07 June 2011
07 June 2011
3M and M.C. Gill Corporation have signed a mutual commercialisation and supply agreement that allows M.C. Gill to purchase 3M Matrix Resin for use in commercial and military aerospace interior applications.
M.C.Gill product offerings are expected to improve as a result of this in terms of weight reduction and strength to weight ratios. “Early in the development of our matrix resin, we envisioned the possibilities it would unlock in the aerospace interiors market, but we had to find the right company to represent our technology in that arena,” said Vic Genco, General Manager for the 3M Engineered Products and Materials Department. “We’re thrilled about the new relationship with M.C. Gill, which has a tremendous reputation in these industries.”
“3M’s matrix resin is a game-changing technology that will make our market-leading solutions even stronger in industries that are primed for the use of high-performance composites,” said Stephen Gill, Chairman and CEO, M.C. Gill. “Our companies have a shared vision of product excellence, and together we’re bringing that vision to the aerospace market.”
“With our company’s deep experience in nanotechnology and materials science, our matrix resin is just another one of those great 3M stories,” expanded Genco. “The R&D engines have taken these base technologies – used in various divisions of 3M – and have developed a material that is finding numerous applications across multiple industries.”
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Solvay has inaugurated a new centre in Wrexham, UK, for manufacturing structural adhesives and surfacing films for the aerospace market.
The new laboratory facilities of recently founded TPAC (ThermoPlastic composites Application Centre) were opened by Anka Mulder, President of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, on 14 September.