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Materials news, June 2012

Amber Composites extends tooling prepreg range

Amber Composites has added three products to its HX series prepreg range. The expanded range provides more choice of out-life and cure schedules, enabling

Delastek Inc, a Canadian manufacturer of composite aircraft parts, reports a 5% reduction in composite material costs since installing a Virtek® LaserEdge™

An oil sump moulded from DuPont Zytel® glass reinforced polyamide 66 resin is being incorporated in Swedish truck maker Scania's Euro 6 engines.

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has appointed Revchem Composites as its new distributor for the west coast of the USA.

Carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) will be a focus at this year's COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show, with the competence networks of CFK Valley Stade and C

Epson Atmix Corp has begun construction of its new plant for the manufacture of superfine alloy powder.

The TCT Live 2012 additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP) conference programme has now been finalised.

Molycorp’s acquisition of Canadian-based Neo Material Technologies Inc has officially closed.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that, in May, car manufacturing in the UK had its highest level of output in eight years.

Ipsen exhibited its TITAN DS furnace for metal injection moulding (MIM) and PM applications for the first time at PowderMet, which took place in Nashville,

Alloy specialist Haynes International has approved a US$61 million capital expenditure growth plan to expand capacity for the company's tubular and flat pr

Michelman has been awarded a US$2.5 million Ohio Third Frontier Industrial Research and Development Center Grant for its new R&D centre, which will be buil

China has released a white paper which sets out the government’s plans to improve the health and sustainability of the industry.

Online tools help attendees sign up, preview technical program, and make travel arrangements.

Expanded electroplating lines enhance customer service capabilities.

As it continues to grapple with its restructuring plans, Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced it is ending production of kilowatt size mac

Victrex Polymer Solutions and Tissa Glasweberei AG have developed TIXPREF™ prepregs made out of unidirectional tapes formed from S2-glass or carbon fibres

Alan Lawley, professor emeritus, Drexel University, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Powder Metallurgy, has received the Kempton H Roll

Powder metal technology is becoming increasingly of interest in the titanium industry, says the International Titanium Association (ITA).

The programme of The International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials has been announced.

Following the economic downturn that began in 2007, the US recreational boating market is beginning to recover with demand expected to grow 8% annually fro

Dip in both rigid and flexible circuit board shipments reflects cyclical slowdown, association survey shows.

Matthew Bulger, president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), reported that the North American powder metallurgy (PM) industry has built on t

Zyvex Marine, a division of nano-engineered materials developer Zyvex Technologies, and Pacific Coast Marine are teaming up to manufacture lightweight, dur

Plansee has developed a range of ultra-smooth tungsten crucibles for sapphire growth.

APMI International has named Ian Donaldson, director, research & development North America and materials engineering, GKN Sinter Metals LLC, and Al Dornish

Krauss Maffei has introduced a plasma powder arc welding process (PTA) that coats the top-root edges of counter rotating screws in its counter rotating twi

American National Carbide is to expand its raw materials manufacturing arm.

Vestas has scrapped plans for a wind turbine factory in the Port of Sheerness delivering a blow to the UK government’s efforts to bring large-scale wind tu

An agency of the US government has approved $360 million in funding for two overseas renewables development schemes, in an effort to bring Western-built te

Rio Tinto has committed US$4.2 billion to develop its tier one iron ore business. The investment covers US$3.7 billion to expand its Pilbara iron ore opera

Additive manufacturing (AM) specialist EOS has signed a strategic development partnership with precious metals supplier Cookson Precious Metals (CPM) to jo

Albany Engineered Composites (AEC) will be displaying the LEAP aircraft engine composite fan blade and composite fan case at the 2012 Farnborough Internat

Primary objective is to identify regulatory impediments to business innovation and competitiveness.

Latest action will generate 800 jobs for Texas community.

Australian company Carbon Revolution claims to have developed the world's first one-piece carbon fibre composite wheel for cars.

Quickstep has opened its new manufacturing facility at Bankstown Airport, Sydney, Australia, which will supply composite components to aerospace companies

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Langzauner has introduced the first in a new series of high-precision presses which is capable of accommodating all pressing methods.

Zyvex Technologies, developer of nano-engineered materials, and NanoFabrix, maker of nanotechnology-based surface films, have announced a partnership to jo

epm technology has designed and manufactured the measuring equipment for Canoe Slalom UK, to supply to the International Canoe Federation, for the 2012 Lon

Green Marine has launched the first boat to be built to the new WallyCento class rules at its facility in Hythe on the south coast of England.

ATL Composites of Australia and MuH von der Linden of Germany have formed a joint venture company to produce DuFLEX® composite panels for the European mark

Sheboygan, Wis-based mold aluminum foundry welcomes additional merchant business for its powder coating operation.

The SMS Group says that it attracted orders in the business year 2011 totalling €3.423 billion (2010: €2.931 billion) and reached sales of €3.070 billion (

Titanium Metals Corporation (TIMET) reported net sales were US$276.7 million for Q1 of 2012 compared to US$252.0 million for Q1 of 2011.

Toho Tenax Co Ltd intends to roughly double its current annual production capacity for nickel-coated carbon fibre by 2013.

A 1MW tidal power device has started full export of power in Scottish waters, paving the way for ScottishPower, to deploy the technology in the “world’s fi

The European Union has committed to a “no regrets” long term policy framework to 2030 that would see an increased share of renewables in the energy mix.

The Hanwha Azdel division of Hanwha L&C Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea, has announced a major capacity expansion for its SuperLite® reinforced thermoplastic

Mahle plans to develop a 10,000 m2 shipping centre for its spare parts business in Russia and Belarus.

The SKF Group says that demand for its products and services in the second quarter will be slightly lower than in the corresponding quarter last year, due

Web-based consulting group offers expert consulting in the areas of chemical/process support and troubleshooting.

This week, engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, moved a Composite Crew Module (CCM) into the Environmental Test Facilit

Oerlikon Balzers, which currently operates 15 coating centres in North America, is expanding its Rock Hill, South Carolina operation.

Boston-based First Wind and Canada’s Emera have joined forces in a new company that will develop wind power in the north eastern United States.

SLM Solutions has founded a new office in Michigan, USA, following what it says is an increasing demand for technical consulting services and additive manu

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) has purchased an Optomec Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) system used for metal additive manufactu

Rio Tinto has reached an agreement to sell Alcan Cable to General Cable Corporation for US$185 million.

Mott Corporation has been successfully recertified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard.

Aston Martin today unveiled its new luxury sports car – the Vanquish – which features carbon fibre body panels.

Research and Markets’ "Global Powder Injection Moulding Market 2011-2015" says that the market will grow at a CAGR of 15.1% between 2011 and 2015.

Toho Tenax Co Ltd has announced a collaboration with Indian company Hindoostan Technical Fabrics Ltd to develop and market carbon fibre fabrics for India’s

Umeco Structural materials will be exhibiting examples of Airbus-qualified prepregs at the Farnborough International Airshow in July.

Industry representatives to present valuable solutions to cleaning’s most challenging issues.

Alex Thomson Racing (ATR) recently launched its new-look boat on the water in Gosport, UK, the first tangible example of its partnership with Caterham Comp

The South African government has allocated R100 million over a three-year period to help develop a titanium industry in South Africa.

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GlobalSpec, organisers of the Machine Tools & Metal Working online trade show, says that the event, which took place on 6 June, had more than 1,900 partici

An industry-led group tasked with bringing down the cost offshore wind has said that the UK is “on course” to substantially bring down costs over the next

Students encouraged to submit an abstract of their work to be considered for poster presentations at Aluminum Week in October.

Samsara Surf has created a surfboard using Composites Evolution’s Biotex flax fabric in the place of carbon or glass fibre.

Dr Hugo M Ortner PhD has received the 2012 HR "Russ" Ogden Award from ASTM International, which awards outstanding accomplishments in the science and techn

The UK and South Korea are to join forces to develop offshore wind and wave and tidal technologies...

Volta Volare and its subsidiary Volt Aero Technologies recently launched their GT4 aircraft, which they claim is the world's first hybrid-electric, full-si

Falloff in key durable goods categories puts drag on output.

Metalforming companies expect a significant decline in business conditions during the next three months, industry polls shows.

A project called ACOMPLICE (Affordable COMPosites for LIghtweight Car StructurEs) aims to manufacture lightweight, lower cost composite automotive structur

Annual National Association for Surface Finishing awards program recognizes commitment and dedication of industry supporters.

Siemens has unveiled the first batch of its new 75 metre-long wind turbine rotor blades, which it claims are the “world’s longest”.

The US Department of Energy has awarded The Dow Chemical Company US$9 million for a project to develop a low cost carbon fibre production process.

Growth in the renewables market will slump unless the EU takes measures now to reduce costs and stimulate investment, the European Commission has warned.

Global investment in renewable power and fuels increased 17% to a new record of $257 billion in 2011, according to a UN report. Developing economies made

All Purpose Abrasives in Australia has introduced a range of carbide burrs originally made in Germany by surface finishing specialist Pferd.

Emil Nilsson has been appointed executive vice president and CFO of Sandvik Group and member of group executive management.

Ipsen USA is scheduled to ship 10 vacuum furnaces during June, setting a new furnace shipment record for one month.

Despatch Industries is providing its small-scale CFR carbon fibre production line to the Australian Carbon Fibre Research Facility (ACFRF).

Ten Grand Prizes and ten Awards of Distinction have been awarded to engineered PM parts at the 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards which took p

GTSO Resources says it is exploring ways to make tungsten recycling more profitable and environmentally friendly.

The resurgence of the powder metallurgy (PM) industry in North America which began in 2010 has continued through 2011 and well into this year, says Matthew

Sandvik has officially opened the world’s largest dedicated mill for the advanced manufacturing of stainless steel and high nickel alloy tubes for use in n

Molded Fiber Glass Construction Products (MFG CP) contributed to the rebuild of 3 World Trade Center in New York City, partnering with Engineered Devices C

A new report from Research and Markets analyses the global powder metallurgy industry from 2007 to 2012.

A report referenced on the Cordis website says that EU-funded researchers have developed new technology that could promote the use of nanopowder-based cera

A new report foresees strong double-digit growth for additive manufacturing (AM) over the next few years.

Pferd, a manufacturer of tools for surface finishing and material cutting has appointed two further managing directors: Stefan Braun as managing director f

Conductive Composites Company has commissioned a new production line for high performance nickel chemical vapour deposition (CVD) coated fibres in Green Ri

Goodrich Corporation recently delivered its first composite sail cusp to Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

NASF annual convention and conference exceeds expectations.

A report from AMI Consulting values the global composite blade market at an estimated €4 billion in 2011, of which approximately €1.5 billion was raw mater

Linde engineers are presenting a paper showing how the production process for powdered metal parts can be improved by precisely controlling the chemical ca

Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) introduced MFG Wind, a new brand representing the company's wind energy-focused capabilities, at the WindPower 2012 trad

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

Waterbury native moves brings coatings business back home from North Haven.

Electronics association advocates for rule that encourages recycling of secondary materials.

Framework designed to help local governments manage stormwater runoff and effluent.

With a year-to-date total of $1,763.77 million, 2012 is up 10.2% compared with 2011.

Stringent quality audit system designates applicators as approved resources.

Completion of the transaction follows Nordson’s May 21 announcement that it had entered into an agreement to acquire EDI.

The consumption of composite materials by the Indian wind energy industry will reach 200 million lbs by 2017, according to a study by Composite Insights.

DSM has been working with the Dutch Olympic Team to help manufacture a rowing boat for the London Olympics 2012, selecting Oxeon's TeXtreme carbon fabric i

Gurit has introduced a SparPreg prepreg with a specialised coating technology to enable the economic manufacture of high quality spar caps using glass and

Composite Advantage LLC has completed installation of a FiberSPAN™ fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) pedestrian and bicycle bridge deck designed and built as

Harper International has been selected by Allomet Corporation for the design of a new continuous rotary furnace for the production of specialty composite m

Allegheny Technologies Inc (ATI) has announced that its thin titanium Precision Rolled Strip product has been selected by the sensors and integrated system

Creative Pultrusions Inc has developed Superdeck Mass Transit Decking (GR250) specifically for the mass transit industry to upgrade concrete infrastructure

The Russian Union of Composites Manufacturers (UNCM) has joined the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) as an Associated Member.

Powder Coating 101 'basic training' course to take place in Seattle, Wash.

Cytec Industries is restarting a project to expand carbon fibre manufacture at its Piedmont, South Carolina, facility. The company is also expanding prepre

The MPIF says that registration is now open for its powder metallurgy (PM) basic short course.

RM Forum’s Sintering Forum focuses on selective laser melting of metal powders applied to rapid manufacturing, in particular in the aeronautics, medical an

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) focused on 3D imaging at the RAPID 2012 Conference & Exposition which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, fro

Michelman has joined the National Composites Center (NCC), Kettering, Ohio, USA, to augment its fibres and composites development team with research, labor

PPG Industries’ Fiber Glass business has announced a price increase on all products in the Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

CS Unitec has introduced a nine inch pneumatic circular saw suitable for dry cutting of steel and non-ferrous metal.

As part of its ongoing focus on lightweight components for the mass transportation sector, Airex Composites Structures, part of 3A Composites, is divesting

Johns Manville (JM) has received Germanisher Lloyd (GL) approval for its StarRov® 076 direct roving to be used in wind turbine blades.

Morgan Technical Ceramics has released an article exploring how new brazing alloys improve thermal barriers in the hot section of jet engines.

Eurocopter is producing the carbon fibre composite passenger doors for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft at its Donauwörth, Germany, facility.

Revamped website boasts new features, improved functionality and navigation.

Energetx Composites is exporting a set of 45.3 m wind blade moulds from its Michigan, USA, facility to Aeroblade in Minano, Spain.

Umeco is exhibiting its composite materials at the 2012 Eurosatory defence show, which takes place in France in June.

Automated Dynamics has delivered an interchangeable fibre placement head to the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) for

Formaplex, a specialist in automotive injection moulding, machining and composite technologies, has added Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM software for five-axis mac

Australian advanced composites manufacturer Quickstep Holdings Ltd has been awarded JEC Asia 2012 Innovation Award for its Resin Spray Transfer (RST) proce

More countries throughout the world are set to embrace geothermal with others having significant potential to do so a new Geothermal Energy Association (GE

Two US cabinet secretaries have met with leaders of the US wind manufacturing, construction and development sectors at the White House recently to discuss

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