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Reinforced Plastics news, January 2021

Stronger thermoplastics can replace steel

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM) has expanded its range of structural thermoplastic materials for new applications.

Vanden appointment

Recycling polymer company Vanden has appointed Paul Turner as a senior advisor to help support the company’s growth.

The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub plans to run a free to attend webinar focused on automated fibre deposition technologies.

A new model has revealed that the strength of carbon nanotube fibers depends on the length of the nanotubes and the friction between them.

ThermHex Waben has launched a new polypropylene (PP) core material which has a reduction in cell size of almost 50%.

Data from ISTAT reports that plastics and rubber imports and exports fell by 17% and 14% respectively during January-September 2020.

Chemical company Sabic has made plans to build a facility to increase production of certified circular polymers.

Malcolm Forsyth, former director of global strategy at Scott Bader, has reportedly joined Composites UK as sustainability manager.

SGL Carbon has increased its fiber composite production in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Teijin has opened its European Sustainable Technology Innovation Center (ESTIC) in Arnhem, Netherlands.

Axiom Materials says that it has received carbon neutrality certification for 2019.

Hitachi has launched two new differential scanning calorimeters (DSCs) suitable for materials development and product quality control.

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers has joined Pinfa, the flame retardant and halogen-free producers and users association.

Exel Composites has appointed Steve Cook as its United Kingdom and Ireland regional sales manager.

Victrex says that laydown speeds of its thermoplastic uni-directional tape (UDT) has been increased to reach 4000 inches per minute (IMP).

TFP plans to acquire PV3 Technologies (PV3), which specialises in making electrochemical materials used in the creation of green hydrogen.

AOC has announced a price increase for its unsaturated polyester resins (UPR) and epoxy vinyl ester (VE) portfolios.

INEOS has acquired BP’s global aromatics and acetyls business for a consideration of US$5 billion.

Kordsa says that it will supply TRB Lightweight Structures with carbon fiber fabrics for a range of battery enclosures for electric vehicles (EV).

A new supply chain management consultancy has been launched in the UK focusing on SMEs in the automotive, aerospace and defense sectors.

Markforged has distributed a number additive manufacturing (AM) machines to manufacturers in Michigan, USA as part of Project DIAMOnD.

A range of honeycomb material is being used to make parts by two automotive manufacturers in Mexico.

Engineers have created a new shape-changing, or 'morphing', nozzle for 3D printing fiber-filled composites for use in 4D printing applications.

Olympus has developed a new scanner that it says makes it easier to inspect composite components with large surface areas.

ASTM has announced that all its previously scheduled in-person April standards development meetings (including independent meetings) have been canceled.

Polynt Composites has raised the price of its UPR and gelcoats by €100/ton.

Scott Bader Co Ltd has partnered with Pultex GmbH to distribute its composite structural adhesives in Germany.

A group of companies in the North of England has been formed to help accelerate the bioscience sector in the Tees Valley.

Notus Composites has made its final shipment of fire retardant (FR) epoxy prepreg to be used in Dubai’s Museum of the Future.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has launched a sustainability report focusing on the plastics supply chain.

SINTX Technologies, which makes silicon nitride ceramic materials for medical and non-medical applications, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021.

Hexion Inc, which makes phenolic resins for composites, has appointed Karen M Fowler as its first Director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Airbus says that the Belgian Air Force has taken delivery of its first of seven Airbus A400M military transport aircraft.

Lockheed Martin Corporation has agreed to acquire aerospace and defense rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings.

Chemical company INEOS has become part of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team.

SAMC, AVIC Supply and GKN Aerospace have signed a strategic joint venture (JV) agreement to make composite and metal aerostructures in Jingjiang, China.

Composites specialist Airborne is collaborating with a software company to create a digital interface for automated kitting.

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