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Materials news, March 2012

COMPOSITES EUROPE and ACMA strengthen partnership

The COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show and the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) are strengthening their partnership with the aim of advancing

TenCate has reached an agreement for the acquisition of Performance Materials Corporation Baycomp, a US company specialising in thermoplastic composites te

Quickstep Holdings Ltd of Australia has completed the first production parts for the international F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme u

The new feed-in tariff scheme in Japan offers attractive returns for both solar and wind power projects, according to analyst Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Meidensha Corporation and Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd have jointly developed an electric double-layer capacitor (EDLC) using Sumitomo Electric’s porou

Suzlon Group has signed a global strategic partnership agreement with China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group's subsidiary, CGN Wind Energy Co Ltd, to develop

Carbon fibre producer Zoltek Companies Inc and automotive supplier Magna Exteriors and Interiors have agreed an exclusive global collaborative partnership

China Molybdenum Co Ltd is planning an initial public offering (IPO) in Shanghai, hoping to raise 3.65 billion yuan.

Green Composites, a newly-created division of Green Marine Ltd, will focus on large composites projects.

Sumitomo Metal's subsidiary, Thai Sumilox, is resuming operations after a 5-month shutdown following the floods in Thailand last autumn.

US tungsten product manufacturing has increased at an annual rate of 17.9% from 4300 tonnes in 2007, and is expected to reach 9900 in 2012, according to an

Japan's NTN Corporation has developed what could be the world's highest standard sintered alloy manufacturing technology – capable of manufacturing alloys

ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials has named Adam Sawicki, technical fellow at the Boeing Company, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, as chair

The global wind turbine market is seeing fierce competition, especially in China, according to MAKE Consulting's 2012 Global Wind Turbine Market Share repo

Corning Incorporated has named David L. Morse as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer from 1 May.

As part of agreement with the FTC, the Liquid Finishing businesses will be acquired into a structure that limits commingling of the operations with Graco’s

PlastiComp Inc has developed polyamide composite materials that exhibit up to twice as much resistance to impact forces as standard materials.

Aisin Seiki Co's subsidiary, IMRA America Inc, and DISCO Corporation will jointly develop new lasers and processing systems for laser dicing of semiconduct

Grieve's No. 850 walk-in oven is currently being used for curing composite parts at a customer facility.

The American steel industry is helping US manufacturing out of the recession, according to a report from Professor of Energy Economics at University of Wyo

Hempel has won the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Product Line Strategy Award for its accomplishments in the wind turbine protective coatings market.

Poliya, Turkey, has signed a strategic partnership and manufacturing agreement with Novaresine, Italy, under which Novaresine will produce Poliya brand pro

Ashland Performance Materials will discuss the issues surrounding the use of cobalt in the room-temperature curing of unsaturated polyester resins at the J

Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd, a Chinese multi-product lithium manufacturer, is increasing its stake in International Lithium Corp to 14.7%.

The Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Gateway Tower, 150 km east of Dubai, UAE, will be clad with composite panels manufactured by Premier Composite Technologies.

Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd is establishing a joint venture (JV) with WLK Group and Santini Group, to manufacture and sell sintered parts in Indonesia

Investment in state-of-the-art Indian facility designed to service thriving local automotive manufacturing market.

Integran Technologies Inc is introducing its Intebond™ adhesion technology, which is designed to enable the creation of high performance metal-polymer hybr

Gamesa is in talks with the Port of Leith, Scotland, for its offshore wind manufacturing base – including blade and nacelle plants, port logistics and O&M

METYX Composites has announced a major investment in the core material and fabric kitting business with the creation of the METYX Composites Kitting Center

The Mercury Centre at the University of Sheffield, UK, is opening its Additive Manufacturing Suite on 19 April.

AREVA is selling it 26% stake in Eramet to Fonds Stratégique d'Investissement (FSI) for €776 million.

Hexcel Corporation and Web Industries have signed a long-term supply agreement under which Web will convert Hexcel's HexPly® carbon fibre prepreg into slit

Reichhold has announced a price increase for all composites products in Europe.

A dedication ceremony to formally launch the Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute took place this week.

LM Wind Power’s 73.5 m blades became the first blades of over 70 m to be installed when Alstom inaugurated its 6 MW Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine in th

Union Process Inc has produced a dry grinding batch-type attritor that will be used to mill nano-size particles of various materials for renewable and alte

ITRI's subsidiary, ITRI Innovation Ltd, and Ultromex Ltd have formed a joint venture (JV) to recover tin and other metals from waste circuit boards.

TPI Composites Inc, a US headquartered supplier of wind turbine blades, and Turkish engineering, manufacturing and construction company ALKE INSAAT have fo

Federal-Mogul Corporation's CEO José Maria Alapont will retire as President and CEO on 31 March, but will remain on the company’s Board of Directors throug

The Teijin Composites Application Center (TCAC), which will develop applications for carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites, will open in Auburn

Miba Sinter Austria's Site Manager, Markus Ber, will take up the post as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Miba Friction Group from 1 April.

The AVK (Federation of Reinforced Plastics), Germany, is inviting companies to submit entries for its 2012 Innovation Awards.

CREATEC GmbH & Co KG has developed a set of CREACOMP PT composite materials combining VICTREX® PEEK polymer with carbon fibre for use in wear resistant pum

The market for wood plastic composites (WPC) in Europe will reach almost 360 000 tonnes by 2015, an annual growth of 13%, according to a report from the Ha

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated's (ATI) Rowley, UT, titanium sponge facility has completed the standard-grade qualification (SQ) process, meaning the t

Amber Composites has been chosen as prepreg provider for the 2012 Honda Yuasa Racing Team's British Touring Car Championships (BTCC) car.

Kennametal Inc has been named one of the 'World's Most Ethical Companies' by the think-tank The Ethisphere Institute for its promotion of ethical business

The latest version of the BioMobile.ch has a body frame made of bio-composites based on banana fibre, Greenlite® renewable reinforcements from Porcher Indu

Onshore wind power in the UK only added £4.68 to householders' annual energy bill last year, according to Ofgem's Renewables Obligation (RO) annual report

Summer and fall workshops to cover hands-on coating application training, plus sales and marketing tips.

GASTANK Sweden AB is now offering zero permeation composite compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders made using HiPer-tex™ glass fibre from 3B and an inner l

Plansee is introducing a molybdenum-tantalum alloy for back contact material in copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells, as the traditional use o

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

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a prototype electric vehicle (EV) motor system with a built-in silicon carbide inverter.

New site helps paint professionals easily find the products, information and resources relevant to their needs.

Siemens PLM Software has announced the release of the 2012 version of Fibersim™ composites design and manufacture software.

Declines in the output of automotive products, appliances, etc., only partly offset by gains in the production of both home electronics and miscellaneous g

SP-High Modulus has supplied Corecell™ M-Foam core material and engineering services to the newly launched Gulf Craft Majesty 135 superyacht.

The US Department of Transport (DOT) has granted Lincoln Composites a permit that authorises the manufacture, marking, sale and use of its TITAN™ composite

Monthly manufacturing report shows January purchasing activity up over 2011.

Umeco has announced that its MTM®44-1 out of autoclave prepregs are being used by GE Aviation to manufacture the outer and mid-section fixed trailing edge

Thermal Technology is building a 100-tonne, 36,000 amp direct current sintering (DCS) system for an unnamed research organisation's study of new ultra-high

DSM Composite Resins has announced a price increase for its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester resins and vinyl ester resins in Europe.

The EU, the US and Japan filed a case with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 13 March to address China's tough export quotas on rare earth minerals.

Resin manufacturer Reichhold and cobalt specialist Umicore have announced their cooperation to introduce a sustainable alternative curing technology for un

Global resin supplier AOC is opening a new, expanded office and warehouse centre for distributor AOC (UK) Ltd and AOC Europe operations.

Structural assembly of the first Airbus A350 XWB aft fuselage, destined for the first flying A350 XWB aircraft, has been completed at the Airbus manufactur

Thermoplastics compounder RTP Company has acquired the conductive compound product line of Clariant.

Suzlon Group is launching the 1.5 MW S8X wind turbine for Class III, low wind sites in India.

Alan Lawley will receive the 2012 Kempton H. Roll PM Lifetime Achievement Award at PowderMet 2012 in Nashville, TN, USA, on 11 June.

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and APMI International's annual conference, PowderMet2012, is set to highlight the latest developments and tr

Reinforced Plastics and Owens Corning are hosting a free webinar on 19 April covering the use of glass fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) in corrosive environm

Gamesa's G10X-4.5 MW prototype wind turbine, installed in Alaiz, Navarra, Spain, has set an energy output record for its type, generating electricity for 2

Toray Industries Inc has announced plans to increase production capacity for carbon fibre at its four sites in Japan, the US, France and South Korea.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) has developed a glass reinforced polyurethane sandwich material for use in reducing the weight of tr

KEMET Corporation is acquiring a 34% economic interest with a 51% voting interest in NEC Tokin Corporation, a manufacturer of tantalum capacitors, electro-

Molycorp is buying rare earth processor Neo Material Technologies for US$1.3 billion, strengthening its rare earth metals position.

Swiss companies 3A Composites and Bcomp GmbH have entered into a cooperation agreement for the development, production and marketing of engineered core mat

Latest survey reflects continued optimism among automotive supply base.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner team has been presented with a 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award in Aeronautics/Propulsion.

Kobe Steel Ltd plans to increase its production capacity of titanium alloys for the aerospace sector and commercially pure titanium for general industry, r

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

Plansee has developed a molybdenum-copper composite material, Mo-Cu R670, for semiconductor wafer substrates, ensuring optimised heat dissipation in LED ch

Nordex will supply and install 11 of its N100/2500 wind turbines for the 27.5 MW Sincik wind farm near the city of Adiyaman, Turkey, for Tektug Elektrik Gr

Metalformers anticipate steady conditions over the short term, survey shows.

Revamped site boasts a fresh, new, user-friendly format, plus search tools.

Installed wind capacity is set to increase as wind power markets are expected to witness large growth in multiple regions, including repowering schemes, ac

Nippon Carbon Company Ltd, GE Aviation and Safran are setting up a joint venture (JV) to manufacture and sell silicon carbide (SiC) continuous fibre for hi

New SCIGRIP® SG5000 methacrylate adhesives from IPS Corporation can be used to bond polyester, vinyl ester, epoxy and gel-coated composites as well as most

Porvair Plc, which specialises in filtration and environmental technology, has acquired Pell Industries, a manufacturer of products for the powder metal in

Sale marks second major milestone in the manufacturer’s recent history.

California-based Wesgo Metals site now offers custom brazing services.

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has launched a US$180 million, 6-year initiative for offshore wind in the US.

US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) has introduced a measure to prevent a tax increase on American entrepreneurs and innovators in clean and renewable ene

The US Navy has awarded a US$2.1 million contract to Alcoa to develop advanced welding techniques designed to reduce manufacturing costs on aluminium inten

The first International Conference and Exhibition on Thermoplastic Composites (ITHEC) will take place on 29-30 October 2012 in Bremen, Germany.

China Daye Non-Ferrous Metals Mining Ltd has received approval from shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting to acquire Daye Nonferrous Metals Co.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) will hold its first Chemical Processing Symposium in May, focusing on Managing Corrosion with Non-

The global market for coatings is forecast to reach $107B in value by the year 2017, a newly released report projects.

High performance composites from TenCate Advanced Composites in Fairfield, California, USA, are being used in the manufacture of the mid-boom sunshield dep

AOC will showcase its range cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) resins at the 2012 NASTT No-Dig Show in Nashville this month.

Analyst Frost & Sullivan warns of slower revenue growth in the South African welding solutions market, as the positive effect of large infrastructure proje

BorgWarner is shutting its Luke Road metal powder facility in Cortland, NY, USA, laying off 158 employees over the next 12-18 months.

Purchase broadens Coventya's capabilities to include cataphoretic lacquers.

Asset acquisition reinforces Enthone’s commitment to the North American market.

The EU-27 installation rate of wind power slowed 5.9% in 2011 with just under 9.4 GW of new capacity, compared with nearly 10 GW in 2010, with a significan

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini presented its Aventador J sports car, a showcase of the company's carbon fibre technology.

Materion Corporation of Mayfield Heights, OH, USA, has acquired Aerospace Metal Composites Ltd (AMC) of Farnborough, England, for an undisclosed sum.

OM Group saw its net income fall 54.5% to US$37.9 million following the acquisition of VAC Holding in August and a tough fourth quarter.

Hexagon Composites' subsidiary Composite Scandinavia AB is intending to discontinue production of composite LPG cylinders in Piteå, Sweden.

Overcapacity and new low-cost players will keep wind turbine prices low, according to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Wind Price Index (WTPI).

Australian company Quickstep Holdings Ltd has been awarded the tender to manufacture carbon fibre composite wing flaps for the C-130J Hercules military tra

H.C. Starck has been recognised for 'going green' at the 2012 Northeast Ohio Evolution of Manufacturing Awards sponsored by Smart Business magazine.

Kennametal Inc has completed the acquisition of Deloro Stellite Group from private equity firm Duke Street.

Metal Finishing magazine recently asked various industry members if they thought that the automotive resurgence currently under way would have been possibl

Improvements entail additional languages and hundreds of handy technical bulletins, articles, and operating manuals.

Amber Composites is introducing a prepreg based on a Biotex flax fabric made by Composites Evolution.

The full programme for Euro PM2012 in Basel, Switzerland, on 16-19 September 2012, has now been finalised.

DONG Energy is selling 50% of the Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm to the Lego Group’s parent company, KIRKBI A/S, and the Oticon Foundation, for DKK4

As part of preparing for a merger later this year, Namasco and Macsteel will start to operate under the new brand Kloeckner Metals, creating the third larg

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the prices of its Derakane epoxy vinyl ester resins, unsaturated polyester resins and gel-coats portfolio sold

Clean and renewable energy investment levels saw new heights in 2011, spurred by solar, but the outlook for 2012 is far less certain – especially within th

Carpenter Technology Corporation has completed the acquisition of Latrobe Specialty Metals Inc following approval by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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

OE supplier Federal-Mogul has recorded a net loss of US$90 million in 2011, compared to a net income of US$161m in 2010, as the company saw impairment char

New sales and service facility established in Germany.

Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) has been awarded a contract to supply the roof and inner ceiling panels for the Medinah station of the Haramain High S

Mould release system supplier Zyvax is sponsoring SAMPE's 15th annual composite bridge contest.

Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Company was hit by a slower wind power market and falling prices for wind turbines in 2011, recording a 73.5% declin

AUTO21 and its contributing partners have approved funding totalling CA$518,400 for Arch Biopartners Inc scientists to lead an anti corrosion project on ma

GKN's Powder Metallurgy division saw sales reach £845 million in 2011, up 11% on the year before, as total group sales rose 13% to £6.1 billion.

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