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Materials news, February 2012

Innovative Composites International Inc (ICI), a producer of composite products for housing and transportation, has signed an agreement with RedLeaf Homes

Hitachi Chemical Co Ltd's powder metal products manufacturing subsidiary Sintering Technologies Inc, has increased the production capacity of its valve tim

e2e Materials won an American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) Award for Composites Excellence (ACE) in the Composites Sustainability category

Bodycote Plc is expanding its hot isostatic pressing capacity with investments in the USA.

The Airbus A350 XWB aircraft's new engine – the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB – has successfully made its maiden flight aboard Airbus’ dedicated A380 'Flying-Test-

Nordex saw an operating loss (EBIT) of €29.7 million in 2011, compared to an EBIT of €40.1m in 2010 due to decreased sales and one-off costs.

AOC LLC has announced a price increase in the US and Canada for all products.

Suzlon has completed testing and certification of its S95 Standard Temperature Version (STV) 2.1 MW wind turbine in its 50 Hz and 60 Hz variants, achieving

GE Energy Financial Services and JP Morgan will invest US$225 million in NextEra Energy Resources' 662.5 MW Capricorn Ridge wind farm in West Texas, USA.

Metaldyne LLC has acquired a facility in Zbýšov, Czech Republic, to support growth in its forging and machining product lines.

CCS Composites, a subsidiary of TenCate Advanced Composites, has received a 2011 Boeing Performance Excellence Award.

Sandvik is selling its Sandvik Medical Solutions business, which includes contract manufacturing of medical implants and instruments for orthopaedic and de

Plastics suppliers Borealis and Borouge will exhibit their latest glass reinforced polypropylene materials at the VDI Plastics in Automotive Engineering c

Ashland Performance Materials has announced that its Enguard BP 6200 ARF vinyl ester bonding pastes have received Germanischer Lloyd (GL) approval.

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

The Chilean Government has launched an international tender call for three land-use concessions for up to 150 MW each of onshore wind.

Conventional and powder metal specialist Carpenter Technology Corporation is buying 50 acres of land including four buildings in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

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

Powder characterisation specialist Freeman Technology has established a formal US subsidiary, Freeman Technology Inc.

Gamesa will supply five of its G97 2 MW wind turbines for the 10 MW wind farm planned in Highgate, Ontario, Canada, marking the first Canadian project for

The registration of passenger cars fell 7.1% in January compared with the same period in 2011, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Associat

North American Tungsten says it has intersected high tungsten grades at its Cantung Mine in the Northwest Territories.

ERAMET took a 40.5% hit in its net income for 2011, falling to €195 million, despite turnover remaining relatively flat at €3.6 billion.

SSE Renewables has received consent for an offshore wind turbine test facility at Hunterston from North Ayrshire Council in Scotland.

Research and Markets has published a Global Ferro-Alloy Directory 2012 covering both producers and traders.

COVENTYA India Surface Treatment Technologies, Pvt Ltd. is created to service a growing Indian customer base.

MV Products has introduced a multiple stage vacuum inlet trap that protects vacuum pumps in metal injection moulding (MIM), vacuum compression moulding, an

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has announced that its French distributor Gazechim Composites has opened a refrigeration facility in Brittan

PPG Industries has published a brochure with its full line of coatings and pretreatment products for automotive parts and accessories.

AOC LLC has announced a price increase for polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gel-coats and pigments for shipments within Mexico.

Böhler Edelstahl is expanding its metal powder capacity in a two-year investment project totalling €16 million.

Ceradyne saw a near tripling in its net income for 2011 with an increase of 186% to US$83.9 million as sales grew 42% to US$572m.

Federal-Mogul Corporation has supplied its deva-bm self-lubricating sintered bearings for the world’s largest tower clock, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower at

Siemens has acquired a majority stake in the UK tidal power company Marine Current Turbines Ltd.

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

MAGNETICS 2012 taking place in Orlando, Florida, USA on 13-14 March, is offering a discounted rate to all MPIF members.

MPIF has published the 2012 Edition of the Standard Test Methods for Metal Powder and Powder Metallurgy Products.

PowderMet 2012, to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, on 10-13 June, is now open for registrations.

J.R. Stewart, formerly with Powder-X Coating Systems, named new national service manager.

Pavco's Matt Stauffer tackles questions related to zinc/zinc alloys, bright nickel, acid copper, and more.

Reichhold Inc has announced a price increase on all unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and flame retardant resins sold in North America for t

Glass fibre producer Owens Corning has announced the sale of its global Twintex® glass thermplastic reinforcements rovings intellectual property rights and

Monthly survey shows metalformers predict a spike in orders over the next three months.

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond has welcomed a blueprint to streamline the scoping, planning and consenting of offshore wind, wave and tidal develo

Biofuels could replace conventional fossil fuels in marine transport, helping the industry to become carbon neutral as well as reducing harmful emissions,

TenCate Advanced Composites North America has completed the relocation of its former Benicia, California, prepreg facility to a new factory in Fairfield, C

Norwegian company Hexagon Composites ASA's results for the fourth quarter of 2011 were down from the same period last year, but up on the previous quarter.

Johns Manville (JM) has announced an investment of more than €50 million to expand glass fibre production at its facility in Slovakia.

Modest gains in manufacturing not enough to offset declines in mining and utilities.

Some aviation biofuels could be competitive by 2020, but the take-up of biofuels by airlines is likely to be modest in the near term unless governments int

Gurit will be exhibiting at the Composites 2012 trade show in Las Vegas next week.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa, together with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), National Research

The Chinese automotive industry has witnessed a huge development as consumers have more purchasing power, and road infrastructure has improved.

Testimony underscores the importance of clear U.S. export controls on printed circuit board designs for sensitive military technologies.

The EU is already ahead of the energy trajectory mapped out in the NREAPs with 145 Mtoe compared to the 136.8 MW estimated for 2010, and only needs another

Thermal Technology has built a graphite 500,000 pound force capacity hot press to produce large powder metallurgy semiconductor materials.

Renewable Energy Focus is planning a UK Offshore Wind supplement to go alongside the May/June issue.

Metal cutting tools specialist Sandvik Coromant is moving its tungsten carbide recycling programme in the US to its business services organisation, saying

PRF Composite Materials has announced that it is now the approved supplier of Safran Structil Aerospace Adhesives for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Polymer Technologies Inc. (PTI), which specialises in plastic and metal injection moulding, is acquiring the Wallington, NJ-based manufacturer and repair s

Viking Yachts uses Delcam's PowerMILL CAM milling software in the machining of its composite yacht parts.

Scott Bader Inc will showcase its weather resistant Crystic® Permabright gel-coat at the Composites 2012 trade show in Las Vegas next week.

The recent closing of Global Advanced Metal's Wodgina, Australia, tantalum mine will not negatively affect KEMET Corporation's tantalum powder supply.

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

Höganäs says its net income fell 5% to SEK762 million in 2011 due to inventory adjustments.

The Spanish wind power sector experienced the slowest growth ever recorded in percentage terms with a 5.1% increase in accumulated power to just under 21.7

Advanced Composites Group (ACG) Ltd will present its out-of-autoclave prepreg technologies at SAMPE Asia 2012 in Malaysia this month.

ASTM International Committee B09 on Metal Powders and Metal Powder Products has elected Anthony W. Thornton, Director of Product Integrity and Performance

DONG Energy has opened the 367.2 MW Walney offshore wind farm in the UK.

Ferrous and non-ferrous metal powder provider Pometon Powder is opening a subsidiary in Pune, India, with the goal of establishing a permanent presence in

Japanese carbon fibre manufacturer Toray Industries Inc and UK automotive design company Gordon Murray Design Ltd have signed a technical partnership partn

Hexagon Composites ASA, a Norwegian group specialising in the manufacture of composite containers for the storage of high pressure gases, is concentrating

Seco Tools is introducing a new generation of turning products with carbide grades TK1001 and TK2001 for use in cast iron machining, hard and abrasive allo

Suzlon Energy Ltd has revealed plans for a potential 400 MW wind turbine manufacturing facility in South Africa.

The National Metals Technology Centre is organising a two-day workshop on Metals for Aerospace in Rotherham, UK, on 6-7 March.

Major OEM and aftermarket parts manufacturer to increase production and add 350 employees in the process.

Airlines specify PPG Aerospace primer, pretreatment as option on Boeing widebodies.

PCCR USA, a manufacturer of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins, is considering price increases on all its products.

ACuPowder International LLC is relocating its operations at Greenback, Tennesse, USA, to its facilities in Union, New Jersey.

Vestas fell into a net loss of €166 million in 2011, compared to a profit of €156m in 2010, during what the company terms “a very challenging year”.

LayerWise has produced a patient-specific titanium lower jaw implant reconstruction using 3D laser metal powder printing techniques.

Over 41 GW of new wind power was installed in 2011, up 21% from 2010, bringing the total to over 238 GW, says the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

At a meeting of the Offshore Developers Forum, co-chaired by Department of Energy and Climate Change Minister Charles Hendry, it has been put forward that

The National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) in the Netherlands is organising a training course covering the use of the resin transfer moulding (RTM) process in

Gurit reports net sales of CHF344.7 million for the full year 2011, an increase of 10.6% on 2010.

India saw clean energy investments reach US$10.3 billion in 2011, 52% higher than 2010, and accounting for 4% of global clean energy investment, according

KEMET Corporations is acquiring all outstanding shares in tantalum powder manufacturer Niotan Incorporated for an initial purchase price of US$30 million p

3TIER's wind performance map of Europe for 2011 shows that wind speeds were 5-10% above normal in northern Europe, and up to 10% below normal in southern E

The Chinese powder metal industry is set to continue its growth, according to powder metallurgy consultancy MATE.

Equipment supplier MAG IAS says its GEMINI Composite Processing System is capable of switching from automated fibre placement to automated tape laying in a

Italian boat builder Mattia's Mattia 60 catamaran was constructed using a vacuum infusion process to produce a vessel with reduced weight and greater speed

US manufacturer of closed mould processing equipment Magnum Venus Plastech has added Ducept Pty Ltd of Australia to its distributor network.

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) plans to place its first European offshore wind project in Methil, Fife, in Scotland, creating over 500 jobs.

The deadline for registering at a discount for the MIM2012 International Conference on Injection Moulding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbide, is 17 February.

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

GKN Sinter Metals Filters will exhibit at the 11th World Filtration Congress in Graz, Austria, on 16-20 April, together with KIK Kunststofftechnik.

Interplastic Corporation has announced a price for its sheet moulding compound (SMC) composite products.

Broad gains seen across private sector; manufacturing adds 50,000 jobs.

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) has launched the Coalition of Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM) which will aim to accelerate the developm

Carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek Companies Inc reports net revenues of US$47.0 million for the quarter ended 31 December 2011 (the first quarter of its 201

Nammo Composite Solutions has signed an agreement with Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona, USA, to support the development and manufacturing of a

Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd is launching micromachining cutting tools tipped with nano-polycrystalline diamond, Sumidia Binderless.

Uralelectromed, a subsidiary of Russia's Ural Mining & Metallurgical Company, is expanding its powder metal capacity by installing new presses and a sinter

Michelman says its Hydrosize PA845 polyamide (PA) based fibre sizing is formulated for high temperature resin applications and is particularly suitable for

Hexcel Corporation reports net sales for the fourth quarter of 2011 of US$355.3 million, 14.2% higher than for the fourth quarter of 2010.

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) are partnering to explore how renewable energy can help the US Departmen

Binani Industries Ltd, the holding company of Braj Binani Group, has announced the acquisition of 3B, a manufacturer of glass fibre reinforements located i

Matsuura Japan has developed the one process solution LUMEX Avance-25 metal laser sintering/high-speed milling hybrid machine tool.

Yokogawa is presenting its magnetic flowmeters with ceramic lining, which are seeing increased use in biotechnology industries as the ceramic linings have

Ticona's glass fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) composite, Celstran® PP LFT, has been used to manufacture a chair which has won several design awards.

Leading industry barometer shows manufacturing sector continuing to expand.

Resintex Technology Srl is exhibiting new composite product ranges at the Seatec 2012 marine show in Italy this month.

Nordex will assemble and install the 30 MW Barbers wind farm consisting of 12 of its N90/2500 wind turbines for Eolia Renovables, in Spain.

Kennametal has reported a 68% surge in net income to US$74.5 million in the second quarter, ended December 2011.

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website during the month of January 2012.

Gamesa and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are collaborating on next generation wind turbines for the US market.

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) is launching the 2012 PM Thesis Competition at both Diploma (Masters) and Doctorate (PhD) levels, to deve

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