01 March 2004
01 March 2004
To meet growing OEM demand for their Superlite composite, Azdel is expanding its U.S.-based global supply facility in Lynchburg to add 7,000 tons to the company's current annual capacity and bring its total to more than 25,000 tons.
According to James Forden, president, Azdel, Inc., ""This investment reflects the strong interest in Azdel Superlite composite by the automotive industry and the global translatability of the application programs it's supporting. This step-increase in capacity will help further ensure product supply, as well as confirm our ongoing commitment to serve this sector.""
The composite was recently chosen by Lear Corp. for the automotive interior integration program for the Ford GT performance vehicle. Azdel Superlite was specified for the headliner, bulkhead cover, door panels, pillar trims, center console, and instrument panel. Currently in limited production, the Ford GT performance vehicle is scheduled to go into regular production in spring 2004.
Australian organisations Austrak, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have joined forces to develop polymer composite solutions for bridge transoms in a $10 million project titled Polymer Composite Transoms for Rail Bridge Deck Replacement (CompTrans).
Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance, along with more than 15 industry partners, will demonstrate the latest advancements in closed moulding and advanced processes for building real-life parts for marine, aerospace and other markets during CAMX 2018 in Dallas, Texas, US, on 16-18 October.
With its new ‘Process Live’ format, processing and manufacturing processes will become a visible focus of this year's Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November. Mechanical and plant engineering companies will get together in group exhibits to showcase their technologies in live interactions, enabling visitors to experience sub-processes in a larger context.