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News for September 2011


SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers Opens the new Moses Lake Plant

6th September 2011 0 comments

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (SGLACF), a joint venture of SGL Group and BMW Group has officially opened its new carbon fibre manufacturing plant in Moses Lake.

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Huntsman’s Marine Products Succeed at the Highest Level of Endurance Sport

6th September 2011 0 comments

The Huntsman Advanced Materials designer Andrej Justin and the team from Carbon Innovation Ltd who crafted the boat, less than a month after it first set sail, the ‘CODE8’, the new One Design carbon racing yacht has competed in and won the Keszthely-Kenese Regatta, a non-stop  solo sailing race across Lake Balaton in Hungary. 

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North Kiteboarding Use TeXtreme in Latest Designs

6th September 2011 0 comments

North Kiteboarding has chosen TeXtreme to reinforce their latest models of the high-performance Select and Team Series Kiteboards.

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Automated Dynamics Testing Laser-Based Heating for Fibre Placement

6th September 2011 0 comments

Automated Dynamics is testing the use of a laser-based heating method for the production of fibre placed composite materials.

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Norplex-Micarta has Released WaveMax 8000

6th September 2011 0 comments

Norplex-Micarta (NM) has introduced WaveMax 8000, a woven glass fabric combined with a high temperature static dissipative epoxy resin.

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£10 Million Invested in Low Carbon Vehicles

6th September 2011 0 comments

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Department for Business Innovation (BIS) have jointly agreed to invest £10 million in grants to sixteen collaborative research and development projects that focus on achieving significant cuts in CO2 emissions for vehicle-centric technologies in low carbon vehicles.

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UMaine Centre Gets $3M Grant for Wind Project

6th September 2011 0 comments

The University of Maine’s Advanced Engineering and Wood Composites Center has been awarded a $3 million grant to purchase equipment for its offshore wind testing facility.

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Scott Bader Exhibit Crystic Permabright at China Composites Show

6th September 2011 0 comments

Scott Bader Asia Pacific will be exhibiting their range of Crystic high performance specialty resins, gelcoats and adhesives at the 17th China Composites Show in Shanghai, this week.        

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Case Western Reserve University Researchers build Carbon Nanotube Reinforce Wind Turbine Blade

6th September 2011 0 comments

A Case Western Reserve University researcher has built a prototype blade that is substantially lighter and eight times tougher and more durable than currently used blade materials. Marcio Loos, a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, works with colleagues at Case Western Reserve, and investigators from Bayer MaterialScience, and Molded Fiber Glass comparing the properties of new materials with the current standards used in blade manufacturing. According to Case, Loos built the world’s first polyurethane blade reinforced with carbon nanotubes, ensuring the composite that was scoring best on preliminary tests could be moulded into the right shape and maintain properties. They say that using a small commercial blade as a template, Loos manufactured a 29-inch blade that is substantially lighter, more rigid and tougher. “The idea behind all this is the need to develop stronger and lighter materials which will enablemanufacturing of blades for larger rotors,” Loos said.

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Eaton Launches Composite Quick-Connect Air Brake Fittings

6th September 2011 0 comments

Eaton has launched Composite Quick-Connect (Q-CAB) Air Brakes, part of the newly developed Q-CAB 217 Series.

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