03 August 2010
03 August 2010
Initial projections of the Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) suggest a consumption growth of at least 10%, and Polinox has announced a new capacity expansion.
“In 2010, we may observe a higher increase than that projected by ABMACO, which may even exceed 20%”, says Roberto Pontifex, director of Polinox. “Civil construction, transportation and wind energy, the three main consumers of composites in Brazil, are experiencing excellent scenarios. More than that, several projects scheduled to start in the upcoming months will help keep consumption at a high level”.
The expansion capacity of Polinox requires a new area for the storage of peroxides. Therefore, the company recently acquired 5,500 m² of land next to the factory – the works have already started and the warehouse will be ready by the end of the year. “We will operate with a more comfortable margin, with products guaranteed in stock for more than thirty days. This will provide for even more ease to our customers, especially during high demand periods such as the current one”, he says.
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.
The £50 million McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) nearing completion near Sheffield, UK, was inaugurated on 16 January.