05 March 2004
05 March 2004
GURIT Suprem, based in Flurlingen, Switzerland, has acquired Plytron GmbH, of Markdorf, Germany.
Plytron’s complementary technology extends Gurit Suprem’s product range and strengthens its position as a specialist in unidirectional reinforced thermoplastics.
Plytron produces unidirectional (UD) PP-glass fibre/polypropylene (PP) prepreg used mainly in furniture and automotive industries. Gurit Suprem is a producer of UD reinforced thermoplastics offering tapes and profiles (SUPreMÔ) made in a proprietary impregnation technology to fulfill highly demanding or customized applications. The acquisition of Plytron extends the Gurit Suprem product range to enter high volume composite markets with a competitive and complementary manufacturing technology. Gurit Suprem strengthens its position as the specialist of UD-reinforced, thermoplastic composite materials.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.
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).