31 March 2008
31 March 2008
DSM Composite Resins has launched a new resin system, called Palapreg Premium, for the Class A exterior SMC-BMC applications in the automotive industry.
This new development heralds a breakthrough reduction of VOC emission, bringing total emissions of the SMC application down to around 100ppm, according VDA 278.
DSM say that, on top of the environmental advantages, the new Palapreg Premium resin also offers a complete system solution for the industry, which translates to faster dosing and shorter cycle times. In addition Palapreg Premium gives significantly improved surface quality and is fully online paintable making it ideal for large exterior body panels.
The emission reduction development program was spearheaded by the DSM Competence Center for SMC/BMC, based in Ludwigshafen.
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).