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Reinforced Plastics news, June 2021

Bid to improve end-of-life composites recycling

National Composites Centre (NCC) says that it is researching ways to improve end-of-life composites for use in new industry applications.

Solvay has partnered with Italian urban air mobility (UAM) company Novotech to manufacture part of a prototype hybrid water landing aircraft.

GKN Aerospace has been selected to manufacture parts for the D328eco, a new aircraft launched by Deutsche Aircraft.

Gurit has amended its financial outlook for 2021 due to temporarily reduced demand for wind blades in China and the accelerating decrease in balsa demand.

Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute say that they have developed improved methods to test polymeric hard foam components more safely and effectively.

Japanese carbon fiber specialist Teijin Limited has joined the Aerospace Innovation Centre (AIC).

Reap Bikes, a UK-based manufacturer of carbon fiber bikes, has launched a new vehicle with a full monocoque frame and improved aerodynamics and stiffness.

Cygnet Texkimp has joined the National Composites Centre (NCC) as an SME Affiliate Scheme Member.

Composites UK has appointed the following members as board directors.

Diab has supplied its foam sandwich core to make a pleasure yacht with improved stiffness and reduced weight.

Markforged, which specialises in metal and carbon fiber additive manufacturing (AM), has nominated Carol Meyers to its board of directors.

A consortium of UK companies has begun a project to develop high pressure hydrogen storage tank aimed for use in HGV, bus and off highway applications.

Airborne has reached an agreement with CompositeTechs to distribute its range in the North America market.

PostProcess Technologies, which specialises in post-3D printing, has launched a resin removal machine.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has published a document discussing the role of plastics in helping lower carbon emissions.

Apply Carbon, a Procotex Corporation company, has expanded its a new carbon fiber facility in Plouay, France.

New route to creating complex architectures from graphite powder

The organizers of Guangzhou International Mould & Die Exhibition (Asiamold) says that it will take place from 3 – 5 March 2022 in Guangzhou, China.

Global standards organization ASTM International says that it plans to host its October commit-tee week in person.

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has become a supporting partner of a number of materials events.

Chemical company Lanxess is raising its prices for inorganic pigments globally with immediate effect, subject to existing agreements.

Zoltek, a Toray company, has announced it is expanding its carbon fiber production capacity at the facility located in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Diab has agreed to acquire Sabic’s Ultem foam production line and incorporate it into its Divinycell range.

Sigmatex, which makes carbon fiber textiles, has received funding from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) to grow its business.

Carmelo Lo Faro has been promoted to a new role as president of the Solvay's materials segment, which includes specialty polymers and composite materials.

Airbus says that its Aerospace Integrated Research and Test Centre (AIRTeC) has been officially opened in Bristol, UK.

Wickert Maschinenbau is changing its business from making customized presses to being an all-round provider for composite manufacturing.

Plastics organization AIMPLAS has organized an international workshop covering the trends and opportunities for biocidal agents in the plastics sector.

OCSiAl, which makes graphene nanotubes, has appointed Hayim Pinhas AŞ as its new Turkish distributor.

Covestro has received a JEC Composites award in the sustainability category for its development of polyurethane (PU) resins for wind rotor blades.

Sabic is collaborating with vehicle manufacturer Local Motors to research of recycling scrap thermoplastic parts from plastics 3D printing.

Carbon Mobile has received an innovation award for what it says the world’s first carbon fiber smartphone.

ThermHex Waben has reported 12% growth in 2021, with a capital increase to €1,000,000.

Export company Diamorph has signed a conditional agreement to acquire Permali Limited, a Gloucester, UK-based manufacturer of composites for defense.

Researchers have enhanced the strength of carbon fiber composites by simultaneously optimizing the orientation and thickness of the fibers.

ASTM has published its annual report, covering its development of standards in industries such as commercial spaceflight and additive manufacturing (AM).

CRP Technology has introduced a new polyamide-based carbon fiber filled composite for powder bed fusion (PBF) 3D printing.

AIMPLAS says that its workshop entitled ‘The Art of Mixing, Reinforcing and Incorporating Additives to Plastics’ will be held online from 8–9 June 2021.

Gurit has extended its supply contract with Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Ltd for another five years.

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