04 December 2012
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”.
In addition, Lignoset material has a lower specific gravity which is a key competitive advantage by reducing weight. Independent testing in the USA indicates that Lignoset can replace a portion of the composite materials now used in thermoset matrices. BMC, SMC and Pultrusion have been successfully tested.
Current production is from a pilot plant in New Zealand where the technology has been developed and patented since 2005. According to Garry Haskett, CEO of LignoTech, manufacturer of Lignoset, “Now that the technical attributes are being recognized by US companies and demand for commercial trials and initial commercial product is growing, plans are underway to establish a US production and development base.” Key to this will be the construction of a manufacturing facility in the US, and the appointment of sales and marketing staff to augment the existing technical team. Details will be provided as they become available.
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.
Solvay and deBotech have announced a partnership with USA Bobsled and Skeleton (USABS), the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the US.