08 December 2009
08 December 2009
Following their announcement earlier in the year, Rio Tinto has now completed the sale of Alcan Composites to Schweiter Technologies for a fee of around US$349 million.
Alcan Composites has built its reputation on providing core materials for sandwich constructions, particularly in the wind energy industry. Its best-known brands are Airex, Alucobond Baltek, Dibond, Forex, Gator, Kapa and Sintra.
Rio Tinto is primarily a specialists in mining and the exploration of metals and minerals. The sale of Alcan Composites is part of a series of divestments in 2009, which total US$5.2 billion of agreed asset sales.
Sumitomo Chemical reports that its polyethersulfone (PES) micro-powder additive SumikaExcel 5003P boosts fracture toughness and resistance to micro-cracking for fibre reinforced epoxy composites over a broad temperature range without negatively impacting dimensional stability, flame/smoke/toxicity (FST), creep resistance, modulus, impact, or yield strength.
Renault, Webasto, ARRK-Shapers and Polyscope Polymers won the People’s Choice award for the most innovative composite part at the 18th annual Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).
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.