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Materials news, November 2012

Montreal-based leader in powder coatings reaches agreement to purchase select assets of Erie, Pa.-based Thermoclad Company.

The seventh edition of Brazil's composites, polyurethane and engineering plastics trade show Feiplar Composites & Feipur brought more than 14,500 visitors

The development of materials and processes to enable the use of composites in high volume automotive applications is a big challenge. Some companies are ta

Airbus’ A350 XWB static test airframe has moved into the facility where it will undergo testing to validate the structural design of the aircraft.

H.C. Starck Ceramics recently introduced an electroconductive silicon nitride (Si3N4) compound at the Hybridica 2012 show, which took place from 13-16 Nove

NanoSteel has been named a 2012 GoingGreen Silicon Valley Global 200 winner in the Green Materials and Green Buildings category.

Mark Kamon, senior vice president – commercial specialty alloy operations, plans to retire from Carpenter Technology at the end of the year

SKF has signed contracts with Audi for the delivery of SKF components for use on a range of vehicle models.

GE Aviation has acquired the assets of Morris Technologies and its sister company, Rapid Quality Manufacturing.

Latest offerings from Mott designed to expand end-use applications.

Russian Technologies, a state corporation intended to stimulate the manufacture of commercial and military products, has sold 45.42% shares of the largest

New carbide grades aim to provide a more consistent standard in cutting quality, Ceratizit says.

Aircraft manufacturer Embraer has completed the first shipset in composite material in its Embraer Compósitos factory in Évora, Portugal – a Legacy 500 emp

JEC’s inaugural trade show for the Americas attracted 4159 visitors to Boston on 7-9 November.

The first wing shipment for Bombardier Aerospace's Learjet 85 business aircraft has arrived at the assembly line and is now being readied for joining to th

$30 million, 42,000 sq. meter facility to house a raw material and finished goods warehouse, manufacturing building, and a technology center.

“Agitation-based” washing machine provides environmentally friendly, cost-effective way to clean aircraft wheel bearings and other critical components.

Dormant ACA paint councils reinstated in Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota and Ohio.

Latest cooperative sales and marketing agreement creates opportunity for Integran and Dynatronix to commercialize nanomaterial electroplating processes.

The sail-powered composite boat Vestas Sailrocket 2 has broken the 500 m world speed sailing record.

Prominent zinc plating additives supplier gives ninth-grade students educational tour of its facilities.

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The UK wind and marine industry is at a pivotal point. The potential for growth is immense, but there are many unanswered questions about how that growth c

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RWE Innogy and Essent have inaugurated two Repower 6M wind turbines in the Dutch city of Eemshaven, each with a rated power of 6.15 MW and a hub height of

Royal Engineered Composites has installed a composite machining centre (CMC) built by Flow International Corp.

Renewables developers will benefit from a threefold increase in availability of venture capital for investment in solar, wind biofuels, geothermal and mari

Community wind power operator Juhl Wind has formed a joint venture with Colorado-based 8030 Companies with a view to acquiring operating wind farm assets a

GKN Aerospace and Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company (SAMC) have revised their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and signed further agreements coverin

Precision Castparts has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Titanium Metals Corporation (TIMET) for around US$2.9 billion.

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. (AMG) reported revenue of US$296.9 million in the third quarter of 2012, a 17% decrease from the same period in 2011.

Bodycote revenues climb 2.9% from 1 July to 15 November 2012.

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) has appointed Tim Shinbara, technical director at the Association for Manufacturing Techno

Carpenter Technology Corporation and Sandvik Materials Technology plan to replace their two-year old joint ventures with a new supply agreement.

Kennametal Inc has appointed Cindy L Davis to its board of directors.

Kennametal Inc says has begun to evaluate plans and potential locations for a carbide recycling facility in the United States to serve global markets.

Ceratizit has established a new subsidiary, Wincut Machining Solutions India Private Limited, based in Kolkata, India.

Carbide expert Ceratizit has extended its MaxiMill HFC milling system to include diameters starting from 16 mm.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) has developed an offline programming system for laser material deposition.

Fraunhofer ILT and Concept Laser have developed a laser fusing machine on a large scale for Daimler.

GKN has won an automotive quality prize, this time awarded by Tata Motors to its Indian subsidiary, GKN Sinter Metals Pvt Ltd in Pimpri.

DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar have announced that the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the 630MW London Array located in the Thames Estuary, has produced

PFG Fiber Glass (Kunshan) Co Ltd – PPG Industries' joint venture in Kunshan, China, with Nan Ya Plastics Corp – has started a fourth furnace to serve the e

French wind turbine manufacturer Areva has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Scottish government to build a wind turbine manufacturing pl

In a further step to increase its composites expertise, automotive supplier Faurecia of France has signed a framework agreement with German research instit

Boeing has finished defining in broad terms its newest single-aisle aircraft, the 737 MAX, completing a major milestone in development known as 'Firm Conce

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

The carbon composite air extractor for General Motors' 2012 Chevrolet Camaro® ZL1 sports car has won the Performance & Customisation category in the SPE's

Sika Deutschland GmbH is introducing a three-component foaming epoxy system, Biresin® ER200, to its range of resins for composites.

Mega-manufacturing event pleases show organizers and exhibitors alike.

Hurricane Sandy, which held down industrial production in the Northeast region at the end of October, is estimated to have reduced the rate of change in to

Huntsman's Araldite® 8615 epoxy resin has been used by French tooling specialist Loiretech in the manufacture of prototype lower front panels for the new A

The Advanced Engineering UK 2012 group of events, which included the Composites Engineering Show, attracted a total of 9000 visitors to Birmingham on 7-8 N

The second wing for the first flyable Airbus A350 XWB aircraft (MSN001) has arrived at the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse and the wings are now bein

Allegheny Technologies Inc (ATI) has reported net income for the third quarter 2012 of US$35.3 million, or US$0.32 per share, on sales of US$1.22 billion.

New facility to house finance, human resources, and strategic planning operations.

The Transport Labs department of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH) has been using a Höganäs electric drive system for one of its current

Innovators across the country have been invited to develop ideas aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind power.

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, USA, is using selective laser melting process to create intricate metal parts for the United St

The European Commission (EC) has presented a strategy which aims to help strengthen competitiveness and sustainability of the EU's automotive industry.

GKN Powder Metallurgy plans to establish new manufacturing facility for GKN Sinter Metals in Yizheng, Jiangsu, China.

Molycorp reported revenue of US$205.6 million in the third quarter of 2012, a 49% year-over-year increase.

Roskill Information Services, a UK provider of market research services to the minerals and metals industry, has promoted of Robert Baylis to managing dire

Planned Umicore plant to focus on automotive catalysts used in heavy duty diesel (HDD) vehicles.

Carpenter Technology Corp’s subsidiary, Carpenter Powder Products (CPP), has formed an expanded long-term marketing and supply agreement with strategic cus

Boeing has started producing 787 Dreamliners at a new rate of five aircraft per month.

Newer aircraft programmes like the Boeing B787 and Airbus A380 and A350 XWB, high fleet operating costs and regulatory pressure on aviation-related carbon

Recent softening in manufacturing sector doesn't necessarily translate into long-term stagnation.

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Member companies predict "Slow and steady" movement over the short term.

From January 2013, the SP-High Modulus brand will no longer be used and all of the company’s composite products and services will be marketed globally unde

Lamborghini has introduced an open-top version of the Aventador LP700-4.

Metal finishers and suppliers convene for networking, education and entertainment.

New 6000 ft² facility features the latest equipment for atmospheric plasma cleaning, activation and coating processes.

AGY is introducing a new glass fibre with a tensile modulus of 99 GPa (14,359 ksi) – a level it says has not previously been seen in commercial glass fibre

Reichhold Inc has announced a price increase for all unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and flame retardant resins sold in North America for

The global energy map is changing “in dramatic fashion”, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today, as it launched the 2012 edition of its World Ene

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

Product Manager for REM Surface Engineering recognized for his dedication and service to the industry.

Building on their expertise in the sports and motorsports sector, Renault and Caterham Group are joining forces to develop future sports vehicles.

To broaden its product offering, Premier Composite Technologies (PCT), a Dubai-based supplier of composite components for the architectural market, has lau

Special electrically conductive coating provides protection for Mars Curiosity Rover.

The 2013 SRT Viper® supercar from Chrysler Group LLC’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand has been named the 2012 Vehicle Engineering Team Award winn

Northrop Grumman Corporation has entered a long-term agreement with Terma AS of Denmark to manufacture component parts for the international F-35 Lightning

Dave Lurie, previously 'co-executive director,' assumes full-time role at PCI.

Leading supplier of surface treatment solutions and high-quality finishing tools reaches significant milestone.

Antares III, a 30 m composite sloop, was named Best Sailing Superyacht in the 24-40 m category at the International Superyacht Society Awards held during t

Kennametal has developed the Mill 1-7 line, part of its Mill 1 platform for finishing in small diameter milling.

Kennametal has developed the KSRM line of cutters, specifically engineered for titanium and stainless steel applications.

Sandvik Coromant has developed CoroDrill 460–XM, a multi-application, high-performance drill that can be used across a wide range of materials.

The Linde Group says that performance has remained steady in the nine months ended 30 September 2012, with group revenue and operating profit both increasi

Alloy Steel International Inc says that it has experienced record sales growth of around US$29 million for the financial year ended 30 September 2012.

The UK Technology Strategy Board, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the Economic a

GKN Sinter Metals has created a new video clip, now available on its website.

GKN Sinter Metals is one of 16 companies selected by the Schaeffler Group from over 1,250 suppliers to receive the coveted honor.

Renishaw will be showing a range of engineering technologies at the Southern Manufacturing 2013 event, which takes place in Farnborough, UK from 13–14 Febr

The deadline for of abstracts for PowderMet2013 in Chicago has been extended to Monday, 19 November, due to Hurricane Sandy.

In Höganäs’ interim report it says that Q3 net sales were MSEK 1,602 (1,810), down 11% year on year.

XG Sciences, Inc, a supplier of graphene nanoplatelets, has launched a joint programme with US-based Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a tit

The EPMA has announced the Euro PM2013 call for papers now open.

Aerostructures supplier Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc reports a net loss of $134 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $67 mil

DSM and Fiberline Composites have collaborated in producing a life cycle assessment (LCA) which demonstrates that the eco-footprint of windows made from pu

Renewable energy makes sense on cost, security, and environmental grounds, says group

The frame for UBC GmbH's new urban bike, the coren®, is made from Umeco carbon fibre/epoxy prepregs.

Rick Rauppius, 21-year industry veteran, named international product manager.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) have signed a Lett

Ashland Performance Materials has announced a North American price increase for its epoxy vinyl ester resins, unsaturated polyester resins, gel-coats and a

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website during the month of October 2012.

Most gains seen in professional and business services, health care, and retail trade; manufacturing holds steady.

Amber Composites has announced that its prepreg has been specified for a new automotive programme for a "major European OEM."

Speciality chemicals company Momentive has opened a new global research and development centre and business headquarters for the India, Middle East and Afr

SUNdy - with a hexagonal array that floats on the sea surface - was officially launched during the Singapore International Energy Week.

The company says it is holding talks with various parties interested in buying Siemens solar PV assets, but will continue to offer products for solar therm

Housing development company Larkfleet Homes has constructed a Startlink test house, constructed using pultruded composite profiles, alongside its headquart

Ashland Performance Materials has announced that it will commence production of its Maxguard™ premium gel-coats in Brazil to meet demand from the boat buil

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