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A320 Sharklet EASA Certification Paves the Way for Airlines to Benefit from Significant Fuel Savings Potential

04 December 2012

Airbus has achieved on schedule certification for its new fuel-saving Sharklets for the A320 Family with CFM engines. This certification received from the European airworthiness authorities (EASA) will be followed very soon by the US FAA.


NetComposites Staff Attend House of Lords Reception

04 December 2012

Last week staff from NetComposites attended a reception at the House of Lords. The event was hosted by Lord Haskel and had been organised by the Materials KTN to showcase the work of a number of high tech companies who they had supported. This event brought together 150 representatives from industry and academia.


EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites: Call for Feasibility Study Proposals

04 December 2012

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites is offering funding for up to nine research feasibility studies in the field of Composites Manufacturing. The Centre is looking to fund TRL 1 to 3 research in the identified themes, which will aid the fundamental understanding of composites manufacturing. The feasibility studies should examine a subject area in the field, review activity in it, identify key challenges and research questions not currently being addressed and develop full proposals for funding by established routes (i.e. EPSRC, TSB, EU, Industry). Awardees are expected to attract significant new industrial support and the subsequent major award will form a strategic part of the Centre activities. Awards are limited to £50,000 at 80% FEC and up to a maximum duration of six months.


Solvay Launches Sinterline - The First Polyamide 6 Powder for Laser Sintering

04 December 2012

Solvay’s Engineering Plastics business unit announces the launch of Sinterline™ the first range of PA6 powders developed specifically for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). This additive layer manufacturing technology allows the rapid creation of complex parts.


3B - the Fibreglass Company Obtains Germanischer Lloyd Approval for SE2020 Reinforcements for Laminates Used Primarily in the Manufacture of Wind Turbine Blades

04 December 2012

3B - the fibreglass company has obtained Germanischer Lloyd (GL) approval for its newly developed SE2020 single-end rovings used mainly for the manufacturing of non-crimped fabrics used to make wind turbine blades.


LignoTech Announces More Choices In Bio-based Fillers

04 December 2012

LignoTech Developments has announced new choices in thermoset resin additives. Currently manufacturing Lignoset, a bio-based extender for thermoset resins made from dried distillery grains, the company has now announced that it is evaluating other resin fillers including soy, sugar beet and corn hulls. According to Russell Fisher, North American Technical Specialist, “This new variety of Lignoset extenders will provide composite companies several competitive choices for a green renewable solution that can lower costs”.


Gurit Honoured at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry Business Awards for Excellence

04 December 2012

Gurit, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced composite materials, is pleased to announce that its automotive business, Gurit Automotive Ltd, has been honoured with an award at the recent Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry Business Awards for Excellence. Gurit Automotive, a leading manufacturer of carbon composite body panels for the automotive industry based on the Isle of Wight, was presented with the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Employee Development Business Award. The awards were presented on Friday 23rd November, at Cowes Yacht Haven.


CDI Establishes Prepreg Technology Hub in China

04 December 2012

Century Design Inc (CDI), the leading global supplier of prepreg machines and specialist composites processing equipment, has created a hub of technical activity within the progressive Chinese market.


Seventh Edition of Feiplar Composites and Feipur International Congress Held on 6 - 8 November 2012

04 December 2012

From November 6th to 8th 2012, the seventh edition of Feiplar Composies & Feipur – International Congress and Exhibition on Composites, Polyurethane and Engineering Plastics was held in São Paulo, Brazil, at Expo Center Norte, Green Hall, with more than 280 exhibitors from 26 countries and more than 14,500 visitors.


Zoltek Companies, Inc. Reports Strong Financial Results for its Fourth Quarter - Capping a Year of Record Sales and Earnings

04 December 2012

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, ending September 30, Zoltek reported net sales of $44.2 million, compared to $43.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. Zoltek had operating income of $5.3 million for the latest quarter and net income of $4.2 million, or $0.13 per share. In the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year, Zoltek reported operating income of $1.0 million and net income of $4.6 million, or $0.14 per share, which included a foreign currency gain of $3.5 million. For the year as a whole, Zoltek’s net sales increased 22.8% – to $186.3 million in fiscal 2012 from $151.7 million in fiscal 2011. In fiscal 2012, Zoltek’s operating income was $25.6 million and net income was $22.9 million, or $0.67 per share, which compare to an operating loss of $4.7 million and a net loss of $3.6 million, or $0.10 per share, in fiscal 2011.


Airtech Advanced Materials Group Celebrates 40 Years of Worldwide Excellence and Launches New Website for 2013

04 December 2012

2013 marks Airtech Advanced Materials Group’s 40th anniversary. To commemorate this, Airtech has created a custom logo that will be featured throughout the year.