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Materials news, September 2013

A white paper from CompuDAS provides guidance for manufacturers of composite materials on upgrading autoclave and oven control systems.

Michelman, a manufacturer of sizings for glass and carbon fibre, has opened its new European Technical Center in Windhof, Luxembourg.

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

Vestas Wind Systems and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have agreed to form a joint venture (JV) dedicated to offshore wind energy.

Carbon fibre manufacturer Toray Industries Inc of Japan says it has agreed to purchase all outstanding shares in Zoltek Companies Inc, a manufacturer of la

Umicore’s technical materials business line BrazeTec has launched BlueBraze, a brazing alloy, with a 10% lower proportion of silver compared to similar pro

TeXtreme spread tow carbon fibre reinforcements from Oxeon have contributed to the dramatic America's Cup win of the Oracle Team USA.

Sandvik has acquired a remaining 51% of shares in Precorp Inc, a manufacturer of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) and carbide tools including drills, reamers,

Brazilian company Fibermaq has developed an accessory for the manufacture of large pieces.

US Liner Company has released a new video showcasing the company’s Integral Wall Liners.

The new center, Pavco's third major capital improvement in 30 months, is dedicated to improving its technical department operations.

NASA has selected six US companies to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification.

AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals is increasing the prices of its ketone peroxides in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.

Wind turbine blade supplier LM Wind Power has confirmed its intention to establish manufacturing of blades in South Africa.

Höganäs has opened a new production plant and application testing centre for brazing powder.

Aim is to provide additional product offerings to those customers seeking both electrocoat and powder coat, MetoKote says.

Prestigious honor recognizes Coventya's ENOVA electroless nickel technology for plating on hard discs.

New manufacturing facilities in Chengdu will support growth of AkzoNobel's powder coatings and decorative paints businesses.

Prepared by GL Garrad Hassan on behalf of Scottish Enterprise and The Crown Estate, this publication aims to outline the scale and nature of the opportunit

The Boeing 787-9, the second member of the Dreamliner family, has completed its first flight.

Bombardier Aerospace’s new composite wing manufacturing and assembly facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, employed Virtek LaserEdge projection systems to

BMW has announced the start of series production of the BMW i3 urban vehicle, which features a passenger cell made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CF

TÜV NORD and OutSmart have formed a strategic partnership to strengthen their international presence in the energy market and to offer more services in the

Toshiba has made its first steps into the wind power generation business by acquiring Sigma Power Janex Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Kyushu-based Janex Co Ltd w

Four German composites associations have announced the foundation of a joint umbrella trade association called Composites Germany.

In its notice suspending the revision, the National Development and Reform Commission cited the importance of gold plating materials in a wide variety of h

COMPOSITES EUROPE 2013 attracted 9171 visitors to Stuttgart on 17-19 September, up 30% on the previous show held in Stuttgart in 2011.

ASTM International has released a new standard that covers a material used to make parts for the aerospace and medical components industries through the ad

Engineers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are researching combining additive manufacturing (AM) with more conventional approaches, to crea

Jim Adams has been promoted to vice president, technical services, for the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF).

H Intressenter controls approximately 96.1% of the shares and approximately 97.6% of the votes in Höganäs, the companies say. The final price of the offer

The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded two grants totalling US$7.4 million to help improve meas

SKF and Linde have been named as two of the world’s most sustainable companies by both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) and the Dow Jones Su

Atomising Systems Ltd (Sheffield) and Perdac Ltd are again running their two-day advanced course on metal powders manufacture by atomizers.

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Processes reliably produce uniform and smooth satin bright to full matte finishes on a diversity of automotive parts, Enthone says.

Toho Tenax Europe GmbH has won the AVK Innovation Award in the category of Innovative Products for its newly developed high-efficiency production technolog

GKN Aerospace has installed an infra-red heating system from Heraeus Noblelight to help ensure the quality of composite aerospace structures manufactured a

This white paper from Kimberly-Clark looks at how organisations can adopt ‘Lean’ systems to get to grips with the problem of Volatile Organic Compounds (VO

N117/2400 turbine provides a container terminal with up to 8.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year -- the equivalent to the annual energy needs

Bombardier Aerospace has successfully flown its CSeries aircraft for the first time. The CSeries, which is designed for the 100- to 149-seat market segment

A new report suggests that the global 3D printer market will grow at a CAGR of 16.3% from 2012 to 2016.

WESTEC 2013, which takes place in Los Angeles, Calif., from October 15–17, will feature a series of additive manufacturing resources for manufacturers, inc

TenCate Advanced Composites and Kringlan Composites AG of Otelfingen, Switzerland have signed a cooperation agreement (MoU) to develop solutions for part m

AOC, LLC is to increase prices for all products sold in Europe by €80-100 per metric ton.

ASIMCO Shuanghuan and NRP Powder Metallurgical Manufacturing (Yizheng) Co Ltd have created a new joint venture (JV), Yizheng NPR ASIMCO Power Metallurgical

Gamesa has signed an agreement to supply of 20 MW of its new G114-2.0 MW turbines, which are designed to yield more power at lower cost at medium and low-w

Sessions to cover a host of topics, including: pretreatment, alkaline zinc plating, chromate conversion coatings & passivates, principles & practices of wa

Kennametal Inc is to acquire the tungsten materials business of Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) for US$605 million.

EPA Administrator aims to address chemical safety, particularly in emergencies, while seeking to improve infrastructure of how agency regulates chemicals.

Deal designed to better position Huntsman Corp. to serve customers through a broader product range, including color pigments, functional additives and spec

Event set for Oct. 1-3 at the Hyatt Olive 8 in Seattle, Wash.

Sigmatex, a UK headquartered converter of carbon fibre, has created the Sigmatex Technical Excellence Centre (SigmaTEC) to meet growing demand for engineer

Malvern Instruments has developed software updates and a new laser diffraction particle sizing system, the Mastersizer 3000E.

According to a new report, the 3D printing for medical applications market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.4% from 2013 to 2019.

Mats Backman, currently vice president finance, IT and business development for Sandvik Machining Solutions, has been appointed CFO and executive vice pres

Optomec, a supplier of additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and printed electronics, reported record order levels for both its LENS 3D pri

Greg Elfering, vice president of sales, 3D Systems, plans to discuss AM’s opportunities and challenges for the automotive aftermarket at the Conference of

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced that online registration is now available for its 2014 Education & Training Conference, which w

The Metallum Congressos says that the Ninth International Latin American Conference on Powder Technology, PTECH 2013, will be held from 27 - 29 October in

Kennametal has developed NOVO, a “Digital Intelligence” program which helps users plan processes more efficiently.

Adhesive bonding of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) requires thorough cleaning of CFRP surfaces prior to bonding. Researchers at the University of B

Rebound in automotive parts output boosts industrial production by 0.4 percent.

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

Technology allows very accurate and fast simulations of the E-coating process, Elsyca states.

With wind energy capacity growing at a rapid pace, the value of the operations and maintenance (O&M) market is expected to increase from US$3 billion in 20

PlastiComp Inc has installed and commissioned a patent-pending manufacturing line for extruding long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) pipes, beams and other struc

DSM Composite Resins has increased prices for its complete portfolio of Unsaturated Polyester/Vinyl ester resins sold in Europe, Middle East and India.

Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre and Exote Ltd have developed a new hard metal which could be used to replace tungsten carbide (WC).

DSM is launching a range of thermoplastic composites, based on polyamide resins with various fibre reinforcements, which is initially aimed at the automoti

New Queretaro base will support sales and service, as well as manufacturing and process development activities for Walgren's growing customer base in Mexic

SKF is to purchase US-based Kaydon Corporation in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately US$1.25 billion, including US$95 million of net debt.

European companies Evonik Industries and SECAR Technologie have established a joint venture called LiteCon Advanced Composite Products to focus on the mass

AOC LLC has announced an October price increase for all composite products shipped to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Vestas has produced the first prototype 80 m blade for its V164-8.0 MW offshore wind turbine at its R&D centre on the Isle of Wight, UK.

Rip-pro Engineering Oy of Finland has developed both horizontal and vertical mobile filament winding machines.

The H Intressenter consortium has raised its bid for Höganäs for a second time, to 337.50 Swedish crowns ($51) per share, provided that H Intressenter obta

A new additive manufacture (AM) research centre has been built at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

Dynamet Technology has won the International Titanium Association’s (ITA) 2013 Titanium Applications Development Award.

The MPIF has inaugurated its first additive manufacturing (AM) with powder metallurgy conference, to take place at the same time as PM2014 World Congress o

Programme that supports companies working to address supply chain issues related to conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surroun

The deadline for papers and presentations for PM2014 has been extended to 20 September 2013.

Sandvik Coromant has launched a CoroDrill 870 exchangeable tip drill especially designed for stainless steel.

Australian companies RPC Technologies, a manufacturer of composite products, and Aquaterro Advanced Product Supplies, a provider of personal protection equ

Gurit will showcase composite components used in the new London bus during the China Composites Expo trade show in Beijing this week.

US-headquartered TPI Composites has announced that it will be starting composite wind turbine blade tooling production at its facility in Taicang Port, Jia

Reichhold has announced an October price increase in Europe on all unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and ancillary products.

Reed Elsevier has announced the winners of the 2013 Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge, which supports innovative solutions to improve sustainable acces

Reed Elsevier has announced the winners of the 2013 Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge, which supports innovative solutions to improve sustainable acces

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

More than 160 exhibiting companies signed on to promote their products, services, innovative ideas and equipment to finishers interested in all finishing t

A new collaborative research agreement between Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc and the Fraunhofer Project Center for Composites Research at Western Unive

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has announced the closure of its composites centre in Gulfport, Mississippi, following the US Navy's declining use of c

Siemens has officially opened the Anholt offshore wind power plant, Denmark’s largest wind power project, with a total electrical generating capacity of 40

AOC LLC has announced an October price increase in the US and Canada for all resin and gel-coat products.

Event, which is scheduled to take place 17-18 of September in San Jose, Calif., will cover additive manufacturing technologies.

The Department of Justice, in a Sept. 3 filing on EPA's behalf, calls the panel's July 8 ruling a "flawed interpretation" of the air law's prevention of si

Reinforced Plastics asked a selection of COMPOSITES EUROPE exhibitors what they see as the key issues facing the composites industry today, and how they ar

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

Bombardier Aerospace's first CSeries aircraft – Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) – has obtained Transport Canada’s flight test permit, clearing the way for its

The world is going through a low carbon revolution and the potential for composites to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is clear. But the difficulty of recy

Working with Boeing and the University of Washington in Seattle, OceanGate Inc has completed the initial carbon fibre composite hull design and feasibility

Review will allow states to reconcile regulatory standards with the new technologies.

Conference officials state location and new facilities as some of the reasons for selecting the venue

Lineup to include Renishaw's AM250 machine, part of the company's additive manufacturing equipment offering

Range to include powder metallurgy products that can work with materials such as plastics.

Höganäs has installed new combined vacuum sintering and low pressure carburising (LPC) furnace technology at its power of powder (PoP) Centre in Sweden.

The Schunk Group, a manufacturer of sintered metal parts, celebrates its 100 year anniversary

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) has sent out a second call for R&D projects from NAMII members.

SKF’s Dalian, China factory, which makes medium-size bearings, has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.

Arcam has received an EBM system order from an institute in Asia. The system will be used for aerospace components.

According to the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), 62 countries now have biofuels friendly policies in place, by which ethanol production alone has r

The new COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show app for smartphones and tablet PCs offers a host of information, including hall plans, exhibitors list, and the suppor

Bayer MaterialScience has developed reinforced polycarbonates for the manufacture of thin, lightweight and durable laptop housings.

At a recent conference in the UK, Steve Austen from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) talked about the charity's new Shannon Class composite l

Turbine manufacturer Nordex has more than doubled its sales volume in Germany, installing wind farms with a combined capacity of 109 MW n the first half of

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Finisher expected to create no fewer than 13 full-time jobs and retain no fewer than six full-time jobs within two years of completing its expansion and re

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