10 February 2006
10 February 2006
Nidaplast has developed two new lines of products for mass production of components - its Nidapan line, for thermowelding to a glass-fibre/PP reinforcement, and a new economical Nestaplast line.
This last line is designed for use in the bonding of facings, using both traditional techniques and cheaper ones that make use of heat-sealing films.
Marketing and Development Manager Richard Filippi said, “the composites market is using thermoplastics more and more. One example of this is the combination of polypropylene honeycomb with a reinforcement of the Twintex® type. These products are highly suitable for mass production because they are easily and rapidly processed. They already have a foothold in the automotive industry, and should find more and more applications in the building & construction, yachting, and transport sectors. These days we are designing highly specific honeycomb solutions for and with our customers.”
The two products are used, for example, in the building sector for doors, decorative panels and facade panels with metal facings (the last type of panel, which are up to 6 metres long and 0.9 metre wide, are lightweight, stiff, flat, and easily handled, and they do not warp under exposure to heat). They are also used in the marine industry for bulkheads, mostly to attenuate noise, especially from engine vibrations. http://www.nidaplast-honeycombs.com
As the rail sector looks to new technologies to enable it to answer sustainability, performance and cost challenges, applications for pultruded composites are set to grow, according to a new report from the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA). Lightweight, high performance, durable composites offer energy efficient solutions with lower environmental impact and reduced through-life costs in rolling stock and rail infrastructure.
Saertex is introducing two new products focusing on fire protection.
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.