21 May 2006
21 May 2006
Dow Automotive has launched Magnum Brace, a new long-glass fibre reinforced ABS product targeted for applications such as instrument panels, door modules, tailgate inner structures, air ducts and other structural parts.
Magnum Brace is a long-glass fibre reinforced concentrate which can be diluted at the injection moulding machine to the required glass content level for each application. The material is globally available and has seen its first commercial application by a major North American OEM on an air duct.
Compared to long-glass fibre reinforced polypropylene, Dow say that Magnum Brace only requires minimum glass fibre content to achieve superior mechanical performance. A consistent high stiffness over a wide temperature range enables construction of thinner-walled and reduced weight applications. Its base resin eliminates warpage and it requires no pre-treatment for further processing.
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.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s composites research and development was on display when the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) held its inaugural Open Day.