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Materials news, October 2012

GM Tests First Thermal-Forming Process and Proprietary Corrosion Resistance Treatment for Lightweight Magnesium Sheet Metal

Double-digit fuel economy gains possible with more substitution for steel and aluminum, GM says.

Owens Corning has announced that its new furnace in its Gous-Khroustalny, Russia, glass reinforcements facility is operational.

Hexcel Corporation reports net sales for the third quarter of 2012 of US$391.6 million, 11.3% higher than for the third quarter of 2011.

Materials company Ahlstrom Corporation has announced that it will revise its organisation from January 2013 with the aim of accelerating growth.

In a contract worth in excess of US$100 million, Airbus Military has selected ATK to produce composite wing cover stringers for the A400M military transpo

First Flight Wind consortium gets Crown Estate approval for offshore wind farm.

Honda Aircraft Company has commenced production of the HondaJet light business aircraft, which features a composite fuselage.

Craig Bethell, 25-year industry veteran, tapped to handle sales and service for the Pacific Northwest U.S. territory.

Desalination plants which convert seawater into drinking water require pipelines made of a special kind of steel or titanium, but Fraunhofer Institute rese

Composite materials supplier Gurit has announced a €3 million automotive contract from "a prestigious new customer in Italy."

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Milwaukee Summit, set for Oct. 28-29, expected to draw more than 200 women manufacturing leaders.

BASF and TenCate Advanced Composites have entered into a strategic alliance to cooperate on the development, production and commercialisation of thermoplas

PSM Industries, Inc of Los Angeles, CA, has bought 100% of the shares of PM Engineered Solutions, Inc (PMES) from Longroad Capital Partners, LLC.

Kennametal, Inc has appointed Peter Dragich tis new vice president, integrated supply chain and logistics.

Federal-Mogul Corp’s reported total sales of US$1.6 billion, down 2% from 2011 in its Q3 results.

Latest standard focuses on the mechanical properties of machining brasses.

Cimcool Fluid Technology has developed a new lubricant for use with metal grinding.

The railway station in the English seaside town of Dawlish has seen a corroded steel footbridge replaced with composite. This is the first composite bridge

MISTRAS Group Inc, a US-headquartered provider of non-destructive testing (NDT) services, has acquired GMA Group of Germany.

Copper-based CuantumFuse™ solder material capable of producing joints with up to 10 times the electrical and thermal conductivity of tin-based materials, L

French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, and Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier, have officially inaugurated the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL)

TenCate Advanced Composites North America is expanding its the cooperation with 3M, which started in 2010, and is designed speed up the development and ado

Inudstry experts to offer their respective forecasts and predictions for the coming year.

Jere L. Geib, Jr., assumes responsibilities for marketing, advertising and sales promotions.

Umicore reports a 2% increase in Q3 revenues compared to 2011.

In its interim management statement, GKN reported group sales in the three months ended 30 September of £1,608 million, an 8% increase over the comparable

Carpenter Technology achieved a net income of US$39.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Latrobe contributed US$16.3 million of operating in

AGY is introducing new sizing systems designed to give AGY's glass rovings and yarns compatibility with a wide range of thermoplastic resins.

A a new market research report suggests that the global additive manufacturing (AM) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.5% from 2012 to 2017 to reac

Annual third-party survey based solely on employee feedback.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that the UK government has invested £1 billion in the UK automotive industry.

Kennametal has introduced the KSEM PLUS B1 heads, part of its KSEM PLUS range.

Kemet Corp has opened a new film facility in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Metaldyne LLC recently made the list of the top 25 fastest growing businesses in the metro Detroit, USA area.

Miba Automation Systems has received its first large machinery order from China.

GKN has completed the acquisition of Volvo Aero, the aero engine division of AB Volvo.

The composite vertical tail plane of the first flyable A350 XWB (MSN1) is the first A350 XWB component to be painted in the Airbus livery.

The Lotus Formula One (F1) race team has adopted Anaglyph's Laminate Tools software as its primary tool for the stress-based ply definition of its chassis

BASF and Euroresins Europe Holding GmbH & Co KG have announced an agreement under which Euroresins will sell BASF's Baxxodur® epoxy systems for composite m

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Leading manufacturer in the surface preparation industry marks half a century in business.

Additive manufacturing, 3-D printing, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology also factor heavily into the economic comeback, industry analyst says.

The Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) has built a 'composites city' to illustrate the numerous industrial applications of composite m

Atomising Systems Limited (ASL) has appointed Dirk Aderhold, currently technical manager, to the position of technical director.

Austrian Tier 1 aerospace supplier FACC has acquired a CHARGER™ small flat tape layer from MAG for use in the production of primary and secondary structura

Certification means Coral meets Chrysler’s stringent system pretreatment requirements.

New Troy, Mich., center designed to facilitate collaboration between DuPont and global automotive industry.

Jerry Trostle brings more than 30 years’ experience in the finishing industry.

Conrad Keijzer, currently managing director of AkzoNobel Industrial Coatings, to succeed Leif Darner, supervisory board member.

Cutting-edge chemical manufacturing plant based in Blackman Township.

Bombardier Aerospace's first CSeries aircraft that will take flight is being manufactured in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.

Rebecca Harding elevated to position of marketing manager.

DSM is introducing a new resin featuring bio-based raw materials. By combining this resin with natural quartz minerals surfaces company has Compac created

Addition furthers PPG’s strategy to "remain a leading industrial coatings supplier."

Macro-economic development and increasing uncertainty negatively influenced SKF's business during the period.

GPI Prototype has installed its third direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) machine from EOS.

ASTM International has started a new initiative which will help businesses better understand a product’s real impact on the environment.

IMTS 2012 marked the debut of Mazak's Mega-8800 horizontal machine, which is suitable for the heavy-duty machining of materials such as Inconel and titaniu

Sanvdik Coromant's newly launched CoroDrill 870 is now available for steel and cast iron drilling operations.

Wolf Minerals says that it plans to open its tungsten mine in Hermerdon, Devon, UK, in 2014, following completion of a new link road.

Global automotive industry expert Bob Lutz has been appointed to NanoSteel’s board of directors.

Automotive supplier Montaplast of Germany is using BASF's high-temperature resistant 35% glass fibre reinforced polyamide (PA) Ultramid® Endure for a heat

Enhancements include a new user interface and an improved scoring and feedback system.

Bill Brawley tapped to focus on growing sales into new and emerging markets.

Output of durable goods edges upward, with gains seen in the indices for aerospace, miscellaneous transportation equipment, electrical equipment, appliance

SDE Energy has formed a joint venture with Green Energy International to develop the wave power plant along the coastline of the Republic of Ecuador.

More than 50 OEMs and tier suppliers participated in the educational program.

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has selected Siemens PLM Software's Fibersim™ composites engineering software to support the production launch of the

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division has delivered the composite deckhouse for the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000) to the US Navy.

ATI Stellram's 4E Geometry is now available in a new grade, SP0819.

Mag has developed a new high-torque T-Rex spindle which can deliver up to 2600 Nm (1,918 lb-ft) torque for hard alloy materials such as titanium, Inconel,

ASTM has approved a standard covering the development of lighter, high-strength steels that have higher alloy content, and more complex hardening mechanism

Bodycote plc has acquired the business of Carolina Commercial Heat Treating (CCHT LLC), which comprises six facilities in the Southeastern USA and an addit

Atlantis Resources Corporation has completed the first ever tidal turbine testing programme at the National Renewable Energy Centre’s 3MW capacity, onshore

New devices offers rapid and reliable XRF coating thickness measurement and materials analysis.

Ford Motor Company has demonstrated a prototype carbon fibre composite bonnet for the Ford Focus which weighs more than 50% less than a standard steel vers

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'Space tourism' company Virgin Galactic has taken 100% ownership of its sister company The Spaceship Company (TSC), by acquiring the 30% stake held by Scal

Scott Bader Europe has announced a further price increase for its Crystic® range of unsaturated polyester, vinyl ester and DCPD resins, plus all other manu

The COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012 trade show attracted 8040 visitors to Düsseldorf on 9-11 October.

PosiTector 6000 coating thickness gage edges out 23 other entries at annual PCI contest.

Over 40 organisations have joined forces to set out a long-term vision for the deployment of offshore wind in the northern seas and the economic opportunit

Siemens Energy has begun field testing of its new 154 m rotor for its 6 MW offshore wind turbine in Østerild, Denmark.

Certification covers zn/ni products.

DTC Dutch Thermoplastic Components, Kok & Van Engelen, NLR National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands, TenCate Advanced Composites and VIRO have deci

Kubus Sport is using Oxeon AB's TeXtreme® spread tow carbon fabrics in its new field hockey sticks. The new Brabo Hockey TeXtreme sticks are said to be lig

Purchase gives A Brite customers a broader offering of process equipment, chemistry, and controls for plating and waste treatment.

Osterwalder AG has developed CA-HM 320 Electric, a new product in its electric servo-electric presses range.

Atlas Material Testing Technology has updated its SUNTEST CPS+ accelerated material testing instrument.

Kaman Aerospace Group Inc and Kineco Pvt Ltd have signed a definitive agreement to form a manufacturing joint venture in India.

BASF and the SGL Group have announced that they plan to develop a composite material based on carbon fibre and a reactive polyamide system and intended for

Union Process Inc has supplied a Q-25 Circulation Attritor for a process in the ethanol/renewable biomass industry.

SHW AG has sold its 50% stake in its joint venture with Magna Powertrain Inc.

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group NV says that its management board will be reduced from four to three members, consisting of Dr Heinz Schimmelbusch, chairm

The Hilti Group says that it achieved year-on-year sales growth of 7% over the first eight months of 2012.

Metaldyne’s Ramos Arizpe, Mexico plant has received the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award.

Metaldyne LLC recently opened a facility in Zbysov, Czech Republic, making it the second operation for the company in Eastern Europe.

3D Systems Corporation has supplied two production grade additive manufacturing printers to the US National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NA

Osterwalder AG and Italian-based Sacmi Imola SC have agreed to join forces in the production of large PM press technology.

Prepreg manufacturer Amber Composites has taken delivery of a Blackman & White conveyorised CNC cutting table which will enable it to supply cut, kitted an

Transaction values Coating Resins at $1.15B.

Johns Manville (JM) is introducing its MultiStar® 819 glass fibre roving developed for spray-up applications.

The ThermoPlastic composites Research Centre (TPRC) in the Netherlands has entered into a long term partnership with French company Coriolis Composites to

Proprietary PPG pigment gives highly-reflective, vibrant color to airline’s vision.

Still, the overall U.S. unemployment rate dips below 8%.

At the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled a composite chassis for its upcoming limited-edition hybrid model.

As new production technologies lower carbon fibre cost, the global market for carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) will more than double to $36 billion i

A new consultancy focusing on lightweight construction been formed in Aachen, Germany, by Michael Effing.

GKN plc has completed the acquisition of Volvo Aero (the aero engine division of AB Volvo), creating an aerospace engine business with both composites and

Through its Sikkens automotive brand, AkzoNobel will offer technology-led paint solutions for the MP4-12C and MP4-12C Spider, among other models.

Flexible shipments up, rigid orders off for the month.

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power has confirmed plans to construct a blade manufacturing facility in Brazil. It will be established in conjunct

Cristal Global, a producer of titanium powder, has brought together a number of its subsidiaries under one name.

The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) will be taking part in the new US National Manufacturing Day on 5th October 2012.

Statoil and Statkraft collaborated on the £1 billion wind farm in a 50:50 joint venture.

Nearby relocation will enable improved shipping services at Goodfellow Corporation.

Sandvik Coromant has launched a new series of end mills for use in multiple materials.

A new report from Research and Markets says that revenue for the powder metallurgy part manufacturing industry in 2011 was US$2.1 billion.

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products' North Jackson, Ohio, facility now approved for aerospace projects.

SKF has announced a SEK 60 million five-year deal to provide maintenance services for LKAB mines

Elmar Holzmann has been appointed managing director (CFO) of PMG Füssen GmbH, in the role of CFO alongside Roland Reim (managing director, CEO).

Pascal Reymondet to assume position of executive vice president

H.C. Starck has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Ningxia Nonferrous Metals Import and Export Corporation in the United States.

The US Geological Survey reports that US molybdenum production declined by 25% in May 2012.

According to a new report by Merchant Research & Consulting Ltd, Austrailia generates around 30% of world output of titanium mineral concentrates.

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

European speciality chemicals distributor Azelis has announced the sale of its Composites business to VELOX GmbH.

Program is designed to offer export advice while helping finishers and manufacturers expand to new markets.

Ashland Performance Materials will present its proprietary XO tooling concept at the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show in Düsseldorf.

BASF will highlight its continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastics designed for automotive applications at the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show in Düsseldorf.

Second annual event provides a unique opportunity for participants to share perspectives and network with colleagues and other female executives in the man

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

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

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