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Materials news, November 2013

Core materials from DIAB Group have been used by shipbuilder South Coast Marine in the Nordhavn mega yacht.

University of Toronto researchers have developed a variety of iron-based catalysts necessary to produce compounds used in the drug and perfume industry.

Italian company Xenia has provided Austrain ski boot manufacturer Atomic with a new material capable of improving the performance of its boots.

Global use of molybdenum in the second quarter of 2013 was 127.3 million lb, up 4% from 122.6 million lb in the previous quarter, according to figures rele

Atlas Material Testing Technology is exhibiting a range of instruments designed to test the weathering of rotor blade coatings at the Wind Turbine Blade Ma

LPW Technology, a supplier of PM for additive manufacturing (AM) applications, has acquired a Freeman Technology rheometer to research new powders and impr

US company PlastiComp, Inc. has developed the new long fibre reinforced polyamide composite pellets (LFT-PA composites).

Plansee has set up a refractory metal production plant near Shanghai.

SGL Group - The Carbon Company – and the Gruschwitz Group have signed a cooperation agreement to develop and market high-performance carbon fibre yarns.

Canadian Graphite producer Lomiko Metals and Graphene Laboratories Inc formed Graphene 3D Labs Inc to focus on the development of high-performance graphene

Dr. Lu Lu will lead the development of innovative products, including precious metal powders and flakes.

GM approvals cover select clearcoats by PPG Industries' automotive refinish business for warranty repairs on its vehicles.

The Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. (FIBRE) has developed a cost-effective and efficient process to manufacture lightweight aerospace components that use a conti

The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) and the Tungsten Industry Conflict Minerals Council (TI-CMC) have announced a joint programme to make it easie

Ahlstrom's Aceblade™ unidirectional glass fibre reinforcement is said to offer superior fatigue resistance and enhanced mechanical properties in composite

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has elected Richard Pfingstler, CEO, Atlas Pressed Metals, as its new president, succeeding Matthew Bulger, N

With growing incentives announced by various governments and larger end-user awareness, the small-wind power market is expected to increase significantly,

Move will support global branding strategy while enhancing product development and sustainable solutions.

RWE Innogy has stopped development on the Atlantic Array offshore wind project in the United Kingdom due to technical challenges making the project unecono

Injection moulding specialist Egide UK has been acquired by its management team from its parent company Egide SA.

Gurit has opened a new manufacturing company in Hungary.

A team in the US is asking for investment in a small 3D printer that makes components from precious metal clay.

VOC emissions can be reduced, safety enhanced, and the benefits of LEAN manufacturing achieved by better managing solvent usage, reports Kimberly-Clark Pro

VOC emissions can be reduced, safety enhanced, and the benefits of LEAN manufacturing achieved by better managing solvent usage, reports Kimberly-Clark Pro

Alcoa, a leading supplier of aluminium powder, has set its business targets for 2016, with plans to grow its value-add businesses and lower the cost struct

The new Airbus A400M military transport aircraft features composite fuselage ice protection plates made with glass fabric-based Fortron polyphenylene sulfi

Purchase of aerospace turbine component producer expands Chromalloy's support in the new engine supply chain.

Ferro Corporation has sold its precious metals-based powders and flakes product lines in North America and Asia to Ames Advanced Materials Corporation, a s

Raw materials distribution and sales company VELOX GmbH has entered a strategic partnership with Umicore.

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Gains in home electronics, appliances and miscellaneous goods were offset by a decrease in the index for automotive products,

New facility boasts world's largest wind turbine drivetrain testing capabilities.

TenCate Advanced Composites supplied materials for NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter, which is currently on its way to Mars.

Sigma Labs Inc has extended its contract with Honeywell Aerospace to further demonstrate the capabilities of its PrintRite3D technology to make additive ma

AniForm Engineering has become a Tier 2 member of the Thermoplastic Composites Research Center (TPRC) consortium.

The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology has published its schedule of short courses for 2014.

Molded Fiber Glass Industries (MFG), has introduced a new proprietary sheet moulding compound (SMC) material with non-flammable properties.

Five member companies of AVK have been awarded the new quality seal for manufacturing composite components using the hand lay-up and spray-up techniques –

Alstom has completed the installation of its offshore wind turbine, the 6 MW Haliade 150, the largest offshore wind turbine ever installed in sea waters.

Renishaw is collaborating with WEAF (West of England Aerospace Forum), to hold an Additive Manufacturing Focus Day at its headquarters in Gloucestershire,

SGL Group has started production of stretch-broken carbon fibre yarn at its facility in Muir of Ord, Scotland.

Following the success of two previous two short courses on sintering in 2012 and 2013, the EPMA plans to organise a short course on hard materials to be he

Aluminium producer UC RUSAL has announced plans to invest €4 million in modernize its SUAL powder metallurgy plant in Shelekhov, Russia.

Boeing officially launched its 777X programme at the 2013 Dubai Airshow this week. Described as the largest, most-efficient twin-engine jet in the world, t

The offshore wind energy sector needs up to €123 billion in investment between now and 2020 if it is to meet its target of 40 GW of installed capacity, say

Suzlon Group is introducing its new offshore turbine, the Repower 6.2M152, at EWEA OFFSHORE 2013.

Industrial laminate specialist Attwater has found a new use for peel ply to facilitate easier bonding with phenolic cotton laminates.

Hard material specialist Ceratizit has put in place a sustainable growth strategy, focusing on expanding the company’s global presence, better accommodatin

Offshore wind energy is a “no-regrets” option for green growth, job creation and decarbonisation, ministers and delegates heard at EWEA Offshore2013 in Fra

Composites Evolution has developed new Ecopreg PFA biocomposite prepregs.

Representatives from MacDermid discussed emerging alternatives to cadmium and nickel plating.

Electropolishing specialist unveils advanced processing production facility.

rapid prototype + manufacturing (rp+m) says it can now 3D print metal prototypes and end parts, using an EOSINT M 280 direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) s

QuakeWrap, Inc., an Arizona Corporation, has just completed a project to reinforce the United Nations building in Beirut, Lebanon against blast loads.

How can using a gearbox lubrication solution improve wind turbine availability?

RaceWare Direct, a start-up company, has leveraged additive manufacturing technology to build their business.

Sumitomo Electric Industries has announced the start of tungsten refining and scrap recycling operations in the United States.

Sino Composite has become a shareholder in French company MARICELL and is now the exclusive distributor of MYCELL structural foam in China.

Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) has completed its acquisition of Fiberweb plc, a global developer and manufacturer of specialty nonwoven products and materials f

The 2014 Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference, which takes place in Tucson, Ohio from 6-10 April, will include a full metals theme for the

METYX Composites has acquired the North American Bus Industries’ (NABI) former production facilities in Kaposvar, Hungary.

Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed a short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and

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Teijin Aramid has introduced Twaron Unidirectional Laminate UD22 for anti-ballistic vests, which offers enhanced protection, low weight and well-balanced p

Dr. Fred Allen brings extensive coating experience to Axalta's powder coatings business.

BlueFire Equipment Corporation has completed production of a range of custom designed tungsten carbide polycrystalline diamond cutter (PDC) drill bits.

Zoltek Automotive, Krauss Maffei and other industrial partners have demonstrated a new carbon fibre automotive body panel system - Surface RTM. - for the m

Minnesota Power’s Bison wind energy centre near New Salem, North Dakota, was voted the best wind project of the year at the 2013 POWER-GEN International Co

Optomec has launched the Aerosol Jet 200 benchtop, suitable for research applications, such as prototyping small electronic devices, or developing and cert

Boeing and composite materials supplier Hexcel have completed a $17 million expansion of their joint venture Aerospace Composites Malaysia Sdn Bhd (ACM).

GE researchers have introduced a process called “cold spray,” in which metal powders are sprayed at high velocities to build a part or add material to repa

Spatial Composite Solutions has manufactured the first Airbus A380 door training device to be built outside Europe, which is constructed of carbon fibre re

A study conducted by scientists at the University of Exeter in the UK suggests that high levels of tungsten in the body could double the risk of suffering

GE has joined the National Composites Centre in the UK, giving its aviation businesses access to this hub for innovation in composites design and manufactu

Goal of audit is to optimize performance of organic solderability preservatives, or OSPs

French textiles group Chomarat has opened a new plant in South Carolina to produce carbon fibre multiaxial fabrics for the composites industry.

The International Zinc Association (IZA) has appointed Mark Edwards, vice president of community and government relations for Teck Resources Ltd as the new

Sandvik Coromant has appointed Eduardo Martin as president of Market Area Americas (MAA), which includes Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico and the U

Solid Concepts has made the world’s first 3D printed metal gun using a laser sintering process.

Aluminium specialist Alcoa and Russia’s VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, the world's largest manufacturer of titanium ingots and forged products, have formed a jo

Gamesa reported €31 million euro in net profit in the first nine months of 2013, contrasting with a loss of €67 million in the same period last year.

Meeting showcases new innovations to Dörken MKS Systems customers

According to a new market research report, the additive manufacturing (AM) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.5% from 2012 to 2017 to reach US$3,47

AMT II Corporation and Adherent Technologies, Inc. (ATI) have agreed in principle to collaborate to bring Adherent's recycling of carbon fibre waste and re

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has published a new range of reference books for use in the industrial process heating industry.

SKF has extended its Energy Efficient (E2) deep groove ball bearings to target larger electric motors up to 350 kW (500 hp).

Autodesk has announced its intention to acquire Delcam, one of the world’s leading suppliers of advanced software for manufacturing industry, including the

OSHA seeks to amend its current recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information employers are

Distinguished scientist has made significant contributions to the paint and coatings industry over the course of his 32-year career.

Improvements to Electrex site includes updated look, new galleries and ordering information.

JETCAM International s.a.r.l. is showcasing a range of new and updated products at the Advanced Engineering Show, held at the N.E.C., Birmingham, UK from 1

Medical manufacturer Phillips-Medisize Corporation has completed a large expansion of its metal injection moulding (MIM) plant on the company’s Menomonie,

BASF is building a new electronic materials research and development (R&D) centre in partnership with Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Suwon, South Korea.

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Registration for MIM2014 is now open, with savings for those registering before 24 January.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG has equipped its new development centre with RTM system technology from Dieffenbacher and KraussMaffei.

Molycorp has reported consolidated net revenues of US$149.1 million, a 9% increase over the second quarter of 2013.

Interplastic Corp's ECO series resins are designed for lining underground pipes and contain no styrene, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or hazardous air

Portfolio now includes blended alloy ingots, in addition to cast parts, engineering services and part repairs.

GKN Sinter Metals has received four Supplier Quality Excellence awards from General Motors (GM).

AGY has announced the sale of the Huntingdon business unit to Stonewood Capital Management, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based private equity group.

SRP Electronica Group has set up a 10 tonne-a-year tungsten powder plant near Nashik, Western India, according to reports.

Sigmatex, a producer of carbon fibre fabrics, has become a member of the National Composites Centre, a hub for innovation in composites design and manufact

Carpenter has reported net income of $US34.6 million for the quarter ended 30 September 2013 compared to $US39.2 million in Q1 2012.

SKF plans to start delivery of wheel hub bearing units (HBU) and MacPherson suspension bearing units (MSBU) for the newly launched Volvo S60L car model whi

Scott Bader is highlighting its ultra-low styrene gel-coat and giving a presentation on its Crestapol resin technology at the Composites Engineering Show i

Commercial materials testing laboratory NSL Analytical Services has chosen Malvern Instrument’s Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction particle size analyser t

Three of Metaldyne’s global operating plants have received customer awards for quality excellence, including two Supplier Quality Excellence Awards from Ge

Kennametal has completed its transaction to acquire the tungsten materials business from Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) for US$605 million.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh and The Indian Institute of Engineers (India) has awarded Dr Ravi Bollina with the Young Engineer of the Year 2013 award f

Royal DSM has reported a third quarter EBITDA of €342 million compared to €270 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Composite materials supplier Gurit will distribute Italian company Maricell's PVC foam core material from January 2014.

Cytec Industrial Materials is highlighting a number of new products at the forthcoming Composites Engineering Show in Birmingham, UK.

More than 40 megawatts of cleaner energy capacity to be installed at Chelveston Wind Farm and Burton Wold Wind Farm Extension in Central England

GKN Aerospace has received its second award for the Airbus A350 XWB rear wing spar design.

Vestas R&D UK managing director Rob Sauven has left the company.

MetalForming magazine, the publication of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), will run a webinar on 12 December covering 3D printing with metals.

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works has launched the US Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer. The ship features a composite superstructure.

Appointments range from technical sales representatives to business development personnel.

Collaboriate effort sponsored by Owens Community College and Finishing Brands.

GE's 3.2-103 Brilliant wind turbine, designed for the UK, Ireland and Turkey, is said to produce a 5% increase in energy output compared to its current mod

Transaction represents the first add-on acquisition The Crown Group has completed under ownership of High Road Capital Partners.

Sandvik Coromant has made some changes to its deep hole machining range.

AOC LLC has made improvements to its Firepel® K120-MTA high performance resin system which is designed for mass transit applications.

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Largest output gains seen in motor vehicles, machinery.

Project showcases Ace Metal Finishing's expanding capabilities.

Lineo has developed FlaxTape, a range of unidirectional flax fibre tapes for composite applications in the transportation, energy and sports sectors.

Teijin Aramid is introducing Twaron PVB prepreg, based on Twaron aramid fibre fabric and a specially designed PVB thermoplastic resin, for ballistic protec

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