06 October 2008
06 October 2008
DSM Composite Resins received the environment prize at the AVK innovation awards for its new resin system Palapreg Premium.
The award was presented at the AVK Conference for reinforced plastics that took place on September 22 & 23 in Essen, Germany.
DSM Composite Resins put forward Palapreg Premium - a new resin system for the Class A exterior SMC-BMC applications in the Automotive Industry - for the environment section of the innovation awards,. The product is intended to set a new industry standard, lowering total emissions of the SMC application by a factor of 10 down to around 100ppm, according to VDA 278.
This results in a resin system which DSM says offers environmental benefits, lowered manufacture costs, and vastly improved quality for the application in SMC-BMC exterior panels. Palapreg Premium also results in improved surface finish and is online-paintable.
Palapreg Premium was developed together with the support from the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, Germany and with Pergan GmbH, the peroxide company.
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).