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News for March 2009


New Research into Carbon Fibre Recycling at the University of Nottingham.

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The AFRECAR (Affordable Recycled Carbon Fibres) project will develop low-cost, high-strength manufacturing materials based on recycled carbon fibre.

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High-Performance Fibers Conference Set for Charleston

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This year’s High-Performance Fibers 2009 conference will be held from Nov. 17-18, 2009, at the Doubletree Guest Suites Historic Charleston Hotel. This international conference is designed for executives from leading manufacturers of high-performance fibres, such as para-aramids, high-performance polyethylenes and S2® glass, as well as end users, such as OEMs, DoD and other research labs, and composites parts manufacturers. Discussions will cover the diverse business opportunities and technical challenges that lie ahead in high-growth applications such as body and vehicular armour, high-performance rope and cordage and sporting goods, as well as in the blast-resistance, fire resistance, marine, aviation and aerospace markets. More than 100 marketing executives, business development specialists, technical directors and industry experts are expected again at this year’s event in downtown Charleston where they explored the latest market trends by application and region, as well as the most recent technical information on ballistic and high temperature fibre applications. In addition, there will be one preconference seminar the morning of Nov. 17 to focus on the latest market developments and technology, as well as numerous networking opportunities at a catered reception, roundtable luncheon, and refreshment breaks.

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Call for Candidates for the AVK Innovation Award 2009

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The AVK – Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) is now requesting nominations for this year’s annual AVK innovation awards in the categories ‘industrial applications’, ‘environment’ and ‘university research’. The objective of the innovation awards is to provide solutions to state-of-the-art technological issues by means of composites and thermosets, to highlight the achievements of our industry in the field of environmental protection and to encourage university research into composites and thermosets. Not least, it is hoped that these innovation awards will serve as a source of motivation for specialists active in these fields. The prizes will be awarded at the International AVK Conference on October 26-27, 2009, to be held in Stuttgart in conjunction with the Composites Europe Trade Fair (October 27-29, 2009).The deadline for the submission of the application papers is April 20, 2009.

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Kenway Receives 2009 Award for Technical Innovation

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The American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA) 2009 ACE Award for Technical Innovation for Corrosion Applications was awarded to Kenway for its FRP Abrasion/Corrosion Resistant Blind Flange.

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Quickstep Signs Teaming Agreement with EDAG Australia

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Quickstep has formed a key alliance to assist in targeting aerospace and defence manufacturing contracts, by signng a teaming agreement with EDAG Australia. Quickstep and EDAG will work together to pursue opportunities within the aerospace and defence industries, targeting integrated contracts including component design, production engineering and manufacturing. Managing Director of Quickstep, Mr Philippe Odouard said “teaming agreements are common within the aerospace industry, enabling consortiums to offer expanded skill sets and expertise that are not typically available within a single organisation”. Mr Thomas Beck Managing Director of EDAG Australia said “his organisation is a part of a global engineering group that boasts over 5,500 engineers with 600 aerospace engineers in locations such as Germany, France and Spain” and “the EDAG group provides expert engineering knowledge to a wide range of customers including Airbus, Boeing, Dasell, Air France and ATR.” “Offering a combination of EDAG’s internationally recognised engineering expertise alongside Quickstep’s world class manufacturing team and facilities, the Quickstep/EDAG alliance will represent a significant force when tendering for aerospace contracts,” Mr Odouard continued. Under the terms of the agreement, Quickstep will be responsible for the provision of composite production engineering and manufacturing work, and EDAG will be responsible for design, stress and analysis, test support and certification documentation of components. Philippe Odouard said he expected the EDAG agreement to be the first in a series of similar teaming agreements covering a range of disciplines, aimed at assisting Quickstep to secure defence and commercial aircraft contracts.

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Duradek & Duragrid Grating Meets UV Requirements for Pool Grates

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Strongwell’s Duradek and Duragrid pultruded fiberglass grating, including I-4000 & T-1800 which are typically used in the pool & spa market, have been tested and meet UV requirements mandated by the Virginia Graeme Baker Act (VGBA). Stork Materials Technology, an independent testing facility, tested Strongwell’s pultruded grating for tensile strength and impact strength after being subjected to ultraviolet (UV) radiation weathering. The independent testing was performed in accordance with ASTM D638 for tensile testing and ASTM D256 for Izod impact testing.

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Alcan Airex and Armacell Agree on License for Foamable PET

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Alcan Airex has reached agreement with Armacell GmbH about a license for foamable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) technologies. As part of this agreement, Armacell officially recognises the validity of the patents for foamable PET technologies owned by Alcan Airex AG. Alcan Airex AG grants a worldwide, non-exclusive and non-gratuitous license for the production and distribution of products using the patents for applications outside of packaging applications to Armacell and its subsidiaries. With the license agreement signed, both parties have agreed to withdraw all pending lawsuits between them as well as all patent infringement proceedings. Further details of the license agreement were not disclosed. “Armacell acknowledges the full validity of both patents for the foaming and the welding technology of PET owned by Alcan Airex,” said Dr. Karl Paetz-Lauter, Managing Director of Armacell International Holding GmbH. “After having evaluated various options, we have come to the conclusion that this technology is not only the most performing but also the most economic solution to produce PET foam for structural and industrial applications. Receiving a license from Alcan Airex enables us to strengthen our position as supplier of high performing PET-based core materials to our key markets.” “We are satisfied with the agreement and the fact that a leading industrial company such as Armacell fully recognises the value and validity of our intellectual property,” said Pierre Monéton, President of Alcan Composites Core Materials. “We will continue to invest in new and innovative materials and solutions for our key strategic markets. Having strong partners taking licenses will accelerate the acceptance of these new technologies and offers a broader availability of PET-based core materials to the market.”

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Bob Lacovara Leaves ACMA to Form Convergent Composites

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After 20-years as the Director of Technical Services with the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Bob Lacovara has departed the organization to form Convergent Composites. The new venture, Convergent Composites, has been set up to provide expert resources that encompass composites management, manufacturing optimization, regulatory compliance, composites education & training, and forensic services. In 1989, Lacovara merged his successful consulting practice with ACMA to form the technical services group. As the Association’s Technical Director he created the Certified Composites Technician (CCT) program, conducted foundational research on styrene emissions, developed industry educational programs, and provided technical support for regulatory initiatives. Additionally, he served as editor of the Composites Research Journal.

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Gearing Expands Capability in Thermal Conductivity Testing

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Gearing Scientific Ltd have expanded their capability in thermal conductivity testing, so that they are now able to test solid polymer, ceramic or composite samples up to a mean T of 250degC. They can also test polymers in the melt up to a mean T of 190degC or 200degC, on samples from 2mm to 25mm thickness, up to 150degC for 50mm thick samples and up to 80degC for 100mm thick ones. Gearing say that their laboratory in Ashwell is now bursting at the seams so they will be looking to move into larger premises later this year.

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Boeing and Ube Industries Agree to Collaborate on Materials R&D

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Boeing has entered into an agreement with Ube Industries, Ltd., in Japan to work together on development of new composite materials technology for aerospace applications.

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