11 July 2011
11 July 2011
Ahlstrom has taken another step in executing its growth strategy in Asia by starting production of specialty reinforcements for the wind energy market in China.
During the fourth quarter of 2011, Ahlstrom expect to start production of glass fibre reinforcements designed to strengthen wind mill blades at their Binzhou plant in the Shandong province on China's eastern coast. Ahlstrom will install multiaxial machines to its existing Binzhou site, which currently manufactures transportation filtration materials and employs 170 people.
""China has become a global power house in wind energy and through this investment we can better serve our global and local customers in the country. This gives us a good platform for further growth in the fast growing wind energy markets in China and elsewhere Asia,"" says Laura Raitio, Executive Vice President, Building and Energy.
Composite products, based on polyurethane technologies from global chemical company Huntsman, are taking centre stage at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent, Belgium.
In late November, the 14 project partners in the MoPaHyb consortium developing a modular production plant for hybrid high-performance components wrapped up their successful efforts with a two-day symposium in Pfinztal, Germany.
Alvant says its aluminium matrix composite is proven to offer significant weight and performance benefits for rotor applications found in electric motors, flywheels, fans and turbines.