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Reinforced Plastics news, March 2013

Zoltek introduces pultruded profiles for wind blades

Carbon fibre producer Zoltek Corporation is introducing a line of Carbon Fiber Pultruded Profiles to serve as structural reinforcements in wind turbine bla

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has approved a total of US$288 million in financing for two wind power projects in Pakistan and Peru.

Sigmatex is introducing its sigmaST spread tow fabric range.

Manufacturer of composites storage tanks ZCL Composites Inc reports record revenue of $170.4 million for the full year 2012, up 34% on 2011.

Car maker Daimler and the University of Stuttgart are researching new design, simulation and process techniques for lightweight composites.

Another day, another top ten turbine manufacturer list: this time it's MAKE Consulting, and it has Vestas at number 1.

Dassault Systèmes has announced the availability of the latest release of its Version 5 PLM (product lifecycle management) applications, which adds new com

The Scottish Government has given consent for the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay.

Integrated Composites Inc has received a fourth US Army contract for continued production of the Composite Universal Weapons Pylon (CUWP) for the Kiowa War

The Altair Partner Alliance has announced that AnalySwift will be joining the programme, adding its complex composite modelling tool SwiftComp Micromechani

Autodesk Inc has completed the acquisition of Firehole Technologies, a privately-held company that specialises in design and analysis software for composit

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Carbon fibre producer Zoltek Corporation and Thermoplast Composite GmbH (TCG) of Germany are working together to develop carbon fibre thermoplastic tapes a

In a further move to expand its carbon composites business Toray Industries Inc has announced that it will purchase Dome Carbon Magic Ltd (DCM), a Japanese

On 20 March Chancellor George Osborne unveiled the UK government's 2013 Budget. Here is the response of two UK companies working in the composites industry

The order, from Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP is for the supply and installation of 124 wind turbines for the South Kent wind p

Araldite AW 4856 / Hardener HW 4856, a GL approved epoxy adhesive from Huntsman Advanced Materials, is designed to improve productivity and increase fatigu

3A Composites Core Materials and wind turbine blade designer WINDnovation have entered into a strategic cooperation to develop improved core materials and

Medical technology company Ottobock has acquired an 80% share in Baltic Yachts of Finland, a builder of carbon composite sailing boats.

French industrial engineering group Fives has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MAG Americas, a global supplier of high-performance machining

Automotive supplier Magna Exteriors and Interiors and carbon fibre maker Zoltek have developed a low-cost carbon fibre sheet moulding compound (SMC) for au

BASF is collaborating with Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in the North Am

Turkish composite resins producer Poliya has announced that it is starting production in Russia in May 2013 to offer polyester, vinyl ester and high perfor

Interplastic Corporation’s Thermoset Resins Division is raising the price of its CoREZYN® vinyl ester resins later this month.

3A Composites Core Materials and theDow Chemical Company have announced a strategic cooperation to market core materials for the wind energy industry.

In this latest feature on ReinforcedPlastics.com investment banker Michael Del Pero of FocalPoint Partners LLC discusses some of the strategies companies i

The UK Renewable Energy Association has published its first ever industry confidence survey, finding "modest optimism" in the short term, but some doubts o

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Ashland Performance Materials has announced a partnership with Russian distribution company Composite Trade to make its resins more accessible to the Russi

TenCate and BASF have welcomed Owens Corning as partner in their strategic alliance for thermoplastic automotive composites.

the European Parliament has called for the "successful" 2020 renewable energy target to be prolonged to 2030.

US pultruder Strongwell Corporation has announced a distribution agreement with Redwood Plastics of Canada.

The Hexagon Group, which includes subsidiaries Ragasco, Lincoln Composites, Hexagon Raufoss and Devold AMT, is renaming all its business units under the He

The two test centres feature indoor testing facilities of more than 27,000 square metres.

A recent Bayer MaterialScience project shows that the use of the company's polyurethane infusion resins could significantly reduce cycle times for the manu

Thermoplastic composites specialists Cato Composites AS of Norway (Cato Norway) and Cato Composite Innovations BV of the Netherlands (Cato NL) are merging

Creative Composites has achieving accreditation to the TS 16949 global automotive quality standard.

The study, conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), investigates whether wind can still serve as a cost-effective hedge against risin

Mitsubishi Rayon Co Ltd, Japan, is combining its existing businesses in the US – Grafil Inc and Newport Adhesives and Composites Inc – into a new company.

Alstom and NaturEner Energy Canada will supply up to 414 MW of wind turbines for NaturEner’s Wild Rose Projects in Alberta.

The first A350 XWB – MSN001 – now showing its completed wings, has moved to its next phase of ground testing.

The global marine composites market earned revenue of more than US$940 million in 2012 and this is expected to reach approximately $1.5 billion in 2018, ac

Daimler is installing a thermoplastic composite engine support for the six-cylinder diesel engine used in the new Mercedes GL Class. The composite part is

Carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek Companies Inc reports that it has received a request for a special shareholders meeting from a group of shareholders.

Ferrari's latest model, the limited edition LaFerrari, featuring a Formula 1-derived carbon fibre chassis and bodyshell and a hybrid powertrain, has made i

Composite Advantage recently designated SCIGRIP's SG230 HV (High Viscosity) methacrylate adhesives for use with its FiberSPAN™ composite bridge decks.

Australian company GMS Composites has developed a high performance epoxy prepreg resin for the manufacture of composite parts with very high fracture tough

Boeing has become the founding industrial member of the University of British Columbia’s Composites Research Network (CRN), which aims to help Canadian sci

AOC LLC has announced a March price increase for all products sold in Europe.

AOC LLC has announced a March price increase for all vinyl ester products in the US and Canada.

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Spa producer Hawkeye Manufacturing and resin supplier AOC have collaborated to produce one of the largest, most complex single-piece spa liners on the mark

The Technological Institute of Plastics (AIMPLAS) and the Institute of Textile Technology (AITEX) are taking part in the BIOAVANT project which aims to dev

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BASF is introducing a polyethylene terephthalate (PET)-based structural foam with the trade name Kerdyn® for use in wind turbine blade production.

Bombardier has stated that its CSeries aircraft will make its first flight by the end of June 2013, while the Learjet 85's entry-into-service has been post

A recent inspection of composite submarine camels ('boat bumpers') developed and built by Composite Advantage for the US Navy gave the FRP products top mar

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