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Materials news, December 2013

Top 5 news stories of 2013

We round up the most popular news stories of 2013.

The top 5 Reinforced Plastics news stories of 2013

The following five news articles published in 2013 were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website during the year.

China XD Plastics Company Ltd has started construction of a 300,000 tonne polymer composites production and R&D project in Southwest China.

The European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) has published the programme for its conference taking place on 6-7 March 2014 in Portugal.

SGL Group has announced the sale of SGL Rotec GmbH & Co KG, a manufacturer of composite blades for wind turbines.

Reinforced Plastics would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The Reinforced Plastics office will close on 24 December 201

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

The programme for the MPIF’s Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy conference is now online.

Arkema plans to divest its two South African subsidiaries, Arkema Resins Proprietary Limited and Harveys Composites Proprietary Limited to South African co

For the past few years, investors, owners, and consultants in the US wind industry have been challenged by well-documented cases of wind project under-perf

Umicore has acquired Palm Commodities International, a manufacturer and distributor of materials to the surface treatment industry in North America.

Exelis has been selected by Boeing to produce composite airframe substructures for the 787 Dreamliner. Work will begin immediately at the Exelis composite

GE has announced the eight winners of its "3D Printing Design Quest", requesting new designs of jet engine loading brackets using 3D printing.

SKF has been awarded the Tesla Motors Excellent Quality award which is given to the top three in the areas of quality, delivery, and customer service.

TPI Composites, Inc. is re-opening its plant in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to provide blades to the North American wind market.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Materials Research Exchange, an exhibition of outstanding materials research from UK universities and research organi

A pedestrian lifting bridge based on two 30 m long composite decks has just been opened over Rhyl Harbour in North Wales. Lightweight composite decks offer

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Blade Dynamics has concluded the design phase of its ‘Very Long Blade Project’ for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and confirmed that the prototypi

Scientists at CSIRO have worked with horse podiatrists to create a 3D printed titanium horseshoe which can support a lame foot and encourage it to heal.

The March/April issue of Reinforced Plastics will contain a preview of the JEC Europe 2014 exhibition, which takes place in Paris on 11-13 March.

Zoltek Companies Inc. has reported financial results for the fourth quarter fiscal year-end results for 2013.

Miba says that it has nearly reached prior-year levels in the first three quarters of 2013–2014 (February 1 to October 31), with the result that its outloo

According to a new market research report, 3D Printing Market by Technology, the 3D printing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23% from 2013 to 2020

Nammo Composite Solutions of Salt Lake City, USA has started an expansion of its facility to support its growing manufacturing and assembly business.

Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company Mubadala Development Company and composite materials supplier Cytec Industries have announced a strategi

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) will run Safety Standards and Codes Seminar on 13 and 14 May 2014.

Sandvik Coromant’s new CoroMill 177 tangentially-mounted hob features a segment fixturing interface to help ensure cutter accuracy and rigidity and deliver

Umicore Shokubai Japan, the joint venture between Umicore and Nippon Shokubai, has opened a new technical R&D centre in Tokoname city, Aichi Prefecture, Ja

A Duke research team has developed a better recipe for synthetic replacement cartilage in joints.

Researchers have found a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight.

Rare Element Resources Ltd, the owner of a large American source of rare earths, has appointed Paul H. Zink as senior vice president and chief financial of

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

Celstran long fibre reinforced thermoplastics from Celanese Corporation have been selected by ebm-papst for radial fan impellers for its new RadiCal fan se

Höganäs has changed how it analyses the flow rate of customer mixes.

Arcam has agreed to acquire a manufacturer of titanium powders for a total of CA$35 million.

Hexagon Ragasco, the wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, has been awarded several new orders for delivery of composite LPG cylinders to markets

GKN Sinter Metals has won four awards from automotive customers in India.

VSMPO-Avisma, the world's biggest producer of titanium, says that it expects profits to rise 25% to some US$250 million this year due to robust demand from

A solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to be cheaper, more efficient, and requiring less manufacturing time.

Clemson University investigated an application allowing the human body to regenerate its own tissue.

A team of scientists use a small amount of graphene oxide to improve carbon nanomaterials which promises to improve composite materials.

COVENTEC product lines meet Ford WSS-M21P51 fastener specifications

Advanced Forming Technology Inc (AFT), a division of Worldwide Inc’s precision components group, has begun expanding operational capabilities at its Colora

Could composite aerospace structures be assembled much like snap-together building blocks rather than manufactured as large, expensive, one-piece parts? Un

The Metinvest Group will invest US$00 million in upgrading the Ilych Iron & Steel Works of Mariupol in Ukraine.

Molycorp has elected a new chair to its board of directors.

French company ABB in Lyon has selected polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) Ultradur® B4450 G5 from BASF for its DC contactors for use on railways.

Titanium powders developed by Metalysis have been used to 3D print automotive parts for the first time.

EOS GmbH has teamed up with 3D-Micromac AG, a provider of laser micromachining systems, to establish 3D MicroPrint GmbH and help develop and commercialise

New company is a joint venture between TITAN Metal Fabricators and De Dietrich Process Systems

A new additive manufacturing (AM) machine for producing parts from metal powder, layer by layer, has been launched by EOS.

More than 10,695 people participated in this year’s show at Shanghai.

The materials created by scientists start as flat slabs, but they morph into shapes that can be controlled by patterns written into their layers.

A project where no fewer than twenty researchers from five universities worldwide have collaborated to prove that polymers can also be semimetals.

Instruction covered the basics on hard chrome plating, including coating characteristics and plating mechanisms.

Quickstep Holdings Ltd has signed a US$75 million deal with aerospace group Lockheed Martin to supply 120 sets of carbon composite wing flaps for the C-130

US company Enduro has opened a fourth facility. Located in Houston, the 75,000 square foot office, warehouse and production facility will focus on manufact

Faraday Technology, Inc., and The Dow Chemical Company recognized for 'green' innovations in plating chemistries and coatings, respectively.

Researchers of Technische Universität München have, for the first time, watched organic solar cells degrade in real time.

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

Siempelkamp has acquired a 43.85% stake in Wolfangel GmbH and expanded its presence in the composites market.

Rice’s research group test for terahertz peaks in batches of pure metallic nanotubes known as “armchairs”.

29K sq ft expansion entails two 20-ton cranes and two 10-ton cranes to accommodate large equipment orders.

Move underlines AkzoNobel's commitment to driving improvements throughout its global supply chains.

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have devised a novel way to realize electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework (MOF) materials.

Jason Humphries to oversee strategies in commercial aerospace, military and energy segments.

Global supplier of pigment and chemical dispersions Chromaflo Technologies and integrated tinting specialist CPS Color’s colorant business have merged thei

Materials supplier VELOX has formed VELOX Composites GmbH to serve the German composites market and extended it cooperation with Wolfamgel GmbH, the suppli

Researchers from the Fraunhofer IWES and the FITT wind energy research team are collaborating on developing a new direct drive 3 MW wind turbine design con

Researchers have combined cutting-edge experimental techniques and computer simulations to find out how water dissolves crystalline structures

Researchers have added to a family of engineered, high-tech materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): the ability to conduct electricity.

A research team used a unique optical metamaterial with a refractive index of zero to generate “phase mismatch–free nonlinear light”.

Scott Bader has initiated two new joint ventures in Brazil and Saudi Arabia as part of its long-term global business growth strategy.

Scientists at SISSA and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia are researching micro-robotics, a field that represents a challenge for the future.

Hansho Technologies has joined the Seifert and Skinner group of Associates (SSA).

A research team at Berkeley Lab has discovered a way to introduce a recoverable strain into bismuth ferrite of up to 14-percent on the nanoscale.

Clean Technology Business Review has declared Siemens’ wind turbine rotor blade the winner of the ‘Innovation in Renewable Energy’ Award.

Graphite Additive Manufacturing, a supplier of 3D printed parts produced in high performance materials, has entered a partnership with plating providers BJ

Chinese fibreglass producer Jushi is opening a new plant in Egypt.

Approvals cover select ENVIROBASE, DELTRON and NEXA AUTOCOLOR refinish products.

Metal Powder Report magazine has formed a new LinkedIn group.

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Metal Powder Report website last month.

Umicore Shokubai Japan, the joint venture between Umicore and Nippon Shokubai, has opened its new technical R&D centre in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture.

The Russian Nanotechnology Centre of Composites (NCC) located in Moscow has recently placed an order for custom-built pultrusion and filament winding proce

The Zbee three-wheeler electric vehicle is employing fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) body panels in combination with two Scott Bader structural adhesives: C

Centorr Vacuum Industries is building its 6th MIM-Vac M furnace in 2013 expanding its customer base for the Metal Injection Moulding market.

New solutions for utilising fiber-based material in the textile process attract global interest.

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

Gharda Plastics has launched a speciality solution for industrial and business appliances, incorporating various reinforcements in G-PAEK and GAZOLE thermo

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Edmar Allitsch has joined the Executive Board of the H.C. Starck group.

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