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Materials news, October 2013

Polish composites manufacturer Markos has completed a new production facility.

Deal calls for BASF to provide all of the paints for the recently launched production of the Sprinter Classic van.

Gurit achieved net sales of CHF 205.7 million during the first nine months of 2013.

Axis Composites has opened a new 3D weaving capability at its Advanced Engineering and Composites Centre in Northern Ireland.

Participants engage in thought leadership and knowledge-sharing.

US thermoplastics manufacturer RheTech Inc. has formed a strategic alliance with Eco Bio Plastics Midland, Inc. (EBPM) to use EBPM’s patent-protected techn

US demand for fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composites is forecast to climb 4.7% annually to 4.3 billion pounds (1.95 billion kg) in 2017, valued at nearl

GKN says it had sales of £1,865 million, a 16% increase over the comparable period in 2012, including 6% organic growth, in its interim management report c

The headquarters of SAERTEX now has a Germanischer Lloyd (GL) accredited non-metallic test laboratory.

A late call for papers has been issues for the 2014 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials which takes place from 18-22 May, 2014 in O

Umicore says that its revenues were stable compared to the same period in 2012, with revenue growth in catalysis, energy materials and performance material

IDTechEx has produced a report covering the 3D printing materials market from 2014 to 2025.

Graphite Additive Manufacturing, a supplier of 3D printed parts produced in high performance materials for the the most demanding applications in motorspor

The 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Industrial Applications Summit 2013 will take place in London, from 19-20 November.

US company PlastiComp Inc has entered a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Mayo Clinic.

The US Department of Energy has funded research to develop an additive manufacturing technique for fabricating 3D nanoscale structures from a variety of ma

Arcam has received three separate EBM system orders from three clients in Asia.

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

Kennametal Inc has reported Q1 2014 sales of US$620 million, compared with US$629 million in the same quarter last year.

Renishaw plans to exhibit a range of its additive manufacturing (AM) products at EuroMold 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany, from 3– 6 December.

In recent tests by EADS’ research and technology organisation Innovation Works (IW), EOS’s direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) process was tested with posi

The Verder Group has acquired Gero Hochtemperaturöfen GmbH & Co KG, a manufacturer of vacuum furnaces up to 3,000 °C.

Chromaflo Technologies has launched a number of pigment past lines and chemical thickener line for thermoset plastics.

The solar system is expected to generate around 3.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year for one of Owens Corning’s facilities in New York.

Gurit's PN901 High Tg Prepreg is a cyanate ester prepreg, which is claimed to be ideal for components exposed to high temperatures for short durations.

GKN Sinter Metals in Bruneck, Italy, has received the Investment Award at South Tyrol's 2013 Economy Awards.

Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems' King Cobra composite waterslide recently won awards from a European amusement park magazine and the Turkish composites a

Volvo Car Group has developed lightweight structural energy storage components that could improve the energy usage of future electrified vehicles.

Award recognizes the overall impact a product has in terms of customer value.

According to the World Energy Council’s latest energy efficiency study, there has been a general slowdown in energy efficiency improvements.

Kaman Composites, a subsidiary of Kaman Aerosystems, has provided a number of components for the recently introduced Textron AirLand Scorpion prototype air

Advanced composites company Hexcel reports sales of US$412.3 million for the third quarter of 2013, up 5.3% on the same quarter of 2012, driven by its comm

Arcam’s Q3 financial report shows that sales increased by 61% to SEK40.4 million in 2013, compared to SEK25.1 million for the same period of 2012.

'MagnaForce' purported to be 16.5% stronger than the industry standard, Alcoa's 6061 alloy.

Carpenter Technology plans to build its new superalloy powder operation in Alabama, near the company’s US$518 million product manufacturing plant.

Solvay Specialty Polymers has reached an agreement to acquire a financial interest in Aonix Advanced Materials, based in Ottawa, Canada, a leading develope

Scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have 3D printed a bespoke set of titanium shoes for a Melbourne ra

The EPMA has confirmed that the Euro PM2014 International Conference and Exhibition will be held from 21–24 September 2014 in Salzburg, Austria.

Sandvik Coromant has developed its exchangeable-head (EH) system to include a wide assortment of solid carbide heads, indexable milling cutters, boring hea

Swedish company United Initiators is to increase prices for ketone peroxides produced in Europe.

Researchers at Ohio State and Penn State Universities are building a database of new titanium alloys for medical implants.

Lower nickel prices impact Eramet financials.

The third quarter has shown itself to be the most active period for mergers and acquisitions in 2013. Mark Humphries of Catalyst Corporate Finance offers h

Imperium Inc.’s ultrasonic imaging device, Acoustocam™, is in the final stages of being included as an inspection option on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

Composites UK has announced the winners of the UK Composite Industry Awards 2013.

Speciality materials company Cytec Industries Inc reports net sales for the third quarter (Q3) of 2013 of US$464 million, up from $455 in Q3 2012, driven b

Purchase will help Protech expand into new markets.

AGC Composites and Aerostructures is to design, develop and manufacture the over wing fairing for the Bell V-280 Valor™, manufactured by Bell Helicopter, a

TenCate Advanced Composites in California, USA has provided SpaceX with a wide range of advanced composite materials that have been used in the Falcon 9 ro

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

Drew M Kelley replaces Norma Caceres at ARC.

Educational session will focus on electroplating technologies for automotive applications.

AIC Group has completed the construction of a $2.7 million hot drape forming machine for a major Chinese aerospace manufacturer based in Shanghai.

Gurit has introduced a structural epoxy prepreg for use in the manufacture of structural automotive parts such as bulkheads and gearbox tunnels.

FMS Corporation, a powder metal supplier specializing in Press and Sinter and micro MIM, is now represented by PM sales specialist TM&S.

Comtree, Inc. tapped to service Kyzen customers throughout Ontario and Western Canada.

CTruk has delivered its 12th 20 tonne multi-purpose composite catamaran, CWind Challenger.

Document covers HC Starck's economic, environmental and social performance.

Gamesa has recently developed its first offshore prototype, with installation by GES, a provider of construction and maintenance services for the wind and

Sereebo carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic from Teijin Ltd has been selected for use in the structural parts of Nikon’s digital SLR camera D5300.

Industry argue that EPA failed to properly plan the new program, its analyses are unfit bases for regulation, and that peer review charge questions fail to

Failed ban would have required manufacturers to use the least toxic alternative when replacing the copper in marine antifouling paint, even though such alt

Glass fibre manufacturer 3B is to increase prices for its direct roving and chopped strand products by 9%, and of its continuous filament mat by 5% for all

In keeping with the recent ­addition of new departments and sections to Metal Powder Report (and metal-powder.net), we have likewise expanded the editorial

RadiciGroup has introduced Radistrong long-fibre reinforced polyamide (PA) 6 and PA 66 products.

"Nickel in Tomorrow's World" examines global trends that will influence demand for this essential metal.

American Graphite Technologies Inc has received final approval from the Science and Technology Centre Ukraine (STCU) for the start-up of its P600 project,

A rocket made with a 3D printed engine has undergone successful test firing.

EOS has introduced EOS NickelAlloy HX, a heat- and corrosion-resistant nickel-chrome-iron-molybdenum alloy which is strong and highly resistance to oxidiza

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) has rebranded itself as America Makes.

Two US companies have developed a metal implant design and manufacturing program called WITHIN Medical, which uses software and additive manufacturing (AM)

Net sales were SEK15,623 million for Q3 2013, compared to SEK15,486 million for the same period in 2012, SKF reports.

The International Molybdenum Associatio (IMOA) has published an updated version of the brochure Application of Molybdenum Metal and its Alloys.

A new standard for lean duplex stainless steels, ASTM A1084, Test Method for Detecting Detrimental Phases in Lean Duplex Austenitic/Ferritic Stainless Stee

Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon Ltd Oy has developed the world’s first production equipment for the use of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) in v

ATW Companies’ subsidiary Parmatech Corporation has appointed Rob Hall as president.

Volkswagen AG is working with Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and other partners to develop a laser process for automated cutting of carbon fibre reinfor

Vestas has received an unconditional order for 108 MW for the Crucea North wind power plant, in the province of Dobrogea, Romania.

Carbon fibre maker Teijin Ltd has launched the Sereebo brand of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics.

Contiguous stamping plant adds 180 jobs to GM’s Arlington manufacturing complex and is one of 10 such operations globally that started production in the la

Cytec Industrial Materials is adding two new products to its rail portfolio that meet the fire requirements of European standard EN 45545-2:2013.

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

Dieffenbacher has acquired the Relay machinery, expertise and intellectual property rights of Fiberforge.

Popular event covers the entire process sequence for coating technologies and provides a comprehensive overview of the latest developments.

Molycorp has elevated Geoff Bedford, the current executive vice president and COO, to the position of president and CEO.

Gurit has launched a new range of composite materials for the automotive industry, which includes a carbon fibre prepreg for cosmetic components.

Finnish wind turbine manufacturer WinWinD filed for bankruptcy on 3 October 2013.

GS Consulting reports that sales of its BioMid™ cellulose fibre have exceeded 1 million lbs (453,600 kg) following its commercial launch around 10 months a

Deal, valued at $1.8 billion, is expected to close by year's end.

Umoe Schat-Harding Equipment AS (USH) has successfully achieved another free fall record for its rapid evacuation ‘free fall’ (FF) class lifeboats, as used

ArcelorMittal and Sider, an Algerian state-owned company, have agreed to invest US$763 million to increase production in a steel complex at Annaba and the

CEOs of 12 national wind energy associations from across Europe recently met in Spain to unite in their call for a binding 2030 renewable energy target...

German companies FRIMO Group GmbH and ESC GmbH & Co. KG have entered a partnership for the development of cost-effective lightweight construction solutions

UK company Matrix Composites has moved premises. The company has purchased an 11,500 square foot warehouse and offices in the St Philips area of Bristol.

A collaborative project LIPA (Lightweight Integrated Process Application) between a number of European companies is now resulting in the series production

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power is ramping up capacity at its US sites, adding more than 850 jobs to support increased volumes from customers

German company BREYER, in collaboration with the Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV) Aachen and Hille Engineering GmbH & Co KG, has developed a gap i

Lupini Targhe, Mexico, and VW, Tennessee, host successful events.

Huber Engineered Materials, a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, is introducing a price increase for its industrial ground calcium carbonate products.

A research team from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated the ability to 3D print

The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is developing a process to extract naturally occurring magnesium from seawater.

The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to exhibit complex 3D-printed parts made of metal that can withstand temperatures at 1000°C.

Chuck Hull, the inventor of 3D printing and founder of 3D Systems, has won the George R Stibitz Computer and Communications Award by Montana State Universi

Maetta Sciences has received FDA clearance for a cobalt chrome orthopaedic implantable device made using its proprietary metal injection moulding MIM techn

Optomec Inc, a manufacturer of laser-based 3D printers for metals, has named Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc (CCAT)’s Advanced Manufacturing

Arcam has received an EBM system order from GKN Aerospace in the UK. The system will be used for aerospace components.

DSM and PlastiComp Inc have signed a partnership agreement to develop bio-based long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composite materials based on EcoPaXX® polyam

Integrated Process II aims to eliminatie the second paint layer, the primer coat, and its baking phase in autobody finishes.

New facility aims to help AkzoNobel customers expedite rollout of new colors and effects.

Anguil Environmental Systems was selected to provide the air pollution control system for the University of Nottingham's new pilot-scale carbon fibre recyc

Toho Tenax supplies carbon fibre material for major primary and secondary composite structures on Bombardier's new CSeries aircraft, which took its maiden

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

Visitors to www.technic.com can now refine their search by entering a product by name, partial name or characteristics.

These are the most downloaded articles from ScienceDirect in the last 90 days for the Elsevier journal Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing

As part of this project, Clariant will build a world scale Pigment PV23 plant in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, PRC.

Following its purchase of Amber Composites, TenCate Advanced Composites has merged a number of composite tooling products into the TenCate AmberTool® prepr

Purchase bolsters Triumph Group’s product capabilities.

CEO to remain in place; operations will continue under the MetoKote brand.

JEC has entered a partnership with exhibition organiser Messe Frankfurt Inc and announced plans to co-locate a new springtime event in the USA in 2014.

Ashland Performance Materials has announced a 14 October price increase in North America for its epoxy vinyl ester resins, unsaturated polyester resins, ge

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

Lorenz Kunststoff GmbH is launching a new bulk moulding compound, BMC 0204, at the K 2013 exhibition.

Scott & Fyfe has launched a new range of multiaxial reinforcement fabrics.

South African distributor AMT Composites has signed an agreement under which it will distribute Oxeon's TeXtreme® spread tow carbon fibre reinforcements in

3A Composites, a division of Schweiter Technologies, has closed the divestment of its non-strategic 100% membership interest in core material kitting busin

Quatro Composites has announced a long-term Memorandum of Agreement with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp which constitutes a multi-year contract for the developm

H Intressenter AB, which holds approximately 96.2% of the shares and 97.6% of the votes in Höganäs AB, has requested compulsory acquisition of the remainin

Competition challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra energy-efficient vehicles.

Facility to support GKN's engine systems business, with additional applications slated for the future.

Carpenter Technology Corporation has reached a multi-level agreement with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) to supply its Pratt & Whitney Division with

Sandvik Coromant has developed a parting off concept for deep grooves and long overhangs.

Dr John van Put, member of the executive board and head of business segment advanced metal and ceramic powders (AMCP), has left H C Starck effective Octobe

Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (HMC), an Airbus joint venture, has started to deliver elevators for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft progra

ROHACELL foam core material from Evonik Industries is being used by Bauer Hockey to provide the power and stability required for ice hockey sticks currentl

Acquisition bolsters Malvern's nanoparticle characterisation capabilities.

This Reinforced Plastics feature discusses a problem which is facing the composites community, that of end-of-life boat disposal.

GE Global Research has convened a panel of experts for a live video chat on the Future of Additive Manufacturing.

Statistics published today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showed that the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sour

This video from Red Bull Racing looks at the manufacturing of carbon fibre composites for the team's 2013 F1 car.

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