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Materials news, April 2013

Bayer will retain its trade name Desmophen® to continue to sell its diverse portfolio of products to the coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers indus

Composite Advantage has introduced a standard line of FiberSPAN™ bridge deck products for use on pedestrian truss bridges.

Hexcel reports net sales for the first quarter of 2013 of US$416.5 million, 4.1% up on the first quarter of 2012. Commercial aerospace and space and defenc

The 579MW Antelope Valley Solar Projects – two projects co-located in Kern and Los Angeles counties in California – is being developed by SunPower and MidA

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2) space craft has completed its first rocket-powered flight. SS2, and its carrier vehicle WhiteKnightTwo (WK2), are cons

From September 2014 they will jointly hold a wind fair in Hamburg once every two years, and in alternate years will also jointly hold Husum Wind.

The annual yield of the alpha ventus offshore wind farm again exceeded expectations in 2012.

Carbon fibre fabrics manufacturer Sigmatex says that following technical collaboration with a major automotive OEM and an automotive Tier 1 supplier, it ha

GKN Sinter Metals has received Bosch’s preferred supplier status for the third consecutive year

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

Metal Powder Report talks to Harbhajan ("Harb") S. Nayar, Ph d about the inspiration behind his nascent Sintering 101 Courses as well as the future of TAT

Producer of PVC liners earns the U.S. Commercial Service's Export Achievement Certificate and the OkDEC Export Champion honors.

Hexcel says its HexMC® carbon fibre/epoxy sheet moulding compound enables complex shapes to be manufactured in series production while providing weight sav

Weighing the potential (and real) impacts of automatic budget cuts on the aerospace industry and the U.S. economy at large.

CCAI FINISHING Pavilion at FABTECH 2013 is the largest show yet.

New business unit specializes in innovative and environmental friendly systems and products based on electro-chemical technologies.

Australian company RPC Technologies, a specialist in the design, engineering and manufacture of composites, has created two new companies in South East Asi

Regal Boats, an Orlando, Florida-based manufacturer of boats in the 19-52 ft range, trialled Owens Corning's OptiSpray roving in its production process and

Artec3D has developed a new hand-held, 3D scanner called Spider that can scan objects with many small details, such as moulds, PCBs, coins and engravings.

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power has implemented Scott Bader’s Crystic Ecogel S1PA ultra-low-styrene-content gel-coat in its plants worldwide

The Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) has renamed its field service organisation Wind Energy Services Company (WES) as MFG Energy Services.

Along with new name—SurTec, Inc—corporate installs new management team.

Arcam is now certified to the Quality Management System Standard, ISO 9001:2008.

Roger Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream engineering, and Chief Material Strategist, MSC Software, discusses how process simulation software and smart material mode

Repairs to composite parts are often time consuming and there is the risk of carbon fibre ground from repair surfaces shorting electrical circuitry. Dark M

Technology designed to increase the life and efficiency of wind turbines.

ITT Exelis has sold its glass fibre reinforced pipe business, Specialty Plastics Inc (FIBERBOND®), to Future Pipe Industries Group of Dubai.

The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy,

Research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that General Electric of the US and Vestas of Denmark were tied for pole position among turbine manufacturer

NDC Infrared Engineering has developed an in-line sampling system for moisture measurements in closed processes.

Tungsten Corp it has acquired options on 100% of the tungsten mineral rights at two mining locations in Nevada and Idaho.

Bodycote Group revenue for the three months ended 31 March 2013 was 3.9% higher than in the same period last year — 2.9% at constant exchange rates.

Malvern Instruments Ltd and NETZSCH Grinding & Dispersing have entered into a cooperative marketing agreement

GKN plc and HUAYU Automotive Systems Co Ltd have expanded their Chinese joint venture, Shanghai GKN Driveshaft Co Ltd (SDS).

Ceratizit has developed CTDIA02, a carbide saw tip with a layer structure that enables it to self-sharpen and ensure high surface quality on the workpiece,

Quantum Composites is introducing AMC-8590-50, a carbon fibre reinforced moulding compound designed for high-volume automotive applications.

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), an organisation that advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing, has announced its 2013-20

BASF has developed Catamold 17-4PH K and Catamold 316L K for MIM.

Arnaud Genis, Owens Corning group president, Composites, believes increased capacity utilisation will start to drive glass fibre prices up over the next ye

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approval the battery system improvements for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

At a press conference in March, Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, reported that several hundred advance orders have been re

New research racility marks milestone for finishing research.

Cytec Industries Inc has announced net earnings for the first quarter of 2013 of US$33.5 million, compared to $53.1 million for the first quarter 2012.

The PMG group is expanding its presence in the US with the building of a second manufacturing facility on its 40-acre campus in Columbus, Indiana.

CDI (Century Design Inc) has installed a CD6105 Combi small prepreg machine at Huntsman's Advanced Technology Center in The Woodlands, Texas, USA.

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

TechniPolymers LLC is a new manufacturer of blended and formulated composite polymer products based in Dalton, Georgia, USA.

Corrosion society recognizes achievements in materials science, research and development, and organizational leadership.

Critics argue against components of the proposed bill that would require local manufacturers to supply regulators with proprietary information pertaining t

Seventeen Boeing partners recognized for exceptional performance.

With the drive towards greater use of composites across a range of sectors, mergers and acquisitions will continue to reach record levels over the next few

PlastiComp Inc has installed a new long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) compounding line which will increase capacity by approximately 5 million lbs per year.

Gurit says the UVOTEC coating technology for its Balsaflex balsa core materials significantly reduces the quantity of resin absorbed during processing, wit

Deal entails the maintenance of four squadrons of Typhoon FGR4 aircraft – one of the world’s fastest fighter jets.

Federal-Mogul’s powertrain segment is exhibit a range of maintenance-reducing technologies at the 2013 BAUMA Trade Fair in Munich, Germany.

Dow Formulated Systems is introducing VORAFORCE TP polyurethane resin for pultrusion of composite parts for construction applications.

Johns Manville (JM) has introduced a new glass fibre for improved performance in structural thermoplastic composites.

Respondents anticipate a decline in business conditions over the short term, PMA survey shows.

The front end carrier of the new Skoda Octavia is made from a 60% glass fibre reinforced polyamide 6 compound supplied by LANXESS.

3B's HiPer-tex™ high performance glass fibre has brought advantages in both strength and weight savings to its Norwegian company Madshus' cross-country ski

US company Eastern BioPlastics LLC (EBP) manufactures and distributes composites reinforced with fibres extracted from the feathers of chickens and other p

Manufacturing, regulations, health care, taxes and spending dominate the agenda.

Mild uptick in production is due primarily to an increase in the output of automotive components.

Hexcel has developed a unidirectional (UD) tape reinforcement called HiTape®, designed for out of autoclave processing of primary aircraft structures and o

BASF has combined its water solutions and oilfield and mining solutions businesses from April 2013.

Engineers at the University of Michigan have developed a process whereby the oxidation of copper nanoparticles can be undone by shining intense white light

MIM specialist Parmatech celebrates its 40th anniversary.

'Tin for Tomorrow' covers the past, present and future prospects of tin.

General Motors CO plans to invest around US$332 million in four manufacturing sites to produce more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions.

Cytec's flame-retarded VTM®264FRB epoxy and MTM®82S phenolic structural resin systems have received Lloyd’s Register Type Approval.

Honor is in recognition of Dow's successful collaborations with the semiconductor assembly and test services company related to photoresist processes and S

Michael A. Wittenhagen brings more than 20 years of powder coating experience.

AGY is expanding its range of sizing systems designed to work with a wide range of polymer chemistries.

ASTM International’s 2013 President’s Leadership Award has been given to John S McCartney, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Bould

As part of its lean manufacturing programme GKN Aerospace's facility at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK, turned to Lectra’s automated cutting equipment to a

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

Increased investment in new high speed rail (HSR) lines is creating growth opportunities for plastics and composites manufacturers, according to a new repo

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a booklet, Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust, that out

ECS Environmental Solutions has supplied an odour control system based on AOC resin for a wastewater project in the city of Austin, Texas.

Wind energy grew 28 percent in America last year, setting a new installation record and confirming its status as a mainstream energy source, according to t

TRB Lightweight Structures has launched a new website to illustrate its experience in producing lightweight composite products.

NCSPA study shows polymer film provides pipelines with “the best performing” corrosion protection

Milad, chairman of the IPC Plating Committee, discusses the group's upcoming work on specifications for nickel silver, palladium on copper and palladium go

Acquisition of semiconductor materials manufacturer further expands Technic’s offering of ultra-pure semiconductor products.

Patents cover 'self-stratifying" coatings that aim to improve economy of application, researchers report.

DSM's Beyone™ 1 infusion resin is styrene-free, cobalt-free and approximately 40% of the raw materials it is manufactured from are based on renewable resou

Deft’s waterborne and chrome-free technologies complement PPG’s existing coatings capabilities.

The market for non-destructive testing (NDT) for composites is set to expand, reports Frost & Sullivan, fuelled by the growing use of composites in various

Nigel Ward named director for promotion and market development.

Supplier to the composites industry AIC has appointed a new agent in Shanghai to meet growing demand for hot drape formers, control systems and support ser

Höganäs reported consolidated net sales of SEK6,712 million for 2012, down 5% year on year.

The University of Connecticut and Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp company, have opened a new additive manufacturing (AM) centre at the Universi

Taseko Mines’ 2013 Q1 production was 23.2 million pounds of copper and 355 thousand pounds of molybdenum (on a 100% basis) at its 75% owned Gibraltar Mine.

The EU has set up a consultation regarding a potential initiative for the responsible sourcing of minerals coming from conflict-affected and high-risk area

The Nickel Institute, in association with the Specialty Stainless Steel Institute of North America (SSINA) and the American Chemistry Council, marks Centen

SKF has launched SKF Insight, wireless technology that can be integrated into SKF bearings.

SKF has opened five new so-called “Solution Factory” facilities, which supply users with knowledge and resources from SKF technology platforms, including b

SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, a division of AMETEK Materials Analysis, has developed new optical emission spectrometry (OES) technology for carbon measur

The MPIF has launched a YouTube channel containing a range of PM videos it has produced in the past.

Luxury boat producer Princess Yachts is reported to have secured £4.6 million of funding from the UK government for a new boatyard in Plymouth.

Suzlon Group’s UK subsidiary, REpower Systems SE, is only the third manufacturer in the UK to achieve the 1 GW watershed.

Intertek in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has been recertified to the ISO 17025 quality standard and has added additional composites tests.

Element Materials Technology has acquired Sherry Laboratories, one of the largest independent materials testing businesses in the US.

CCP Composites is introducing the ENCORE®PRIME range of styrene-free unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins for cured in place pipe (CIPP) and sheet

SECO\WARWICK Europe SA has started manufacturing a large unit for heat treatment of titanium, model 2.0VP-4066/138MHVS, for a major aviation manufacturer i

Dürr Ecoclean says its EcoCSteam steam cleaning system reliably removes both particulate and film-type contamination from parts and surfaces of various mat

Speakers from the Nickel Institute, an ally of NASF, to address issues such as global nickel risks, the workplace and environment.

At an investment of over BRL$60 million, glass fibre reinforcements manufacturer CPIC Brasil Fibras de Vidro Ltda, Brazil, a unit of Chinese company Chongq

Aditya Birla Chemicals Thailand Ltd (Epoxy Division) has developed an epoxy resin infusion system for wind turbine blades.

ASTM International has published ASTM F2989, a new standard that covers unalloyed titanium components used for surgical implants.

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

Mitsubishi Plastics Inc claims that it has succeeded in nearly halving the production costs of its ultra-high modulus pitch-based carbon fibre, which exhib

Purchase designed to strengthen Clariant's portfolio of new materials for the electronics and energy markets.

The prototype of what GE claims is the world’s most efficient high-output wind turbine is now operational at a test site in Wieringermeer in the Netherland

ACA voices concenrns over proposed standards, which include a 3% VOC limit for paint thinners and multipurpose solvents.

Engineering simulation software expert ANSYS Inc has acquired EVEN - Evolutionary Engineering AG, a provider of composite analysis and optimisation technol

IPC, the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, invites industry leaders to submit abstracts for the 2014 IPC APEX EXPO, set to take place March 25

New stand-alone coating resins business will adopt a new brand name in the coming months.

Carbon fibre fabrics supplier Sigmatex has announced what it says is the first in a number of contracts for a significant European marine project.

Reinforced Plastics has introduced a Guest Blog section on its website. Have you got something to say about the composites industry? Let us know.

Coatings specialist brings more than 25 years experience in the surface finishing industry.

Carbon fibre producer The SGL Group is supporting a project to establish a Composite Technology Centre in Singapore.

Höganäs AB has invited shareholders to the Annual General Meeting on 29 April 2013.

The Nickel Institute has published a Stainless Steels in Biofuels report.

Patrick Blain, President of the International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), estimates 2012 world vehicle production reached 84.1 mill

New system designed to achieve greater flexibility in water atomisation line.

ANC now can process over one million pounds of scrap carbide per year, following the addition of new equipment and carbide recycling technology.

Renishaw is expanding its presence in China with the opening of a new liaison office in Wuhan.

SKF’s new bearing factory in Ahmedabad, India, has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by IGBC (India

Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT) at Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland to employ Arcam technology.

Carbon fibre producer Zoltek Companies Inc has announced that it is starting a process to "explore and evaluate strategic alternatives to maximise sharehol

Personnel additions range from sales and technical to adminstratiave/support.

Move follows completion of PPG's acquisition of Akzo Nobel's North American architectural coatings business.

Unidirectional Celstran® CFR-TP continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic tapes supplied by Ticona were chosen to manufacture the sleds being used in the A

PPG Industries has received certification from Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for its HYBON® 2002 XM and HYBON 2026 XM glass fibre roving products.

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

Purchase marks second-largest in PPG's history.

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the prices of its complete portfolio of epoxy vinyl ester resins in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation has developed VICTREX® PEEK thermoplastic composite brackets for use in aircraft applications.

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