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Norco GRP and mouldCAM Produce Challenger for RS Sailing

10 January 2012

In little over eight weeks from receiving the final CAD files from leading UKDinghy manufacturer RS sailing, Composite moulders Norco GRP and CNC specialists mouldCAM Europe have produced temperature stable direct tooling and a prototype dinghy. 


FARR 400 One Design Scoops Two Awards

10 January 2012

The FARR 400 One Design, the new, all carbon, one design racer designed by FARR Yacht Design and built by Premier Composite Technologies has scooped up two awards: the Sailing World magazine’s Boat of the Year 2012 Award and Sail Magazines Best Performance 30ft and Over Award.


TeXtreme Feature in the Dakar Rally

10 January 2012

Pewano Rally Raid team from Sweden entered the starting line at the 2012 Dakar Rally in a Volvo XC60 RR car built with TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics.


Formax Joins Technology Alliance with the UK Ministry of Defence

10 January 2012

Formax has been granted membership to the Materials and Structures Technology Science and Technology Centre (MAST STC) and, to date, they are the first multiaxial fabric manufacturer to be awarded membership.


Composites UK 12th Annual Conference Call for Papers

11 January 2012

Composites UK are calling for papers for their 12th annual conference which will be help on the 10-11th May at the Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester.


Gurit Launches New G-PET Product Range

10 January 2012

Gurit has launched a new range of G-PET structural foam targeting mainly the global wind turbine blade manufacturing and marine markets.


DSM and AkzoNobel Sign Cross-License Agreement on Cobalt-Free Composite Curing Technology

10 January 2012

DSM and AkzoNobel have signed a cross-license agreement on cobalt-free technologies for the curing of thermoset resins designed to offer the market more sustainable alternatives to the conventional, cobalt-based systems currently in use.


Huntsman Formulate De-Ddm ‘Free’ Impact Resistant Casting System

10 January 2012

Huntsman have formulated RenCast 6425A/RenCast 5425B for production of castings and for applications requiring high levels of toughness and durability.


TenCate Defender M Benefits from Permanent Waiver for Use of FR Rayon Fibres

10 January 2012

TenCate explain that the United States Congress eliminated future restrictions in the recently approved Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), for the use of FR (flame-resistant) rayon fibre by the US military.


Victrex Polymer Replaces PTFE in Electrode Insulator Connector

10 January 2012

When Escontrol, a Brazilian manufacturer of control and electronic instrumentation, needed to replace the electrode insulator connectors in its thermal equipment instrumentation for high-pressure vessels, it chose VictrexST high performance polymer to improve durability, reliability and increase the overall lifetime of the connectors.


Hexagon Composites' Intend to Move Devold AMT Production

11 January 2012

Hexagon Composites' subsidiary Devold AMT has decided to initiate a process with the employee representatives, with the intention to move the remaining production of composite reinforcements in Langevåg in Norway to the company's factory in Lithuania.
 
Hexagon say the decision is based on the deficit the business unit has had for several years. They say the company is experiencing positive growth, however the margins on the products that the company supplies have further fallen following the financial instability of the last few years. Devold AMT has therefore been compelled to adjust its cost level to the market conditions in which it operates.
 
"This is a regrettable, but necessary decision," says Kåre Dybvik, Managing Director at Devold AMT. "There will be a substantial gain from assembling all our production facilities in Lithuania and the company is reliant upon improving its margins in order to reverse the negative development."
 
According to Hexagon, the company's strategy is to be the market leader in the supply of composite reinforcements, and the move is part of positioning the company for continued growth in Europe. Further increases in production capacity in Lithuania are planned for the future. They say that by making deliveries from Lithuania, the company will come closer to its clients in the European market and improve the efficiency of the logistics.
 


PlastiComp Acquires New Facility

10 January 2012

PlastiComp is increasing investment into development of LFT (Long Fibre Thermoplastic) technology to support rapid business growth.