Grumman Corporation for the US Navy's Broad Area Marit

Statistics provide evidence that manufacturing industries are investing in capital metalworking equipment.

Boeing has announced that the Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) facility in Wichita will close by the end of 2013. The facility currently employs more

Move will allow Columbia Chemical to remain independent and flexible, principals said.

Comprehensive report aims to assist companies in making important tactical and strategic business decisions.

Job gains occurred in manufacturing sector, transportation and warehousing, retail trade, health care, and mining.

The R&D team at Solar Atmospheres has developed a hot zone design concept to reduce vacuum furnace power losses (kW) by up to 50%.

The Pewano team from Sweden entered the 2012 Dakar Rally in a Volvo XC60 RR car with a composite body built using TeXtreme® spread tow carbon fabrics manuf

Molycorp Inc has been granted authorisation from the US Bureau of Land Management to start exploratory drilling of heavy rare earths near its rare earth ma

New chemical analysis lab to assist Dörken in ongoing product quality initiatives.

Composites moulder Norco GRP and CNC specialist mouldCAM Europe have produced temperature stable direct tooling and a prototype dinghy for UK sailboat manu

The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency has approved the 97-turbine Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

Twin Cities Chapter of Chemical Coaters Association International and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program at the University of Minnesota to host org

Purchase Bolsters OM Group's Specialty Chemicals Segment

FORMAX, a manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, has been granted membership to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)'s Materials

The US auto industry is continuing its growth for the second year in a row with 12.7 million new cars and trucks sold in 2011, compared to 11.5m in 2010 an

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Proven process affords quality, application, environmental, and performance benefits, PPG says.

Airbus has delivered the first major airframe section to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France.

China is believed to have connected 45 GW of wind power to the grid in 2011, up 45% from 2010.

Pakistan could have 12 wind projects totalling 1 GW in the pipeline for installation in 2013, according to media reports.

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Carpenter Technology Corporation has acquired the assets of ARwin Machining Plus Ltd for approximately US$1.4 million.

Gamesa will deliver 100 of its G80-2.0 MW wind turbines to the New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) for a total of 200 MW of wind projects in the Gulf

Denise Fucci named Manager of e-Marketing Communications, Enthone

Hammerfest Strøm has installed its 1 MW HS1000 tidal turbine 100 ft under water at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, UK.

Figures from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that companies have announced plans for almost £2.5 billion worth of renewable ener

The European demand for new commercial vehicles continues to grow with registrations up 8.4% in November 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

Snowboard manufacturer Fanatic Snowboards has built its new premium boards using TeXtreme® spread tow carbon fabrics from Oxeon.

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