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Materials news, September 2012

McLaren Automotive has unveiled its new 'supercar,' the McLaren P1, at the Paris Motor Show. It car features a carbon fibre composite monocoque and lightwe

Powder coating transitioned to globally accepted resin system.

The new V126-3.0 MW turbine is the latest variant of the 3 MW platform on which the V112-3.0 MW is built.

A report looking into the sector's development to date claims that more could be done to encourage clean local energy and economic development by implement

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) argues that EU electricity market rules must reflect the energy generation mix of the future

Spanish process automation specialist MTorres and US tool design and engineering company Pacifica Engineering Inc have signed an agreement under which MTor

Umeco will be exhibiting UBC’s Coren® urban bike with composite frame at the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012 trade show in Düsseldorf in October.

Investments reflect Sandvik's strategy to ensure that its operations employ the latest applications and training methods.

Marshall Larsen, the former chairman, president and CEO of Goodrich Corporation, becomes latest UTC board member.

Kemet Corporation says that its patent-pending ArcShield multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) technology offer a more reliable and less costly alternative t

The NanoSteel Company has bolstered its growth in the automotive structures industry with the appointment of expert Paul Geck to its advisory board.

According to local news website, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, Ohio, will open its doors on 27th September.

The aim is to help companies and stakeholders better understand the ruling, IPC stated.

Union Process, Inc has built an S-400 batch, wet-grinding Attritor for a customer in the roofing industry.

Molycorp continues to modernise its Mountain Pass, California, rare earth facility with the start-up and commissioning operations of a new water treatment

The US Aluminum Association has released the 2012 edition of its “Standard Test Procedure for Aluminum Alloy Grain Refiners,” known as TP-1.

Gurit's structural engineering team helped in the realisation of 'Halo', a wind-activated kinetic sculpture now installed in Central Park, Sydney, Australi

Hexcel has officially opened an extension to its prepreg plant in Parla, Spain. This doubles capacity at the facility in order to support increasing build

Höganäs AB is to acquire a 100% interest in fcubic, a developer of technology for additive manufacturing (AM).

Metalysis, the UK-based specialist metals company, has developed a process that can change natural rutile sands directly into titanium metal powder in a si

According to reports in the automotive press, a limited-run lightweight Volkswagen Golf featuring carbon fibre composite and aluminium could be launched in

The substantial growth experienced by the German wind energy industry last year was followed by a stable upwards trend on the home market in the first six

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

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc is raising prices for its base epoxy products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa Region.

Interplastic Corporation’s Molding Products Division has announced a price increase for its sheet moulding compound (SMC) products.

Integran Technologies Inc has been awarded patent protection for its vacuum-tight electroplated nanometal coating for thermoplastic and composite parts.

Expanded corporate headquarters and principal manufacturing facility reflect growing demand among TITAN's customer base.

Owens Corning's new furnace at its glass reinforcements facility in Tlaxcala, Mexico, is now operational, more than doubling production capacity at the pla

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that the assembly of the test airframe for its CSeries aircraft is underway at its Experimental Test Facility in St-Laur

juwi CEO Matthias Willenbacher has criticised the German government for backtracking on its energy revolution agenda and looking to slow it down on the bas

American Coatings Association successfully argues that further VOC reductions are not technologically feasible.

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, a specialist in composite materials and structural engineering services, officially opening its new Asia Pac

AOC LLC has announced a price increase for all products sold in Europe.

Airbus is to partner with the Council for Scientific Industrial Research and Aerosud to make titanium part for large, complex aerospace components.

Global Tungsten & Powders Corporation (GTP) has partnered with AERC Recycling Solutions to recover rare earth metals from spent fluorescent lamps.

Sigma Labs and Morris Technologies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a joint venture that would commercialise Sigma Labs' PrintRite

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa has bought an Optomec laser engineered net shaping (LENS) system for metal additi

Kennametal Inc is in the 2012 InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology.

The new plant, now up and running, will support the growth of SKF’s business in China and Asia.

SKF has built a new regional distribution centre located in the WaiGaoQiao Free Trade Zone in the northeast part of Shanghai, China.

Arcam AB plans to show its range of implants at TCT Live 2012, the additive manufacturing show.

Dual division structure will help focus the business on the unique needs of customers who buy original equipment powertrain products, or aftermarket and ve

GGB Bearing Technology says that its bearings have been used in the Mars Curiosity Rover.

Annette Schavan, Federal Minister of Research, and Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister of Environment have invited 450 experts to discuss how market instrumen

The development of offshore wind resources will be "vital for many of the Baltic nations, as they look to meet their commitments to boost renewable energy

CCP Composites is planning to add a new gel-coat manufacturing facility in North America.

Additonal events include a workshop on Lean manufacturing for managers as well as a panel discussion focused on the potential impact of the upcoming presid

Reichhold has announced a price increase on unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins, gel-coats and bonding pastes for the European composites indu

The organisation says it is the first offshore turbine manufacturer to enable the installation of blades on the hub in all positions up to 330 degrees, and

US composites industry distributor Associated Industries has become an approved Henkel distributor.

The current slump in sales of commercial vehicles globally can be found above all in Western Europe, Brazil and China, and overall, the industry is likely

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

North Sea Boats Ltd has launched a new 63 m carbon fibre composite trimaran destined for the Indonesian Navy.

Composite materials supplier Gurit and HAWART Sondermaschinenbau GmbH have agreed to cooperate in the production of mould and transport systems for wind tu

Manufacturing output decreased 0.7 percent in August after having risen 0.4 percent in both June and July.

Leader in advanced electroplated nanotechnologies earns patent for vacuum-tight nanometal coating for thermoplastic and composite parts.

In 2011, Japan accounted for 7% of total installed PV capacity, according to a new research report.

Protech hopes to leverage Innotek's excellent business relationships along with its unique thermoplastic technology.

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

Momentive Specialty Chemicals is introducing a new epoxy system to speed up production of carbon fibre composites for structural automotive components by r

Latest PMA report shows more metalforming companies expect orders will increase in the next three months.

As well as being a strong partner to the civil aviation industry, Premium AEROTEC has important roles in the Eurofighter combat aircraft and the A400M mili

Carbon fibre converter Simatex's facilities in the UK and US have been awarded the AS9100 Revision C quality standard for the aerospace market.

Reg Tucker, editor of Metal Powder Report, takes a look at new CAFE Standards impact on OEM parts suppliers and PM industry

Premium AEROTEC has developed a carbon fibre composite wing spar with a sinewave-shaped web in a two-year project with Boeing.

Tygavac Advanced Materials Ltd, part of vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials supplier Airtech Advanced Materials Group, will be moving to a new f

Purchase expands Pioneer’s service offering and broadens its presence in the city of Portland, Ore.

A proposed new ASTM International test method will combine existing in-house methods for dirt pick-up resistance for architectural paints and stains in an

New Cromadex center created to offer industrial coatings customers an exciting selection of products and services.

All four SIFCO ASC locations in the U.S. have been accredited to ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 Revision C.

Career arc spanned positions in manufacturing and product development, as well as sales, customer relations and project management.

The MPIF has released the latest version of its Materials Standards for PM Structural Parts publication.

Speciality chemicals company LANXESS has acquired German company Bond- Laminates GmbH to strengthening its portfolio of lightweight materials for the autom

The Ex One Company (ExOne) has developed a 3D printer which it plans to show at the 2012 International Machine Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, 10-15 Sep

Novel PrintRite3D system facilitates 3D printing of metal parts, Sigma says

According to the Belarusian Telegraph Agency, there are plans to set up a Belarus-India research centre co-established by the Powder Metallurgy Association

APMI International plans to run a regional technical programme in the Chicago/Milwaukee area on Thursday 4 October.

ASTM International and the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society are holding a workshop on exploring rare earth mineral standardisation on 9 October 2012

The ASTM will hold its 17th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry from 3-7 February 2013 in Hyderabad, India.

Harper International has announced a new project with Canadian clean tech company Orbite Aluminae Inc to develop two high temperature systems in series for

Research and Markets has published a book called “Powder Metallurgy Technology and Equipment: Selected Topics”.

Carpenter Technology has announced that K Douglas Ralph, the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, will leave the company at the end

The joint venture between Bosch and Samsung to produce lithium-ion batteries for automotive applications has been dissolved.

Miba has recorded a strong performance in the first six months of 2012.

Belgium company Armacell Benelux SA and Sino Composite Co Ltd of China have signed a long-term agreement to jointly sell and distribute ArmaFORM PET foam c

Sigma Labs Inc plans to release the first module of PrintRite3D, a suite of software and hardware products for the 3D printing of metal parts.

GE has installed 300 wind turbines in Brazil to date, a figure set to triple over the next two years, the firm announced at the Brazil Windpower Conference

The first wing for the A350 XWB has arrived at Airbus’ final assembly line in Toulouse, France, where the new Airbus wide-body aircraft is being assembled.

Owens Corning has announced that its OptiSpray™ rovings, designed for spray-up processes in marine, sanitary, swimming pools and transportation application

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

Netzsch Japan K.K. has acquired Bruker’s thermal analysis instruments business in Japan. The financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

SWORL and Nexeo Solutions have teamed up to provide manufacturers a complete resource for implementing reusable vacuum bags into manufacture of composite p

There needs to be less vertical integration in the wind industry and companies in the sector need to start working together better, according to Jukka-Pekk

Ashland Performance Materials will present its Pliogrip™ structural adhesives for carbon fibre composite structures and other materials used in the automot

The M. F. Cachat Company has formed a strategic marketing and distribution arrangement with US distributors Associated Industries Inc, Schibley Chemical Co

AkzoNobel and OM Group (OMG) have signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement for OMG’s Borchi® Oxy Cure accelerators. The agreement is limited to

Glass fibre reinforcements producer Owens Corning has opened its new China Composites Centre in Shanghai.

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has confirmed it is in talks with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries regarding a potential strategic cooperation.

Industry group has numerous concerns about the current version of the legislation, which would give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enhance

A number of independent forecasts from a variety of reputable sources are drawing the same conclusions: the next few years should be kind to the paint and

New Zealand company Waikato Milking Systems claims to have manufactured the world’s first composite rotary platform for the dairy industry. It expects the

AkzoNobel and DSM will introduce their BluCure™ cobalt-free curing technology for composite resins at the China Composites Expo in Shanghai.

Metaldyne’s Valencia, Spain, plant has received special recognition from Ford for outstanding quality.

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI), plans to show its additive manufacturing (AM) process at TCT Live 2012.

Tomas Nordahl appointed new president of Sandvik; Anders Thelin to retire.

The EPMA reports that Dieffenbacher has sold its isostatic press lines business to Cremer Thermoprozessanlagen GmbH of Düren, Germany, in order to concentr

Alloy Steel International, manufacturer of Arcoplate, sees nearly 24% increase in sales for the third quarter ended 30 June, 2012.

A report by RnRMarketResearch.com suggests that the automotive aftermarket in North America will grow to US$85.5 billion by 2016.

Ahrens brings a wealth of both industry and executive management expertise to Enthone.

Jason McGahey elevated to sales manager for Industrial Systems.

Gurit has announced the continuation of supplies of Gurit prepreg materials to an existing aerospace customer for the years 2012 to 2014.

Mikrosam, a specialist in composite manufacturing processes based in Macedonia, has opened the Institute for Advanced Composites and Robotics (IACR).

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing South American prices for unsaturated polyester resins, epoxy vinyl ester resins and gel-coats sold into the co

The Crown Estate is seeking opinions from the offshore wind industry with regard to offshore wind test and demonstration (T&D) sites in UK waters.

Composite Advantage LLC’s FiberSPAN™ fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) bridge deck has been installed on a new three-span steel superstructure at Wolf Creek N

New England-based metal finishing, metal working and metal coating supplier enters the fray.

PCI has high hopes for association and industry at large.

DSM Composite Resins has developed a new resin which is said to offer wind turbine blade manufacturers the mechanical performance of epoxy resin with the p

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

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

Tokyo-based Toho Tenax Co Ltd, the Teijin Group's carbon fibre business, and Shanghai-based Teijin Aramid Asia Co Ltd, its aramid fibre business, will exhi

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