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Reinforced Plastics news, July 2020

The Fraunhofer Institute has expanded its high-speed testing machine with a cooling device that enables plastics to be examined at lower temperatures.

Large chemical plant runs on solar power

SABIC's facility located in Cartagena, Spain is set to become the world’s first large-scale chemical production site to be run entirely on renewable power.

ELG Carbon Fibre and Aerocircular NV plan to put in place a closed-loop recycling scheme for end-of-life (EoL) carbon fiber aircraft parts.

Composite company TRB Lightweight Structures, based in the UK and the US, says that it has maintained production during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sandvik has sold its 10% minority holding in Xiamen Golden Egret Special Alloy Co Ltd, a Chinese joint venture originally formed in 2005.

LANXESS says that its range of technical thermoplastic composites could be used as part of the charging infrastructure.

ALMACO says that the first postgraduate course in composites and polymers based in São Paulo, Brazil, will begin in August 2020.

Prepreg specialist Axiom says that it will develop a line of carbon/silicon carbide and silicon carbide/silicon carbide composite intermediates.

Gurit says that it plans to invest more than CHF 20 million to produce composite components for the Indian wind energy industry.

A new report suggests that in future, materials scientists and chemists will have access to machine learning tools to improve their R&D.

Composites UK has announced its new board members for 2020-2022.

Victrex says that it has developed a new polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymer filament suitable for additive manufacturing (AM).

Market analysis company Fact.MR says that the epoxy hardener market will expand at a CAGR of 6% from 2020 to 2030.

Teijin's Tenax dry reinforcements (DR) carbon fiber material is now qualified to produce Airbus A320neo wing spoilers using resin transfer molding (RTM).

Jean Lydon-Rodgers, president and CEO of GE Aviation Services, has been appointed as a member of the Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB).

DOMO Chemicals and Rapid Product Development GmbH, an Austrian 3D printing company, have partnered to develop its Sinterline polyamide (PA) 6 powders.

Moldworx LLC, which builds injection molds and other equipment to make thermoplastic components, has expanded into a new facility.

Roth Composite Machinery, AZL and other companies have joined forces to develop winding technologies for composite pressure tanks.

The NCC has announced new dates for its composites training courses, including a new course entitled Introduction to Composites Repair.

Volume Graphics says that it has updated its VGSTUDIO MAX software with a reverse engineering module.

Lanxess says that a seat bolster for the Ford Kuga SUV features its glass fiber reinforced polyamide (PA) as part of plastic-metal composite component.

Composites slitting company Bindatex has joined a UK initiative to help SMEs improve productivity and growth.

Toray Industries has formed an agreement with German aerospace company Lilium GmbH to supply carbon fiber composite materials for the Lilium jet.

A 3D printing company has reportedly cut its part setup time from five hours to 10 minutes with the adoption of automating technology.

Researchers from NYUhave demonstrated that toolpaths used in the 3D printing of composites can also be reproduced with machine learning (ML) tools.

Spirit AeroSystems and Virgin Hyperloop have formed a partnership to develop a commercial version of a hyperloop prototype.

Dura Composites says that it has received Achilles BuildingConfidence advanced membership sta-tus.

America Makes says that it has received a US$1.4 million grant to help develop personal protec-tive equipment (PPE).

A UK consortium, including Northern Ireland based Creative Composites, has received a £33 million government grant to develop zero emissions ferries.

Nonwovens association EDANA has elected new governors and a new team of officers for 2020–2021.

Composites UK and the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have published a health and safety report covering the composites industry in 2019.

Plataine has partnered with IoT specialist iSpecc Limited to increase their presence in the UK aerospace and automotive composite market.

The UK government and composites organizations have launched a new initiative to develop and industrialize new sustainable composite materials.

Coventry University in the UK and engineering consultancy TWI Ltd plan to open a center to research fatigue and structural integrity.

Bindatex’s new Slitting and Sheeting business says that it has shipped its first orders of cut protective film.

Royal DSM reports that its Akulon Polyamide (PA) 6 range produced in Europe will now have a reduced carbon footprint from the beginning of 2021.

Composites company AZL plans to host a webinar covering lightweight composites and AM technologies.

Innovate UK has restarted their market survey on the UK composites sector.

Scott Bader Company Ltd and the University of Liverpool have formed a joint venture to develop a polymer chemistry platform.

The organizers of the CAMX show have decided to move the event online, with a range of virtual events starting in mid-September.

Teijin Carbon Europe GmbH has increased the production capacity of chopped carbon fiber type Tenax-E HT C604 6mm by 40%.

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