19 November 2009
19 November 2009
Camoplast is the latest company to join forces on Velozzi’s AEV, bringing its design, development and manufacturing expertise to the project.
Together with Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), Camoplast will focus on molding components from BMS polyurethane resin and fiberglass reinforcements, using Camoplast’s proprietary Long Fiber (CLF) technology.
CLF allows manufacturers to produce large parts using the long fiber injection (LFI) process in which long glass fibers are injected along with polyurethane resin in a one-step process. Camoplast will collaborate on design through production to ensure the manufacturability of the components for mass production.
Camoplast and Bayer MaterialScience have previously collaborated in the development of personal watercraft. “When it comes to breakthrough performance, collaboration is the best route,” said Robert Burkhart, vice president sales & marketing and business development, Camoplast. “What excited us about joining the Velozzi project is the opportunity to reinvent approaches to automotive parts design and production, knowing the critical role that innovative materials play in AEV development and commercialization.”
“Our collaborations with Camoplast to date have overcome a range of design and performance challenges,” said Craig Snyder, market channel representative, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “We are excited to welcome Camoplast to the Velozzi project as we work to drive innovation in the development of a new generation of super-efficient vehicles. We know firsthand that Camoplast has the tenacity, creativity and expertise to collaborate effectively and drive innovation.”
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).