05 June 2009
05 June 2009
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) this month released its 2008 Composites Industry Report, which provides the latest statistics on the U.S. composites industry, including end market uses.
The 2008 Composites Industry Report highlights the total impact of composites production and also provides data on fibreglass thermoset composites shipments by year, market and end-use applications. Additionally, it highlights sales of composites for markets such as construction, marine, and transportation and the use of composites in windmill blades and sports equipment.
The sister ship of the renowned passenger ferry Vision of the Fjords takes sustainability one step further. A catamaran constructed from carbon fibre composite that runs entirely on batteries, Future of the Fjords will offer sightseeing with a minimum of environmental impact.
Toho Tenax is introducing a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant prepreg that incorporates carbon fibre developed for aerospace applications and carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.