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Materials news, April 2012

SP-High Modulus sponsors Cowes Superyacht Cup 2012

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, is a silver sponsor of the 2012 Superyacht Cup in Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK.

GKN Aerospace is using a suite of large-scale tooling mandrels manufactured by Umeco, using Umeco prepregs, to produce the Airbus A350 XWB rear wing spars

Kennametal has reported a net income of US$75.5 million, up 16%, in the third quarter (Q3) ended 31. March 2012, benefiting from increased sales and the De

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

Vestas says a loose connection in the electrical system started the fire in the V112 3 MW wind turbine at the Gross Eilstorf wind farm in Germany on 30 Mar

Siemens Industry is buying furnace company FCE LLC headquartered in Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA, for an undisclosed sum.

Turbo Mach LLC, a subsidiary of North American Aircraft Services Inc (NAAS), has been renamed North American Composites.

Owens Corning reports consolidated net sales of US$1.35 billion for the first quarter of 2012, up 9% over the same period of 2011.

Hexcel Corporation reports net sales during of US$400.1 million for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 20.7% over the first quarter of 2011.

Adhesives supplier SCIGRIP has announced the appointment of Marineware as UK distributor.

Most clean energy technologies are not being deployed quickly enough despite technological progress, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), wh

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) will supply GE Aviation with its nickel-based Rene 65 Alloy under a long-term sourcing agreement.

Airbus has delivered the aft fuselage for the A350 XWB static test airframe to the final assembly line in Toulouse, France. This final section of the fusel

Höganäs has reported a 2% decline in its income after tax to SEK203 million in the first quarter (Q1) 2012, being hit by a 3% fall in sales volumes and cur

B1:B2 wet-on-wet paint system recognized for innovations in transportation coatings.

Gamesa and Toyota Spain will boost the use of electric vehicles in urban Spain under a collaboration agreement.

Royal Engineered Composites is planning to install a new autoclave in November 2012.

MPIF is offering its basic powder metallurgy (PM) short course on 23-25 July 2012 in Pennsylvania, USA.

Federal-Mogul Corporation has seen a 37% decline in its first quarter (Q1) net income to US$32 million as investment in technology development and sales gr

Acquisition aims to strengthen Wisconsin Oven’s global positioning in key industries.

With purchase, BASF becomes global supplier of lithium battery electrolyte formulations.

FORMAX has completed the installation of a new Karl Mayer 100” Malitronic™ MULTIAXIAL machine, which increases the company's production capacity for glass

The UK and US will collaborate on floating wind under a new agreement to be finalised during this week's Clean Energy Ministerial in London.

Polymer Technologies Inc (PTI) has completed its certification audit to AS9100 Revision C with zero reported findings.

Pepin Associates Inc has developed a discontinuous, unidirectional preimpregnated reinforcement tape (unitape), called DiscoTape™, which has the ability to

North American Tungsten Ltd says it has produced 72,000 metric tonne units (mtu) of tungsten in the second quarter (Q2) of 2012, bringing first half produc

Conductive Composites Company has developed nickel chemical vapour deposition (CVD) coated nonwovens.

Janicki Industries is adding to its composites capabilities with the introduction of a 50 ft long, 12 ft diameter autoclave.

Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind has launched its new wind turbine, designed for “ultra-low” wind speeds.

Supported by nova-Institut GmbH, Germany, the Wood-Plastic Composites Pavilion at COMPOSITES CHINA 2012 is co-organised by Reed Exhibitions and the China A

The registration of new passenger cars in the EU fell 7.7% to just over 3.3 million in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 compared to the same period last year

Wolf Minerals Ltd has signed a non-binding heads of terms for tungsten offtake and a £20 million loan facility with Wolfram Bergbau und Hutten AG (WBH) of

The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV prototype electric race car employs recycled composites and flax reinforced composites, both products born out of joint developme

Primary goal is to solidify Osborn as a complete finishing solution specialist.

BASF's new video highlights how Enercon GmbH is using BASF products in the manufacture of its wind turbine blades.

Canadian researchers are set to test fly aircraft using biofuel made with a new industrialised oil-seed feedstock engineered especially for biofuel product

China’s largest wind power developer Long Yuan has opted for GE turbines for its first overseas project, a 100MW wind farm in Ontario, Canada.

Automated Dynamics has announced a contract with the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, to manufacture an automated fibre placement (AFP) work cel

The International Titanium Association (ITA), says it will sponsor its Fundamentals of Titanium workshops in Rosemont, IL; Charlotte, NC; Atlanta, GA and H

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SMS Meer, which produces machinery and plants for steel, copper and aluminium forming, has opened a subsidiary in Japan.

Norplex-Micarta, a manufacturer of high performance thermoset composites, is offering contract manufacturing at its Postville, Iowa, headquarters.

Moulding press suppliers Wabash MPI and Carver Inc will be exhibiting at the SAMPE 2012 trade show in Baltimore in May.

Creative Composites, based in Northern Ireland, has invested in another 5-axis CNC trimming centre.

Hitachi Ltd has developed a 11 kW permanent magnet synchronous motor together with Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co Ltd without using rare-earth met

GKN has recorded a 17% increase in its first quarter (Q1) sales to to £1742 million, bringing pre-tax profit to £125m, also up 17%, as the company benefits

Caterham Composites, the composites design and engineering arm of the Caterham Group, is expanding its bases in Germany and the UK.

Energy-efficient technology that lets paint stick to plastic vehicle parts without using traditional chemical adhesion systems.

Michael Liu tapped to handle strategic direction, marketing, sales channel management and development, and tech support coordination.

Atmos Consulting has developed computer modelling tools to enable wind farm developers and operators to comply with planning requirements for long-term pos

Carbon fibre supplier Zoltek Corporation has agreed to sponsor Hungarian sailing team Team Fahajó when it competes in the IMOCA Ocean Racing World Champion

GKN Aerospace researchers at the company’s Luton, UK, facility are working with a team at the University of Bristol in the UK on an 18 month programme to e

There is a resurgence in the global powder metallurgy industry with Asia rising as the leading manufacturing region region, according to the report Powder

Precious metals and technology group Heraeus's Dental business has bought Biomain AB to strengthen its presence in the northern European dental CAD/CAM mar

April report shows softening of shipping levels and income orders

Manufacturing output declined 0.2 percent in March but increased at an annual rate of 10.4 percent in the first quarter.

43-year veteran of C&R Plating played a significant role in the company's success.

Dong Energy is to test two next generation offshore wind turbines at its Gunfleet Sands site off the eastern coast of England, following consent from the U

Boeing and Mubadala Aerospace have announced a 10-year direct contract for Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala's composite aerostructures facility in Abu Dhabi,

Hunter Chemical LLC has hired Michael Aragon as its new Quality Manager to assure that all manufacturing and service related processes are properly followe

The Knoxville Utilities Board has used cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) technology with a UV curing resin from AOC to repair an underground sewer pipe in Knoxvil

MPIF has released a new metal injection moulding (MIM) standardised material designation code, information, and property data as an addendum to the 2007 ed

GE is to supply 31 of its 1.6-100 wind turbines to a wind project in Turkey, the first of the series to be installed in Europe.

ARC Wireless Solutions Inc is acquiring Advanced Forming Technology Inc (AFT) and Quadrant Metals Technologies LLC in a move to become a “diversified manuf

Thermoplastics compounder RheTech Inc has expanded its RheVision® biocomposites product line to include agave fibre and coconut fibre.

The Canadian Government is investing CA$34 million in automotive research and development.

The SGL Group of Germany has completed the acquisition of an 86% stake in Portuguese acrylic fibre producer Fisipe.

Morris Technologies Inc (MTI) of Ohio, USA, now offers Aluminium 6061 for use with their EOS direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) machines.

EMC Metals Corp is terminating the sales agency agreement with Laurentian Bank Securities for its Springer tungsten mine and mineral processing complex in

At the end of March, Sandvik Mining signed three major materials handling contracts in Latin America and Australia totalling SEK1.6 billion.

It's two days to go to this free webinar covering the use of glass fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) in corrosive environments, which is being organised by Re

Abakan Inc's 71% controlled subsidiary, MesoCoat, has secured a supply contract for its PComP nanocomposite coating materials from a large industrial pump

Ministry of Industry supports Integran Technologies, Inc.'s research behind innovative new aerospace and defence products.

Expo/symposium will provide a host of presentations describing the latest innovations in powder coating chemistry, manufacturing, application, and curing t

GKN Aerospace is using laser technology to automate the repair of composite structures.

Jeffrey Stone to oversee KC Jones' facilities in Michigan and Indiana.

Clariant's Exolit® EP halogen-free flame retardants for epoxy resins are designed to achieve high fire safety levels in transport and construction applicat

Around 80 people attended the 11th European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) World Pultrusion Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, on 22-23 March.

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

To meet the demand from the increased use of composites in the commercial aerospace industry, HEATCON Composite Systems has launched a product designed to

Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas has said it is “confident” it is closer to finding out the root cause of a fire in one of its turbines last month.

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is to launch a new 2MW turbine, which it says is ideally suited for developments on sites with low wind speeds.

At JEC Europe 2012, Hexcel showcased several new composites applications, including a fuselage panel for the Airbus A350 XWB and the roof of the Lamborghin

Peter D. Dornier, CEO of Lindauer DORNIER GmbH, will give the keynote lecture at the 6th CFK-Valley Stade Convention in June.

After four years in build by McConaghy Boats in China, the 42.5 m trimaran Adastra has been launched.

Sigmatex (UK) Ltd, a manufacturer of carbon fibre textiles, has been presented with a JEC Innovation Award for work resulting from FibreCycle, a project to

Ford Motor Company and Dow Automotive Systems are partnering to research the use of advanced carbon fibre composites in high-volume vehicles.

Following the presentation of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 concept cars, BMW Group has now unveiled a third i model – the BMW i8 Spyder two-seat sports car. This

TenCate Advanced Composites has now joined the National Composites Centre as a Tier 2 member.

AmpStar, a producer of composite reinforced aluminium conductors for high voltage transmission lines, has chosen S-1 HM™ glass fibre from AGY for the high-

Cytec Industries Inc's Engineered Materials business has been awarded a long-term agreement to supply high-performance composite and adhesive materials for

Cytec Industries Inc has announced plans to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Umeco plc, a UK headquartered provider of advanced composite materials

H.C. Starck says that it achieved sustainable profitable growth in 2011.

The EPMA has announced that the Euro PM2012 Exhibition, held in parallel to the Euro PM Congress, is now sold out of exhibition space.

Bodycote plc has acquired the heat treatment business of Curtiss-Wright Corp for US$52 million.

The Metal Injection Moulding Association (MIMA) of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) have released a new video showcasing the capabilities of m

Thermoset injection moulder Longzu Plastic Moulding Co Ltd, New Taipei City, Taiwan, has made plans to expand into metal injection moulding (MIM).

The United States Department of Energy (DoE) is to make up to $9 million available in 2012 to fund approximately 50 small businesses to advance innovative

The French Government has kicked off France’s offshore wind programme, by awarding the first tenders for offshore wind projects in the country.

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has scored an order for its 2.5MW N90/2500 turbine from China, the first since the launch of a marketing campaign f

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has won the JEC Innovation award for wind energy for the second year running, this time for one of its modular bla

CNC cutting system manufacturer MultiCam® Inc has unveiled the 8000 Series Five-Axis Router designed for high-speed, heavy-duty routing in the composites,

Final assembly of the first Airbus A350 XWB aircraft is underway at the new final assembly line in Toulouse, France, as Airbus starts joining the 19.7 m lo

Lennart Hagelqvist will take over as CEO for core materials supplier DIAB, following current CEO Anders Paulsson's request to step down from this position.

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has signed a contract to provide engineering services for what is scheduled to be the largest private sailin

McConaghy Boats has highlighted its involvement in the building of James Cameron's record-breaking one-man submarine, the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, which last mo

AOC's latest unsaturated polyester resin system, Firepel® K120, is halogen-free and fire retardant and is designed for rail, van and bus applications.

Research and development resources added to support customers in the metal finishing sector and the high-density drive market.

Seven weeks ahead of doors opening in Aberdeen, All-Energy 2012, one of the UK’s largest renewables exhibitions, has revealed three new “zones” that will b

PPG Industries’ Fiber Glass business has added three CHOPVANTAGE chopped strand fibre products to its portfolio.

Scott Bader Europe is increasing the prices for its resins and other manufactured composite products on 1 May 2012.

The French wind industry is to showcase itself at the forthcoming EWEA exhibition in Denmark in the coming weeks.

Reinforced Plastics magazine and Reed Exhibitions are inviting presentations for the Reinforced Plastics & COMPOSITES CHINA Congress 2012, taking place on

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

Eleven major wind energy companies have signed a “Wind Charter” promising to use wind power to boost national prosperity in the UK.

The JEC Europe 2012 trade show last month attracted a total of 32 256 visitors, up from 29 867 in 2011.

The organising committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) has teamed up with Missouri University of Science & Technology to

AIC Group and the National Composites Centre (NCC) have announced a new, two-part strategic partnership.

Innovative finish aims to provide vehicles with long-lasting protection from microscratches.

TenCate Advanced Composites has launched an iPad app focusing on its aerospace and industrial composite product line.

SGL Group, Germany, has signed a contract to acquire an 86% stake in Portuguese company Fisipe for approximately €25 million and will develop a production

Argex to utilize PPG’s existing technology and know-how relating to the manufacture of titanium dioxide.

Hexagon Composites subsidiary Composite Scandinavia AB has decided to stop production of composite LPG cylinders in Piteå, Sweden.

Energy ministers from 23 of the world's leading economies will meet in London from 25-27 April, to work together on accelerating the transition to clean en

Turbine manufacturer GE is to supply turbines to 9 new wind power projects in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Event serves as a forum for high-level automotive industry executives to network and discuss topics and trends.

Institute of Supply Management’s industry barometer reflects continued expansion of manufacturing.

Achievement marks a "first" for testing service lab.

A planned offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts could cut US$286 million a year from New England electricity bills, a study has revealed.

3B's HiPer-tex™ W3030 glass roving is optimised for the manufacture of wind turbine blades using resin infusion processes with polyester or vinyl ester res

Huntsman Advanced Materials is launching two new mobile apps for Android and iPhone with product selectors enabling identification of the right Araldite® i

Harper International has launched Beacon™, a new program offering carbon fibre manufacturers the ability to evaluate the carbon footprint of their manufact

Gurit has announced a new supply contract with an existing automotive customer.

Norplex-Micarta's RT571 is a high strength tubing composed of a heavy weave glass fabric with an epoxy resin system.

China will define future molybdenum market trends and price dynamics, according to Merchant Research & Consulting Ltd.

Innovative Composites International Inc (ICI) has announced the start of the production line designed to produce composite modular homes at its Orangeburg,

One-and-half-day meeting will address issues such as risk mitigation, whisker detection and failure analysis.

Combined rigid and flex shipments down in February, but bookings for both categories show growth.

New resources aim to help manufacturers manage their surplus assets.

AGC Composites Group, part of AGC Aerospace & Defense, has acquired Hill AeroSystems Inc, a US specialist in the design and manufacture of complex metal p

Turkish resin producer Poliya Composite Resins and Polymers (Poliya) has entered into a marketing and distribution agreement with speciality chemicals dist

Software specialist Dassault Systèmes has become the first Associate Member of the National Composites Centre, the UK’s new hub for design and manufacture

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Gurit has agreed the continuation of supplies of prepreg materials for all Airbus aircraft types for the years 2012 and 2013 with an existing customer.

Sumitomo Electric will introduce its SEC-Grooving Tools GND Type in April with high-rigidity bodies and high-precision inserts.

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

Titanium Metals Corporation (TIMET) has opened a new European service and distribution facility in Ugine, France, to serve European titanium markets.

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