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Materials news, May 2012

Babcock develops NDE technique for composite repairs

Babcock says it has developed a new technique allowing non-destructive examination (NDE) of composite repairs and the underlying substrate.

Eriez has developed a range of rare earth (RE) drum separators which feature Erium 3000, a high quality rare earth permanent magnetic power source.

Renishaw has developed a laser melting additive-metal manufacturing process which can produce fully dense metal parts direct from 3D CAD data using a high

Nanotech specialist Powdermet, a member of the Abakan group of companies, has worked with the US Army and the National Science Foundation to develop the MC

Linde plans to showcase a new carbon potential control system that can improve the production process for sintered powder metal parts at PowderMet 2012, wh

TAT Technologies will be opening a new technology development and training centre in St. Marys, Pa, USA, to provide practical workforce training to PM indu

Space tourism company Virgin Galactic's space vehicle developer Scaled Composites has been granted an experimental launch permit from the Federal Aviation

ebalta UK has added an ultra high temperature product for use in the automotive, aerospace and composite sectors to its range of epoxy tooling boards.

Move designed to strengthen technical support of Technic's fast growing business in Asia.

Automotive interiors and electronics supplier Johnson Controls is applying its expertise in natural fibre processing technology to carbon fibre exterior bo

Umeco Structural Materials' new MTM®47 out-of-autoclave capable, high service temperature, epoxy resin prepreg is designed for the manufacture of primary a

Solomon Commercials Ltd, a manufacturer of refrigerated vehicle bodies, has made its assembly process faster by switching to Scott Bader’s Crestabond M1-30

Decreases seen in both shipments and bookings for printed circuit boards.

Jushi USA has announced a price increase for all its glass fibre reinforcements, including direct and multi-end roving products, chopped strands, chopped s

TenCate Advanced Composites has completed the acquisition of thermoplastic composites specialist Performance Materials Corporation (PMC) Baycomp.

ANDRITZ HYDRO Hammerfest has successfully supplied electrical power to the grid from its 1 MW HS1000 tidal turbine installed in Scotland. The turbine's com

New race car manufacturer McLaren GT plans to establish an engineering and vehicle assembly facility close to the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking

The administrators of Lola Cars and Lola Composites have cut 73 jobs at the two companies while the search for new owners continues.

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Leading coatings association warns that premature governmental action could jeopardize efforts in harmonizing regulations between Canada and the U.S.

An infra-red heating system from Heraeus Noblelight is being used in the processing of the composite rear spar assembly of the Airbus 350 XWB aircraft at G

As part of a press trip organised by Reed Exhibitions Deutschland on behalf of its COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012 trade show, a group of journalists were invited t

Plant to accommodate the production of the newly designed Chevrolet Colorado midsize pick-up truck.

Leading developer and provider of high- performance protective coatings recognized for recruiting military personnel.

Fiberspar Corporation, a US manufacturer of spoolable composite pipe for the oil and gas industry, has broken ground for a new sales and manufacturing cent

A new ASTM International standard covering damage resistance testing of sandwich constructions will be useful for designers of composite sandwich structure

The solar powered aircraft Solar Impulse is to attempt its longest flight, from Switzerland to Africa.

Custom paint finishing system designer/fabricator featured in a two-minute “spotlight” of capability and manufacturing ability.

Morris Technologies, Inc (MTI) has been awarded its second Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the US federal government.

Alcoa has built a greenfield aluminium lithium facility to create alloys for aerospace.

Intertek, a provider of quality and safety solutions, has acquired VIGALAB, a testing laboratory supporting the mineral and mining industry in Chile.

GTSO has identified two tungsten mining entities for potential acquisition, joint venture and partnership in the US and one in the Canada.

Magellan Aerospace Corp has been awarded a contract with The Boeing Company for the continuation of the production of complex, hardmetal structural assembl

ATW Companies Inc showcased its ATW Medical brand with metal injection moulding (MIM) moving parts at the MD&M East Exposition, which took place from 22-24

Divestiture will allow greater focus on advanced composite materials and separation technology applications.

Doug Mattscheck , formerly with AGY, to take the helm on May 29.

Collier Research Corporation has announced the release of HyperSizer® v6.2, the latest version of its structural sizing and analysis software used in the s

Redesign improves functionality as well as accessibility on a global level.

Elsevier, Inc, publisher of Metal Powder Report, has named Reginald Tucker editor in chief of the magazine, effective 1 June. Tucker steps in for longtime

ASTM Committee B09 on Metal Powders and Metal Powder Products has issued a new brochure outlining its scope and activities, and inviting interested individ

The South African Department of Energy has selected one of the most prominent wind energy contractors to build five new wind farm projects in the country.

FORMAX has announced that its range of carbon fibre multiaxial fabrics has been awarded the DNV materials qualification for use in a lifeboats and other ma

Umeco’s Structural materials operations in Derby and Manchester in the UK have been awarded certification to aerospace best practice standard AS9100C.

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Earnings in the Brazilian composite materials industry totalled US$366 million in the first quarter of 2012, up 2.5% growth on the first quarter of 2011, a

Lola Group Holdings Ltd has issued a statement announcing its decision to appoint an administrator to Lola Cars International Ltd and Lola Composites Ltd.

US Liner Company is re-launching its Bulitex and Bulitex Hybrid glass reinforced polypropylene composite sheet for the transportation industry.

Newly released Federal Reserve report shows reflects 1.1% increase in output; revisions issued for February and March.

Composite structures specialist Comtek Advanced Structures has reduced its aircraft part repair turnaround times to an average of 15 calendar days in the f

The German Nordex Group has announced an 8.3 percent increase in sales in the first quarter of 2012 (€198.3 million compared with €183.1 m last year), but

GTSO Resources, a company which explores rare earth minerals and precious metals production around the world is currently in Vancouver, British Columbia, t

A top U.S. government agency, the Department of the Interior (DOI), has announced that it intends to proceed with a review of plans by Atlantic Grid Holdin

High-performance coating products from Akzo Nobel chosen to refurbish portions of the famed Maracanã Stadium and the Grêmio Arena in Porto Alegre.

Metalformers anticipate softer sales over the next three months.

Benteler-SGL GmbH & Co KG has invested €36 million in a new plant in Austria to manufacture automotive components made of carbon composites.

Representatives of the Serbian Government and Securum Equity Partners Europe have signed a memorandum regarding construction of what is claimed to be the l

A report from GBI Research says that at the end of 2010, North American region contributed around 13.2 billion metric tons towards global iron ore reserves

Arkema increased its presence at American Coatings Show 2012, which took place in May in Indianapolis, USA, following its acquisition of the Cook Composit

Garner, a manufacturer of high performance alloys such as hastelloy, inconel and titanium for the aerospace, automotive, instrumentation and the oil and ga

The global market for aluminium is forecast to reach 71.2 million tons by the year 2018, says a new report from Global Industry Analysts, Inc (GIA).

AOC's new Vipel® F010-H2O-00 vinyl ester resin is certified to the NSF/ANSI 61: Drinking Water System Components-Health Effects standard.

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

A New Zealand professor has made electric guitars via additive manufacturing (AM).

1,300 square feet added to meet growing demand.

Brazilian company Edra Equipamentos has created an ATM booth using composite resins partially derived from renewable resources from Elekeiroz SA.

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, is exhibiting at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in Queensland, Australia, this month.

Deal broadened to include other cobalt-based Nanovate (TM) coatings systems and a new field repair process recently developed by Integran.

Latest survey reflects slightly diminished sentiment—but still strong overall outlook—among automotive supply base.

Surgical instrument provider Roboz is now offering new dissecting scissors with tungsten carbide and ceramic-coated blades, which, at 15 mm, are the smalle

The 2012 Shanghai PM Expo, which was sponsored by Höganäs, reflected the international nature of the industry, as well as the growing Chinese market share.

Umeco will be promoting its new branding at the 2012 SAMPE 2012 trade show in Baltimore this month.

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Technic.com/eu showcases an expanded product line and region-specific news and events.

Four individuals recognized for distinguished service to the industry.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been honoured with the Grand Prize during the 2012 Hermes Awards for Innovation.

Carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek Companies Inc reports net revenues of US$47 million for the second quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, an increase of 26.7% o

A partnership between Chinese company Yingli Green Energy, EDF Consultoria and the State of Rio de Janeiro is bringing solar power to Brazil’s most presti

Bayer MaterialScience plans to establish a global wind energy competence and development centre at its site in Otterup, Denmark, to coordinate the developm

Advanced high-strength steel (AHSS), aluminium, magnesium, titanium and carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) each has its own set of cost, availability,

George Gallager named applications specialist.

US business aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft Inc has filed for reorganisation under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code.

The EURECOMP project will hold its first training event, focusing on the recycling of thermoset composites, in Brussels on 22 May.

Unitech Composites and Structures has invested in non-destructive inspection (NDI) equipment to aid its production and inspection processes.

DeVilbiss, Binks and Owens Community College team up to educate coatings professionals.

Features include events listings and meeting schedule as well as latest association news.

AGY has increased production of its S-2 Glass® fibre reinforcements by 20% to meet growth in demand from aerospace and industrial markets.

Composite materials supplier Umeco's stand at the All-Energy 2012 renewable energy trade show will feature a model of Renewergen Ltd’s Sea-Spider, a 70 m d

iTSCi, a joint industry programme of traceability and due diligence designed to address concerns over 'conflict minerals' from central Africa, has accepted

It will reportedly be the only independent wind turbine testing site in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

38 of GE's 2.5 MW wind turbines will be used for projects in northern Poland, and the company will also build a service centre to provide long-term local s

Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS), PLANSEE SE, AVL List GmbH, SCHOTT AG and the Jülich Research Center have successfully com

Dynamet Technology, Inc has received qualification approval from Boeing for the supply of Ti-6Al-4V alloy products for structural components on commercial

Innovative Composites International Inc (ICI) has announced an agreement to supply its EcoScape™ composite modular homes for a housing project in Antigua.

Manufacturing sector continues upward trend.

Umeco’s Structural Materials business has signed an agreement with Canadian motorsports organisation Multimatic Motorsports to sponsor two Aston Martin Van

Lignol Energy Corporation, a technology company specialising in advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals, has become a member of the Oak Ridge Carbon Fibr

Swiss company Gurit and Sino Composite of China have signed a long-term agreement under which Gurit will supply balsa core materials to Sino for the Chines

International machine tool specialist Mag has developed a high-torque T-Rex spindle available on four-axis 1250/1600 HMCs for the machining of hardmetal.

Bodycote plans to open a new surface technology plant in Houston, Texas, USA.

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The company blames the U.S. market and regulatory conditions for postponing installation of the offshore prototype near Cape Charles, Va. - which the Virgi

Specialist engineering and manufacturing company Formaplex has increased production space by a further 30% with the opening of a new 15 000 ft2 factory.

University Racing Eindhoven (URE) has developed a hybrid composite wheel for this year’s Formula Student competition using Huntsman Advanced Materials' epo

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power says that although its 2011 financial results are in line with expectations for the year, they are disappoint

Airtech, a manufacturer of processing materials for the composites and tooling industries, showed its latest products and services for the resin infusion p

Randy Francisco named general manager; Dennis Buhl appointed business development manager.

AIMPLAS is coordinating a European project called MAC-RTM, which is aiming to develop a system for curing resins using microwaves.

Total affiliate CCP Composites has sold its shares in North American distributor Composites One to GLS Composites Distribution Corporation, which is owned

First Wind has started construction of its first wind project in Washington state - the 105 MW Palouse Wind farm in northern Whitman County.

Neal Orringer, Director of Manufacturing, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, will discuss th

RHC Lifting Ltd has commissioned and supplied its first Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) to GKN Aerospace’s new composite wing structures manufacturing and a

ACCIONA Windpower is installing two of its AW-3000/116, 3 MW wind turbines at Pioneer Grove in Cedar County, Iowa, USA, marking the first installation of t

Lockheed Martin has partnered with Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc to develop an improved software package for the programming of automated fibre placement equ

Contracts signed for wind turbines in the second half of 2011 for delivery in 2013 fell 4% to €0.91 million/MW from 6 months earlier, with overcapacity and

Kaman Aerospace Group Inc and Kineco Pvt Ltd have announced an agreement to form a company in India to manufacture composite structures for aerospace, medi

Advance Auto Parts has launched a new line of platinum ceramic brake pads, Wearever Platinum, said to deliver a quieter stop and better stopping power than

NASF outlines primary objectives for 2012, calls for broader industry support.

Zyvex Technologies and ENVE Composites have announced an exclusive partnership to provide a bicycle rim for downhill mountain bikes that uses nano-enhanced

RenewableUK says the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England's (CPRE) concern about over-development of onshore wind turbines is “misplaced”, as the a

Amber Composites will feature in the UK government’s Make it in Great Britain exhibition, which takes place in London during the Olympic and Paralympic Gam

Vestas' loss almost doubled in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 to €162 million, compared with a loss of €85m in the same period last year, as the company co

A team led by Surmet has won a Phase II Award from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop optical ceramic manufacturable grade

Hexcel has officially opened an extension to its prepreg facility in Stade, Germany, which will increase plant capacity to support increasing build rates f

France's PLC Holding has acquired the American manufacturer of industrial ovens for the aerospace, automotive, composite and finishing industries, Wisconsi

Coatings systems pass aerospace material specification testing.

Key economic indicator shows continuous growth in manufacturing.

Victrex Polymer Solutions has announced a strategic partnership with Umeco under which Umeco will market release films made from Victrex's APTIV® film, whi

Carpenter Technology Corporation saw a 15% increase in its net income to US$33 million in the third quarter (Q3) of 2011/12, as net sales reached US$539.9m

Ceradyne saw a near wipe-out of its net income with a fall of 84% to US$3.8 million in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 as the company was hit by a sharp dec

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