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News for November 2008


LRM Launches New Sheetless Thermoforming Production

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LRM Industries has announced a new innovative production line, custom designed for the STF Sheetless ThermoForming technology, which was invented by LRM in 2007. The line produces large thermoformed parts on 3 to 5 trolleys in a circular track architecture, coating molten polymer directly onto traditional thermoforming moulds. Pre-manufactured sheets are not required with the STF Sheetless ThermoForming(TM) process, which LRM says alows significant savings in the production of large heavy-gauge parts, and very high productivity. According to LRM, thermoplastic composite thermoformed parts and structures can be also be moulded using long fibre reinforcement with this same technology. LRM is a joint venture company of NOVA Chemicals and Envirokare Tech, established to commercialize TPF ThermoPlastic Flowforming technology, a process technology for producing large, feature-rich, long-fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite parts in one fully automated moulding operation.

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Polynova Composites and Scott & Fyfe Establish License Agreement

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Polynova Composites and Scott & Fyfe have set up worldwide licensing agreement to further the development of the companies’ current and future product lines.

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American Coach Switches to Lord Engineered Adhesives

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When Mexico’s American Coach sought to replace the typical metal design of the luggage doors on their HL2 and HL models using fibre reinforced plastics (FRPs), they also had to find a better way to bond the assembly. Once they finished the new design of the luggage doors using FRP and conducted several trials with different adhesive and sealant manufacturers, the team leaders of the project, Engineering Manager Martin Amezcua and Product Engineer Jaime Cruz, contacted Lord Corporation. According to Jaime Cruz, Lord Corporation’s structural adhesives allowed American Coach to obtain a perfect appearance on the FRP with the expected strength bonding. Lord Corporation’s solution was Lord 406/19 GB – an acrylic adhesive that bonds a variety of prepared and unprepared metals and engineering plastics and FRP. In use for more than a decade, these adhesives have proven to be extremely reliable when exposed to demanding outdoor environments. “Not only were the aesthetics of the doors improved, but the use of Lord adhesives also reduced the time spent in the post finishing and weight of the parts, all contributing to a 10 percent reduction in cost,” said Cruz. According to Arnulfo Garcia, Lord Sales Representative, the use of Lord adhesives enabled the removal of unsightly screws on the outside body, resulting in a more durable and appealing coach. Another benefit is the savings in labour and material costs. Once the crews became accustomed to the adhesive bonding process, they quickly recognized its speed, which has a direct impact on their weekly production goals.

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New Carbide Drills for Carbon Fibre

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OSG has developed several new carbide drills for carbon fibre reinforced plastic. These new drills are engineered and designed per individual application and, according to OSG, utilize unique edge geometry and relief angles to maintain sharpness and prevent delamination. OSG’s patented ultra-fine diamond coating has a micro-grain structure of less than one micron, which they say makes it smoother and less prone to flaking.

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Saertex opens a factory in China

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Saertex opened its eighth location worldwide in Dongying, China, on 08 October 2008.

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Helmets Featuring Dyneema HB26 Chosen by South Korean Army

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To obtain the optimum combination of fragment-stopping performance and light weight, the Republic of Korea has selected protective helmets featuring Dyneema HB26 material for its army. According to DSM, the 24,000 helmets, manufactured by Samyang Comtech in Seoul, offer up to 20 percent weight savings compared to conventional aramid helmets, together with a higher ballistics performance when using the v50 test. This significant program is a volume milestone for Dyneema HB26 in a helmet application, and demonstrates the acceptance of the material based on its fitness for use in helmets. To support growing demand for its ballistics protection materials, as evidenced by the South Korean Army’s large order, DSM Dyneema is on plan to significantly boost capacity for Dyneema UD (unidirectional) composites used in life protection. Additional capacity in both yarn and UD (unidirectional) material has been brought on stream at its Greenville, North Carolina, facility. DSM Dyneema is on target to double global capacity for UD in 2009, as part of a USD $450 million investment announced earlier. “With additional production capacity for our industry-leading Dyneema HB26 composite coming on line, we will be even better equipped to support development and manufacturing of the best military and law enforcement protection,” said Josse Kunst, Vice President Life Protection APAC at DSM Dyneema. “

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The Composites Market in Europe

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The German Federation of Reinforced Plastics (AVK) has published its annual survey about the market coverage and developments of the fibre-reinforced plastics for 2007-2008 (“The Composites Market in Europe: Market Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities”).

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Advanced Composites Training Receives FAA Acceptance on 12 Courses

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FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) acceptance for Inspector Authorization (IA) Renewal has been awarded for 12 of Advanced Composites Training’s composites courses. ACT currently provides 12 courses in the manufacture, maintenance, structural repair, non-destructive testing and repair design engineering of composite aircraft structures. These Inspection Authorization (IA) Refresher Training Courses are approved as meeting the requirements contained in FAR 65.93(A)(4) Inspection Authorization renewal and are acceptable towards IA Renewal.

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Alcan Baltek Receives Official Recognitions in Ecuador

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Alcan Baltek Ecuador has been given the “Condecoración Rebublica del Ecuador 2008“ by the community of Quevedo. With this medal, the municipality of Quevedo officially recognized Alcan Baltek’s contributions to the economic and commercial development of the canton, province and country. “We are very proud of receiving this recognition,” said Pierre Monéton, President of Alcan Composites Core Materials. “With a longstanding presence in Ecuador, Alcan Baltek has always strived to contribute to the economic development of the country. We also want to make a difference in the social environment for our employees and the communities in which we operate.” In August of this year, the chamber of commerce of Guayaquil granted the Balmanta operations an official recognition for its 35 years of continuous contribution to the industrial development of the region. These two awards reflect the public recognition of Alcan Baltek’s commitment not only in the economic sector but also in social help and solidarity. In April of this year the Ecuadorian workforce, with financial help from other Core Materials sites, supported the flood victims in the Quevedo area with first relief in food and housing.

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New JEC Composites Hub in Asia Hailed as a Great Success

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The organiser’s forecasts for the show were greatly exceeded, with 8,325 visitors coming through the doors of JEC Asia (including an aggregate audience of 873 for the 68 conferences). The professionals from the Asia-Pacific region really made the most of the event, and Asian visitors turned up in great numbers, accounting for 82.3% of the visitors from the 58 countries that attended the event over three days. The stands of over 300 companies filled the two exhibition halls down to the last square metre. In order to accommodate all the exhibitors, JEC had to move its forums and conferences into a third hall. There were six national stands (China, France, India, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand) and 26 countries in all represented by the exhibitors, with a significant majority from Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. At the head of the representative rankings were China, Singapore, India, Japan and Taiwan. A showcase of the know-how of the Asia-Pacific region, the show was representative of the high levels of industrialisation and sophistication in the industry, and covered every sector of application: aerospace and MRO, road transport and the new generation of rolling stock, and construction (pipes, tanks and domes made of composites). The next edition of JEC Show Asia, now an annual event, will take place from October 14-16, 2009 in Singapore (SUNTEC Exhibition Centre). In the light of the success of this first Expo, the JEC Group has already reserved 11,500 m² of floor space, which is 75% up on this year (6,500 m² in 2008).

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