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Tods Develops Composite Fuel Pipe Assemblies for Aircraft

Tods Develops Composite Fuel Pipe Assemblies for Aircraft

23 May 2017

Tods Aerospace has completed an 18 month project to develop lightweight, damage resistant composite fuel pipe assemblies that can be used in...


Pilatus PC-24 Jet Built with Hexcel Composite Materials

Pilatus PC-24 Jet Built with Hexcel Composite Materials

23 May 2017

The Pilatus Aircraft PC-24 'super versatile' jet is able to take off and land on very short runways and unpaved strips due in part to its co...


NASA Funds $15m Space Technology Institute on Composite Materials

NASA Funds $15m Space Technology Institute on Composite Materials

09 May 2017

A team of US researchers and industrial partners have been awarded a five-year, $15 million grant to establish a NASA Space Technology Resea...


SABIC and Airborne Join Forces to Develop Automated Composites Processes

SABIC and Airborne Join Forces to Develop Automated Composites Processes

09 May 2017

SABIC has invested in Airborne International, joining a growth financing round by existing shareholders that will contribute to Airborne’s f...


Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub launched

Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub launched

09 May 2017

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub has held a launch event in Notti...


Aerotech Invests for Major Defence Project

Aerotech Invests for Major Defence Project

09 May 2017

Aerotech Precision Manufacturing has invested in new manufacturing equipment to support and strengthen its involvement in a major defence pr...


Airbus, Dassault Systèmes Commemorate Site Openings at Wichita State University

Airbus, Dassault Systèmes Commemorate Site Openings at Wichita State University

02 May 2017

Opening events for the Airbus and Dassault Systèmes sites at Wichita State University (WSU), US, were held o...


Rockman Industries Targets US and European Growth

02 May 2017

Rockman Industries has opened a UK office for its subsidiary Moldex Composites.


The CT Engineering Group to Develop Airframe Design Concepts for Airbus

The CT Engineering Group to Develop Airframe Design Concepts for Airbus

25 April 2017

The CT Engineering Group has announced a multi-year contract under which it will provide design and stress engineering services for the comp...


Altair Wins 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Altair Wins 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award

25 April 2017

Altair’s product development services division Altair ProductDesign has been awarded a 201...


Airbus, GEDC and UNESCO Promote Diversity in Engineering

25 April 2017

Airbus and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) have launched the call for nominations for the 2017 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award, which aims to highlight successful projects which have encouraged more young people of all profiles and backgrounds to study engineering.


Airbus University Partner Meeting Focuses on Future Requirements

25 April 2017

At the 5th Annual Meeting of the Airbus Global University Partner Programme (AGUPP), nearly 30 representatives from 20 partner universities around the world gathered with some 70 Airbus employees at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, on 19-21 April.


Diab Signs Long-Term Contract with Diehl Aircabin

11 April 2017

Diehl Aircabin has signed a long-term agreement with Diab for the supply of Divinycell F and other structural foam core materials for cabin interior applications.


USQ’s Centre for Future Materials Claims Equipment Grant

11 April 2017

The University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Future Materials (CFM) has received a major equipment grant of AU$250,000 to boost its test equipment portfolio in composites.


Henkel to Further Drive Growth Within Global Aerospace Industry

Henkel to Further Drive Growth Within Global Aerospace Industry

04 April 2017

Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business unit has started the construction of a new production facility for aerospace applications at its sit...


‘Smart’ Wings Offer a Composite, Economic, Eco-friendly Solution to the Threat Posed by Icing in Flight

‘Smart’ Wings Offer a Composite, Economic, Eco-friendly Solution to the Threat Posed by Icing in Flight

04 April 2017

A £1 million-plus project to develop ‘smart’ composite leading edges for aircraft wings with embedded heaters to protect the wings against i...


Cygnet Texkimp Joins British Manufacturing Initiative

Cygnet Texkimp Joins British Manufacturing Initiative

04 April 2017

A Government-led initiative to encourage on-shoring of UK manufacturing has awarded UK-based machine builder Cygnet Texkimp a £200k grant to...


Sigmatex Sign Supplier Agreement with Embraer

Sigmatex Sign Supplier Agreement with Embraer

28 March 2017

Sigmatex has signed a new supplier agreement with Embraer, after being selected to work in partnership with Embraer to support its adoption ...


AVS-SYS Relocates to New High-tech Facilities

AVS-SYS Relocates to New High-tech Facilities

28 March 2017

AVS-SYS has relocated to a new facility in Sandbach, Cheshire, UK, which provides a more efficient work area allowing improved production fl...


Dieffenbacher Tape Laying System for TxV Aero Composites

Dieffenbacher Tape Laying System for TxV Aero Composites

21 March 2017

TxV Aero Composites, a joint venture of Victrex and Tri-Mack, has made the decision to use the new Fiberforge tape laying system from Dieffe...


Pentaxia Secures Supply Deal with Leading Aerospace Innovator

21 March 2017

Pentaxia has secured a supply deal with a UK company leading the world in the design and supply of military aircraft ejection seats.


TeXtreme Reach Breakthrough in Commercial Aircraft

TeXtreme Reach Breakthrough in Commercial Aircraft

14 March 2017

After several years of simulation and testing within the aero market, TeXtreme has been certified for use in commercial aero applications an...


R-TECH Materials Invests in Zwick’s Latest Composites Testing Technology

R-TECH Materials Invests in Zwick’s Latest Composites Testing Technology

14 March 2017

R-TECH Materials’ polymer and composites testing laboratory has invested in a Zwick 250kN universal testing machine, the first of its kind i...


Chem-Trend Launches New Labeling System to Streamline Product Usage Globally

Chem-Trend Launches New Labeling System to Streamline Product Usage Globally

14 March 2017

Chem-Trend has launched a new labeling system designed to simplify selection for multiple product application processes worldwide; currently...


TPRC Successfully Finalises Overmoulding Project With Aerospace and Automotive Partners

TPRC Successfully Finalises Overmoulding Project With Aerospace and Automotive Partners

14 March 2017

The ThermoPlastic Composites Research Centre (TPRC) has successfully closed a two year collaborative project on the overmoulding of thermopl...


Tecnatom Shows Its Inspection Systems That Reduce Time and Cost in Manufacturing Processes at JEC World 2017

Tecnatom Shows Its Inspection Systems That Reduce Time and Cost in Manufacturing Processes at JEC World 2017

14 March 2017

Tecnatom Group, together with its French subsidiary M2M, will showcase its technological developments for the aerospace industry, especially...


Graphene-Enhanced Composite Materials Improve Lightning-Strike Performance

14 March 2017

Haydale Composite Solutions are producing a graphene-enhanced electrically-conductive carbon fibre-reinforced composite materials with improved resistance to damage from a severe lightning-strike event.  


Teijin Exhibits High Performance Products at JEC World 2017

14 March 2017

The Teijin Group will showcase a wide range of high-performance composite products at JEC World 2017.


Porcher Industries Writes Next Chapter in History With Massive Growth and Investment Plans Worth €50+M for 2017

Porcher Industries Writes Next Chapter in History With Massive Growth and Investment Plans Worth €50+M for 2017

07 March 2017

Porcher Industries will implement a multi-million Euro growth and restructuring phase as the company moves into 2017.


NetComposites Enterprise’s Consultancy Services Extend Their Design and Structural Analysis Capabilities

NetComposites Enterprise’s Consultancy Services Extend Their Design and Structural Analysis Capabilities

07 March 2017

Following a successful year for NetComposites Enterprise’s Consultancy services, it has extended its design and structural analysis capabili...


AVS-SYS Files for Patent for Breakthrough Lighter Muffler Ducting

AVS-SYS Files for Patent for Breakthrough Lighter Muffler Ducting

07 March 2017

AVS-SYS has filed a patent application for Acoustic Muffler Ducting, which will be 15% lighter than existing products, whilst matching or ex...


Airtech Showcase Vacuum Bag & Composite Tooling innovation at JEC World

Airtech Showcase Vacuum Bag & Composite Tooling innovation at JEC World

07 March 2017

Airtech will be displaying a number of its latest vacuum bag and composite tooling innovations at JEC World including Flashbreaker 1, Beta T...


Diab to Show Products and Innovations at JEC World 2017

07 March 2017

Diab will be showcasing its latest product innovations and engineering capabilities for a number of applications including marine, aerospace, transport and wind energy.


Diab to Show Products & Innovations at JEC World 2017

07 March 2017

Diab will be showcasing its latest product innovations and engineering capabilities for a number of applications including marine, aerospace, transport and wind energy.


Granta Presents Latest Composite Information Management Software and Support for Simulation at JEC World

07 March 2017

Granta Design will present its latest software technology, solutions for managing composite data, support for composite simulation, and tools to aid the qualification and specification of composites, at JEC World 2017 in Paris.


Hexcel Promotes its Cross Sector Innovations at JEC World

07 March 2017

Hexcel will be promoting a number of composite innovations for aerospace, wind energy, automotive and recreation industries at JEC World 2017.


JEC Group Puts Entrepreneurship on the Front Scene With ‘Startup Booster’

07 March 2017

JEC Group launches ‘Startup Booster’, a program meant to support and accompany innovations and entrepreneurship in composites (aeronautics, automotive, construction, medical, design, sports and leisure, etc.), a dynamic and growing market that is expected to reach $ 90 billion (in value) by 2020.


Porcher Industries and Airbus Helicopters to Showcase World’s First Carbon/PEEK Helicopter Rotor Hub at Jec World 2017

Porcher Industries and Airbus Helicopters to Showcase World’s First Carbon/PEEK Helicopter Rotor Hub at Jec World 2017

07 March 2017

Airbus Helicopters and Porcher Industries will showcase the latest structural component on the H160; Airbus Helicopters’ new cutting-edge co...


RAMPF Display Latest Materials and Technologies JEC World

RAMPF Display Latest Materials and Technologies JEC World

07 March 2017

RAMPF Tooling Solutions will feature the newest board, paste, and liquid materials for maximising the benefits of lightweight construction u...


R-TECH Materials Showcase Composites Laboratory Tests at JEC World

R-TECH Materials Showcase Composites Laboratory Tests at JEC World

07 March 2017

R-TECH Materials will be showcasing its capabilities for composites at this year’s JEC World in Paris.


Rubbercraft Showcase Custom Made High Performance Reusable Vacuum Bags at JEC World

Rubbercraft Showcase Custom Made High Performance Reusable Vacuum Bags at JEC World

07 March 2017

Rubbercraft will showcase its latest capabilities to design and custom manufacture elastomeric Reusable Vacuum Bags (RVB) during JEC World i...


Solvay Showcases Lightweighting Composite Solutions and Additive Manufacturing Technology for Challenging Aerospace and Automotive Applications at JEC World

07 March 2017

Solvay will present its technologically advanced lightweighting material solutions for the manufacture of cost-efficient and high-performance structures for aerospace, automotive, mass transportation, oil & gas, and other demanding industrial end-use applications at JEC World 2017.


TenCate Launches Next Generation Composite Materials for Aerospace and High Performance Industrial Applications at JEC World

07 March 2017

TenCate Advanced Composites will launch its next generation of fibre reinforced composite materials for aerospace and high performance industrial applications during JEC World 201.


Toho Tenax Europe Showcases New Thermoplastic Recycling Solution at JEC World

Toho Tenax Europe Showcases New Thermoplastic Recycling Solution at JEC World

07 March 2017

Toho Tenax Europe (TTE) has developed a new compound, based on recycled thermoplastic carbon fibre material and PEEK (polyetheretherketone) ...


CT Engineering Group to Provide Nacelle Stress Engineering Activities for Airbus

CT Engineering Group to Provide Nacelle Stress Engineering Activities for Airbus

28 February 2017

Airbus has contracted The CT Engineering Group to provide it with Nacelle Stress Engineering Activities for the next three years.


Cygnet Texkimp Develops Sub-10gsm Reverse Roll Coater

Cygnet Texkimp Develops Sub-10gsm Reverse Roll Coater

28 February 2017

Composites technology company Cygnet Texkimp has revealed it is developing a high-tolerance reverse roll coating machine to create sub-10gsm...


The Gill Corporation Signs Contract with flydubai

28 February 2017

The Gill Corporation Signs Contract with flydubai


Vision Systems Opens a Trade Office in Dubai

28 February 2017

French system supplier, Vision Systems has further expanded its international presence through a new strategic location, Dubai, to facilitate trade development opportunities in the Middle East, in all of Vision Systems’ market segments: aeronautics, land transport, railway and marine.


Exova Wins Contract With Koh Brothers in Singapore

28 February 2017

Admaterials Technologies, an Exova company, announces that it has won a contract with construction and property development specialist, Koh Brothers, to provide earthwork testing for the Changi East Development at Changi Airport in Singapore.


Program and Keynoter Announced for the North American Pultrusion Conference

28 February 2017

Nearly 100 composites manufacturing industry professionals will assemble in Atlanta, Georgia, US, on 4-5 April 2017, for the North American Pultrusion Conference, produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA).


ORACLE TEAM USA and Airbus: Warming up for the Final Race

ORACLE TEAM USA and Airbus: Warming up for the Final Race

21 February 2017

ORACLE TEAM USA have unveiled their new yacht developed in collaboration with Airbus that will race the America’s Cup in June 2017.


Mikrosam Leads The Industry with New Integrated Robotic Cell and Prepreg Layup for High-performance Production of Structural Composite Parts

Mikrosam Leads The Industry with New Integrated Robotic Cell and Prepreg Layup for High-performance Production of Structural Composite Parts

14 February 2017

Mikrosam is launching an innovative machine that integrates AFP head for thermoset and ATL head for thermoplastic prepreg laying into a sing...


New Victrex and Tri-Mack Joint Venture Will Accelerate Polyketone Composite Components in Aerospace

14 February 2017

Victrex and Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation have established a joint venture, TxV Aero Composites, to accelerate the commercial adoption of polyketone (PAEK) composite applications within the aerospace industry, through the manufacture of parts utilising new and innovative processes.


Queen’s Expert Leads International Study to Improve Safety of Carbon Fibre Aircraft and Vehicles

Queen’s Expert Leads International Study to Improve Safety of Carbon Fibre Aircraft and Vehicles

07 February 2017

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has developed state-of-the-art simulation tools which will help to improve the safety of the...


Thermwood Partners with RUAG to Develop Advanced Satellite Production System

Thermwood Partners with RUAG to Develop Advanced Satellite Production System

31 January 2017

Thermwood Corporation has entered into an agreement with RUAG Space to supply advanced equipment that applies RUAG’s revolutionary new inser...


Lentus Composites Installs ‘Rising Star’ Machining Centre

Lentus Composites Installs ‘Rising Star’ Machining Centre

17 January 2017

For machining pattern board, aluminium mould tools and components made from composite materials, Eynsham-based Lentus Composites has install...


Spatial Completes Successful Installation of A321 Multi-door Trainer for Spirit

Spatial Completes Successful Installation of A321 Multi-door Trainer for Spirit

17 January 2017

Spatial recently completed the successful installation of an A321 door trainer for Spirit.


Altair Wins Airbus Benchmarking Competition: HyperMesh and HyperView to Become Company's Pre- and Post-processing Tools

17 January 2017

Altair has won a benchmarking competition, and as a result Airbus will implement a new pre- and post-processing tool based on Altair's solutions HyperMesh and HyperView as the new platform worldwide.


Collier Research Joins NASA’s Advanced Composites Consortium

Collier Research Joins NASA’s Advanced Composites Consortium

10 January 2017

Collier Research Corporation has become a member of NASA’s Advanced Composites Consortium (ACC).


The Gill Corporation Passes Boeing FOD Prevention Specification D6-85622 and RC-0158 Checklist Audit

10 January 2017

The Gill Corporation has successfully passed the 2-day Boeing FOD Prevention Program audit held at the El Monte campus.


Norco Installs Temperature Controlled Room

Norco Installs Temperature Controlled Room

03 January 2017

Norco Holdings has installed a new environmentally controlled room at its Aerospace facility, opening up new opportunities for product manuf...


Dassault Systèmes Enriches Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

13 December 2016

Dassault Systèmes has signed a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire Next Limit Dynamics, a leader in highly dynamic fluid flow simulation used in aerospace and defence, transportation and mobility, high-tech, energy and other industries.  


Gurit Enlarges Automotive Product Range

13 December 2016

Recently launched, the Gurit Smartcure epoxy prepreg press moulding system has been specifically designed to meet the high-quality volume manu­facturing needs of the automotive industry.


Full Size Composite Replica Spitfire Fighter Aircraft Built Using Scott Bader Advanced Materials

Full Size Composite Replica Spitfire Fighter Aircraft Built Using Scott Bader Advanced Materials

06 December 2016

The Spitfire Heritage Trust has recently completed a major project, successfully building from scratch an exact, full size ‘all fibreglass’ ...


Composite Robot Offers Flexible, Low Cost Alternative to Purpose Built Machining Solutions

Composite Robot Offers Flexible, Low Cost Alternative to Purpose Built Machining Solutions

29 November 2016

Machining, Composite and Integrated Manufacturing specialists at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) h...


Plataine Wins ‘2016 Innovation in Composite Manufacture Award’

29 November 2016

On 2 November 2016 at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham, Composites UK awarded Plataine with the 2016 Innovation in Composite Manufacture Award.


Technical University of Munich Leverages VABS to Accelerate Design of Extreme Altitude Composite Rotorcraft Blades

Technical University of Munich Leverages VABS to Accelerate Design of Extreme Altitude Composite Rotorcraft Blades

22 November 2016

Technical University of Munich (TUM) is leveraging its powerful VABS software to accelerate design of composite helicopter rotor blades.  


Avcorp Awarded Long-Term Production Contract from Fuji Heavy Industries

22 November 2016

Avcorp Industries has been awarded a long-term production contract with the Aerospace Company of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), a tier-one supplier to major original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of commercial and defence aircraft around the world.


AVS-SYS Joins the National Business Aviation Association

22 November 2016

AVS-SYS has joined the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the leading organisation for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help their business.


Gurit Reports Aerospace Contract Renewal

22 November 2016

Gurit has successfully renewed a supply contract for aircraft interior materials with Diehl Aircabin as existing aerospace customer.


Penn Electric Racing Breaks a US Record with Student-Built Car

Penn Electric Racing Breaks a US Record with Student-Built Car

15 November 2016

After winning four out of eight events at Formula SAE Electric 2016 and breaking a US record, Penn Electric Racing is already planning for n...


Cranfield University Purchase Fontijne Grotnes Composite Curing Press

Cranfield University Purchase Fontijne Grotnes Composite Curing Press

15 November 2016

Cranfield University has invested in a Fontijne Grotnes composite hydraulically operated curing press.


Dymax Launches a New 25” WIDECURE Conveyor for Curing Larger Parts

Dymax Launches a New 25” WIDECURE Conveyor for Curing Larger Parts

15 November 2016

Dymax Corporation has launched a new WIDECURE conveyor system designed to offer consistent, fast, and safe curing.


Vaupell SB Aero Joins TPRC as New Tier 1 Member

Vaupell SB Aero Joins TPRC as New Tier 1 Member

08 November 2016

As of 1 November 2016, Vaupell SB Aero has joined the ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) as a Tier 1 member.


Rolls-Royce Expands Aerospace Research Centre in Southern California, US

08 November 2016

Rolls-Royce is growing its presence in Southern California, US, with a $30 million expansion into a new 62,000 square foot facility that will be dedicated to research and development of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials and processes for use in next generation aircraft engine components.


VELOX Introduces Its Comprehensive Composites Range at Advanced Engineering Show

VELOX Introduces Its Comprehensive Composites Range at Advanced Engineering Show

01 November 2016

VELOX will be present at the Advanced Engineering Show taking place on the 2-3 November at NEC in Birmingham, UK.


The Gill Corporation Celebrates New Building at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

01 November 2016

Stephen Gill, Chairman and CEO of The Gill Corporation, was pleased to participate at a ceremony to celebrate the opening of its newest building adjacent to the existing seven building campus.


Hexcel Displays Bright Lite Structures Award-winning Zenos E10 Chassis at Advanced Engineering 2016

Hexcel Displays Bright Lite Structures Award-winning Zenos E10 Chassis at Advanced Engineering 2016

25 October 2016

Hexcel says its HiMax carbon fibre reinforcements have been selected by Bright Lite Structures (BLS) for the manufacture of safety-critical ...


Norco Acquires C&B Composites

Norco Acquires C&B Composites

25 October 2016

Norco Holdings has acquired C&B Composites with the sale concluding earlier this month.


Sigmatex Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Sigmatex Celebrates 30th Anniversary

25 October 2016

Sigmatex is celebrating its 30th anniversary.


The Gill Corporation Passes AS9100 Revision C Re-Certification Audit

25 October 2016

The Gill Corporation has successfully passed their annual AS9100, Revision C Re-Certification audit.


‘Asgardia’ to Become the First New Space Nation

‘Asgardia’ to Become the First New Space Nation

18 October 2016

Plans are in place to create the first new Space Nation to be called ‘Asgardia’, a name that derives from Norse mythology as the city of the...


Divinycell F - for New Innovative Interior Aircraft Applications

Divinycell F - for New Innovative Interior Aircraft Applications

18 October 2016

An ideal solution for Canadian manufacturer FDC Composites, Divinycell F fulfills all regulations for interior applications of commercial ai...


Hexcel Amends and Extends Contract with Airbus Group

Hexcel Amends and Extends Contract with Airbus Group

18 October 2016

Two of Hexcel’s key contracts to supply advanced composites to Airbus Group have been amended which Hexcel expects generate total sales of $...


Tecnatom’s Technology Contributes to Increase Productivity on Inspection Panels at Airbus Nantes Site

Tecnatom’s Technology Contributes to Increase Productivity on Inspection Panels at Airbus Nantes Site

11 October 2016

Tecnatom has been awarded the supply of two new robotic inspection systems for the Airbus production site in Nantes, France.


Innovative Airplane Mobile Drink Dispenser Uses Victrex Peek Polymer For Demanding Inner Water Tank

Innovative Airplane Mobile Drink Dispenser Uses Victrex Peek Polymer For Demanding Inner Water Tank

11 October 2016

SkyTender, a mobile drinks dispenser produced by SkyTender Solutions, has been developed to save time and can replace conventional packaging...


New ACCU-CAL 160 Radiometer Helps Ensure Consistent Production Quality

New ACCU-CAL 160 Radiometer Helps Ensure Consistent Production Quality

04 October 2016

Dymax Corporation offers ACCU-CAL 160, a new radiometer which it says simplifies validation and monitoring of UV or LED light-curing up to 1...


Solvay Ixef PARA Meets Key Industry Standard for Use in Aircraft Interiors, Introducing New Opportunities for Structural Components with Lower Weight and Cost

04 October 2016

Solvay’s Ixef BM-1524 polyarylamide (PARA) is now qualified to the Boeing BMS 8-270 standard governing polyamides for aircraft interiors.


Carver Non-Wovens and R3 Composites Expand to Better Serve Customer Base

04 October 2016

R3 Composites and Carver Non-Woven Technologies are both in the process of expanding to serve their respective customer base better.


NTPT Chosen as the Composite Materials Technology Partner for the TALC - Thin Aperture Light Collector - Space Telescope Project

NTPT Chosen as the Composite Materials Technology Partner for the TALC - Thin Aperture Light Collector - Space Telescope Project

27 September 2016

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) has been chosen as the composite materials partner for a proposed Thin Aperture Light Collector (TALC) spac...


Kanfit Delivers Radome Prototype Produced in Autoclave

Kanfit Delivers Radome Prototype Produced in Autoclave

27 September 2016

Kanfit has successfully completed a 3 meter long radome (radar dome) prototype for satellite communications applications for flying platform...


Advanced Composites Creates Award-winning Aerospace Design

Advanced Composites Creates Award-winning Aerospace Design

27 September 2016

BlackWing is reshaping flight with a composite sport aircraft built using Divinycell Matrix materials.


epm: technology Group Gains AS9100

06 September 2016

epm: technology group has gained AS9100 approval.


3A Composites’ AIREXBALTEKBANOVA Wins Airbus Qualification for Its High Performance Structural Foam AIREX R82.80

3A Composites’ AIREXBALTEKBANOVA Wins Airbus Qualification for Its High Performance Structural Foam AIREX R82.80

30 August 2016

3A Composites has won qualification from Airbus for its AIREX R82.80 rigid high performance core, which is well-suited for aerospace sandwic...


COMAC Selects Victrex Bracket Solution to Improve Efficiency on Its ARJ21 Regional Jet

COMAC Selects Victrex Bracket Solution to Improve Efficiency on Its ARJ21 Regional Jet

30 August 2016

For the development of efficient and durable aircraft floor brackets in its new regional jet ARJ21, COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation o...


AGC AeroComposites Develops Innovative Thermoplastic Composite Welding Technique

30 August 2016

AGC AeroComposites has successfully completed their ‘CoFusion’ project with funding from the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP), in partnership with the UK National Composites Centre, TenCate Advanced Composites and Rolls Royce.


AMRC Tested Aerobatic Aircraft Put Through Its Paces at Top Global Airshow

AMRC Tested Aerobatic Aircraft Put Through Its Paces at Top Global Airshow

23 August 2016

A spectacular aerobatic aircraft, which passed airworthiness tests at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre wit...


Carbon Nanotube 'Stitches' Strengthen Composites

Carbon Nanotube 'Stitches' Strengthen Composites

09 August 2016

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) aerospace engineers have found a way to bond composite layers in such a way that the resulting...


AVS-SYS Introduces New Ultra Lightweight Aerospace Parts

AVS-SYS Introduces New Ultra Lightweight Aerospace Parts

28 June 2016

AVS-SYS has introduced a new range of ultra-lightweight composite parts and components for aircraft, including specialist aerospace ducting,...


Boeing Launches Second Century of Aerospace Leadership at Farnborough International Airshow

28 June 2016

Boeing will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the Farnborough International Airshow, displaying advanced commercial and defense platforms, and presenting a unique exhibit to commemorate its first century and look ahead to the future.


Covestro at Solar Impulse Mission Control Center

07 June 2016

Materials manufacturer Covestro visited the control center for the Solar Impulse 2 solar aircraft, which is attempting to fly around the world without fuel.


Avcorp Awarded Follow-on Lockheed Martin Contract for F-35 Composite Work at Avcorp Composite Fabrication

07 June 2016

Avcorp Industries has been awarded a contract extension with Lockheed Martin, the agreement extends into 2020 the current composite fabrication work scope, at Avcorp’s Gardena California facility, for F-35 wing skin panels, nacelle panels and body access panels.


The Construction of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) with Additive Manufacturing and Windform Material

The Construction of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) with Additive Manufacturing and Windform Material

31 May 2016

Reinforced composite materials that were used in the construction of on-car and wind tunnel parts and components for racing teams have taken...


‘GapGun’ Reduces Panel Inspection Time by Almost 90 Per Cent

‘GapGun’ Reduces Panel Inspection Time by Almost 90 Per Cent

31 May 2016

Trials by Leonardo Helicopters of the GapGun measurement system from Third Dimension have reduced MRO inspection times for interior and exte...


Polimotor 2 All-Polymer Race Engine Project Chooses Solvay’s Ryton PPS and Tecnoflon FKM for Demanding Fuel Injection System

31 May 2016

The Polimotor 2 all-plastic race engine project is incorporating two of the company’s specialty polymer technologies in its fuel injection assembly to support engine weight-out goals, and deliver outstanding reliability and performance under demanding competitive racing conditions.


Exova Expands Aerospace Fatigue Testing Capabilities in North America

31 May 2016

Exova has added twelve of the newest designed fatigue frames at its locations across North America.


DIAB Gets Approval from Airbus for Divinycell F

24 May 2016

The structural foam core Divinycell F has been approved by Airbus under AIMS 04-11-000 and ABS5927 standard.


Cetim Receives Fifth Consecutive Nadcap Accreditation

24 May 2016

Cetim has achieved accreditation from the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap) for the fifth consecutive time, following a thorough audit performed by a US audit organisation at its Nantes facility.


Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse Demonstrate the 3D Experience of Pioneering Flights

26 April 2016

Solar Impulse continues its record-breaking solar-powered flights on 22 April 2016, from Hawaii to California, US, the ninth part of its 13-leg, 500-hour, 35,000-kilometer, round-the-world journey.


New Airbus Asia Training Centre Opens in Singapore

New Airbus Asia Training Centre Opens in Singapore

19 April 2016

The new Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC), a joint venture 55% owned by Airbus and 45% by Singapore Airlines (SIA), has officially opened i...


Covestro Products Spur Solar Impulse Mission

Covestro Products Spur Solar Impulse Mission

19 April 2016

The pioneering Solar Impulse plane is preparing to take-off from Hawaii, US for the final stages of its round-the-world flight using only so...


SHD Composite Materials Certified to the  Aerospace Quality Standard AS9100rev C

SHD Composite Materials Certified to the Aerospace Quality Standard AS9100rev C

23 February 2016

SHD Composite Materials has had its business management certified to the aerospace quality standard AS91000rev C.


Centre Breaks New Ground by Carrying Out the UK’s First Full Airworthiness Test for 30 Years

Centre Breaks New Ground by Carrying Out the UK’s First Full Airworthiness Test for 30 Years

09 February 2016

Airworthiness testing of new light aircraft is returning to the UK, thanks to a pioneering partnership involving a championship-winning aero...


Robots will Build Aerostructures at Terma

09 February 2016

The production of aerostructures in carbon fibre and composites at Terma in Grenaa, Denmark, will be automated to help strengthen the company's international competitiveness.


Hexcel and Boeing Celebrate the First Flight of The 737 MAX

02 February 2016

Hexcel and Boeing celebrated the first flight of the 737 MAX 8 - the first member of Boeing’s efficient 737 MAX family - which took to the skies from Renton Field near Boeing’s 737 Final Assembly plant in Renton, Washington, US.


GKN Aerospace Signs New Five Year Contract with Velocity Composites

02 February 2016

Velocity Composites has signed a new contract that will see it supply aerospace manufacturer GKN Aerospace with structural plies for the next five years.


GKN Aerospace Delivers Innovative Clean Sky Wing Structure

GKN Aerospace Delivers Innovative Clean Sky Wing Structure

12 January 2016

GKN Aerospace has delivered innovative wing components as part of a major research programme to test and measure the benefits of ‘natural la...


Boeing and ANA Celebrate Airline's 100,000th 787 Dreamliner Flight

12 January 2016

Boeing and ANA (All Nippon Airways) have celebrated ANA becoming the first airline to reach its 100,000th revenue flight with the 787 Dreamliner, during a gate ceremony at Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle, US.


Primary Dispersions Working to Develop Graphene Based Epoxy Resins for the Aerospace Industry

Primary Dispersions Working to Develop Graphene Based Epoxy Resins for the Aerospace Industry

05 January 2016

Primary Dispersions has extremely promising results from a UK collaboration that aims to commercialise specialist graphene based epoxy resin...


Design Software Supports Spirit AeroSystems’ Early Delivery of Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Fuselage

Design Software Supports Spirit AeroSystems’ Early Delivery of Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Fuselage

15 December 2015

The Bell Helicopter and Spirit AeroSystems team has delivered the Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Fuselage ahead of schedule and within budget ma...


NATEP Grants AVS-SYS and Partners Ducting Research Funding

15 December 2015

AVS-SYS is excited to have been awarded two NATEP (National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme) grants for development of new advanced Aerospace Ducting for Air Distribution.


Surface Generation Boosts Speed and Efficiency of Thermoplastic Press-forming Processes

Surface Generation Boosts Speed and Efficiency of Thermoplastic Press-forming Processes

08 December 2015

Surface Generation is working with WMG and AGC AeroComposites (AGC) to develop new composite press-forming processes for automotive and aero...


Boeing Completes Detailed Design for the 787-10 Dreamliner

08 December 2015

Boeing has completed detailed design for the 787-10 Dreamliner, achieving another major milestone in the development of the newest and longest member of the 787 family.


VICTREX Pipes Hit the Mark in Commercial Aircraft Tubing Designs

VICTREX Pipes Hit the Mark in Commercial Aircraft Tubing Designs

01 December 2015

To improve the overall fuel efficiency and reliability of their new commercial aircraft platform, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of Chi...


Ascent Aerospace Collects Trio of Supplier-Excellence Awards

Ascent Aerospace Collects Trio of Supplier-Excellence Awards

01 December 2015

Ascent Tooling Group has been recognised with three supplier-excellence awards, one for each company in the group.  


Airbus Helicopters Accelerates Industrialisation in the UK

17 November 2015

Airbus Helicopters has received funding from the Department for Business Innovations and Skills (BIS) for two separate projects: one supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the other through Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI).  


Record Numbers Flock to UK’s Biggest Engineering Trade Show

17 November 2015

The UK’s largest annual trade show and open conference for the high performance engineering sectors closed its doors to record numbers of visitors this November.


AIC to Upgrade Systems on 40m Autoclave

AIC to Upgrade Systems on 40m Autoclave

17 November 2015

AIC Group has won an order to upgrade two autoclaves of a major Japanese aerospace company with its AMCS (Autoclave Management and Control S...


Cygnet Texkimp’s Thermoplastic Research Cell Goes Live

17 November 2015

Cygnet Texkimp has created a thermoplastic research cell to develop the next generation of high tech materials including carbon fibre and composites for the international aerospace, automotive and oil and gas industries.


Alderley Park: the New Home of AVS-SYS

Alderley Park: the New Home of AVS-SYS

17 November 2015

AVS-SYS has completed its move to a new and larger manufacturing site, located just south of Manchester, UK, which provides the space and fa...


A World First for Revolution Fibres

A World First for Revolution Fibres

17 November 2015

New Zealand company Revolution Fibres has received AS9100c certification allowing it to further develop nanofibre products for its aerospace...


Joint Venture for Boeing and Tata Aerospace in India

Joint Venture for Boeing and Tata Aerospace in India

10 November 2015

Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems have created a joint venture (JV) that will manufacture aerostructures for aircraft and collaborate on inte...


Plataine's FabricOptimizer and Material & Asset Tracker Solutions Ensure Double Digit Savings for MT Aerospace

03 November 2015

MT Aerospace has selected Plataine’s Total Production Optimisation (TPO) FabricOptimizer and Material & Asset Tracker (MAT) solutions to improve their manufacturing efficiencies through increased material yields and manufacturing throughput in their Augsburg, Germany plant.


Quickstep Receives 2015 Premier’s NSW Manufacturing Award

03 November 2015

Quickstep Holdings has received The Premier’s NSW Manufacturing Award for 2015, for outstanding international success by a manufacturer.


Sigma Components Showcase Sigma Lite Range of Lightweight Components at the Advanced Engineering Show

27 October 2015

Sigma Components will showcase its Sigma Lite range at the Advanced Engineering show including its ‘star of the show’ COMPipe – a composite aero-engine pipe that delivers weight savings of 50% over traditionally-manufactured pipes.


Formax Showcases Portfolio Of Multiaxial Reinforcements at the Composites Engineering Show 2015

27 October 2015

Formax will be showcasing a selection of their optimised multiaxial fabrics for the automotive, aerospace, marine, sports and industrial markets Advanced Engineering Show 2015 taking place on 4 – 5th November at The NEC, Birmingham, UK.


nCode Automation Selected as Collaborative Platform for Managing and Analysing Test Data at Liebherr-Aerospace

27 October 2015

HBM nCode’s nCode Automation has been selected by Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse as its preferred tool for performing robust and automated analyses.


Victrex Launches Composites Designed For Aerospace: Victrex Ae250 Product Family

27 October 2015

Victrex has launched unidirectional (UD) tape and laminate panel composites for the aerospace industry, introduced under the brand VICTREX AE250 composites.


AMRC Expertise Takes Flight at London’s British Design Museum Exhibition

AMRC Expertise Takes Flight at London’s British Design Museum Exhibition

27 October 2015

The University Of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), along with Boeing, is to have work shown at the British Design Mu...


Airtech Receives 2015 Non-Production Supplier of the Year Award

Airtech Receives 2015 Non-Production Supplier of the Year Award

20 October 2015

Airtech Advanced Materials Group has been awarded the 2015 Non-Production Supplier of the Year award by Spirit AeroSystems.


Finnair Becomes First European A350 XWB Operator

Finnair Becomes First European A350 XWB Operator

13 October 2015

Finnair has taken delivery in Toulouse of the first of 19 A350 XWBs on order, thus becoming the first European operator and the third worldw...


AIC Win Contract to Manufacture Hot Drape Former for European Aerospace Company

AIC Win Contract to Manufacture Hot Drape Former for European Aerospace Company

13 October 2015

AIC Group has won a contract to manufacture a Hot Drape Former for a major European aerospace company.


Airbus A350 to Use Victrex PEEK Polymer in Cabin Doors

Airbus A350 to Use Victrex PEEK Polymer in Cabin Doors

06 October 2015

Airbus Helicopters is replacing aluminum in a fitting in the aircraft door of the Airbus A350-900 with a high-modulus, carbon fibre-reinforc...


Tecnatom Selected By Harbin Hafei Airbus to Provide a Taurus Twin Inspection System

Tecnatom Selected By Harbin Hafei Airbus to Provide a Taurus Twin Inspection System

29 September 2015

After an international bidding process, Tecnatom will supply a new inspection system to Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (...


Boeing Opens Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in South Carolina

29 September 2015

Boeing has opened its research and technology centre in South Carolina, which is devoted to current and next-generation technology development.


1 Million Pound ASC Econoclave Moves into Boeing Everett Washington

1 Million Pound ASC Econoclave Moves into Boeing Everett Washington

29 September 2015

ASC have moved a 28 ft. x 120 ft. (8.5m x 37m) Econoclave from Paine Field Airport to Boeing's newly constructed Composite Wing Center in Ev...


Altair and Airbus Group Sign Worldwide Multi-year Software Agreement

29 September 2015

Altair has reached an agreement with the Airbus Group that provides designers and engineers of its Airbus, Airbus Helicopters, and Airbus Defence & Space divisions, as well as of any other company to which the Airbus Group holds more than 50% of voting rights, access to Altair's entire software portfolio, including the HyperWorks CAE suite for its modelling, visualisation, optimisation and solver solutions.


Delcam to Show Latest in Machining with Robots at Composites Europe

Delcam to Show Latest in Machining with Robots at Composites Europe

22 September 2015

Delcam will show how easy it is to program complex robot machining operations with its PowerMILL Robot CAM system at the Composites Europe e...


£10 Million Fund Launched to Develop Dual-Use Technologies

22 September 2015

A new £10 million jointly funded project between government and industry will back the best new technologies and research that can have a “dual use” in defence and civil sector businesses.


Premier Composite Technologies ‘Platinum Sponsor’ for NetComposites’ CompIC Middle East 2016

22 September 2015

NetComposites is pleased to announce Premier Composite Technologies as the exclusive sponsor of its brand new conference, Composites in Construction Middle East (CompIC ME), taking place 9-10 February 2016 at The Palm, Dubai.


18ft Diameter Autoclave Moves to UTC Aerospace Prestwick

18ft Diameter Autoclave Moves to UTC Aerospace Prestwick

22 September 2015

Aerothermal Group and AIC Group have successfully completed the move of an 18ft diameter autoclave from Scunthorpe, UK, to UTC Aerospace’s P...


Magna International Showcase New Innovators at Advanced Engineering UK

22 September 2015

Magna International will be increasing its involvement at this year’s Advanced Engineering show to be held at Birmingham’s NEC, UK, on 4-5 November 2015.


Attwater Receives New AS9100 Certification

Attwater Receives New AS9100 Certification

22 September 2015

Attwater & Sons has just undertaken its re-certification audit of the aerospace quality management system standard, AS9100, to show its ...


AMAC Forms Strategic Partnership with Textechno

22 September 2015

With plans to expand its worldwide activities in the field of Advanced Materials, Textechno, Germany, has formed a strategic partnership with AMAC.


Composites Europe to Spotlight FRP Aircraft Manufacturer Suppliers

Composites Europe to Spotlight FRP Aircraft Manufacturer Suppliers

15 September 2015

Suppliers of fibre-reinforced composites solutions for aircraft manufacturers in Germany will be in the spotlight at this year's Composites ...


FORMAX Celebrates Opening of New Innovation Centre

15 September 2015

FORMAX will be highlighting the capabilities of its new Innovation Centre at Composites Europe 2015.


Baden-Wuerttemberg Highlight Lightweight Technology Trends

Baden-Wuerttemberg Highlight Lightweight Technology Trends

15 September 2015

14 companies and research institutes from Baden-Wuerttemberg, the southwestern German state will be presenting their know-how at a joint boo...


Hexcel to Present Products for Automotive, Wind Energy and Recreation at Composites Europe

15 September 2015

Hexcel will be promoting composite materials which offer performance and processing benefits to customers in the Automotive, Wind Energy and Recreation markets during Composites Europe.


STRUCTeam’s Launches New Wind Blade Design Portfolio

15 September 2015

STRUCTeam has launched its new wind turbine blade reference design portfolio which features an innovative hybrid glass-carbon composite blade design created for offshore wind turbines.


Electrically Conductive Graphene Enhanced Composites for Aerospace Applications

Electrically Conductive Graphene Enhanced Composites for Aerospace Applications

08 September 2015

Haydale Composite Solutions (HCS) has entered into a collaborative 18 month research project awarded and managed by the National Aerospace T...


WMT&R Now Nadcap and GE Approved for Low Stress Grinding and Polishing

08 September 2015

Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research (WMT&R) has received full Nadcap accreditation and GE approval to perform Z1 and Z2 low stress grinding and polishing at its new state-of-the-art materials testing facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK.


epm: technology Wins First £22m+ Aerospace Production Contract

01 September 2015

epm: technology group has successfully won a £22m+ order to produce and supply composite aircraft interior components and sub structures.


Solvay and RTP Company Expand Global Availability of Solvay’s Radel R-7000 PPSU Polymers for Aircraft Applications

01 September 2015

Solvay Specialty Polymers has a new licensing agreement that enables RTP Company to produce and sell Solvay’s Radel R-7000 series of polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resins to the global commercial aircraft industry.


JRTL Helps Devise a Solution for Tool Repair

01 September 2015

JR Technologies (JRTL) helped to develop an innovative solution to the repair of tools needed to make the Airbus A350XWB-1000 rear wing spar sections, manufactured by GKN Aerospace.


TRB Lightweight Structures Release Aerospace-Grade Lightweight Composite Panel

TRB Lightweight Structures Release Aerospace-Grade Lightweight Composite Panel

25 August 2015

TRB Lightweight Structures have announced the release of an aerospace-­grade lightweight honeycomb composite panel designed for aerospace in...


Innovative Method Improves Strength and Modulus in Carbon Fibres

18 August 2015

A research team at the Georgia Institute of Technology, US, has developed a novel technique that sets a new milestone for the strength and modulus of carbon fibres.


Quickstep Establishes Global R&D Centre at Deakin University

18 August 2015

Quickstep Holdings has established a global research and development centre at Deakin University's Waurn Ponds campus, Geelong, Australia, where Quickstep's automotive division is based.


AIC Makes Autoclave Good as New

18 August 2015

AIC Group is refurbishing a 3m x 10m autoclave for a global North American aerospace company.


All-New ‘Materials & Manufacturing Technologies’ Magazine Launches November 2015

11 August 2015

An all new magazine, M&MT, is due to launch in November, covering the full range of lightweight materials currently available in the UK, as well as newly developing solutions, it will also show how to machine/process and produce parts faster that are both stronger and lighter.


IMDEA Materials to Validate Electric Curing Technology for Qualified Aerospace Epoxy Resin at AIRBUS Getafe Site

IMDEA Materials to Validate Electric Curing Technology for Qualified Aerospace Epoxy Resin at AIRBUS Getafe Site

04 August 2015

IMDEA Materials, in cooperation with the R&T Materials & Processing unit of Airbus Operations, has completed the first validation tr...


AIC Celebrates 25 years of Providing Worldwide Service to Industry

04 August 2015

AIC is celebrating 25 years of providing services, huge hot drape formers and autoclaves to the advanced materials and composites industries.


Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research Receives Boeing Performance Excellence Award

28 July 2015

Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research, (WMT&R) has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award.


DIAB Improves Divinycell F Core Production Output to Satisfy Forecast Demand

DIAB Improves Divinycell F Core Production Output to Satisfy Forecast Demand

21 July 2015

With significant growth in its worldwide aerospace business, DIAB is ramping up production for high-performance composite foam core Divinyce...


JEC Asia Conferences to highlight Composites Developments in Eco-Design, Simulation, Aeronautics, Automotive and HP Tanks

JEC Asia Conferences to highlight Composites Developments in Eco-Design, Simulation, Aeronautics, Automotive and HP Tanks

21 July 2015

JEC Group has revealed the program of its 5 conferences organised for the JEC Asia composites Show’s 8th annual session at the SUNTEC Center...


Formaplex Awarded a Trio of Accreditations for Automotive, Aerospace and Defence Industries

21 July 2015

Formaplex has been awarded three major certifications, adding to the ISO 9001 and UKAS management systems, already in place.


Resounding Success for Inaugural CIMComp Open Day

Resounding Success for Inaugural CIMComp Open Day

14 July 2015

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp) ran its Open Day on the 23 June 2015 in Bristol, UK.


NASA’s First Mars Aeroplane to be Made using Composites

NASA’s First Mars Aeroplane to be Made using Composites

07 July 2015

A prototype of the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-m, is planned to be ready for launch from a high alti...


Easyfairs Acquires UK Tech Events

07 July 2015

Easyfairs has acquired UK Tech Events, organiser of the Advanced Engineering UK portfolio of events.


Kineco Kaman Composites–India Dispatches First Lot of Mission Consoles to BAE Systems for P-8 Program

Kineco Kaman Composites–India Dispatches First Lot of Mission Consoles to BAE Systems for P-8 Program

07 July 2015

Kineco Kaman Composites India (KKCI), a Joint Venture Company between Kineco Group of Goa and Kaman Aerospace Group USA, has made its first ...


Formaplex Secures AS9100C Accreditation

07 July 2015

Formaplex has secured the AS9100C accreditation for manufacturing and machining composite components for aerospace, defence and space industries.


Beckwood Press Company Partners with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Develop Advanced Composite Materials & Manufacturing Processes

07 July 2015

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has awarded Beckwood Press Company a contract to manufacture a custom hydraulic press for the compression moulding of various composite materials.


Boeing Donates First-Ever 787 Dreamliner to Nagoya's Central Japan International Airport

07 July 2015

Boeing, airline customers, industry partners and community leaders joined together on 7th July, 2015, to celebrate Boeing's donation of the first 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplane to Centrair International Airport in Nagoya, Japan.


Vietnam Airlines Becomes World’s Second Operator of the A350 XWB

07 July 2015

Vietnam Airlines has become the second airline in the world to operate the all-new A350 XWB, following a special ceremony in Toulouse, France.


New Automated Cutter Means Increased Productivity for Formaplex

New Automated Cutter Means Increased Productivity for Formaplex

30 June 2015

To cope with increased demand for high quality composite components, Formaplex has installed a new Blackman and White Genesis high speed aut...


TRB Lightweight Structures Gains AS9100 Aerospace Accreditation

TRB Lightweight Structures Gains AS9100 Aerospace Accreditation

30 June 2015

TRB Lightweight Structures (TRB) have successfully gained AS9100 (BS EN 9100) aerospace accreditation, adding to the IRIS (International Rai...


AutoDISC Proposes Non-Destructive Inspection Innovation for Future Generation Composite Aircraft

23 June 2015

AutoDISC, an Innovate UK funded research project is developing a new system for Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) for future generation composite aircraft using CAD controlled robotics that will ensure aircraft are both safe to fly and have reduced aircraft hangar time, thus saving costs.


A320 Jetliner Starts Commercial Flights with Safran-Designed Ceramic Matrix Composite Exhaust Cone

A320 Jetliner Starts Commercial Flights with Safran-Designed Ceramic Matrix Composite Exhaust Cone

23 June 2015

The ceramic matrix composite (CMC) exhaust cone designed by Safran company Herakles, made its first commercial flight on June 16, 2015, on a...


First Qure Contract Achieves Customer Accept

First Qure Contract Achieves Customer Accept

23 June 2015

Quickstep Holdings have announced that a €4.24 million ($6.2 million AUD) contract to deliver the first Qure technology for a commercial cli...


Dassault Systèmes Launches “Build to Operate” for Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing

23 June 2015

Based on its 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Dassault Systèmes has launched its “Build to Operate” industry solution experience, set to offer OEMs and large suppliers the ability to monitor, control and validate all aspects of manufacturing operations - ranging from replicable processes and production sequences, to the flow of deliverables throughout their supply chain - each on a global scale.


Dassault Systèmes Launches New Industry Solution Experience for Aerospace Companies

Dassault Systèmes Launches New Industry Solution Experience for Aerospace Companies

16 June 2015

Dassault Systèmes has launched “Passenger Experience,” a new aerospace and defence industry solution experience, featuring high-end 3D visua...


New Aerospace Bracket Technology Specified for use on Bombardier Aircra

New Aerospace Bracket Technology Specified for use on Bombardier Aircra

16 June 2015

A new bracket technology suitable for use in hydraulic and fuel brackets for the wings, centre box and fuel tanks of aircraft can result in ...


NTPT Makes World’s Thinnest Prepreg even Thinner

NTPT Makes World’s Thinnest Prepreg even Thinner

16 June 2015

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) has brought a much thinner prepreg material to the market. 


Composites Distribution Teams with Hexcel to promote solutions for Composite Repair

16 June 2015

Hexcel and Composites Distribution are partnering to provide solutions for MRO that allow aircraft repairs to be carried out quickly and conveniently.


Tecnatom Presents Phased Array Technology for Inspection

16 June 2015

Tecnatom will show its first commercial system using phased array technology for through-transmission ultrasonics inspection (PA TTU), that is said to notably reduces the scanning time of components at the Paris Airshow, 15-21 June 2015, in Paris, France.


US Partner Country of Composites Europe 2015 and 1st International Composites Congress

09 June 2015

The US will be the partner country of this year’s Composites Europe, which will take place in Stuttgart from 22 to 24 September.


JEC Americas Enjoys Brisk Business in a Healthy Houston

JEC Americas Enjoys Brisk Business in a Healthy Houston

09 June 2015

JEC saw thousands of industry and market thought leaders gather for its 4th annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences which were h...


Airbus Launches Ship Carrying First Components for A320 Family Production in the US

Airbus Launches Ship Carrying First Components for A320 Family Production in the US

02 June 2015

Airbus A320 family aircraft production in the US is on schedule to begin this summer as the large aircraft components for the first US-produ...


bio!CAR Debuts at Composites Europe

02 June 2015

bio!CAR, a new conference for the car industry, will launch in September 2015 at the Exhibition Centre Stuttgart on 24 and 25 September as part of Composites Europe 2015, focused mainly on bio-based materials in automotive engineering.


Composites Innovations on Display at JEC Americas 2015

02 June 2015

JEC Group will commence its 4th annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences on 3rd June 2015 in downtown Houston, Texas.


Solvay Launches Time and Cost Efficient Tegralite Thermoplastic Lightweighting Solutions for Aeronautics Industry

02 June 2015

Solvay has launched Tegralite, a family of materials which offer the aeronautics industry new downstream solutions and part making capabilities that improve fuel efficiency and speed up the production, refurbishment and maintenance of planes at a lower cost.


NTPT Develop New Quartz Fibre Prepreg Material for Watch

02 June 2015

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) will supply the composite materials used in the new Richard Mille RM 27-02 Rafael Nadal watch.


Boeing and Terma Expand Strategic Alliance

02 June 2015

Boeing and Terma have signed significant contracts for work on Boeing commercial and defence products, continuing the long standing partnership with Denmark’s largest aerospace and defence company.


Creative Composites Pressing Ahead with New Investment

Creative Composites Pressing Ahead with New Investment

26 May 2015

Creative Composites has recently commissioned a new compression moulding press at its manufacturing facility in Northern Ireland, UK. 


Huntsman is Joining a Research Programme Combining Industry and Academic Expertise

Huntsman is Joining a Research Programme Combining Industry and Academic Expertise

26 May 2015

Spring 2015 heralded the start of a new research project for Huntsman Advanced Materials on Toughened Thin Ply Composites for Aerospace Appl...


Hexcel Launches Site for New Carbon Fibre Plant in Roussillon, France and Announces Capacity Expansions at Nearby Weaving and Prepreg Facilities

26 May 2015

At a special ceremony in France today, Hexcel welcomed guests to their site in Roussillon where it will invest $250 million in the construction of a carbon fibre plant. 


Dassault Systèmes Co-Leads the French Government Project “Industry of the Future”

26 May 2015

Dassault Systèmes is co-leading the second phase of the French government’s strategic push for industrial modernisation in France. 


Intertek Launches Non-Destructive Testing for Composite Manufacturers

26 May 2015

Intertek has invested in expanded laboratory equipment to further enhance its advanced composites materials testing capabilities, which service multiple industries, including automotive, aerospace, energy and building.


Haydale Named Lead Sponsor for Cambridge Graphene Festival

26 May 2015

Haydale will sponsor the Cambridge Graphene Festival, UK (5-6th November, 2015).


Airbus and Terma Agree to Explore Increased Collaboration Opportunities

12 May 2015

Airbus and Terma have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore expanded areas of collaboration in commercial aerospace, building on their existing cooperation in the defence sector.


Chomarat China Obtains EN 9100:2009 Aerospace Certification 

12 May 2015

Chomarat Engineered Textiles based in Taicang, China, has just obtained EN 9100:2009 certification, the European standard that assesses a plant’s ability to meet the specific requirements of the aerospace industry.


AVS-SYS: the New Name for AvSupport

AVS-SYS: the New Name for AvSupport

12 May 2015

AvSupport is rebranding to AVS-SYS with immediate effect, to better represent the increased range of capabilities and specialties that it no...


Altair’s Product Development Group Grows to Over 800 Engineers Worldwide

12 May 2015

Altair’s product development group, Altair ProductDesign, has reached a new milestone having expanded to more than 800 engineering and design staff across the world. 


Tecnatom and Alava Ingenieros Join Capacities for the Distribution of Non-Destructive Testing Instruments

12 May 2015

Tecnatom and Álava Ingenieros have confirmed their partnership in the area of supplies of non‐destructive testing instruments. 


Victrex New PAEK Capacity Now Online

Victrex New PAEK Capacity Now Online

05 May 2015

Victrex has successfully commissioned the first production stream of its £90 million third polyaryletherketone (PAEK) manufacturing plant as...


Renowned Automotive Industry Leaders to Judge Altair’s 2015 Enlighten Award

28 April 2015

A group of industry leaders will serve as judges for the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award, an award program created specifically to acknowledge innovations in vehicle lightweighting, essential to improving fuel economy and performance.


Fiat Amongst First Confirmed Speakers for International Nanocomposite Conference, INC 2015

21 April 2015

Centro Ricerche Fiat are amongst the first confirmed speakers at INC 2015 (Industrial Nanocomposites Conference), an international conference taking place 24th – 25th November 2015 at SpOrt Stuttgart, Germany.


11 Composite Innovations to Receive an Award at JEC Americas 2015

21 April 2015

In its mission to spot and promote the most advanced composite innovations, JEC Group has revealed the 11 winners of JEC Innovation Awards.


Cytec Opens New Custom-built Vacuum Bagging Consumables Kitting Facility

21 April 2015

Cytec has opened a new kitting facility based in Toulouse, France, adjacent to its existing Process Materials site. 


Airbus Defence and Space Joins the Altair Partner Alliance

21 April 2015

Airbus Defence and Space has joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA), bringing airframe structural analysis and verification to HyperWorks users with the addition of STRENGTH2000.


North Thin Ply Technology Plays Key Role in Thin Ply Research for Aerospace Applications

21 April 2015

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT), together with academic and industrial partners, have started a new two-year research project on Toughened Thin Ply Composites for Aerospace Applications (TPCA).


Fusible-Core Technology Enables Design of Complex, Victrex PEEK Fuel Housings to Improve Aircraft Fuel and Manufacturing Efficiency

Fusible-Core Technology Enables Design of Complex, Victrex PEEK Fuel Housings to Improve Aircraft Fuel and Manufacturing Efficiency

14 April 2015

In the manufacturing of complex fuel housings for the global aircraft industry, cost savings of more than 30% and weight savings of up to 50...


Solvay and 3A Composites Seal Global Specialty Foams Alliance to Secure Light-Weighting in Advanced Transportation

14 April 2015

Solvay and 3A Composites are joining forces to make innovative specialty foam materials for advanced transportation, offering for the first time on a large and worldwide scale a tailored, cost-effective substitute to traditional, labour-intense materials used to reduce the weight of applications.


Tri-Mack Expands Capabilities to Meet Aerospace Supply Chain Challenges 

Tri-Mack Expands Capabilities to Meet Aerospace Supply Chain Challenges 

14 April 2015

Tri-Mack Plastics believes that it has found the formula for meeting clients’ needs for lower cost, lightweight, high-quality thermoplastic ...


Altair Acquires Multiscale Design Systems for Microstructural Optimisation

14 April 2015

Altair has completed the acquisition of Multiscale Design Systems, developer of MDS, a family of products focused on micromechanics, microstructural optimisation, and life prediction of complex materials.  


HK Research ReFlex Gel Coat Polymer Brings Pure Protection to Marine Industry

14 April 2015

HK Research, brings the marine industry its new ReFlex polymer gel coats, one of their Revolution series of gel coat polymers, which represents one of the biggest innovations in marine coatings in more than 70 years.


Fokker and NLR Open High-tech ‘Pilot Plant’ for Composite Components

Fokker and NLR Open High-tech ‘Pilot Plant’ for Composite Components

07 April 2015

Fokker and the National Aerospace Laboratory have opened a manufacturing plant for composite aircraft components in Marknesse, Netherlands.


NetComposites Announce Call for Papers for International Nanocomposite Conference, INC 2015

07 April 2015

NetComposites will present INC 2015 (Industrial Nanocomposites Conference), an international conference taking place 24th – 25th November 2015 at SpOrt Stuttgart, Germany, and abstracts are now being accepted from potential speakers.


Automated Dynamics Issue Patent for Composite Lightning Strike Solution

07 April 2015

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued Automated Dynamics (ADC) with US Patent 8,947,847, which covers methods to automate incorporation of lightning strike protection layers into composite structures.


AGY Expand S-2 Glass Fibre Capacity

31 March 2015

AGY has expanded its capacity to produce S-2 Glass yarns and rovings.


Granta Design Launches New Solution for Qualification of Composites

24 March 2015

Granta Design has released a new software solution and service that supports a rigorous, auditable composite qualification process, particularly where data traceability is important for regulatory and other purposes.


Exova Laboratory Approved by Embraer for Material Testing

Exova Laboratory Approved by Embraer for Material Testing

17 March 2015

Exova has been approved by aircraft manufacturer Embraer to provide material testing services through its laboratory in Toulouse, France.


Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse Define New Chapter in Future of Solar-Powered Aviation

Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse Define New Chapter in Future of Solar-Powered Aviation

10 March 2015

Dassault Systèmes has renewed its ongoing technical partnership with Solar Impulse and publicly committed itself to the next phases of the r...


Haydale Enter Collaborative Agreement with Alex Thomson Racing, Hugo Boss Sponsored Extreme Sailing Team

10 March 2015

Haydale will work with ATR to incorporate graphene enhanced materials in their research and development programme to improve overall strength and stiffness of a number of key structures within the ATR boat.


3A Composites Invests into New Foam Core Extrusion Line in US

10 March 2015

3A Composites will further expand the production capacities of its Airex PET core materials.


Quickstep Wins Aerospace Australia Defence Innovation Award

10 March 2015

Quickstep has won the Aerospace Australia Defence Innovation award, presented by Aerospace Australia's chairman, Air Marshal Les Fisher, at a ceremony during Avalon 2015; the Australian International Air Show.


Composites for Better Living by JEC Design, Architecture and Art: JEC Group Popularise the Use of Composites at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

JEC Group introduces a brand new and exclusive program named “Composites for better living”, a sensory experience to publicise composite materials to designers and the general public at JEC Europe 2015.


KittyHawk, the Airplane Made with C-PLY and Designed by VX Aerospace, Wins JEC Innovation Award at JEC Europe 2015

KittyHawk, the Airplane Made with C-PLY and Designed by VX Aerospace, Wins JEC Innovation Award at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

The first carbon blended-wing airplane awarded for innovation and designed by VX Aerospace, will receive the JEC Composites Magazine Special...


Composites Evolution to Display Ecopreg Products for Mass Transport at JEC Europe 2015

Composites Evolution to Display Ecopreg Products for Mass Transport at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Composites Evolution will display a range of Ecopreg products designed for the mass transport industry at JEC Europe 2015.


Cytec Launches Ground-Breaking DForm Fabric Tooling Prepreg BMI at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Cytec Industries is launching bismaleimide (BMI) versions of its DForm fabric tooling prepreg during JEC Europe 2015.


Hexcel Focus on Composite Innovations for Aerospace, Automotive and Wind Energy at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Hexcel is exhibiting at JEC Europe 2015 to promote the latest composite innovations for aerospace, automotive and wind energy applications.


Granta Showcase Latest Technology Materials Information Management & Data Systems for Composites at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Granta Design will demonstrate its latest edition of its flagship materials information management software, GRANTA MI Version 8 which will be showcased at JEC Europe 2015.


Henkel Showcase Loctite BZ at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Henkel is exhibiting a range of innovative composite materials and solutions at JEC Europe 2015, covering automotive and aerospace applications.


Sicomin Presents Clear Coating, Laminating and Foaming Epoxy Systems for the Automotive Industry and Accredited Resins for Rail and Aerospace at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Sicomin will be showcasing foaming epoxies for complex shaped automotive laminates which are suitable for the production of strong, high quality, structural parts that are too expensive or complex to create using a rigid foam or honeycomb core at JEC Europe 2015.


Victrex Showcase Technologies Pushing Aerospace and Energy Performance Boundaries to New Levels at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Victrex will focus on delivering its cutting-edge solutions to the Aerospace and Energy sectors including the new Victrex hybrid moulding technology, enabling an unmatched combination of strength and design flexibility in aerospace components at JEC Europe 2015.


Altair Presents Simulation-Driven Design Methods for Composite Materials and Industry Examples at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Altair will present its solutions for the design and optimisation of composites as well as several customer successes at JEC Europe 2015.


JETCAM Showcases CrossTrack 3 and JETCAM Expert v18 at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

JETCAM will be showcasing the latest version of its CrossTrack and Expert software systems at JEC Europe 2015.


SAMPE Europe Summit Paris 2015: A Must for Everyone Visiting JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

On Monday 9 March 2015, the day before the JEC Europe opens its doors, SAMPE Europe will hold its Executive Summit at the Mercure Paris, Porte de Versailles Hotel, France.


Exova Wins Long Term Agreement With Böhler

24 February 2015

Exova Group, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, has signed a five-year long term agreement with Böhler Schmiedetechnik.


Victrex Plans New World-Class Polymer Innovation Centre

24 February 2015

Victrex has received £1.3 million in grant funding from the UK government’s Regional Growth Fund, subject to satisfactory due diligence, for its planned Polymer Innovation Centre.


Greene, Tweed Expands Manufacturing Capabilities for Ramp-Up of Xycomp Dlf Composites Production Programs

Greene, Tweed Expands Manufacturing Capabilities for Ramp-Up of Xycomp Dlf Composites Production Programs

17 February 2015

Greene, Tweed has commissioned additional state-of-the art composites manufacturing equipment to support the ongoing growth of production pr...


Advanced Manufacturing Breakthrough allows Greater Precision and Control for Injection Moulding

17 February 2015

Surface Generation has adapted its Production to Functional Specifications (PtFS) processes to improve the quality and efficiency of injection moulding manufacturing.


Exova Anaheim Laboratory Gains Airbus Authorisation for DMA Testing

17 February 2015

Exova has been granted authorisation by aircraft manufacturer Airbus to proceed with its specification AITM 1-0003, which governs Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) testing.


Cetim Secures Nadcap Accreditation for the Fourth Consecutive Time

17 February 2015

Cetim secured its reputation as a leading player in the aerospace arena by achieving accreditation from the National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap) for the fourth consecutive time.


America’s Cup Challenger Artemis Racing Selects Altair as Technical Supplier

10 February 2015

Altair today announced that it has been selected by Artemis Racing to serve as a technical supplier in the team's bid to win the 35th America's Cup in 2017. Areas of focus for this new era of wingsail foiling catamaran design include composites development, aerodynamics simulation, structural optimisation, and fluid-structure interaction. 


Zyvax TakeOff Helps Aerospace Industry Reduce Mass and Improve Fuel Economy

10 February 2015

Chem-Trend’s new release agent designed for lightweight composite materials.


Cygnet Group and University of Manchester Launch Knowledge Transfer Partnership

03 February 2015

UK manufacturer Cygnet Group and The University of Manchester’s School of Materials have secured funding for a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to advance the production of high-performance composite materials including carbon fibre, for use in the aerospace and automotive industries.


Daher-Socata Chooses Tecnatom and Acquires a State-of the-Art Inspection System

Daher-Socata Chooses Tecnatom and Acquires a State-of the-Art Inspection System

27 January 2015

Daher-Socata has acquired a new inspection system which be used for the inspection of very complex pieces of its new BZ1 helicopter.


Rhode Island Composites Alliance Receives Seed Funding

27 January 2015

The Rhode Island Composites Alliance (RICA), a newly formed partnership of companies and stakeholders focused on growing the composites industry in Rhode Island, US, has received $175,000 in funding from the Rhode Island Foundation and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation.


George Hollingbery MP Opens New Consuta Training Centre at Hexion CCT

George Hollingbery MP Opens New Consuta Training Centre at Hexion CCT

27 January 2015

George Hollingbery, MP for Meon Valley, UK, recently visited the Hexion subsidiary Combined Composite Technologies to formally open a new Tr...


L&L Bond Room Temperature Curing Structural Adhesives

L&L Bond Room Temperature Curing Structural Adhesives

27 January 2015

L&L’s A-K series of high performance structural adhesives, intended for use in structural bonding applications for vehicle assembly, cur...


Moog Test Controller Allows Inholland University’s Composite Lab to Test More Efficiently

Moog Test Controller Allows Inholland University’s Composite Lab to Test More Efficiently

20 January 2015

The Composite Material Laboratory at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences in Delft, Netherlands, has selected a Moog Portable Test C...


Strongwell’s Pulstar Technology a Key Component of New Composites Initiative

Strongwell’s Pulstar Technology a Key Component of New Composites Initiative

20 January 2015

On January 12, 2015, President Obama announced the $259 million advanced composites manufacturing consortium project known as the Institute ...


Two Chem-Trend Facilities Achieve AS9100C Quality Standard

20 January 2015

Chem-Trend has achieved the highest global certificate of registration for its quality management systems at two manufacturing facilities in Howell.


Swift Makes Lightweight Canoes Built with TeXtreme

Swift Makes Lightweight Canoes Built with TeXtreme

13 January 2015

Canadian canoe manufacturer, Swift Canes & Kayaks, released a version of their Keewaydin 16 model, featuring TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon ...


AIC Partners with the AMRC

13 January 2015

AIC has partnered with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) based in Sheffield, UK.


PhD Student Designs and Develops Revolutionary New Tool – ‘The Dibber’

PhD Student Designs and Develops Revolutionary New Tool – ‘The Dibber’

06 January 2015

A PhD student from the University of Bristol, UK, has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in th...


TenCate Advanced Composites Signs Long Term Supply Agreement with Kestrel Aircraft for new all Composite Turboprop Kestrel K-350

TenCate Advanced Composites Signs Long Term Supply Agreement with Kestrel Aircraft for new all Composite Turboprop Kestrel K-350

06 January 2015

TenCate has signed a long term composite materials supply agreement with Kestrel Aircraft, headquartered in Wisconsin, US.


Hexcel awarded "Best Research & Technology Partner 2014

23 December 2014

Hexcel has been presented with an award for “Best Research & Technology Partner” by Aerolia (Stelia Aerospace), acknowledging the strong collaboration between the companies in demonstrating the potential of HiTape technology for next generation aircraft primary structures.


Hexcel Acquires 50% Interest in Formax

16 December 2014

Formax is located in Leicester, UK with estimated sales in 2014 of approximately $45 million.  Hexcel’s interest is to advance knitting technology for future aerospace applications and provide scale for growing industrial markets.


Cetim gets Nadcap Accreditation for the Fourth Time in a Row 

16 December 2014

According to Cetim, 19 mechanical and physico-chemical tests were assessed. This new audit was carried out on the Cetim site of Nantes, France. Cetim says this was the fourth success in a row, without any non-conformity: a unique result in the world, which enhances the higher reputation of Cetim with the aerospace manufacturers and their subcontractors.


European Commission Funded Project 'Stellar' Invites People to Join Industry Stakeholder Group

European Commission Funded Project 'Stellar' Invites People to Join Industry Stakeholder Group

09 December 2014

Stellar, a European Commission funded project coordinated by NetComposites, is inviting people to join its Industry Stakeholder Group; a gro...


AIC to Custom Build Autoclave for UTC Aerospace Systems

AIC to Custom Build Autoclave for UTC Aerospace Systems

09 December 2014

AIC Group has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by UTC Aerospace Systems to custom-build an 18 foot diameter autoclave with state-...


Quickstep Secures New C-130J Purchase Order from Lockheed Martin

09 December 2014

Quickstep Holdings has secured a new purchase order for an additional 12 sets plus spares of C-130J Super Hercules wing flaps from Lockheed Martin.


New ASTM Standard Provides Testing for Interlaminar Fracture Toughness

02 December 2014

ASTM has released a new standard, D7905/D7905M, Test Method for Determination of the Mode II Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Unidirectional Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites using the End-Notched Flexure (ENF) Test.


Fokker Signs Agreement in Principle for F-35 Drag Chute Fairing Assembly

02 December 2014

Fokker has signed an agreement in principle with Lockheed Martin for the delivery of the drag chute fairing assembly for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II.


High Value Industries Converge at Record Attended Advanced Engineering UK 2014

High Value Industries Converge at Record Attended Advanced Engineering UK 2014

02 December 2014

Multiple advanced engineering and technology sectors within the UK’s advanced engineering and high value manufacturing community converged i...


Versarien Agrees Joint Venture with Dimar to form DV Composites

02 December 2014

Versarien has agreed terms to form a 50:50 joint venture with Dimar to distribute a new range of tooling for the composites industry.


Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse Define New Chapter in Future

Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse Define New Chapter in Future

25 November 2014

Dassault Systèmes has renewed its ongoing technical partnership with Solar Impulse and publicly committed itself to the next phases of the r...


JEC Values Asian Composites Market at US$ 32.2 billion in 2014

JEC Values Asian Composites Market at US$ 32.2 billion in 2014

25 November 2014

It explains that the main Asian countries participating in JEC Asia presented their current positions and ambitions for the future. Thanks t...


Victrex Celebrates Opening of New $25 Million Aptiv Film Plant

Victrex Celebrates Opening of New $25 Million Aptiv Film Plant

25 November 2014

Victrex has invested $25 million (£16 million) to increase its capacity to supply APTIV film with a new manufacturing facility being officia...


Two Chem-Trend Facilities Achieve AS9100C Quality Standard

25 November 2014

Chem-Trend has achieved the AS9100C global certificate of registration for its quality management systems at two manufacturing facilities in Howell, US.


Haydale Acquires EPL Composite Solutions to Advance Graphene Commercialisation Capabilities

18 November 2014

Haydale has entered into an agreement to acquire EPL Composite Solutions (EPL), a specialist in the design, development and commercialisation of advanced composite polymer materials both in the UK and overseas.


Tongji University ZEAL EcoPower Wins 8th Honda China Energy-Saving Sports Tournament Using Altair HyperWorks

18 November 2014

The Tongji University ZEAL EcoPower Racing Teamwon the 2014 championship of the Honda China Energy-Saving Sports Tournament using Altair’s HyperWorks, its comprehensive computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite.


Hexcel Breaks Ground ahead of new £6 Million R&T Facility

Hexcel Breaks Ground ahead of new £6 Million R&T Facility

18 November 2014

Last week, a ceremony was held at Hexcel’s Duxford, UK, site to celebrate the ground-breaking for a new £6 million R&T facility and addi...


Dassault Systèmes Launches “Engineered to Fly,” a New Industry Solution Experience for Aerospace and Defence Suppliers

18 November 2014

Dassault Systemes has launched “Engineered to Fly,” its latest aerospace and defence industry solution experience. This solution, tailored for small- and medium-sized aerospace and defence suppliers, enhances productivity from bid to delivery, offering an unrivalled competitive advantage.


UK National Composites Centre ‘Building the Future’ 

UK National Composites Centre ‘Building the Future’ 

18 November 2014

An innovative racing yacht, lightweight road cars and the largest openly accessible high rate manufacturing press for composites in Europe w...


CHOMARAT Opens New North American Facility

CHOMARAT Opens New North American Facility

11 November 2014

CHOMARAT has announced it has opened a new 58,500ft2 factory in South Carolina, US.


Morgan Advanced Materials Announces Groundbreaking Brazed Carbon Fiber ? Titanium Honeycomb Capability

11 November 2014

Morgan Advanced Materials has announced the development of a ground-breaking new capability of brazing carbon fibre, ceramics, composites, or other engineered materials directly to a titanium honeycomb.


Sicomin’s Marine Epoxy Resins Set New Standards in Performance and Reliability at METS 2014

11 November 2014

Sicomin, showcased their range of marine product solutions at METS 2014.


CGTech to Showcase VERICUT Programming and Simulation at Composites Engineering 2014

CGTech to Showcase VERICUT Programming and Simulation at Composites Engineering 2014

04 November 2014

The CGTech stand will feature the latest version 7.3 of its VERICUT Machine Tool Simulation, Verification and Feed Rate Optimisation softwar...


Premier Autoclave Service and Solutions to Rebrand Software

04 November 2014

Premier Autoclave Service & Solutions are to rebrand their autoclave and oven software. The official launch of Cure Manager will take place at The Composites Engineering Show.


Creative Composites to Exhibit at Composites Engineering Show

04 November 2014

Creative Composites will be exhibiting at the upcoming Composites Engineering Show at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.


Henkel and Quickstep Present Study of Benzoxazine Components and OoA Manufacturing Process for Aircraft and Helicopters

Henkel and Quickstep Present Study of Benzoxazine Components and OoA Manufacturing Process for Aircraft and Helicopters

28 October 2014

In the study conducted by Henkel and Quickstep, a benzoxazine resin was combined with a rapid heating and cooling manufacturing approach to ...


Huntsman Advanced Materials Focuses on New Generation Composite & Adhesive Materials for Aerospace Interiors

Huntsman Advanced Materials Focuses on New Generation Composite & Adhesive Materials for Aerospace Interiors

28 October 2014

Huntsman Advanced Materials Araldite family of processing solutions look to advance material science within aerospace composites.


Alcoa Joins TPRC as New Tier 1 Member

21 October 2014

Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) and the ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) in Enschede (The Netherlands) have entered into a long term partnership to share and collaborate in the development of thermoplastic composite technologies.


Solvay Specialty Polymers' KetaSpire PEEK Products are Qualified at COMAC

21 October 2014

Five of Solvay Specialty Polymers’ KetaSpirepolyetheretherketone (PEEK) grades have earned qualification at the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), a leading Chinese aircraft manufacturer, for use on its next-generation aircraft.


New Isojet 2K Revolutionising Aerospace Resin Applications

21 October 2014

International teamwork between Isojet Equipements and JR Technology Limited (JRTL) is set to revolutionise resin applications in aerospace and allied industries.


Henkel Introduces Loctite Benzoxazine

Henkel Introduces Loctite Benzoxazine

14 October 2014

Henkel has developed the Loctite Benzoxazine (BZ) composites family which includes prepregs, infusion resins, film adhesives and tooling mat...


Formaplex Expands Manufacturing Capacity with Major Investment in Three New 5-Axis Machines

Formaplex Expands Manufacturing Capacity with Major Investment in Three New 5-Axis Machines

14 October 2014

Formaplex has announced new investment in cutting-edge technology with the purchase of a 5-axis gantry milling machine and two 5-axis machin...


Nexcelle’s Integrated Propulsion System Nacelle takes Flight on the CFM International LEAP Jet Engine

Nexcelle’s Integrated Propulsion System Nacelle takes Flight on the CFM International LEAP Jet Engine

14 October 2014

The start-up of airborne evaluations with CFM International’s LEAP-1C powerplant represents an important aviation milestone, marking the fir...


New Hybrid Moulding Process and Material Innovations from Victrex

New Hybrid Moulding Process and Material Innovations from Victrex

14 October 2014

Victrex has collaborated with Tri-Mack Plastics to deliver unique structural aircraft solutions.


Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance to Host Demostrations at CAMX

14 October 2014

Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and more than 15 industry partners, will stage a “Super Demo” of  Vacuum Infusion, Reusable Bag Molding, Light RTM, Prepreg and more during CAMX 2014.


Hexcel to Exhibit at CAMX

14 October 2014

Hexcel will be promoting its latest innovations in carbon fibre and composite materials for aerospace and industrial markets including automotive and wind energy at CAMX.


Hexcel to Build Carbon Fibre Lines in Roussilon France

Hexcel to Build Carbon Fibre Lines in Roussilon France

07 October 2014

Hexcel Corporation will expand its carbon fibre production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fibre lines in Roussill...


Quickstep Enters Agreement with Vector Composites

07 October 2014

The companies have signed an agreement to integrate Quickstep's US facility with long-term licensee, Vector Composites.


Cytec Showcases Products and Technologies at CAMX 2014

07 October 2014

Cytec Industries will be exhibiting at CAMX 2014, a composites trade event and technical conference in Orlando, Florida, US.


RAMPF Presents Solutions for Modelling and Mould Construction at CAMX

07 October 2014

RAMPF Group will present its comprehensive RAKU-TOOL product portfolio for modelling and mould construction at CAMX 2014, from October 14-16 in Orlando, Florida, US.


Collier Research to Present Details of HyperSizer’s Analysis and Optimisation Project for Space Agency at CAMX

07 October 2014

At the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (previously SAMPE) Collier Research will demonstrate a key software programme used to lightweight the heat shield of NASA’s Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle—HyperSizer.


Sicomin Showcases Specialist Epoxy Systems for Aerospace Applications at CAMX 2014

Sicomin Showcases Specialist Epoxy Systems for Aerospace Applications at CAMX 2014

30 September 2014

Sicomin, will be exhibiting at CAMX 2014 (Composites and Advanced Materials Expo ) from the 14th – 16th October, Orlan...


Hexcel Promotes Composites for Aerospace, Automotive and Wind Energy at Composites Europe 2014

30 September 2014

Hexcel will be promoting its latest carbon fibre and composite technologies at Composites Europe 2014, in Stuttgart, Germany, from 7th to 9th October 2014. 


FRP Composites in Mass Transport Applications Event Keynote Paper Calls for Supply Chain Managers to 'Be Brave'

23 September 2014

NetComposites has announced that Graham Mulholland, Managing Director of epm:Technology, will provide the Keynote for its  Fibre Reinforced Plastics in Mass Transport event to be held on 1st October 2014 at The Roundhouse, Derby, UK.


Victrex Launches New Website

Victrex Launches New Website

23 September 2014

Solution-based and geared towards target industries, Victrex’s new website is now available at www.victrex.com.


NASA Completes Successful Battery of Tests on Composite Cryotank

NASA Completes Successful Battery of Tests on Composite Cryotank

09 September 2014

NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace ...


Boeing and Russell Athletic Give 787 Carbon Fibre New Life on Football Field

Boeing and Russell Athletic Give 787 Carbon Fibre New Life on Football Field

02 September 2014

Boeing and Russell Brands are working together to incorporate excess carbon fibre from 787 Dreamliner production in Russell Athletic protect...


Airbus Chooses AIDC as New supplier for A320 Family

Airbus Chooses AIDC as New supplier for A320 Family

02 September 2014

Taiwanese corporation to supply composite panels for aft belly fairing.


Prime Minister Unveils COMPipe - Revolutionary Weight Saving Technology

Prime Minister Unveils COMPipe - Revolutionary Weight Saving Technology

26 August 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has attended the official launch of COMPipe, a new technology developed by Sigma Components as part of the €1.8...


Material Data Management Consortium Focuses on Impact in Material and Product R&D

26 August 2014

There will be a fourth phase for the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC), focusing on “Managing data for maximum impact in material and product research and development”. 


Sierra Nevada Corporation and Lockheed Martin Unveil First Dream Chaser Orbital Spacecraft Composite Structure

Sierra Nevada Corporation and Lockheed Martin Unveil First Dream Chaser Orbital Spacecraft Composite Structure

19 August 2014

Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems and Dream Chaser program partner, Lockheed Martin have unveiled the Dream Chaser orbital spa...


MHI to increase Production of Composite Wing Boxes for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

19 August 2014

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will  investment in its for production facilities for the 787 composite wing box at Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works and Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works in response to Boeing's plan to increase production rate of 787 from the current 10 shipsets per month to 14 shipsets by the end of decade.


Sigma Expands with RMDG Acquisition

19 August 2014

Sigma Components has acquired RMDG Aerospace in a deal with Tricorn Group valued at £1.1 million.

Based in Derbyshire, UK, RMDG manufactures a range of rigid pipe assemblies and precision aerospace components for tier-one aerospace OEMs.

Mark Johnson, Managing Director of Avingtrans' Aerospace Division commented "RMDG has a great reputation with its customers and relationships with a number of major manufacturers providing good synergy with other Sigma sites. I'm sure that the capabilities and expertise of the RMDG team will be a fantastic asset as we strengthen our relationships with key customers, add new sales channels and pursue our strategy for growth and innovation."

Steve McQuillan, Chief Executive of Avingtrans commented "The purchase of RMDG further strengthens our position in the aerospace market, reinforcing us as a leading supplier to a number of major manufacturers. We intend to integrate RMDG into Sigma and to improve its financial performance by reducing our overall business costs as sales grow and by leveraging the greater buying power of the aerospace division. RMDG will slot seamlessly into the division alongside the other recent acquisitions in Derby and Farnborough, UK”


Boeing Announces Education Partnership with American Air Museum

19 August 2014

Boeing has developed a new education and outreach partnership with the American Air Museum and the extension of the Boeing-Air League flying scholarship programme.

The American Air Museum, which is located at the Imperial War Museum at RAF Duxford, UK, houses the largest collection of historic US military aircraft outside of the US including a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, B-52 Stratofortress and F-4J Phantom II. From September, 2014, Boeing explains that the new “Partners in Flight” programme will raise awareness of the role American Air Force service personnel played during World War II; encourage young people to continue with science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects; and deliver professional development sessions for teachers.

“RAF Duxford is an important part of the heritage of the partnership between the UK and the US and a site of acute historical importance that Boeing is proud to support,” said Sir Roger Bone, President, Boeing UK. “Boeing’s role as a corporate citizen helps benefit the UK communities in which we live and work and inspire future aerospace leaders through education and participation, as well as support the preservation of the story of those who made such significant sacrifices in conflict.”

In addition, Boeing UK will extend its gliding scholarship programme in partnership with theAir League, to the Academy of Excellence, Haggerston School and City Academy, all based in Hackney, East London, UK. Eight students aged between 15 and 18 have almost completed an intensive training course at the London Gliding Club after receiving scholarships to learn how to fly a glider. “Thanks to Boeing, the Air League is able to offer the opportunity to fly to more and more young people every year,” said Andrew Perkins, Director, Air League.


AIC Saves Hampshire Composite Manufacturer up to 7,500 Production Hours per Year

19 August 2014

AIC has helped a Hampshire, UK, based composite manufacturer save up to 7,500 hours of lost production per year (150 per week) by upgrading the control systems of eight ovens with its AMCS (Autoclave Management Control System).


METYX Composites Announce Fourth Composites Summit

METYX Composites Announce Fourth Composites Summit

12 August 2014

METYX Composites will host METYX Fourth Composites Summit on October 22-24, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.


Greene, Tweed and Aerolia Validate Thermoplastic Composite Replacement for Complex-Shape Metallic Parts

Greene, Tweed and Aerolia Validate Thermoplastic Composite Replacement for Complex-Shape Metallic Parts

05 August 2014

Greene, Tweed and Aerolia have successfully advanced the use of thermoplastic composite materials for Aerospace structural metal replacement...


Tecnatom Becomes Technological Partner to TAI

Tecnatom Becomes Technological Partner to TAI

05 August 2014

Tecnatom has consolidated its relationship with TAI to ensure the quality of its composite parts.


Hexcel Congratulates Vincenzo Nibali on Winning the 2014 Tour De France

Hexcel Congratulates Vincenzo Nibali on Winning the 2014 Tour De France

05 August 2014

Hexcel has extended its congratulations to Vincenzo Nibali and Team Astana on winning the 2014 Tour de France on bike wheels manufactured by...


Hope Technology Develops New Range of Composite Bicycle Components

Hope Technology Develops New Range of Composite Bicycle Components

05 August 2014

Hope Technology has just taken delivery of a Blackman and White Genesis automated flatbed cutter to help development of new range of composi...


GKN Aerospace to Lead Research Collaboration into Additive Manufacturing

29 July 2014

GKN Aerospace is to lead a consortium of UK companies in a 3 and a half year research and development programme called Horizon (AM).


c2i Completes Move to New Production Facility

c2i Completes Move to New Production Facility

29 July 2014

c2i completed its move to its new 11,000 m2 production facility in Dunajska Streda, Slovakia, 100 km from Vienna airport.


Isle of Wight College Secures £11 Million Funding for New Composites Training Facility

Isle of Wight College Secures £11 Million Funding for New Composites Training Facility

22 July 2014

The Isle of Wight College has secured a successful £11 million bid to develop a new 3,500 m2 Centre of Excellence for Composites, Marine and...


Dassault Systèmes and BoostAerospace Announce “AirDesign” Collaboration Platform

22 July 2014

Dassault Systèmes has unveiled “AirDesign,” the European aerospace and defence industry’s collaboration platform.


Airbus Launches A330neo Aircraft

Airbus Launches A330neo Aircraft

22 July 2014

Airbus adds new members to its Widebody family


Strata Closes Deal with PCT for Airbus A380 Parts

22 July 2014

Strata has signed a US$16.5 million deal with a Dubai company for superjumbo A380 parts.


GTR Achieves AS9100C Certification

GTR Achieves AS9100C Certification

22 July 2014

GTR has been awarded AS9100C & BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Certification.


JEC Group Announce Focus for JEC Americas Fall Event

JEC Group Announce Focus for JEC Americas Fall Event

15 July 2014

JEC Group has announced the highlights of its fall event in North America, JEC Americas, taking place 28-29 October in Boston, US.


University of Loughborough Develop New Composites Cutting Device

University of Loughborough Develop New Composites Cutting Device

08 July 2014

The University claims the innovative device makes machining composites as easy as ‘cutting through butter’.


Successful First Flight Test for Chomarats C-PLY Aircraft Model

Successful First Flight Test for Chomarats C-PLY Aircraft Model

08 July 2014

This wingless innovation, designed by VX Aerospace, took off for the first time in early June 2014.


Future Materials Group confirms $265 Million Acquisition of Vaupell on Behalf of its Client Sumitomo Bakelite

Future Materials Group confirms $265 Million Acquisition of Vaupell on Behalf of its Client Sumitomo Bakelite

01 July 2014

Market and technical intelligence from Future Materials Group has enabled Japanese client Sumitomo Bakelite to conclude its 100% acquisition...


Addition of Victrex PEEK to Leading Modelling Database Enables Aerospace Engineers to Innovate Faster and Design Lighter Planes

Addition of Victrex PEEK to Leading Modelling Database Enables Aerospace Engineers to Innovate Faster and Design Lighter Planes

24 June 2014

Three high performance thermoplastics from Victrex have been added to a leading material and modelling database called Digimat-MX to acceler...


Anaglyph Release New Version 4.4 of Laminate Tools

Anaglyph Release New Version 4.4 of Laminate Tools

17 June 2014

Anaglyph is very pleased to announce the release of the latest version of its Laminate Tools.

The company explains Laminate Too...


xperion and 3M to Provide Next Level Tank Technology

17 June 2014

xperion and 3M have signed an agreement to develop a new line of 3M-branded compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks for use in the heavy-duty transportation industry.


International and University of Michigan Team to Add Hands-on Lab to Automotive Composites Technology Engineering A

17 June 2014

SAE International and the University of Michigan are teaming up to launch the “Automotive Composites Technology Engineering Academy.”


Composites UK Opens 2014 UK Industry Awards Nominations

10 June 2014

On 11 November 2014, Composites UK will celebrate the achievements of the UK composites industry at the ever-growing Industry Awards Dinner, which will again coincide with the Composites Engineering Show.


AIC Saves Prime Aircraft Manufacturer over £48,000 and Benefits the Environment

10 June 2014

AIC Group has enabled a prime aircraft manufacturer to save over £48,000 from the running costs of one of its autoclaves, and at the same time reduce the amount of propylene glycol used by 24,500 litres annually.


Carbon Nexus is Open for Business

10 June 2014

Carbon Nexus, a carbon fibre research facility has been opened at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia.


SAMPE Seattle is Innovation in Action

10 June 2014

SAMPE Seattle 2014 proved to be a successful conference and exhibition both in terms of the high number of attendees and the large number of participating exhibitors.


Composites One Signs Agreement with Nexeo Solutions

10 June 2014

Composites One has signed a purchase agreement to acquire essential composites distribution assets from Nexeo Solutions, and the Nexeo Solutions dedicated composites distribution employees will join Composites One.


Hexcel Highlights Aerospace Innovations at SAMPE Tech 2014

Hexcel Highlights Aerospace Innovations at SAMPE Tech 2014

03 June 2014

Hexcel Corporation will be promoting the latest composite solutions and applications developed for the aerospace market at SAMPE Tech 2014 i...


Exelis Establishes Asia Pacific Headquarters and State-of-the-art Research and Development Facility

03 June 2014

Exelis has announced plans to establish its Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.


Solvay Specialty Polymers Launches New High Stiffness Grade of KetaSpire PEEK

27 May 2014

Solvay Specialty Polymers has announced the introduction of a new high stiffness grade of KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) that provides 50% greater modulus than standard neat PEEK grades.


Creative Composites Invests For Growth

Creative Composites Invests For Growth

27 May 2014

Creative Composites has ordered a state-of-the-art compression moulding press for their composites manufacturing facility in Northern Irelan...


Horners' Award to be Announced at Interplas 2014

27 May 2014

Interplas 2014 is proud to reveal the Horners' Award for Plastics Innovation and Design will be announced on the first day of this year's leading plastics event.
 
This industry-recognised accolade is promoted in conjunction with the British Plastics Federation and is handed out annually to recognise imaginative and innovative contributions to the development of plastics and its applications. Winners of the Horners' Award can include outstanding and original machines, processes and products, with entries reviewed by a panel of judges who assess each entry's significance for the UK market through its inventive and appropriate use of plastics.
 
The award is organised by the Worshipful Company of Horners, which was established in the 13th century in order to set and maintain standards in the ancient craft of the Horner. Previous winners include the Airbus A350 XWB Composite Rear Spar developed by GKN Aerospace, the Cycloc Secure Bicycle Storage System by Andrew Lang Product Design and the Vent-Axia Air Minder.
 
Interplas 2014 organiser Rapid News Communications Group has welcomed the news that this year's outing - which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, from September 30th to October 2nd - will be playing host to the major plastics industry prize-giving.


Third Annual JEC Americas Composite Show 2014 a Success

Third Annual JEC Americas Composite Show 2014 a Success

20 May 2014

The third annual JEC Americas Composites Show took place at the Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, US from 13 - 15 May 2014.


Boeing Receives First Advanced Composites from Strata Manufacturing

Boeing Receives First Advanced Composites from Strata Manufacturing

20 May 2014

Strata Manufacturing has delivered its first advanced composites parts to Boeing as its direct supplier.


Sikorsky Unveils CH- 53K Helicopter

Sikorsky Unveils CH- 53K Helicopter

20 May 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft has unveiled the CH- 53K heavy lift helicopter, the next generation in the CH- 53 type series.


Arcadia Aerospace Industries Signs Multi-Year Agreement with GKN Aerospace

20 May 2014

Arcadia Aerospace Industries (AAI) has announced the signing of a long term partnership agreement with GKN Aerospace to provide Non-destructive Inspection of large composite airframe components.


Airbus to Showcase Cutting Edge Products and Innovations

20 May 2014

Airbus will demonstrate its product family at this year’s ILA Berlin Show, Germany, on 20th May 2014.


NetComposites Announce Composites Innovation Two Day Conference 2014

NetComposites Announce Composites Innovation Two Day Conference 2014

13 May 2014

NetComposites has announced a two day event which aims to showcase material and manufacturing developments in FRP’s by presenting the best q...


European Project to Develop Multiscale Modelling Strategy to Simulate Impact on Aeronautical Composite Structures

European Project to Develop Multiscale Modelling Strategy to Simulate Impact on Aeronautical Composite Structures

13 May 2014

IMDEA Materials Institute has coordinated the JTI European Project, CRASHING with the aim to develop a novel multiscale simulation strategy ...


Airbus Working Group Sets Out Composites Recycling Roadmap

Airbus Working Group Sets Out Composites Recycling Roadmap

06 May 2014

Airbus has set up the Airbus Composite Recycling Advisory Board to establish the company’s vision, strategy, objectives, and roadmap for rec...


UTC Aerospace Systems Receives Nadcap Accreditation for Composites

06 May 2014

UTC Aerospace Systems' Engineered Polymer Products (EPP) facility recently received Nadcap (national aerospace and defence contractors accreditation program) accreditation for manufacture of aerospace composites.


Cytec Presents New Products and Technology Advances at JEC Americas 2014

06 May 2014

Cytec will be exhibiting one of Team USA’s Olympic Skeletons at JEC Americas at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, US, 13 - 15 May 2014.


Complete Robotic System Acquired By KAI

Complete Robotic System Acquired By KAI

29 April 2014

Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) has acquired a new inspection system supplied by Tecnatom which is described as the most complete robot-ba...


Huntsman RTM System Propels Research in to Composite Cryogenic Storage of Liquid Hydrogen

29 April 2014

A toughened epoxy resin system from Huntsman Advanced Materials is being used by the University of Bayreuth’s Department of Polymer Engineering, in an on-going research programme analysing the effective use of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for cryogenic liquid hydrogen storage systems within aerospace applications.


Plataine Wins 2014 JEC Americas Software Innovation Award

29 April 2014

Plataine has been selected by JEC Group as winner of its 2014 JEC Americas Innovation Award in the Software category.


NetComposites Announce Programme for ‘Joining Technologies for Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composite Materials’ Event

NetComposites Announce Programme for ‘Joining Technologies for Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composite Materials’ Event

22 April 2014

NetComposites has announced the final programme for its latest conference, which will look at the methods for joining fibre-reinforced polym...


Repeated Self- Healing Now Possible in Composite Materials

Repeated Self- Healing Now Possible in Composite Materials

22 April 2014

Researchers at the Beckham Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, US, have created a...


Technifab's New Aerospace Ducting System Features End Caps and Anchors Made of Solvay's AvaSpire PAEK

22 April 2014

Technifab has developed a new high-performance polymeric foam ducting system that features structural components made of AvaSpire polyaryletherketone (PAEK) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers.


JEC Americas, Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas Announce 700 Exhibitors in Atlanta

JEC Americas, Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas Announce 700 Exhibitors in Atlanta

15 April 2014

The third session of JEC Americas is attracting leading companies and associations to the event which is being held at the Georgia World Con...



Zodiac Aerospace and Hexcel present New revolutionary composite Y/C

Zodiac Aerospace and Hexcel present New revolutionary composite Y/C

15 April 2014

Zodiac Aerospace has teamed with Hexcel to develop L3 - Living Space, Lightweight, Leadtime.


Solvay Specialty Polymers' KetaSpire PEEK Products Are Qualified at Airbus

15 April 2014

Three of Solvay Specialty Polymers’ KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) grades have earned qualification at Airbus further broadening its ability to serve the aircraft industry.


Hexcel Duxford Celebrates 80 Years of Innovation in Composites

15 April 2014

Hexcel is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its site in Duxford, UK.


Quickstep Signs Long-Term F-35 Component Agreement with Marand

15 April 2014

Quickstep Holdings has signed a long‐term agreement (LTA) with Marand Precision Engineering Pty.


Owens Corning Introduces New Range for Rotor Blade Applications

08 April 2014

Owens Corning has introduced an enhanced WindStrand Type 30 roving products platform for weaving fabrics.


General Plastics to Introduce FST Composite Core Foam Series

08 April 2014

General Plastics will debut its new fire/smoke/toxicity (FST)-compliant polyurethane foam cores at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 in Hamburg, Germany, from 8 – 10 April.


Gurit to Highlight Aerospace Portfolio and Experience at Aircraft Interiors 2014

08 April 2014

Gurit will be showcasing its aerospace product innovations at Aircraft Interiors 2014. The exhibition takes place from 8-10 April at Hamburg Messe, Germany.


Future Materials Group Awarded Finance Awards for Completion of Growth Capital Investment Programme

08 April 2014

Future Materials Group (FMG) has been awarded two consecutive industry awards: ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ by Finance Monthly and ‘Industrial Deal of the Year’ by Acquisition International.


Composites Atlantic Wins Contract on Bombardier Global Business Jets

01 April 2014

Composites Atlantic (CAL) has won a multi-year contract with Bombardier Aerospace for the fabrication of composite parts on the horizontal stabiliser for the Global 7000* and Global 8000* business aircraft.


Altair Partner Alliance to Include MDS

01 April 2014

The Altair Partner Alliance expands its composites modelling offering with Multi-scale Design Systems(MDS) who has enabled its software, MDS, on the Altair license manager.


PPA Group Builds New Composite Facility

01 April 2014

PPA Group has completed its development of a Composite Facility at its headquarters in Wales.


AGY Introduces New Thermoplastic Sizing Systems

25 March 2014

AGY has introduced a range of S-2 Glass and E-Glass yarns complete with thermoplastics compatible sizes for use in woven fabrics and a range of other conversion steps.


New epm:technology Factory to Open in 50 Days

25 March 2014

Contractors are entering into the final phase building a new 60,000 sq ft factory for epm:technology.


FBGS Forms Strategic Partnership with 4DSP

25 March 2014

FBGS has entered into a strategic partnership with 4DSP, manufacturer of fibre optic strain, temperature and 3D shape sensing technology.


Arevo Labs Launch Carbon Fibre and Nanotube-Reinforced High Performance Materials for 3D Printing Process

25 March 2014

Arevo Labs has launched technology and materials to create Ultra Strong High Performance Polymer parts using a 3D printing process.


Strategic Alliance between Schuler and AZL

Strategic Alliance between Schuler and AZL

11 March 2014

The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) plans to begin manufacturing on a new composite press from Schuler by the end...


JEC Move Halls to Accommodate its Largest European Show Yet

JEC Move Halls to Accommodate its Largest European Show Yet

04 March 2014

JEC Europe Composites Show and Conferences 2014 will take place on 11 – 13 March 2014 at Porte de Versailles, Paris, France in halls 7.2 and...


Hexcel to Display Latest Innovations at JEC Europe 2014

04 March 2014

Hexcel states it will be promoting its latest innovations developed for aerospace and industrial markets at JEC Europe 2014.


Anaglyph to Exhibit Range of Composite Design and Analysis Software Tools at JEC Europe 2014

Anaglyph to Exhibit Range of Composite Design and Analysis Software Tools at JEC Europe 2014

04 March 2014

The company say the software on show includes Laminate Analysis Program (LAP), Component Design Analysis (CoDA) and Laminate Tools, as well ...


Cytec Introduces New Products and Technology Advances at JEC Europe 2014

04 March 2014

Cytec Industries will be showcasing its latest technology portfolio developments at the JEC Europe show.


Delcam to Show Latest in Machining with Robots at JEC Europe 2014

04 March 2014

Delcam says it will show its PowerMILL Robot CAM system at the JEC Europe.


Aviation Enterprises Mould Single Piece Prepreg Box-Spar Demonstrator

25 February 2014

The demonstrator, Aviation Enterprises (AEL) says, was produced to production-ready quality levels.


Tecnatom Strengthens its Presence in the United States with the Help of Marietta NDT

Tecnatom Strengthens its Presence in the United States with the Help of Marietta NDT

25 February 2014

Both companies have just signed a strategic agreement to position themselves within the top ranking companies in the US within the non-destr...


JEC Announces Winners of the 2014 JEC Innovation Awards

JEC Announces Winners of the 2014 JEC Innovation Awards

18 February 2014

15 companies and their partners will receive an Innovation Award at JEC Europe taking place on 11-13 March 2014 in Paris, France, for their ...


Manufacturing Technology Association to Showcase Innovation in Composites Manufacturing at MACH 2014

Manufacturing Technology Association to Showcase Innovation in Composites Manufacturing at MACH 2014

18 February 2014

The association, which will be at the event, taking place from 7 – 11 April at the NEC in Birmingham, will emphasise the importance for Brit...


SOLIDWORKS 3D Design Software Helps Shave Milliseconds off Bobsled Finish Times

SOLIDWORKS 3D Design Software Helps Shave Milliseconds off Bobsled Finish Times

18 February 2014

The creators of the Gold Medal winning ‘Night Train’ Bobsled, Geoff Bodine and Bob Cuneo recently shared their 3D design experience in the c...


Fulcrum SP Materials SP1/CNT Increases GRP-Epoxy Composites Toughness

18 February 2014

Fulcrum state it has delivered substantial improvements in interfacial properties of glass fibre-epoxy composites by coating fabric with carbon nanotubes using its SP1 protein.


Tecnatom to Provide Non-Destructive Testing Knowledge to CleanSky Project

11 February 2014

The CleanSky project, led by Airbus, aims to meet European Union initiatives by manufacturing more efficient aircraft.


Quickstep Delivers First Lockheed Martin C-130J Wing Flaps and Secures US $9.8Million Purchase Order

11 February 2014

Quickstep has delivered the first ship set of C-130J wing flaps to global security and aerospace company, Lockheed Martin.


Henkel Offers Range of Benzoxazine Resins for Injection Processes

Henkel Offers Range of Benzoxazine Resins for Injection Processes

11 February 2014

Henkel say that with high performance and a weight saving of almost 30% compared to metal alternatives in comparable aerospace engineering a...


Base Materials Partner with Russian Distributor BMP Technology

11 February 2014

Base Materials, a subsidiary of Base Group, has assigned BMP Technology as its distributor of pattern and mould materials across Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.


Cato Composite Innovations and AMAC Announce Strategic Partnership

Cato Composite Innovations and AMAC Announce Strategic Partnership

11 February 2014

Cato Composite Innovations and Michael Effing, CEO and Founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing ...


Cygnet Texkimp Launches Research and Development Programme

04 February 2014

A new research and development programme designed to drive the development of breakthrough technologies for the global composites and carbon fibre sectors has been launched by creel manufacturer Cygnet Texkimp.


Gurit Shows Gradual Recovery from Lows in the Materials Business with Strong Growth in Systems and Engineering

04 February 2014

Gurit achieved un-audited full year net sales of CHF 281.1 million, a decrease of 19.9% compared with 2012.


NetComposites to Bring Composites Industry Together at Composites Innovation 2014

NetComposites to Bring Composites Industry Together at Composites Innovation 2014

28 January 2014

The two day conference will showcase the latest research and technical developments in fibre-reinforced composites (FRPs).


Mitsubishi Rayon Develop High-Performance Intermediate Modulus Carbon Fiber Pyrofil MR70

28 January 2014

Mitsubishi Rayon states that it has successfully developed a high performance intermediate modulus (IM) carbon fibre, Pyrofil MR70, which largely exceeds the performance of conventional IM carbon fibres.
  
The company claims the new product, MR70, is an innovative IM carbon fibre which has strength of 7GPa (1000ksi), a modulus of 325GPa (47msi) and exceeds MR60H, a conventional IM fibre of Mitsubishi Rayon, by 20% on strength and by 10% on modulus. This high performance was achieved by having been able to realise the precise control of the carbon-fibre microstructure and the exclusion of the defects by revisiting thoroughly from the manufacturing process of the precursor.
 
Mitsubishi Rayon has already started production in a domestic plant and started sample shipments to users such as for aerospace and sports-leisure applications.
 
The company will accelerate development of the market from which a further high-performance carbon fibre is demanded such as aerospace use, high performance industry use, and sports leisure use by extending user evaluations.


PSG Appointed as Loctite Distributor

28 January 2014

PSG states it has expanded their range to include MRO consumables such as paints, oils, lubricants, sealants and adhesives.


Hexcel Receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

28 January 2014

Hexcel Corporation has received a 2013 Boeing Performance Excellence Award.


Fokker, TenCate and Partners Enter Next Stage in Innovation Partnership with Airbus

Fokker, TenCate and Partners Enter Next Stage in Innovation Partnership with Airbus

21 January 2014

Airbus, Fokker and TenCate have signed a contract for the next stage of the Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure innovation p...


Bombardier Selects Moog Aerospace Test System for Full Scale Structural Test on Advanced Carbon Fibre Wing

Bombardier Selects Moog Aerospace Test System for Full Scale Structural Test on Advanced Carbon Fibre Wing

21 January 2014

Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, UK to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale st...


Safran to Open New Research and Technology Centre

21 January 2014

The new centre, dubbed Paris-Saclay, is located south of Paris, France and Safran states it will enable increased synergies with Saclay.


TenCate Signs Agreement with Shanghai Leadgo-tech for Representation in China

14 January 2014

TenCate has signed a cooperative marketing and development agreement with Leadgo Advanced Materials in Shanghai, China.


New Autoclave Fully Installed at Royal Engineered Composites

14 January 2014

The company explains that their 12’x30’ autoclave is fully installed and operational. It says the clave adds a significant amount of excess capacity, both in size and number of cure cycles available for production.


FBGS to Enter Strategic Partnership with 4DSP

FBGS to Enter Strategic Partnership with 4DSP

14 January 2014

FBGS has entered into a strategic partner­ship with 4DSP LLC, a manufacturer of fibre optic strain, temperature and 3D shape sensing technol...


Cygnet Texkimp Supplies PAN Precursor Creel to World-first Carbon Fibre Research Plant

07 January 2014

Cygnet Texkimp has supplied a 30-position pilot line PAN precursor creel to the $100m Australian Future Fibre Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.


AnalySwift Partners with Altran to Link VABS with Optimisation Code for Wind Turbine Blades

07 January 2014

AnalySwift has partnered with Altran to release Altran’s upcoming optimisation code for the preliminary design of composite wind turbine blades.


Safran Invests in Polytechnique Montréal

07 January 2014

Polytechnique Montréal, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Safran are inaugurating the NSERC-Safran Industrial Research Chair on Novel 3D Composite Materials for the Aerospace Industry.


Engineering Student Wins Ian Marshall’s Award at ICCS17

20 December 2013

Rainer Groh, a PhD student at the University of Bristol has been awarded the Ian Marshall’s Award for Best Student Paper at the 17th International Conference on Composite Structures (ICCS17).


Mubadala and Cytec Announce Strategic Collaboration

17 December 2013

Mubadala and Cytec Industries have entered into a Strategic Collaboration Agreement to support the establishment of an advanced aerospace material ecosystem in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


Nammo Composite Solutions Expands Utah Operations

17 December 2013

Nammo CS, has begun expansion of its Utah, US, facility to support its growing manufacturing and assembly business.


DIAB Materials Used for Lightweight Seats on CRH380A and B Projects

10 December 2013

The company states the seats, developed for the aerospace industry, have found their way into Chinese passenger trains.


Mtorres Creates Mtorres America to Increase Support to the American Aerospace Industry

10 December 2013

Mtorres has announced the creation of Mtorres America, to support the American aerospace industry.


Kaman Announces New Agreement with Boeing for the Manufacture and Assembly of 747-8 Wing-to-Body Fairing

03 December 2013

Kaman has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Boeing for the manufacture and assembly of two major sections of the 747-8 Wing-to-Body Fairing.


Materials Sciences to Open New Greenville Manufacturing Facility

03 December 2013

Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC) states it will establish a new manufacturing operation in Greenville County, South Carolina, US, investing $1 million and creating 23 new jobs.


Quickstep to Receive AUD$1million Australian Government Grant

03 December 2013

Quickstep has been awarded a AUD$1million grant from the Australian government through the Department of Defence’s New Air Combat Capability Industry Support Program.


Composites Engineering Show Organiser’s Report Record Attendance at Last Week’s Exhibition

26 November 2013

The event, which took place on 12 – 13 November at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, recorded a total attendance of some 12,000 coming from all tiers and parts of the advanced engineering supply chain.


Successful Formula 1 Season for Teams Reinforced by TeXtreme

26 November 2013

Oxeon claim that its carbon reinforcements have been by the most successful teams and drivers in this year’s Formula 1 season.


Composites Evolution to Exhibit Ecopreg PFA at Composites Engineering 2013

11 November 2013

Composites Evolution will showcase its Ecopreg PFA biocomposite prepreg at the Composites Engineering show, which takes place on 12-13 November at the NEC Birmingham, UK.


Axis Composites Opens its New 3D weaving Capability at Northern Ireland’s Advanced Engineering and Composites Centre.

11 November 2013

Axis Composites says it is pioneering the development of the 3D-weaving processes for manufacturing high-performance carbon fibre composites.


Henkel Launch Loctite EA 9845 LC Aero with Lightning Strike Protection

11 November 2013

Henkel has launched an epoxy-based surfacing film for composites, which offers honeycomb-cored composites enhanced protection against lightning strike.


WrapIt Offers New Way to Test Curved Composites

11 November 2013

Phoenix Inspection Systems says a new development in ultrasonic probe technology offers a faster and more effective way to inspect complex curves and radii in composite components.


TRB Lightweight Structures See Stars for Recycling

11 November 2013

TRB Lightweight Structures have been awarded the Silver Star award from National Recycling Stars in recognition of its contribution to the reduction of landfill waste, recycling rates and overall waste management.


GKN Aerospace to Exhibit Advanced Winglet Lower Skin at the Composites Engineering Show

05 November 2013

GKN Aerospace will be exhibiting an advanced winglet lower skin, produced as part of an advanced winglet development project within the Structures Technology Maturity programme (STeM), on the National Composite Centre stand at the Composites Engineering Show.


Formaplex Joins the UK’s National Composites Centre

29 October 2013

Formaplex has become an associate member of the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol, UK.


GKN Aerospace Awards Contract to Exova

29 October 2013

The contract, with GKN Aerospace’s Western Approach facility at Bristol, UK, will see Exova’s Bridgwater, UK, laboratory providing production release testing for all of the Airbus A350 XWB composite wing spars.


Boeing and Oracle Team USA Partner to Recycle Composites in America’s Cup-Class Yacht

22 October 2013

Boeing and Oracle Team USA are collaborating to recycle 7,000 pounds (about 3,175 kilograms) of carbon fibre of USA-71, a yacht built for the America’s Cup campaign in 2003.


Solvay to Make Strategic Investment in Thermoplastic Composites

22 October 2013

mass-produced thermoplastic composites.


Prime Minister Opens Bombardier’s New Wing Facility in Belfast

15 October 2013

The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, opened Bombardier’s new wing manufacturing and assembly facility in Belfast, UK.


JEC Americas Highlights Acceleration in New Composites Materials and Manufacturing

15 October 2013

JEC says the second annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conference, held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, US from 2 – 4 October, reflected the growing commerce, collaboration and innovation that have come to typify the region’s dynamic composite market.


Phase II of Composite Data Management Project to Extend Support for Composite Innovation

15 October 2013

Granta Design it has announced Phase II of a project to enable effective management of composite materials information, providing essential support for organisations that are innovating in their use of composites.


Shimtech Group Strengthens Position in Composites with US Acquisition

15 October 2013

Shimtech has agreed to acquire Performance Plastics (PPI) for an undisclosed sum.


GOCarbon Fiber to Address New Opportunities and Challenges in the Carbon Fibre Industry

08 October 2013

The conference, which takes place in Seattle, US on 8-10th October 2013, will focus on changes in the carbon fibre industry.


AMT Composites Sign up to Distribute TeXtreme in South Africa

08 October 2013

AMT Composites has signed an agreement that gives them the right to distribute TeXtreme in the region. 

Andreas Martsman, Vice President of Marketing and Sales of Oxeon, says, “We are very pleased to have AMT Composites committed to distribute our materials and having signed up as an authorised distributor of TeXtreme. We believe that this brings benefits to the customers sourcing materials from AMT Composites, being able to select TeXtreme in the mix of composite reinforcements available.”

AMT Composites was founded 1989 and now have three branches and employs 38 people throughout South Africa. AMT Composites provide technical support and training on composite processing in addition to the distribution of various composite materials. 

“We are thrilled to add TeXtreme to our product range, for those customers looking for weight savings and better mechanical properties TeXtreme will provide us an extra edge” says Nigel Fotheringham, General Manager, AMT composites. 

TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon reinforcements are a unique kind of composite reinforcement suitable when looking to reduce weight and improve mechanical properties. TeXtreme is successfully used in NASCAR, Formula 1, Americas Cup and advanced aerospace applications as well as sporting good applications such as bicycles, skis and ice hockey sticks.


JEC Group Projects Strong Growth for Americas Composites Industry Over Next Five Years

01 October 2013

JEC is forecasting strong growth for the Americas composites industry through 2018 as the result of macro trends that are generating demand for advanced composites across multiple sectors.


NASA Announces Advanced Composite Research Partnership

01 October 2013

NASA has selected six companies from five US states to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification.


Composites UK Announce the Winners of the UK Composite Industry Awards 2013

01 October 2013

The awards will be presented at the Industry Awards Dinner on 12th November at the Crowne Plaza, NEC, Birmingham, UK to coincide with the Composites Engineering Show (12-13 November 2013).


Chomarat Announces the Opening of a New Plant

01 October 2013

Chomarat is continuing to develop its advanced composites and carbon activities with the opening of an additional plant in South Carolina, US.


Cytec Industries Features New Composite Products at JEC Americas

01 October 2013

Cytec will promote its range of advanced composite and process material at JEC Americas in Boston, Massachusetts, US October 2 – 4, 2013.


SICOMIN Showcased an Innovative Range of Epoxy Resins at Composites Europe 2013

01 October 2013

SICOMIN exhibited new product ranges at Composites Europe, Stuttgart, Germany.


Bombardier’s CSeries Aircraft Completes First Flight

24 September 2013

Bombardier Aerospace celebrated the first successful flight of its CSeries aircraft.


epm:technology Receive Business Support Award from Derby Enterprise Growth Fund

24 September 2013

epm: technology has been awarded a £4.75 million loan through the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF) which secured funding from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. 


DSM Helps Velox3 to Set a New World Record

24 September 2013

The winners of the 2013 World Human Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC) in Nevada, US was won by the Human Power Team from the Netherlands. Their aerodynamic composite shell was made from lightweight DSM materials.


GKN Aerospace Wins Horners Award 2013

24 September 2013

The Airbus A350 XWB Composite Rear Sparhas been announced as the winner of the Horners Award for Plastics Design and Innovation 2013.


Huntsman Advanced Materials Unveils Novel FST Thermoset Solution for Lightweight Composite Interior Aerostructures

24 September 2013

Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched a new high-performance and  flame-resistant solution for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength whilst answering continued demand for weight reduction in interior aerospace designs.


Gurit Launched Automotive Composite Materials Range at Composites Europe

24 September 2013

Gurit launched a new range of composite materials for the automotive industry at the Composites Europe Exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany.


Composite Fluid Transfer Wins JEC Innovation Award for its New Composite Pressure Pipe

18 September 2013

Composite Fluid Transfer has won a prestigious JEC Innovation Award for its new composite pressure pipe that features Celstran continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFR-TP) from Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese.


Harbin Composite Manufacturing Centre Delivers First Major A350 Part

17 September 2013

The newest Airbus joint venture in China says it is progessing well on A350 work packages.


Huntsman Advanced Materials Unveils Novel FST Thermoset Solution for Lightweight Composite Interior Aerostructures

10 September 2013

Huntsman Advanced Materials says it has launched an entirely new high-performance and inherently flame resistant solution for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength whilst answering continued demand for weight reduction in interior aerospace designs.


SICOMIN to Showcase New Range of Epoxy Resins at Composites Europe 2013

27 August 2013

SICOMIN will be participating at Composites Europe, Stuttgart from the 17 -19 September where it will showcase a new range of fire retardant systems and liquid expanding epoxy foams.


Matrix Composites Delivers Low Rate Initial Production Turbine Blade Spacers to Arnold Air Force Base

27 August 2013

Matrix Composites has delivered its final Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Composite Wind Tunnel Blade Spacer to the United States Air Force. 


ATK Technologies Support Launch of ULA's Delta IV Rocket Carrying Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite

20 August 2013

ATK propulsion, composite and spacecraft technologies supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, US.


University of Manchester Leads “Innovative Multi-material Multi-architecture Preforms” Project as Part of the EPSRC Centre of Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp)

13 August 2013

The project aims to incorporate multi-functionality, damage tolerance and fatigue performance in advanced composites, and at the same time reduce manufacturing costs and cycle times through selective multi-scale hybridisation and the careful combination of fibre architectures.


TeXtreme Supported DUT Racing Team Wins Formula Student Germany Electric Category

13 August 2013

DUT Racing from Delft University, The Netherlands, won the electric category with their electricity-driven car at the Formula Student Germany competition, which took place at Hockenheim race circuit on 30 July – 4 August 2013.


Unitech Composites Qualified as a Supplier to Airbus Global Supply Chain

13 August 2013

Unitech Composites has achieved qualification as a manufacturing supplier to the Airbus global supply chain for A350 platforms.


Quadrant Engineering Offers Composites Solutions for Unmanned Vehicles

13 August 2013

Quadrant Engineering Plastic Product’s (EPP) says the unique formulation of its advanced materials for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) are aimed at lowering overall weight and increasing durability in the harshest of environments.


Park Electrochemical Introduces New Composite Alpha Strut for Aerospace Applications

06 August 2013

Park Electrochemical has introduced Alpha Strut, a new proprietary composite strut design.


HITCO Receives Excellence Award in Manufacturing Technology Achievement

06 August 2013

HITCO Carbon Composites, a subsidiary of SGL Group, has received the 2013 Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award from The Composites Consortium (TCC) for its work in large-scale composite structures for US heavy lift launch vehicles. 


University of Bristol and the National Composites Centre to Benefit from Government Award of £85 Million to Composites, Robotics and Energy Storage Research

30 July 2013

Three key technologies identified as part of the government’s ‘eight great technologies’ to drive UK growth are to receive an £85 million investment for capital equipment.


Smithers Rapra Confirms Programme for GOCarbonFiber Conference 2013

30 July 2013

Smithers Rapra has announced the programme for the 16th Global Outlook for Carbon Fiber conference taking place in Seattle, WA, US, from 8 – 10 October2013.


Cytec Completes Sale of Industrial Material’s Distribution Product Line

30 July 2013

Cytec has completed the sale of the former Umeco distribution product line, currently part of the Industrial Materials segment, to Cathay Investments for total consideration of £5.5 million subject to customary post-close adjustments. 
 
Cytec say the sale is expected to result in a second quarter pre-tax loss of approximately £8.2 million. The divestiture was factored into Cytec’s previously communicated sales and as-adjusted earnings guidance. The distribution product line had revenues of approximately £13 million in the first five months of 2013.
 
Cytec also announced, in agreement with its joint venture partner, it has exited and shutdown their Process Materials Joint Venture in China and will enter liquidation. The joint venture, which served the Chinese wind market, was operated under the Industrial Materials business and was acquired as part of the Umeco acquisition. Cytec’s share of the venture’s operating losses were approximately £0.4 million annually. The closure will result in a second quarter pre-tax charge of approximately £2.2 million.
 
“These actions are aligned with focusing the Industrial Materials business on improving its existing business in its targeted growth markets”, said William Avrin, Vice President Corporate Development and President Industrial Materials.
 
Cytec also announced its initiative to move all production operations from the Costa Mesa, Adelanto and Huntington Beach, California, US sites, each acquired from the Umeco acquisition, into its Winona, Minnesota and Tulsa, Oklahoma locations. Approximately 120 employees will be impacted by this move. The estimated total cost of this initiative is approximately £17.5 million which includes about £8.5 million of capital required to move the products into the existing operations and approximately £2.5 million for non-cash accelerated depreciation expense. The remaining costs are for retention and severance plans, product re-qualifications, certain lease liabilities on impacted facilities and clean-up costs. Product re-sites and re-qualifications will begin immediately with final completion by year-end 2014 and, once completed, annual savings are expected to be £2 to £2.6 million.  Final closure of these California facilities is expected by mid-2015.  As a result of the above, Cytec will record a pre-tax restructuring charge in the second quarter of 2013 of approximately £0.7 million with essentially all of the expense amount recorded over the second half of 2013 and full year 2014.
 
William Wood, President Aerospace Materials commented, “After a thorough analysis, this initiative provides a clear path to creating a production foundation establishing high standards for quality and customer service to support growth and improved profitability of aerospace interior materials, specialty composite materials and a variety of industrial materials.”


Quickstep Secures First Manufacturing System Sale for €4.2million

30 July 2013

Quickstep has secured the first commercial sale of its patented ‘Quickstep Process’ system.


NetComposites-Hosted Technology Sessions confirmed for UK's Biggest Ever Composites Show

23 July 2013

Organisers of this year’s Composites Engineering Show, being heldat the NEC Birmingham on 12-13 November 2013, will again work in close partnership with headline media partner NetComposites in its two day open conference programme.


Quickstep Delivers 100th Part for World’s Largest Military Aerospace Programme

23 July 2013

Quickstep has announced that it has delivered its 100th manufactured carbon-fibre composite part for its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) contract with global aerospace company Northrop Grumman. 


DIAB Supplies Core Materials for the World’s Largest Turbine Blade

23 July 2013

DIAB says the 83.5m long wind-turbine is the world's largest to date.


Canadian Light Source Joins Network of Composite Materials Researchers

23 July 2013

The CRN is an initiative of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in collaboration with academia and industry partners, which supports the composites industry in Western Canada and beyond. It was launched in January 2012 with a CAN$9.8 million investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada.


Spatial Composite Solutions Installs Cabin Crew Trainer at CAE’s New Facility in Singapore

23 July 2013

Dubai based Spatial Composite Solutions has recently commissioned an A320 cabin emergency procedures trainer (CEPT) for CAE's new training centre at Seletar Aerospace Link, Singapore.


JETCAM expands European composite software operations with JETCAM Composite

16 July 2013

JETCAM International announced the foundation of JETCAM Composite, which will focus on selling its range of nesting and composite material management applications to companies in Europe.


AGC Aerospace & Defense Expands International Portfolio with Acquisition of Tods

16 July 2013

Acorn Growth Companies (AGC) and The Edgewater Funds have partnered to acquire U.K. based Tods Aerospace & Defence.


Chem-Trend Acquires Zyvax

16 July 2013

Chem-Trend, a provider of release agent solutions across multiple industries and applications, has acquired the Zyvax business.


DSM Assist the Nuon Solar Team to Prepare for the World Solar Challenge

09 July 2013

DSM has provided the resins and application technology used in building the solar car, Nuna7, which will compete in the 12th World Solar Challenge in October.


NASA Tests Game-Changing Composite Cryogenic Fuel Tank

09 July 2013

NASA has completed a major space-technology development milestone by successfully testing a pressurised, large cryogenic propellant tank made of composite materials.


Cranfield University Leads “Structural Joints using Novel Embedded Inserts” Project as part of the EPSRC Centre of Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp)

09 July 2013

An EPSRC CIMComp research project, ‘Structural Joints using Novel Embedded Inserts’ is underway with partners from the UK Aerospace, Formula 1 and prestige car industries.


Call for Papers’ Deadline Imminent for UK’s Largest Ever Composites Event

09 July 2013

Organisers of this year’s Composites Engineering Show, being held at NEC Birmingham on 12-13 November 2013, have announced the final call for papers for organisations wishing to be considered for a presentation spot within in its two day open conference programme.


Fiberforge Executes Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors

09 July 2013

Fiberforge has ceased operations and has executed and filed an assignment for the benefit of creditors in Chancery Court of the State of Delaware, US, on June 11, 2013.


Latest Version of HyperSizer Software Takes a New Approach to Composites Optimisation

02 July 2013

Collier Research has released version 6.4.5 of its HyperSizer structural analysis and optimisation software for composites.


JETCAM Plans to Expand Composites-Focused Reseller Network for its CrossTrack Composite Management Suite

02 July 2013

The move is in direct response to increased global interest from companies manufacturing with composite materials in CrossTrack’s real-time, end-to-end tracking of materials, material life, plies, kits, orders and nests.


Forward Composites Attains AS9100 Award

02 July 2013

Following a recent audit by the National Quality Association (NQA), Forward Composites has achieved AS9100C certification.


Victrex PEEK 90HMF40 Polymer Passes Airbus Qualification for Lightweight Aerospace Components

02 July 2013

Victrex has successfully secured the qualification of its VICTREX PEEK 90HMF40 polymer with Airbus.


Surface Generation Licences Processing Technology to TenCate to Lower the Cost of Composite Fabrication

25 June 2013

TenCate Advanced Composites has selected Surface Generation’s composite-processing technology as it says it is faster and more efficient in the production of fibre-reinforced composites for the company’s clients in the aerospace and industrial sectors.

By integrating Surface Generation’s patented Production to Functional Specifications (PtFS) processing technology into its capabilities, TenCate says it is able to reduce the cycle time to process composite materials to mere minutes. This step-change in performance significantly reduces the time and ultimate cost of manufacturing high-performance composites.

The companies say they will collaborate to further reduce cycle times by developing new innovative materials and processing solutions. Central to this is Surface Generation’s PtFS technology which encompasses a range of active thermal-management technologies, allowing temperatures to be dynamically controlled to the exact requirements of each mould area. By continuously adapting heating and cooling levels in real-time, quality is assured and throughput maximised.


Safran and Hexcel Sign a Long-Term Strategic Agreement to Supply Advanced Composite Materials for All LEAP-1 Engines

25 June 2013

Hexcel and Safran have signed a long term contract for the supply of composite materials for LEAP-1 engines, produced by CFM International, a company joint-owned by Snecma (Safran) and GE (General Electric).


TenCate and Fokker Sign Long-Term Supply Agreement

25 June 2013

A long-term agreement has been signed so that TenCate will provide thermoplastic composite materials for the construction of several aircraft components by Fokker Aerostructures for the international aerospace industry.


Turkish Aerospace Industries Win Contract from Airbus for ‘Build and Supply’ of Composite Rudders

25 June 2013

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has won a contract from Airbus to the build and supply composite rudders for the Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 long-range commercial jets.


NanoSynth Project Launched to Produce Graphene-Reinforced Epoxy Resins

18 June 2013

NetComposites is leading a new collaborative R&D project aimed at developing a synthesis platform to deliver industrial quantities of graphene-filled epoxy resins for advanced composite applications.


Fibrelite Expands Range of Composite Access Covers

18 June 2013

Fibrelite now offers company logos and other brand markings on its full range of access covers.


Gurit to Present Composite Materials and Design for Architectural Applications Before the American Institute of Architects

18 June 2013

Gurit will be exhibiting for the first time at the American Institute of Architects Convention (AIA) in Denver, CO, US, from 20 - 22 June on stand 1366, and will be showcasing advanced composite products, case studies and solutions for architectural applications.


Hexcel to Showcase New Products at the Paris Air Show

18 June 2013

Leading composites company Hexcel will be participating in the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget from 17th to 23rd June on stand F80 in Hall 2B; Chalet 142, Row A.             


GMS Composites Promotes High Performance Prepregs and Custom Prepreg Development Service at JEC Asia 2013

18 June 2013

GMS Composites is promoting its latest range of high-performance prepregs for the first time at JEC Asia 2013 on the Carbon Nexus stand (J20) in Singapore from 25 - 27 June.


German Aerospace Center and the National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands Sign Agreement on Joint Advanced Composites Development

18 June 2013

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands (NLR) have announced that they will sign a cooperation agreement in the field of fibre-reinforced composites.


SGS Carbide Tool to Showcase Bloodhound SSC for the First Time Outside of the UK at EMO Hannover 2013

18 June 2013

The stand, in Hall 5, Number B42, will feature the company’s solid carbide cutting tool technology, as well as the full-size model of the Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC).


RocTool to Sell an Exclusive License for Aerospace Applications

11 June 2013

RocTool is now offering a major aerospace leader the possibility to use their Heat & Cool technologies under an exclusive, worldwide license.


Aderis Launches New Hybrid Structural Adhesives

11 June 2013

Aderisis launching INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS (INES), its first line of hybrid structural adhesives.


Composites Engineering Show to Host Key Technology Content with NetComposites and Composites UK

04 June 2013

The Composites Engineering Show, being held at the NEC, Birmingham on 12-13 November 2013, will provide its most ambitious open conference programme to date, providing attendee groups with vital technology, market and strategic, value-added information.

Hosted on the show floor, the 2013 Composites Engineering Show’s open conference programme, in partnership with NetComposites and Composites UK, will provide an insight into the latest materials innovations, processes, capability advances and applications. A crucial component of this year’s open programme will be the NetComposites-hosted embedded stream of technology sessions covering biocomposites , sustainability and recycling, thermoplastic composites, nanocomposites and non-destructive testing.


TeXtreme Helps Rennteam Stuttgart to Win at the 2013 Formula SAE Competition

04 June 2013

Rennteam Stuttgart claimed victory at the 2013 Formula SAE competitions, held on 8 – 11 May in Michigan, US, using a car built using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics.


Vincenzo Nibali Wins the Giro d’Italia on Corima Wheels Made with Hexcel’s Carbon Fibre Prepregs and Primetex

04 June 2013

Hexcel customer, Corima, manufactured the wheels on which Vincenzo Nibali rode to glory for the Astana team in the Giro D’Italia, one of the major cycling Grand Tours.


Teledyne CML Receives Nadcap Composite Manufacturing Accreditation

04 June 2013

Teledyne CML has received Nadcap composite manufacturing accreditation AC7118 PAR Rev C at its Bromborough, Wirral, UK facility.


Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composites Structures and Advanced Composites Structures Australia Open Head Office

04 June 2013

CRC-ACS and ACS announce the opening of the new head office and facilities of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composites Structures (CRC-ACS) and Advanced Composite Structures Australia (ACS Australia).          


Analytik Student Project Investigates Portable FTIR Technology Applications in the Composites Industry

04 June 2013

The recent, exploratory project was undertaken by two students from the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge, to assess the uses of portable Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) across various composite markets on behalf of Analytik.


Great Bay Community College Offers Advanced Composites Manufacturing Courses through Newly Opened Advanced Technology and Academic Center

28 May 2013

The Advanced Technology and Academic Center (ATAC) which will be based in Rochester, New Hampshire, US will offer traditional academic courses and programmes in advanced composites manufacturing.


Minister Marks Start of National Composites Centre Expansion Work

21 May 2013

Construction on the second phase of the National Composites Centre (NCC) is now underway with a turf cutting ceremony attended by the Business Minister Michael Fallon.


JEC Announce Winners of the 2013 JEC Asia Innovation Awards

21 May 2013

Companies from Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Europe along with their partners will receive trophies at JEC Asia Innovation Awards, taking place on 25 – 27 June in Singapore. 


Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures wins CRC Star Award

21 May 2013

The Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) was recognised for its role in building international markets for Australian Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in an awards ceremony on 16 May 2013.


GKN Aerospace Creates Complex Composite Wing Structure using New Manufacture and Assembly Processes

21 May 2013

GKN Aerospace says it has successfully concluded a composite manufacturing and assembly research programme using out of autoclave (OOA) processes and materials and shaped woven preforms.


Formaplex Restructures Fast-Growing Composites Division by Opening R&D Facility

21 May 2013

Formaplex have opened a new, 3,000 sqft composites R&D facility and added to its expert composites team in Hampshire, UK.


NTT Carbon Fiber Reaches Agreement to Set Up Joint Development Programme with Xolve

21 May 2013

The development programme will use KORE carbon fibres, carbon nanotubes and Xolve’s graphene masterbatches.


Fibrelite's GRP Manhole Covers Address Cross Sector Health and Safety Issues

21 May 2013

Fibrelite showcased their full range of covers at the Birmingham NEC’s Safety and Health Expo which took place on 14 – 16th May.


Norco Opens New Advanced Composite Facility

14 May 2013

Norco GRP has opened its purpose built Advanced Composites Facility in Poole, Dorset, UK, as part of its ongoing expansion strategy.


Chancellor of the Exchequer Visits epm: technology

07 May 2013

epm: technology group are very proud to have hosted a VIP visitor, the honourable Mr. George Osborne - Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The visit to epm’s technical centre, based at Draycott, Derby, UK, has been a build up to the local elections on May 2nd.


Hexcel Celebrates Partnership with Airbus as A350 XWB Gets Ready for Take Off

07 May 2013

According to Hexcel, the A350 XWB which is the first Airbus with a structure that is more than 50% composites, is now ready for take off.


Sicomin Announces American Distributor at SAMPE

07 May 2013

Sicomin will be formally announcing its American distributor at SAMPE 2013, launching its products through Core Composites. 


Cytec Industries Features Composite Parts at SAMPE Spring Conference

07 May 2013

Cytec Industries will feature a range of advanced composite and process materials at stand I11 at SAMPE’s Spring Conference in Long Beach, California, US May 6 – 9, 2013. 

According to Cytec, the booth will have information about the company’s prepreg and resin systems, including CYCOM, LTM, VTM, MTM and HTM in- and out-of-autoclave products, and PRISM resin infusion systems, as well as SURFACEMASTER advanced surfacing films and the BR water-based primer. Cytec say it will also showcase a wide range of premier vacuum bagging consumables for aerospace and industrial markets.


Part Composite Cornish Cross Lifted into Place

30 April 2013

The 20 metre Cornish Cross has been lifted into place alongside the Tamar Bridge at Saltash, UK.


Hexcel Awarded Prize at Safran Ceremony

30 April 2013

Hexcel was awarded a prize at a ceremony organized by Safran to acknowledge the latest inventions by employees and their suppliers.


Frost and Sullivan Predict Non-Destructive Testing in the Composites Market to Experience Healthy Expansion

22 April 2013

Frost and Sullivan believe that stringent regulations, safety concerns and the expanding applications of composites will push uptake of non-destructive testing.


FBGS's "All Grating Fiber" Allows Adjacent Sensor Positioning in Composite Components

22 April 2013

FBGS have launched an “All Grating Fiber" which it says now makes it possible to position sensors adjacent to one another in large composite components, resulting in the monitoring of changes throughout the complete structure.


Quickstep Receives Largest JSF Purchase Order to Date

22 April 2013

Carbon composites manufacturer Quickstep has received F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter purchase orders from global aerospace company Northrop Grumman.


Intertek Responds to Industry Demand for Accredited Testing of Composites

16 April 2013

Intertek has expanded the scope of ISO 17025 to include composites testing.


Carbon Fibre Composite Brackets Made From Victrex PEEK Polymer Reduce Fuel Costs on Next Generation Aircraft

09 April 2013

Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing, a moulder of high temperature engineering thermoplastics, has developed Victrex PEEK composite manufacturing capabilities and produced brackets for use in aircraft structural applications.


Former Lola Colleagues Launch Forward Composites

09 April 2013

Former Lola Composites colleagues Paul Jackson and Ed Collings have formed a new company, Forward Composites.


ASTM Honours Contributions to Composite Materials Technology

09 April 2013

ASTM, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, has awarded the Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Award to Ozden Ochoa, Ph.D.Dr. Ochoa is the Associate Director for Science and Technology at the Army Research Laboratory Headquarters in Adelphi, Maryland, US, and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, US.


PPG Wins GL Certification for High-Modulus Glass Composition Fibres

02 April 2013

PPG Industries’ fibre glass business has received certification from Germanischer Lloyd (GL), a leading international certification body in the wind energy industry.



Kentucky Transportation Center Applies Aerospace Technology to Bridges

26 March 2013

The Kentucky Transportation Center’s (KTC) research team, in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Federal Highway Administration, recently determined that a product originally intended for aerospace technologies could be used to successfully repair damaged concrete bridges. 


Future Fibres Highlight New Automotive Composite Technologies

19 March 2013

Future Fibres are targeting the automotive sector following combined expertise with Persico in advanced composite fibres and precision tooling to produce prototypes of the carbon composite tub for a new racing roadster, codenamed RP-one.


New Single End Direct Roving Optimised for Acrylic Resins from 3B Enables PMMA Thermoplastic Composites

19 March 2013

At JEC Europe, last week, 3B-the fibreglass company introduced a new E-CR glass roving (SE4740) specifically designed and formulated for acrylic resins allowing for the manufacture and production of glass reinforced PMMA thermoplastic composites.


AGY Expands Sizing System Selection in Response to Industry Demand

19 March 2013

AGY has expanded its range of sizing systems designed to work with a wide range of polymer chemistries.


General Plastics to Spotlight Latest High-Temperature Tooling and Thermoformable Foam Boards at AeroDef Manufacturing

19 March 2013

General Plastics are participating in the 2013 AeroDef Manufacturing conference and exposition this week in Long Beach, California, US featuring its LAST-A-FOAM high-temperature tooling boards and flame-retardant aerospace-grade foam boards at Booth 142.


Composites Evolution Launch New Materials at JEC 2013

12 March 2013

Composites Evolution will launch a range of new materials and prepregs at JEC Europe, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France, on the 12 – 14 March 2013.


Boeing Becomes Founding Industrial Member of the Composites Research Network

12 March 2013

Boeing has become the founding industrial member of the University of British Columbia’s Composites Research Network (CRN).


JEC Group Unveils New Trends in the European Composites Market

12 March 2013

JEC Group has identified five developments in the market that could grow even bigger by 2030.


Ticona Receives Aeronautics Prize for Helicopter Thermoplastic Composite Tailplane

12 March 2013

Ticona has received a JEC Innovation Award for the first thermoplastic composite tailplane developed and put into production for a helicopter.


Formaplex to Expand Manufacturing Capacity

12 March 2013

Formaplex has expanded its pattern manufacturing capacity in the UK by nearly a third with investment in two new CMS Aries 4826 5-axis-machines.


Resolute Racing Shells Teams Up With Crawford High Performance Composites to Create Custom Designed Shells

12 March 2013

Resolute Racing Shells has partnered with Crawford High Performance Composites to create custom racing shells. They say the bespoke Crawford/Resolute Design shells will feature proprietary aerospace composite technology that will ensure world-class performance and light weight combined with legendary stiffness and three times the durability. A prototype will be available May 2013 and introduced at the Men’s Eastern Sprints and the Women’s NCAA tournament.


TeXtreme Cars Successful at Daytona 500

06 March 2013

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) season got off to a good start for cars using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon reinforcements by winning the Daytona 500 race and obtaining 4 out of the 5 top positions.


Barrday Highlights Thermoplastic Composite Materials at JEC Europe

06 March 2013

Barrday will showcase a range of thermoplastic materials tailored for the aerospace, military/defence, protective and energy markets, including uni-directional tapes, powder coated semi-pregs and pressed laminates at JEC Europe, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France, next week.


New Victrex Peek HMF Polymers Meet Industry Demands for Weight Savings and Reliability

06 March 2013

Victrex has introduced Victrex PEEK HMF polymers based on the Victrex 90-Series formulation which has primarily been used to mould tough, thin-wall parts, which will be showcased at JEC Europe, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France, next week.


Atlas Composites Join Forces with Senior

06 March 2013

International manufacturing group Senior has acquired 100% shareholding of Atlas Composites.


Tufnol Receives AS9100 REV C Accreditation

05 March 2013

Tufnol Composites has reaffirmed their position as a supplier to the aerospace industry by securing AS 9100 Revision C accreditation for the second time around.


CTG Opens State-of-the-Art Composite Centre of Excellence

05 March 2013

CTG has completed the construction and fit out of a state-of-the-art Composite Centre of Excellence facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK.


European Consortium Builds Innovative Project to Design and Develop New Wafer Structures for Transport Aircraft

19 February 2013

WASIS project, titled “Composite fuselage section Wafer Design Approach for Safety Increasing in Worst Case Situations and Joints Minimizing” aims to develop an all composite fuselage section structure based on the wafer (also called lattice) structural approach.


New CMM Machine Expands ACP’s Quality Capabilities

19 February 2013

ACP Composites is expanding its quality capabilities with the addition of a Helmel Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) to deliver precise, accurate manufactured components for the medical, aerospace and defence industries.


IYRS Open House Gives Attendees an Opportunity to Explore Composites Careers

12 February 2013

Individuals interested in pursuing a career track in the composites field will have a chance to explore training and career options during a February open house at IYRS, a marine trades and technology school based in Bristol, Rhode Island, US.


AMRC and WARDJet Showcase Waterjet Capabilities

05 February 2013

Over 100 manufacturers visited the University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing in January to find out about the capabilities of its giant new waterjet machine.


Cytec to Display Latest Technology at Compotec 2013

05 February 2013

Cytec will be displaying a selection of vacuum bagging consumables, infusion materials, reusable vacuum systems and complementary products on Stand 852 at Compotec 2013.


Hexcel Receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

29 January 2013

Hexcel has announced that it has received a 2012 Boeing Performance Excellence Award.


TenCate Acquires Amber Composites

22 January 2013

TenCate has reached an agreement on the acquisition of Amber Composites, a UK-based manufacturer of thermoset composites for the industrial and automotive market.


Formal Inauguration of Kineco and Kaman Joint Venture

22 January 2013

Kineco and Kaman Aerospace Group have formally inaugurated their joint venture in Goa, India.


Thermwood Releases NEW High Performance Model 77 Series

22 January 2013

Thermwood Corporation has released a new High Performance M77 Series, 5 Axis CNC Machining Centre.


GKN Aerospace Delivers First Winglet Set for Bombardier CSeries Aircraft

15 January 2013

GKN Aerospace has delivered the first production aircraft set of winglets to Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, UK, for the new Bombardier CSeries aircraft that will serve the 100- to 149-seat market segment.


Twaron Spinning Process is Key to Carbon Nanotube Fiber Breakthrough

15 January 2013

Researchers at Teijin Aramid, based in the Netherlands, and Rice University in the US, have published their research findings on a new generation of super fibers in the leading scientific journal, Science.


University Of Nevada Partners with Abaris to Offer Advanced Training Program in High-Tech Materials

15 January 2013

The University of Nevada, Reno, US, is partnering with Abaris Training Resources to deliver three weeklong courses in advanced composite manufacturing beginning in January 2013.


Integran Achieves AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008 Certifications

15 January 2013

Integran has received its AS9100C:2009 certification after an audit of their quality systems which applies to its Toronto, Canada, facility for the design, development and application of advanced activation and electrode position processes based on patented technologies.


JEC Group has a full house for JEC Europe 2013

08 January 2013

JEC Europe, March 12 – 14, 2013, at the Paris Porte de Versailles, France, has sold out.


Gurit to Implement a Globally Unified Brand

08 January 2013

Gurit is implementing a unified global brand strategy to reflect its comprehensive offering, global geographic presence and ever wider industry reach.


Caterham Group Gets Together at the Autosport International Show

08 January 2013

Caterham Cars, Caterham Composites and Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI) will be showcasing their combined expertise and experience of lightweight structures at Autosport International (stand 2520, in Hall 20), demonstrating how they use a range of metallic and composite solutions to benefit a range of transportation industries, i.e. automotive, aerospace, motorsport, or marine.


TenCate Qualified to Supply Composite Material for Leading Global Automotive Customer

18 December 2012

TenCate Advanced Composites has been successful in qualifying to supply carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite material for a leading global automotive customer.


UTC Aerospace Systems Achieves AS9100 Certification for Advanced Composites

18 December 2012

UTC Aerospace Systems’ advanced composites manufacturer, CTG, has achieved the quality management standard for the aerospace industry, AS9100 (Rev C).


Matrix Composites Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Produce Key Components for the US Army

18 December 2012

Matrix Composites has been awarded a contract from Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC) to produce carbon fibre reinforced composite Hardback assemblies for the US Army’s Reduced Weight Missile Launcher (RWML) Program. 


UK’s First CPC Autoclave Upgrade for Aerospace Composites Manufacturer

11 December 2012

Atlas Composites has partnered with ASC Process Systems to upgrade its autoclave processes at its 25,000 sq ft composites manufacturing facility.


A320 Sharklet EASA Certification Paves the Way for Airlines to Benefit from Significant Fuel Savings Potential

04 December 2012

Airbus has achieved on schedule certification for its new fuel-saving Sharklets for the A320 Family with CFM engines. This certification received from the European airworthiness authorities (EASA) will be followed very soon by the US FAA.


Solvay Launches Sinterline - The First Polyamide 6 Powder for Laser Sintering

04 December 2012

Solvay’s Engineering Plastics business unit announces the launch of Sinterline™ the first range of PA6 powders developed specifically for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). This additive layer manufacturing technology allows the rapid creation of complex parts.


Seventh Edition of Feiplar Composites and Feipur International Congress Held on 6 - 8 November 2012

04 December 2012

From November 6th to 8th 2012, the seventh edition of Feiplar Composies & Feipur – International Congress and Exhibition on Composites, Polyurethane and Engineering Plastics was held in São Paulo, Brazil, at Expo Center Norte, Green Hall, with more than 280 exhibitors from 26 countries and more than 14,500 visitors.


DSM’s Lightweight Container Makes Transport More Efficient

27 November 2012

DSM presented a new lightweight transport container at the Intermodal Europe 2012 tradeshow in Amsterdam that it says could lead to considerable cost savings and increased efficiency in the transport sector. 


Innovative Composite Engineering Gain AS9100:2009 Certification

27 November 2012

Innovative Composite Engineering’s White Salmon, Washington, US, facility has been certified to the AS9100:2009 Rev C Quality Management System standard after successfully passing a certification audit by Orion Registrar.


UK Advanced Engineering Industries Converge For Record Sector Event at NEC Birmingham

20 November 2012

A number of sectors within the UK’s advanced engineering and high value manufacturing community converged in record numbers at NEC Birmingham on the 7 - 8 November 2012, as part of the Advanced Engineering UK 2012 group of events.


GKN Aerospace and SAMC Extend MOU and Conclude Operating Agreement

20 November 2012

GKN Aerospace and Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company (SAMC) have revised their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and signed further agreements covering manufacturing development and intellectual property rights for structures for the COMAC 919 next generation, twin turbofan, narrow body, 150 seat aircraft.


Cytec and Surface Generation Trials Highlight Step-Change in Carbon Fibre Manufacturing

20 November 2012

Trials conducted by Cytec’s Industrial Materials and Surface Generation have demonstrated a significant advance in the production of carbon fibre-reinforced composite parts.


Boeing 737 MAX Achieves 'Firm Concept'

20 November 2012

Boeing has finished defining in broad terms its newest single-aisle airplane, the 737 MAX, recently completing a major milestone in development known as 'Firm Concept'.


Exceptional Turnout at Inaugural JEC Americas Composites Show & Conference

20 November 2012

JEC’s inaugural composites conferences and show for the Americas, held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from 7 – 9 November, exceeded the composites industry’s expectations with an impressive showing of participating companies and expert presenters.


New Research on Selective Tape Laying of Composite Structures

13 November 2012

New research will demonstrate the localised placement of different fibre-reinforced thermoplastic tapes in a single component, to create locally reinforced structures that are fully weight-optimised. 


Loiretech Specifies Araldite 8615 Resin for Airbus Project

13 November 2012

Araldite 8615 resin has been used by French tooling specialist Loiretech in the manufacturing process of the prototype phase for the lower front panels on the new A350 Airbus.


Dassault Systèmes Launches a New Industry Solution Experience

13 November 2012

Aerospace and defence companies will be able to configure the right concept for their customers and know from the earliest stages that they can deliver it on budget and on time.


Cygnet Tex-Web Seals £5m China Deal

13 November 2012

Fibre processing company Cygnet Tex-Web has won a £5m contract to supply five PAN precursor creels to Jiangsu Hengshen Fiber Materials, one of the largest carbon fibre and composites manufacturers in Jiangsu Province, China.


Hexcel Wins Innovation Award for Aerospace at JEC Americas Show

13 November 2012

At the first JEC Americas show that took place in Boston, US, on November 7 - 9, Hexcel received the JEC Innovation Award for Aerospace for its technologyHexMC.


New Technology Centre Puts Nottingham at Forefront of Aerospace Research

07 November 2012

The 2000m2 Centre at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP), will eventually house over 100 staff, including secondees from industry with researchers working on specific projects to develop new aerospace technology and on ways to transfer that knowledge more effectively from academia to industry.


AGY Introduces New Sizing Systems for a Wide Range of Thermoplastic Resins

30 October 2012

AGY has introduced new sizing systems designed to give the full range of AGY rovings and yarns compatibility with a wide range of thermoplastic resins from engineering materials including polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), polycarbonate (PC), and polyamide 6 and 6.6 (PA6 and PA 6.6) and high performance materials including polyetheretherketone (PEEK), polyetherketoneketone (PEKK), polyamide 11 and 12 (PA11 and PA12), and polyetherimide (PEI).


Lotus F1 Team Adopts Anaglyph's Laminate Tools as Primary Tool

23 October 2012

The Lotus F1 team has adopted Anaglyph's Laminate Tools package as its primary tool in the Stress based ply definition of its chassis laminate.


The UK Composites Strategy - Next Steps

23 October 2012

With the previously forecast expansion in the use of composites materials beginning to have a real impact on the industrial landscape, the Composites Leadership Forum has been formed to deliver the next stage of the UK Composite Strategy; its inaugural meeting was held on 10 October.


Chomarat Certified for Aerospace Industry

16 October 2012

Chomarat has obtained the certification EN 9100: 2009, "Quality Management standard for the aerospace industry."


Angstron Materials to Deliver Technical Presentation at Korea Graphene Industry Workshop

16 October 2012

Angstron Materialswill demonstrate the capability of its nano graphene platelets for commercial applications of graphene-based material at the 3rd Korea Graphene Industry Workshop on November 6, 2012, at Johnson Hall, Korea Institute of Science and Technology in Seoul, South Korea.


Dutch Thermoplastic Components to Display CFRTP Composite Parts at the Composites Engineering Show

15 October 2012

Dutch Thermoplastic Components (DTC) will be exhibiting a range of high performance continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) parts at UK Composites Engineering Show at the NEC Birmingham, 9th -10th November 2011.   


DSM is Taking Human-Powered Vehicles to the Next Level

09 October 2012

At the 2012 World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada, the Human Power Team from the Netherlands was named as winner achieving a top speed of 128 km/h.


A Vibrant Composites Industry Gathers at a Full JEC Americas

09 October 2012

A number of networking events, prestigious personalities, visionary conference speakers, exhibitors, delegates, academics and visitors will converge next month at JEC Americas held in Boston, US, on the 7 – 9 November.


Establishment of European Thermoplastic Automotive Composites Consortium

09 October 2012

DTC Dutch Thermoplastic Components, Kok & Van Engelen, NLR National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands, TenCate Advanced Composites and VIRO have decided to collaborate in the European Thermoplastic Automotive Composites consortium (eTAC).


GKN’s Extended Engine Structures Support Business Features at MRO Europe

09 October 2012

GKN Aerospace’s extended aero-engine aftermarket operation is a focus for the company on booth 11250 at MRO Europe, 9 – 11 October in Amsterdam, alongside its established MRO activities across transparencies, composites and ice protection.


Automotive Engineering Free Forums to Include Low Carbon Agenda

02 October 2012

Low carbon vehicle engineering takes centre stage at the inaugural ‘Automotive Engineering’ show 2012, within the Advanced Engineering UK group of events.


Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Unveiled

02 October 2012

Wednesday 19th September saw the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, welcome Atlas Composites Managing Director, Shaun Moloney, and a select group of guests to the official launch of Nottingham Universities new £3.5 million Institute for Advanced Manufacturing.


MC Gill Speak at Composites World Conference

02 October 2012

MC Gill’s Director of Research and Development, Matt Lowry, was invited to be a speaker at the Composites World's 2012 High-Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors Conference, September 25-26, 2012, in Seattle, Washington, US.


Danish Minister Visits Terma

02 October 2012

Future jobs, high technology, and the value of education relative to preserving production jobs in Denmark were the topics pinpointed when Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education Morten Østergaard (RV) visited the aerospace, security, and space group Terma at Lystrup on 24 September, 2012.


Quickstep Receives US$12 Million Lockheed Martin Purchase Order

02 October 2012

Carbon composites manufacturer Quickstep has secured its largest aerospace production order to date, covering the manufacture and delivery of composite carbon fibre wing flaps for 24 Lockheed Martin C-130J ‘Hercules’ aircraft.


Boeing, American Airlines, FAA collaborate on 737 ecoDemonstrator Aeroplane

25 September 2012

Boeing and American Airlines have showcased a Next-Generation 737-800 aeroplane known as ecoDemonstrator in Washington, US, to highlight testing of environmentally progressive technologies.


MTorres Acquires Seattle Based Aerospace Tooling and Equipment Supplier Pacifica Engineering

25 September 2012

MTorres and Pacifica have signed an agreement for the acquisition of 100% of Pacifica Engineering shares; final closing of the transaction is pending on regulatory approvals.


Texkimp and Web Processing Join Forces in Cygnet Tex-Web Launch

25 September 2012

Texkimp and Web Processing have merged to create a new UK-based business providing complete downstream machinery solutions to the performance textiles, automotive and aerospace industries.


Integran Awarded Patent for Vacuum-Tight Nanometal Coating 

18 September 2012

Integran Technologies has received patent protection (US 8,247,050) for its vacuum tight, pore free, and tough electroplated nanometals for thermoplastic and composite parts. 


Lotus F1 Team Adopts Anaglyph's Laminate Tools

18 September 2012

Lotus F1  team has adopted Anaglyph’s Laminate tools is its primary tool for chassis design.


ADESS Develops Lotus T128 LMP2 Car with Altair’s HyperWorks Suite

11 September 2012

Altair’s HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) platform is being used to structurally design the LMP2 Lotus T128 racing car for the Le Mans Prototype series.


Major Expansion for Tygavac in Early 2013

11 September 2012

In early 2013, Tygavac will be relocating to the Oldham Broadway Business Park, close to their current facility in Rochdale.


Sigmatex Awarded AS9100 Aerospace Certificate Rev C

11 September 2012

Sigmatex is pleased to announce that its facilities in the UK and US have successfully achieved transition to the aerospace standard AS9100 revision C.


Atlas Composites Nominated for Two Business Awards

04 September 2012

Atlas Composites has been nominated in two categories for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce Best Business Awards 2012.


Powerbagpress Exceeds Market Expectations

04 September 2012

The recently launched PowerbagPress (patent pending) combined with Fluid-Bag’s flexible IBCs brings savings and simplifies daily handling and application of difficult products such as adhesive resins and epoxy bonding pastes.


Gurit Prolongs Supply Contract for Prepreg Materials with Existing Aerospace Customer

04 September 2012

Gurit and an existing Aerospace customer have agreed to continue the supplies of Gurit prepreg materials for the years 2012 to 2014.


Exova Gains Increased Airbus Approval

28 August 2012

A specialist NDT laboratory operated by global testing group Exova has been approved by Airbus to carry out three methods of Non Destructive Testing considered vital to the aerospace sector.


India Composites Show Gains Momentum

28 August 2012

The India Composites Show, organised by Manch Communications in collaboration with Reed Exhibitions from 1st - 3rd November, 2012, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.


Quickstep Begins Lockheed Martin C-130J Contract

28 August 2012

Quickstep has received the first purchase order relating to its contract with Lockheed Martin to supply composite wing flaps for the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.


AIC Expands to the Far East

21 August 2012

Composites service company AIC has continued its expansion into the Far East with the opening of an office in Singapore.


CEL Components Offers Power of Prepreg Production to New Players

21 August 2012

CEL Components is set to showcase a turn-key manufacturing system for prepreg production at the Composites Engineering exhibition.


Olympic Bikes Designed and Manufactured in East Midlands

14 August 2012

The Gold Medal winning bikes ridden to 7 Gold medals, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze by British Cycling riders were designed and manufactured in the East Midlands area, according to Metron Advanced Equipment.


Huntsman Advanced Materials Enhances Production Processes at Composites Europe 2012

14 August 2012

At Composites Europe 2012, Düsseldorf, Germany, 9th – 11th October 2012, Huntsman will look at growing demands for faster processing and reduced production cycles, focusing on the role high-performance chemistries are playing in enabling more efficient manufacturing techniques and the increased penetration of composites.


epm: technology Formalises a ‘Self-Improvement’ Division

14 August 2012

epm: technology formally opens an R&D Division in line with its 3 point future strategy.


Tour De France Winning Team Uses PRO TeXtreme Disc Wheel

07 August 2012

Riders from the team that won Tour De France 2012 used the new PRO TeXtreme disc wheel during the competition.


MERL is Now Part of Element

07 August 2012

Element Materials Technology has acquired Materials Engineering Research Laboratory (MERL).


Plataine and Assembly Guidance Collaborate

07 August 2012

Plataine and Assembly Guidance Systems partner to provide a seamlessly integrated solution for optimised cutting and kitting of composite plies.


Cytec Completes Acquisition of Umeco

24 July 2012

Cytec Industries has completed the $439 acquisition of Umeco, supporting its growth strategy to expand the Company’s presence in the industrial sector and to strengthen its technology leadership in advanced composites.


Composites Manufacturer Hexcel Joins Singapore A*STAR Aerospace Programme Consortium

17 July 2012

Hexcel has joined Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Aerospace Programme (AP).

Initiated in 2007, Hexcel explains that the A*STAR Aerospace Programme fosters synergies between industry members and its research institutes, aiming to maximise research outcomes and stretch the research dollar for participating members. Hexcel says that Singapore is the largest Manufacturing, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) hub for the aerospace industry in Asia Pacific, holding a quarter of the region’s market share for MRO activities.  It possesses nose-to-tail capabilities that include airframe maintenance, engine overhaul, structural and avionics systems repair, as well as aircraft modifications and conversion. As strategic technology partners within the A*STAR AP, aircraft manufacturers, engine and component OEM’s and system providers can tap into the pool of scientific know-how, infrastructure and joint investments in R&D to optimise business opportunities and reduce investment costs. Such collaborative efforts will also enhance competitiveness of AP members and the build-up of aviation capabilities in Singapore.

According to Hexcel, the consortium has commissioned 37 projects to date, driving next-generation technologies ranging from sophisticated in-flight entertainment systems, MRO innovations for faster turnaround times and alternative green energy sources that lower carbon footprint.  With Hexcel coming on board the A*STAR AP, its membership currently stands at 18 companies, comprising of other players in the aerospace industry such as Boeing, EADS, General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce.

Paul Mackenzie, Hexcel’s VP Research & Technology said “Joining the A*STAR Aerospace programme will provide Hexcel with additional R&T resources in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region to complement our own world class composites research facilities in Europe and the USA.  We share the opinion of other A*STAR members that technological advances through R&D hold the key to redefining air travel and creating the aerospace industry of the future.  We look forward to working with other A*STAR members to jointly build a long term technology roadmap and develop new technologies in strategic areas to benefit the industry as a whole.”

Mr Tay Kok Khiang, A*STAR Aerospace Programme’s Chairman said “The demands on the aviation industry can only continue to increase and the AP offers our aviation partners additional capabilities, combined with its in-house capabilities to undertake R&D in new technologies to enhance their competitiveness and seize market opportunities.  Through collaboration, our consortium members achieve better outcomes at lower cost; deliver cutting-edge aviation technologies to market in a shorter span of time.  Each of the AP members enhances the value of the programme and Hexcel’s expertise in the area of composite materials will further increase our spectrum of capabilities in advanced materials, manufacturing processes, inspection and non-destructive testing as well as computation modelling and simulation.  We welcome Hexcel to the A*STAR Aerospace Programme.”


AIC Group Wins Maintenance Contracts to Keep Autoclaves Safe and Efficient

17 July 2012

AIC Group has renewed existing maintenance and service contracts, and been awarded new business from Trelleborg, three F1 teams and two aerospace component manufacturing companies.

According to AIC, the contracts are for planned maintenance & servicing for a period of up to five years and come to a total value of approximately £560,000. AIC says the contracts will maintain and service, and ensure safe and efficient running of:

•    A global engineering group’s six autoclaves, and calibrate them to Aerospace Pyrometry Standard AMS 2750D;
•    Trelleborg’s steam autoclave, used in the manufacture of precision seals;
•    Three F1 teams’ autoclaves – used in the production of composite parts in the latest racing cars.

It says the contracts also include thermal survey certification to aerospace standard.

The award of the contracts was a result of competitive processes which involved a number of companies. AIC says it was chosen because of its expertise in control systems, technical support and outstanding service.  The autoclave maintenance programmes will cover: gas, electric and steam heating systems; cooling systems; vacuum pumps; air circulation fan and motor; door operation and safety systems; controls and electrics; and pneumatics.

AIC is also providing all the companies with its Premier Support package which includes 24/7 emergency cover with remote diagnostics and rapid engineer-on-site-response in case of breakdown, and a full training programme for staff.

David Grew of Trelleborg said “Our autoclave is a key part of our production process. It is important that it is operational when we need it. This contract for planned maintenance will minimise down-time and increase the capacity of the machine. AIC’s ability to deliver this was a key reason for selecting them to take on this work.”

AIC says the Facility Manager at one of the F1 teams said of recently completed work “It all went very smoothly indeed. The engineers were experienced and carried out the servicing with expedience and professionalism. The after service verbal report was concise and informative and contained all the relevant information. All in all, I was impressed by the service.”

Nigel Clifford, AIC’s Head of Sales, said “We are pleased to be extending our support to Trelleborg, three F1 teams and the aerospace companies in maintaining their equipment. AIC has an expert multidisciplinary team of engineers who can keep plant running efficiently and safely, which is important in all industries.”


Umeco Form Asian hub

17 July 2012

Based on the emerging market opportunities in Asia over recent years, Umeco is now forming a company in China to act as an Asian hub.  

According to Umeco, this WFOE (Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise) will be located in a trade free zone in Kunshan, near Shanghai. The hub is expected to enable Umeco to have a local presence in the market which is the largest consumer of composite materials, with projections of growth exceeding those in both Europe and the USA.

The office in Kunshan has been set up, and Umeco Asia is to be officially established in the next few weeks. Umeco says the operation will include sales and distribution, as well as manufacturing and warehousing.  A team of four has already been put together, headed up by General Manager, Hong Fang.  Umeco explains that Fang will focus primarily on the sales of their process materials, setting up a sales and distribution network to serve new and existing customers in Asia.

In further news, on 28th June 2012 Umeco says it successfully completed the transition audit from AS9100:2003 revision B to revision C, Aerospace Quality Standard. Although both are based on the existing ISO9001:2008, they say there are several more challenges in the rev C system, including an adherence to the ‘process approach’, project management and continuous monitoring, measurement and, above all, improvement.

Achieving the accreditation to the AS9100 rev C standard assures Umeco’s aviation, space and defence customers that our quality system serves to improve both product and service quality, as well as on time delivery along the same lines as those used in the automotive industry TS16949 standard.


Goodrich Engineers Named as Rising Stars in UK National Campaign

17 July 2012

Two Goodrich Corporation engineers have been named as ‘rising stars’ in the Make it in Great Britain 30 Under 30 campaign.


NetComposites' 3rd Composites Innovations Conference a Resounding Success

17 July 2012

NetComposites’ 3rd biennial Composites Innovation Conference was held at the National Composites Centre, Bristol, UK, on the 4th and 5th July 2012 and provided a unique forum for the exchange of concepts and technological developments in materials, design and manufacturing to support the changing demands of industry.


Airbus to Establish Assembly Line in US

10 July 2012

Airbus is planning to establish a manufacturing facility in the US to assemble and deliver A320 Family aircraft.


Metyx Holds Third Composites Summit

10 July 2012

Metyx Composites organised and hosted its 3rd Composites Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-8, 2012, in conjunction with event sponsors; Airex AG, Aksa, Duratek, PPG Fiber Glass, Reinforced Plastics Magazine, Scott Bader, The Turkish Carbon Society, Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association, and Umeco.


3Eurocopter Canada Selects LaserEdge Templating System from Virtek Vision International

10 July 2012

Virtek Vision has sold its Virtek LaserEdge projection system to Eurocopter Canada for use in composite layup and reverse engineering.


Redelease and Hernon Form a Joint Venture

10 July 2012

Redelease and Hernon have formed a joint venture, Hernon-Redelease, to supply the industrial sector with a portfolio that will initially include 200 items.


Quatro Composites Receives Funding From State Economic Development Board

10 July 2012

Quatro Composites has been awarded a $750,000 forgivable loan and a $750,000 loan from the Iowa Economic Department Authority (IEDA) to support a nearly $11.8 million expansion of its corporate and manufacturing facilities and the creation of 99 new jobs in Iowa within 36 months.


RocTool Launches Two Revolutionary Technologies

09 July 2012

On 19 June, 2012, RocTool presented a world first by demonstrating that it is now possible to obtain an ultra-thin hybrid thermoplastic composite/plastic part with no surface defects from a single mould and with a shorter cycle time, using “Hybrid” technology and to mould thermoset parts with a shorter cycle time and eliminate the post-curing step, using “high-speed RTM” technology.


Atlas Inspire Aerospace Engineers of the Future

03 July 2012

Atlas Composites have signed up to inspire the UK’s composites engineers of the future at this year's Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) event, after Atlas Composites' Head of Engineering Andrew Taylor agreed to join the Tri@RIAT team, for the Lockheed Martin Warrior Engineering Challenge.


Paper Details Use of Natural Material Cork for Quiet Sandwich Composites

03 July 2012

A research team at the University of Delaware is investigating cork as an environmentally friendly solution for quiet sandwich composites. They recently published a paper on the work in Scientific Reports, an online, open-access research publication that covers all areas of the natural sciences.


Delastek Introduces Automation Solutions from Virtek Vision and Gerber Technology

03 July 2012

Delastek of Grand-Mère, Quebec has reported a 5 percent reduction in composite material cost since installing a Virtek LaserEdge laser templating system and GERBERcutter DCS2500 computer-controlled composite cutting system.


Tissa and Victrex Developed Composite Fabric Improves Manufacturing Efficiency

03 July 2012

Victrex and Tissa Glasweberei have co-developed innovative composite fabrics to be marketed under Tissa’s brand name TIXPREF.


JEC Further Expands its Services, Support and Expertise in the Americas

03 July 2012

After 55 years in the Americas, JEC Composites will further expand its offerings in the region this fall with the opening of its inaugural JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Nov. 7 – 9, 2012.


Quickstep Opens New Manufacturing Facility

03 July 2012

Quickstep is opening a new manufacturing facility to supply components to aerospace leaders Northrop Grumman Corporation and Lockhead Martin, at Sydney’s Bankstown Airport, Australia.


Toho Tenax to Grow Composite Business in India

26 June 2012

Toho Tenax is to develop and market carbon fibre fabrics for India’s composite industry in collaboration with Hindoostan Technical Fabrics, a carbon and aramid textile manufacturer wholly owned by Hindoostan Mills, a textile company in India and part of the Thackersey Group.


UKAS Approval for Specialist Exova NDT Lab

26 June 2012

A specialist laboratory of Exova has been approved to carry out advanced, bespoke tests to the highest industry standard.


Chomarat Presents First Industrial Lighter & Stronger Carbon Parts Produced With C-Ply Bi-Angle

26 June 2012

Chomarat are presenting the first C-PLY Bi-Angle, an unbalanced thin ply bi-axial carbon reinforcement (non crimp fabric, or NCF) trial part made for the aeronautic sector at JEC Asia this week.


Dassault Systèmes Release Latest Version of its 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

26 June 2012

Dassault Systèmes has released the latest version of its 3DEXPERIENCE platform. 


Umeco Exhibits Prepregs and Adhesives at Farnborough 2012

26 June 2012

Umeco will be exhibiting examples of Airbus-qualified prepregs on stand H1/B14 at the Farnborough show, which takes place between 9th and 13th July 2012.


Volta Volare’ and ElectriPlast Announce Joint Development Initiative

20 June 2012

ElectriPlast and aircraft manufacturer Volta Volare have agreed to collaborate in the research and development of next generation applications and products using hybrid composites and advanced lightweight materials for the aviation industry.




Tata Use Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE to Complete Electric Vehicle’s First Feasibility Study

19 June 2012

According to Dassault Systèmes, Tata Technologies’ have used their 3DEXPERIENCE platform, based on Version 6 technology, heavily for its recent small urban electric vehicle study – the eMO (for electric MObility).


Cytec Announces Restart of Carbon Fibre Expansion

12 June 2012

Cytec Industries’s Board of Directors has approved restart of a carbon fibre manufacturing expansion project at the company’s South Carolina, US, facility as well as commencement of a prepreg manufacturing expansion project at the company’s site in Texas, US.


Anaglyph Furthers Relationship with Altair

12 June 2012

Altair has added Anaglyph’s software LAP and CoDA tools to the assortment of applications available through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA). 


Michelman Joins US National Composites Center

06 June 2012

Michelman has joined the National Composites Center (NCC), based in Kettering, Ohio, US, to augment its fibres and composites development team with research, laboratory, testing and collaboration capabilities. 


Umeco Exhibits Custom Composites for Defence Applications

06 June 2012

Umeco is exhibiting its composite materials at the 2012 Eurosatory International Show on Stand 807 (Hall 5 - Row G), which takes place at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, France between 11thand 15thJune.


TenCate Completes Acquisition of PMC Baycomp

01 June 2012

TenCate has completed the acquisition of Performance Materials Corporation Baycomp, providing TenCate a strong position for the growing industrial composites markets worldwide, in particular the automotive market.


Airtech has Successfully Completed Transition to New Standard in Aerospace Quality

01 June 2012

Airtech has successfully completed its transition to the newest standard in Aerospace Quality ISO 9001:2008 / AS9100 Rev C. 


ASTM Approves Standard for Damage Resistance Testing of Sandwich Constructions

25 May 2012

ASTM has approved a new International standard for damage resistance testing of sandwich constructions, which they say is a common composite structural configuration.


Umeco Awarded Certification to AS9100 Rev C

25 May 2012

Umeco’s Structural materials operations in Derby and Manchester, UK, have been awarded certification to AS9100C.


AGY Expands S-2 Glass Manufacturing Capacity 

18 May 2012

AGY has increased production output of its S-2 Glass fibre reinforcements by twenty percent with the capability to further increase its output as market demands dictate.


Altair’s HyperWorks Partner Extends Its Reach into Composites with ESAComp

18 May 2012

Altair has added Finnish based company Componeering to the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA).  


Advanced Composites Achieves AS9100 REV C Quality Management Certification

18 May 2012

Advanced Composites has completed an Eagle Registrations audit to earn the AS9100 REV C certification upgrade. 


Umeco sponsors Canadian company’s Grand-Am cars

12 May 2012

Umeco’s Structural materials business has signed an agreement with leading Canadian motorsports organisation Multimatic Motorsports to sponsor two Aston Martin Vantage V8s in the 2012 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC), allowing Umeco to promote its new brand and advanced composite materials to a continent-wide audience of race car enthusiasts.


RHC Supply Automated Guided Vehicle to GKN

12 May 2012

RHC Lifting has commissioned and supplied its first Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) to GKN Aerospace’s new state of the art composite wing structures manufacturing and assembly facility, near Bristol.


GKN Aerospace use Umeco’s Composite Tooling Mandrels to Manufacture Airbus A350 XWB Wing Spars

06 May 2012

Umeco manufactured a suite of large-scale tooling mandrels for GKN Aerospace using their tooling prepregs and GKN now uses these tools to produce Airbus A350 XWB rear wing spars using advanced fibre-placement (AFP) technology.


Boeing Enters $1 Billion Composite Manufacturing Accord with Mubadala

06 May 2012

Boeing awarded a contract valued at $1 billion over 10 years to Mubadala Aerospace’s composite aerostructures unit, which will produce aircraft parts, as the Middle East expands its role as an aviation hub.


Barrday Composite Solutions Upgrades to AS9100C Quality Certification

06 May 2012

Barrday Composite Solutions has earned AS9100, Revision C, certification for its Millbury, Massachusetts manufacturing facility. 


Flex Transducer Set to Revolutionise Composite Inspection

06 May 2012

A new flexible ultrasonic transducer which can squeeze into corners and conform to curved surfaces is set to revolutionise the inspection of composites and components with complex geometries.


Umeco Co-Develop Lola-Drayson Prototype FIA Formula E World Championship Car

06 May 2012

Recycled composites and flax reinforced composites, products born out of joint development programmes involving Umeco, have been used to manufacture parts for the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV, an all-electric prototype racing car demonstrating the potential of sustainable ‘green’ technologies in the motorsport industry.


Royal Engineered Composites Procure Long-Lead Materials

27 April 2012

Royal Engineered Composites (Royal) has procured long-lead materials for the installation of a 12’x30’ autoclave.


Integrated Composites Achieves AS9100 Rev C Certification

27 April 2012

Integrated Composites has recently completed a BSI Assured Limited audit and earned the AS9100 Rev C certification, awarded for the improvement of product quality and cost reduction in the aviation and defence manufacturing industry.


Cytec to Acquire Umeco

19 April 2012

Cytec Industries firmly intends to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Umeco in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $439 million (£274.3 million based on a 1.60 exchange rate).


Composites Engineering Show Reports 35% Growth for 2012

19 April 2012

Building on the success of last year’s Composites Engineering show, the bigger 2012 show will be held in Hall 1 at the NEC on 7-8 November, 2012.


Mubadala Awarded Composite Aerostructures Production Contract for 777 and 787

19 April 2012

Boeing and Mubadala Aerospace have signed a 10-year direct contract for Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala Aerospace's advanced composite aerostructures facility in Al Ain, to produce commercial composite aerostructures for the 777 and 787 Dreamliner.


Caterham Composites Expands

19 April 2012

Caterham Compositeswill be expanding its operational bases in Germany and the UK in order to meet the demands of the large number of projects it has taken on in recent months in the aerospace, automotive, marine and motorsport industries.


Lindauer DORNIER to Give Keynote Lecture at CFK-Valley Stade Convention

19 April 2012

Mr Peter D. Dornier, CEO, Lindauer DORNIER (LD), will give a keynote titled with "The (Textile) Empire strikes back" - From airplane construction in the past to carbon fabrics for composites in the future at the 6th CFK-Valley Stade Convention in Stade, Germany, on the 12th and 13th June this year.


Airbus Starts Final Assembly of First A350 XWB

11 April 2012

Final assembly of the first A350 XWB is now underway at the new final assembly line in Toulouse.


Hexcel joins National Composites Centre

11 April 2012

Hexcel has joined the UK’s National Composites Centre (NCC), joining a network of members that includes Hexcel customers Vestas, Airbus, GKN Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and Agusta Westland.


Toray Endows Chair for Fundamental Research at KU Leuven

11 April 2012

Toray is investing in a chair for fundamental research in composite materials for Professor Ignaas Verpoest of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering.


Huntsman Partners Award Winning Shell Eco-Marathon Team

11 April 2012

Huntsman Advanced Materials has been involved in a student project designed to showcase the possibilities of building a lightweight, fuel efficient hybrid concept car using sustainable, high-performance composite materials.


GKN Aerospace Progresses Composite Damage Detection

03 April 2012

GKN Aerospace researchers at the company’s UK facility, Luton, are working with a team at the University of Bristol, UK, on an 18 month programme to explore advanced coatings chemistries that will accurately indicate the existence and extent of damage in composite structure.


Victrex Peek Now Available As Release Film for Aerospace Composite Part Production

03 April 2012

Victrex Polymer Solutions recently formed a strategic marketing partnership with Umeco to market release films made from its APTIV film based on high performance Victrex PEEK.


TenCate Acquires Performance Materials Corporation Baycomp

03 April 2012

TenCate has reached an agreement for the strategic acquisition of Performance Materials Corporation Baycomp from Camarillo (California), USA, the American and Canadian specialist company in composite materials moulding and thermoplastic uni-directional tape materials.


Integran Launches Intebond Adhesion Technology for Structural Metal-Polymer Hybrids

03 April 2012

Integran Technologies has launched their Intebond adhesion technology designed to enable the creation of high performance metal-polymer hybrid materials. 


Vaupell and Trexel Partner and Form a Collaboration Agreement

03 April 2012

Vaupell and Trexel have partnered and formed a collaboration agreement to develop and advance MuCell Microcellular Foam moulding for weight reduction in aircraft interiors. 


Hexcel and Web Industries Join Forces in Europe

28 March 2012

Hexcel Corporation and Web Industries have signed a long-term Supply Agreement under which Web Industries will convert Hexcel’s HexPly carbon fibre prepreg into slit tape for Aerospace programs, including the Airbus A350 XWB.


Umeco Launch Rebranding at JEC Europe

20 March 2012

Umeco’s current businesses, known as Advanced Composites Group, GRPMS, JD Lincoln and Richmond Aerovac, are all being rebranded under one name, Umeco.


Huntsman Champion Advanced Processing and Manufacturing Techniques at JEC Europe

20 March 2012

At JEC Europe Huntsman will focus on the growing importance of high performance chemistries as enablers for new, cost-competitive manufacturing techniques and the further penetration of composites across a number of industry sectors.


Chomarat Presents a New Composite Reinforcement at JEC Europe

20 March 2012

Chomarat will give the JEC Europe a preview of the latest technical advances and the first parts obtained with C-PLY Bi-Angle, which makes use of innovative fibre orientations within the composite.


Victrex Enables Industry to Develop Lighter Aircraft at JEC Europe

20 March 2012

Victrex Polymer Solutions will showcase its latest product and technology innovations at this year’s JEC Composites Show in Paris, France - Pavilion 1 Booth J16.


NCC Robots Take Next Generation Flight

13 March 2012

The UK’s National Composites Centre (NCC) has used its multi-million pound, twin headed, robotic, Automatic Fibre Placement (AFP) machine for the first time.


Quickstep Selected to Manufacture Carbon Fibre C-130J Aircraft Wing Flaps

13 March 2012

Quickstep has been awarded the tender to manufacture wing flaps for the C-130J Hercules military transport aircraft.


Mansory Customises the McLaren MP4-12C

06 March 2012

Mansory have customised the McLaren MP4-12C making it more light weight, improving its agility and handling providing scope for increased performance.


Carbon Fibre Industry Set For Strong Growth to 2020

06 March 2012

The Carbon Fibre Industry Worldwide 2011-2020: An Evaluation of Current Markets and Future Supply and Demand, written by Tony Roberts, a leading expert on the carbon fibre industry, is a new market report on the rapidly growing carbon fibre industry and its global markets.


Victrex Delivers Security of Supply as Aeroplane Production Ramps Up

28 February 2012

Victrex Polymer Solutions has reaffirmed its security of supply in anticipation of increased demand as commercial aeroplane manufacturers plan to boost production rates to record levels.


Avingtrans Agrees Acquisition and Creates Composites Business

28 February 2012

Avingtrans has formed Sigma Composites Ltd to operate businesses previously part of the Composites Engineering Group, based in Buckingham, UK (Delta Composites Ltd., Alpha Composites Ltd. and Orion Machining).


NASA Demonstrates Unique Modeling Capability

21 February 2012

NASA recognised HyperSizer’s evolution from a NASA spinoff to a commercial success story when Craig Collier briefed NASA Deputy Administrator, Lori Garver, who visited the Langley Research Centre on Thursday, February 16th.


Composites Testing Laboratory Awarded Nadcap Accreditation

21 February 2012

Composites Testing Laboratory (CTL) has been awarded AC7122 Non Metallic Materials Testing accreditation by PRI Nadcap and has just completed a major expansion of its fatigue testing facilities for advanced composite materials.


Huntsman Act on Sustainability

21 February 2012

Klaus Ritter, Huntsman Advanced Materials’ Marketing Manager for Composites, Tooling and Adhesives, explains how a new and very different value chain is emerging as the drive for sustainability evolves, focusing on the coherent practices Huntsman is putting in place to rise to the challenge.


UST Mamiya Partners with Firehole Composites to Advance Design Capabilities

14 February 2012

UST Mamiya has partnered with Firehole Composites to allow UST Mamiya to enhance exclusive in-house design tools and further advance the design and manufacturing of their high performance, carbon fibre golf shafts.


TenCate Advanced Composites Completes Relocation

14 February 2012

TenCate Advanced Composites North America has completed the relocation of its former Benicia California prepreg facility to a 65,000 square foot aerospace certified facility in Fairfield California.


ESI Consolidates its Composites Manufacturing Simulation

07 February 2012

ESI Group has released their PAM-RTM and PAM-FORM 2012, two numerical simulation applications dedicated to the manufacture of composite parts.


PRF Composites Approved Supplier of Safran Structil Aerospace Adhesives

07 February 2012

PRF Composite Materials are now the approved supplier of Safran Structil Aerospace Adhesives for the UK and Republic of Ireland.


Senator Brown and Airbus Announce New R&D Consortium Centre

31 January 2012

US Senator Sherrod Brown, Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor, and Lisa Novelli, President of the National Composite Centre (NCC) have joined their efforts to establish a new aerospace research and development consortium.


UBC Gains Investment to Advance Canadian Composites Industry

31 January 2012

The University of British Columbia (UBC) say that businesses in western Canada’s manufacturing sector will receive a federal investment of $9.8 million and Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, unveiled the pan-western Composites Research Network (CRN) which aims to provide businesses the necessary skills and knowledge in a rapidly expanding and evolving industry.


DTC joins TPRC

24 January 2012

DTC has joined the ThermoPlastic Composites Research Center (TPRC) in The Netherlands.


Sikorsky Aircraft Select Hexcel Prepregs

17 January 2012

Sikorsky Aircraft has selected Hexcel as a member of a newly-formed team that is building a next-generation helicopter – designated the S-97 RAIDER helicopter – for evaluation by the US military.


Lucintel’s Report Outlines Growth for Global Composites Industry

17 January 2012

Although the global composites industry has experienced moderate growth over the last five years, Lucintel anticipate growth with the industry reaching approximately $6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012 with a CAGR of 6% over the next six quarters.


Donkervoort Present the Part Carbon Fibre GTO

03 January 2012

Donkervoort Automobielen has presented their next generation of open sports car: the Donkervoort GTO, in collaboration with quattro,  the fully owned subcompany of AUDI.


Northrop Grumman Extends Its Commercial Space Portfolio

03 January 2012

Northrop Grumman has expanded its commercial space portfolio with Stratolaunch Systems' recent selection of Scaled Composites, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary, to build the largest aircraft ever constructed.


Virtek Vision Celebrates 25 Years of Business

03 January 2012

Virtek Vision, a business of Gerber Technology, is celebrating its 25-year anniversary.


Composites One Certified to ISO9001:2008 Standard 

20 December 2011

Eagle Registrations, a third-party certification body who audits businesses to meet international standards, certified Composites One in Monessen, Pennsylvania, to the ISO9001:2008 with AS9120:2009 Rev A Standard.


EADS and DolphiTech Cooperate in non-Destructive Testing Equipment

13 December 2011

EADS Innovation Works and DolphiTech have signed an agreement for the development of a new non-destructive testing (NDT) system based on an innovative ultrasonic camera component for composite inspections.


Hexcel Outlook for 2012

13 December 2011

Hexcel Corporation has provided its guidance for 2012, projecting solid growth in both revenues and earnings.


Advanced Composites Group’s Prepregs Used on ‘Spano’ Super Sports Car

06 December 2011

Tooling, automotive body panel system and high visual quality prepregs manufactured by Advanced Composites Group (ACG) are being used by Spanish car manufactured GTA Motor to create their ‘Spano’ super sports car.


Boeing Intend to Locate 737 MAX Production in Puget Sound

06 December 2011

Boeing intends to build the new 737 MAX in Renton, Washington, pending approval of an early contract extension with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM), the union representing hourly employees in Washington, Oregon and Kansas.


Vince Cable Opens Up Opportunities for UK Composites Companies

29 November 2011

An innovative car, flight refuelling kit and turbine blades showcased the latest in composite technology to the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills as he formally opened the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol on 24th November.


Atlas Composites Earn Aerospace Accreditation

29 November 2011

Atlas Composites has achieved the AS9100 Rev C recognition standard for the aerospace, space and defence sectors, and is one of only four composite engineering firms in the UK to achieve this.


Growth Plans for the 2012 Advanced Engineering UK Event

29 November 2011

The Advanced Engineering UK group of events plans to introduce UK Automotive Engineering show to its 2012 event, creating a 5-sector event. 


GKN Aerospace wins HondaJet fuselage Production Contract

29 November 2011

GKN Aerospace has gained a production contract with Honda Aircraft Company as supplier of the unique, composite, light-weight bonded fuselage for the HondaJet advanced light business jet.


Trans-Textil VAP Membranes Qualified for Aviation Applications

29 November 2011

Trans-Textil, EADS-licensed manufacturer of central components for the patented VAP method, has qualified its C2003 VAP membrane system for aviation applications together with its partners Airbus Deutschland and Premium Aerotec.


Airbus Launch the Second A380

24 November 2011

The second A380 (MSN004) has successfully taken to the air, joining the first A380 (MSN001) in the flight test campaign which started on 27th April.


Airbus Future Wing Programme

23 November 2011

The UK Department of Trade and Industry announced £2.6 million of DTI funding to help a partnership led by Airbus UK, develop further wing technology for future generations of passenger jets.


Aurora Invests in Automated Fibre Placement Technology

22 November 2011

Aurora Flight Sciences has decided tomake a major investment in Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) technology that will be used to manufacture larger and more complex composite structures for the aerospace industry at an affordable cost.


Quickstep Teams With Audi in Automotive Development Project

22 November 2011

Quickstep Holdings  will lead a joint development project supported by the German Government and car manufacturer Audi to develop new manufacturing solutions for the cost effective volume production of composite parts for the automotive industry.


Zoltek Open New Prepreg Operations and Tech Centre

22 November 2011

Zoltek has taken a step toward growing its carbon fibre prepreg capabilities by expanding into a new 135,000 sq ft. facility just outside of St. Louis, US to house its prepreg manufacturing and new Technical Centre.


AGY to Exit Lot Glass Business

22 November 2011

AGY plans to exit the Lot Glass business due to its decline in demand.


Capgemini and Dassault Systèmes Sign Alliance

22 November 2011

Dassault Systèmes and Capgeminihave signed an alliance around the integration of Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Version 6 solutions.


Beagle Technology Group Increases Workforce

15 November 2011

Following a one million pound investment in equipment and facilities upgrades over the past year, Beagle Technology Group has been expanding its workforce by 50 per cent to deal with their growing order book.


Fiberforge Installs RELAY Station at Fraunhofer ICT

08 November 2011

Fiberforge has successfully installed its first RELAY (Rapid, Efficient Layup) Station in Europe, the RELAY Station 2000 at Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in Pfinztal, Germany.


UK Consortium Launch Recycled Carbon Fibre Materials at Composites Engineering

07 November 2011

A group of UK companies will be launching a new range of composite materials and products made from recycled carbon fibre at the Composites Engineering Show this week.


Victrex Establishes Japan Technology Centre

07 November 2011

As part of the company's commitment to provide enhanced service and support for its new and existing customers in Japan, Victrex has established the Victrex Japan Technology Centre (JTC), which began operations on October 24, 2011.


Cytec Presents Advances in Composite Technology at International Conference "Supply on the Wings

01 November 2011

Cytec Industries' Chris Pederson, Vice President Aerospace, Engineered Materials will be a keynote speaker at the 6th International Conference "Supply on the Wings."


ACG Exhibits with Umeco Composites' Partners at Composites Engineering

01 November 2011

Advanced Composites Group (ACG) will be co-exhibiting with its Umeco Composites partners at the Composites Engineering Show, which takes place in the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, on the 9th and 10th of November, and can be found at stand 522.


Huntsman Advanced Materials Wins Two Materialica Awards

25 October 2011

Huntsman has won two Gold Materialica Awards based on criteria including elements such as innovation, development and application potential, creativity, technical quality and measured data.


Boeing Funds Strategic Carbon Fibre Recycling Collaboration

25 October 2011

Researchers at Nottingham University, led by Dr Steve Pickering, have developed ways to recycle carbon fibre composites and now, having worked with them since 2006, Boeing plans to invest $1,000,000 per year in a strategic research collaboration – an inclusive partnership in which Boeing will collaborate with Nottingham in all its composites recycling activities.


SAMPE Tech Sells Out

25 October 2011

SAMPE Tech drew 999 attendees this month, and the SAMPE Exhibit Hall was sold out and required the addition of exhibit space.


Rampf Tooling create their Two Millionth Board

25 October 2011

During October 2011, Rampf produced their two millionth board since they commenced in 1982.


Click Bond Use Victrex PEEK Polymer in Bonded Nut Plate Stand-Off

25 October 2011

Click Bond have chosen Victrex PEEK polymer in their newly developed bonded nut plate stand-off for the cargo doors of a manufacturer's new generation of commercial aircraft.


Virgin Galactic Hold Dedication Ceremony at their New Home at Spaceport America

18 October 2011

Virgin Galactic say that more than 800 guests marvelled at their commercial space vehicles as they soared through the skies of southern New Mexico during the dedication ceremonies of their new home at Spaceport America.


Delmia Optimises Manufacturing of Composite Wings

18 October 2011

The Next Generation Composite Wing (NGCW) sees 17 industrial partners, led by Airbus, join forces in an aviation research and development project. Among the partners is Dassault Systèmes DELMIA, which is contributing to the £103m project initiated by the Technology Strategy Board.


Delta Patterns Changes Name To Orion Machining

18 October 2011

The Composites Engineering Group (CEG) has completed the acquisition of Delta Patterns, to ensure a complete composites design and tooling to manufacturing service for existing and new customers throughout the Group, and has renamed Delta Patterns as Orion Machining.


Datum Developments Create New Coating Process

11 October 2011

Datum have created a new coating process, Polcoat, for the deposition of fine polyimide films directly on to conductive surfaces, described as a key enabling material process for the protection conductive surfaces featuring miniaturisation.


Queensland To Develop its Fibre Composites Industry

11 October 2011

Queensland Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business, Jan Jarratt has launched the Bligh Government's Fibre Composites Action Plan 2011-2014.


Hexcel Reveals their Composite Materials used in the 787 Dreamliner

05 October 2011

Hexcel's carbon fibre, structural prepregs, reinforcing fabrics, honeycomb core and engineered parts are used in many applications throughout the 787, particularly in the plane’s engines and nacelles, interiors and secondary structures.


Glyndwr University Launch Advanced Composite Research Centre

05 October 2011

Glyndwr University's Advanced Composite Research Centre, part of a pan-Wales £26.8m Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies project called ASTUTE, has been launched to benefit businesses working in the aerospace, automotive and high value manufacturing industries.


TSC Opens Assembly Facility at Mojave Air and Space Port to Build Virgin Galactic Spaceships

05 October 2011

The Spaceship Company (TSC) has opened its Final Assembly, Integration and Test Hangar, or FAITH, at Mojave Air and Space Port.


Energy Composites Corporation Signs Agreement with SSP Technology

05 October 2011

Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) has entered into an agreement with SSP Technology with the purpose of entering into a strategic partnership and to establish a joint venture.


Vistagy Partners Delta Sigma

04 October 2011

Vistagy has formed a strategic partnership with Delta Sigma to help streamline airframe fastener installation and verification processes.


Building Works Commence at Goodrich CTG’s UK Composite Centre of Excellence

20 September 2011

Goodrich CTG (GCTG) is building a new 137,000 square foot UK Composite Centre of Excellence in which will consolidate the five current sites into two.


Sandvik Developing a Hybrid Press for Composite Materials

20 September 2011

Sandvik is working with TechnoPartner Samtronic (TPS) to develop a hybrid press that makes use of both steel and Teflon belt for the production of high quality composite materials.


ACG Demonstrate Automotive Prepregs

20 September 2011

ACG has developed a range of prepregs that meet the demands of the automotive industry including BPSMk2.


CDI and Red Composites Launch New TIP Program

13 September 2011

CDI (Century Design Inc) teamed up with manufacturing process consultants Red Composites to launch the new implementation program TIP, at China Composites Expo 2011 last week.


Advanced Composites Group Achieves a ‘First in the World’ with Nadcap Approval

13 September 2011

Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) is the first company in the world to go through a pilot audit and be granted Nadcap approval for composite prepreg manufacture to AC 7124 and AC 7122R.


Gerber Technology Launches GERBERcutter Z1 Automated Cutting System for Composites

13 September 2011

Gerber Technology has introduced the GERBERcutter Z1, their computer-controlled, single-ply cutting system designed to cut a wide range of challenging composite materials.


Composites Engineering Show to Discuss Results of UK Composites Collaborative Technical Development Programme

13 September 2011

A one year advanced engineering programme initiated by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is now set to be a highlighted theme setter for industry briefings at the Composites Engineering Show 2011 (CES).




















Lola and Drayson Racing Announce Electric Race Car Collaboration

19 July 2011

Lola Cars and Drayson Racing Technologies have formed an official partnership to deliver an all-electric prototype race car, the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV.







GKN Aerospace Design and Build Wing Structures for Dassault

05 July 2011

GKN Aerospace has been awarded a life of programme contract by Dassault Aviation to design and build the wing moveable surfaces for its next generation business jet platform.







GKN Aerospace to Recycle Carbon Waste

27 June 2011

GKN Aerospace has signed an agreement with Recycled Carbon Fibre (RCF) Birmingham, UK, to recycle the uncured carbon waste from its aero structure manufacturing operation in Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK.












Composite Technology Investors Purchases Utility Composite Solutions

14 June 2011

Composite Technology Investors (CTI) has recently completed the purchase of the assets of Utility Composite Solutions (UCSI).



Umeco Joins UK National Composites Centre

14 June 2011

Umeco has taken out 'Tier 1' membership of the National Composites Centre (NCC) after working closely with the Centre over the past six months.





M.C. Gill and 3M Form Supply Agreement

07 June 2011

3M and M.C. Gill Corporation have signed a mutual commercialisation and supply agreement that allows M.C. Gill to purchase 3M Matrix Resin for use in commercial and military aerospace interior applications.







PCM Molds and Barrday Join Research & Development Centre

20 May 2011

PCM Molds and Patterns and Barrday have recently joined the Canadian Advanced Composites Research & Development Centre bringing its total membership to ten.


Project Develops Low Cost Blended Carbon Fibre Yarns and Fabrics

12 May 2011

A multi-partner UK project, Fibrecycle, has developed a new generation of high performance, low cost co-mingled carbon fibre yarns and fabrics, with funding support from the Technology Strategy Board.




6 million to Develop a New Generation of Composites

12 May 2011

6 million to Develop a New Generation of Composites A team from the University of Bristols Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science and The Composites Centre at Imperial College London have been awarded a 6 million six-year programme grant by EPSRC to create a new generation of high performance, ductile fibre reinforced polymer composites capable of sustaining large deformations without breaking.









ACMA Launches Two New Closed Molding Certification Programs

21 March 2011

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has designed two new Certified Composites Technician (CCT) programs - Light Resin Transfer Molding (LRTM) and Wind Blade Repair (WBR).


ACE to Promote PlyMatch in USA and Canada

21 March 2011

ACE (Applied Composites Engineering) are now exclusive PlyMatch agents for North America, bringing PlyMatch closer to US composite manufacturers.











Toho Tenax Moves Forward

01 March 2011




ACMA Composites Show Celebrates Innovation

08 February 2011

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) announced the winners of the Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) and Pinnacle Awards at the successful COMPOSITES 2011 Show.






Philadelphia University and MAG Establish New Composites Institute

24 January 2011

Philadelphia University and MAG are establishing the Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute for research and development of new textile-based composites that could have wide application in industry, including the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors.



















Kemrock Hindustan Aeronautics to Make Carbon Fiber Prepregs

19 November 2010

Kemrock and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a joint venture company in India to develop, manufacture and distribute carbon fibre prepregs along for defence and aerospace programmes in India.



Michigan Companies Work Together on Wind Turbine Blade Automation

19 November 2010

KMT Robotic Solutions and Stiles Machinery will supply a wind turbine blade root end cut and drill system to Energetx Composites of Holland, Michigan.





S-2 Glass Reinforcement in Advanced Composites Demonstrator

07 November 2010

S-2 Glass fibres are a significant component of the new Advanced Composites Demonstrator vehicle from NP Aerospace and show how the design of a protection system can be incorporated into the structural design, reducing the overall weight of both the protection and structural elements.










Albany Engineered Composites Plans Expansion

22 October 2010

Albany Engineered Composites will be further expanding its operations in Rochester, New Hampshire, expecting to break ground on a new plant adjacent to its current Rochester operations in 2012 and to begin initial production in 2014.



Agreement on Carbon Fibre Textiles Facility in Russia

22 October 2010

The French company Porcher Industries and the Russian company Prepreg Advanced Composite Materials have signed a preliminary agreement on the establishment of a facility for carbon fibre textiles in Russia.



TenCate and 3M Partner to Combine Expertise

15 October 2010

3M will supply matrix resin to TenCate Advanced Composites USA for the creation of customized TenCate prepreg products, in a commercialization and supply agreement between the two companies.




GKN Aerospace in Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative.

15 October 2010

GKN Aerospace is participating in two key elements of the 'Clean Sky' Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), one of the largest European Union/Industry research projects ever undertaken focussing breakthrough technologies that will significantly reduce the impact of aviation on the environment.














Lifting the A350 to the Skies

06 September 2010














Solvay Partners With Entegris on New Carbon Nanotube PEEK Products

25 July 2010

Solvay Advanced Polymers is partnering with Entegris Inc.’s Tego Polymers unit to develop and market advanced carbon nanotube-enhanced PEEK products suited for a range of emerging applications in the medical, aerospace, automotive, and oil and gas industries.






ÉireComposites Awarded €1.9 million in European Space Agency R&D Projects

06 July 2010

Galway company, EireComposites Teo. has been awarded a total of €1.9 million in Research and Development contracts from the European Space Agency, aimed at producing new lightweight composite technologies for future space launcher and satellite structures.


Firehole Partners with Saratech to Expand Distribution of Composites Simulation Software

06 July 2010

Firehole Technologies has partnered with engineering and management solutions provider Saratech to market and sell Firehole’s Helius line of software tools.


Fiberforge in Strategic Collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute

06 July 2010

Fraunhofer ICT and Fiberforge have started a strategic collaboration on R&D projects for various industries such as, automotive and aerospace, with Fraunhofer ICT installing a Relay Station 2000 at its thermoplastics research centre.





Composite Technology Investors LLC Acquires Vector Composites Inc

25 June 2010

Composite Technology Investors LLC has recently completed the purchase of Vector Composites, a small business contractor providing composite structures development and fabrication services for aerospace applications, from DR Technologies, Inc.





NLR and TU Delft Improve Composite Damage Tolerance

18 June 2010

The National Aerospace Laboratory NLR and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands have jointly developed a new fibre architecture with improved damage tolerance for use with a fibre placement machine.






Carbon Fibre Ultem Resin for Aircraft Interior Parts

04 June 2010

Sabic Innovative Plastics has created a new high-performance compound based on aerospace carbon fibre technology coupled with Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin, supporting aerospace component weight reduction for both fuel and systems cost savings.


Hexcel Has Positive Outlook for Growth

04 June 2010

Hexcel’s outlook for the future includes double digit growth from the second half of 2010 through to 2013.


Boeing and Canadian Industry Partners Launch Composites Consortium

04 June 2010

Boeing and Canadian industry partners have launched a new research and development consortium aimed at strengthening Canada's competitive position in the manufacturing of advanced composite materials for aerospace and other industries.








Vector Composites And Quickstep Awarded JSF Contract

21 May 2010

Vector Composites and Quickstep Holdings have been awarded a SBIR Phase II program aimed at assessing the use of Quickstep’s moulding technology to manufacture parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).







Quantum and Entegris to Offer Carbon Nanotube Plastic Products

07 May 2010

Quantum Polymers have launched Quantano extruded stock shape plastic products made with TEGO polymers, featuring carbon nanotube technology, manufactured by Entegris.









Innovations at JEC 2010 Conferences and Forums

09 April 2010

The agenda has been set for the 2010 Paris Conferences and Forums, which will take place during the JEC Composites Show Paris April 13-15 2010.


Biteam Shares JEC 2010 Process Innovation Award

09 April 2010

Biteam will share this year’s JEC Process Innovation Award for together with partners from the MOJO project.


Toho Tenax to Present New Products at JEC

09 April 2010

Toho Tenax will be presenting a new filament yarn as well as net shape carbon fibre preforms at the JEC show next week.



AIC to Launch Autoclave Control System at JEC

09 April 2010

Following many months of design and development and contributions from end-users in aerospace and motorsport, AIC’s new system will be ready to preview at the show.


Delcam and KUKA to Show Robot Machining at JEC

09 April 2010

CADCAM developer Delcam will link with industrial-robot manufacturer KUKA to demonstrate machining by robot at the JEC exhibition to be held in Paris next week.


Chem-Trend Introduces New Products for Composite Industry

09 April 2010

Chem-Trend is introducing new release agents for the composite industry, Chemlease 2185 and Chemlease 2191W, at the JEC Composites Show in Paris.


UK Consortium Named Winner of £5 Million Composites Grand Challenge

09 April 2010

A consortium of 23 companies led by GKN Aerospace has today been announced as the winner of a unique competition for a £5 million prize awarded to British business to develop innovative composite manufacturing techniques for high-performance, high-value products.





Fiberforge Opens European Engineering and Sales Office

05 April 2010

Fiberforge has opened its European subsidiary, Fiberforge GmbH in Baar, Switzerland to better serve its European clients and business partners.











New Radius WheelProbe

12 March 2010






UK Composites Industry gets NEC showcase

05 March 2010

‘Leading Edge Events & Media will host a brand new show, ‘The Composites Engineering Show 2010’ to service the UK’s rapidly developing composites design & production engineering community across all applications.







GKN Aerospace Signs Contract for Bombardier CSeries Winglet

24 February 2010

In a contract which could be worth more than USD100m, GKN Aerospace has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast to design and manufacture the composite winglet for the new Bombardier CSeries aircraft, aimed at the 100 to 149 seat market.



Collaboration Aims to Make Air Travel Greener

12 February 2010

Carbon emissions from air travel could be reduced thanks to a £1.4million collaboration between engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Bath and the aerospace industry.



Blackhawk Composites Manufacturing Facility Opens in Morgantown

05 February 2010

This week saw the opening of Blackhawk Composites, a startup manufacturer of advanced aerospace composite parts.





HITCO Awarded LOI for F-35 Lightning II Program

14 January 2010

Lockheed Martin has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to award HITCO Carbon Composites a contract to produce wing skins and nacelle skins for the F-35 Lightning II Program.






VISTAGY to Expand its Presence in the Korean Composites Market

16 December 2009

VISTAGY has announced a strategic partnership with Maxoft, a Korean-based supplier of virtual product development (VPD) software and services that is delivering composites solutions for the aerospace, wind, automotive and marine markets.


CTRM to Support Lotus F1 Racing

10 December 2009

1Malaysia Racing Team (1MRT), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Composites Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) for the latter to undertake research and development on components for Lotus’ F1 cars.


UK Composites Industry Gains £22 Million Funding Boost

04 December 2009

UK Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson, has announced £22million worth of government funding to further advance the development of composite materials.


Peugeot Sport Selects HyperWorks Suite for the LMP1

03 December 2009

Peugeot Sport, the racing department of the Peugeot brand, has chosen the HyperWorks Suite to optimize its composite development processes.




Bombardier to Use FiberSIM

26 November 2009



PPG Wins DOE Grant for Wind Blade Automation Process

20 November 2009

PPG Industries has been awarded a grant worth $741,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy, to support the development of materials and automation processes for wind blade manufacturing.


Vistagy Partnership to Optimise Composites Applications

13 November 2009

Software specialists VISTAGY and BETA CAE Systems have secured a joint technology partnership that will enable manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace and other industries to boost their ability to leverage the value of composites by closely integrating analysis and design, thus reducing product development cycle time and enhancing product quality.



Quickstep signs MOU for Joint Strike Fighter Contract

06 November 2009

Quickstep Holdings has signed an MOU with Lockheed Martin Corporation and Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation intended to secure in excess of $700 million worth of potential contracts to manufacture components for the new multi-nation Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).



Scottish Aerospace, Marine and Defence Sectors Geared for Growth

06 November 2009

Scottish Enterprise has launched a new industry-led strategy for the Aerospace, Defence and Marine Industry.





DoKaSch Launches Lightweight RP10 Air Cargo Containers

23 October 2009

DoKaSch have just revealed a range of new composite-based containers that they claim are lighter and stronger than traditional aluminium, delivering major weight and fuel savings helping airlines reduce their environmental impact


Composiflex Partners Sunburst Electronics

14 October 2009

Composiflex, a global supplier of composite products, has joined a partnership with Sunburst Electronics. This affiliation, cemented via a formal memorandum of understanding, will provide electronics equipment manufacturers a single source for integration of a composite enclosure with electronic assembly.




Quatro Composites Supporting Insitu’s UAS

09 October 2009

Quatro Composites has become a technology partner in developing and manufacturing composite components for Insitu's next generation unmanned aircraft system (UAS).



US University Form Composite Partnership with Lamborghini

09 October 2009

A partnership between the University of Washington and the Italian sports-car company Automobili Lamborghini has now been formalised, focussing on the advancement of composite materials. This week the presidents of each organisation were in attendance at the naming ceremony of the UW's Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory.



MU Engineers Develop Safer, Blast-Resistant Glass

18 September 2009

University of Missouri researchers are developing and testing a new type of blast-resistant glass that they hope will be thinner and lighter than conventional technology and less vulnerable to small-scale explosions.








Zyvex and Tenax Team for Demonstrator

14 August 2009

Nanomaterials specialist, Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM), have joined forces with Toho Tenax America to use Tenax carbon fibre in the construction of their 540SE advanced technology demonstrator boat.





SPE Automotive Composites Conference Condenses Program

16 July 2009

The SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE) will be shortened from three days to two this year in response to deteriorating conditions in the global automotive industry, which have led to much tighter travel and budget restrictions.


Boeing, Ten Cate, Stork Fokker and University of Twente Establish Research Centre

22 June 2009

Boeing, Royal Ten Cate, Stork Fokker and the University of Twente have signed an agreement to establish the Thermoplastic Composites Research Centre (TPRC) at the University of Twente in The Netherlands.



National Composite Center and Nanotechlabs to Advance Nano Carbon Composites

22 June 2009

North Carolina-based NanoTechLabs has teamed with the National Composite Center (NCC) to create a new division called Buckeye Composites.






ESI Group and Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal Collaborate on PAM-RTM

22 June 2009

ESI has released several innovations in the field of numerical simulation of Liquid Composite Moulding (LCM) and manufacturing process analysis, thanks to its partnership with École Polytechnique de Montréal.









ESI Group Partners with PPE Research Centre

29 April 2009

ESI Group and the Pole de Plasturgie de l'Est (PPE) are to partner to cover the entire lifecycle of composite parts and structures manufactured through injection and infusion processes.




















Boeing and Ube Industries Agree to Collaborate on Materials R&D

04 March 2009

Boeing has entered into an agreement with Ube Industries, Ltd., in Japan to work together on development of new composite materials technology for aerospace applications.
















AASC to Manufacture Taurus II Composite Structures

08 January 2009

Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation (AASC) has been awarded a contract by Orbital Sciences Corporation to manufacture the composite structures for the Taurus II Launch Vehicle.

















Composites Europe strengthens CRP and Biomaterials Sectors

03 September 2008

After being staged in Stuttgart last year, a significantly larger Composites Europe now returns to Essen for its third edition.



















Kaman Acquires Brookhouse

02 July 2008

Kaman Aerospace Group has acquired Brookhouse Holdings the designer and manufacturer of composite aerostructures, aerospace tooling and repair and overhaul services based in Darwen, UK.


Henkel Launches Hysol PL 7000 to Solve Composite Bonding Challenges

24 June 2008

Henkel’s new film adhesive, Hysol PL 7000, an epoxy film adhesive, is designed to perform well even with pre-cured laminates that have been exposed to high humidity environments prior to secondary bonding.




















Amber Composites’ High Temperature Prepreg to be Used on Unmanned Aircraft

20 May 2008

Amber Composites has made available a new high performance prepreg system which is capable of withstanding very high temperatures.


Vistagy Partners with 3T to Provide Innovative Composite Bicycle Components

20 May 2008

Vistagy has entered a technical partnership with 3T, one of the foremost names in Italian cycling.











ESI Group Partnership in ITOOL

14 April 2008

ESI Group has said that it is a partner in ITOOL, a project to simulate preform manufacturing, draping and impregnation, followed by the external loading of the finished component.








Precimould Partners Receive JEC Innovation Award for Software

31 March 2008

Precimould (PRECIsion MOULDing), a combined distortion prediction software and database package aimed at improving tool design for the production of accurate composite components, won the Software category accolade in the JEC Group’s ‘Award Winning Innovation’ 2008.





















Emerald Performance Materials Acquires CVC Specialty Chemicals

11 February 2008

Emerald Performance Materials has acquired CVC Specialty Chemicals, the manufacturer of specialty epoxies, monomers, and catalysts for structural composites, adhesives, coatings and industrial applications.





TenCate Acquires YLA & CCS Composites from Perstorp

29 January 2008

TenCate Advanced Composites USA, a subsidiary of Royal Ten Cate, has agreed buy all the shares of YLA, Inc and CCS Composites, Inc (both of Benicia, CA).























Composites Europe Takes Off

19 November 2007














Robot-Racing Produces Carbon Fibre Roof for DiMora Natalia

08 October 2007

Robot-Racing, and its manufacturing affiliate Radant Technologies, have joined the list companies supporting DiMora Motorcar's development of the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan.


Dedienne Plasturgie Licence RocTool Cage System

07 October 2007

Dedienne Plasturgie has signed a licence agreement for RocTool’s Cage System induction moulding technology.






Vistagy and ESI Group Expand Partnership

23 September 2007

Vistagy and ESI will expand their technology partnership with the intent of providing aerospace and automotive manufacturers with the most complete virtual 3D engineering environment for designing and analyzing products made of advanced composites.





ACMA 2007 Lifetime Achievement Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees

16 September 2007

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has announced its 2007 Lifetime Achievement Winners and inductees for the association's Hall of Fame.




Umeco Completes Acquisition of J D Lincoln

10 September 2007

Umeco, the provider of supply chain and repair and overhaul services and advanced composite materials primarily to the aerospace & defence industries, has completed its acquisition of J D Lincoln Inc, based in California.











Quatro Composites Validates Chassis Design for DiMora Natalia

11 August 2007

Quatro Composites has become the latest Technology Partner to support DiMora Motorcar’s development of the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan.

























Waterworks Introduces Departure Wipes Aerospace Release System

05 June 2007

Zyvax has added release agent Departure, in a pre-saturated application wipe, to its range of products.




Final Major Structures for Boeing 787 Dreamliner Delivered to Everett

20 May 2007

The composite wings and final major assembly for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner were delivered to Everett last week.





Vistagy and Jetcam Expand Global Technology Partnership

08 May 2007

Jetcam International, active in CAD/CAM and nesting for the sheet metal and composites industries, and Vistagy, the provider of specialized engineering software, have announced an expanded business and technology partnership in composite materials.





Pescarolo Le Mans Team & Huntsman to Develop New Car For 2007

23 April 2007

Huntsman Advanced Materials has agreed a major sponsorship deal with Pescarolo Sport, one of France’s leading Le Mans teams, to supply advanced adhesives and rapid prototyping materials for the development of an innovative new car to race at the world-famous Le Mans 24hour Endurance Race in June 2007.








New Helicopter Composite Structures R&D Cooperation Commences

15 April 2007

The Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (Composites CRC) and its new partners have started the detailed planning phase of their new three-year, AUD 10.3 million R&D program to support the emerging helicopter composite structures industry centred in south-east Queensland.








Australian and Canadian Composites Centres Sign Collaboration Agreement

25 March 2007

The Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) Manitoba Inc. based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures Limited (CRC-ACS) located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in the development and commercialization of composite materials and process technologies.





Dema Selects Vistagy's FiberSIM For Composites Design

26 February 2007

Italian aerospace manufacturer Dema Group has selected FiberSIM composites software for the design and manufacture of complex composite parts for the development of new commercial airliners.


TenCate Receives Ministry Approval for Acquisition of Roshield

26 February 2007

Royal TenCate has received definitive approval from the Danish authorities for the acquisition of Roshield. The acquisition price amounts to EUR 34.7 million.




CTG Aerospace Takes Off

19 February 2007






Wichita Planning a Dedicated Composites Park

28 January 2007

In line with the growing use of composites in aerospace, the city of Wichita, at the centre of the Kansas aerospace cluster, is planning to develop a dedicated Composites Park to service local demand.



SAMPE UK Conference on Materials in Harsh Environments

28 January 2007

SAMPE UK will be running a one-day conference on high performance materials in harsh environments, on 21 February 2007 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham.




GE to Acquire Smiths Aerospace

21 January 2007

General Electric Company has agreed to purchase Smiths Aerospace, the UK supplier of integrated systems for aircraft manufacturers and components for engine builders, for $4.8 billion in cash.



AMTRI Spearheads Project to Visualise and Simulate Composites Processes

14 January 2007

A joint project featuring technology transferred from the serious computer games industry aims to develop a low-cost, high-performance physics-based software product for the visualisation and simulation of complex composites manufacturing systems.




UK Government Provides Support for £34m Aircraft Wing Programme

17 December 2006

A pioneering £34m programme putting Britain at the forefront of next generation, greener, cost effective aircraft design will be backed by £17m UK government support.



TenCate Acquires Danish Vehicle-Armouring Company

17 December 2006

TenCate has reached an agreement to takeover of Roshield, the Danish company engaged in vehicle armouring and personal protection.










Alcan to acquire Penske

04 November 2006





Airtech Materials Build Panels for Carbonyte

23 October 2006

Airtech materials have helped manufacture lightweight panels with the finish required for Carbonyte’s new luxury Anarchy Limousine








Terma Selects Vistagy’s FiberSIM Software for F-35 Composite Part Design

24 September 2006

Denmark-based Terma has selected FiberSIM software for the design and manufacture of complex, highly-engineered composite parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.






Delcam to Show Latest in CADCAM for Composites at Composites Europe

17 September 2006

Delcam will demonstrate the latest developments in its CADCAM systems for the composites industry at the Composites Europe exhibition.



Rogers Corporation Partner with Thermal Transfer Composites

03 September 2006

Rogers Corporation and Thermal Transfer Composites (TTC) have entered into a strategic partnership focusing developments of metal matrix composite (MMC) products for electronic thermal management applications.









Lotus Type 119c Clinches Victory and Second Record

28 July 2006

The Lotus Type 119c soapbox, which topped the timesheets in the 2004 Goodwood Soapbox Challenge, claimed its second consecutive title and record in the Brooklands Soapbox Derby on 16 July.









The 3D challenge for Advanced Aerospace Composites

23 July 2006

The performance and productivity achievable with 3D composite reinforcement technologies are driving demand and stimulating development in the aerospace sector, and a UK team has been discovering the advances being made in the US.


AleniaAermacchi Selects FiberSIM

23 July 2006

AleniaAermacchi has selected VISTAGY’s FiberSIM 5.1 software as its specialized composite design environment for the CATIA V5 CAD system.


NLR Purchases VISTAGY’s FiberSIM Software

14 July 2006

NLR in the Netherlands has selected FiberSIM software for designing complex composite products and parts, and all NLR member organizations will have access to FiberSIM.



Cutting the Cost of Aerospace Composites

14 July 2006

The aerospace industry’s shift from metal to composite as a building material might be increasing structural efficiency and weight savings, but it is also introducing a tough challenge: reducing costs. Nowhere is the global search for low-cost composite processing methods as focused and well-funded as in the US – the destination of a recent UK DTI Global Watch Mission.


















US National Composite Center to Showcase Quickstep Technology

30 April 2006

Australian advanced materials group Quickstep is set to showcase its unique composites manufacturing technology to North America after entering into a collaboration with America’s National Composite Center.





Hydrosize Technologies Receives Phase II SBIR Award from NAVAIR

12 April 2006

Hydrosize Technologies has received a Phase II SBIR award ($750,000 for 2 years) from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to continue the development of a solvent free high temperature sizing.






Alliance Spacesystems to Merge with Vision Composites

02 April 2006

Alliance Spacesystems and Vision Composites will merge to bring together engineering and manufacturing expertise on projects ranging from Mars rover robotics to products for use in applications on Earth.








Quickstep Advances with New European Showcase Centre

10 March 2006

Australian advanced materials group Quickstep has signed a key partnership agreement with the University of Manchester, UK for the showcasing of the Company’s technology to European customers.































T-50 Makes Its International Aerial Debut at Dubai Air Show

25 November 2005

The T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer made its international aerial debut showcasing its supersonic capabilities and technological advances today at the Dubai International Air Show.




£1.5m Transatlantic Composites Partnership

11 November 2005

The UK’s University of Manchester will receive £1.5m over the next two years to develop new composite technologies and materials for future aircraft design in partnership with The University of Washington in Seattle, under a new DTI pilot scheme aimed at establishing world-class UK/US collaborations.





Vought Announces Production Suppliers to Support its 787 Dreamliner Work Share

27 October 2005

Vought Aircraft Industries has reached price agreements with a significant segment of its supplier enterprise team members to support the company's work share on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane.





Boeing and Saab Sign 787 Cargo Door Package Agreement

21 October 2005

Boeing and Saab Aerostructures of Sweden have signed a contract for the design and manufacture of the large CFRP cargo doors, bulk cargo doors and access doors for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.




B3 Technologies Backs British Olympic Medal Prospect

14 October 2005

B3 Technologies Ltd., based at Shalford, Surrey, has been working with former World Cup champion Kristen Bromley to develop a new CFRP Skeleton sled for next year's Winter Olympics.


Hexcel Exhibits Latest Composite Technologies at Seoul Airshow 2005

14 October 2005

Hexcel is exhibiting at the Korea Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (Seoul, October 18th- 23rd) to promote its latest composite technologies for the aerospace industry and support its sales activities in the region.


Wind Tunnel Tests Refine A350 Design

14 October 2005

The design for the new long-range A350 is currently being refined during wind tunnel tests, with trials on the wing taking place at various specialist sites across Europe.


New Pocket NDT Series for Composites Inspection

14 October 2005

NDT Automation has released a new Pocket Ultrasonic scanning system for the non-destructive inspection of FRP composites.


Japan's Supersonic Jet Completes Test Flight

14 October 2005

Japan conducted a successful test flight of a supersonic jet in the Australian outback on Monday, taking a step closer to its goal of developing a successor to the Concorde.


Aerospace Technology Centre Officially Opens in Canada

14 October 2005

The Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Centre (AMTC) in Canada held its official opening event to mark the beginning of a new initiative aiming to develop Canadian manufacturing technologies using composites.


MTorres Joins Dassault CAA V5 Software Community Program

07 October 2005

Dassault Systemes has formed a software development partnership with MTorres, provider of composite tape-laying machines.








Small Firms Take Free Tech- support as NCN Message Gets Through

30 September 2005

A growing number and variety of technical enquiries coming into the Helpdesk of the National Composites Network confirm its recognition as a key resource for UK companies manufacturing and using composite products.





UK Engineer Breaks Fuel-economy Record

21 September 2005

With fuel prices reaching an all time high, a car built by a Bath (UK) engineer has broken a British record for fuel economy in a recent eco-marathon held in Scotland.




Mercedes Introduces World's Fastest Open-Top Four-Seater

16 September 2005

Mercedes Benz have introduced the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet, the limited edition supercharged V8 sporting a lightweight carbon fibre body.


TEC Industries Acquires Quatro Composites

16 September 2005

TEC Industries has acquired the California-based Quatro Composites to expand its carbon fibre fabrication capabilities.


Raymor Receives EADS Order for Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

16 September 2005

Raymor Industries Inc. has received an order to deliver single-walled carbon nanotubes (C-SWNT) from EADS Composites Atlantic Ltd., a company from the EADS Group.



Ansys and Vistagy Provide Analysis Solution for Composites

09 September 2005

Ansys and Vistagy are collaborating to integrate FiberSIM software and ANSYS solver technology to achieve improved composite design, manufacturing and performance simulation.















Air Chem's Composites Bring Cleaner Water to US Residents

03 August 2005

Air Chem Systems has provided a solution for the treatment of solvent-contaminated water in California using composites and resins which provide solvent resistance to a water cleansing system.





University of Michigan Wins 10 Day North American Solar Challenge

29 July 2005

The University of Michigan won the 2005 North American Solar Challenge (NASC) in just under 60 hours earlier this week using only solar energy as its power source.




High Compression Bladder Moulding Prepreg Process (HCBMP) for Wind Turbine

18 July 2005

Southwest Windpower has awarded a purchase order to Quatro Composites for the development and production of the redesigned Whisper 500 wind blades using Quatro's HCBMP process.




Audi Introduce CFRC Brakes on New A8

12 July 2005

Following a supply agreement with SGL Carbon, Audi are introducing carbon fibre reinforced ceramic brakes on the new Audi A8.









UK Initiative to Stimulate Composite Industry Training

21 June 2005

A new UK initiative from Polymer Sector Developments (PSD) will see the injection of 1.5 million GBP in to the East Midlands to enhance composite industry training and stimulate growth of the regions polymer industry.



AAR to Develop Composite Structures for Commercial Anti-Missile System

17 June 2005

AAR's composite unit is to design aerodynamic composite fairings to house an anti-missile system as part of the Northrop Grumman project to provide anti-missile defence systems for commercial aircraft.





French and Japanese Aerospace Industries Collaborate on Supersonic Travel

17 June 2005

Aerospace industry associations from France and Japan have signed an agreement to promote cooperation in research into supersonic travel, with the hope of producing a successor to the Anglo-French Concorde.






British Joint Venture to Address Changes in Global Aerospace Industry

10 June 2005

A New British company called HYTRI has been formed to address changes in the aerospace industry, especially with regards to new material use, and accelerate the drive to find more efficient ways to produce airframe structures.








AIA President Hits out at EU Govt's Financial Backing of Airbus

27 May 2005

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO John W. Douglass said that Government handouts shield European airliner manufacturer Airbus from normal market risks.




Vermont Composites to Produce CFRP Fenders for Chevrolet Corvette

20 May 2005

Vermont Composites Inc., one of the largest suppliers of carbon fibre products in the US, has been awarded a contract from General Motors to produce 14,000 carbon fibre fenders for the Z06 Corvette.


BMW WilliamsF1 Team and QinetiQ in Technology Partnership

20 May 2005

BMW WilliamsF1 Team and QinetiQ are to form a partnership designed to inject innovative technologies into the development process of the UK’s F1 industry.


CSMA and TWI Collaborate to Provide Materials Analysis Service

13 May 2005

CSMA Ltd and TWI have put in place a partnership that gives clients of both organisations access to leading edge materials characterisation and analysis services.





















Asian Composites Manufacturing Selected to Produce Boeing 737 Aileron Components

01 April 2005

The Boeing Company and Asian Composites Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (ACM) recently celebrated the selection of the Malaysian company to produce aileron panels and components for the Boeing Next-Generation 737 family of airplanes and the first delivery to Hawker de Havilland this month.



Preview of JEC Exhibits

01 April 2005




100 Million (GBP) Boost for UK Companies

18 March 2005

Science and Innovation Minister, Lord Sainsbury, today announced £100 million for the next round of the Technology Programme with automotive, energy and aerospace sectors set to benefit.

















Zyvex and Arkema Announce Strategic Partnership

18 February 2005

Zyvex and Arkema are to collaborate in developing commercial nanomaterial applications.


Smith Opens Door to New Multi Million Pound Materials Centre

18 February 2005

The first phase of a new 12 million hi-tech research centre that will lead the way for greater use of 'composite materials' was today opened by Industry Minister Jacqui Smith.



India Signals Intent to Become Major Aviation Outsourcing Destination

11 February 2005

Indian Defence minister delivered an encouraging message to the future of India’s aviation sector during a speech at Aero India 2005.







Lincoln Composites Acquired by Hexagon Composites Group

28 January 2005

The Norweigan Hexagon Composites Group has completed its acquisition of General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products (GDATP) formerly known as Lincoln Composites.



EPM Technology Unveil SS3 and Launch Global Composites Vision

21 January 2005

EPM technology have disclosed expansion plans that will enable one of Britain’s fastest growing composite businesses to break onto the global market.








Zyvex Confirms Nanotube Suppliers for Polymer Composite Applications

14 January 2005

Zyvex have added Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. and Pyrograf Products Inc. to their supply chain for single-wall carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotube fibres.





Call for Papers: Composite Materials for Transport Structures

14 January 2005

A call for papers is being issued for a special issue of the International Journal of Vehicle Design (IJVD), focussing on the Design and Manufacturing of Land Transport Structures Using Composite Materials.












AIDC to Supply Airbus Composite Tail Assembly Parts

29 November 2004

The Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has received an order from Airbus for 960 composite tail assembly parts.


CTL Awarded Major Composite Testing Contract from BAE SYSTEMS

19 November 2004

CTL have also been selected by BAE SYSTEMS (Aerostructures) to carry out a 2-year programme of Aircraft Component Part Qualification for the civil aerospace industry.




















Toho Tenax to Build New Carbon Fibre Line in Germany

15 October 2004

Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., Japan, is to expand carbon fibre output at Tenax Fibers GmbH, its wholly owned German subsidiary, with a new production line investment of €38 million.









Farnborough International Air Show Under SBAC Control

30 September 2004

As part of a wide ranging review of its activities and services, Farnborough International Ltd, has been formed to assume responsibility for the running of future air shows.






QinetiQ Accelerates US Growth Strategy with Second Acquisition

23 September 2004

QinetiQ has signed a purchase agreement with St Louis-based Westar Aerospace & Defence Group Inc, one of the US's leading providers of aerospace technology solutions.






Ultrasonic Tape Lamination Technology Wins NASA Award for Foster-Miller

09 September 2004

Foster-Miller, Inc. has received a 2004 Turning Goals into Reality award from NASA that recognizes its innovative ultrasonic tape lamination (UTL) technology.


“Jetman” Flies with Carbon Fibre Wings

09 September 2004

A French man has designed motorised CFRP wings in order to fly like superman.




Boeing Joins CMI's Silent Aircraft Initiative

03 September 2004

Boeing has formally entered into a collaboration with the Cambridge-MIT Institute's 'Silent' Aircraft Initiative.



Thai Airways International Selects A380 and Additional A340s

03 September 2004

Thai Airways International has taken another major step in its long term fleet expansion plan, by acquiring six A380 double-decker aircraft to be delivered in 2008/09.







Composite Solar Car Speeds through Scandanavia

23 August 2004

Nuna 2, the world’s fastest solar-powered car, is being driven through Sweden and Norway during August.



CFRP Car Shows the Way Forward in Clean Automotive Technology

20 August 2004

A car that runs entirely on hydrogen and emits nothing but water has been hailed as a breakthrough in automotive technology this week by experts.










Rolls-Royce Selects Goodrich Composite Technology for Joint Strike Fighter

21 July 2004

Rolls-Royce has selected a proprietary composite technology produced by Goodrich Corporation for use in the Demonstration phase of the F135 propulsion system's LiftFan for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).





New World Centre for Advanced Materials Launched In Australia

16 July 2004

Advanced materials group Quickstep Technologies has set up a fully automated production plant as part of venture with the Victorian Government-backed Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM).



Boeing to Highlight 7E7 Dreamliner, Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft at Farnborough Air Show

16 July 2004

Boeing have disclosed details of its media presentations for the Farnborough International Air Show, which include discussions of the transformational 7E7 Dreamliner and Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft programs.


Hexcel at Farnborough International 2004

16 July 2004

At this year's Farnborough Airshow, Hexcel will promote its new developments for the Aerospace industry, including products developed for the Airbus A380 and Boeing 7E7.








Airbus and Alcoa Recognize Partnership on the Airbus A380

02 July 2004

Airbus and Alcoa officials joined together earlier this week at Alcoa's Davenport Works in Riverdale, IA to acknowledge the contributions Airbus is making to America's aerospace industry.


Resin Systems Joint Venture Reaches Milestone with Completion of Composite Trailer Testing

02 July 2004

Resin Systems Inc. has successfully completed the final full load and performance test track testing of the complete composite material designed monocoque semi-trailer.


Boeing and Renault F1 Team to Collaborate on Technology Development

25 June 2004

Boeing and the Renault Formula 1 racing team signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate technology collaboration projects of mutual interest.


Henkel Technologies and West McLaren Mercedes Join Forces in Formula One

25 June 2004

The new West McLaren Mercedes MP4/19 racing car now includes more than 90 adhesives and sealants from Henkel Technologies.















UMR Receives $7.3 Million for Aerospace Composites Manufacturing Research

14 May 2004

The University of Missouri-Rolla and Boeing will work together to develop new manufacturing methods for the aerospace industry and the U.S. Air Force through a $7.3 million federal contract.



























Hexcel Reports 2003 Results

30 January 2004

















Nuna II ready for its debut

30 September 2003

The Dutch Nuon Solar Team and their car Nuna II is among the favourites for the 7th World Solar Challenge starting on 19 October in Darwin, Australia, ready to defend the title won by their predecessor Nuna in 2001.


An Epic Journey Pushing Man and Boat to The Limits

10 August 2003

In September Jim Shekhdar, civil engineer, businessman, family man and part time oarsman will take to the Southern Oceans in an eight metre boat made of Scott Bader’s Crystic resins and gelcoats and attempt to row single handed from New Zealand, round Cape Horn, to Cape Town in South Africa.



















MGS Builds Up Its Portfolio for Boat Building

28 April 2003

To meet the unique requirements of composite structures in modern boat and yacht building, MGS Kunstharzprodukte presented a series of new products to the public at this years JEC composites show in Paris.









Alcan Grows Composite Products Business Through Acquisition of Baltek

11 March 2003

Alcan has entered into agreements to acquire Baltek Corporation, the supplier of balsa-based structural core materials, for approximately US$35 million.





SAMPE 2003 Update

16 February 2003

The SAMPE 2003 Committee had selected Jens Hinrichsen of Airbus Industries as the SAMPE 2003 Keynote Address Speaker. The talk, entitled “The Airbus A380 Technology Platform: A Market Driver for Suppliers”, is aimed at typical SAMPE show attendees who are heavily involved in advanced composites.








Seminar on Virtual Product Development Techniques for Composite Materials

26 January 2003

MSC.Software has launched the 3rd annual technology seminar in the highly popular “Black Metal or Black Art?” series : “A Review of Virtual Product Development (VPD) Techniques for Composite Materials and Components”.
















SAMPE Draws Large Attendance

26 November 2002







Invicta S1 Launch

24 October 2002






Robotic Production Technology Introduced Accu-Cut WJ-44

04 October 2002

Robotic Production Technology introduced the Accu-Cut WJ-44 robot at Composites 2002. The Accu-Cut is equipped specifically for water jet cutting applications and the new unit is claimed to decrease cycle time and increase path capability.










Newly Expanded Technical Training Center

16 September 2002

Cerritos College Composites Training Center (CTC) has expanded their training capacity through the launching of a manufacturing demonstration cell, which enables safe, clean and seamless presentations, demonstrations, workshops and training events.









BOC Nitrogen Generator Meets Goodrich's Needs

31 July 2002

Goodrich Corporation's Aerostructures Group has signed a long term lease agreement for a BOC pressure swing absorption (PSA) generator at its Riverside, California production facility.








EuroPAM 2002

08 July 2002

EuroPAM 2002, ESI’s 12th European conference on numerical simulation will take place October 21-22, 2002 at the Antibes Congress Center on the French Riviera.














Engineers Create Robotic System to Make Composite Material

02 June 2002

A team of researchers is developing a robotic system to reduce the production cost of a lightweight, heat-resistant composite material, offering promise for future widespread applications.
















Wilde & Partners Appointed Exclusive UK Distributors for ESAComp

01 March 2002

ESAComp software for the UK and Ireland.






Hexcel Appoints new Director

01 February 2002





Hexcel Annual results

25 January 2002








3D Systems and DSM Desotech Sign Joint Venture Agreement

20 December 2001

3D Systems and DSM Desotech Inc. have formed OptoForm LLC, a joint venture that will focus on the development and commercialization of new equipment and materials for rapid tooling and direct and indirect in-line manufacturing processes.









Spectra Is Selected for New Fortified Doors for Aircraft Cockpits

09 November 2001

Honeywell’s Spectra composite material has been selected by C&D Aerospace as the primary ballistic protection material for its new strengthened cockpit doors.














Nemesis Air Racing chooses FiberCote prepregs

15 September 2001

Nemesis Air Racing has chosen FiberCote’s family of E-765 Prepregs and FAA Approved Lamina & Laminate Allowables Databases for the NemesisNXT.











ESI Group acquires L3P

17 August 2001
















































Advanced Technical Products Year End 2000 Results

23 March 2001

Advanced Technical Products, Inc., a producer of advanced composite structures and chemical and biological defense products for the aerospace, defense and commercial markets, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and for the year ended December 31, 2000. Revenues from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2000 were $170.73 million compared to $159.78 million for the comparable period in 1999, an increase of $10.95 million or 6.9%. Income from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2000 was $7.39 million compared to $5.48 million for the comparable period in 1999, an increase of $1.91 million or 34.9%.


2001 SAMPE UK & Ireland Seminar

23 March 2001

June 14th, 2001 - Cranfield, UK


New Lightweight, High-Strength Material

23 March 2001

Moldite Technologies, a joint venture formed by Venture Industries and composites developer Moldite, Inc., announced the development of Moldite(TM), a new lightweight, high-strength material. Unique properties suggest that Moldite will be highly suitable for a broad range of applications that include automotive, industrial, marine, military and aerospace. The key to this thermoset resin composite sandwic"" rests in its proprietary core. Moldite has an exceptionally high stiffness-to-weight ratio and offers a high-performance alternative to materials such as ultra high-strength steel and aluminum.


Automated Dynamics’ New Thermoset Fiber Placement Head

23 March 2001

Automated Dynamics has introduced a new 12 tow thermoset fiber placement head for aerospace and industrial applications.


Automated Dynamics New High Speed Process

16 March 2001

Automated Dynamics announced the development of a new, high speed process for fabricating thermoplastic composite pressure vessels.


Technomic Publishing Announces www.compositesoftware.com

16 March 2001

Technomic Publishing Co., Inc. today unveiled their new website ww.compositesoftware.com. Among the software products showcased is V-Lab, the virtual laboratory for composites analysis. V-Lab is a suite of analysis tools for structural analysis of fiber-reinforced composites. Users can perform analysis, numerical experimentation and design prototypes using advanced composite stress and failure analysis tools. A demo of V-Lab is available at the site.


Lockheed Martin demonstrates low-cost manufacturing

16 March 2001

Lockheed Martin Space Systems operations Advanced Technology Center, working with the structural design engineers from the Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) program, successfully demonstrated use of a low-cost, vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) process to manufacture a large, complex structure integral to the TRIDENT II D5 fleet ballistic missile.


GKN Composites Cut Weight of Transmission Support Fitting

16 March 2001

A program intended to showcase GKN's rapid creation of manufacturing tools also has resulted in a significant modification to a critical component of the RAH-66 Comanche helicopter. GKN Aerospace, Inc., originally was just going to demonstrate its rapid prototype tooling capability. That demonstration was successful but carried an important side benefit -- a 30 percent reduction in the weight of a critical component for the Comanche helicopter.


Wolverine Boots and Shoes Walks Away With Honour

16 March 2001

For the second year running, Wolverine Boots and Shoes was presented the Plus Award for overall design excellence.


ATK Receives Contract for Ariane 5 Launch Vehicle

16 March 2001

ATK Aerospace Composite Structures Company has been awarded contracts worth approximately $1.8 million from EADS CASA Espacio, Madrid, Spain, to produce composite structures for the Ariane 5 space launch vehicle -- the first new-generation heavy-lift launcher to enter commercial service.


AMTT invites researchers

09 March 2001

The Aerospace Materials Technology Testhouse (AMTT) is located in the Austrian Research Center Seibersdorf, approx. 30 km south of Vienna, Austria.


Lockheed Martin Names Small Business Supplier of the Year

09 March 2001

The Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Company - Palmdale announced that Fiber Innovations of Walpole, MA has been selected as its Small Business Supplier of the Year for 2001. This honor is awarded to the supplier that has provided exceptional products at competitive prices and delivery.


Realignment of BAE SYSTEMS Aerostructures

09 March 2001

BAE SYSTEMS has announced that its Aerostructures business is being re-organized to provide increased opportunities for growth and future success. This consolidation of the Aerostructures business brings together activities in the UK and North America.


New EnCapta Software from VISTAGY

02 March 2001

VISTAGY, Inc., announced today the release of EnCapta software, which extends the power of sophisticated computer-aided-design (CAD) systems that engineers use to create 3D product geometry. EnCapta augments CAD software by providing engineers with tools for capturing and communicating specialized non-geometric design data that are vital for complete product definition. Engineering organizations that use CAD models as a primary source of information about products will benefit from EnCapta’s complementary software tools for enriching the design environment.


Venture's Innovative, Lightweight Composite Sandwiform

02 March 2001

Venture Industries, a top-100 automotive supplier, announced that use of its lightweight, high-strength Sandwiform(TM) material is on the rise as automakers seek innovative ways to reduce vehicle weight and cut production costs. Sandwiform's high-performance capabilities make it ideal for a wide range of vehicle-wide applications including cargo load floors, engine shields, trunk panels, backrests, aerodynamic skid plates, spare wheel pans, and front and rear bumpers.


Northrop Grumman Unveils Unmanned Aircraft

02 March 2001

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Integrated Systems Sector (ISS) today unveiled its design for an unmanned aircraft that the company will fly later this year to demonstrate some of the technologies emanating from its new Advanced Systems Development Center (ASDC) here.