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Reinforced Plastics news, May 2011

Chang’an Automobile Co uses STAMAX thermoplastic composite in front-end module

Chinese car maker Chang’an Automobile Co has developed a front-end module for its CX30 model using SABIC Innovative Plastics’ STAMAX® long glass fibre poly

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has called for urgent action to exploit Japan’s wind power potential.

The SAMPE 2011 conference and exhibition in California last week attracted over 7000 delegates.

Gamesa is selling the 48 MW wind farm in the Pomorskie region of Poland to the utility PGE Energia Odnawialna.

Vestas will deliver 149.9 MW worth of wind turbines to an undisclosed project in Canada.

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

Aerospace parts manufacturer Composites Horizons Inc (CHI) highlighted its expanded capabilities and capacity at SAMPE 2011 in California last week.

A 10 km tunnel under the Niagara Falls has been drilled to increase the output of the hydropower plant, Sir Adam Beck Generating Station, in Ontario, Canad

MacLean Investment Partners (MIP) has acquired certain assets of Janco Composites Inc, headquartered in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA. The company will operate

Dow Formulated Systems is introducing the COMPAXX™ 700 foam core material for use in the manufacture of wind turbine blades.

The UK Government has announced it will invest over £200 million on innovation centres focusing on green and renewable energy, and £20m into two clean tech

Gurit has announced the signing of a "significant parts supply contract" for composite body panels with an existing automotive customer. The contract runs

Wind turbine maker Nordex has purchased VISTAGY Inc's FiberSIM® software to streamline its design-to-manufacturing process for composite wind turbine blade

BAE Systems has announced an agreement for the proposed sale of its Composite Structures business in Brea, California, USA, to EnCore Composites Holdings I

ForWind and Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) are setting up the National Wind Energy Research Association to cooper

Vestas says it can confirm it is in negotiations with GP Wind regarding a 92 MW wind turbine order in India.

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (SGL ACF) – a joint venture between the SGL Group and BMW – has completed the Moses Lake, Washington, facility which will manu

Siemens Energy is opening a US wind service distribution center in Woodward, OK, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

To meet anticipated growth in demand for carbon fibre in Asia-Pacific, and especially China, the SGL Group has expanded its sales team in the region.

Core materials supplier DIAB has completed phase four of its Kunshan manufacturing facility, which doubles its capacity in Greater China.

This year's lower weight Brammo Empulse electric racing motorbike features structural components made from Amber Composites carbon fibre prepreg.

The Challenge Bibendum in Berlin saw Iveco trucks and buses running on Neste Oil’s NExBTL biodiesel.

Gamesa will invest up to €50 million over the next five years to buy stakes in companies developing promising renewable energy technologies.

DNV and the Swedish Transmission Research Institute (STRI) are cooperating on solutions for power transmission in the offshore and wind energy sectors.

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

The Gainesville, Texas, plant of Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) has celebrated the shipment of its 1000th set of 37 m composite wind turbine blades.

Caledonia Green Innovation Ltd presented its Sycamore vertical axis-wind turbine and Nymph hydro unit at All-Energy in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Machine tool systems company MAG has acquired Forest-Liné Group, a French company specialising in CNC manufacturing systems for aerospace applications and

The instrument panel and inner door modules of the new Range Rover Evoque are manufactured using STAMAX® thermoplastic composite from SABIC Innovative Plas

New company TULiPPS™ Solar BV has been established to commercialise a lightweight solar photovoltaic (PV) module that harnesses the benefits of automotive-

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said in a recording played at All-Energy that the Scottish Government aims for 100% renewable energy by 2020.

MRC SGL Precursor Co Ltd (MSP) has started its production of precursor (the raw material for carbon fibres) on schedule. The carbon fibre manufactured from

UK project Fibrecycle has developed high performance, low cost co-mingled carbon fibre thermoplastic yarns and fabrics, with funding support from the UK's

The organising committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE) has announced two US$2000 scholarships for graduate-level res

The UK could be sitting on a renewable energy goldmine if the Government gets the Electricity Market Reform right, according to KPMG.

The UK Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has announced a project to develop wind turbine blades over 90 m long for the next generation offshore wind turb

Composite materials supplier Gurit will showcase its latest wind energy products at the WINDPOWER 2011 exhibition in California next week.

Airtech will be exhibiting its latest vacuum bagging materials and composite tooling products at the CFK Valley Convention in Germany in June.

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

Charles Ross & Son Company is introducing a new VeraMix multi-shaft mixer for use in processing viscous plastics and composites formulations.

The Republic of Korea’s Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is establishing its first regional office outside the Republic of Korea at Risø DTU in Denmark

Galvao Energia has ordered 40 Vestas 2 MW wind turbines for a wind farm project in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

Gamesa has seen a 67% jump in net profit to €13 million in the first quarter (Q1) of 2011 with international markets driving sales.

Advanced Composites Group Inc has been awarded US$1.967 million from the US Navy for research and development efforts in support of its out-of-autoclave pr

Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) is renaming its alumina trihydrate (ATH) business unit Fire Retardant Additives.

Turkey is building a 72 MW wind turbine in Kayseri using 36 of Vestas 2 MW wind turbines.

The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 features a carbon fibre composite chassis made using a Huntsman Araldite® resin system for RTM.

Kunststoffverarbeitung Wimmer GmbH and ORMAMACCHINE will be exhibiting at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2011.

Collier Research Corporation has released Version 6 of its HyperSizer® design, analysis and optimisation software for composite and metallic designs.

Vestas has signed an option agreement for land at the Port of Sheerness, Kent, UK, for the potential building of an offshore wind turbine manufacturing and

Scaled Composites has designed and built a new intelligence-gathering aircraft called Firebird for Northrop Grumman.

Ticona has today announced it will nearly double production at its Celstran® long fibre reinforced thermoplastic (LFRT) manufacturing unit in Nanjing, Chin

RenewableUK warns against reducing the UK’s 2020 offshore wind targets in response to the recent report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Renewable energy could contribute 80% of global energy supply by 2050, according to a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Qatar is building a carbon neutral model stadium for the 2022 World Cup, which includes solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar cooling technologies.

Russian company ë-AUTO has placed an order with German press manufacturer Dieffenbacher for two manufacturing lines for the production of fibre reinforced

The health and safety of wind technicians working on site at wind farms is taking center stage as North America reached over 40 GW of installed wind capaci

Composite pipe manufacturer HOBAS and construction group PBG have won an International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT) No Dig Award for a sewer pr

An Aston Martin Vantage FlexFuel was running on bio-methanol (M60) at the British round of the Dutch Supercar Challenge at Donington Park, UK, 7-8 May.

The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has concluded that a renewable energy share of around 30% by 2030 would be “appropriate.”

Ocean Power Technologies’ (OPT) has started ocean trials of its 150 kW PowerBuoy PB150 wave power device 33 nautical miles off Invergordon, North East Scot

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

WebCore Technologies LLC's new TYCOR® W5 core material is designed for use in the manufacture of longer, heavier wind turbine blades.

Turkey’s Sanko has commissioned a 320 MW hydropower plant on the Seyhan River using Alstom hydropower technology.

The UK think tank Policy Exchange is calling on the UK to abolish its EU renewable energy target and rather focus on energy efficiency and other low-carbon

Gamesa will deliver 300 MW of wind turbines to China Resources Power’s renewable energy arm, China Resources New Energy Group.

Over the past few years Scottish tank producer Forbes has gradually increased its export business to now account for 20% of turnover.

The oil and gas industry will have to work together with the offshore renewables industry, according to legal firm Bond Pearce.

Biofuels could be key for the aviation transport industry to reach its CO2 emission reduction targets, according to management and strategy consultancy Boo

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG), Richmond Aerovac and GRPMS will exhibit products for the manufacture of composite wind turbine blades at the All-Energ

There is a need for specific offshore wind regulations to prevent accidents when developing offshore wind farms, according to offshore safety professionals

DIAB and 3A Composites have entered into a licensing agreement for the manufacturing of PET core materials.

ATK has received a US$110 million contract from Lockheed Martin to produce composite components for low rate initial production (LRIP) Lots 5 through 9 of

AOC LLC will increase prices on all products with shipments on and after 16 May for Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Vestas has seen its net loss more than double to €85 million in the first quarter (Q1) of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 due to a low level of ac

Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm, the 48.3 MW EnBW Baltic 1, has been commissioned in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Germany.

Bicycle manufacturer Trek has put into action a carbon fibre recycling programme at its Waterloo, Wisconsin, USA, manufacturing facility and is now recycli

The COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show is introducing a special exhibition area for universities and research institutes to present their latest work.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will analyst and test a 3 MW Alstom Eco 100 wind turbine at NREL’s National Wind Technology Center near Bou

REpower AG will supply a total of 110 MW of wind turbines for wind farms in Canada.

Cytec Industries Inc's Engineered Materials business has joined IMAST, a technology cluster located in Italy which supports collaboration between universit

Vestas will deliver 100 MW worth of wind turbines to an undisclosed customer for a project in the Shandong Province, China.

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

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

Zwick Roell has introduced a hydraulic composites compression fixture (HCCF) designed to improve specimen handling, enable different specimen geometries to

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