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Reinforced Plastics news, January 2012

The call for papers for this year's Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) has been announced.

Siemens Energy has secured its first wind turbine orders in Africa, with a total of 100 MW to Nareva Holding for the Haouma and Foum El Oued Wind Power Pla

The German Federation of Reinforced Plastics, AVK, is inviting submissions for its annual awards in the area of fibre reinforced plastics (FRP).

Gamesa is entering the electric vehicle and energy efficiency market, taking a stake in N2S, a Spanish start-up specialising in intelligent energy services

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, is exhibiting at the Seatec boat technology exhibition for the first time.

DTC, Instron, Pinette Emidecau Industries and Italmatic have joined the ThermoPlastic Composites Research Centre (TPRC) in The Netherlands.

Composites design specialist Caterham Composites and software provider Altair Engineering GmbH have signed a partnership to help both companies streamline

North American distributor Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance and over 15 industry partners, will host demonstrations of closed mould technology duri

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The fourth quarter of 2011 saw a drop in the number of new global energy and renewable energy development proposals compared to both the same period in 201

The first REpower 3.4M104 onshore wind turbine has been sold in the UK for phase one of a repowering project at Blyth Harbour.

The UK has reached 6 GW of installed wind power capacity, according to trade association RenewableUK.

American Colors Inc, a custom colour house serving the plastics and coatings industries, has appointed North Coast Chemical Sales as sales agent for thermo

Rolls-Royce / GKN Aerospace joint venture CTAL has opened a £14.8 million facility on the Isle of Wight, UK, to develop manufacturing processes for aircraf

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a US$23 million contract by Spirit AeroSystems to produce composite winglets for commerci

New offshore wind installations in Europe remained relative stable in 2011 with 866 MW, compared to 883 MW in 2010, according to the European Wind Energy A

AVK is inviting presentations for its annual conference, which is once again co-located with the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fair in Germany.

XBoards Inc has developed a limited edition snowboard, called BioBoard™, made from flax fibre reinforced composite.

Advanced Composites Group (ACG) Ltd and Richmond Aerovac will be co-exhibiting under the Umeco banner at the Seatec/Compotec 2012 shows in Italy this Febru

The huge clock tower at the centre of the Abraj-Al Arab development in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, was constructed using composite materials from Gurit.

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Bombardier Aerospace has announced that Geneva-based PrivatAir has placed a firm order for five CS100 aircraft and has taken options on an additional five.

The Scott Bader Europe Composites Division has expanded the Crystic gel-coats and Crestabond structural adhesives mixer capacity of its plants in the UK an

Mainstream Renewable Power has raised €40 million in loan notes to finance its domestic and international renewable energy plans.

Custom Composites has launched a range of products for the marine sector, including masts, tiller extensions and safety rails.

Suzlon Energy Ltd has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Andhra Pradesh for the development of 3 GW of wind capacity in the

Seifert and Skinner & Associates (SSA) has expanded its composites laboratory and opened a new testing facility and office in Hasselt, Belgium, enabling it

METYX Composites has invested in a state-of-the-art MAX 5 multiaxial machine to produce carbon fibre reinforcements.

Resin supplier AOC LLC has announced a February price increase for all products sold in Europe.

Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, is commenting on Vestas' job cuts and possible US layoffs depending on the extension of the US Pr

Scott Bader Europe is increasing the prices of its Crystic® polyester, DCPD based and vinyl ester resins, Crystic® gel-coats, Crestapol® resins and Crestom

Reichhold will increase prices for all polyester and vinyl ester resins, gel-coats and bonding paste resins in February.

Vestas is cutting 2335 jobs around the world in an effort to streamline the business and cut costs, and warns an additional 1600 jobs could go in the USA i

AOC LLC has announced price increases for vinyl ester and unsaturated polyester resins, gel-coats and pigments in the United States and Canada.

A Danish project has been granted DKr1.6 million by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation for research on a mass production method for high qu

Gurit has launched a new range of G-PET structural foam core material mainly designed for the wind turbine blade manufacturing and marine markets.

Wind turbine manufacturer REpower Systems SE has purchased the remaining 49% stake in wind turbine blade producer PowerBlades GmbH from SGL Rotec GmbH & Co

There has been large interest in France's 3 GW offshore wind tender with four consortia competing for five sites off the coasts of Normandy and Brittany.

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Hexagon Composites subsidiary Devold AMT is intending to move the remaining production of multiaxial reinforcements from its plant in Langevåg, Norway, to

AOC's new Vipel® L085-PPA epoxy novolac vinyl ester resin range is designed for cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) applications that need resistance to aggressive

UK company Elmira has developed a range of bio-based prepregs.

Chinese wind turbine manufacturers are facing tough times with factors such as safety, quality, reliability and after-sale service possibly tilting the sca

Suzlon will deliver 24 MW of wind turbines to a project in Brazil, and its subsidiary REpower, is set to deliver 150 of wind turbines to Oklahoma, USA.

Quatro Composites has been awarded a contract to certify and produce Boeing 787 Dreamliner composite stowage bin fittings for the 787-9 model.

Gamesa has opened a wind turbine blades factory in India to supply the G5X-850 kW and G9X-2.0 MW wind turbines.

Shandong Heavy Industry Group (SHIG)-Weichai Group has reached agreements with the major creditors of luxury yacht maker Ferretti to acquire a controlling

Vestas has signed a conditional wind turbine order for the 310 MW Lake Turkana Power project in Kenya.

PlastiComp Inc, a compounder of long fibre reinforced thermoplastics (LFT), has purchased the Winona airport campus facility from Minnesota State Colleges

Japanese group Toray Industries Inc has purchased the remaining shares in carbon fibre manufacturer Société des Fibres de Carbone SA (SOFICAR) in France fr

Vestas has reported a preliminary revenue estimate of €6 billion for 2011 with an EBIT margin of 0%, due to deferred revenue and earnings, as well as highe

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc is increasing the prices for epoxy resin products in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Reichhold has opened a new facility for manufacturing resins in Tianjin, China.

The FARR 400 carbon composite one-design racing yacht designed by FARR Yacht Design and built by Premier Composite Technologies has won awards from two sai

Global R&D spending is set to grow 5.2% to US$1.4 trillion in 2012, according to the Battelle R&D Magazine Global R&D Funding Forecast.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc has delivered its first composite centre fuselage section for the Airbus A350 XWB programme.

Renewable energy sources continue to expand rapidly while substantially outpacing the growth rates of fossil fuels and nuclear power, according to the Mont

AkzoNobel and DSM have announced the signing of a cross-license agreement on cobalt-free technologies for the curing of thermoset resins.

The renewable energy share accounted for 12.4% of overall gross final energy consumption in 2010, as against 11.5% in 2009, according to EurObserv’ER's fig

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Aurora Flight Sciences has delivered the first complete ship set of composite structures to Northrop Grumman Corporation for the US Navy's Broad Area Marit

Boeing has announced that the Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) facility in Wichita will close by the end of 2013. The facility currently employs more

The Pewano team from Sweden entered the 2012 Dakar Rally in a Volvo XC60 RR car with a composite body built using TeXtreme® spread tow carbon fabrics manuf

Composites moulder Norco GRP and CNC specialist mouldCAM Europe have produced temperature stable direct tooling and a prototype dinghy for UK sailboat manu

The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency has approved the 97-turbine Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

FORMAX, a manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, has been granted membership to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)'s Materials

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Airbus has delivered the first major airframe section to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France.

China is believed to have connected 45 GW of wind power to the grid in 2011, up 45% from 2010.

Pakistan could have 12 wind projects totalling 1 GW in the pipeline for installation in 2013, according to media reports.

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Gamesa will deliver 100 of its G80-2.0 MW wind turbines to the New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) for a total of 200 MW of wind projects in the Gulf

Hammerfest Strøm has installed its 1 MW HS1000 tidal turbine 100 ft under water at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, UK.

Figures from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that companies have announced plans for almost £2.5 billion worth of renewable ener

Snowboard manufacturer Fanatic Snowboards has built its new premium boards using TeXtreme® spread tow carbon fabrics from Oxeon.

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