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Reinforced Plastics news, April 2013

Composite Advantage introduces standard FiberSPAN bridge deck product

Composite Advantage has introduced a standard line of FiberSPAN™ bridge deck products for use on pedestrian truss bridges.

Hexcel reports net sales for the first quarter of 2013 of US$416.5 million, 4.1% up on the first quarter of 2012. Commercial aerospace and space and defenc

The 579MW Antelope Valley Solar Projects – two projects co-located in Kern and Los Angeles counties in California – is being developed by SunPower and MidA

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2) space craft has completed its first rocket-powered flight. SS2, and its carrier vehicle WhiteKnightTwo (WK2), are cons

From September 2014 they will jointly hold a wind fair in Hamburg once every two years, and in alternate years will also jointly hold Husum Wind.

The annual yield of the alpha ventus offshore wind farm again exceeded expectations in 2012.

Carbon fibre fabrics manufacturer Sigmatex says that following technical collaboration with a major automotive OEM and an automotive Tier 1 supplier, it ha

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Hexcel says its HexMC® carbon fibre/epoxy sheet moulding compound enables complex shapes to be manufactured in series production while providing weight sav

Australian company RPC Technologies, a specialist in the design, engineering and manufacture of composites, has created two new companies in South East Asi

Regal Boats, an Orlando, Florida-based manufacturer of boats in the 19-52 ft range, trialled Owens Corning's OptiSpray roving in its production process and

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power has implemented Scott Bader’s Crystic Ecogel S1PA ultra-low-styrene-content gel-coat in its plants worldwide

The Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) has renamed its field service organisation Wind Energy Services Company (WES) as MFG Energy Services.

Roger Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream engineering, and Chief Material Strategist, MSC Software, discusses how process simulation software and smart material mode

Repairs to composite parts are often time consuming and there is the risk of carbon fibre ground from repair surfaces shorting electrical circuitry. Dark M

ITT Exelis has sold its glass fibre reinforced pipe business, Specialty Plastics Inc (FIBERBOND®), to Future Pipe Industries Group of Dubai.

The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy,

Research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that General Electric of the US and Vestas of Denmark were tied for pole position among turbine manufacturer

Quantum Composites is introducing AMC-8590-50, a carbon fibre reinforced moulding compound designed for high-volume automotive applications.

Arnaud Genis, Owens Corning group president, Composites, believes increased capacity utilisation will start to drive glass fibre prices up over the next ye

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approval the battery system improvements for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

At a press conference in March, Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, reported that several hundred advance orders have been re

Cytec Industries Inc has announced net earnings for the first quarter of 2013 of US$33.5 million, compared to $53.1 million for the first quarter 2012.

CDI (Century Design Inc) has installed a CD6105 Combi small prepreg machine at Huntsman's Advanced Technology Center in The Woodlands, Texas, USA.

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TechniPolymers LLC is a new manufacturer of blended and formulated composite polymer products based in Dalton, Georgia, USA.

With the drive towards greater use of composites across a range of sectors, mergers and acquisitions will continue to reach record levels over the next few

PlastiComp Inc has installed a new long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) compounding line which will increase capacity by approximately 5 million lbs per year.

Gurit says the UVOTEC coating technology for its Balsaflex balsa core materials significantly reduces the quantity of resin absorbed during processing, wit

Dow Formulated Systems is introducing VORAFORCE TP polyurethane resin for pultrusion of composite parts for construction applications.

Johns Manville (JM) has introduced a new glass fibre for improved performance in structural thermoplastic composites.

The front end carrier of the new Skoda Octavia is made from a 60% glass fibre reinforced polyamide 6 compound supplied by LANXESS.

3B's HiPer-tex™ high performance glass fibre has brought advantages in both strength and weight savings to its Norwegian company Madshus' cross-country ski

US company Eastern BioPlastics LLC (EBP) manufactures and distributes composites reinforced with fibres extracted from the feathers of chickens and other p

Hexcel has developed a unidirectional (UD) tape reinforcement called HiTape®, designed for out of autoclave processing of primary aircraft structures and o

Cytec's flame-retarded VTM®264FRB epoxy and MTM®82S phenolic structural resin systems have received Lloyd’s Register Type Approval.

AGY is expanding its range of sizing systems designed to work with a wide range of polymer chemistries.

As part of its lean manufacturing programme GKN Aerospace's facility at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, UK, turned to Lectra’s automated cutting equipment to a

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Increased investment in new high speed rail (HSR) lines is creating growth opportunities for plastics and composites manufacturers, according to a new repo

Wind energy grew 28 percent in America last year, setting a new installation record and confirming its status as a mainstream energy source, according to t

TRB Lightweight Structures has launched a new website to illustrate its experience in producing lightweight composite products.

DSM's Beyone™ 1 infusion resin is styrene-free, cobalt-free and approximately 40% of the raw materials it is manufactured from are based on renewable resou

The market for non-destructive testing (NDT) for composites is set to expand, reports Frost & Sullivan, fuelled by the growing use of composites in various

Supplier to the composites industry AIC has appointed a new agent in Shanghai to meet growing demand for hot drape formers, control systems and support ser

Luxury boat producer Princess Yachts is reported to have secured £4.6 million of funding from the UK government for a new boatyard in Plymouth.

Suzlon Group’s UK subsidiary, REpower Systems SE, is only the third manufacturer in the UK to achieve the 1 GW watershed.

Intertek in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has been recertified to the ISO 17025 quality standard and has added additional composites tests.

Element Materials Technology has acquired Sherry Laboratories, one of the largest independent materials testing businesses in the US.

CCP Composites is introducing the ENCORE®PRIME range of styrene-free unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins for cured in place pipe (CIPP) and sheet

Dürr Ecoclean says its EcoCSteam steam cleaning system reliably removes both particulate and film-type contamination from parts and surfaces of various mat

At an investment of over BRL$60 million, glass fibre reinforcements manufacturer CPIC Brasil Fibras de Vidro Ltda, Brazil, a unit of Chinese company Chongq

Aditya Birla Chemicals Thailand Ltd (Epoxy Division) has developed an epoxy resin infusion system for wind turbine blades.

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Mitsubishi Plastics Inc claims that it has succeeded in nearly halving the production costs of its ultra-high modulus pitch-based carbon fibre, which exhib

The prototype of what GE claims is the world’s most efficient high-output wind turbine is now operational at a test site in Wieringermeer in the Netherland

Engineering simulation software expert ANSYS Inc has acquired EVEN - Evolutionary Engineering AG, a provider of composite analysis and optimisation technol

Carbon fibre fabrics supplier Sigmatex has announced what it says is the first in a number of contracts for a significant European marine project.

Reinforced Plastics has introduced a Guest Blog section on its website. Have you got something to say about the composites industry? Let us know.

Carbon fibre producer The SGL Group is supporting a project to establish a Composite Technology Centre in Singapore.

Carbon fibre producer Zoltek Companies Inc has announced that it is starting a process to "explore and evaluate strategic alternatives to maximise sharehol

Unidirectional Celstran® CFR-TP continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic tapes supplied by Ticona were chosen to manufacture the sleds being used in the A

PPG Industries has received certification from Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for its HYBON® 2002 XM and HYBON 2026 XM glass fibre roving products.

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

Ashland Performance Materials is increasing the prices of its complete portfolio of epoxy vinyl ester resins in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation has developed VICTREX® PEEK thermoplastic composite brackets for use in aircraft applications.

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