07 August 2012
07 August 2012
Element Materials Technology has acquired Materials Engineering Research Laboratory (MERL).
Element says the addition of MERL and its reputation for the evaluation, analysis and testing of polymeric materials, particularly in the oil and gas, aerospace and land transport industries further confirms its resolve to provide worldwide, industry-leading service in materials technology.
According to MERL, joining Element marks another important landmark in the success of this company and its people. As part of Element, all the resources and knowledge of MERL, its test facilities and staff are still available to existing customers. In addition, Element's network of testing laboratories and experts will also be available to customers.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.