16 July 2004
16 July 2004
Arkal Automotive has won a 5 million Euro, seven-year project to supply protective casing for car batteries for General Motors in Europe.
The protective casing, which is made of plastic reinforced with fibreglass, will replace similar metal-based product. The casing provides thermal protection and safety in traffic accidents.
Israel company GM-UMI Technology, a joint venture of General Motors and Universal Motors Israel (UMI), locates and invests in research and technological development in the auto industry for General Motors. GM-UMIT is helping Arkal Automative expand its business connections with General Motors.
Arkal Automotive develops, manufactures, and supplies plastic-based structural parts and systems for the auto industry in Europe and the US.
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).