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Reinforced Plastics products, January 2019

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Composite helicopter components

GKN Aerospace says that it has produced four thermoplastic composite components for its Bell V-280 Valor craft.

Impossible Objects has formed a partnership with BASF to widen the range of applications for its composite based additive manufacturing process (CBAM).

Toray Industries has developed a new nylon textile that it says has high water repellency.

UK based 3D weaving machine manufacturer, Optima 3D, has launched a new range of weaving machines for 3D composite engineering.

Spirit AeroSystems says that it has developed a new way to produce carbon fiber composite materials for aircraft.

UAMMI has reportedly created its first carbon fiber thermoplastic 3D printed part for the United States Air Force.

A cantilevered canopy made using graphene-based composite materials has won an Innovation Award.

Cobra International and Flite, an Australian-based surfboard manufacturer have developed two electric foiling composite surfboards.

An audience at the 16th EIHA Hemp Conference, which took place in Germany in June, has voted for a hemp fiber reinforced plastic material.

TRB Lightweight Structures has supplied a range of panels to make luxury suites for the interior of Singapore Airlines’ aircraft.

A team from the Colorado State University (CSU) has developed a composite rocket for the 2019 Intercollegiate Rocket Competition (IREC) competition.

NASA researchers have developed a multi-layered self-healing material.

A Swiss manufacturer of valves and fittings for biomedical instruments has produced a one-piece fitting made of carbon fiber reinforced PAEK material.

DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers says that it has added more materials to the company’s range for 3D printing.

Carboman Group is collaborating with electric air transport company Eviation Aircraft to make an all-electric aircraft structure.

Master Bond has developed an epoxy system with a reported unlimited working life at room temperature.

The US Air Force Research Laboratory has joined with Israeli universities to discuss new technologies.

Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched four new products in its range of adhesives and composites systems.

SGL Carbon has developed prototype composite battery enclosures that are reportedly 40% lighter than aluminum.

Students in the UK have designed a one-seat, carbon fiber, multi-rotor flying vehicle featuring Sicomin’s epoxy resin materials.

The UK’s NCC and SGL Carbon have entered into a new partnership to develop composite technologies for different applications.

Solvay reports that the Stratolaunch aircraft has been successfully flown for the first time.

Master Bond says that its UV22DC80-1Med epoxy passes USP Class VI Tests for biocompatibility and meets ISO 10993-5 for cytotoxicity.

Chomarat, which makes a range of textiles, says that its laid glass scrim has been used to reinforce attack-resistant gypsum plasterboard.

Luxury motor yacht manufacturer Sunseeker has used adhesive technology from Hexcel for the resin infusion of its new performance cruiser.

Plastics composites supplier Gurit reports that it has become a major sponsor of a Hyperloop student team.

Sabic says that its Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin has been used to make a range of lightweight spectacle frames.

Arevo has formed a partnership with bike manufacturer Franco Bicycles to make a 3D printed, continuous carbon fiber single-piece unibody frame.

Evonik says that it is expanding its production of transparent polyamides at its German facility.

Sabic says that it plans to showcase its range of thermoplastic materials for the aerospace industry at the Aircraft Interiors Expo.

Nouryon has introduced a powder version of its Perkadox 16 (BCHPC) organic peroxide for the North American composites market.

Rockwood Composites and Haeco Cabin Solutions have formed a partnership focusing on aircraft seating.

PostProcess Technologies has developed a new system to help support structure and resin removal on 3D printed parts.

Solvay reports that its Zeniva PEEK material has been used to make the first non-metal lumbar cage for vertical interbody fusion made in Japan.

A Portuguese company that makes medical devices, has made use of Solvay’s medical-grade resin to make a range of single-use medical instruments.

Master Bond has developed a new one part, silver filled epoxy adhesive that reportedly has an unlimited working life at room temperature.

The NCC has completed a year-long project to design and deliver large scale resin infusion (LSRI) technology.

CRP Technology says that its Windform materials will no longer be sold to service bureaus for the toll-manufacture of 3D printing components.

Victrex and Coriolis Composites have formed a partnership to improve thermoplastic unidirectional tape (TP UDT) prepreg lay-up.

A glass filled thermoplastic composite used to make sunroof roller-blind guide rails has won a JEC award.

Solvay has introduced VAC-PERF A2400, a release film for wind energy applications.

Michelman says that it has launched a new carbon fiber sizing product, as part of the company’s Hydrosize water-based range.

SGL Carbon and Onur Materials Services, have signed a contract for the delivery of engine cowling blankets for 32 V2500 aircraft engines.

Fraunhofer Institute is developing ways to combine metal and fiber reinforced plastic composites for automotive and aerospace applications.

Teijin has developed a composite automotive door prototype that maintains required crash specifications while reducing overall weight.

Composite specialist Kordsa and tire manufacturer Continental have joined forces to introduce an adhesion system.

Chemical company Huntsman Corporation has introduced a new polyurethane (PU) resin system for automotive interiors.

LED specialist Innovations in Optics says that it now offers a range of light engines that can photocure adhesives and coatings.

Textile specialist Porcher Industries and component supplier Meggitt have jointly developed a composite radome.

Sicomin has introduced MaxCore, a sandwich core suitable for infusion processes.

Henkel says that it is expanding its Loctite MAX polyurethane (PU) matrix resins portfolio by adding a new range of materials based on epoxy.

Johns Manville (JM) has introduced MultiStar 266 rovings for sheet molding compounds (SMC) reinforcements.

Johns Manville (JM), which makes continuous filament glass fiber, will showcase a range of its composites technology at JEC World 2019 in Paris.

PEEK specialist Victrex has invested in technology to help reduce energy consumption during plastics processing.

The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) plans to exhibit a new machine system at JEC World.

Hexcel's carbon prepreg patch technology has been selected as a finalist for the JEC Innovation Awards 2019 in the automotive category.

PRF Composite Materials, based in Poole, UK, has installed a new unidirectional (UD) prepreg line.

The Fraunhofer Institute has developed a traction battery featuring a sandwich battery housing made of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics.

3A Composites Core Materials has developed two new products in its Baltek range.

Notus Composites has supplied fire retardant prepregs to make the 3D composite façade panels of the Museum of the Future in Dubai.

Textiles company Huesker has introduced W8SVR Neolaminate, a continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite.

Ross, which makes mixing equipment, has introduced a mixer/reactor which is says is more versatile when making temperature-critical formulations.

A lightweight rail passenger seat support made from a fire-resistant bio-resin prepreg has been nominated as a finalist at the 2019 JEC World Awards.

3A Composites Core Materials says that its AIREX T92 core now contains recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles as raw materials.

TFP says it will be launching its range of next generation surfacing and adhesive support veils at JEC World, taking place in Paris, France, in March.

Pultrusion specialist Thomas Technik & Innovation (TTI) plans to display its way of producing affordable carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts.

Metyx says that it plans to exhibit its newly acquired Tycor fiber reinforced core sheet material at the JEC World show.

Scott Bader plans to introduce two products at JEC World, taking place in Paris, France, in March.

Press measurement company Kistler and the Netzsch Group will be showcasing their plastic composites processing technology at JEC.

Materials company Michelman has invested in Textechno’s Fimatest adhesion measurement system for glass and carbon fiber sizings.

Finnish reseach center VTT has developed a cylindrical extruder that could help with the processing of recyclable materials.

Solvay says that its Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin has been used to manufacture a large-format sterilization tray for surgical instruments.

Sika Advanced Resins and tank manufacturer Ullit plans to exhibit a new composite tank for trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) at JEC World.

Composites Evolution's Evopreg PFC502 prepreg has recently completed a series of tests for rail industry fire standard EN45545-2.

Ross has introduced a new triple-shaft polymer mixer which has been specifically developed for hot melts and viscous dispersions.

Sealing specialist Trelleborg plans to showcase its range of composite materials at a subsea technologies show.

Solvay says that it has added two more materials for simulation in additive manufacturing (AM) simulation software.

Motorsport company Prodrive Composites has been developing a way to make recyclable composite.

TRB Lightweight Structures has been selected to make a lightweight flooring solution for the bunkers accommodating Elekta’s MRI machines.

Multivista, part of composites company Hexagon, has formed a partnership with a cloud software provider for commercial drones.

Roth Composite Machinery says that, in tests, it has produced lightweight prepregs with a fiber surface weight of 75 g/m².

UK machining company Shape Machining Ltd has launched a new process that it says can reduce the time it takes to make thermoplastic carbon composite parts.

Mikrosam has developed a multi-material capable automated fiber placement (AFP) system for Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany.

Boothroyd Dewhurst has introduced a new version of its Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) software.

Airbus and SGL have formed a framework agreement to develop carbon and glass fiber materials for applications in the helicopter sector.

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the US have developed a renewable 3D printing feedstock which uses lignin.

An EU consortium have produced an aeroplane part made of graphene reinforced composite.

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