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Materials news, July 2012

TAT Technologies has released details on the first sintering course the company plans to hold at its newly acquired a 5,000 ft building in St Mary’s, Penns

Umicore reports that its revenues grew by 8% in the first half of 2012.

Federal-Mogul’s Q2 results show higher North American and BRIC original equipment (OE) sales, contrasting with lower sales in Europe.

GKN Sinter Metals in China says it is increasing its capacity to meet increasing demand from global and domestic customers in that country.

Union Process Inc has supplied two dry grinding Attritors for a high-tech advanced materials company.

Renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power has submitted its application for consent to build its Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.

North American PCB sales and orders were up in June compared to the previous month, but rigid PCB business remains below last year’s levels.

Hartzell Propeller Inc has developed a three-blade ASC-II™ composite propeller for Van’s Aircraft RV-10 four-seat kit aircraft.

The Italian-built Revolver 42 speedboat features a composite hull and deck based on vinyl ester resin and manufactured using a vacuum infusion process.

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Irene Cañas Sierra to coordinate the exposure program of the Ni REACH Consortia.

Paint equipment maker installs scores of new painting robots at Volkswagen in Bratislava.

Dow Automotive Systems is expanding its composite processing expertise with the opening of development facilities in Switzerland and the USA.

Objective of SBIR A12-022 is to develop surface engineering techniques capable of improving the power transmission efficiency of geared systems.

AGY, a US-headquartered producer of glass fibre yarns and reinforcements for composites, has announced that it plans to sell its continuous filament mat (C

UK company Composite Integration Ltd has moved to a new purpose-built facility, enabling it to expand production of its RTM, vacuum and infusion processing

SABIC’s Innovative Plastics says it is "significantly boosting" capacity for its STAMAX long glass reinforced polypropylene composite at its facility in Ge

Mate Consulting Ltd, a powder metallurgy (PM) and metal injection moulding (MIM) consulting company, says that it has has been growing its number of operat

The H.C. Starck Group, Goslar, Germany has appointed Dr Michael Fooken to take over research and development activities.

A new ASTM International standard, ASTM A1080, covering practice for hot isostatic pressing (HIP) of steel, stainless steel and related alloy castings has

The MPIF says that registration must be one by 10 August to save money on its PM Sintering Seminar.

Morris Technologies, Inc, a US specialist in additive manufacturing and CNC machining, has acquired a five-axis machine from machine tool company Mori Seik

Joining Technologies, Inc says that it is offering application laboratory days (AppLab Day) for metal engineers working on projects that might benefit from

The US Department of Energy has awarded grants worth up to US$6.4 million to University of Utah metallurgical engineers to help make iron, steel and titani

Sandik has reported an increase in sales in its interim report on the second quarter and first six months of 2012.

Höganäs AB has reported its second quarter 2012 earnings, compared to corresponding period of previous year.

The MPIF and APMI International have issued a call for papers & posters for Powdermet 2013

GM is committing to further leverage Canada’s expertise in strategic and important technologies by expanding activities in light-weighting materials, mecha

Discovery Yachts' new Discovery 57 is said to feature the largest fibreglass sailing yacht hull produced by resin infusion in the UK to date.

Hexcel Corporation reports net sales for the second quarter of 2012 of US$399.2 million, 12.9% up on the second quarter of 2011.

Allied Finishing Solutions will manage the sales and support of Reliant equipment from its new headquarters in Decatur, Ala.

German automotive and cycling components manufacturer AX-lightness GmbH is using Umeco’s MTM®49-3 prepregs to produce wheels for competition bicycles being

Sandvik Mining has agreed to deliver a large materials handling and crushing system for a copper mine with a customer in South America.

Automotive equipment supplier Faurecia has announced the acquisition of Sora Composites's automotive business, which generates annual sales of around €70 m

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AIC Group has renewed existing maintenance and service contracts with Trelleborg, three Formula 1 teams and two aerospace component manufacturing companies

Cytec Industries Inc has completed its acquisition of Umeco plc, a UK headquartered provider of advanced composite and process materials, for US$439 millio

Drop in key sentiment index over the past two months reflects a less optimistic outlook among automotive parts suppliers.

2012 could turn out to be the best year ever for offshore wind energy in Europe, says the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Dong Energy and Siemens Energy have signed a framework agreement for the supply and servicing of wind turbines totaling 1.8GW in capacity.

A preview of the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012 exhibition will be published in the September/October issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine.

Zyvex Marine is launching the 17 m LRV-17 Long Range Vessel which is built from carbon fibre reinforced plastic enhanced with carbon nanotubes. This is the

The scope and title of PA 2 have changed to reflect the 2012 revision of ASTM D7091-12.

PSI's HERMIGA range has a new hot gas atomiser.

Uptick attributed to second-quarter activity in motor vehicle and parts production.

CS Energy Materials (CSEM), a joint venture between H.C. Stark and Japanese chemical company New Chisso Corp, has started production of cathode materials f

SKF’s half year report shows some growth in sales while profits continue to remain small.

Arkema plans to sell its tin stabiliser business to PMC Group, a US manufacturer of performance chemicals and plastics.

ASTM International will be holding a workshop on Advances in Copper and Copper Alloys on 24 October in Atlanta, Georgia.

GE has announced that it is working on a laser additive manufacturing process to produce parts for CFM's Leap family of turbofan engines.

Early registration for PM2012 will be closed on 1 August 2012.

BASF has opened a global mining research and development facility at the Australian Minerals Research Centre (AMRC) in Perth.

BASF has strengthened its position in the market for materials for high-performance batteries, with the intention of becoming a world leader in the field.

GKN plc has acquired Volvo Aero, the aero engine division of AB Volvo.

Miba has posted encouraging first quarter sales and levels of orders, with consolidated sales in the first quarter 2012-2013 (February 1 to April 30) risin

The programme for the International AVK Conference, which take places in Düsseldorf this October, is now available.

OM Group, Inc had a full year consolidated net sales increase of 27% in 2011 to US$1,514.5 million.

The NanoSteel Company has earned its fifth R&D 100 Award, by R&D Magazine, for its nano-structured powder metal alloys for large scale industrial component

Technical program to include tracks for cathodic protection, coatings, pipeline integrity and AC/DC interference issues.

Airbus has delivered the front fuselage for the first flyable A350 XWB (MSN1) to its Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.

Elcometer’s 224 digital surface profile gauge is now available with an integral or separate probe with a replaceable tungsten carbide tip that can be used

Mark Parillo has been appointed Director of Marketing at hardmetals specialist Star SU, LLC.

GKN Aerospace has established a new 80,000 ft2 composites manufacturing facility in Mexico.

Pauger Carbon Composites' 50 ft catamaran 'Fifty-Fifty' has won the Blue Ribbon long-distance sailing regatta on Lake Balaton in Hungary.

Century Design Inc (CDI) has installed its small production prepreg machine, the CD6015 Combi, at ATA Carbon Fiber Tech. Guangzhou Co Ltd's facility in Chi

Event takes place Nov. 27-28, 2012, at the Ford College, Loughborough University Leicestershire, UK; deadline is Aug. 12.

Umeco is forming a company in China to act as its Asian hub.

In departure from previous report, metalforming companies expect a slight uptick in business conditions during the next three months.

Fibrelite has launched a new range of composite trench access panels with load ratings from A15 to E600 (EN 124) which provide an alternative to metal and

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GKN Driveline in Trier, Germany, has invested €20 million to create the world’s first flowline.

Umicore plans to build a plant for NMC precursors in Cheonan, South Korea, near Umicore’s main cathode materials plant.

GlassFibreEurope has published a life cycle assessment (LCA) report covering continuous filament glass fibre products.

According to a new Frost & Sullivan report, the automotive carbon fibre composites market is likely to grow to US$95.50 million by 2017 at a compound annua

Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on new products at COATING 2012, with proceeds going to worthy charitable causes.

Composite materials developer Hexcel has joined Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Aerospace Programme.

GKN Aerospace has been selected to provide Bell Helicopter with key metal and composite structures across the new 525 Relentless helicopter fuselage.

ACA is concerned that many high solids coatings will be lost given the SCAQMD's proposed interim limits.

Ocean Power Technologies and Lockheed Martin are teaming up again, this time to develop a 19MW wave energy project off Australia's coast.

Virtek Vision International has sold its Virtek® LaserEdge® projection system to Eurocopter Canada for use in composite layup and reverse engineering.

As part of a programme to grow its global engineering capability, GKN Aerospace has opened an engineering and technology centre at its Filton, UK site, nea

Spirit AeroSystems Inc has developed a low cost, high rate composite manufacturing process for primary wing box parts production.

Developers of composite materials Hexcel and Herakles (Safran group) have granted textile machinery specialist Karl Mayer Malimo a license to produce machi

GKN Aerospace has established a new facility in Mexico to manufacture composite airframe structures.

The Chemical Coaters Association International honored members for service and dedication and installed its 2012 – 2013 Officers and National Board members

SAFEHUT LLC collapsible, reusable composite shelters are manufactured from fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) panels based on AOC resin.

Two offshore wind farms approved by the UK government last Friday are only likely to proceed if the economics stack up under new prices for offshore wind p

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Leading economic indicator reflects contraction in the U.S. manufacturing economy.

Nanoledge, a start-up company focused on the high performance epoxy market, has sold its high performance resin business to AXSON, a specialist in high per

Most adhesives are manufactured from petroleum-based materials, but Fraunhofer researchers are now working on adhesive formulas obtained from renewable raw

Delivery company UPS is introducing composite materials to replace certain metal components on its vans to improve fuel efficiency.

US demand for high performance composites will rise almost 15% per year to $10.2 billion in 2016, forecasts The Freedonia Group in a new report.

Energy security, and environmental and livability concerns drive government policy on green building technologies but eventually cost and affordability det

The Plansee Group realized sales of more than €1.5 billion in the last fiscal year.

Aluminium powder specialist Alpoco has been awarded the BS EN ISO 14001:2004 accreditation.

In its 2012 Current Market Outlook, Boeing projects a $4.5 trillion market for 34 000 new aircraft over the next 20 years as the current world fleet double

Stagnating economic growth, low profit margins and waning government support mean market consolidation and/or contraction in the global wind energy supply

KEMET Corp has expanded its FT-CAP range to include C0G and Ultra-Stable X8R dielectrics.

Renishaw has opened a new facility in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Renishaw has sold an AM250 laser melting machine to Swansea University in Wales.

Airbus says that it plans to establish a manufacturing facility in the United States to assemble and deliver A320 aircraft.

Electricity generation from onshore wind was up by 51% in the first quarter of 2012, as a result of huge increases in capacity, the Department of Energy an

Airbus has announced that it will establish its first US production facility. Located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, it will assemble and del

Steps to streamline process will ease burden on state and local permitting authorities.

Deal enables both companies to better serve global clients in the protective and marine coatings arenas.

12 months since the MP4-12C first went on sale, McLaren Automotive announces its next high performance sports car, the 12C Spider, which is based on the sa

Wind developer Mainstream Renewables has unveiled plans for 5GW of wind capacity in the Irish midlands, which it says will export power to the UK to fill t

The committee for MIM2013, the International Conference on Injection Moulding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides, has issued a call for presentations.

QinetiQ has received research funding for the next three years to help develop advanced defence materials in the UK.

Federal-Mogul Corp has named Michael T Broderick chief executive officer, Federal-Mogul aftermarket division effective June 25, 2012. Broderick will report

ARC Metals, located in Ridgway, PA, USA, has celebrated its 25th anniversary as a powder supplier.

Plansee says that customers in Japan can now access its semi-finished and standard products at its online shop.

Pär Altan has been appointed head of external communications at Sandvik AB.

TITANIUM 2012 will feature a number of papers focusing on the use of titanium alloys in the automotive industry.

AGATHON Machine Tools, an expert in precision grinding machines, has developed a range of parts for periphery grinding for various materials such as tungst

A new ASTM International standard, ASTM B983, Specification for Precipitation Hardened or Cold Worked, Seamless Nickel Alloy Pipe and Tube, has been create

The Global Powder Metallurgy Property Database has upgraded its storehouse of material properties.

Honda Motor Co Ltd has announced it will begin reusing rare earth materials it is currently extracting from used nickel-metal hydride batteries.

North American Tungsten’s Cantung Mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada, has restarted production as of today, following the reopening of the Nahanni R

Rio Tinto Metal Powders (RTMP) has appointed Marie LaPointe the new executive director of operations for steel and powders.

Dr Robert Williams named chief technology officer of NSU Resources Inc

GTSO Resources has shortlisted a group of emerging companies that can recycle mobile phones, computers and other electronics to recover precious minerals i

Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese, has announced that its Fortron Industries LLC plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, has set a new pro

The Dow Chemical Company and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii AS of Turkey have announced the official formation of DowAksa Advanced Composites Holdings BV, a jo

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