03 May 2001
03 May 2001
Recent breakthroughs in automotive and aircraft design have resulted in a string of announcements describing the successful use of synthetic parts and novel designs in applications previously considered too demanding for non-traditional materials. These new components and materials signal a sea change in the way the next generation of automobiles, trucks and aircraft will be designed and built.
Composites have become increasingly popular materials in automotive designs, comprising about 12% of a typical sedan's body weight. Recently developed composites have good stiffness-to-weight ratios that let manufacturers remove weight while offering higher stiffness, giving designers styling options not available with metal or other materials.
These new composites will allow engineering thermoplastics to compete more effectively with steel, fiberglass, SMC, and other traditional materials used in large parts. New vibration-damping metal-plastic-metal sandwich composites are growing in use, and composites are gaining ground in the engine compartment.
To take advantage of the opportunities presented by these new design initiatives, composites suppliers must be fully aware of the numerous changes affecting automotive, truck an daerospace manufacturing, and be willing to act on this information by teaming with manufacturers to develop the assembly processes and pilot programs that will be required to bring these new component designs to market.
These market forces and opportunities are highlighted in a timely and comprehensive report from Technology Assessment Associates. Transportation Markets for Composites: Emerging Opportunities contains application descriptions, market data, statistics, profiles, and forecasts designed to assist market participants in strategic marketing and business planning, and to provide readers with all of the information necessary to identify industry trends, buying criteria, market factors, and emerging opportunities.
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Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
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