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USQ Composites Research Employed in City Hall Refurbishment

USQ Composites Research Employed in City Hall Refurbishment

16 May 2017

University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia, research into the use and benefits of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bars to reinforce c...


Model for Affordable Housing Demonstrated in Germany

Model for Affordable Housing Demonstrated in Germany

09 May 2017

The 'House of Nations’, a multi-purpose building developed as a model for affordable housing, has been completed in Bergisch Gladbach, Germa...


Modular Composite Lighthouse Installed at Indian Port

02 May 2017

A 30 m tall composite lighthouse at Rava Port near Kakinada in South India was constructed from composite modules incorporating Diab core material. The structure was designed to be sturdy enough to withstand both seawater and cyclones.


Chomarat Unveils €35 Million Investment Programme

25 April 2017

Industrial textiles group Chomarat has unveiled a three-year, €35 million investment plan to boost innovation and modernise its sites in the Ardèche region of France. 


New Regulations for Composite Materials Worth Billions of Pounds to UK Industry

25 April 2017

A report published by the University of Southampton, UK, calls for industry and government to work closely together to put an end to the constraints that currently inhibit the growth and use of composite materials in the marine, rail, oil and gas, and construction sectors.


Concrete and Composites: A Powerful Partnership

Concrete and Composites: A Powerful Partnership

18 April 2017

At the end of 2016, the UK government unveiled a record infrastructure spend pipeline of £500 billion-plus, £300m of which will be invested ...


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.


Lightweight Design Featuring Diab Core Composites Brightens the Lobby of Edge Sukhumvit 23

Lightweight Design Featuring Diab Core Composites Brightens the Lobby of Edge Sukhumvit 23

28 March 2017

With lightweight core composites from Diab it was possible to create an eye-catching entrance for this spectacular condominium in the heart ...


LANXESS Invests EUR 100 Million

21 March 2017

LANXESS continues to target growth and, during the next three years, its Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit will be investing some EUR 100 million in expanding production facilities for chemical intermediates.


4000+ LED Lights in Creative Facade Design

4000+ LED Lights in Creative Facade Design

14 March 2017

The façade of Hub Zero, Dubai’s first immersive family entertainment park, lights up in an ever-changing pattern with the help of two-story-...


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...


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.


Aliancys Styrene-free Resins Bring to ABP Superior Quality and Installation Speed in Floor Coating Systems

Aliancys Styrene-free Resins Bring to ABP Superior Quality and Installation Speed in Floor Coating Systems

07 March 2017

With the help of Aliancys, AB-Polymerchemie has introduced new floor coating systems that can be applied only in one day and provide great d...


Covestro Present Composites for Cost-effective Lightweight Construction at JEC World

Covestro Present Composites for Cost-effective Lightweight Construction at JEC World

07 March 2017

Covestro will present material solutions and technologies for the automotive, electronics and construction sectors and for the generation of...


Covestro Presents Composites for Cost-effective Lightweight Construction at JEC World

Covestro Presents Composites for Cost-effective Lightweight Construction at JEC World

07 March 2017

Covestro will present material solutions and technologies for the automotive, electronics and construction sectors and for the generation of...


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.


Osirys Project to Display Multi-Layered Façade at JEC World 2017

Osirys Project to Display Multi-Layered Façade at JEC World 2017

07 March 2017

A European consortium, Osirys, will be displaying a multi-layered façade in the Building and Construction Planet at JEC World.


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...


Scott Bader Showcase Olympic Laser Dinghy, Adhesives and Composite Materials at JEC World

Scott Bader Showcase Olympic Laser Dinghy, Adhesives and Composite Materials at JEC World

07 March 2017

Scott Bader will be promoting its materials solutions for manufacturers of composite parts under a new ‘Making a Positive Difference’ corpor...


FiberSystems’ Custom FRP Composite Bridge Drainage Pipe System Stands Test Of Time For Major Project

FiberSystems’ Custom FRP Composite Bridge Drainage Pipe System Stands Test Of Time For Major Project

28 February 2017

When FiberSystems was asked to construct an FRP composite drainage pipe system for the Lunda/Ames Bridge at 2nd Street and US Highway 61 in ...


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).


Container Terminal DCT Gdańsk and Port of Immingham Adopt Heavy-Duty Composite Access Covers to Increase Safety and Efficiency

Container Terminal DCT Gdańsk and Port of Immingham Adopt Heavy-Duty Composite Access Covers to Increase Safety and Efficiency

14 February 2017

Container Terminal DCT Gdańsk, Poland, and Port of Immingham, UK, are latest to adopt Fibrelite’s heavy-duty composite access covers.


FiberSPAN Gives British Columbia City a Lightweight, High-Tech Pedestrian Bridge Deck Solution

FiberSPAN Gives British Columbia City a Lightweight, High-Tech Pedestrian Bridge Deck Solution

07 February 2017

It was out with the old and in with the new when the City of Trail, British Columbia permanently closed a nearly century old vehicle bridge ...


IACMI Teams With Industry to Unveil Unique Combination of Technologies in Nine-meter Wind Turbine Blade

IACMI Teams With Industry to Unveil Unique Combination of Technologies in Nine-meter Wind Turbine Blade

07 February 2017

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a Manufacturing US institute driven by the University of Tennessee, ...


Emergency Showers for Harsh Environments Set New Standards in Durability and Energy Efficiency

Emergency Showers for Harsh Environments Set New Standards in Durability and Energy Efficiency

07 February 2017

Intertec has launched a range of enclosed emergency safety showers (ESSs) for use in harsh outdoor environments which are integrated into sh...


Scott Bader Expands Production Capacity for Crestabond MMA Structural Adhesives Range

Scott Bader Expands Production Capacity for Crestabond MMA Structural Adhesives Range

31 January 2017

Scott Bader has made a further capital investment to expand production capacity for its range of Crestabond primer-less methyl methacrylate ...


Exova Laboratory in Malaysia Receives SINGLAS Accreditation

31 January 2017

Admaterials Technologies, an Exova company, has been awarded the SINGLAS accreditation for Civil Engineering for its new laboratory in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.


LANXESS Adjusts Prices for PA and PBT Compounds

31 January 2017

LANXESS has announced adapted prices for its Durethan and Pocan compounds in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA region) with effect from 1  February 2017, a measure resulting from the increasing pressure on the raw material cost base.


Sicomin Supplies Complete Composite Materials Package for Gilded Domes of New Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Paris

Sicomin Supplies Complete Composite Materials Package for Gilded Domes of New Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Paris

17 January 2017

Sicomin has supplied a complete package of composite materials to produce both moulds and parts for the 5 gilded domes of the recently inaug...


The World’s First Composite Lift to Revolutionise the Building and Construction Industry

The World’s First Composite Lift to Revolutionise the Building and Construction Industry

17 January 2017

The world’s first composite lift, 8, has been unveiled by Singapore Lift Company (SLC), a joint venture between Far East Organisation, Woh H...


CompIC 2017 Panel Session Announced to Include Network Rail and Rijkswaterstaat

CompIC 2017 Panel Session Announced to Include Network Rail and Rijkswaterstaat

17 January 2017

The panel has been announced for CompIC 2017 and will consist of Network Rail, Rijkswaterstaat, Optima Projects and Connectra Global, which ...


Osirys Project to Run Workshop as Parallel Session at CompIC 2017

Osirys Project to Run Workshop as Parallel Session at CompIC 2017

10 January 2017

On 31st January 2017, the Osirys Project consortium will be holding a project workshop to deliver its results to the construction industry a...


Australian Composite Walls Flood Defence System Is Being Tested by Deltares

Australian Composite Walls Flood Defence System Is Being Tested by Deltares

03 January 2017

Australian Composite Walls is a continuous, inter-locking composite wall system developed by Comtec in Australia using composite profiles by...


Composite Advantage Taps Custom FRP Fabricator FiberSystems For Composite Pile Jackets

Composite Advantage Taps Custom FRP Fabricator FiberSystems For Composite Pile Jackets

20 December 2016

When FRP manufacturer Composite Advantage was asked to supply composite pile jackets for a waterfront application, it turned to nearby neigh...


Gurit Acquires BASF PET Business

06 December 2016

Gurit has announced its acquisition of BASF`s PET structural foam business for an undisclosed purchase price.


Discover the Future of Composites in Construction: Programme Announced for CompIC 2017

Discover the Future of Composites in Construction: Programme Announced for CompIC 2017

29 November 2016

NetComposites is pleased to announce the publication of the conference programme for CompIC 2017 which will set the scene for the future of ...


Fenstür Windows & Doors Switches from Fibreboard to Composite Honeycomb Cores for Custom-built Doors

29 November 2016

Fenstür Windows and Doors, a manufacturer and direct retailer of high-end custom-built residential wooden doors and windows, has begun replacing fibreboard cores in its doors with a unique composite core produced by RhinoKore Composite Solutions.  


Aliancys, BUFA, Indupol and Solico Help TGM to Develop a Unique and Innovative Building Façade System

Aliancys, BUFA, Indupol and Solico Help TGM to Develop a Unique and Innovative Building Façade System

22 November 2016

Wanting to develop a new cost-effective composite façade system for office buildings, construction company TGM involved Indupol, Aliancys, B...


Integral Foam Encases Sensitive Surveillance Cameras

Integral Foam Encases Sensitive Surveillance Cameras

22 November 2016

Remote control webcams are increasingly used to document construction sites and weather stations as well as for surveillance monitoring of p...


Fibrelite and Competitor’s Covers Tested for Deflection

22 November 2016

Many composite access covers look similar, yet perform incomparably, some leaking or even breaking after cyclical loading.


Polymat FR Offers Significantly Higher Mechanical Properties

08 November 2016

Polymat FR, an innovative 3D reinforcement textile, has been developed by Scott & Fyfe specifically for high performance composite applications where strength, weight reduction and fire performance are critical parameters – for example, in the transportation, construction and marine sectors.


NetComposites Continues as Innovation and Headline Media Partner for Advanced Engineering 2016

NetComposites Continues as Innovation and Headline Media Partner for Advanced Engineering 2016

25 October 2016

NetComposites will once again be a key innovation and headline media partner to the Composites Engineering show, part of the Advanced Engine...


Scott Bader Showcasing Olympic Class Laser Dinghy and Advanced Composites Materials at Advanced Engineering 2016

25 October 2016

Scott Bader will be exhibiting its latest technology advanced materials and services for manufacturing high performance composite parts, including its Crystic Ecogel ‘ultra-low’ styrene content spray gelcoats range with four grade options for a variety of end applications including marine, transportation, buildings, general industrial and wind turbine blades.


FiberTUFF Field Kit Helps Contractors Fight Corrosion In The Trenches

FiberTUFF Field Kit Helps Contractors Fight Corrosion In The Trenches

25 October 2016

Controlling corrosion in concrete trenches, channels and drainage systems can be challenging for contractors and end users, but FiberSystems...


Sigmatex Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Sigmatex Celebrates 30th Anniversary

25 October 2016

Sigmatex is celebrating its 30th anniversary.


Greenland Builds First GFRP Composite Bridge

Greenland Builds First GFRP Composite Bridge

27 September 2016

With its low weight and minimal need for maintenance, Fiberline's GFRP composite was the natural choice of building material for the Greenla...


The Next Evolution of Lightweight Marble

The Next Evolution of Lightweight Marble

20 September 2016

Italy’s FFPANELS latest innovation, FABYWALL, a structural panel using Diab PET materials laminated between thin layers of decorative stone,...


Agreement on the Construction of a Model House

Agreement on the Construction of a Model House

13 September 2016

In the search for creative solutions to establish additional inexpensive living space quickly and economically, the town of Bergisch-Gladbac...


ACIC 2017 Announces Call for Papers

ACIC 2017 Announces Call for Papers

06 September 2016

The eighth biennial Advanced Composites in Construction (ACIC) conference will be taking place on 5-7 September 2017, at the University of S...


Tricel Acquires Glasplies and Expands its UK Fibreglass Distribution Network

16 August 2016

Tricel has strategically expanded the company’s position within the UK fibreglass market through the acquisition of Glasplies, which is an already established supply and distribution operator for this sector.


Hexcel’s Multiaxial Fabrics Reinforce Dasyc’s Transportable Composite Hangars

Hexcel’s Multiaxial Fabrics Reinforce Dasyc’s Transportable Composite Hangars

09 August 2016

Hexcel’s HiMax glass fibre fabrics were selected by Greek company Dasyc for the manufacture of its Composite Modular Transportable Hangar (C...


Composites Build a Staircase to Education

Composites Build a Staircase to Education

02 August 2016

The ultra-modern A. Alfred Taubman Complex will soon offer a source of daily inspiration for engineering and architecture students of Lawren...


Call for Papers Announced for International CompIC 2017 Conference

Call for Papers Announced for International CompIC 2017 Conference

12 July 2016

Abstracts are now being taken for CompIC, an international conference focussing on composites in construction, which will take place 31 Janu...


New Shanghai Disneyland Futuristic Tomorrowland Built Using Scott Bader’s Crestapol Resin and Crystic FR Gelcoat

New Shanghai Disneyland Futuristic Tomorrowland Built Using Scott Bader’s Crestapol Resin and Crystic FR Gelcoat

21 June 2016

Since breaking ground in 2011, Disney and Shanghai Shendi Group are on track for the grand opening of the new Shanghai Disneyland resort on ...


Aliancys Resins Used by Fibercore Europe for World’s Largest Composite Lock Gates

Aliancys Resins Used by Fibercore Europe for World’s Largest Composite Lock Gates

14 June 2016

Earlier this year, highly innovative composite lock gates were installed in the Wilhelmina Canal in Tilburg, Netherlands, under direction of...


University of Valencia EDEM Business School Refurbished with an All Composite Cladding System

University of Valencia EDEM Business School Refurbished with an All Composite Cladding System

07 June 2016

As part of a major expansion of the EDEM Business School, three harbour buildings which were formerly part of the Port of Valencia have been...


Fibrelite Partners with US Pre-Cast Trench Manufacturer to Launch New Lightweight Composite Covers for Trench Systems

Fibrelite Partners with US Pre-Cast Trench Manufacturer to Launch New Lightweight Composite Covers for Trench Systems

03 May 2016

Fibrelite has partnered with Trenwa to present a new line of HS-20 load rated concrete trench systems, incorporating Fibrelite’s lightweight...


Biteam Pioneer Novel Combination Architecture Box-Beams

Biteam Pioneer Novel Combination Architecture Box-Beams

01 March 2016

For buildings requiring structural members to withstand relatively high impact and torsional resistance, Swedish company, Biteam, has pionee...


Chomarat Presents ROVICUT and C-PLY Applications at JEC World

Chomarat Presents ROVICUT and C-PLY Applications at JEC World

01 March 2016

During JEC World, Chomarat will unveil its new glass fibre reinforcement ROVICUT, which stretches to hug the curves of pipes and conduits th...


Lightweight, Durable 3D Roof Structures With Exel Composites Tubes

Lightweight, Durable 3D Roof Structures With Exel Composites Tubes

16 February 2016

Exel Composites has developed an innovative 3D roof structure application together with the award-winning, Australia-based PT Architectural ...


FiberSPAN Wins Bid Over Fibreglass Wood Decking for Ottawa’s Historic Minto Bridges East and Centre

FiberSPAN Wins Bid Over Fibreglass Wood Decking for Ottawa’s Historic Minto Bridges East and Centre

16 February 2016

When corrosion of the existing steel bridge deck grating supporting Ottawa’s historic Minto Bridges East and Centre closed the spans to vehi...


Highly Engineered Lightweight Composite Trench Covers for Areas Imposing High Loads

Highly Engineered Lightweight Composite Trench Covers for Areas Imposing High Loads

02 February 2016

UK manufacturer Fibrelite can now provide the perfect lightweight alternative to traditionally used heavy concrete and metal access covers f...


DIAB Will Participate in Compic Middle East 2016 in Dubai

02 February 2016

Diab will participate in CompIC (Composites in Construction) Middle East Conference, which will take place at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort in Dubai, UAE, 9-10 February 2016.


Multilayer PET Packages to Become Resins for Coatings and the Building Sector

Multilayer PET Packages to Become Resins for Coatings and the Building Sector

05 January 2016

Barpimo and AIMPLAS are working on the development of new alkyd and polyester resins from multilayer PET packages wastes.


JEC’s Experience Composites Sets Ambitious Goals

05 January 2016

The new fibre composite and lightweight construction trade fair ‘Experience Composites – powered by JEC’ will take place in Augsburg, Germany, between 21-23 September 2016, for the first time.


Wilson-Burt Bridge Gets New FiberSPAN Cantilever Sidewalk

Wilson-Burt Bridge Gets New FiberSPAN Cantilever Sidewalk

22 December 2015

Wilson-Burt Bridge has a new 5 1/2 ft. wide, 442 ft long FiberSPAN cantilever sidewalk as part of a full bridge rehabilitation project value...


Fibrelite on Track with Lightweight Composite Access Covers for Major UK Station’s Platforms

Fibrelite on Track with Lightweight Composite Access Covers for Major UK Station’s Platforms

22 December 2015

Fibrelite has developed a new range of bespoke, lightweight, composite trench covers, dramatically reducing the cost to cover larger opening...


Final Highway Bill a Major Victory for the Composites Industry

08 December 2015

The American Manufacturers Composites Association (ACMA) commends Congress on behalf of the composites industry for including an important provision in the recently passed $305 billion highway bill.


NCC-FOAM Project Ramps-up Production with New Pilot-scale Manufacturing Cell

NCC-FOAM Project Ramps-up Production with New Pilot-scale Manufacturing Cell

08 December 2015

The EU-funded project NCC-Foam has successfully scaled up its production of nano-crystalline cellulose foam for use in innovative composite ...


Chomarat Launches Rotaflam Neo

Chomarat Launches Rotaflam Neo

01 December 2015

Chomarat has launched its new generation of reinforcements for roofing felt: Rotaflam Neo, developed in collaboration with Norafin.


Dilutec Highlights the Advantages of Pool Maintenance with Gelcoat

Dilutec Highlights the Advantages of Pool Maintenance with Gelcoat

24 November 2015

Dilutec has developed two products for the maintenance of pools: ColorgelISO/NPG and Colorpatch.


Product of the Future C-GRID Features at Big 5 Construction Show in Dubai

Product of the Future C-GRID Features at Big 5 Construction Show in Dubai

24 November 2015

C-GRID carbon grids will be presented for the first time at the Big 5 Building and Construction Show in Dubai, UAE, at the booth of its part...


International Composites Seminar Brings Together 350 People in São Paulo

International Composites Seminar Brings Together 350 People in São Paulo

17 November 2015

350 people participated in the International Composites Seminar last week in São Paulo, Brazil; an event organised by the Latin American Com...


FiberSPAN Cantilever Sidewalk Offers Bridge Owners a Lightweight, Corrosion Resistant Option for Sharing the Road with Pedestrians

FiberSPAN Cantilever Sidewalk Offers Bridge Owners a Lightweight, Corrosion Resistant Option for Sharing the Road with Pedestrians

10 November 2015

Growing numbers of walkers, runners, hikers and bicyclists are finding it increasingly challenging to share space with motor traffic on vehi...


BBVA Saves Energy Using Composite Sun Panels Fabricated from Scott Bader Advanced Materials

BBVA Saves Energy Using Composite Sun Panels Fabricated from Scott Bader Advanced Materials

10 November 2015

The new digital banking group BBVA headquarters building in Madrid, designed by architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, is kept cooler usi...


IDI Composites International and Horton Nominated for the CAMX 2015 ACE Award for High Strength Composite

27 October 2015

IDI Composites International has partnered with Horton to produce a high-strength composite fan blade that excels at engine cooling in harsh environments.


Covestro Polyurethane and Know-how Strengthen Composite Parts and Customer Collaborations

27 October 2015

Covestro will showcase its advanced polyurethane systems for composites and examples of its customer collaborations during Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX).


Composite Ladybug Makes Kids Feel at Home

Composite Ladybug Makes Kids Feel at Home

29 September 2015

Al Jalila Children's Hospital in Dubai and its new media centre has been built by Affan Innovative Structures using DIAB sandwich composite ...


Custom-Made Fibrelite Composite Trench Covers Prove Solution for New Nottingham Tramway Platforms

Custom-Made Fibrelite Composite Trench Covers Prove Solution for New Nottingham Tramway Platforms

29 September 2015

A key milestone in Nottingham, UK's transport infrastructure has been marked with the opening of the new £570 million tram extension which i...


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.


JEC Forums to Discuss Efficiency In Design & High Volume Production

22 September 2015

JEC Forums will promote efficiency in design and high volume production at Boston, US on 22-23 September 2015, at the newly enhanced Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC).


New Structural Thermoplastic from RTP Company Fills Performance Gap

22 September 2015

RTP has developed new RTP 100 eXtra Performance (XP) Compounds, a series of thermoplastic compounds formulated for higher strength, modulus and impact properties than any standard chopped fibreglass polypropylene (PP) compounds available on the market today.


CST Composites Secures $1.4M Government Funding

CST Composites Secures $1.4M Government Funding

22 September 2015

CST Composites has secured a $1.4 million (US$1M) grant from the Australian Government as part of a $5.7 million (US$4M) project investment ...


Hexagon Lincoln Introduces Next Generation Type 4 Tank for the Refuse and Transit Bus Market

Hexagon Lincoln Introduces Next Generation Type 4 Tank for the Refuse and Transit Bus Market

22 September 2015

Hexagon Lincoln debuted its all-carbon 16 inch Type 4 pressure vessel for the transit bus and refuse market in Denver, Colorado US, last wee...


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.


Brüel & Kjær Joins Altair Partner Alliance with Noise, Vibration and Harshness Testing Software

22 September 2015

Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement has joined the Altair Partner Alliance (APA), bringing its noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) software, Insight+, to HyperWorks customers.


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.


PRET Launches its US Operation Unit, Wellman Advanced Materials

22 September 2015

PRET Composites announce the new name of its US operating unit, Wellman Advanced Materials, after acquiring WPR Holdings (Wellman Plastics Recycling) of Johnsonville, South Carolina, US, earlier this year.


NetComposites Showcases Latest Nano and Construction Developments at Composites Europe 2015

15 September 2015

During Composites Europe, NetComposites will be showcasing some of its latest nano and construction developments ahead of its conferences, Industrial Nanocomposites Conference (INC) 2015 and Composites in Construction Middle East (CompIC ME) 2016.


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.


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.


PPG Fibreglass Researcher Recognised by Peers with Best Paper Award

08 September 2015

Dr. Jacob Anderson, Senior Research and Development Engineer at PPG Industries, has been named a winner of the Dr. Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Award for the Society of Plastics Engineers 15th annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE).


Sekisui Plastics Opens $5.2 Million Manufacturing Facility

08 September 2015

Sekisui Plastics US (SPUS) has opened a new $5.2 million manufacturing facility in Kenton, Ohio, US.


2015 JEC Asia Innovation Award Winners Announced

01 September 2015

JEC Group has revealed the results of the JEC Asia Innovation Awards competition that highlights innovative companies and processes among all stakeholders.


Cristex Launch PVC Flexyfoam

01 September 2015

Cristex has launched its Flexyfoam range of PVC Foams, a closed cell, cross linked polymer foam that combines high stiffness and strength to weight ratios with toughness.


First Birthday Marks Year of Success for Carbon Nexus

First Birthday Marks Year of Success for Carbon Nexus

25 August 2015

Deakin University has announced that its unique Carbon Nexus research centre has attracted industrial partners from nine countries, produced...


Fibermaq Launches RTM Injection Machine at Plastech Brasil

25 August 2015

Fibermaq will launch an injection machine for the RTM process, at Plastech Brasil, a technology that is widely used by moulders of composite parts consumed by the automotive industry.


Bayer MaterialScience Celebrate 50 Years of HDI Production in Leverkusen, Germany

Bayer MaterialScience Celebrate 50 Years of HDI Production in Leverkusen, Germany

25 August 2015

Bayer MaterialScience, which will operate under the new name Covestro from September 1, is celebrating a major anniversary, 50 years of hexa...


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.


General Motors Lightens the Corvette with Continental Structural Plastics’ TCA Ultra Lite

11 August 2015

Continental Structural Plastics’ (CSP) TCA Ultra Lite material is now in production on the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette.


RadiciGroup Kicks Off Production in Mexico

RadiciGroup Kicks Off Production in Mexico

11 August 2015

RadiciGroup Plastics Business Area has strengthened its production capacity in the North American market by acquiring the polyamide engineer...


RTP Strengthens Thermoplastic Compounding with the Acquisition of Polymer Partners

11 August 2015

RTP has acquired Polymer Partners, a manufacturer of black concentrates and speciality compounds located in Henderson, Kentucky, US.


Dow Automotive Systems Partners with Clemson Engineering Students to Support Lightweighting Goals

Dow Automotive Systems Partners with Clemson Engineering Students to Support Lightweighting Goals

04 August 2015

Following a successful partnership in 2014, Dow Automotive Systems is again collaborating on advanced technology and application ideas with ...


AIMPLAS Project COALINE Develops New Profile Manufacturing Method

AIMPLAS Project COALINE Develops New Profile Manufacturing Method

04 August 2015

AIMPLAS, the Spanish Plastics Technology Centre, has reached the mid-point of the European project COALINE, in which research is developing ...


10th Anniversary for Composites Europe

10th Anniversary for Composites Europe

04 August 2015

From 22-24 September, the 10th edition of Composites Europe will be held in Stuttgart, Germany, exhibiting a whole range of fibre-reinforced...


New Fluoroelastomers Plant in China for Solvay

04 August 2015

Solvay has begun production at its new fluoroelastomers (FKM) plant in Changshu, China, as part of its ongoing strategic site expansion, to meet booming demand for its specialty polymers from Asia's fast-growing automotive industry and multiple other high-end markets.


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.


New Gasketing Materials Selector Guide Streamlines Product Selection

28 July 2015

Dymax has released a new gasketing materials selector guide, that provides useful product information and simplifies the product selection process.


Altair Enlighten Award Nominations in for 2015

28 July 2015

There are 17 nominations for Altair’s 2015 Enlighten Award with the winner to be announced at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in August.


FIPA Expands International Distribution Network

28 July 2015

FIPA is expanding its international distribution network to include a representative sales office in Poland.


Paraglider Harness Incorporates Ultra-Strong Sandwich Composite with Honeycomb Core

Paraglider Harness Incorporates Ultra-Strong Sandwich Composite with Honeycomb Core

21 July 2015

An extremely lightweight paraglider harness has been created for an extreme alpine crossing, using Tepex composite from LANXESS for the foot...


PRESCHE Project Confirms Quickstep's Superior Automotive Manufacturing Technology

21 July 2015

Quickstep Holdings has completed a German government-funded project that has confirmed its ability to manufacture niche volume carbon fibre composite vehicle parts more efficiently than traditional processes.


First Birthday Marks Year of Success for Carbon Nexus

First Birthday Marks Year of Success for Carbon Nexus

21 July 2015

In just its first year of operation, Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus research centre has attracted industrial partners from nine countries,...


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...


New AVK Working Group on Continuous Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastic Semi-Finished Products

21 July 2015

The kick-off event for a new AVK working group dedicated to "Continuous Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastics in the Automobile Sector" took place in Frankfurt, Germany, on 1 July, 2015.


Toho Tenax Develops New Carbon Fibre with High-intensity, High-tensile Modulus Properties

21 July 2015

Toho Tenax has developed TENAX XMS32, a new grade carbon fibre that achieves both high-intensity and high-tensile modulus required for aircraft and automotive applications.


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.


Vision Systems Opens New Dedicated Composites Production Plant

14 July 2015

In order to better respond to the growing need of its customers in terms of composite products integration, Vision Systems is setting up a new production unit that will specifically produce composite parts.


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.


Quickstep Secures Automotive Contract

14 July 2015

Quickstep Holdings has received authorisation for its first global automotive OEM project.


Easyfairs Acquires UK Tech Events

07 July 2015

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


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.


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...


GM's Dr J Gary Smyth Keynote Speaker for CAMX

30 June 2015

CAMX, presented by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) will feature Dr J Gary Smyth, Executive Director of Global Research and Development at General Motors, as the keynote speaker during the event which takes place in Dallas, US, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Centre from October 26-29, 2015.


Toho Tenax’s Prepreg Helps Cut Electric Racecar’s Weight

Toho Tenax’s Prepreg Helps Cut Electric Racecar’s Weight

23 June 2015

Carbon fibre sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin, or prepreg, made by Toho Tenax is to be used in the lightweight body of an electric ra...


BGF Industries Releases Innovative Thermoplastic Composite Material

23 June 2015

BGF Industries has launched its latest innovation in thermoplastic composite material, PolyPreg.


Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Formally Launched

23 June 2015

Hundreds of composites experts from industry, government, and academia gathered at the Knoxville Convention Centre, US, for the launch of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).


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 ...


RocTool Moulded Technologies with JEC Innovation Award for Motorola Composite Covers

RocTool Moulded Technologies with JEC Innovation Award for Motorola Composite Covers

09 June 2015

RocTool has jointly won a JEC Innovation Award in the Electronic Products Category for Motorola’s composite covers.


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...


Industrial Hemp in Strong Upturn

09 June 2015

On 20 - 21 May 2015, 260 industrial hemp experts from 38 countries met in Wesseling, Germany, for the 12th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA).


Polymer Distributors Delivering in a Challenging Market

09 June 2015

AMI Consulting has just published a new report on the latest developments in the polymer distribution market in Europe.


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.


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. 


Solvay Specialty Polymers Launches New Wear-Resistant Veradel Polyethersulfone

26 May 2015

Solvay Specialty Polymers has introduced Veradel 3300 SL 30 polyethersulfone (PESU) to help automotive OEMs increase powertrain efficiency and cut CO2 emissions.


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).


Solvay Materials Fuel Breakthrough Innovation of “Polimotor 2” All-Plastic Car Engine

19 May 2015

Solvay is proudly taking a leadership role in the development of the Polimotor 2 all-plastic automotive engine to be tested in a race car next year, demonstrating the company’s unique and industry-leading advanced specialty polymer technologies in light-weighting through metal replacement.


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. 


Dilutec Invests in the Production of Special Thinners

12 May 2015

Dilutec are investing in special thinner products that go beyond the most popular commodity options in the market.


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...


Scott Bader Materials Feature in Prize Winning Hyundai Intrado Car

Scott Bader Materials Feature in Prize Winning Hyundai Intrado Car

28 April 2015

The JEC 2015 Jury Prize was awarded to Hyundai and chassis design partner Axon Automotive for the Intrado hydrogen powered crossover car whi...


VELOX Offers Lightweight Constructions Solution with SWAP

VELOX Offers Lightweight Constructions Solution with SWAP

28 April 2015

VELOX is now the exclusive European distributor of SWAP, producing ecologically sustainable sinus honeycomb boards from recycled paper.


AMAC Support Strategic Cooperation of AZL Partners

28 April 2015

Composites market newcomer, Katcon Advanced Materials and German Engineering specialist M.TEC have formed a strategic cooperation in order to establish a high-­class product portfolio to serve automotive and aircraft interior customers, thanks to help from the Aachen Centre for integrative Lightweight Production (AZL).


Dow Automotive Wins Edison Award for BETAMATE Structural Adhesive Innovation

28 April 2015

BETAMATE structural adhesives from Dow Automotive Systems have been named a silver winner by the 2015 Edison Awards, an annual event recognising products and people that deliver game-changing industry innovations.


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.


Hanwha Azdel Add Azdel SuperLite LWRT Production Line to Meet Growing Industry Demand

21 April 2015

Growing demand for lightweight composites in North America and Europe has prompted Hanwha Azdel to increase capacity for its Azdel SuperLite lightweight reinforced thermoplastic (LWRT) composite product at its Virginia, US, production facility. 


Dieffenbacher Delivers the Latest Plant Technology to China

21 April 2015

Dieffenbacher has received an order to supply a fully automated LFT-D plant for China. 


Bayer MaterialScience Wins “Bio-based Material of the Year 2015” Innovation Award

21 April 2015

Bayer MaterialScience has received the "Bio-based Material of the Year 2015" Innovation Award for the first bio-based polyurethane crosslinker for high performance automotive coatings.


nova-Institute Releases Natural Fibre Sustainability Assessment Results

21 April 2015

The nova-Institute has published the first results of the sustainability assessment within the project MultiHemp.


Teijin Accelerates its Automotive CFRP Businesses

Teijin Accelerates its Automotive CFRP Businesses

14 April 2015

Teijin has integrated its development and marketing of automotive-use carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRTP), aiming to strengthen the grou...


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.  


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.


Victrex looks to Lenorplastics for its distribution in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

07 April 2015

From April 2015, Lenorplastics will begin distributing high performance plastics from Victrex in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.


Sigmatex Awarded Government Funding to Accelerate Vehicle Lightweighting

Sigmatex Awarded Government Funding to Accelerate Vehicle Lightweighting

31 March 2015

Sigmatex has been awarded Government funding through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) for a project that aims to p...


Sekisui Plastics USA Introduces New Heat-Resistant Piocelan Foam Grade

Sekisui Plastics USA Introduces New Heat-Resistant Piocelan Foam Grade

31 March 2015

Sekisui Plastics USA has introduced a new grade of Piocelan mouldable foam resin; a hybrid of styrenic and olefin components.


CIMComp Open Day Programme Announced

31 March 2015

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp) will be hosting an Open Day on the 23 June 2015 at @Bristol in Bristol, UK.


High-Volume, Low-Cost Composites Production Showcase

31 March 2015

On the 29th April at the Warwick Manufacturing Group’s (WMG) International Digital Laboratory, the Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) programme of projects will showcase ways to address the challenges facing the UK composites industry in the high-volume, low-cost manufacturing sector.


JEC World, the New Name for JEC Europe Changes Location

JEC World, the New Name for JEC Europe Changes Location

24 March 2015

JEC has reported exhibitors and visitor numbers for JEC Europe 2015, held in Paris, 10 - 12, March to be up by 13%.


RocTool to Present Three Different Live Moulding Demonstrations at NPE 2015

RocTool to Present Three Different Live Moulding Demonstrations at NPE 2015

24 March 2015

RocTool will be hosting live moulding demonstrations at NPE 2015 this week in Florida, US.


Exel Composites Sign Co-operation Agreement with BMW

17 March 2015

BMW has selected Exel Composites as a technology partner to develop next generation carbon fibre reinforced parts for passenger cars.


Owens Corning Glass Fibre Reinforcements Enable Lighter Weighting in Composite Coil Springs for Automotive Suspension Systems

17 March 2015

Owens Corning has contributed to the development of the first composite material coil springs for automotive suspension systems.


Latest Release of e-Xstream Engineerings’ Multi-Scale Material Modelling Software Adds Thirteen High-Performance Solvay Resins

17 March 2015

The expanded material modelling platform software from Digimat’s e-Xstream software enables design engineers to simulate fibre-reinforced composite parts more accurately adding thirteen of Solvays advanced polymer grades.


Teufelberger Develops Lightweight Component for Particle Accelerator at CERN Research Centre

Teufelberger Develops Lightweight Component for Particle Accelerator at CERN Research Centre

10 March 2015

Teufelberger has developed a 5 metre long carbon fibre structure to be located in the heart of a 7,000 ton detector in the world’s largest p...


Lehvoss North America Introduces New Generation of PTFE-Modified Compounds

10 March 2015

Lehvoss North America releases LUVOCOM XTF, a new generation of polymers lubricated with an advanced proprietary PTFE formulation.


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.


Dow Automotive Systems Structural Adhesive Wins Industry Recognition

10 March 2015

BETAMATE1630 structural adhesive from Dow Automotive Systems has been selected as the winner of a 2015 Golden Mousetrap award.


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.


NetComposites Develops Innovative Highly Aligned Flax

NetComposites Develops Innovative Highly Aligned Flax

03 March 2015

NetComposites, in collaboration with Tilsatec and FORMAX, has developed an innovative, highly aligned flax-based tape and non-crimp fabric.


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.


SCIGRIP Presents New MMA Adhesives Range to Optimise Assembly Processes for the Transportation Sector at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

SCIGRIP will be highlighting the crucial role that high strength adhesives play within the transportation sector whilst also introducing a new SG800 range of specialist methyl methacrylate (MMA) bonding systems at JEC Europe 2015.


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.


Dow Automotive Systems Present VORAFORCE Update at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Dow Automotive Systems will present an update of VORAFORCE 5300, its epoxy resin matrix system for high-pressure Resin Transfer moulded composites, at JEC Europe 2015.


Future Materials Group Announces European Expansion Plans at JEC Europe 2015

Future Materials Group Announces European Expansion Plans at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Future Materials Group (FMG) will talk about the opening of its new UK facilities and plans for expansion 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.


Michelman Showcase Reinforced Plastic Composites Expertise at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Michelman’s Hydrosise, its brand of fibre sizings, along with complementary products, which have been produced to help composite manufacturers develop stronger, lighter, more durable and effective products and will be featured during JEC Europe 2015.


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.


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.


RocTool Sign License Agreement with Volvo Cars

RocTool Sign License Agreement with Volvo Cars

24 February 2015

RocTool has signed a license agreement with Volvo Cars focusing on the manufacturing of the IntelliSafe body part in the back of the central...


NetComposites Develops Natural Fibre LFT for Lightweighting

NetComposites Develops Natural Fibre LFT for Lightweighting

24 February 2015

NetComposites has developed injection mouldable long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) Flax/PP and Jute/PP pellets.


Hexagon Improves Range and Payload for Heavy-Duty Fleets with Lighter, Higher Capacity Tank

24 February 2015

Less than a year after the joint venture with Agility Fuel Systems was announced, Hexagon Lincoln, has produced it’s largest capacity and lightest weight vehicle tank to date.


Houston to Host the Next JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences

Houston to Host the Next JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences

24 February 2015

JEC Group will hold its 4th annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences in Houston, US, June 2-4, 2015.


The BioBuild Project Showcases Biocomposite Structures for use in Construction

24 February 2015

BioBuild, a European Commission funded project coordinated by NetComposites, will showcase biocomposite structures, including a building-façade panel, a cladding kit, a suspended ceiling and an internal-partition system, at EcoBuild which is being held at ExCel, London on 3-5 March 2015, from its stand N6042.


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.


Solvay Builds US Specialty Polymers PEEK Production Unit in Major Expansion Drive

24 February 2015

Solvay is building a new specialty polymers resin unit in the United States, significantly expanding its production capacity of PEEK (polyether etherketone) and solidifying itself as a leader in the industry with a unique site presence in both the United States and in Asia.


ContiTech Develops First Polyamide Rear Axle Transmission Crossbeam

ContiTech Develops First Polyamide Rear Axle Transmission Crossbeam

17 February 2015

ContiTech has developed a transmission crossbeam from fiberglass-reinforced polyamide BASF Ultramid for the rear axle, which is used in the ...


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.


Michelman Chosen to Join Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

17 February 2015

Michelman has been chosen to be part of an elite, 122-member consortium that will make up the new Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). 


Gurit Shapes Composite Components Business

17 February 2015

Gurit has merged Engineered Structures and Automotive to form the new Composite Components business unit focused on land transportation component applications in the premium automotive, bus and rail markets.


Altair and CAR Announce Call for Nominations for 2015 Enlighten Award

10 February 2015

Altair has announced it is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award, the automotive industries only award program solely dedicated to innovation in vehicle lightweighting.


3A Composites Introduces AIREX T10, a New PET-Based Structural Core Material for High Volume Sandwich Applications

10 February 2015

3A Composites introduces AIREX T10, the first product derivative based on the new technology AIREX GEN2, a highly industrialised production process presented last year.


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. 


Evonik Named to Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

Evonik Named to Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

10 February 2015

Evonik Corporation, Parsippany, US, was recently named by US President Barack Obama as a key partner of the Advanced Composites Manufacturin...


New BYK Coupling Agent, SCONA TPPP 9212 for Polypropylene Glass Fibre Compounds

10 February 2015

BYK has developed a new coupling agent for use in polypropylene glass fibre compounds, SCONA TPPP 9212, which is characterised by its very high content of chemically bonded maleic anhydride.


CME Receive Supplier Excellence Award from General Motors for Second Consecutive Year

10 February 2015

Composite Materials Engineering (CME) has been awarded the 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence Award by General Motors in Australia.


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.


Bayer MaterialScience Optimises Polyurethane Systems for Automotive Clearcoats

03 February 2015

Bayer MaterialScience has developed a unique technology for coating plastic parts on automobiles at low temperatures.


Fibre Sizings Ideal for Heat Stability and Hydrolytic Resistance Critical Lightweight Automotive Composites

27 January 2015

Michelman is introducing a number of new fibre sizings to support advanced generations of engineered resin composites increasingly being used in automotive design and manufacturing applications.


Bayer Show Efficient Application of Flexible Floor Coatings

27 January 2015

At the European Coatings Show from 21-23 April, 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany, Bayer MaterialScience is presenting new polyaspartic raw materials for solvent-free coating formulations that can be applied with a roller. < According to Bayer, these coatings are so flexible that they can even bridge cracks that have formed in concrete. This property is particularly important for floor coating applications in the outdoor areas of buildings.  "

In applications like this, cracks can form over time if the concrete dries out and shrinks, for instance, or if the ground moves," said Karl H. Wührer, Head of Development for Structural Coatings at Bayer MaterialScience. Bayer says, without a protective coating, moisture can penetrate the concrete and cause frost damage. Balconies, roof gardens and loggias are also exposed to sunlight and weathering. What’s more, they are often subject to significant mechanical stresses. "For that reason, the supporting concrete substrate needs to have a lightfast, resistant coating that prevents moisture from entering the material," explains Wührer.


Levhoss Develops New High Performance Compounds for Automotive Gear Wheels

Levhoss Develops New High Performance Compounds for Automotive Gear Wheels

20 January 2015

Lehvoss North America has developed new thermoplastic compounds that make it possible to produce gear wheels that are more resilient when co...


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...


Gurit Wins Multi-Annual Automotive Supply Contract

20 January 2015

Gurit has been selected as the supplier for carbon fibre based automotive body panels at a total contract value of more than CHF 30 million calculated on a multi-annual basis.


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 ...


Citadel Plastics to Host Grand Opening for New China Facility

20 January 2015

Citadel Plastics has opened a new manufacturing facility in Changshu, a city in the Jiangsu Province of China, as part of a joint venture with EMEI Group.


Bayer MaterialScience at the European Coatings Show 2015 in Nuremberg

20 January 2015

At the European Coatings Show 2015 from April 21-23 in Nuremberg, Germany, Bayer MaterialScience will be introducing new milestones in polyurethanes.


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 ...


RTP Company Develops Long Fibre Thermoplastic Compounds with Low VOC Emissions for Automotive Interior Applications

RTP Company Develops Long Fibre Thermoplastic Compounds with Low VOC Emissions for Automotive Interior Applications

13 January 2015

RTP Company has expanded its very long fibre reinforced Polypropylene (PP VLF) portfolio to include a range of low emission products.


Results of Composites Germany’s Latest Composites Market Survey Available 

13 January 2015

Since 2013 the trade association Composites Germany has been gathering indicators on current and future developments in composites, based on a six-monthly member survey conducted by AVK, CFK Valley, CCeV and VDMA.


Composites Manufacturer MCL puts Pupils in Pole Position for National Competition

Composites Manufacturer MCL puts Pupils in Pole Position for National Competition

13 January 2015

MCL, UK-based manufacturer of composite products, is helping Endon High School’s year 9 and 10 pupils to create a winning racing car concept...


Johnson Controls Project CAMISMA Means Lighter but just as Safe Vehicle Seats

Johnson Controls Project CAMISMA Means Lighter but just as Safe Vehicle Seats

06 January 2015

Johnson Controls is reducing the use of metals in vehicle seat structures by replacing them with multi-material systems in its CAMISMA (carb...


Toray to Make Full-fledged Entry into&amp;nbsp;Carbon Fibre Prepreg Business in Europe

23 December 2014

Toray Industries has reached a basic agreement with Saati to acquire its European carbon fibre fabric and prepreg business. 


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...


Boost for UK High Value Manufacturing with Additional Government Support Announced

09 December 2014

Chancellor George Osborne has announced additional government support for the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, to help manufacturing businesses turn their good ideas into viable commercial applications which can be produced in the UK.


Sekisui Plastics USA to Build New $5.2 Million Manufacturing Plant&amp;nbsp;

09 December 2014

Citing increased customer demand for its products in the Midwest region of the US, Sekisui Plastics USA (SPUS) has chosen Kenton, Ohio, US, as the location for its new $5.2 million manufacturing facility.


Toray&amp;rsquo;s Carbon Fibre Materials Adopted by Toyota&amp;rsquo;s Fuel Cell Vehicle MIRAI

Toray&amp;rsquo;s Carbon Fibre Materials Adopted by Toyota&amp;rsquo;s Fuel Cell Vehicle MIRAI

02 December 2014

Toray’s carbon fibre material has been adopted by MIRAI, a fuel cell vehicle being introduced this month by Toyota Motor Corporation.


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.


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.


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...


Innovative Thermoplastic Thrust Washer Developed by Solvay and Freudenberg-NOK is SPE Finalist

Innovative Thermoplastic Thrust Washer Developed by Solvay and Freudenberg-NOK is SPE Finalist

25 November 2014

The High-Load, High-Shear Geared Axial Polymer Thrust Washer (HLHS GAP Thrust Washer), used by General Motors in its 2014 Hydra-Matic 8L90 8...


Victrex Celebrates Opening of New $25 Million Aptiv&amp;nbsp;Film Plant

Victrex Celebrates Opening of New $25 Million Aptiv&amp;nbsp;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...


C-Ply Set to be Key Material in Jean-Marie Finot&amp;rsquo;s Latest Yacht

C-Ply Set to be Key Material in Jean-Marie Finot&amp;rsquo;s Latest Yacht

18 November 2014

Chomarats C-Ply is set to be a key material in Jean-Marie Finot’s Latest Yacht, The Albatros.


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 &amp;pound;6 Million R&amp;amp;T Facility

Hexcel Breaks Ground ahead of new &amp;pound;6 Million R&amp;amp;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...


UK Project &amp;ldquo;High-Volume Lightweight Technologies for Vehicle Structures&amp;rdquo; Awarded Funding&amp;nbsp;

18 November 2014

A three-year industrial research project entitled ‘High-volume Lightweight Technologies for vehicle structures’ (HiLiTe) has been awarded funding by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, as part of the Collaborative Research and Development (CR&D) programme, ‘Low Carbon Vehicles, Integrated Delivery Platform Competition 9 (IDP9)’.


Toho Tenax&amp;rsquo;s&amp;nbsp;New Prepreg Achieves Rapid Curing forIncreased Productivity

18 November 2014

Toho Tenax has developed a new prepreg, or carbon fibre sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin, that achieves rapid curing for increased productivity and features excellent surface texture and formability.


STRUCTeam Reaches 100 Project Milestone&amp;nbsp;

18 November 2014

STRUCTeam has celebrated passing its 100 successful projects milestone by growing its team and premises alongside relaunching its website.


UK National Composites Centre &amp;lsquo;Building the Future&amp;rsquo;&amp;nbsp;

UK National Composites Centre &amp;lsquo;Building the Future&amp;rsquo;&amp;nbsp;

18 November 2014

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


CSV Group Promotes Scott Bader Advanced Materials at Kompozyt-expo 2014

18 November 2014

CSV Kompozyty, part of CSV Group, is once again exhibiting at the forthcoming Kompozyt-expo, taking place on 20th – 21st November, 2014, in Krakow, Poland.


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.


Advanced Engineering Group of Events Including Composites Engineering Show Commence in One Week

Advanced Engineering Group of Events Including Composites Engineering Show Commence in One Week

04 November 2014

Established as valuable events in their own rights, Aero Engineering Show 2014, Composites Engineering Show 2014, Automotive Engineering Sho...


SCIGRIP Launches MMA Adhesive and Introduces New UK Distributors at Composites Engineering 2014

SCIGRIP Launches MMA Adhesive and Introduces New UK Distributors at Composites Engineering 2014

04 November 2014

SCIGRIP will be launching an enhanced methyl methacrylate (MMA) adhesive, SG 805, with increased temperature resistance at Composites Engine...


Cytec is exhibiting at Composites Engineering, Birmingham 11-12 November 2014

04 November 2014

Cytec Industries will be exhibiting at the upcoming Composites Engineering Show, 11-12 November 2014, Birmingham, UK.


Scott Bader Showcasing New Advanced Composites Applications at Composites Engineering Show 2014

04 November 2014

Scott Bader is exhibiting advanced composite materials at the Composites Engineering Show 2014, taking place at the NEC from 11-12 November.


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.


Formax to Showcase Technical Textiles Optimised for a Range of Processing Techniques at Composites Engineering 2014

04 November 2014

Formax will be showcasing a selection of samples from their range of technical textiles optimised to suit Resin Infusion, RTM, Prepregs, Injection moulding and Wet lay-up processing techniques.

According to the company, through continuous investment in R&D and new technologies, Formax’s glass and multiaxial fabrics claim to be stronger, lighter and more cost-effective for a variety of Automotive, Marine, Wind Energy and Industrial applications.

Product highlights include:


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.


EU Funded Project COALINE to Develop In-line Coating for Pultruded Parts

28 October 2014

clean one-stage process free of VOCs and small particles emissions, able to produce properly coated composite pultruded profiles.


Victrex Awarded High Performance Supplier/Partner of the Year by Ensinger

28 October 2014

Ensinger has named Victrex winner of its High Performance Supplier/Partner of the Year award for 2013.


Four Times Formula 1 World Champion, Alain Prost, Guest of Honour at JEC Asia 2014

21 October 2014

JEC Group will be welcoming four times Formula 1 Champion, Alain Prost, as Guest of Honour, to JEC Asia this year for its 7th session, with a day focused on automotive.


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.


Quickstep to Create Automotive Division in Geelong

21 October 2014

Quickstep Holdings has been awarded a grant of $1.76 million from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund, (GRIIF) an Australian Government, Victorian Government and Ford Australia funded initiative under the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund.


RocTool Signs Global License Agreement for Multiple Markets with Flextronics

21 October 2014

RocTool has signed a global license agreement with Flextronics, a leading provider of global end-to-end supply chain solutions including designing, manufacturing, shipping and services for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).


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.


Scott Bader- ATC Showcasing Advanced Composite Materials at CAMX

Scott Bader- ATC Showcasing Advanced Composite Materials at CAMX

07 October 2014

Scott Bader-ATC is exhibiting at the new Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) taking place from 13-16 October in Orlando, Florida, ...


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.


Huntsman Advanced Materials Optimises Auto Composites Series Applications

Huntsman Advanced Materials Optimises Auto Composites Series Applications

07 October 2014

Huntsman has developed epoxy resin systems that are qualified for the mass production of structural parts. 


Scott Bader Showcasing New Advanced Composites Applications at Composites Europe

30 September 2014

Scott Bader will exhibit advanced composite materials at Composites Europe 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany‎ from 7-9 October.


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.


NanoMaster Project Optimises Processes and Up-Scaling for Graphene Delivery

NanoMaster Project Optimises Processes and Up-Scaling for Graphene Delivery

23 September 2014

As it enters its final phase, the NanoMaster Project is reporting exciting results related to graphene and expanded graphite production and ...


SCIGRIP Launches Enhanced MMA Adhesive and Showcases World Cup Solar Boat at Composites Europe 2014

SCIGRIP Launches Enhanced MMA Adhesive and Showcases World Cup Solar Boat at Composites Europe 2014

23 September 2014

Scigrip will be launching an enhanced methyl methacrylate (MMA) adhesive, SG805, with increased temperature resistance at Composites Europe ...


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.


Cytec to Promote Value Added Tooling and Process Materials Solutions at Composites Europe

23 September 2014

Cytec Industries will be exhibiting at the upcoming Composites Europe Show, 7-9 October 2014 in Dusseldorf, Germany.


Broadwater Mouldings Awarded ISO 14001 Certification for its Environmental Management Systems

Broadwater Mouldings Awarded ISO 14001 Certification for its Environmental Management Systems

16 September 2014

The Broadwater Mouldings production facilities at its Suffolk-based factory site, UK have been awarded ISO 14001:2004 certification for its ...


Scott Bader Exhibiting at China Adhesive Showcasing New Crestabond Structural Adhesive

Scott Bader Exhibiting at China Adhesive Showcasing New Crestabond Structural Adhesive

16 September 2014

Scott Bader will exhibit for the first time at China Adhesive, which this year is taking place from 25-27 September at the Shanghai World Ex...


AOC Presents Low Density SMC at SPE Automotive Composites Conference &amp;amp; Exhibition

16 September 2014

AOC announced a new low-density sheet molding compound (SMC) at the 14th-annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) in Novi, Michigan, US on September 10, 2014.  


PlastiComp Develops Drop-in Magnesium Substitute Long Fibre Composites

PlastiComp Develops Drop-in Magnesium Substitute Long Fibre Composites

09 September 2014

PlastiComp, has expanded its Complete LFT composite pellet product line to include drop-in replacements for die-cast magnesium. 


Interplas Announce Thermoplastic Seminar

Interplas Announce Thermoplastic Seminar

09 September 2014

The NetComposites seminar programme will cover a broad subject range, including application potential for thermoplastic composites in the au...


Teufelberger to Showcase Light-weighted Three Metre Space Frame Structure at Composite Europe

Teufelberger to Showcase Light-weighted Three Metre Space Frame Structure at Composite Europe

09 September 2014

Teufelberger will debut its fibre composite and metal-composite hybrid component developments for structural lightweight applications at the...


SouthWest NanoTechnologies to Discuss &amp;ldquo;Carbon Nanotubes and Automotive Applications&amp;rdquo; at ACCE2014

09 September 2014

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, SouthWest NanoTechnologies’ will deliver a talk titled “Carbon Nanotubes and Automotive Applications” at The Automotive Composites Conference and Expo (ACCE2014) in Novi, Michigan, US.


Cytec to Present Recent Advances in Material Technologies for Cost-Effective Mass Production of Light Weight Carbon Fibre Structures

09 September 2014

Cytec Industries will be presenting at SPEAutomotive Composites Conference and Exhibition 9-11 September 2014, Novi, Michigan, US.


Joint appearance of RAMPF Tooling Solutions and First Composites at Composites Europe 2014

02 September 2014

RAMPF Tooling Solutions and First Composites will be sharing a stand during Composites Europe 2014, taking place 7-9 October in Düsseldorf, Germany.


Less Petroleum Required for Plastics Production Thanks to Bayer&amp;rsquo;s CO2 research

26 August 2014

In laboratory tests, Bayer Material Science’s research into carbon dioxide as a new raw material for making plastics has succeeded in significantly further reducing the need for petroleum at precursor level through the incorporation of CO2.


Composites Evolution Materials Used in Lightweight Sports Canoe

Composites Evolution Materials Used in Lightweight Sports Canoe

19 August 2014

Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax materials have been used successfully by German-based canoe designer Lake Constance in its “Felicity” fre...


RTP Company Expands Thermoplastic Compounding Facility in Mexico to Better Service Automotive and Consumer Goods Industries

RTP Company Expands Thermoplastic Compounding Facility in Mexico to Better Service Automotive and Consumer Goods Industries

19 August 2014

RTP Company has installed a new state-of-the-art pultrusion line and is now producing Very Long Fibre (“VLF”) compounds at its facility in M...


Advanced Engineering 2014 Set to Break Records

Advanced Engineering 2014 Set to Break Records

12 August 2014

Organisers state this year’s Advanced Engineering UK group of events, to be held at NEC Birmingham on 11-12 November is already shaping up a...


Bayer MaterialScience at Fakuma 2014

12 August 2014

Bayer MaterialScience will showcase material solutions for key trends at the Fakuma trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from October 14 to 18, 2014.


Composites Europe 2014 Highlights New Themes and Special Areas

Composites Europe 2014 Highlights New Themes and Special Areas

05 August 2014

From 7 – 9 October 2014, the trade fair will showcase a range of lectures, forums and events regarding fibre-reinforced plastics in Düsseldo...


S&amp;ouml;dra and James Cropper Present DuraPulp

S&amp;ouml;dra and James Cropper Present DuraPulp

05 August 2014

Södra and James Cropper have joined forces to establish strong, durable and degradable DuraPulp in the international marketplace.


Gurit to Present Automotive Materials and Ballistic Protection Products at Composites Europe 2014

05 August 2014

Gurit will be showcasing its latest product innovations for the Automotive and Defence industries at Composites Europe, from 7-9th October 2014 in Dusseldorf, Germany.


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...


Sun Shines on Farnborough for Airshow

05 August 2014

Farnborough Airshow welcomed more than 80,000 visitors during its aviation spectacular.


Composite Europe Announce New &amp;ldquo;Industry Meets Science&amp;rdquo; Area

Composite Europe Announce New &amp;ldquo;Industry Meets Science&amp;rdquo; Area

29 July 2014

Production processes, measurement technology and new materials on the cutting edge of science will be on display at the event’s new zone.


ALMACO Organises Seminar Focusing on Competitiveness, Innovation and Communication

22 July 2014

The event will take place on 23rd July 2014, at the Institute of Technological Research (IPT), São Paulo, Brazil.


Composites Evolution and VELOX Offer Sustainable Natural Reinforcement Solutions

Composites Evolution and VELOX Offer Sustainable Natural Reinforcement Solutions

15 July 2014

VELOX, distributor of composites materials in Europe has the pleasure to announce their new partnership with Composites Evolution. Leader in...


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.


Dow Automotive Systems Launch First Amine-Emission Free Polyurethane (PU) Foam Solution for Interior Applications

15 July 2014

SPECFLEX Activ is a new PU foam solution without catalysts meeting the most stringent emission targets combined with outstanding properties and process latitude.


Lectra Opens South Korean Subsidiary

Lectra Opens South Korean Subsidiary

08 July 2014

Lectra has announced the opening of its South Korean subsidiary.


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...


Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production Expands Strategic partnership with the Automotive Manufacturer Toyota

01 July 2014

The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) has expanded its strategic partnership with the Automotive manufacturer Toyota.


Basalt Fibre Reinforced Composites Added to PlastiComp&amp;rsquo;s Complete Long Fibre Product Portfolio

Basalt Fibre Reinforced Composites Added to PlastiComp&amp;rsquo;s Complete Long Fibre Product Portfolio

24 June 2014

PlastiComp has introduced a line of basalt fibre reinforced LFT composites designed to offer a significant increase in performance over shor...


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...


Ford and Heinz Collaborate on Sustainable Materials for Vehicles

17 June 2014

Ford and HJ Heinz Company are exploring the use of tomato fibre to develop a more sustainable bio-plastic material for vehicles.


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.


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.


TCG Introduces PremierLT Family of Low-Weight Compounds

TCG Introduces PremierLT Family of Low-Weight Compounds

03 June 2014

The Composites Group has introduced PremierLT, a new family of lightweight, low-density, high-performance thermoset sheet molding compounds ...


FORMAX and Local MP Host Official Opening of New Automotive Production Facility

FORMAX and Local MP Host Official Opening of New Automotive Production Facility

27 May 2014

Formax has officially opened its 5,000m² Automotive Production Facility at its headquarters in Leicestershire, UK.


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.


European Project ECOplast Develops Nanoclay-Reinforced Bioplastic

27 May 2014

The project has developed a new bioplastic material based on polylactic acid (PLA) and nanoclays suitable for the automotive sector.


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...


Evonik Celebrates Expansion of its Oil Additives Technology Centre

27 May 2014

Evonik has completed the expansion of its Industries’ Oil Additives Technology Centre in Minhang, Shanghai, China.


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.


RocTool Opens Subsidiary in Germany

20 May 2014

RocTool has announced the opening of a subsidiary facility in Heitershaim, Germany.


BMW Group and SGL Group to Triple Production Capacities at Moses Lake Carbon Fibre Plant

13 May 2014

SGL Group and BMW Group will triple the capacity of the Moses Lake Carbon Fibre Plant in Washington, US.


Solvay and e-Xstream Partnership Opensources MMI Technyl Design

Solvay and e-Xstream Partnership Opensources MMI Technyl Design

13 May 2014

Solvay Engineering Plastics and e-Xstream Engineering have formed a partnership to open source MMI Technyl Design for automotive OEMs.


Formax Successfully Commissions New Multiaxial Machine Dedicated To High Volume Automotive Applications

Formax Successfully Commissions New Multiaxial Machine Dedicated To High Volume Automotive Applications

29 April 2014

Formax has successfully installed and commissioned its new Karl Mayer Malitroni Multiaxial machine as part of a €2.5m investment programme.


RTP EMI Shielding Compounds Ideal for Automotive Radar and Sensing System Components

29 April 2014

RTP has developed EMI shielding compounds that are ideal for replacing metal or conductive coated plastic housings in automotive sensing systems. 


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.


NetComposites Announce Programme for &amp;lsquo;Joining Technologies for Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composite Materials&amp;rsquo; Event

NetComposites Announce Programme for &amp;lsquo;Joining Technologies for Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composite Materials&amp;rsquo; 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...


The JEC Americas 2014 Innovation Awards Program Recognises Ten Composite Companies

The JEC Americas 2014 Innovation Awards Program Recognises Ten Composite Companies

22 April 2014

JEC Group has announced the ten winners of its prestigious 2014 JEC Americas Innovation Awards program.


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...


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...



Far-UK Starts Set-Up of New Demonstration Manufacturing Facility

15 April 2014

Far-UK has started the development of 4 new processes under the Composite Innovation Cluster project.


Hexcel Duxford Celebrates 80 Years of Innovation in Composites

15 April 2014

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


MVP and Matrasur Demo Day to Demonstrate New Directions Available in their Production

MVP and Matrasur Demo Day to Demonstrate New Directions Available in their Production

08 April 2014

Magnum Venus Products partnered with Matrasur Composites, MVP Distributor for France, in hosting a 1-day Demo Day following the 2014 JEC-Eur...


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.


Lehvoss Introduces a New Generation of High Strength, High Impact Resistant Compounds

Lehvoss Introduces a New Generation of High Strength, High Impact Resistant Compounds

01 April 2014

Lehvoss North America has introduced LUVOCOM SCF, a new generation of high strength, impact resistant high-performance compounds for structu...


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.


Teijin to Exhibit at Plastics in Automotive Engineering 2014

01 April 2014

Toho Tenax Europe and Teijin Kasei Europe will exhibit high-performance products at ‘Plastics in Automotive Engineering 2014’ in Mannheim, Germany.


Acceleration of the Composites Industry Largely Demonstrated at Largest Ever JEC Europe 2014

Acceleration of the Composites Industry Largely Demonstrated at Largest Ever JEC Europe 2014

25 March 2014

JEC Composites reports JEC Europe as its largest ever with a record number of exhibitors and visitors from 88 countries, covering the whole ...


Hutchinson Wins a JEC Innovation Award 2014

Hutchinson Wins a JEC Innovation Award 2014

25 March 2014

Hutchinson has just been awarded the "JEC Innovation Award 2014" for its carbon fibre cockpit modules, developed in collaboration with Airbu...


Owens Corning Launches New, Weight-Saving Solution for Structural Composites in Automotive Applications

25 March 2014

Owens Corning has launched a new multi-end roving designed for epoxy sheet moulding compound (SMC) systems in automotive applications.


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.


Owens Corning Introduces Performax SE4849 &amp;nbsp;Roving for Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Polypropylene

18 March 2014

Owens Corning launched its new Performax SE4849 Type 30 roving at the JEC Europe 2014 show which is specially designed and engineered for long fiber reinforced thermoplastic polypropylene (LFT-PP), providing performance and productivity benefits to customers.


Huntsman Materials Used in Fulfilment of BMW LifeDrive Concept

18 March 2014

An epoxy resin system from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been specified by the BMW Group to manufacture structural composite parts on the new BMWi3 in volume production.


JEC Europe&amp;rsquo;s Largest Exhibition to Date

11 March 2014

JEC Group states that the 49th edition of JEC Europe, which runs 11th – 13th March, Paris, France, will be the show’s largest to date.


Lonza to Introduce of New High-Temperature Resistant Thermoset Resins for Fast-Curing Composite Manufacturing Processes

11 March 2014

Lonza states it has introduced a new range of Primaset CE resins for fast-curing composite (FCC) processes.


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...


Huntsman Opens up New Composites Design Freedoms at JEC Europe 2014

Huntsman Opens up New Composites Design Freedoms at JEC Europe 2014

04 March 2014

Huntsman Advanced Materials states it will highlight some of the significant applications its products are helping to enable at JEC Europe 2...


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.


Quantum Composites Launches Hybrid Carbon Fibre Material

Quantum Composites Launches Hybrid Carbon Fibre Material

25 February 2014

This hybrid carbon fibre material, which Quantum says, is a cost-effective, lightweight and high-strength alternative for traditional fibreg...


Cytec Prepregs Used to Manufacture Electric Vehicle Battery Enclosures for General Motors&amp;rsquo; &amp;lsquo;Chevrolet Spark&amp;rsquo;

Cytec Prepregs Used to Manufacture Electric Vehicle Battery Enclosures for General Motors&amp;rsquo; &amp;lsquo;Chevrolet Spark&amp;rsquo;

25 February 2014

General Motors (GM) worked with Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) as the need for a composite electrical vehicle battery enclosure was i...


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...


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 ...


SCIGRIP PPX5 Acrylic Adhesive Delivers Bonding Power for Polyolefins

SCIGRIP PPX5 Acrylic Adhesive Delivers Bonding Power for Polyolefins

04 February 2014

SCIGRIP has developed its PPX5 acrylic-based adhesive that it says effectively bonds polyolefin substrates with little to no surface prepara...


TrelleborgVibracoustic Reduces Engine Mount Weight with Solvay&amp;rsquo;s MMI Technyl Design Service

TrelleborgVibracoustic Reduces Engine Mount Weight with Solvay&amp;rsquo;s MMI Technyl Design Service

04 February 2014

TrelleborgVibracoustic state that together with Solvay’s MMI Technyl Design, it has created a faster and smarter way to design and develop t...


Lehvoss Introduces New Series of Improved Peek Wear Compounds

Lehvoss Introduces New Series of Improved Peek Wear Compounds

04 February 2014

Lehvoss has introduced LUVOCOM 8000, a new series of PEEK wear compounds, by substituting traditionally used PTFE with new proprietary addit...


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.


Formax to Open Dedicated Automotive Production Facility

Formax to Open Dedicated Automotive Production Facility

28 January 2014

Formax plans to open an automotive production unit at its Leicestershire, UK, headquarters.


Clariant&amp;rsquo;s Exolit Ensures Protection for Renewable Polymers in Oyster Shell-Reinforced Polypropylene

28 January 2014

Clariantis is providing fire protection in the development of commercially viable, flame retarded thermoplastic composites based on renewable oyster shell fillers.


WMG Adopts Surface Generation Technologies to Develop Lightweight Automotive Components

WMG Adopts Surface Generation Technologies to Develop Lightweight Automotive Components

21 January 2014

Surface Generation states that WMG at the University of Warwick has adopted its advanced composite processing technologies to develop new ma...


Emanuele Mascherpa to Distribute Scott Bader&amp;rsquo;s Crestabond Range

14 January 2014

Emanuele Mascherpa has been appointed by Scott Bader to distribute its specialist range of Crestabond structural adhesives and Advanced CompositeTechnology products in Italy.


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...


MAI Carbon&amp;rsquo;s MAI Polymer Project Kick-Off

07 January 2014

Companies and research institutes gathered for the kick-off of the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon’s MAI Polymer project. The goal is to improve the stability and mechanical properties of thermoplastic CFRP Material through tailored adaptation of the adhesion between carbon fiber and matrix for application-optimised lightweight material.


Engineering Student Wins Ian Marshall&amp;rsquo;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).


Laurel Biocomposite Bio-Res Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Certification

20 December 2013

Laurel Biocomposite has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its Bio-Res PE and Bio-Res powder products. 


NetComposites Introduces Premium Directory Service

17 December 2013

NetComposites has launched a new premium service for its online industry directory to support companies in reaching a wider audience.


JEC Americas 2014 to Become Mega Event with Two other High-tech Shows

17 December 2013

JEC will highlight automotive, aeronautics, infrastructure and textile industries at the JEC Americas Composites Conference and Show this May in Atlanta, US.


ASTM International Nanotechnology Committee Approves Airborne Nanoparticle Measurement Standard

17 December 2013

New ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) International standard is said to provide clear steps to collect airborne nanomaterials and analyse them to determine their surface area.


Pipes Repaired with Cured-in-Place Technology from AOC-Resins and Clean Water Works

17 December 2013

AOC has collaborated with Clean Water Works (CWW), an Ottawa, Canada based leader in pipeline rehabilitation, to restore the sewage pipes serving an automobile factory in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.


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.


SGL Group and Gruschwitz to Develop Carbon Fibre Yarns in Future

03 December 2013

SGL and the Gruschwitz Group state they signed a cooperation agreement to develop and market high-performance carbon fibre yarns.


Composites Engineering Show Organiser&amp;rsquo;s Report Record Attendance at Last Week&amp;rsquo;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.


Gurit Opens New Manufacturing Company in Hungary

26 November 2013

The company states the new site will primarily build Composite Systems for the European needs of the business to provide capacity for business growth.


OSIRYS Project Gains EC Funding for Research into Forest-based Biocomposites for Facades and Interior Partitions

OSIRYS Project Gains EC Funding for Research into Forest-based Biocomposites for Facades and Interior Partitions

19 November 2013

The OSIRYS project will look to improve indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency by developing forest-based biocomposites and prod...


SCIGRIP Collaborates with Dedicated Polish Distributor Alugraf to Expand Sales in Central Europe

19 November 2013

SCIGRIP are continuing to expand its sales presence in Central Europe with the assistance of Polish adhesives supplier, Alugraf.


Newly Formed &amp;lsquo;Composites Germany&amp;rsquo; Promote Association at K-Fair, Dusseldorf, Germany

19 November 2013

The four companies that formed the association were out in force to promote the benefits of Composites Germany at the K Trade Fair from 16 - 23 October in Dusseldorf, Germany.


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.


UK Composites Industry Poised for Biggest Ever National Event

05 November 2013

At 9.00am on Tuesday 12th November, Hall 5 at Birmingham’s NEC will see its doors open for the 2013 Composites Engineering Show.


Formax Presents Next Generation of Reinforcements at Composites Engineering 2013

05 November 2013

Formax will be showcasing two new fabric ranges at the Composites Engineering Show 2013.


Formaplex Joins the UK&amp;rsquo;s National Composites Centre

29 October 2013

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


CU-Boulder Researchers Develop 4D Printing Technology for Composite Materials

29 October 2013

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, US, have successfully added a fourth dimension to their printing technology, opening up possibilities for the creation and use of adaptive-composite materials in manufacturing, packaging and biomedical applications.


Momentive Specialty Chemicals Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kanoria Chemicals and Industries

29 October 2013

Momentive Specialty Chemicals has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kanoria Chemicals and Industries Limited to form a joint venture that will construct a new phenolic specialty resins plant in India at Kanoria's existing production facility at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.


Boeing and Oracle Team USA Partner to Recycle Composites in America&amp;rsquo;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.


Teijin Introduces Sereebo Brand for Coming CFRTP Products

22 October 2013

Teijin has announced the launch of Sereebo, a new brand for carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP).


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.


Bond-Laminates Expands Lightweight Plastics Production in Brilon, Germany

15 October 2013

Bond-Laminates, a wholly owned subsidiary of LANXESS, say it is strengthening its business with innovative Tepex lightweight plastics.


Composites Evolution to Exhibit Low-Cost Biotex Jute Fabrics at Composites Engineering 2013

08 October 2013

Composites Evolution will showcase its Biotex Jute reinforcement range at the Composites Engineering show, which takes place on 12-13 November at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.


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.


Scott and Fyfe Launch a Range of Multi-Axial Reinforcement Fabrics

08 October 2013

Scott and Fyfe has announced a new range of multi-axial reinforcement fabrics.


PlastiComp Partners with DSM to Develop Bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) Composites Based on EcoPaXX

08 October 2013

PlastiComp, based in Minnesota, US, has signed a partnership agreement with Royal DSM to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composite materials for the automotive and other performance-driven markets. 


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.


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.


Formax Presented Next Generation of Reinforcements at Composites Europe 2013

01 October 2013

Formaxlaunched two new fabric ranges at the show, which took place 17-19 September in Stuttgart, Germany.


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. 


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.


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.


JEC Americas 2013 Show Preview

18 September 2013

The JEC Americas 2013 Show will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, US on 2-4 October 2013.


Hexcel Congratulates Innegra Technologies on Receiving a JEC Americas Innovation Award for Fibres

18 September 2013

Hexcel is proud to partner Innegra Technologies in accepting a JEC Americas Innovation Award for Fibres.


DSM Launches Solutions in Advanced Thermoplastic Composites for Lighter and More Sustainable Automotive Applications

17 September 2013

DSM says it is launching a custom-made solution for structural and semi-structural applications, incorporating various types of continuous fibre reinforcements embedded in its advanced polyamides.


Jeco Plastic Products Moulds Thermoformed Door Liner for NASA

03 September 2013

Jeco Plastic Products has produced a thermoformed door liner for a cryogenic container which will be used by NASA on the Space Lab. 


Hexcel Congratulates Innegra Technologies on Receiving a JEC Americas Innovation Award for Fibres

03 September 2013

Hexcel is proud to partner Innegra Technologies in accepting a JEC Americas Innovation Award for Fibres.


FORMAX to Present Next Generation of Reinforcements at Composites Europe 2013

27 August 2013

FORMAX will be launching two new exclusive fabric ranges at Composites Europe 2013, which takes place on 17 – 19 September in Stuttgart, Germany.


NetComposites' Training Event to Introduce Delegates to Fibre-Reinforced-Polymer Composite Materials

20 August 2013

The event, “Introduction to Composite Materials and their Processing”, coincides with the Advanced Engineering Show at Birmingham’s NEC on 12 November 2013.                


University of Manchester Leads &amp;ldquo;Innovative Multi-material Multi-architecture Preforms&amp;rdquo; 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.


BASF Wins Inaugural Altair Enlighten Award for Innovation in Automotive Vehicle Light-Weighting with its Composite Seat Pan

13 August 2013

Altair has announced that BASF has won the Altair Enlighten Award for the development of its thermoplastic composite front seat pan.


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.


RTP Company Launches New Cellulose Fibre Reinforced PP Compounds for Eco-Friendly Durables

30 July 2013

RTP Company has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. 


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&amp;rsquo;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. 


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.


Toray Purchase 20% Stake in Plasan Carbon Composites

23 July 2013

Toray has announced that it has purchased a 20% stake in Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC), a US manufacturer and distributor of automotive parts made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP).


Solar Impulse Plane Completes Cross-America Flight with Help from Bayer MaterialScience

16 July 2013

The Solar Impulse, which is an ultra-lightweight, solar-powered plane capable of flying day and night, flew across America with the help of materials and technologies from Bayer MaterialScience.


Panel Systems Sees an Increase in Demand for Bespoke Polypropylene Honeycomb Sandwich Panels

16 July 2013

Panel Systems says it has seen a huge surge in demand for Thermhex, a polypropylene honeycomb material which was launched into the UK market at the beginning of 2013.


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.


Call for Papers&amp;rsquo; Deadline Imminent for UK&amp;rsquo;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.


Hexagon Raufoss Awarded Order in Indonesian Natural Gas Vehicle Market

09 July 2013

Hexagon Composites’ wholly owned subsidiary Hexagon Raufoss has been awarded a new order from a state-owned enterprise for the delivery of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) high-pressure fuel cylinders to Indonesia.


JEC Americas 2013 to Focus on Top Innovations in the Americas&amp;rsquo; Vibrant Composites Sector

25 June 2013

The second JEC Americas Composites Show and Conference will welcome delegates from around the globe to Boston, US, from 2 – 4 October 2013.


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.


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.


Chomarat Launches New Design Products for High-End Markets

18 June 2013

Chomarat is launching C-WEAVE Spread, a new high-end product line. It combines high-tech features, strength and innovative design.


NetComposites Gears Up for Automotive Event

11 June 2013

The event, ‘Opportunities for Fibre Reinforced Polymers in the Automotive Sector’, will take place at the International Digital Laboratory, University of Warwick, UK, on the 19th June.


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.


Galway Carbon uses Scott Bader&amp;rsquo;s Crestapol Resin in Citro&amp;euml;n DS3 Rallycross Composite Body Panels

04 June 2013

The former World Rally Champion, Petter Solberg, is currently competing in the 2013 European Rallycross Championships with a customised 600 horsepower Citroën DS3 supercar fitted out with new lightweight carbon-kevlar composite body panels.


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).          


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.


Formaplex Restructures Fast-Growing Composites Division by Opening R&amp;amp;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.


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.


Sigmatex Secures Major Automotive Contract

30 April 2013

Following on from technical collaboration and development between Sigmatex, an automotive OEM and an Automotive Tier 1 supplier, Sigmatex have secured the first in a number of targeting contracts.


Quantum Composites Introduce a New Carbon Fibre Moulding Compound

30 April 2013

Quantum Composites have introduced AMC-8590-50, a carbon reinforced advanced moulding compound (AMC) for high volume automotive applications.


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.


LANXESS Develops New Composite Materials with the Assistance of Newly Acquired Bond-Laminates

22 April 2013

After acquiring Bond-Laminates, LANXESS is now pursuing a position as a supplier of high-tech thermoplastic materials for lightweight design to serve the green mobility market.


FBGS&amp;#39;s &amp;quot;All Grating Fiber&amp;quot; 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.


General Motors Award Advanced Composites as their Supplier of the Year

22 April 2013

General Motors (GM) has recognised Advanced Composites as one of its best global automotive suppliers during its 21st annual “Supplier of the Year” awards ceremony.


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.


TPRC Begins Research on Thermoplastic Composites

16 April 2013

The Thermoplastic Composite Research Center (TPRC) in Enschede, The Netherlands, has begun researching thermoplastic composites.


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.


Daimler and the University of Stuttgart to Research into New FRP Design, Simulation and Process Techniques

02 April 2013

A cooperation contract between the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Aircraft Design and Daimler has resulted in a joint research project into new design, simulation and process techniques in fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) lightweight construction.


Ultra-Light Solar Impulse Plane Set to Take Flight Across America

02 April 2013

Solar Impulse, an ultra-lightweight, solar-powered plane, capable of flying day and night, is set to take flight across America with the help of diverse material and technologies from Bayer MaterialScience.


Magna and Zoltek Provide Carbon Fibre Composite Parts and Systems for High Volume Automotive Applications

02 April 2013

Magna Exteriors and Interiors (MEI) together with strategic development partner Zoltek, is providing carbon fibre composite parts and systems for high-volume automotive applications to support automakers' lightweighting initiatives.


Toray to take over Dome Carbon Magic

02 April 2013

Toray has agreed to purchase Dome Carbon Magic (DCM) from the Dome Group, a racing car designer and manufacturer, in order to expand its carbon fibre composite materials business in the automobile industry.



Dow Automotive Systems Offer New Product Portfolio for Commercial Transportation

26 March 2013

Dow Automotive Systems have announced their new portfolio of solutions to improve the durability, corrosion resistance, light-weight and safety requirements for commercial vehicles. The technologies available are:


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.


Laurel Biocomposite Ramps up Phase One Production

19 March 2013

Laurel BioComposite has completed construction of its new 12,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and is ramping up phase one production for Bio-Res PE.


TenCate and BASF Welcome Owens Corning as Partner in Alliance for Thermoplastic Automotive Composites

19 March 2013

TenCate and BASF have welcomed Owens Corning as partner in their strategic alliance for thermoplastic automotive composites, with a goal to develop optimal solutions in thermoplastic composites for automotive mass production.


New Momentive Specialty Chemicals Technology Enables Mass Production of Class A Composite Parts

19 March 2013

A broader range of composite products for automotive Class-A production is now available from Momentive Specialty Chemicals including a new generation of epoxy resin transfer moulding (RTM) system available in EPIKOTE binder 04695-1 and EPIKURE 05490A curing agent.


AZL Reveals Founding Partners and Launches Unique Composites Academy

19 March 2013

In a kick-off meeting on February 6th 2013, the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University’s 33 founding companies came together to start the cooperation.


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.


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.


Mitsubishi Plastics Reduces Costs to Produce Ultra-High-Modulus Grade Pitch-Based Carbon Fibre

12 March 2013

Mitsubishi Plastics has announced DIALEAD K13C6U, an ultra-high-modulus grade of pitch-based carbon fibre which they claim excels in heat conductivity and rigidity, by increasing the number of filaments per carbon fibre bundle.


Ten new Laureates for the JEC Europe Innovation Awards Program in 2013

06 March 2013

This year, 10 companies and their partners will receive an award at JEC Europe, Porte de Versaille in Paris, France, next week, for their composites innovations.


Gurit Launch Latest Fire Retardent Epoxy Wet Laminating System at JEC Europe

06 March 2013

Gurit will be launching a new fire retardant epoxy wet laminating system capable of BS4276 Class 1 flame spread resistance and a new prepreg technology that eliminates the requirement for chilled storage, and when used in conjunction with Gurit’s Airstream technology provides a truly unique prepreg solution tolerant to almost any factory environment, at JEC Europe, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France, next week.


Gastank Obtains Certification for New Type IV CNG Cylinders Using VORAFORCE Composite Systems from Dow

06 March 2013

Gastank has obtained the certificate according to UN ECE R110 regulation for its new Type IV Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders for motor vehicles.


Chomarat Launches TPreg Range at JEC Europe

06 March 2013

Chomarat is launching TPreg, its new range of continuous reinforcements for the production of thermoplastic composites 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.


Creative Composites Achieves TS 16949 Quality Award

26 February 2013

Creative Composites demonstrated their commitment to providing the highest levels of customer service by achieving accreditation to the TS 16949 global automotive quality standard.


Composites Evolution to Showcase Recent Material Developments at JEC Europe 2013

19 February 2013

Composites Evolution will be showcasing its latest Biotex flax fibre developments at JEC Europe 2013, 12th - 14th March 2013, at Porte de Versailles, Paris, France (stand B13).


Strategic Partnership Renewed and Expanded Between Caterham Composites and Altair Engineering

19 February 2013

Caterham Composites and Altair Engineering have extended and expanded their strategic partnership.


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.


Hexagon Composites Awarded New Automotive Supply Contracts

05 February 2013

Hexagon Composites' wholly owned Norwegian subsidiary Hexagon Raufoss has been awarded a new contract from a leading US passenger car manufacturer for the supply of CNG high-pressure composite cylinders.


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.


FORMAX Begins Knowledge Transfer Programme

29 January 2013

FORMAX has entered into the Polymer Composites Group - a knowledge transfer programme which operates within the Materials, Mechanics and Structures Research Division of Nottingham University and focuses on the processing and performance of thermoset and thermoplastic matrices.


NetComposites Focus on Durable Composites

29 January 2013

Following on from a successful 2012 programme of events, NetComposites are starting off 2013 with a workshop on the Durability of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites on 26th February.


Panel Systems Secures Supply Agreement for Thermhex in the UK

29 January 2013

Panel Systems has become the UK supplier of Thermhex, a new polypropylene honeycomb material, suitable for a wide variety of applications.


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.


Gurit Doubles Automotive Composite Parts Manufacturing Capacity

22 January 2013

Gurit has won a second supply contract from a car manufacturer in the Italian market and has further expansion of its UK-based automotive parts manufacturing site, resulting in doubling the capacities by mid-year.


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.


Surface Generation Provides ETH Zurich with Advanced Composite Processing Test Rig

15 January 2013

Surface Generation has provided the Centre of Structure Technology (IMES-ST) at ETH Zurich with a highly sophisticated test environment for liquid composite injection moulding.


Gurit Introduces New Group Organisation

15 January 2013

Gurit has introduced a new Group Organisation effective of February 1, 2013.


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.


CIMPA and Dassault Syst&amp;egrave;mes Strengthen Partnership in Services and Consulting

08 January 2013

CIMPA and Dassault Systèmes have signed a strategic agreement under which CIMPA becomes one of the key partners in the Dassault’s Services Provider Partner programme.


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.


European Project NanoMaster Develops Expanded Graphite for Direct Graphene Production

European Project NanoMaster Develops Expanded Graphite for Direct Graphene Production

18 December 2012

The NanoMaster project has developed new grades of expanded graphite which have been used to produce high-quality graphene.


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.


Boeing and BMW Group to Collaborate on Carbon Fibre Recycling

18 December 2012

Boeing and the BMW Group signed a collaboration agreement to participate in joint research on carbon fibre recycling and share knowledge about carbon fibre materials and manufacturing.


DSM Advocates Evaluation of Styrene-Free Solutions after Recommendation by EU RAC to Reclassify Styrene as CMR2 Substance

18 December 2012

DSM advises that the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) recommendation of the EU RAC last week of styrene as CMR2 is a clear signal for the composites industry to start investigating substitute technologies.


Teijin&amp;rsquo;s CFRTP Components Pilot Plant Begins Operations

11 December 2012

Teijin has begun operating a pilot plant for the fully integrated production of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) components from carbon fibre on the premises of its Matsuyama Factory in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.


Smart Innovation in Blow Moulding Technology

11 December 2012

Smart Machinery & Moulds (Smart) has launched its smallest extrusion blow moulding machine.


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.


Gurit Honoured at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry Business Awards for Excellence

04 December 2012

Gurit, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced composite materials, is pleased to announce that its automotive business, Gurit Automotive Ltd, has been honoured with an award at the recent Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry Business Awards for Excellence. Gurit Automotive, a leading manufacturer of carbon composite body panels for the automotive industry based on the Isle of Wight, was presented with the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Employee Development Business Award. The awards were presented on Friday 23rd November, at Cowes Yacht Haven.


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.


Zoltek Companies, Inc. Reports Strong Financial Results for its Fourth Quarter - Capping a Year of Record Sales and Earnings

04 December 2012

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, ending September 30, Zoltek reported net sales of $44.2 million, compared to $43.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. Zoltek had operating income of $5.3 million for the latest quarter and net income of $4.2 million, or $0.13 per share. In the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year, Zoltek reported operating income of $1.0 million and net income of $4.6 million, or $0.14 per share, which included a foreign currency gain of $3.5 million. For the year as a whole, Zoltek’s net sales increased 22.8% – to $186.3 million in fiscal 2012 from $151.7 million in fiscal 2011. In fiscal 2012, Zoltek’s operating income was $25.6 million and net income was $22.9 million, or $0.67 per share, which compare to an operating loss of $4.7 million and a net loss of $3.6 million, or $0.10 per share, in fiscal 2011.


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.


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.


Composites UK Celebrates the UK Industry Achievements at the Innovation Awards Dinner

20 November 2012

On 7 November 2012 at the Crowne Plaza NEC, Birmingham, UK, Composites UK celebrated the achievements of UK composites companies at the Innovation Awards Dinner 2012 held on the first evening of the Composites Engineering Show.


Exceptional Turnout at Inaugural JEC Americas Composites Show &amp;amp; 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. 


Gurit Automotive Honoured at the Composites UK Innovation Awards 2012&amp;nbsp;

13 November 2012

Gurit Automotive has been honoured with the Composites UK Manufacturing Award at the Composites UK Innovation Awards 2012.


ALTANA Innovation Award 2012 Goes to BYK&amp;nbsp;

13 November 2012

A BYK innovation team has won the 2012 ALTANA Innovation Award for its high performance CRP wetting and dispersing additives for sophisticated coatings applications.


Cygnet Tex-Web Seals &amp;pound;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.


UBC&amp;rsquo;s Award-Winning Coren Urban Bike Uses Umeco&amp;rsquo;s Prepregs

13 November 2012

UBC recently launched their new urban bike, the coren, which has a frame made exclusively from Umeco’s MTM49 -3 epoxy resin systems reinforced with high tensile strength woven carbon fabrics and unidirectional carbon fibres, and compatible adhesive film. 


Amber Composites Material Specified for another New Automotive Program

07 November 2012

Amber Composites’ high-performance prepreg has been specified for another new automotive program for a major European OEM.


AMI Reports Innovation Drives Growth of Polypropylene

07 November 2012

According to a recently published study by leading industry consultants, Applied Market Information Ltd (AMI Consulting), innovation, in the period through to 2016, is pushing up sales of polypropylene in Europe in the face of fierce inter-polymer competition and slow economic growth.


TenCate and BASF Sign Agreement on Strategic Alliance for Thermoplastic Automotive Composites

30 October 2012

TenCate Advanced Composites and BASF have entered into a strategic alliance to cooperate on the development, production and commercialisation of thermoplastic composite materials suitable for high-volume vehicle production.


Gurit Signs New Supply Contract for New Prestigious Automotive OEM in Italy

30 October 2012

Gurit has agreed a new supply contract in Automotive from a prestigious new customer with its first supply contract into Italy.


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).


Huntsman Advanced Materials Embraces Future-Oriented Solutions at Composites Engineering 2012

30 October 2012

Huntsman Advanced Materials will showcase its latest developments in epoxy resins, composites tooling and speciality chemical building blocks, focusing on the added value its systems offer in enabling significant growth momentum in the global composites market during Composites Engineering 2012, 7 – 8 November, at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.


In-Feed in the form of Fibre Pellets Solves Dispensing Problems in Injection Moulding of Natural Fibres

23 October 2012

The results of a project promoted by the DBU (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt), entitled “Development of industrial scale natural fibre pellet production using natural fibres to reinforce bioplastics in injection moulding and extrusion techniques” has generated interest within the industry.


R&amp;ouml;chling Automotive Selects Technyl Polyamide for High Temperature Turbo Applications

23 October 2012

Technyl polyamide from Rhodia Engineering Plastics has been chosen by Röchling Automotive for the manufacturing of turbocharger air ducts which have to resist temperatures of up to 210°C.


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.


Nine Composites Companies to be recognised at the 2013 JEC Innovation Awards Program

23 October 2012

The inaugural JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences on November 7th – 9th, 2012 will host JEC’s Innovation Awards Program and highlight the nine most cutting-edge advances to emerge from the world-wide composite industry this year.


Bowland Named &#39;Composites Person of the Year&#39; by Society of Plastics Engineers

23 October 2012

The Composites Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) recently named Creig Bowland, Research Associate for PPG Industries’ Fiber Glass Business, as “Composites Person of the Year.”


ALMACO&amp;rsquo;s Automotive Committee Promotes a Cycle of Lectures at Agrale, Marcopolo and Neobus

23 October 2012

On October 24th - 25th, the Automotive Committee of the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) will promote several lectures addressed to professionals from the automakers Agrale, Marcopolo and Neobus, Brazil.


Composites Europe 2012 Reports Continued Growth

16 October 2012

Composites Europe 2012 demonstrated how successfully and efficiently the composites sector is working with this year's trade fair, held in Düsseldorf, Germany, for the first time, from 9 to 11 October, focused on the topics of automation and mass production.


Huntsman Embraces Future-Oriented Solutions at Composites Engineering 2012

16 October 2012

At Composites Engineering 2012, at the NEC in Birmingham on the 7 – 8 November, Huntsman Advanced Materials will showcase its latest developments in epoxy resins, composites tooling and speciality chemical building blocks, focusing on the added value its systems offer in enabling significant growth momentum in the global composites market from its stand number 665.


Prochem Becomes Distributor in Switzerland for Teknor Apex Engineering Thermoplastic Compounds

16 October 2012

Teknor Apex has appointed Prochem to distribute its engineering thermoplastic (ETP) compounds in Switzerland.


Unidirectional Tapes Efficiently Optimise Composite Components

16 October 2012

Ticona is involved in a study exploring how a specially adapted manufacturing method may combine various semi-finished products of glass fibre reinforced unidirectional tapes with a D-LFT composite material.


1965 Corvette Stingray Makes Composite Show Debut with Formaplex

09 October 2012

One of the first production composite cars, the 1965 Corvette Stingray, will make its debut appearance with pioneering, rapid-engineering company Formaplex at the Advanced Engineering Show, NEC, Birmingham, on the 7 – 8 November 2012 at Formaplex’s stand 743.


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.


BASF and SGL Group on the Way to Reactive Polyamide-Carbon Fibre Composites

09 October 2012

BASF and the SGL Group plan to jointly develop a composite material based on a reactive polyamide system and suitable carbon fibres, serving the cost-effective production of thermoplastic carbon fibre-reinforced composites.


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).


Creative Composites Invests in Quality

09 October 2012

Creative Composites has officially opened a new state-of-the-art quality laboratory at its manufacturing facility in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.


Ticona Presents Singular Matrix Materials with a High Innovation Potential

09 October 2012

Ticona is presenting its singular matrix materials, described as having remarkable innovation potential at this weeks Composites Europe in Dusseldorf, Germany, from their stand 8b G02.


Amber Composites Material Specified for Major Automotive Build

02 October 2012

Amber Composites’ material has been specified for the primary structure of a major automotive build.


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.


RTP Company Develops Thermally Conductive Compounds for Reducing Vehicle Weight

02 October 2012

RTP Company has introduced new thermally conductive compounds targeted at replacing metal components in automotive heating and cooling systems.


BYK Kometra Opens New Production Building in Schkopau

02 October 2012

Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, Chairman of the Management Board of ALTANA, and Frank Bannert, District Administrator of the Saalekreis region, visited BYK Kometra in Schkopau for the opening ceremony of the new production building.


Umeco Exhibits Prepregs, Vacuum Bagging Consumables and Tooling at Composites Europe

02 October 2012

Umeco will be exhibiting on stand 8B/C44 at Composites Europe 2012 in the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre from 9 - 11 October 2012, showcasing a number of items on its stand including UBC’s Coren urban bike, a staggered sandwich panel, and a selection of automotive components amongst others.


Composites Europe to Feature Experts Forum and Live Presentations

25 September 2012

At Composites Europe 2012, which takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 9 - 11 October, 2012, Dieffenbacher, Hennecke, KraussMaffei, and Siempelkamp will be present, not only as exhibitors, but also in arranging the Composites forum in which lectures will be presented in topic-specific workshops and exhibitor presentations and are designed to inform visitors about the basic trends and innovations in composites.


Test, Measurement and Inspection Takes Centre Stage at &amp;lsquo;Advanced Engineering UK&amp;rsquo;

25 September 2012

This year’s Advanced Engineering UK group of events is preparing for record attendance for its biggest ever ‘test, measurement and inspection’ programme.



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.


&amp;#39;Meet the LEPs&amp;#39; - Advanced Engineering initiatives via newly formed LEPs under the spotlight

25 September 2012

As successors to the former UK regional development agencies, a selective profile of newly formed Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will take centre stage at this year's Advanced Engineering UK group of events.


LANXESS Acquire Germany&amp;rsquo;s Bond-Laminates

18 September 2012

LANXESS is strengthening its innovative product portfolio of lightweight materials to the automotive industry by acquiring German company Bond- Laminates.


Lotus F1 Team Adopts Anaglyph&amp;#39;s Laminate Tools

18 September 2012

Lotus F1  team has adopted Anaglyph’s Laminate tools is its primary tool for chassis design.


Dassault Syst&amp;egrave;mes&amp;rsquo; 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Adopted by Dana Holding&amp;nbsp;

18 September 2012

Dana Holding Corporation, a global automotive supplier, will adopt the SIMULIA Simulation Lifecycle Management (SLM) application of Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.


Teknor Apex&amp;rsquo;s New Nylon 6/12 Provide Practical Alternative in Automotive Fuel Handling

11 September 2012

Amidst current automotive industry concerns about nylon 12 supplies, Teknor Apex has introduced two new injection moulding compounds based on nylon 6 /12 that provide comparable performance in the fuel-line components that comprise the major application for nylon 12.


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.


Redelease Takes Over Distribution of SI Group-Crios Acrylic Resins

11 September 2012

Redelease has taken over the distribution of solvent-based acrylic resins produced by SI Group-Crios, a US company that has manufacturing plants in the cities of Rio Claro and Jundiaí, in São Paulo.


Molded Fiber Glass Construction Products Breaks Into New Market

04 September 2012

Molded Fiber Glass Construction Products (MFG CP) began producing Fan Shrouds second quarter of 2012, devices which are typically used to cool down hot surfaces in the automotive and agricultural industries.


Teijin to Showcase Latest Carbon and Aramid Fibre Composites at China Composites Expo

04 September 2012

Toho Tenax and Shanghai-based Teijin Aramid Asia will participate in China Composites Expo 2012 which will take place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center in Shanghai, China, from 5th to 7th September, 2012.


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.


Altair Launches Automotive Industry&amp;rsquo;s First Award Dedicated to Light-weighting

21 August 2012

Altair has launched the automotive industry’s first award program created specifically to acknowledge innovations in vehicle light-weighting, thereby improving fuel economy and performance.


Airtech Shows Innovative Products and Services at Composites Europe 2012

14 August 2012

Airtech continues to develop innovative products and services and will present them during Composites Europe 2012, in Düsseldorf, Germany.


epm: technology Formalises a &amp;lsquo;Self-Improvement&amp;rsquo; Division

14 August 2012

epm: technology formally opens an R&D Division in line with its 3 point future strategy.


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.


SABIC to Increase STAMAX LGFPP Capacity at Belgium Facility

31 July 2012

Sabic’s Innovative Plastics is significantly boosting capacity for its STAMAX long glass fibre-filled polypropylene (LGFPP) composite resins at its manufacturing facility in Genk, Belgium, to meet rapidly growing demand from automotive customers.


AGY Initiate Process to Sell Its CFM Business

31 July 2012

AGY has decided to initiate the process to sell its continuous filament mat (CFM) business.


Dow Automotive Systems Expands Composite Processing Capabilities

31 July 2012

Dow Automotive Systems is expanding its capabilities in composite processing technology with the opening of two development facilities to service its global customer base – one in Freienbach, Switzerland and the other in Midland, Michigan, US.


Rhodia, Valeo and PSA Peugeot Citro&amp;euml;n Demonstrate Environmental Benefits of Recycled Technyl Polyamide

24 July 2012

The environmental benefit of the use of recycled polyamide for automotive applications has been validated by a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) jointly led by leading engineering plastics developer Rhodia (member of the Solvay group), Valeo, one of the world’s top automotive suppliers and car-maker PSA Peugeot Citroën.


Barclays Backs Formax Expansion

24 July 2012

Formax has received £3.25 million working capital support from Barclays to fund its rapid expansion.


Faurecia takes over automotive business of Sora Composites

24 July 2012

Faurecia has acquired the automotive business of Sora Composites, a company which possesses an established expertise in the field of composite plastics and the use of glass and carbon fibre for automotive applications.


Thermosetting Resins for Stator Encapsulation in Electro-Mobility and Industrial Motors

17 July 2012

Dr Werner Hollstein from Huntsman Advanced Materials has looked at how the latest epoxy and polyurethane encapsulation systems are capable of supporting, or even enabling, new and robust motor designs with the assurance of high cost-efficiency and quality.

According to Hollstein, emerging challenges for the development of motors and generators for industrial and automotive applications include size reduction, higher integration density, more power output, greater reliability and endurance, resistance to harsh environments and noise reduction.  He says simple varnishing for the electrical insulation and mechanical fixation of rotor and stator windings is typically used, but this tends to result in the following issues:

•    Various losses in operation leading to high temperatures and overheating
•    Vibrations causing wear and the short-circuiting of windings
•    Aggressive oils, chemicals, vapours and humidity attacks damaging windings

Hollsein suggests that as the load on the motor increases, so do the operational losses mentioned above.  Thermosetting resin systems for encapsulation and impregnation provide an answer to these problems. One option is a fully encapsulated stator where the copper windings, gaps and undercuts are completely impregnated and filled with polymer.
 
He explains that a sealing core is placed in the middle of the stator to assure vacuum tightness and to prevent the resin from contaminating the metal laminations.  The liquid resin system is degassed and potted, preferably under vacuum, into the stator.  It is essential that the resin system has a low viscosity and sufficient latency to enable fast filling and impregnation.  Following this, the oven curing needs to be optimised and controlled to minimise volume shrinkage and mechanical stresses.

Another option is the encapsulation of the end-turns.  He says that, in general, more than 60% of lost heat is produced in the end-turns of a stator.  Therefore it’s most effective to only pot the gap between the end-turns and housing.
 
When selecting a suitable encapsulant Huntsman says it is important to choose one which offers high thermal conductivity, precisely defined flow properties and short curing times.

Formulated epoxy resin systems are irreplaceable in many electrical applications.  They offer excellent electrical insulation, good mechanical characteristics, chemical resistance and thermal endurance.  Processing at temperatures between 60 to 80°C significantly reduces the viscosities of these systems, allowing higher filler loadings and fast filling properties.  Final curing requires temperatures above 100°C.  

According to Huntsman, Araldite CW 229-3 / Aradur HW 229-1 is a good example of a prefilled resin system which provides high crack and thermal shock resistance. It says 20 test cycles were successfully conducted down to temperatures as low as -80°C.  The impregnation capability was proven to be good, with a heat conductivity of 0.7 W/m K. Thermal endurance in long-term ageing tests (IEC 60216) resulted in a thermal index of more than 180°C (class H).  Even 200°C was determined as a relative temperature index (RTI) following UK746B.

They say that to respond to demands for short cycle times, Araldite CW 229-3 / Aradur HW 229-1 is also available with higher reactivity, making the mandatory need for the post-curing of normal systems obsolete.  This non-post-cure (NPC) system is suited to the automated pressure gelation (APG) process, offering additional advantages of shorter moulding times and lower mould temperatures.

If heat dissipation is the most important requirement for stator encapsulation, Araldite® XB 2710 / Aradur XB 2711 provides a good solution, facilitating heat conductivity at 1.5 W/m K and the assurance of high thermal conductivity.  In offering similar properties to Araldite CW 229-3 / Aradur HW 229-1, this system also offers excellent crack resistance and low coefficient of thermal expansion.

Huntsman claims that amines are the most commonly used curing agents for epoxy cure saying however, the reactivity of these systems allows them to also cure at room temperature.  No ovens are needed and therefore processing equipment is much simpler and lower in cost.  Araldite XB 2252 / Aradur XB 2253 is a cold curing epoxy resin system with excellent flowability and impregnation features.  Thermal endurance is exceptionally high with a thermal index of 180 C fulfilling class F.  

Hollstein says polyurethanes (PUR) have been used for electrical insulation since the beginning of the 1950s when cost-efficient raw materials became available on an industrial scale. He continues, the chemical reaction of a polyol and an isocyanate results in a polymer with urethane linkages.  If crosslinking occurs in three dimensions, the resulting polymer belongs to the class of elastomers and thermosets.  The curing reaction is fast and exothermal at room temperature and no ovens are needed.  Because of the large variety of polyols, isocyanates, modifiers and fillers, PURs can be tailored for a broad range of applications, including full stator encapsulation.

He says Arathane CW 5631 / HY 5610 is easy to process and has good impregnation capabilities; these are exceptional features for a PU system.  The flame retardancy UL94 V-0 is met for the cured material, heat conductivity is in the range of 0.6 W/m K and excellent heat ageing resistance is provided.

Most epoxy based systems are supplied as two separate components. Hollstein claims that, for mass production, an extensive range of equipment is required to process these systems.  One-component products are much simpler to process and significantly reduce machinery needs.  Existing one-component epoxies are in commercial use as adhesives, sealants, moulding compounds and impregnation and casting resins.

Aratherm CW 2731 has been developed for the encapsulation of motor and generator end-turns.  This ‘pasty’ single component epoxy is prefilled with a special type of filler to achieve a high heat conductivity of 3.0 W/m K.  Huntsman says it requires no pre-heating, homogenisation or degassing and flowability can easily be adjusted to fill the gaps between the wires and housing.  Oven curing is not needed if the heat capacity of the pre-heated stators is high enough to keep the temperature above 150°C for an hour.

Hollstein says that, in summary, the on-going challenge to produce motors and generators that offer more power output, higher integration density, higher reliability, resistance to harsh conditions and noise reduction, thermosetting resin systems for full stator or end-turn encapsulation provide the ideal solution. He continues; today’s epoxy and PUR systems offer the necessary material characteristics which cover the need for high heat dissipation, electrical insulation, mechanical fixation, damping and protection from aggressive chemicals, vapours and humidity.


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.


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.


TenCate Supplies Armour to QinetiQ

10 July 2012

TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected by QinetiQ as the supplier of armour for the Foxhound LPPV 4x4 military vehicle.


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.


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.


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.


Formax to Strengthen Regional Business Collaborations at East Midlands Composites Show

26 June 2012

Formax will be exhibiting at the East Midlands Composites Show to be held at the University of Derby Enterprise Centre on 29th June.


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.


Hanwha Azdel Announces Investment to Construct New Plant in Korea

26 June 2012

The Hanwha Azdel division of Hanwha L&C Company of Seoul, South Korea plans a major capacity expansion for its SuperLite lightweight reinforced thermoplastic (LWRT) composite product line with a 23-billion won (?) / $20-million USD investment that will be used to construct a new plant in Bugang, South Korea. 


Chomarat Presents First Industrial Lighter &amp;amp; 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.


Volta Volare&amp;rsquo; 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.



Rhodia Offers Technyl Range for Turbo Technology Operating Above 200&amp;deg;C

19 June 2012

Rhodia Engineering Plastics now offers the automotive industry a new heat performance Technyl range specifically engineered for both injection and blow moulded parts for turbo-charged engines.





Chomarat Unveils the First Ultra-Light Bicycle Frame Produced Using C-PLY Bi-Angle NCF

12 June 2012

At the recent SAMPE 2012 Exposition, Baltimore, US, May 22nd - 24th ,2012, Chomarat, in co-operation with American Artisan Bicycles, California, US, publicly unveiled the first industrial bicycle parts produced using their C-PLY Bi-Angle NFC fabric from Chomarat using prepreg material supplied by Aldila.


Rhodia Launch Technyl eXten PA6.10 as an Alternative to PA12

06 June 2012

In order to bring high-performance, economical solutions to the automotive and the manufacturing industry quickly in the midst of the PA12 crisis, Rhodia Engineering Plastics, member of the Solvay Group, is proposing its TechnyleXten PA6.10 product as a drop-in solution for a variety of applications where PA12 is typically used.


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.


Quickstep Wins Major International Innovation Award

01 June 2012

Quickstep has been awarded the JEC Innovation Award in the “Process” category in the JEC 2012 Asia Innovation Awards.


Dow Automotive to Feature New Bonding Agents at DKT in July

01 June 2012

Dow Automotive will take part in the Deutsche Kautschuk Tagung exhibition in Nürnberg, July 2ndto 5th, 2012 this year and will feature two new bonding agents.

According to Dow, MEGUM 5386 is a new two layer bonding agent (Cover II). MEGUM 5386 is characterised by high reactivity for reduced thickness of layers. Layer thickness can be cut back to 50%. With this new development Dow Automotive Systems reduces solvent-based emissions and mould fouling. On top, it provides for increased process stability. MEGUM 5386 is produced in Germany and available in September 2012. It is targeted for use in automotive NVH applications.

In addition to MEGUM 5386, Dow Automotive explains how they have continued development of their water-based bonding agents. New product MEGUM W1111 will support the complete elimination of solvent-based emissions.

Further, Dr. Philipp Zutavern, TS&D Manager, Dow Automotive, will present during the poster session on water-based rubber-to-substrate bonding agents. Dow can be found at DKT on stand 221 in Hall 12.


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.


Fraunhofer IFAM Award Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2012

18 May 2012

One of this year‘s Joseph-von-Fraunhofer prizes was awarded to Dr. Jörg Ihde and Dr. Uwe Lommatzsch, from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen, for their development of a resource-efficient process for the highrate deposition of functional nano-layers. 


Umeco sponsors Canadian company&amp;rsquo;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.


Huntsman Delivers Performance Advantage to Composite Wheel Design

12 May 2012

Huntsman Advanced Materials has supported University Racing Eindhoven (URE) in an innovative project which sees the development of a hybrid composite wheel which will feature on the team’s electrical powertrains prototype in this year’s Formula Student competition.


Formaplex Expands Production Capacity

12 May 2012

Formaplex has increased production space by a further 30% with the opening of a new 15,000 square foot factory.


LAUREL PURCHASE AMTEK MICROWAVE DRYER

12 May 2012

Laurel BioComposite has made its second major capital equipment investment in its new production line with the purchase of an Amtek Microwave system from Cellencor.


RheTech Named Winner of Michigan Green Leaders Award

12 May 2012

RheTech has been named a winner of the Michigan Green Leaders Award, Medium-Sized Business category, by the Detroit Free Press.


Angstron Names Digichem Exclusive Distributor for Korea

06 May 2012

Angstron Materials has named Digichem Corporation, Anyang City, Korea, its distribution partner for Korea.


Scott Bader Receives JEC Europe 2012 Partnership Award

27 April 2012

Scott Bader has received a JEC Europe 2012 Partnership award for its Crestapol 1250LV Resin and Technical Support to Innovation Award Winners Axon Automotive.


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.


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.


JEC Europe Report Greater Attendance

11 April 2012

JEC Europe brought together 1,181 participating companies, occupying a surface area of 50,000 m2, and had an increased attendance, with a total of 32,256 visitors, as compared to 29,867 in 2011.


SABIC Invests in Research and Development in China

11 April 2012

SABIC has invested US$100 million to build 60,000 square metre new Technology Centre in Kangqiao, Shanghai.


Victrex WG Polymer Increases Lifetime of Sliding Bushing in Automotive Water Pump Impeller

11 April 2012

Melling recently chose Victrex WG polymer for the sliding bushing when developing its electric water pump for the automotive industry because of its ability to withstand the mechanical stresses of a high-heat environment where metals had previously failed.


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.



Zoltek and Magna Join Forces to Speed Auto Industry Adoption of Carbon Fibre

03 April 2012

Zoltek is working with Magna Exteriors and Interiors, an operating unit of Magna International, under an exclusive global collaborative partnership to speed development of low-cost carbon fibre sheeting moulding compounds (SMC) for the automotive industry.


3B-the Fibreglass Company Launch New Eco-Responsible Milled Fibre Powder Grade

03 April 2012

3B-the fibreglass company is launching a new and eco-responsible Milled Fibre powder grade developed from Advantex glass manufacturing by-products.


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. 


Honda Yuasa Racing Team Chooses Amber Composites

03 April 2012

Amber Composites has been chosen as the prepreg provider for The Honda Yuasa Racing Team British Touring Cars.


Evolite Endorsed by Marine and Automotive Industry

28 March 2012

Rhodia Engineering Plastics is showcasing Evolite by Technyl at JEC Europe this week, which they say has been recently endorsed through partnerships and co-innovation projects to develop automotive and marine applications.


Toho Tenax Manufacture Complex Carbon Fibre Preforms

28 March 2012

Toho Tenax Europe has been developing Tenax Net Shape Preform technology and their latest developments enhance new possibilities for thermoset matrix composites with the combination of aligned fibres and random oriented material.


Teijin Expands CFRTP Composite Business

28 March 2012

Teijin will open the Teijin Composites Application Center (TCAC), a technical center to develop automotive and other industrial applications of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite products, in Auburn Hills, Michigan, on April 1st.


JEC Innovation Awards Reward 13 Companies

20 March 2012

This year, 13 companies and their partners will receive awards at JEC Europe next week.


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.


Chem-Trend Present User-Friendly Mould Release Agents at JEC Europe

20 March 2012

Chem-Trend will present its portfolio of Chemlease branded release agents for the processing of composite materials at booth P83 at JEC Europe next week.


Dieffenbacher Presents Production Lines for CFK Components at JEC Europe

20 March 2012

For this year’s JEC, Dieffenbacher will focus on progressive line concepts for the production of lightweight car body parts for the automotive industry, presenting the PreformCenter for fully-automated production of 3D preforms made of carbon fibres.


Dow Focus on New Generation Carbon Fibre Composites at JEC Europe

20 March 2012

Dow Automotive Systems will present its latest’s solutions and offerings to achieve light weighting with innovative composite technology comprising both resins and adhesives at JEC Europe next week. Dow say that with this combined portfolio they are a relevant market player in providing the industry with a comprehensive and synergistic composite portfolio.


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.


Firm Growth Forecast for Wood Plastics Composites in Europe

13 March 2012

A new report by Hackwell Group forecasts continuing growth of the European wood plastic composites industry to almost 360,000 tonnes by 2015, which represents an average annual growth of 13%, but nevertheless a slowing in growth compared with the 2005-10 period, as a result of the continuing difficulties in European economies.  


Amber Composites Offers Prepreg Made from Biotex Natural Flax Fibre from Composites Evolution

06 March 2012

Prepreg with fabric made from sustainably-sourced woven flax, made by Composites Evolution, is now available from Amber Composites providing the high performance and easy processing normally associated with glass fibre composites but with lower weight and environmental impact.


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.


Brazilian Composites Industry Reports US$1.657 Billion Earnings in 2011

06 March 2012

The Brazilian composites industryreported USD 1.657 earnings in 2011, which corresponds to a 10.4% increase in comparison with the previous year according to the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO).


SPE Release Details of 42nd-Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala

06 March 2012

The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers' (SPE) 42nd annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be held on the 7th November at Burton Manor in Livonia, Michigan.


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).


TULiPPS Solar Wins Dutch Solar Innovation Award

21 February 2012

During ceremonies on the Eindhoven High Tech Campus, TULiPPS Solar won the 2012 Dutch Solar Innovation Awards in the Industrial Development category.


Polinox Estimates 6% Growth in 2012

21 February 2012

Polinox estimates a 6% revenue growth in 2012 and according to Roberto Pontifex, CEO, the estimate is initially based on the historical annual growth rate of the Brazilian composites market, nearly always double the GDP.


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.


InnoVoc Solutions Technology Enables Powder Coating

21 February 2012

InnoVoc Solutions has launched a new technology for powder coating plastics, composites and other non-conductive substrates.


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.


13 Companies Rewarded For Their Composite Innovations in the JEC Innovation Awards Program 2012

14 February 2012

This year, 13 companies and their partners will receive innovation awards at JEC Europe - Composites Show and Conferences, March 27-29, 2012.


Ticona Sponsor 12th CAR Symposium

14 February 2012

Ticona was the main sponsor of the 12th international CAR Symposium for the second time in succession, providing participants for the panel discussion and information on possibilities for high-performance polymers in automobile construction at the event which took place on February 8th and 9th in the Bochum RuhrCongress Centre.


New Coalition Supports Downweighting of Vehicles to Improve Performance, Fuel Economy and Safety

07 February 2012

The Centre for Automotive Research (CAR) haslaunchedthe Coalition of Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM) to support efforts by auto manufacturers to aggressively down-weight vehicles to improve performance, fuel economy and safety.


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.


Pogea Racing Update 1959 Corvette with Latest Technology

07 February 2012

Pogea Racing have modernised the '59 model Corvette convertible to meet the requirements of a customer.


Braj Binani Group Acquires Europe&amp;#39;s 3B - The Fibreglass Company

07 February 2012

Binani Industries has acquired a 100 per cent equity interest in 3B – The Fibreglass Company (‘3B’) from Platinum Equity.


Gordon Murray Design and Toray Enter Technical Partnership

31 January 2012

Gordon Murray Design has entered into a technical partnership with Toray Industries which stems from the launch of the TEEWAVE AR.1 at the Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011.


Dow Automotive Systems&amp;#39; Adhesives Support E-mobility

24 January 2012

Dow Automotive Systems is the project partner for adhesives in the “Light-eBody“ project for bonding heterogeneous body components together; initiated and funded by the German Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, the joint research project will develop new lightweight body concepts for future electric vehicles.


WPC congress Innovation Awards for Evonik, M&amp;ouml;ller and Werzalit

17 January 2012

Nova-Institut and sponsors Reifenhäuser, Werzalit, STAEDTLER and BASF welcomed over 300 participants from 21 countries and 30 exhibitors to the 4th German WPC Congress held in Cologne on the 13th and 14th December 2011.


Metyx Invest in New Max 5 Carbon Fabric Production Line

17 January 2012

Metyx Composites has invested in a new MAX 5 carbon reinforcement production line as part of a series of investments they have planned for 2012 at the company’s headquarters in Istanbul and at its new Manisa, Turkey facility.


JEC Europe Topics include the Innovation Networks, Automation and Recyclability

03 January 2012

JEC Europe in Paris, Porte de Versailles, on 27-29 March 2012, will be focusing on 3 topics; the innovation networks, automation, and recyclability.


Laurel to Break Ground for New Master Batch Bio-Res Plant in 2012

03 January 2012

Laurel BioComposite has completed its first continuous 30-day production run at its new pilot plant manufacturing 90,000 lbs. of Bio-Res for customer trials slated for December 2011 and January 2012.  


Dow and Aksa Sign Joint Venture Agreement

03 January 2012

The Dow Chemical Company and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii have signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture to manufacture and commercialise carbon fibre and derivatives.


Dassault Releases Isight 5.6

03 January 2012

Dassault Systemes has released Isight 5.6, the open desktop solution for simulation process automation and design optimisation from Simulia, the Dassault brand for realistic simulation.


GM and Teijin to Develop Carbon Fibre Composite Technologies

13 December 2011

General Motors and Teijin will co-develop advanced carbon fibre composite technologies for potential high-volume use globally in GM cars, trucks and crossovers.


Advanced Composites Group&amp;rsquo;s Prepregs Used on &amp;lsquo;Spano&amp;rsquo; 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.


Teijin to Establish World&amp;#39;s First CFRTP Pilot Plant

06 December 2011

Teijin plans to establish the world's first pilot plant for fully integrated production of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) components from carbon fibre on the premises of its Matsuyama Factory in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.


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.


SABIC Awarded at SPE Automotive Innovation Awards

29 November 2011

SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business has received top honours at the 2011 Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Awards competition, including the coveted Hall of Fame award and the overall Grand Award, for two automotive applications moulded from its broad portfolio of thermoplastic materials.
In addition, SABIC explains that five other applications were recognised as finalists in other categories.


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. 


Laurel Biocomposite Opens Pilot Plant

29 November 2011

Laurel BioComposite has opened a new pilot plant this month and shipped Bio-Res pellets from its first production run to a major customer for trials.


Gurit Honoured at the Isle of Wight Chamber Business Awards

29 November 2011

Gurit's Automotive business, Gurit Automotive Ltd, has been honoured with three awards at the recent Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence.


Dow Automotive Receives Quality Certification for Aftermarket Adhesives

29 November 2011

Dow Automotive Systems has received quality assurance certification from Thatcham, according to the Thatcham TQA (Thatcham Quality Assurance) standard for their aftermarket glass bonding product Betaseal 1580.


UK Prime Minister David Cameron Opens New McLaren Production Centre

22 November 2011

On November 17th McLaren Group CEO and McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman Ron Dennis welcomed the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP to open the newest addition to McLaren headquarters in Woking, Surrey – the McLaren Production Centre (MPC).
Accompanying Ron Dennis and Mr Cameron were Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, Cyclist Mark Cavendish on behalf of McLaren Applied Technologies, and representatives of all the McLaren Group companies.


ACG&amp;#39;s Prepregs used in Electric-Hybrid Demonstrator Vehicle

22 November 2011

Advanced Composites Group (ACG) is engaged in an automotive project, part funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB), with collaborating partners UK-based Revolve Technologies and IE-LEV to develop and manufacture tooling and parts for a lightweight, range-extended electric-hybrid commercial fleet demonstrator vehicle.


BMW Takes Stake in SGL Carbon

22 November 2011

BMW has secured a 15.16% stake in SGL Carbon SE Munich.


Automotive Composites: From Steel to Carbon and From Glass to Grass

22 November 2011

Fibre-based composites are becoming increasingly important in the manufacture of automotive components. These new materials look set to continue their penetration of the automotive sector, and their large-scale use in mass-production cars, trucks and other vehicles is being widely predicted.


Registration Open for Composites 2012

22 November 2011

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has opened attendee and housing registration for Composites 2012, which will be held February 21st-23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre.


UK Innovation Showcase at JEC 2012

22 November 2011

As the UK is the country of honour at JEC 2012, Composites UK, UKTI and the National Composites Centre are inviting UK companies to enter the prestigious JEC awards programme.


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.


Capgemini and Dassault Syst&amp;egrave;mes Sign Alliance

22 November 2011

Dassault Systèmes and Capgeminihave signed an alliance around the integration of Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Version 6 solutions.


Henkel Develop Polyurethane Matrix Resin for Automotive Composites

15 November 2011

Henkel has developed a polyurethane-based composite matrix resin that they say cures faster than the traditional epoxy resins.


Atkins Named as Official Engineering Services Provider to the National Composites Centre

15 November 2011

Atkins has been named as an official engineering services provider to the National Composites Centre (NCC) on a three year framework agreement.


Siemens to Acquire Vistagy

15 November 2011

Siemens is to expand its industrial software portfolio with the acquisition of Vistagy.


Cabot Adds Graphene Technology to Portfolio

15 November 2011

Cabot Corporationhas signed an intellectual property license agreement with XG Sciences Performance materials portfolio adding graphene technology to its portfolio.


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.


Creative Composites Unveils &amp;pound;1million Factory Extension

07 November 2011

Creative Composites have unveiled a substantial factory extension to its composites manufacturing facility. 


US Liner Company Introduces Ecotex

07 November 2011

US Liner Company has recently launched Ecotex, a new sandwich panel with recycled core.


AVK Presents Innovation Awards 2011 to Three Winners

01 November 2011

The Innovation Awards presented by the AVK have been granted this year in three categories: industrial, environmental and university.


CustomGT Introduce their Ultra-Light Sports Car

01 November 2011

CustomGT have created a new sports car with up to 550 hp using fibreglass and carbon fibre reinforced composites.


ACG Exhibits with Umeco Composites&#39; 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.


Laurel Biocomposite Introduces Patent-Pending Product

25 October 2011

Laurel BioComposite has introduced Bio-Res, a patent pending product for the moulding market.


Axson Group Expands

25 October 2011

Axson Group has brought together BS coatings, Revocoat and Axson technologies to create an asset that they hope to be market leader in highperformance operational polymer formulation.


Rampf Tooling create their Two Millionth Board

25 October 2011

During October 2011, Rampf produced their two millionth board since they commenced in 1982.


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.


CTAG Launch CarbonInspired

18 October 2011

The Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia (CTAG)has launched CarbonInspired, the online virtual platform of their European knowledge transfer network fornanomaterials.


Dassault Syst&amp;#232;mes Acquires Simulayt

11 October 2011

Dassault Systèmes has completed the acquisition of composites simulation and advanced draping simulation technology provider Simulayt.


DSM Composite Resins Unveils New Innovation Strategy

05 October 2011

DSM Composite Resins has made a strategic change aimed at speeding up and re-focusing the way it innovates new, sustainable technologies.


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.


SPE Names Recipients of GPEC 2011 Environmental Awards

05 October 2011

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced the recipients of the Plastics Environmental Division's Environmental Stewardship Awards, of which presentations will take place October 18th during SPE's Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC 2011) in Atlanta.


3B Launches a 10 Micron Glass Fibre

05 October 2011


3B-the fibreglass company has launched a 10 micron glass fibre grade (DS2200-10P) for applications manufactured using polypropylene (PP) resins.


NetComposites Display Recycled Carbon Fibre Parts at Composites Europe 2011

05 October 2011

NetComposites are displaying automotive brackets made from recycled carbon fibre at the Composites Europe Show this week.


Umeco Composites Hold Corporate Open Day

28 September 2011

Umeco Composites had a Corporate Open Day in Heanor, Derbyshire on Friday 23rd September.


BASF Establishes Lightweight Composites Team for Automotive Industry

20 September 2011

BASF has established a lightweight composites team to focus on the development of marketable materials and technologies that are suitable for manufacturing high-performance fibre-reinforced parts for automotive applications.


Formax Multilaxial Machines Installed and New Constructions Launched

20 September 2011

Formax has recently installed a new multiaxial machine and a laminating line which are both now in production.


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.


Formax’s Carbon Multiaxial Fabrics Chosen to Reinforce Lamborghini’s Latest Carbon Supercar

13 September 2011

Formax recently developed a range of materials that would combine drapeability, good structural properties, and a new method of binding the materials in a preform structure prior to injection to meet the requirements of the latest Lamborghini.


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.


METYX Composites Creates New Tooling Centre

13 September 2011

Metyx Composites has created what they describe as a comprehensive, new Tooling Centre.


SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers Opens the new Moses Lake Plant

06 September 2011

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (SGLACF), a joint venture of SGL Group and BMW Group has officially opened its new carbon fibre manufacturing plant in Moses Lake.


&#163;10 Million Invested in Low Carbon Vehicles

06 September 2011

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Department for Business Innovation (BIS) have jointly agreed to invest £10 million in grants to sixteen collaborative research and development projects that focus on achieving significant cuts in CO2 emissions for vehicle-centric technologies in low carbon vehicles.


Aerovac Launch of Indian Liaison Office

06 September 2011

Richmond Aerovac has launched its new liaison office, based in India. 


Dieffenbacher Develops Automated Production Line

06 September 2011

Dieffenbacher, with the help of KraussMaffei, has developed a completely automated production line for the HP-RTM process, starting from preform manufacture and extending through to the pressing process and ancillary steps.
















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.






Plasan Acquires Kazak Composites

05 July 2011

Plasan has acquired Kazak which it says will boost its capacity for mass production of composites for automotive and defence applications.











Rhodia and Faurecia Develop Lightweight Seat Structural Components

14 June 2011

Faurecia and Rhodia have teamed up to jointly develop automotive seat structural components using polyamide-based engineering plastics.


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.









SPE Call for Scholarships in Automotive Composites Research

20 May 2011

The organising committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE) will award two $2,000 USD scholarships for graduate-level research in polymer composites that has impact on ground transportation.



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.




Carbo Tech Secures Largest Ever Order for Carbon Monocoque Production

11 April 2011

Carbo Tech has received what they say is the world’s largest order for series-production carbon monocoques, to be introduced on a range of high-performance sports cars from McLaren Automotive.


High-Performance Flax/PLA Biocomposites to be Demonstrated at JEC 2011

28 March 2011

Composites Evolution will be displaying their extensive range of Biotex twistless flax materials on stand D76 at JEC 2011, and RocTool will be running live moulding demonstrations of Biotex Flax/PLA high-performance biocomposite throughout the show using their innovative induction heating technologies.





ITW Plexus exhibit with ITW WindGroup at JEC Composites 2011

28 March 2011

ITW Plexus, the European structural adhesives manufacturer, is once again exhibiting at JEC Composites in Paris and this year the company will be sharing its stand with its newly formed wind energy group, known as ITW WindGroup






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.


Rennteam Uni Stuttgart Uses Chem-Trend&amp;#39;s Materials

08 February 2011

For several years the Rennteam Uni Stuttgart has participated successfully in the Formula Student, an international junior motor sport contest with currently nine official venues on all continents, and Chem-Trend provides the students with Chemlease branded release agents and mould sealers.








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.



















3B Support breakthrough in High-Gloss Reinforced Polyamide

19 September 2010

3B and Lati have combined to deliver engineering thermoplastics for high aesthetic structural components, helping engineers and designers achieve goals of high structural performance and high gloss finishes directly from the forming tools.







Canada’s first Bio-Composite Bodied Electric Car

06 September 2010

The car, called the Kestrel, is an electric 4 passenger compact vehicle, designed and engineered by Motive, the body of which is made from impact resistant bio composite material.


Zyvax Capitalizes on Chinese Manufacturing Vitality

06 September 2010

Rapid expansion of Chinese manufacturing in a variety of industries has led to a boom for some U.S. companies including Zyvax, which recently established a distribution channel through a partnership with FRP Services, one of the nation's largest distributors.









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.





&amp;#201;ireComposites Awarded €1.9 million in European Space Agency R&amp;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.












Cooperation Agreement between KraussMaffei and Dieffenbacher

31 May 2010

The Reaction Process Machinery division of KraussMaffei has concluded a cooperation agreement with Dieffenbacher for the worldwide sale of machines for the high-pressure resin transfer moulding process (HP-RTM machines).




Lotus Engineering Demonstrates the Lightweight Future

07 May 2010

Lotus Engineering has conducted a study to develop a commercially viable mass reduction strategy for mainstream passenger vehicles.


High Performance Composite Panels from Renewable Bio-Based Polymers

04 May 2010

EconCore has presented a 100% bio-based composite panel, using ThermHex technology to produce PLA honeycomb cores with Biotex flax/PLA skins from Composites Evolution.





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.


Single-Shot, LFT Pallet Wins JEC Transportation Innovation Award

09 April 2010

A single-shot, high-performance composite pallet developed by the Lomold Group has been named a winner in the Transportation category by JEC in its annual Innovation Awards Program.


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.


UK Consortium Named Winner of &#163;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.







Bayer Strengthens Ongoing Strategic Collaboration with Pultrall

17 March 2010

Bayer MaterialScience Bayer Inc have strengthened their collaboration with Pultrall, the manufacturer of pultruded composite profiles for such markets as automotive, medical, utilities, agriculture and construction.


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.





Carbon Fibre Cars of the Future Could be Powered by Their Bodywork

19 February 2010

A research team at Imperial College London are developing a prototype which could lead to parts of a car’s bodywork doubling-up as its battery.





Terrafugia Uses Dassault Syst&#232;mes to Create Street-Legal Aeroplane

22 January 2010

Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA brand has been chosen by Terrafugia, creators of the revolutionary Transition Roadable Aircraft, for 3D composite and finite-element modelling.




Victrex PEEK Polymer Selected for Robot Speed Reducers

23 December 2009

Victrex PEEK polymers have been selected by Korean-based ball bearing manufacturer, When SBB Co., to reduce both weight and production cost of its robot speed reducer.



Canada Launches Composite Centre of Excellence

23 December 2009

A new partnership between Magna Exteriors and Interiors and National Research Council Canada (NRC) will support the Canadian auto industry in developing next-generation vehicles with lighter, more durable parts that are safer, affordable, environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient.


Victrex Expands Distribution into India

17 December 2009

Victrex Polymer Solutions has appointed Padmini Petroplast as its distribution partner in India. Victrex is entering the India market in an aggressive strategic move designed to expand the company’s global footprint and extend market reach into one of the world’s most rapidly emerging industrial markets.


Australian Composites PTY Partners With Vivian Regina Brasil

17 December 2009

Moorabbin based composites raw materials manufacturer, Australian Composites Pty, has signed an exclusive supply agreement with Brazil’s Automotive, Petrochemical and building fibreglass materials supplier Vivian Regina Brasil Ltda, to distribute the Company’s rapid UV curing prepregs into Brazil’s massive automotive and transport parts assembly market.


3B Identifies Asia as Growth Market – Appoints India Agent

17 December 2009

3B has appointed Essen International as its non-exclusive agent for India. This latest move marks 3B’s stated commitment to developing its business in Asia, with a particular focus on India and China, which it sees as key growth markets.


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.




ABMACO Re-elects Gilmar Lima

27 November 2009



Thermoplastic Oil Pan Wins SPE Award

20 November 2009

A group comprising of Dana Holding Corporation, BASF, and Ford Motor Company have collectively won the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Award for their latest innovation.


Camoplast Apply CMF System to Velozzi Design

19 November 2009

Camoplast is the latest company to join forces on Velozzi’s AEV, bringing its design, development and manufacturing expertise to the project.




Electric City Car Programme Gains &#163;4.5m Funding

13 November 2009

A collaboration between Gordon Murray Design and Zytek Automotive has just been boosted by a £4.5m investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board.


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.


Joint Initiative Develops Breakthrough in Thermosets

06 November 2009

DSM Composite Resins, Dieffenbacher and Fraunhofer ICT have combined efforts on a direct compounding technology that extends thermoset composites to high volume, complex and large parts production



24-Piece Sports Car Body Bonded With Adhesive

30 October 2009

A Scandinavian built battery-powered carbon-fibre chassis sports car known as the E-RA (Electric RaceAbout) will be debuted by the end of the year. Structural adhesives from ITW Plexus were chosen to bond no fewer than 24 individual components of the car body.




SMC Shield Takes the Heat

30 October 2009

Pilot Automotive have developed a new composite heat shield, made using sheet moulding compound (SMC) supplied by SMC SA, which it intends to supply to the Ford Motor Company.






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.



Expert Insights Driving Interior Innovations

02 October 2009

Visteon is the latest in a list of organizations to collaborate in the design of the Velozzi AEV project.






Nanocyl Broadens Portfolio

18 September 2009




One-Piece Araldite Hockey Stick Wins Fans..

09 September 2009

The stick, using Araldite NanoTech Composite RTM system from Huntsman Advanced Materials and a design by Composite Busch SA, was used by the Swiss ice hockey team and has won widespread praise from the Russian, Austrian, Latvian and French teams.








SPE Announces Scholarship Winners

21 August 2009

Two graduate students will each receive a $2,000 USD scholarship grant from the Society of Plastics Engineers - Automotive & Composites Divisions at this year's SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE), to help underwrite research in composites for ground transportation.





DSM Composite Resins Announces Partnership with Fraunhofer ICT

07 August 2009

This partnership will allow both parties to jointly develop new composite technologies and applications in the field of automotive and advanced composites.





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.




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.


Nanoledge to Provide Composite Parts for Eco-friendly Vehicle

05 June 2009

Nanoledge has joined the Velozzi partners team to develop and provide lightweight composite materials for the development of a new hybrid vehicle.




























New SMC-BMC Plant for China’s Automotive Sector

06 October 2008

The new Menzolit compounding plant, which opened on September 16, 2008 in Shanghai, will be dedicated to production of materials for Chinese and other Asian markets.











Polytec Acquires Peguform

05 September 2008


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.










Addcomp Holland Acquires Priiex Product Lines From Solvay

17 July 2008

Addcomp has acquired the entire Priex resins business formerly developed, marketed, and manufactured by Solvay S.A. in Belgium.










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.




New Project Develops Future Generations of Plastics

22 April 2008

A multi-partner UK project, FuturePlas, is developing the next generation of innovative, sustainable self-reinforced plastics, with funding support from the Technology Strategy Board.




Lord and Wabash National Implement Adhesive Bonding in Vans

14 April 2008

Lord has signed a long-term agreement with Wabash National for the supply of Lord engineered adhesives and Lord Fusor aftermarket repair adhesives.




A New Company in Self-Reinforced Composites

08 April 2008

A new company, Rigicom Ltd, has been formed to extend hot compaction technology for the manufacture of self-reinforced composites, originally developed at the University of Leeds.












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.













Composites Europe Takes Off

19 November 2007



Mitras Automotive Inaugurates a New Plant Dedicated to Telene

30 October 2007

Mitras Automotive, one of the main SMC and GMT converters for the automotive industry has invested in the RIM process using Telene DCPD technology.







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.






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.




Two JEC Programmes Pay Tribute to Tomorrow&amp;#39;s Innovations

16 September 2007

JEC have announced a call for presentations for the 2008 User Forums and a call for candidates for the 2008 Innovation Awards Programme.


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.








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.




New Research Indicates Quickstep Automotive Parts Manufacturing Potential

23 July 2007

Quickstep Holdings has received results from research work on automotive composite crash structures which may deliver cost and safety benefits.







Consumers Must Be Convinced Nanotechnology Benefits Outweigh Risks

01 July 2007

Andrew Maynard, Chief Scientist of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has said that uncertainty will make nanotech a 'hard sell'.












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.


Velox to Distribute Nanocyl Carbon Nanotubes and Products

08 May 2007

Carbon Nanotubes company Nanocyl and specialised raw materials distribution & sales company Velox have signed an agreement for the distribution of Nanocyl’s carbon nanotubes-based products in Europe.



SPE Scholarships in Honour of Steve Loud

30 April 2007

For the first time in its 7-year history, organizers of the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) will bestow two scholarships of $2,000 USD each for graduate work in polymer composites that has impact on ground transportation.



Intertronics to Distibrute for Hunstman

30 April 2007

Specialist adhesives supplier Intertronics has agreed with Huntsman Advanced Materials that it will become a brand new distributor for the company’s Araldite range of general industrial adhesives.



























New Company Formed for Pure Thermoplastic Composite Material

19 February 2007

Royal Lankhorst Euronete has started up a new company, Lankhorst Pure Composites to develop, produce and sell Pure composite materials world wide and to offer support to customers with respect to the use of the material.






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.









New UK Project on Greener Structural Composites

08 January 2007

The UK is on its way to developing structural composite products manufactured from plant products, thanks to a new collaborative research and development project being led by NetComposites.








Teijin Twaron to Expand Capacity Again

03 December 2006

Teijin Limited and Teijin Twaron will be increasing capacity for the fourth time in the six years, the latest expansion again increasing Twaron production capacity by approximately 15%.
























Aptiform to Mould Self-Reinforced Plastics

17 September 2006

Composites Europe 2006 will see the launch of a new business, Aptiform, specifically to mould components from self-reinforced plastics, borne out of extensive development work and increasing customer demand.


Nanoledge Raise 1M Euros for a New Generation of High Performance Composites

03 September 2006

Nanoledge has raised 1,000,000 euros from financial investors who have been supporting it ever since it was formed.




Composites Company Focusing on High-Volume Automotive Production

07 August 2006

Caparo Vehicle Technologies has been formed to focus on high volume production of automotive components from advanced composites, predominantly carbon fibre.





Improved Composite Specified for Corvette

14 July 2006

Meridian Automotive Systems has expanded its use of AOC resin to sheet moulding compound (SMC) parts on the new 2006 Chevrolet Corvette, to provide the required surface finish and scrap rate for painted exterior parts.









Supreme Switches to Adhesives

04 June 2006

Supreme has started using Lord adhesives to bond composite and metal components on their range of customized vehicle bodies.







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.



New Technologies Combine to Improve SMC

21 April 2006

An OEM-led research collaboration is developing new interrelated technologies to allow SMC parts to be powder-primed whilst maintaining a Class A surface.



Saertex Group Opens a Plant in India

12 April 2006

The Saertex Group, producer of multiaxial interlaid scrim made of high-tech fibres, has opened a new plant in India.


Quickstep Acquires Specialty Boat-Builder

06 April 2006

Quickstep has entered a new manufacturing venture using its Quickstep Process, after reaching agreement to purchase the business of Flatout Boats.











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.

























US Vehicle Recycling Effort

09 December 2005











Bohannon Concepts Create Chevy&amp;#39; 55 Composite Replica

04 November 2005

Bohannon Concepts, the custom car replica company in Cookeville, US, have developed an all composite '55 Chevy S-S which is a lightweight, retro version of the original Chevy shoebox.







Asahi Glass Establishes UK Plant for Making FluonETFE

14 October 2005

Asahi Glass is to establish a plant at the Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers U.K. Ltd. site in Lancashire, UK, to manufacture fluorinated resin ETFE.



Johns Manville and COMAT win AVK-TV Industry Innovation Award 2005

07 October 2005

The AVK-TV Industry Innovation Award 2005 has been awarded to Johns Manville and COMAT for their collaborative work on developing thermoplastic tension belts for the commercial vehicle automotive industry.







Quadrant Composites Applies Thermoplastics to Chrysler Crossfire Convertible

23 September 2005

Quadrant Plastic Composite have provided a lightweight reinforced thermoplastic (LWRT) composite solution in developing a load floor/trunk separator component featured on the 2005 Crossfire roadster by DaimlerChrysler.




Carbon Fibre Gripper Systems Developed for Improved Automation

23 September 2005

SAS Automation of Ohio USA, developer of light weight Robotic-End-of-Arm-Tooling for handling plastic moulded parts, has introduced a new line of robotic gripper fingers with lighter weight carbon fibre bodies.







MSC Software and AlphaSTAR Collaborate on Simulation Improvements

16 September 2005

MSC.Software Corp. is to form an alliance partnership with AlphaSTAR Corporation (ASC) to provide comprehensive simulation capability of composites, ceramic, and metallic material systems.


PPG and INL Continue to Increase Commercial Use of Nanotechnology

16 September 2005

PPG Industries and the Idaho National Laboratory, a multi-disciplinary laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, have agreed to extend their cooperative research-and-development effort aimed at developing low-cost nanoparticles by one year.


TEC Industries Acquires Quatro Composites

16 September 2005

TEC Industries has acquired the California-based Quatro Composites to expand its carbon fibre fabrication capabilities.




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.


Global Aerial Surveillance Collaborates on Composite Airframe

09 September 2005

Global Aerial Surveillance has signed an agreement with Sparta Composites to begin working on proprietary airframe technology and design.





















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.




Saint-Gobain Extend Czech Republic Investment

15 July 2005

Saint-Gobain has launched a new glass production line in the Czech Republic for the automotive industry.




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.




Husky Introduce New Injection Moulding Technology for Large Multi-material Automotive Applications

01 July 2005

Husky Injection Moulding Systems unveiled injection moulding machinery technology that enables automotive Tier 1 and OEM customers to cost-effectively manufacture large interior and exterior plastic panels with multiple materials in one machine.


US Collaborative Nanotechnology Research Program with Indian Materials Centre

01 July 2005

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and NEI Corporation, provider of nanoengineered materials, have established a cooperative research program in nanotechnology with an Indian government research and development centre.






SMMT Supports UK Thermoset Composite Recycling Research

21 June 2005

The UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is to support a University research project into the reusability of thermoset composites in the automotive industry.









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.



DOE and USCAR to Develop High-Strength Materials in $70 Million Project

03 June 2005

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) are to collaborate in a $70 million, five year agreement to develop lightweight, high-strength materials that increase fuel efficiency through weight reduction.




Plastics Acquisition Strengthens Engineering Phenolics Market

27 May 2005

Vyncolit, producer of high performance thermosets, has been acquired by Sumitomo Bakelite, the worldwide phenolic producer.



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.
















Preview of JEC Exhibits

01 April 2005


NetComposites Showcases New Products at JEC

01 April 2005

NetComposites will be showcasing 2 new major product areas at the JEC show, in addition to its usual wide range of books, media services and consultancy work.






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.


Nanotech Leaders Collaborate to Deliver Polymer Nanocomposites for Industry

18 March 2005

Three of the Nanotech industries leading figures are collaborating to provide new coatings for the automotive, metal and plastic industries.



Lotus Engineering and Jacob Composite Pursue Composite Car Innovation

18 March 2005

British consultancy Lotus Engineering and Germany’s Jacob Composite GmbH are to develop ‘ECOLITE’, a collaborative investigation into an innovative fibre reinforced composite material that is economically viable for medium volume automotive production.












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.



Owens Corning and RheTech Sign Agreement for Making Proprietary LFTP in North America

11 February 2005

Owens Corning and RheTech, Inc., have finalised licensing terms under which RheTech will manufacture and sell in North America a proprietary long-fibre glass/polyolefin thermoplastic (LFTP).



NIAR Deploys State-of-the-Art MTS Crash Simulator

07 February 2005

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) has earlier this week installed a state-of-the-art horizontal acceleration crash simulator, located on the campus of Wichita State University in Kansas.




SGL &amp; Mitsubishi Co-operation to Produce Improved Carbon Fibre

04 February 2005

SGL Carbon and Mitsubishi Rayon Corp. of Tokyo Japan (MRC) have agreed on a strategic co-operation to improve carbon fibre.


Revocation of Agreement on Alliance of Carbon Black Business

04 February 2005

Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Chemical have agreed to revoke the agreement on Alliance of Carbon Black Business disclosed in July 2004 and to withdraw the relevant application for close examination by the Fair Trade Commission.



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.


UK Composite Consultant Reports on Indian Composites Industry

25 January 2005

Composite Centre International (CCI) recently invited David Skertchly, a UK composite technology expert, to visit India for a period of two weeks in order to provide industry workshops to the India composites community, and here also provides a report on his findings.


Fiberforge Harness Composite Technology to Produce the Genus Concept Seat

21 January 2005

Fiberforge demonstrated its materials contribution to the Genus Concept Seat at the 2005 North American International Auto Show.


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.










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.










New GBP 30 Million Composite Network Launched in UK

03 December 2004

The UK’s new GBP 30 million National Composites Network was launched in London this week by Minister Jacqui Smith.



















Cytec to Acquire Surface Specialties Business of UCB for €1.5 Billion

22 October 2004

Cytec Industries Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the Surface Specialties business of UCB Group, a leading Belgium biopharmaceutical and specialty chemical company, for cash and stock valued at €1.5 billion.


Investor Group Agrees to Purchase Amoco Fabrics and Fibers

22 October 2004

AFFC Holdings, Inc., a newly formed company sponsored by an investor group, has reached an agreement to acquire BP's Amoco Fabrics and Fibres subsidiary and its associated assets.






Ashland Introduce New Resins and Support the Buckeye Bullet Towards New Speed Record

08 October 2004

Ashland Composite Polymers, a division of Ashland Inc. demonstrated a number of new resins at booth 718, and support the first electric car towards a new land speed record.



Core Molding Technologies Acquires Assets of Auto-Aftermarket Company

08 October 2004

Core Molding Technologies, Inc. has acquired the operating assets of Keystone Restyling Products, Inc., a privately held manufacturer and distributor of fibreglass reinforced products for the automotive-aftermarket industry.











Royal Lankhorst and Milliken License PURE Composite Technology

17 September 2004

US textile manufacturer Milliken has the right to manufacture and market products based on the PURE technology throughout the world.






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.




EU Define FRP Composite Recycling Regulations

13 August 2004

The latest waste directives, defined by the EU have posed a growing challenge for the European FRP industry.












Software Offers &amp;quot;CAD for Plastics Selection&amp;quot;

21 July 2004

The partnership between Granta Design and Ides has produced the ground-breaking new CES Optimal Polymer Selector (OPS).


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).





Surface Transforms Signs Cooperative Agreement with METEK

02 July 2004

Surface Transforms plc has signed a two-year Cooperative Agreement with German automotive parts supplier METEK.








Reichhold Installs Surface Analyzer for SMC / BMC Applications

11 June 2004

Reichhold are to invest for the future in closed moulding applications with the purchase and installation of the Ondulo system from Techlab.












Hummer H2 SUT Sports Lightweight Nano-composite Material

21 May 2004

The functional 2005 Hummer H2 SUT is the latest General Motors vehicle to benefit from lightweight, high performance nanocomposite material.










Cyclics Release Thermoplastic Resin Transfer Molding Resin

22 April 2004

The Cyclics Corporation have produced low pressure castings and high fibre content thermoplastic composites through the RTM process for its CBT(R) resin one-part system.



A New Record for the JEC Composites Show

16 April 2004

The 2004 JEC composite exhibition in Paris attracted greater numbers of international visitors, with more exhibitors than expected.








Mitsui Builds New Plant

26 March 2004







Composites Recycling Technology Wins Award

19 March 2004

Dupont’s Composite Recycle Technology, and its joint programme with Denso Corp of Japan to test its viability, has won the 2004 environmental award for New Technology in Materials and Processes from the Society of Plastics Engineers' Environmental Division.












First Plastic Intake Manifold for Russian Market

19 December 2003

Plastic intake manifolds molded from Dow Automotive’s Questra crystalline polymer have been specified for use on the 1.5L and 1.6L SOHC and 1.6L DOHC Lada vehicles, manufactured in Russia by Avtovaz.

























Dow Automotive and Cyclics Sign Marketing Agreement

28 April 2003

Dow Automotive has entered into a long term agreement with Cyclics Corporation for marketing the cyclic form of polybutylene terephthalate (CBT) resins into the global automotive, bus, truck, and rail markets.





Ashland Expands AME Premium Marine Resin to Europe

15 April 2003

Ashland Specialty Chemical Company is launching its AME premium marine resin to the European market.


















Toray Profit up 75 Percent

23 February 2003





JEC Focuses On SMEs

09 February 2003



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”.













Project Takes Aim at World Speed Record

26 November 2002

Dublin-based Ashland Specialty Chemical Company and The Ohio State University (OSU) have joined forces on a project to attempt to break the world speed record for electric vehicles.






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.


New SMC products from AOC

04 October 2002



Cyclics First Commercial Plant at Basf Schwarzheide Site

03 October 2002

Cyclics will build its first commercial production plant for high performance CBT resins in Brandenburg, Germany. Cyclics Corporation will be investing 20 million euros at the location of BASF Schwarzheide GmbH, in order to build a 100,000 square foot production plant for CBT resins, with an annual capacity of 5.5 million pounds.





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.










Edge Structural Composites and D.S. Brown Partnership

23 June 2002

Edge Structural Composites. of Richmond, California has formed a strategic alliance and partnership with The D.S. Brown Company of North Baltimore, Ohio.







Peguform files for bankruptcy

07 June 2002

German plastics processor Peguform has filed an insolvency petition with the municipal court of Freiburg, Germany.



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.

























Hexcel Annual results

25 January 2002





High-Powered Nylon

10 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.



Delphi Completes Sale of Composite Spring Business

07 December 2001

In line with its on-going portfolio restructuring plan, Delphi Automotive Systems has sold its Liteflex composite spring business to newly formed Liteflex LLC, in conjunction with the National Composite Center.
























ESI Group acquires L3P

17 August 2001



































2001 SAMPE UK &amp; 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.


Cymat Development with European Automotive Supplier

23 March 2001

Cymat Corp and a European-based major Tier 1 global automotive supplier have established a co-development program to design and test an automotive component using Cymat's proprietary Stabilized Aluminum Foam (""SAF"") technology. The component will be designed to improve the crashworthiness of vehicles and is intended to form part of a future front-end bumper system for automobiles.


Visteon Engineers Outline Benefits of Thermoplastic Composites

16 March 2001

The benefits of using thermoplastic composites for automotive throttle body applications was the topic presented by several Visteon (NYSE: VC) engineers to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2001 World Congress last week.


3TEX Introduces 3Carbonbillet

09 March 2001

3TEX, Inc. a worldwide leader in developing next generation 3D preforms and composites, today announced it is introducing 3Carbonbillet. The product line includes preforms and composite billets and board stock 3D woven using the patented 3Weave process. This results in an integrated composite, which will not delaminate, allowing designers to take composites out of the mold and directly into the CNC/CAM, and tooling board arena, announced Brad Lienhart, President/CEO. 3Carbonbillet is being launched as a 3TEX commercial product line at the JEC 2001 Show on March 26 in Paris, France. The preforms and billet will be sold initially in 12"" and 18"" widths, and in 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1 and 1 1/2 inch thickness. 3Carbonbillet preforms and consolidated billets will be made from 12K and 48K carbon fiber. Consolidation of billets will be made generally with epoxy vinyl ester or epoxy modified resins in a resin infusion process. Special resins may be required for certain higher temperature tooling board applications.


Prices Increase

09 March 2001

Eastman Chemical Company announced a $0.02 per pound off-list price increase for all forms of Eastman NPG glycol in North America and Latin America, effective April 1, 2001. The company also announced a worldwide $0.045 per pound off-list price increase for Eastman purified isophthalic acid (PIA).


Venture&#39;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.


Sale of Neste Polyester to Ashland

02 March 2001

Ashland Inc. and Neste Chemicals Oy, a subsidiary of Nordkemi Group, signed a contract Feb. 23 on the sale of Neste Polyester's business and assets to Ashland Inc. The transaction, which is conditional on certain regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed within six weeks. Terms of the purchase agreement were not disclosed.


Valeo Technical Paper at SAE 2001 World Congress

02 March 2001

Valeo, a leading supplier of innovative components, systems, and modules for cars and trucks, will present 13 technical papers at the SAE 2001 World Congress March 5 through 8 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. The technologies include Novel Use of a Composite Material to Limit the Loads in Windshield Wiper Systems, which explains new technology that can yield greater reliability, wipe quality, cost improvement, and mass reduction.


Surface Finish Compression Molding

02 March 2001

ValTek, LLC, the advanced technology business unit of Advanced Accessory Systems (AAS) has been issued U.S. Patent #6,132,669 for providing a new process called surface finishing compression (SFC) molding which is capable of producing Class A surfaced parts with structural properties. Applications include large automotive, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, and off-road panel parts. Multi-layer constructions are possible and 100% recyclable. The film finish and the article are compression molded simultaneously using commercially available vertical presses. The SFC molding process does not require pre-formed film inserts and eliminates painting and all the associated environmental concerns. ValTek has produced commercial-sized parts and has a significant database in processing conditions and resulting physical properties.


Delphi intent to sell Composite Spring Business

23 February 2001

As part of a plan to rationalize facilities and exit non-strategic businesses, Delphi Automotive Systems announced today its intent to sell its Ande, France operations, as well as its global Liteflex composite spring business.


BYK Completes Acquisition of PolyAd Services

07 March 2017

BYK has completed the acquisition of the plastics additives manufacturer PolyAd Services; the acquisition was announced on 1 February 2017.