22 November 2011
22 November 2011
Fibre-based composites are becoming increasingly important in the manufacture of automotive components. These new materials look set to continue their penetration of the automotive sector, and their large-scale use in mass-production cars, trucks and other vehicles is being widely predicted.
A new publication from Textile Media Services, Automotive Composites: From steel to carbon and from glass to grass, reviews the history and current use of composites in the automotive sector and assesses how far these materials are from being used in mass vehicle production.
Written by Adrian Wilson, this in-depth report with around 200 pages and more than 50 tables provides a sustainable roadmap for the automotive composites industry for the next decade and beyond. It includes detailed analyses of the production and markets for carbon fibres, glass fibres and natural fibres, and profiles of leading suppliers of these input materials.
Published in November 2011, the report features profiles of leading suppliers of carbon fibres, glass fibres and natural fibres, including: Toray Industries, Teijin/Toho Tenax, Mitsubishi Rayon, SGL, Hexcel, Zoltek, Owens Corning, Johns Manville, 3B, PPG and AGY.
The report can be purchased from NetComposites here - http://www.netcomposites.com/netcommerce_features.asp?1822
Automotive Composites: From steel to carbon and from glass to grass
Publication date: November 2011
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).