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Composites Innovation 2018
Aliancys Helps Nuna9 to Victory in World Solar Challenge

Aliancys Helps Nuna9 to Victory in World Solar Challenge

17 October 2017

The Nuna9 solar car has won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2017, as a partner to the Nuon Solar Team, Aliancys supplied its styrene-f...


Gurit Wins Car Body Panel Contract

17 October 2017

Gurit has won a contract for the production and supply of carbon fibre-based exterior car body panels from an Italian premium automotive OEM.


Magna Contributes to Autonomous Driving Technology Project

17 October 2017

BMW, Intel and Mobileye are developing a self-driving vehicle platform for application by 2021, Magna joins the initiative as a Tier 1 technology integrator and will help automakers industrialise and customise the domain controller designed by the three core partners.


Michelman Presents Sizing Solutions for Carbon Fibre

10 October 2017

Michelman will feature a number of new and improved Hydrosize fibre sizing solutions formulated for use with carbon fibre at GoCarbonFibre 2017 on 10-12 October in Munich, Germany.


Agenda for JEC Automotive Forums Published

10 October 2017

JEC Group is returning to Knoxville, Tennessee, US, for the second year in a row for JEC Automotive Forums, an international conference focusing on the use of composite materials in the automotive industry.


Teijin Supports World Solar Challenge Teams

03 October 2017

Teijin Aramid has announced that its para-aramid fibre Twaron will be deployed in the solar-powered vehicles of the KU Leuven and University of Michigan teams taking part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.


Biesterfeld Plastic Presents E-Mobility Portfolio

03 October 2017

Biesterfeld Plastic will be presenting its products for the e-mobility market at this year’s Fakuma exhibition on 17-21 October.


Magna Partners with StartUs Insights

03 October 2017

Magna has announced a partnership with StartUs Insights with the aim of creating deeper connections with the start-up community in Europe.


Motorcycle Footrest Bracket Created with Hexcel Carbon Technologies

Motorcycle Footrest Bracket Created with Hexcel Carbon Technologies

26 September 2017

Hexcel’s HexMC-i moulding compound and HexPly carbon fibre prepregs have been selected for a high-rate manufacturing process demonstrator pr...


Composites Europe 2017 Increases International Reach

Composites Europe 2017 Increases International Reach

26 September 2017

This year’s Composites Europe trade fair held on 19-21 September in Stuttgart, Germany, attracted a total of 406 exhibitors from 28 countrie...


Epm Technology Acquired by AS.G

26 September 2017

epm technology has been acquired by AS.G (Aero Services Global) as part of a multi-million pound buy and build strategy to service high growth engineering sectors in the aerospace, defence and automotive industries.


Hexcel Launches £7.4m MAXIM Project on Aerospace Fabrics

Hexcel Launches £7.4m MAXIM Project on Aerospace Fabrics

19 September 2017

Hexcel reports that it will be launching a new UK government-backed £7.4 million research and development project Multi Axial Infused Materi...


Composites Europe 2017: Tapping Into New Market Potential

Composites Europe 2017: Tapping Into New Market Potential

19 September 2017

Composites Europe will be inviting designers, engineers, technicians, converters and buyers from the composites industry, as well as the app...


Kordsa Supports Turkish Electric Vehicle Team

Kordsa Supports Turkish Electric Vehicle Team

19 September 2017

Kordsa provided composite materials support to the Kocaeli University Türk Mekatronik Team, winner of the Design Category at the TÜBİTAK Eff...


LANXESS Focuses On Mobility

19 September 2017

LANXESS will focus on the sustainable in-vehicle applications of its thermoplastics during the Fakuma trade fair.


BASF Introduces CONTOURA Prepreg

12 September 2017

BASF is launching the CONTOURA prepreg range, which combines Acrodur resins with a variety of natural, recycled or synthetic fibres to produce a prepreg suitable for use in the automotive, RV, and home and office furnishing industries.


DSM Tests Hydrogen Storage Tank Concept

DSM Tests Hydrogen Storage Tank Concept

05 September 2017

DSM is introducing a materials solution for high-pressure composite tanks for use in hydrogen storage.


Western Sydney University Unveils Solar Car

Western Sydney University Unveils Solar Car

05 September 2017

Western Sydney University has unveiled its new solar car, which will compete at the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October.


AMRC Installs High Pressure Press to Aid Lightweighting Project

AMRC Installs High Pressure Press to Aid Lightweighting Project

29 August 2017

The Composite Centre at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), UK, is installing a high pressure press a...


Porsche Offers Carbon Wheel Option on 911 Turbo S Model

Porsche Offers Carbon Wheel Option on 911 Turbo S Model

29 August 2017

Porsche is offering lightweight carbon fibre composite wheels as an option for the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.


Tepex Thermoplastic Employed in Off-road Vehicle Interior

Tepex Thermoplastic Employed in Off-road Vehicle Interior

29 August 2017

Tepex dynalite thermoplastic composite is being employed in the backseat system of a European automotive manufacturer's off-road vehicle.


Bad Wolf Scuff Provides Enhanced Performance

Bad Wolf Scuff Provides Enhanced Performance

29 August 2017

Responding to the trucking industry's need for a better recycled scuff liner material, US Liner is introducing Bad Wolf Scuff, a glass fibre...


Neuvokas Raises Rebar Production Speed

Neuvokas Raises Rebar Production Speed

22 August 2017

Neuvokas reports that it has achieved a process speed of 150 ft/min (45.72 m/min) for its continuous fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar pr...


Sonnenwagen Team Presents Solar-Powered Car

Sonnenwagen Team Presents Solar-Powered Car

22 August 2017

Covestro is supporting students at RWTH Aachen University and Aachen University of Applied Sciences in the development of a solar-powered el...


Dow Automotive Systems Honoured by Honda

22 August 2017

Dow Automotive Systems recently received top supplier recognition from Honda R&D Americas and Honda Brazil.


Hexagon Delivers Hydrogen Cylinders for Toyota Fuel Cell Truck Project

Hexagon Delivers Hydrogen Cylinders for Toyota Fuel Cell Truck Project

08 August 2017

Hexagon Lincoln has completed the development and initial deliveries of storage tanks for a Toyota heavy-duty fuel cell truck proof-of-conce...


Winners of Automotive Lightweighting Awards Unveiled

Winners of Automotive Lightweighting Awards Unveiled

08 August 2017

Altair and the Centre for Automotive Research (CAR) have announced the winners of the 5th annual Altair Enlighten Award, which strives to pr...


Aliancys Styrene-Free Resins Employed in Nuna9 Solar Vehicle

Aliancys Styrene-Free Resins Employed in Nuna9 Solar Vehicle

08 August 2017

The Nuon Solar Team has unveiled Nuna9, the car that will compete in the World Solar Challenge in October, Nuna9 has been manufactured using...


RAMPF Aids Aria with 'Fast Eddy' Concept Car

RAMPF Aids Aria with 'Fast Eddy' Concept Car

01 August 2017

The Aria Group has used RAMPF’s RAKU-TOOL Close Contour Paste CP-6070 / 6072 to produce its concept car Fast Eddy.


US Liner Introduces Translucent Roof Materials for Dry Vans

US Liner Introduces Translucent Roof Materials for Dry Vans

01 August 2017

US Liner has developed a translucent roof option for dry vans based on a new composite material. BXR Series T-Roof panels establish new benc...


Microcab Partners in €12.3m Circular Economy Project

01 August 2017

Microcab has announced its involvement in the new pan-European project ECOBULK – Circular Process for Eco-Designed Bulky Products and Internal Car Parts.


Western Sydney University Confident in New Solar Car

25 July 2017

The Western Sydney University Solar Car Team has released a trailer video for its new solar-powered vehicle that will compete in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia this October.


Magna to Contract Manufacture Jaguar E-PACE

Magna to Contract Manufacture Jaguar E-PACE

18 July 2017

Magna will build Jaguar Land Rover's E-PACE compact SUV at its contract vehicle manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria.


LANXESS Develops PBT Compound for Electric Car Battery Components

LANXESS Develops PBT Compound for Electric Car Battery Components

18 July 2017

In a collaboration with HELLA, LANXESS has developed a thermoplastic compound for the manufacture of flame-retardant housing components for ...


Teijin’s Materials Support Kogakuin University Solar Vehicle

Teijin’s Materials Support Kogakuin University Solar Vehicle

04 July 2017

Teijin's high-performance materials will be adopted in the carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) vehicle developed by the Kogakuin Universi...


Scott Bader Adds Shorter Fixture Time Adhesives to Crestomer Range

Scott Bader Adds Shorter Fixture Time Adhesives to Crestomer Range

04 July 2017

Scott Bader has added two new Crestomer grades to its structural adhesives range, which are primarily aimed at structurally bonding smaller ...


Carbodeon Nickel-PTFE-Nanodiamond Coatings Offer Improved Abrasive Wear Resistance

Carbodeon Nickel-PTFE-Nanodiamond Coatings Offer Improved Abrasive Wear Resistance

04 July 2017

Carbodeon of Finland has worked with metal finishing specialist CCT Plating of Germany, to develop a new electroless nickel, PTFE and nanodi...


Covestro and Sonnenwagen Aachen Team Up for World Solar Challenge

Covestro and Sonnenwagen Aachen Team Up for World Solar Challenge

20 June 2017

A group of students at RWTH Aachen University and Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany, have developed a solar-powered electric ca...


CCG Designs Lightweight Tank for Fire Truck

CCG Designs Lightweight Tank for Fire Truck

20 June 2017

Composites Consulting Group (CCG) has designed a lightweight composite tank for an Australian off-road fire truck.


Front Air Inlet Benefits from Additive Manufacturing

Front Air Inlet Benefits from Additive Manufacturing

06 June 2017

CRP Technology has developed a new front air inlet for a Moto3 racing customer using WINDFORM materials and ...


Gurit Wins Body Panel Contract from Italian Car Maker

06 June 2017

Gurit has won a new contract for the production and supply of carbon fibre exterior body panels to an Italian premium automotive OEM.


Chomarat Sponsors Carbon Multiaxials Project

06 June 2017

Chomarat is sponsoring a €4 million project dedicated to developing high performance multiaxial carbon fibre fabrics for aerospace and automotive applications.


Hexagon Raufoss Supports Indonesia's CNG Conversion

Hexagon Raufoss Supports Indonesia's CNG Conversion

23 May 2017

Hexagon Raufoss has received orders from PT Autogas, Indonesia, for compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders to enable the conversion of 5000 ...


TU/ecomotive Unveils Bio-Composite Car

TU/ecomotive Unveils Bio-Composite Car

23 May 2017

TU/ecomotive, an Eindhoven University of Technology team focused on developing innovative, electric city cars, has unveiled its latest conce...


Faurecia to Develop Electric Vehicle Hydrogen Tanks

Faurecia to Develop Electric Vehicle Hydrogen Tanks

23 May 2017

Faurecia reports it is now able to design, industrialise and commercialise high pressure hydrogen tanks made of carbon fibre composites for ...


Eastman Unveils Engineering Bioplastic

Eastman Unveils Engineering Bioplastic

16 May 2017

Eastman Chemical Company is introducing TRĒVA, a versatile, cellulose-based thermoplastic said to combine high performance with sustainabili...


Williams Grand Prix Engineering Chief Composite Engineer Confirmed for Multicomp Conference Panel

Williams Grand Prix Engineering Chief Composite Engineer Confirmed for Multicomp Conference Panel

16 May 2017

Brian O’Rourke, Chief Composites Engineer at Williams Grand Prix Engineering, has been confirmed as a panel member for Multicomp 2017, takin...


SABIC and Airborne Join Forces to Develop Automated Composites Processes

SABIC and Airborne Join Forces to Develop Automated Composites Processes

09 May 2017

SABIC has invested in Airborne International, joining a growth financing round by existing shareholders that will contribute to Airborne’s f...


Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub launched

Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub launched

09 May 2017

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub has held a launch event in Notti...


LANXESS Invests in Lillo-Antwerp Production Site

LANXESS Invests in Lillo-Antwerp Production Site

02 May 2017

LANXESS has announced plans to further strengthen its integrated production complex for polyamide and precur...


Rockman Industries Targets US and European Growth

02 May 2017

Rockman Industries has opened a UK office for its subsidiary Moldex Composites.


Tenax Carbon Part in Porsche GT3 Cup II

Tenax Carbon Part in Porsche GT3 Cup II

18 April 2017

Toho Tenax Europe has manufactured the assembly carrier for the Porsche GT3 Cup II.


Diab Divinycell Provides Innovation for Formula Student

Diab Divinycell Provides Innovation for Formula Student

18 April 2017

To design aerodynamic elements for their single-seater, the UVigo team of engineering students chose low density foam Divinycell H45.


Hexcel Wins Contract to Supply Carbon NCF to Mubea Carbo Tech for New Supercar

11 April 2017

Hexcel has been awarded a first time contract by Mubea, a key Tier 1 in the automotive industry with a dedicated division for the manufacture of composite parts.


New Clearcoat With Biobased Hardener for Automotive Manufacturing

New Clearcoat With Biobased Hardener for Automotive Manufacturing

04 April 2017

A project team consisting of employees of Audi, BASF´s Coatings division and Covestro has now passed a new milestone: for the first time, a ...


Huntsman Advanced Materials Reveals Future of Composites in Automotive Industry

04 April 2017

Huntsman Advanced Materials (Huntsman) is releasing the results of its latest comprehensive survey into the use of composites in the automotive industry, which gauges customer needs and attitudes towards light weighting materials and technologies.


New Application for Tepex from LANXESS in Large Series Production

04 April 2017

Increasing numbers of automotive manufacturers are using Tepex continuous-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite semi-finished products from LANXESS for the lightweight design of parts in large series production.


Dow Automotive Systems Introduces VORAFUSE Epoxy Intermediates for Structural Composites

Dow Automotive Systems Introduces VORAFUSE Epoxy Intermediates for Structural Composites

28 March 2017

To support the growing demand of the automotive industry of lightweight materials that can be processed on commercially reasonable scope, Do...


LANXESS Invests EUR 100 Million

21 March 2017

LANXESS continues to target growth and, during the next three years, its Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit will be investing some EUR 100 million in expanding production facilities for chemical intermediates.


c-m-p on Course for Further Expansion

21 March 2017

c-m-p is expanding its production facilities in Heinsberg-Oberbruch, Germany.


METYX Composites Signs Exclusive Distributor Agreement for UK with GRP Solutions

METYX Composites Signs Exclusive Distributor Agreement for UK with GRP Solutions

14 March 2017

METYX Composites has extended its global distributor network, appointing GRP Solutions as its exclusive distributor for the UK.  


R-TECH Materials Invests in Zwick’s Latest Composites Testing Technology

R-TECH Materials Invests in Zwick’s Latest Composites Testing Technology

14 March 2017

R-TECH Materials’ polymer and composites testing laboratory has invested in a Zwick 250kN universal testing machine, the first of its kind i...


Chem-Trend Launches New Labeling System to Streamline Product Usage Globally

Chem-Trend Launches New Labeling System to Streamline Product Usage Globally

14 March 2017

Chem-Trend has launched a new labeling system designed to simplify selection for multiple product application processes worldwide; currently...


TPRC Successfully Finalises Overmoulding Project With Aerospace and Automotive Partners

TPRC Successfully Finalises Overmoulding Project With Aerospace and Automotive Partners

14 March 2017

The ThermoPlastic Composites Research Centre (TPRC) has successfully closed a two year collaborative project on the overmoulding of thermopl...


Teijin Exhibits High Performance Products at JEC World 2017

14 March 2017

The Teijin Group will showcase a wide range of high-performance composite products at JEC World 2017.


Porcher Industries Writes Next Chapter in History With Massive Growth and Investment Plans Worth €50+M for 2017

Porcher Industries Writes Next Chapter in History With Massive Growth and Investment Plans Worth €50+M for 2017

07 March 2017

Porcher Industries will implement a multi-million Euro growth and restructuring phase as the company moves into 2017.


NetComposites Enterprise’s Consultancy Services Extend Their Design and Structural Analysis Capabilities

NetComposites Enterprise’s Consultancy Services Extend Their Design and Structural Analysis Capabilities

07 March 2017

Following a successful year for NetComposites Enterprise’s Consultancy services, it has extended its design and structural analysis capabili...


Evonik and Forward Engineering Establish Joint Venture VESTARO

07 March 2017

Evonik Industries and Forward Engineering have established the joint venture VESTARO.


A. Schulman Introduces New High-strength Composite Material at JEC 2017

07 March 2017

A. Schulman will present its range of Engineered Composites and Powders for Thermoplastic Composites at JEC World 2017.


Covestro Present Composites for Cost-effective Lightweight Construction at JEC World

Covestro Present Composites for Cost-effective Lightweight Construction at JEC World

07 March 2017

Covestro will present material solutions and technologies for the automotive, electronics and construction sectors and for the generation of...


Bond-Laminates Focus on Hybrid Moulding Plus IMD Technology at JEC World

07 March 2017

Bond-Laminates will be making hybrid moulding plus IMD (In-Mould Decoration) technology at JEC World 2017.


Carbon/Flax Hybrid Automotive Door on Display at JEC World Featuring Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax

Carbon/Flax Hybrid Automotive Door on Display at JEC World Featuring Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax

07 March 2017

A door for a hydrogen powered car, constructed using Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax, will be on display in the Auto Planet at JEC World,...


Covestro Presents Composites for Cost-effective Lightweight Construction at JEC World

Covestro Presents Composites for Cost-effective Lightweight Construction at JEC World

07 March 2017

Covestro will present material solutions and technologies for the automotive, electronics and construction sectors and for the generation of...


CRP Technology Showcases Additive Manufacturing with Windform Materials at JEC World

CRP Technology Showcases Additive Manufacturing with Windform Materials at JEC World

07 March 2017

CRP Technology will showcase its latest innovations in the field of additive manufacturing with Windform high performance materials.


Dow Presents Innovative VORAFUSE Epoxy Intermediates for Mass Production in Passenger Vehicles at JEC Paris 2017

Dow Presents Innovative VORAFUSE Epoxy Intermediates for Mass Production in Passenger Vehicles at JEC Paris 2017

07 March 2017

Dow Automotive will present its latest innovation in composite solutions, VORAFUSE epoxy intermediates at JEC 2017.


Granta Presents Latest Composite Information Management Software and Support for Simulation at JEC World

07 March 2017

Granta Design will present its latest software technology, solutions for managing composite data, support for composite simulation, and tools to aid the qualification and specification of composites, at JEC World 2017 in Paris.


Hexcel Promotes its Cross Sector Innovations at JEC World

07 March 2017

Hexcel will be promoting a number of composite innovations for aerospace, wind energy, automotive and recreation industries at JEC World 2017.


JEC Group Puts Entrepreneurship on the Front Scene With ‘Startup Booster’

07 March 2017

JEC Group launches ‘Startup Booster’, a program meant to support and accompany innovations and entrepreneurship in composites (aeronautics, automotive, construction, medical, design, sports and leisure, etc.), a dynamic and growing market that is expected to reach $ 90 billion (in value) by 2020.


L&L Showcases Structural Adhesive A-K083 - Supplied to Automotive Composites Customer - at JEC World

L&L Showcases Structural Adhesive A-K083 - Supplied to Automotive Composites Customer - at JEC World

07 March 2017

L&L Products has joined a top composite customer to work together on a solution to bond a rear spoiler made from carbon fibre reinforced...


METYX Composites Showcases New High Performance RTM Fabric and Carbon Woven Technical Textiles at JEC World

METYX Composites Showcases New High Performance RTM Fabric and Carbon Woven Technical Textiles at JEC World

07 March 2017

METYX Composites will showcase its latest high performance Eglass, aramid and carbon fibre technical textile products in its range of RTM, m...


NetComposites Enterprise Shows 5 New Automotive and Rail Materials at JEC World 2017

NetComposites Enterprise Shows 5 New Automotive and Rail Materials at JEC World 2017

07 March 2017

NetComposites Enterprise will be displaying 5 unique, specialist composites for automotive and rail applications, offering weight savings an...


North Thin Ply Technology Showcases Unique Technologies for Performance Sports at JEC World

North Thin Ply Technology Showcases Unique Technologies for Performance Sports at JEC World

07 March 2017

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) will showcase its range of Thin Ply Prepregs, processing technologies and products for performance sports a...


Sicomin Secures Significant Bio Resin Contract With Cobra International and Launches InfuGreen 810 Infusion System at JEC World

Sicomin Secures Significant Bio Resin Contract With Cobra International and Launches InfuGreen 810 Infusion System at JEC World

07 March 2017

Following the launch of Sicomin’s bio resin range, the company says it has firmly established itself as the leading formulator and supplier ...


Solvay Showcases Lightweighting Composite Solutions and Additive Manufacturing Technology for Challenging Aerospace and Automotive Applications at JEC World

07 March 2017

Solvay will present its technologically advanced lightweighting material solutions for the manufacture of cost-efficient and high-performance structures for aerospace, automotive, mass transportation, oil & gas, and other demanding industrial end-use applications at JEC World 2017.


Cygnet Texkimp Develops Sub-10gsm Reverse Roll Coater

Cygnet Texkimp Develops Sub-10gsm Reverse Roll Coater

28 February 2017

Composites technology company Cygnet Texkimp has revealed it is developing a high-tolerance reverse roll coating machine to create sub-10gsm...


Vision Systems Opens a Trade Office in Dubai

28 February 2017

French system supplier, Vision Systems has further expanded its international presence through a new strategic location, Dubai, to facilitate trade development opportunities in the Middle East, in all of Vision Systems’ market segments: aeronautics, land transport, railway and marine.


Program and Keynoter Announced for the North American Pultrusion Conference

28 February 2017

Nearly 100 composites manufacturing industry professionals will assemble in Atlanta, Georgia, US, on 4-5 April 2017, for the North American Pultrusion Conference, produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA).


LANXESS Adjusts Prices for Engineering Plastics

28 February 2017

LANXESS further increases the prices for its Durethan (PA 6, PA 6.6) compounds in Europe, Middle East and Africa with effect from 1 March 2017.


CIKONI Develops Lightweight CRP Shelves for the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

CIKONI Develops Lightweight CRP Shelves for the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

21 February 2017

The Development  Agency for Lightweighting Baden-Württemberg is presenting its latest innovation as its ThinKing for February 2017.


Nanofibre Strengthening in Hot Demand

21 February 2017

A New Zealand company is increasing its production output to meet growing world-wide demand for a nanofibre strengthening product used in everything from Formula One race cars and fishing rods through to the aerospace industry.


ELG Carbon Fibre and Adesso Advanced Materials Cooperate on Recycled Carbon Fibre for Automotive Applications

ELG Carbon Fibre and Adesso Advanced Materials Cooperate on Recycled Carbon Fibre for Automotive Applications

14 February 2017

ELG Carbon Fibre and Adesso Advanced Materials Wuhu (Wuhu, China) have concluded a MOU regarding cooperation to develop lightweight composit...


Mikrosam Leads The Industry with New Integrated Robotic Cell and Prepreg Layup for High-performance Production of Structural Composite Parts

Mikrosam Leads The Industry with New Integrated Robotic Cell and Prepreg Layup for High-performance Production of Structural Composite Parts

14 February 2017

Mikrosam is launching an innovative machine that integrates AFP head for thermoset and ATL head for thermoplastic prepreg laying into a sing...


Semi Automated Paint Lines Extend Finishing Capabilities

Semi Automated Paint Lines Extend Finishing Capabilities

14 February 2017

To support the growing demand for its full paint solutions, a £1.5m investment plan has been put into place to increase capacity and broaden...


Queen’s Expert Leads International Study to Improve Safety of Carbon Fibre Aircraft and Vehicles

Queen’s Expert Leads International Study to Improve Safety of Carbon Fibre Aircraft and Vehicles

07 February 2017

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has developed state-of-the-art simulation tools which will help to improve the safety of the...


AMRC Composite Centre Wins Funding to Help Keep UK at Forefront of Automotive Innovation

AMRC Composite Centre Wins Funding to Help Keep UK at Forefront of Automotive Innovation

31 January 2017

The Composite Centre of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, UK, has won £360,000 in fundi...


Scott Bader Expands Production Capacity for Crestabond MMA Structural Adhesives Range

Scott Bader Expands Production Capacity for Crestabond MMA Structural Adhesives Range

31 January 2017

Scott Bader has made a further capital investment to expand production capacity for its range of Crestabond primer-less methyl methacrylate ...


LANXESS Adjusts Prices for PA and PBT Compounds

31 January 2017

LANXESS has announced adapted prices for its Durethan and Pocan compounds in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA region) with effect from 1  February 2017, a measure resulting from the increasing pressure on the raw material cost base.


Aliancys and GSI Discuss Design in SMC Converting New Ideas Into Real Parts

Aliancys and GSI Discuss Design in SMC Converting New Ideas Into Real Parts

24 January 2017

SMC lightweight composite materials are being used in many applications, as they can be easily moulded into unique shapes and have a capabil...


New Technology for Mass-production of Complex Moulded Composite Components

New Technology for Mass-production of Complex Moulded Composite Components

24 January 2017

Evonik’s newly developed PulPress method is ensuring manufacturers can mass-produce complex moulded parts at a reasonable price, taking the ...


Tech Start-up Combines Bionic Design With High Tech Materials for Future Logistics

Tech Start-up Combines Bionic Design With High Tech Materials for Future Logistics

17 January 2017

The Vision Van of Mercedes-Benz Vans that was recently revealed at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016 and at CES Las Vegas combines groundbrea...


KraussMaffei with New Agency KSF in Iran

KraussMaffei with New Agency KSF in Iran

17 January 2017

KraussMaffei has a new agency in Iran and thus wants to further strengthen its market position in injection moulding and reaction process ma...


Motorcycle Enthusiast to Tackle World's Toughest Rally With Help from Composites Manufacturer Attwater

Motorcycle Enthusiast to Tackle World's Toughest Rally With Help from Composites Manufacturer Attwater

17 January 2017

A British motorcycle enthusiast has completed the Dakar Rally 2017 after a Preston,UK, company helped by supplying components for the new po...


Surface Generation Embarks Upon Thermoplastic Overmoulding Project

17 January 2017

Surface Generation, a provider of advanced carbon fibre processing technologies, has started work on an 18-month research and development project to produce affordable lightweight carbon fibre components for the automotive industry.


Teijin Completes Acquisition of Continental Structural Plastics

Teijin Completes Acquisition of Continental Structural Plastics

10 January 2017

Teijin has completed the acquisition of all the shares of Continental Structural Plastics Holdings Corporation (CSP), a global leader in aut...


Norco Installs Temperature Controlled Room

Norco Installs Temperature Controlled Room

03 January 2017

Norco Holdings has installed a new environmentally controlled room at its Aerospace facility, opening up new opportunities for product manuf...


Radicigroup Receive Award from Top Fuel Filter Producer in Latin America

03 January 2017

Radici Plastics has received the ‘Destaque de Qualidade’ award which is sponsored by Tecfil, a customer and car filter production market leader in Latin America.


Robust, Non-rotating Internal Spring Suspensions for a Broad Range of Automation Industries

Robust, Non-rotating Internal Spring Suspensions for a Broad Range of Automation Industries

20 December 2016

FIPA has released a robust new series of non-rotating internal spring suspensions, designed to compensate for height and level differences i...


VELOX Sets Innovation in the Service of Weight Reduction, Productivity and Recyclability

VELOX Sets Innovation in the Service of Weight Reduction, Productivity and Recyclability

13 December 2016

VELOX organised its first technical forum at the CEMCAT in Laval, France, on Thursday 24 November 2016, in partnership with the companies Sa...


Dassault Systèmes Enriches Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

13 December 2016

Dassault Systèmes has signed a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire Next Limit Dynamics, a leader in highly dynamic fluid flow simulation used in aerospace and defence, transportation and mobility, high-tech, energy and other industries.  


The Radicigroup ‘Team’ Visits Nissan

The Radicigroup ‘Team’ Visits Nissan

06 December 2016

RadiciGroup's integrated offer for the automotive sector presented to the technicians of Nissan Technical Centre Europe.


Solvay ‘Materials Supplier for Aftermarket’ Category Winner at 46th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards

Solvay ‘Materials Supplier for Aftermarket’ Category Winner at 46th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards

15 November 2016

Solvay is the materials supplier named on an SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition winner in the Aftermarket Category.


Cranfield University Purchase Fontijne Grotnes Composite Curing Press

Cranfield University Purchase Fontijne Grotnes Composite Curing Press

15 November 2016

Cranfield University has invested in a Fontijne Grotnes composite hydraulically operated curing press.


Betaforce Composite Bonding Adhesives for Mass Production Named to the 2016 R&D 100 List

15 November 2016

BETAFORCE composite bonding adhesives from Dow Automotive Systems have been named to the 2016 R&D 100 list of most significant technology innovations of the year.


Sigmatex Launches Recycled Composite Material

Sigmatex Launches Recycled Composite Material

08 November 2016

Sigmatex has developed a new carbon fibre composite material within its sigmaRF product range.


Vaupell SB Aero Joins TPRC as New Tier 1 Member

Vaupell SB Aero Joins TPRC as New Tier 1 Member

08 November 2016

As of 1 November 2016, Vaupell SB Aero has joined the ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) as a Tier 1 member.


Tesla and SolarCity Launch of Multiple Styled Solar Roof Tiles

Tesla and SolarCity Launch of Multiple Styled Solar Roof Tiles

08 November 2016

Sven Lindström, CEO of solar tech company Midsummer, says that he finds Tesla’s and SolarCity’s launch of multiple styled solar roof tiles r...


DuPont is Giving Shape to Smart Ideas as Evident in New Daimler NAG3 Production-Ready Oil Pan

DuPont is Giving Shape to Smart Ideas as Evident in New Daimler NAG3 Production-Ready Oil Pan

08 November 2016

DuPont has collaborated with IBS Filtran to optimise production and processing of Daimler car oil pans in nine speed automatic transmission....


Polymat FR Offers Significantly Higher Mechanical Properties

08 November 2016

Polymat FR, an innovative 3D reinforcement textile, has been developed by Scott & Fyfe specifically for high performance composite applications where strength, weight reduction and fire performance are critical parameters – for example, in the transportation, construction and marine sectors.


LANXESS Designs Thermoplastic for Engine Shields, Fuel Tank Covers and Centre Tunnel Covers in the Underbody Area

LANXESS Designs Thermoplastic for Engine Shields, Fuel Tank Covers and Centre Tunnel Covers in the Underbody Area

01 November 2016

LANXESS has designed a material solution for custom parts based on the continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites of its subsidiar...


Expansion of Manufacturing Facilities

Expansion of Manufacturing Facilities

01 November 2016

Formaplex has expanded its new manufacturing facilities, which is now operational.


Harper Teams with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Carbon Fibre Project

Harper Teams with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Carbon Fibre Project

01 November 2016

Harper International, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been awarded funding for a project through the US Depart...


VELOX Introduces Its Comprehensive Composites Range at Advanced Engineering Show

VELOX Introduces Its Comprehensive Composites Range at Advanced Engineering Show

01 November 2016

VELOX will be present at the Advanced Engineering Show taking place on the 2-3 November at NEC in Birmingham, UK.


Chomarat Presents Latest Glass and Carbon Innovations at Advanced Engineering 2016

Chomarat Presents Latest Glass and Carbon Innovations at Advanced Engineering 2016

25 October 2016

On 2-3 November, Chomarat will present its latest glass and carbon innovations at the Advanced Engineering Show in Birmingham, UK.


Hexcel Displays Bright Lite Structures Award-winning Zenos E10 Chassis at Advanced Engineering 2016

Hexcel Displays Bright Lite Structures Award-winning Zenos E10 Chassis at Advanced Engineering 2016

25 October 2016

Hexcel says its HiMax carbon fibre reinforcements have been selected by Bright Lite Structures (BLS) for the manufacture of safety-critical ...


Scott Bader Showcasing Olympic Class Laser Dinghy and Advanced Composites Materials at Advanced Engineering 2016

25 October 2016

Scott Bader will be exhibiting its latest technology advanced materials and services for manufacturing high performance composite parts, including its Crystic Ecogel ‘ultra-low’ styrene content spray gelcoats range with four grade options for a variety of end applications including marine, transportation, buildings, general industrial and wind turbine blades.


Tecniplas Supply Eight FRP Composites Tanks to Fiat

Tecniplas Supply Eight FRP Composites Tanks to Fiat

25 October 2016

Tecniplas has supplied eight FRP composite tanks to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).


Sigmatex Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Sigmatex Celebrates 30th Anniversary

25 October 2016

Sigmatex is celebrating its 30th anniversary.


Making Carbon Composites Robust and Fast

Making Carbon Composites Robust and Fast

18 October 2016

Aliancys is helping its customers to make carbon composite processing robust and fast, introducing a new series of daron resins.


Aliancys Congratulates Nuna8s With South African Solar Win

Aliancys Congratulates Nuna8s With South African Solar Win

18 October 2016

The Nuon Solar Team has won the Sasol Solar Challenge 2016 in South Africa, finishing an impressive 173 kilometers ahead of the runner up.


New Ashland Brand Signals Acceleration of Corporate Mission, Organisational Transformation and Separation from Valvoline

11 October 2016

Ashland has taken another important step in its plan for the future, furthering its competitive strategy following its eventual separation from Valvoline, revealing its new ‘Always Solving’ corporate identity and unveiling the organisational culture that will continue to differentiate the company as it continues its mission to become the premier specialty chemical company in the world.


Carver Non-Wovens and R3 Composites Expand to Better Serve Customer Base

04 October 2016

R3 Composites and Carver Non-Woven Technologies are both in the process of expanding to serve their respective customer base better.


Solvay Wins SPE Process Innovation Award for BMW M4 GTS Hood as 'Most Innovative Composite Part’

Solvay Wins SPE Process Innovation Award for BMW M4 GTS Hood as 'Most Innovative Composite Part’

20 September 2016

Solvay has received the 2016 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Process Innovation Award for the ‘Most Innovative Composite Part’.


Aliancys, Daimler and Menzolit Show New Roads for Collaboration in the Automotive Value Chain

Aliancys, Daimler and Menzolit Show New Roads for Collaboration in the Automotive Value Chain

13 September 2016

Aliancys, Daimler and Menzolit have successfully improved smc technology for use in top-range Mercedes passenger cars.


Dow Automotive Systems Introduces New Epoxy Intermediates for Structural Composites

13 September 2016

To support the growing popularity of lightweight materials, Dow Automotive Systems has developed VORAFUSE epoxy intermediates.


Gurit Wins Four-Year Automotive Components Supply Contract

13 September 2016

Gurit has announced that it has been selected as the supplier for carbon fibre-based automotive body panels by a British premium automotive OEM.


Teijin to Acquire Continental Structural Plastics

13 September 2016

Teijin has announced that it has agreed to acquire Continental Structural Plastics Holdings Corporation (CSP) for USD 825 million.


METYX Composites Doubles Production Site in Turkey

13 September 2016

METYX Composites is in the process of doubling its production facilities at its main manufacturing centre in Manisa, Turkey.


EconCore Licenses Technology for Thermoplastic Honeycomb Panels and Automotive Applications in North America

06 September 2016

EconCore has signed a license agreement with a leading textile manufacturer in North America.


Redelease Takes Over the Exclusive Distribution in Brazil of AkzoNobel Phenolic Resins

06 September 2016

Redelease has taken over the exclusive distribution in Brazil of the phenolic resins produced by the Dutch company, AkzoNobel.


Hexagon Composites Develops Next Generation Hydrogen Cylinder for Daimler's New Mercedes-benz GLC F-CELL

Hexagon Composites Develops Next Generation Hydrogen Cylinder for Daimler's New Mercedes-benz GLC F-CELL

23 August 2016

Hexagon Lincoln was selected by Daimler to supply compressed hydrogen gas (CHG) cylinders for Daimler's next generation of fuel cell electri...


IACMI Launches Project to Enable Thermoplastic Composite Parts Manufacturing for High Volume, Low Cost, Reduced Weight Automotive Components with Increased Design Flexibility

IACMI Launches Project to Enable Thermoplastic Composite Parts Manufacturing for High Volume, Low Cost, Reduced Weight Automotive Components with Increased Design Flexibility

23 August 2016

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), in partnership with DuPont Performance Materials, Fibrtec and Purdue...


BAC Develop Graphene-Bodied Mono

BAC Develop Graphene-Bodied Mono

16 August 2016

BAC has develop a car featuring panels made from graphene bringing both weight and strength benefits.


Permali Gloucester Selected to Supply Composite Ballistic Armour for Supacat HMT Extenda Vehicle

Permali Gloucester Selected to Supply Composite Ballistic Armour for Supacat HMT Extenda Vehicle

16 August 2016

Permali Gloucester has recently been awarded a contract to supply composite ballistic armour panels to Supacat.


GM’s Cadillac and ContiTech Win 2016 Altair Enlighten Awards for Innovation in Automotive Vehicle Lightweighting

GM’s Cadillac and ContiTech Win 2016 Altair Enlighten Awards for Innovation in Automotive Vehicle Lightweighting

09 August 2016

Altair, together with the Centre for Automotive Research (CAR), has announced the winners of the 4th annual Altair Enlighten Award, an award...


Multiple Kinematics from KraussMaffei Support Multi-daylight Mould Production at Automotive Supplier Arkal

Multiple Kinematics from KraussMaffei Support Multi-daylight Mould Production at Automotive Supplier Arkal

28 June 2016

The automotive supplier Arkal Automotive produces two door side panels parallel on an MX 1600 – 12000 injection moulding machine from Krauss...


New ARALDITE Adhesives Extend Performance in Automotive Assembly Applications

New ARALDITE Adhesives Extend Performance in Automotive Assembly Applications

28 June 2016

Huntsman explains that, in 2015, the global automotive adhesive and sealant market was valued at $5 million and with factors including vehic...


Technical Partnership Enables Collaboration, Technology Advancements for Aston Martin and Dow Automotive Systems

Technical Partnership Enables Collaboration, Technology Advancements for Aston Martin and Dow Automotive Systems

21 June 2016

Aston Martin and Dow Automotive Systems have formed a technical partnership that will enable an expansion of their collaborative development...


Solvay Develops New Technyl Range Development for Demanding Automotive Electronic Applications

Solvay Develops New Technyl Range Development for Demanding Automotive Electronic Applications

24 May 2016

Solvay Engineering Plastics has developed a new Technyl range for the demanding environment of automotive electronics.


Leading Players Shaping the Hydrogen Industry in Japan

03 May 2016

Mitsui, Toray Industries and Hexagon Lincoln, a subsidiary of Hexagon Composites, have entered into a joint development agreement to conduct a business viability study of a proposed joint venture to manufacture and sell carbon fibre reinforced high-pressure hydrogen cylinders for vehicles in Japan.


CRP USA to Present its Latest Manufacturing Solutions at JEC Americas

CRP USA to Present its Latest Manufacturing Solutions at JEC Americas

03 May 2016

CRP USA will display its latest Windform Additive Manufacturing solutions for motorsport, space and automotive industries at JEC Americas, A...


LANXESS Makes Honda’s FCV 'Clarity Fuel Cell' Zero Emission Vehicle Lighter

LANXESS Makes Honda’s FCV 'Clarity Fuel Cell' Zero Emission Vehicle Lighter

19 April 2016

Lightweight solution from LANXESS has been featured in FCV (fuel cell vehicle) 'Clarity Fuel Cell', the latest model of hydrogen electric ve...


The Next Generation of Cars Reinforced by TeXtreme

The Next Generation of Cars Reinforced by TeXtreme

19 April 2016

The Deep Orange 6, ‘a next-generation Toyota concept vehicle’ developed and engineered by students from Clemson University, has been unveile...


Lightweight Construction in Perfection

Lightweight Construction in Perfection

19 April 2016

The Callaway Competition Corvette C7 GT3-R is ready for the new racing season – packed with power, yet still lightweight.


Quickstep to Manufacture Ford Falcon XR6 Sprint Parts

23 February 2016

Quickstep Holdings has received full global signoff from the Ford Motor Company to manufacture an innovative air duct for the Ford Falcon XR6 Sprint making Ford Quickstep’s first automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) client.


Carbon/Flax Hybrid Structures Show Improved Vibration Damping and Impact Behaviour

Carbon/Flax Hybrid Structures Show Improved Vibration Damping and Impact Behaviour

16 February 2016

A UK-based consortium has developed carbon/flax hybrid structures with lower cost, higher vibration damping and improved impact behaviour co...


The Fossil-Free Car of the Future is in the Forest

The Fossil-Free Car of the Future is in the Forest

09 February 2016

Lightweight, fuel-efficient cars of the future can be made using materials from Swedish forests which Innventia claims reduces the use of fo...


Gurit Cosmetic Carbon Prepregs Qualified by Major Car Manufacturers

02 February 2016

Gurit’s SC 110 and SC 160 visual carbon prepregs have been qualified by two new major car manufacturers.


epm: technology Group Finishes 2015 with a £4m Automotive Production Contract

15 December 2015

epm: technology has won its first series production contract to manufacture high-quality, cosmetic components for a leading automotive client.


Surface Generation Boosts Speed and Efficiency of Thermoplastic Press-forming Processes

Surface Generation Boosts Speed and Efficiency of Thermoplastic Press-forming Processes

08 December 2015

Surface Generation is working with WMG and AGC AeroComposites (AGC) to develop new composite press-forming processes for automotive and aero...


Covestro Commits to Further Partnership with Solar Impulse

Covestro Commits to Further Partnership with Solar Impulse

08 December 2015

Covestro is extending its sponsorship with Solar Impulse, as it prepares to complete its journey round the world in 2016.


Hexagon Raufoss Nominated by Major Vehicle Modifier to Supply CNG Fuel Tanks

Hexagon Raufoss Nominated by Major Vehicle Modifier to Supply CNG Fuel Tanks

08 December 2015

Hexagon Raufoss has been nominated by a leading international vehicle modifier, to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks to Natural...


Cytec Opens New Application Centre Dedicated to Materials and Technology Developments for High Volume Applications

Cytec Opens New Application Centre Dedicated to Materials and Technology Developments for High Volume Applications

08 December 2015

Cytec Industries has opened a new Application Centre in Heanor, UK, adjacent to its existing manufacturing and R&D sites.


EOS Enters a Three-year Technical Partnership with Williams

EOS Enters a Three-year Technical Partnership with Williams

01 December 2015

EOS has entered a three-year technical partnership with Williams Grand Prix Engineering and Williams Advanced Engineering.


Record Numbers Flock to UK’s Biggest Engineering Trade Show

17 November 2015

The UK’s largest annual trade show and open conference for the high performance engineering sectors closed its doors to record numbers of visitors this November.


Cygnet Texkimp’s Thermoplastic Research Cell Goes Live

17 November 2015

Cygnet Texkimp has created a thermoplastic research cell to develop the next generation of high tech materials including carbon fibre and composites for the international aerospace, automotive and oil and gas industries.


Strongwell Corporation Receive ACE Award

Strongwell Corporation Receive ACE Award

17 November 2015

Strongwell Corporation has been awarded the American Composites Manufacturers Association’s (ACMA) ACE Award in the Infinite Possibility for...


Hexion Helps Lotus Make Its Fastest Production Road Car Ever

17 November 2015

A specially formulated glass- and carbon-fibre epoxy resin system from Hexion, processed at Hexion’s Combined Composite Technologies (CCT) business unit based in Fareham, UK, is helping Lotus take lighter, faster sports cars to the next level.


Far-UK Wins Composites UK Engineering 2015 Innovation in Design Award

Far-UK Wins Composites UK Engineering 2015 Innovation in Design Award

17 November 2015

At this year’s Composites UK Industry Awards annual dinner, the ‘Innovation in Design’ award was won by Far-UK for its super lightweight car...


SPE Automotive Division Names Winners for 45th Annual Automotive Innovation Awards

17 November 2015

The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) have announced the category and Grand Award winners for its 45th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries.  


Solvay’s Virantage PESU Tougheners Help Hankuk Carbon Company

10 November 2015

Solvay’s impact modifiers have enhanced the toughness, heat resistance and processability of a carbon fibre prepreg developed by Hankuk for automotive fenders and roof components.


Solvay Expands Amodel PPA Portfolio to Meet Growing Demand for Automotive Electrification Solutions

Solvay Expands Amodel PPA Portfolio to Meet Growing Demand for Automotive Electrification Solutions

03 November 2015

Solvay Specialty Polymers has expanded its Amodel AE-8900 series of products for automotive electronics applications by adding five new glas...


CAMX Awards' Winners Announced

CAMX Awards' Winners Announced

03 November 2015

The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) presented two awards, sponsored by Ashland, honouring cutting-edge innovations that will s...


Lightweighting Excellence Programme Announce Three Automotive OEMs Working on Vehicle Weight Reduction

Lightweighting Excellence Programme Announce Three Automotive OEMs Working on Vehicle Weight Reduction

03 November 2015

The Lightweighting Excellence Programme (LX) will be launched at Advanced Engineering UK 2015 and it will announce three UK-based automotive...


Six Manufacturing Firms Join West Midlands Showcase at Advanced Engineering UK 2015

03 November 2015

Automotive firms from the West Midlands’ six Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will take part in a delegation to showcase the region’s services and cutting-edge technology to the wider engineering market.


Formax Showcases Portfolio Of Multiaxial Reinforcements at the Composites Engineering Show 2015

27 October 2015

Formax will be showcasing a selection of their optimised multiaxial fabrics for the automotive, aerospace, marine, sports and industrial markets Advanced Engineering Show 2015 taking place on 4 – 5th November at The NEC, Birmingham, UK.


Cars Using TeXtreme Successful in Solar Race

Cars Using TeXtreme Successful in Solar Race

27 October 2015

The World Solar Challenge ended with victory for Nuon Solar team and their car reinforced by TeXtreme. 


Teijin’s Advanced Carbon Fibre Technology Wins Second Place in World’s Largest Solar Car Race

Teijin’s Advanced Carbon Fibre Technology Wins Second Place in World’s Largest Solar Car Race

27 October 2015

OWL, an advanced solar-powered car developed by Kogakuin University using Teijin carbon-fib...


CARBIO Project Develops Carbon/Flax Hybrid Automotive Roof

CARBIO Project Develops Carbon/Flax Hybrid Automotive Roof

20 October 2015

The CARBIO project has developed a carbon/flax hybrid automotive roof using Composite Evolution’s Biotex Flax material.


Dow Automotive Systems Develops CAE Models for Adhesive Application in Vehicle Construction

20 October 2015

Dow Automotive Systems has developed a number of CAE material models enabling the virtual validation of different adhesive solutions as joining technology in lightweight design. The development took place within a federally funded research project, “Light eBody“ (2011 – 2014).


Solvay to Expand their Lightweight Materials Offering for Automotive

20 October 2015

Solvay has acquired EPIC Polymers’ long-fibre thermoplastics (LFT) technology to complement its offering of high performance lightweighting materials and gain access to metal replacement of larger automotive semi-structural parts.


Composites Evolution Develops Carbon Flax Hybrid Solutions

Composites Evolution Develops Carbon Flax Hybrid Solutions

13 October 2015

Composites Evolution has developed a range of carbon flax hybrid materials offering a lower cost alternative to carbon fibre.


Huntsman Advanced Materials is Partner of Choice for Carbon Wheel Production

13 October 2015

Huntsman has unveiled a hybrid wheel produced by a well established, tier one supplier to the performance car sector designed to save up to 20% of weight against its aluminium competitors.


Delcam to Show Latest in Machining with Robots at Composites Europe

Delcam to Show Latest in Machining with Robots at Composites Europe

22 September 2015

Delcam will show how easy it is to program complex robot machining operations with its PowerMILL Robot CAM system at the Composites Europe e...


New Structural Thermoplastic from RTP Company Fills Performance Gap

22 September 2015

RTP has developed new RTP 100 eXtra Performance (XP) Compounds, a series of thermoplastic compounds formulated for higher strength, modulus and impact properties than any standard chopped fibreglass polypropylene (PP) compounds available on the market today.


18ft Diameter Autoclave Moves to UTC Aerospace Prestwick

18ft Diameter Autoclave Moves to UTC Aerospace Prestwick

22 September 2015

Aerothermal Group and AIC Group have successfully completed the move of an 18ft diameter autoclave from Scunthorpe, UK, to UTC Aerospace’s P...


Cytec Highlights High Production Rate Composite Materials and Technologies and Emphasises Commitment to the EU Market at Composites Europe 2015

Cytec Highlights High Production Rate Composite Materials and Technologies and Emphasises Commitment to the EU Market at Composites Europe 2015

22 September 2015

Cytec Industries will be demonstrating new high performance materials and process technologies at Composites Europe held this week, Septembe...


AMAC Forms Strategic Partnership with Textechno

22 September 2015

With plans to expand its worldwide activities in the field of Advanced Materials, Textechno, Germany, has formed a strategic partnership with AMAC.


Composites Evolution Present Hybrid Carbon-Biocomposite Automotive Structures at bio!CAR 2015

Composites Evolution Present Hybrid Carbon-Biocomposite Automotive Structures at bio!CAR 2015

15 September 2015

Composites Evolution will be presenting “Hybrid Carbon-Biocomposite Automotive Structures with Reduced Weight, Cost, NVH and Environmental I...


Composites Europe Dedicates Day to the Wind Energy Market

15 September 2015

Composites Europe 2015 is dedicating a day to the wind energy industry as organisers, Reed Exhibitions, say it is one of the fastest growing consumers of composite materials such as GRP and CRP and the capacity of European plants is growing continuously.


Baden-Wuerttemberg Highlight Lightweight Technology Trends

Baden-Wuerttemberg Highlight Lightweight Technology Trends

15 September 2015

14 companies and research institutes from Baden-Wuerttemberg, the southwestern German state will be presenting their know-how at a joint boo...


Hexcel to Present Products for Automotive, Wind Energy and Recreation at Composites Europe

15 September 2015

Hexcel will be promoting composite materials which offer performance and processing benefits to customers in the Automotive, Wind Energy and Recreation markets during Composites Europe.


STRUCTeam’s Launches New Wind Blade Design Portfolio

15 September 2015

STRUCTeam has launched its new wind turbine blade reference design portfolio which features an innovative hybrid glass-carbon composite blade design created for offshore wind turbines.


Automated Dynamics Selected for NASA Research Program

15 September 2015

Automated Dynamics’ composite production and laser-based fibre placement technology has been chosen by NASA for continued research and development.


Sekisui Plastics Opens $5.2 Million Manufacturing Facility

08 September 2015

Sekisui Plastics US (SPUS) has opened a new $5.2 million manufacturing facility in Kenton, Ohio, US.


Cristex Launch PVC Flexyfoam

01 September 2015

Cristex has launched its Flexyfoam range of PVC Foams, a closed cell, cross linked polymer foam that combines high stiffness and strength to weight ratios with toughness.


LEEDCo Takes Next Step for Icebreaker Offshore Wind Project

01 September 2015

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) began a comprehensive geotechnical investigation of the soils under Lake Erie today where they plan to install six Mono Bucket foundations for the Icebreaker offshore wind project.


Bayer MaterialScience Celebrate 50 Years of HDI Production in Leverkusen, Germany

Bayer MaterialScience Celebrate 50 Years of HDI Production in Leverkusen, Germany

25 August 2015

Bayer MaterialScience, which will operate under the new name Covestro from September 1, is celebrating a major anniversary, 50 years of hexa...


Dilutec and BÜFAtec Expand Structure in Brazil

Dilutec and BÜFAtec Expand Structure in Brazil

18 August 2015

BÜFAtec Spain and its distributor, Dilutec, are expanding their infrastructure in Brazil and investing in the development of a larger invent...


Intertronics Offer Technical Guide to Light Cure Conformal Coatings

Intertronics Offer Technical Guide to Light Cure Conformal Coatings

18 August 2015

Intertronics are offering a technical guide to light cure PCB conformal coatings, authored by Dymax.


IMDEA Materials to Validate Electric Curing Technology for Qualified Aerospace Epoxy Resin at AIRBUS Getafe Site

IMDEA Materials to Validate Electric Curing Technology for Qualified Aerospace Epoxy Resin at AIRBUS Getafe Site

04 August 2015

IMDEA Materials, in cooperation with the R&T Materials & Processing unit of Airbus Operations, has completed the first validation tr...


Angstron Materials Secures Investment to Expand Business and Commercialise Key Products

04 August 2015

Angstron Materials has secured $5 million in capital to increase manufacturing capacity for its single and few-layer graphene materials and bring key technologies to market.


10th Anniversary for Composites Europe

10th Anniversary for Composites Europe

04 August 2015

From 22-24 September, the 10th edition of Composites Europe will be held in Stuttgart, Germany, exhibiting a whole range of fibre-reinforced...


Ben-Gurion University Develops Efficient System for Producing Graphene for Energy Storage Applications

28 July 2015

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and University of Western Australia researchers have developed a new process to develop few-layer graphene for use in energy storage and other material applications that is faster, potentially scalable and surmounts some of the current graphene production limitations.


New Gasketing Materials Selector Guide Streamlines Product Selection

28 July 2015

Dymax has released a new gasketing materials selector guide, that provides useful product information and simplifies the product selection process.


Amcor Expands Availability of Lightweight, Flexible Solar Front Sheets Made from Solvay’s Halar ECTFE Resin

28 July 2015

Films extruded from Solvay Specialty Polymers Advanced Halar 500 ethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE) resin have helped enable two lightweight, yet durable photovoltaic (PV) front sheets developed by Amcor.


Innovative Explosion-Proof HVAC System Provides Customisable Climate Control Solution for Large Process Analyser Shelter

Innovative Explosion-Proof HVAC System Provides Customisable Climate Control Solution for Large Process Analyser Shelter

21 July 2015

Intertec has developed an innovative ATEX-compliant HVAC system that provides a complete all-in-one climate control and personnel safety sol...


Resounding Success for Inaugural CIMComp Open Day

Resounding Success for Inaugural CIMComp Open Day

14 July 2015

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp) ran its Open Day on the 23 June 2015 in Bristol, UK.


Allinea Highlights Energy Optimisation Tools with New 5.1 Release

14 July 2015

Allinea Software has released the latest version of its development tool suite and performance analysis tools with a focus on improving the energy efficiency of application software and enabling swifter integration of tools into complex HPC workflows.


Beckwood Press Company Partners with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Develop Advanced Composite Materials & Manufacturing Processes

07 July 2015

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has awarded Beckwood Press Company a contract to manufacture a custom hydraulic press for the compression moulding of various composite materials.


Pultrex Commissions New Pultrusion Machine

Pultrex Commissions New Pultrusion Machine

30 June 2015

A new pultrusion machine marks the sixth machine line at Pultrex’s 24 hour per day production facility in Manningtree, UK.


GM's Dr J Gary Smyth Keynote Speaker for CAMX

30 June 2015

CAMX, presented by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) will feature Dr J Gary Smyth, Executive Director of Global Research and Development at General Motors, as the keynote speaker during the event which takes place in Dallas, US, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Centre from October 26-29, 2015.


Barracuda Sponsors Aeris Training Centre

Barracuda Sponsors Aeris Training Centre

30 June 2015

The result of a partnership between Aeris Energia and Barracuda Advanced Composites to open a training centre in Fortaleza, Brazil, will hel...


Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Formally Launched

23 June 2015

Hundreds of composites experts from industry, government, and academia gathered at the Knoxville Convention Centre, US, for the launch of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).


Composites Distribution Teams with Hexcel to promote solutions for Composite Repair

16 June 2015

Hexcel and Composites Distribution are partnering to provide solutions for MRO that allow aircraft repairs to be carried out quickly and conveniently.


New White Paper Explains How to Achieve Better Process Controls while Dispensing Light-Curable Materials

16 June 2015

Dymax Corporation’s new white paper “Dispensing Light-Curable Materials: Process Controls & Troubleshooting” discusses substrate compatibility, temperature and viscosity, and how to set up a dispense system.


US Partner Country of Composites Europe 2015 and 1st International Composites Congress

09 June 2015

The US will be the partner country of this year’s Composites Europe, which will take place in Stuttgart from 22 to 24 September.


JEC Americas Enjoys Brisk Business in a Healthy Houston

JEC Americas Enjoys Brisk Business in a Healthy Houston

09 June 2015

JEC saw thousands of industry and market thought leaders gather for its 4th annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences which were h...


Icebreaker Offshore Wind Project to Incorporate New Foundation Design

Icebreaker Offshore Wind Project to Incorporate New Foundation Design

02 June 2015

The Icebreaker offshore wind project planned for the Ohio waters of Lake Erie will utilise an innovative foundation design developed in Euro...


bio!CAR Debuts at Composites Europe

02 June 2015

bio!CAR, a new conference for the car industry, will launch in September 2015 at the Exhibition Centre Stuttgart on 24 and 25 September as part of Composites Europe 2015, focused mainly on bio-based materials in automotive engineering.


Composites Innovations on Display at JEC Americas 2015

02 June 2015

JEC Group will commence its 4th annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences on 3rd June 2015 in downtown Houston, Texas.


Creative Composites Pressing Ahead with New Investment

Creative Composites Pressing Ahead with New Investment

26 May 2015

Creative Composites has recently commissioned a new compression moulding press at its manufacturing facility in Northern Ireland, UK. 


Intertek Launches Non-Destructive Testing for Composite Manufacturers

26 May 2015

Intertek has invested in expanded laboratory equipment to further enhance its advanced composites materials testing capabilities, which service multiple industries, including automotive, aerospace, energy and building.


Haydale Named Lead Sponsor for Cambridge Graphene Festival

26 May 2015

Haydale will sponsor the Cambridge Graphene Festival, UK (5-6th November, 2015).


Angstron Materials Teams with Stryke Industries to Accelerate Commercialisation of Graphene Products in Key Markets

19 May 2015

Angstron Materials has teamed with Stryke Industries to accelerate development and commercialisation of graphene products for military and defence applications.


Araldite Composite Resins Set to Revolutionise the Music Industry

Araldite Composite Resins Set to Revolutionise the Music Industry

12 May 2015

Araldite composite resins from Huntsman Advanced Materials have been used by Nägeli Swiss to develop a trumpet bell that is set to revolutio...


Themes for International Seminar on Composites Announced

Themes for International Seminar on Composites Announced

12 May 2015

The International Seminar on Composites, to be held in Parallel to Compocity 2015 in November, will cover the three main themes of transport...


Altair’s Product Development Group Grows to Over 800 Engineers Worldwide

12 May 2015

Altair’s product development group, Altair ProductDesign, has reached a new milestone having expanded to more than 800 engineering and design staff across the world. 


Victrex New PAEK Capacity Now Online

Victrex New PAEK Capacity Now Online

05 May 2015

Victrex has successfully commissioned the first production stream of its £90 million third polyaryletherketone (PAEK) manufacturing plant as...


20% Increase in Manufacturing & Equipment Exhibitors for JEC Americas

05 May 2015

The JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences, which will be held 2-4 June in Houston, Texas, US, has seen a 20% increase in manufacturing and equipment exhibitors.


New ASTM Standards Help Educate Nanotechnology Workforces

28 April 2015

ASTM International recently published two standards that will educate existing and future workers in nanotechnology.


Strongwell Signs Exclusive Licensing & Technology Agreement with Fibratore

28 April 2015

Strongwell Corporation has entered into an exclusive licensing and technology agreement in Central and South America with Fibratore.


nova-Institute and Patentopolis Partner Enter in Cooperation Agreement

28 April 2015

nova-Institut and Patentopolis have entered into a cooperation agreement regarding dissemination, Techno-Economic Evaluations and Intellectual Property management in European projects for the bio-based economy.


Exel Composites to Co-operate with Better Shelter to Provide Temporary Shelters to Refugee Families via UNHCR

Exel Composites to Co-operate with Better Shelter to Provide Temporary Shelters to Refugee Families via UNHCR

21 April 2015

Exel Composites has been selected as a partner in a venture aimed at improving the life of refugees by providing safe and functional tempora...


Barracuda Opens its New Training Facilities in Rio de Janeiro

Barracuda Opens its New Training Facilities in Rio de Janeiro

21 April 2015

Barracuda Advanced Composites has opened its new training facility in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Solvay and 3A Composites Seal Global Specialty Foams Alliance to Secure Light-Weighting in Advanced Transportation

14 April 2015

Solvay and 3A Composites are joining forces to make innovative specialty foam materials for advanced transportation, offering for the first time on a large and worldwide scale a tailored, cost-effective substitute to traditional, labour-intense materials used to reduce the weight of applications.


UK Graphene Company Perpetuus Signs Landmark Agreement to Sell Plasma Reactors to Japan's Graphene Platform

14 April 2015

Japan’s Graphene Platform Corporation has signed a preliminary agreement to purchase DBD Plasma Reactors from Perpetuus Advanced Materials. 


SPE Announces Winners of Second-Annual Plastics for Life Global Parts Competition

14 April 2015

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced the winners of its second-annual Plastics for Life global parts competition. 


Automated Dynamics Issue Patent for Composite Lightning Strike Solution

07 April 2015

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued Automated Dynamics (ADC) with US Patent 8,947,847, which covers methods to automate incorporation of lightning strike protection layers into composite structures.


Victrex PEEK Valve Plate Lasts Twelve Times Longer

Victrex PEEK Valve Plate Lasts Twelve Times Longer

31 March 2015

HuanTian Industrial and Victrex are developing a parts material standard for China’s reciprocating compressor industry.


JEC Group: Out to Conquer New Territories

17 March 2015

JEC Group has a new, three-point expansion phase which sees a significant extension of its Paris trade show, a reinforcement of its North American and Asian events and development in the Southern hemisphere.


Korea Institute of Energy Research Selects VABS for Composite Blade Modelling

17 March 2015

AnalySwift's VABS program has been chosen by the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) for rigorous modelling of composite wind turbine blades.


Biotex Flax Used to Strengthen Sustainable Paddle Board for BIC Sport

Biotex Flax Used to Strengthen Sustainable Paddle Board for BIC Sport

10 March 2015

BIC Sport has used Biotex Flax to develop the ‘Earth SUP’ range of paddle boards, with sizes from 3m - 4.2m.


Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse Define New Chapter in Future of Solar-Powered Aviation

Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse Define New Chapter in Future of Solar-Powered Aviation

10 March 2015

Dassault Systèmes has renewed its ongoing technical partnership with Solar Impulse and publicly committed itself to the next phases of the r...


Chomarat Introduces Two Innovative Glass and Carbon Reinforcements

10 March 2015

Chomorat has released two reinforcement fabrics; G-FLOWTM made of glass fibre, and C-PLYTM ULTRA THIN, of carbon fibre.


3A Composites Invests into New Foam Core Extrusion Line in US

10 March 2015

3A Composites will further expand the production capacities of its Airex PET core materials.


Quickstep Wins Aerospace Australia Defence Innovation Award

10 March 2015

Quickstep has won the Aerospace Australia Defence Innovation award, presented by Aerospace Australia's chairman, Air Marshal Les Fisher, at a ceremony during Avalon 2015; the Australian International Air Show.


Hexcel Focus on Composite Innovations for Aerospace, Automotive and Wind Energy at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Hexcel is exhibiting at JEC Europe 2015 to promote the latest composite innovations for aerospace, automotive and wind energy applications.


Victrex Showcase Technologies Pushing Aerospace and Energy Performance Boundaries to New Levels at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Victrex will focus on delivering its cutting-edge solutions to the Aerospace and Energy sectors including the new Victrex hybrid moulding technology, enabling an unmatched combination of strength and design flexibility in aerospace components at JEC Europe 2015.


Altair Presents Simulation-Driven Design Methods for Composite Materials and Industry Examples at JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

Altair will present its solutions for the design and optimisation of composites as well as several customer successes at JEC Europe 2015.


SAMPE Europe Summit Paris 2015: A Must for Everyone Visiting JEC Europe 2015

03 March 2015

On Monday 9 March 2015, the day before the JEC Europe opens its doors, SAMPE Europe will hold its Executive Summit at the Mercure Paris, Porte de Versailles Hotel, France.


Houston to Host the Next JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences

Houston to Host the Next JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences

24 February 2015

JEC Group will hold its 4th annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences in Houston, US, June 2-4, 2015.


Victrex Plans New World-Class Polymer Innovation Centre

24 February 2015

Victrex has received £1.3 million in grant funding from the UK government’s Regional Growth Fund, subject to satisfactory due diligence, for its planned Polymer Innovation Centre.


Solvay Builds US Specialty Polymers PEEK Production Unit in Major Expansion Drive

24 February 2015

Solvay is building a new specialty polymers resin unit in the United States, significantly expanding its production capacity of PEEK (polyether etherketone) and solidifying itself as a leader in the industry with a unique site presence in both the United States and in Asia.


Advanced Manufacturing Breakthrough allows Greater Precision and Control for Injection Moulding

17 February 2015

Surface Generation has adapted its Production to Functional Specifications (PtFS) processes to improve the quality and efficiency of injection moulding manufacturing.


Michelman Chosen to Join Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

17 February 2015

Michelman has been chosen to be part of an elite, 122-member consortium that will make up the new Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). 


Cetim Secures Nadcap Accreditation for the Fourth Consecutive Time

17 February 2015

Cetim secured its reputation as a leading player in the aerospace arena by achieving accreditation from the National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap) for the fourth consecutive time.


Altair and CAR Announce Call for Nominations for 2015 Enlighten Award

10 February 2015

Altair has announced it is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award, the automotive industries only award program solely dedicated to innovation in vehicle lightweighting.


3A Composites Introduces AIREX T10, a New PET-Based Structural Core Material for High Volume Sandwich Applications

10 February 2015

3A Composites introduces AIREX T10, the first product derivative based on the new technology AIREX GEN2, a highly industrialised production process presented last year.


America’s Cup Challenger Artemis Racing Selects Altair as Technical Supplier

10 February 2015

Altair today announced that it has been selected by Artemis Racing to serve as a technical supplier in the team's bid to win the 35th America's Cup in 2017. Areas of focus for this new era of wingsail foiling catamaran design include composites development, aerodynamics simulation, structural optimisation, and fluid-structure interaction. 


Evonik Named to Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

Evonik Named to Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

10 February 2015

Evonik Corporation, Parsippany, US, was recently named by US President Barack Obama as a key partner of the Advanced Composites Manufacturin...


Developments in Fuel Cell Electrode Technology

Developments in Fuel Cell Electrode Technology

10 February 2015

Technical Fibre Products in partnership with Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells develops a novel and commercially ready electrode substrate for use ...


University of Michigan Introduces the Bulletproof Battery

University of Michigan Introduces the Bulletproof Battery

03 February 2015

New battery technology from the University of Michigan, US should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners ...


ALMACO and JEC Enter into Partnership to Promote Compocity 2015

03 February 2015

The Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) and JEC have entered into an agreement to promote Compocity 2015, the composites city that will be built at the Expo Transamerica, in São Paulo, Brazil, and will be open to visitors from 4 - 7 November, 2015.


Bayer MaterialScience Optimises Polyurethane Systems for Automotive Clearcoats

03 February 2015

Bayer MaterialScience has developed a unique technology for coating plastic parts on automobiles at low temperatures.


Rhode Island Composites Alliance Receives Seed Funding

27 January 2015

The Rhode Island Composites Alliance (RICA), a newly formed partnership of companies and stakeholders focused on growing the composites industry in Rhode Island, US, has received $175,000 in funding from the Rhode Island Foundation and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation.


George Hollingbery MP Opens New Consuta Training Centre at Hexion CCT

George Hollingbery MP Opens New Consuta Training Centre at Hexion CCT

27 January 2015

George Hollingbery, MP for Meon Valley, UK, recently visited the Hexion subsidiary Combined Composite Technologies to formally open a new Tr...


L&L Bond Room Temperature Curing Structural Adhesives

L&L Bond Room Temperature Curing Structural Adhesives

27 January 2015

L&L’s A-K series of high performance structural adhesives, intended for use in structural bonding applications for vehicle assembly, cur...


CPI Work to Transform Food Waste into Graphene and Renewable Hydrogen

CPI Work to Transform Food Waste into Graphene and Renewable Hydrogen

20 January 2015

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable sou...


Edra Equipamentos Prepares to Supply to the Oil and Gas Industry

20 January 2015

Edra Equipamentos will soon be the latest company to join the oil and gas industry after the company has decided to extend its expertise in composites moulding to the manufacturing of pipes, accessories and equipment for on and offshore platforms. 


Discovery Channel Taps Angstron Materials for Segment Featuring Graphene Advances

20 January 2015

Angstron Materials will be featured this month in a segment for Discovery Channel’s Trending Today.


Strongwell’s Pulstar Technology a Key Component of New Composites Initiative

Strongwell’s Pulstar Technology a Key Component of New Composites Initiative

20 January 2015

On January 12, 2015, President Obama announced the $259 million advanced composites manufacturing consortium project known as the Institute ...


Bayer MaterialScience at the European Coatings Show 2015 in Nuremberg

20 January 2015

At the European Coatings Show 2015 from April 21-23 in Nuremberg, Germany, Bayer MaterialScience will be introducing new milestones in polyurethanes.


Composites Manufacturer MCL puts Pupils in Pole Position for National Competition

Composites Manufacturer MCL puts Pupils in Pole Position for National Competition

13 January 2015

MCL, UK-based manufacturer of composite products, is helping Endon High School’s year 9 and 10 pupils to create a winning racing car concept...


Lighter Planes are the Future

Lighter Planes are the Future

06 January 2015

A global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 per cent, but the lighter planes alone will not enable the avia...


Team Vestas Wind aiming to Re-Join the Volvo Ocean Race

06 January 2015

Having recovered the Vestas Wind in better-than-expected condition, Team Vestas Wind will repair the Volvo Ocean 65 at Persico Marine in Italy and plan to re-enter the race in Lisbon in late May.


Cetim gets Nadcap Accreditation for the Fourth Time in a Row 

16 December 2014

According to Cetim, 19 mechanical and physico-chemical tests were assessed. This new audit was carried out on the Cetim site of Nantes, France. Cetim says this was the fourth success in a row, without any non-conformity: a unique result in the world, which enhances the higher reputation of Cetim with the aerospace manufacturers and their subcontractors.


Azerbaijan Investment Company and Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park Sign MOU with SouthWest NanoTechnologies for a Major Carbon Nanotube Project in Republic of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Investment Company and Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park Sign MOU with SouthWest NanoTechnologies for a Major Carbon Nanotube Project in Republic of Azerbaijan

16 December 2014

AIC says it and SWeNT will be partners in the project, located at the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park, approximately 20 miles from the capi...


AIC to Custom Build Autoclave for UTC Aerospace Systems

AIC to Custom Build Autoclave for UTC Aerospace Systems

09 December 2014

AIC Group has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by UTC Aerospace Systems to custom-build an 18 foot diameter autoclave with state-...


Sekisui Plastics USA to Build New $5.2 Million Manufacturing Plant 

09 December 2014

Citing increased customer demand for its products in the Midwest region of the US, Sekisui Plastics USA (SPUS) has chosen Kenton, Ohio, US, as the location for its new $5.2 million manufacturing facility.


Swedish Solar Energy Expert Midsummer Slashes CIGS Layer Thickness by Half for Reduced Manufacturing Cost

Swedish Solar Energy Expert Midsummer Slashes CIGS Layer Thickness by Half for Reduced Manufacturing Cost

02 December 2014

Midsummer has reduced its CIGS layer thickness to 800nm, which it claims is less than half of what other suppliers can offer. 


Toray’s Carbon Fibre Materials Adopted by Toyota’s Fuel Cell Vehicle MIRAI

Toray’s Carbon Fibre Materials Adopted by Toyota’s Fuel Cell Vehicle MIRAI

02 December 2014

Toray’s carbon fibre material has been adopted by MIRAI, a fuel cell vehicle being introduced this month by Toyota Motor Corporation.


Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse Define New Chapter in Future

Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse Define New Chapter in Future

25 November 2014

Dassault Systèmes has renewed its ongoing technical partnership with Solar Impulse and publicly committed itself to the next phases of the r...


Victrex Celebrates Opening of New $25 Million Aptiv Film Plant

Victrex Celebrates Opening of New $25 Million Aptiv Film Plant

25 November 2014

Victrex has invested $25 million (£16 million) to increase its capacity to supply APTIV film with a new manufacturing facility being officia...


Tesla NanoCoatings Increase use of SouthWest NanoTechnologies Carbon Nanotube

25 November 2014

Tesla Nanocoatings is expanding production of its Teslan brand of nanocoatings, a corrosion-resistant coating for structural steel, produced with SMW Specialty Multi-wall Carbon Nanotubes developed by SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT).


Haydale Acquires EPL Composite Solutions to Advance Graphene Commercialisation Capabilities

18 November 2014

Haydale has entered into an agreement to acquire EPL Composite Solutions (EPL), a specialist in the design, development and commercialisation of advanced composite polymer materials both in the UK and overseas.


Tongji University ZEAL EcoPower Wins 8th Honda China Energy-Saving Sports Tournament Using Altair HyperWorks

18 November 2014

The Tongji University ZEAL EcoPower Racing Teamwon the 2014 championship of the Honda China Energy-Saving Sports Tournament using Altair’s HyperWorks, its comprehensive computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite.


Hexcel Breaks Ground ahead of new £6 Million R&T Facility

Hexcel Breaks Ground ahead of new £6 Million R&T Facility

18 November 2014

Last week, a ceremony was held at Hexcel’s Duxford, UK, site to celebrate the ground-breaking for a new £6 million R&T facility and addi...


RAMPF Certified ISO 50001

RAMPF Certified ISO 50001

18 November 2014

RAMPF has received ISO 50001 certification for the energy management systems of RAMPF Polymer Solutions and RAMPF Tooling Solutions at the G...


UK National Composites Centre ‘Building the Future’ 

UK National Composites Centre ‘Building the Future’ 

18 November 2014

An innovative racing yacht, lightweight road cars and the largest openly accessible high rate manufacturing press for composites in Europe w...


TPEI Adds Equipment Laser Alignment to its Range of Support Services

TPEI Adds Equipment Laser Alignment to its Range of Support Services

11 November 2014

TPEI (Technical Process and Engineering Inc.) has added laser alignment to its range of support services to ensure equipment runs at optimum...


DSM Congratulates Nuna7S on South African Solar Win

DSM Congratulates Nuna7S on South African Solar Win

11 November 2014

The Nuon Solar team has won the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 in South Africa, finishing 1496 kilometers ahead of the runner up.


RAMPF Unveils Lightweight Carriage made from Aluminium Foam

RAMPF Unveils Lightweight Carriage made from Aluminium Foam

11 November 2014

RAMPF Machine Systems has unveiled a bonded lightweight carriage in a highly dynamic, multi-axis moving system at this year’s Motek trade fa...


Formax to Showcase Technical Textiles Optimised for a Range of Processing Techniques at Composites Engineering 2014

04 November 2014

Formax will be showcasing a selection of samples from their range of technical textiles optimised to suit Resin Infusion, RTM, Prepregs, Injection moulding and Wet lay-up processing techniques.

According to the company, through continuous investment in R&D and new technologies, Formax’s glass and multiaxial fabrics claim to be stronger, lighter and more cost-effective for a variety of Automotive, Marine, Wind Energy and Industrial applications.

Product highlights include:


Epsilon Optics Provides Fibre-Optic Sensing for TEL’s DeltaStream Tidal Energy Turbine

Epsilon Optics Provides Fibre-Optic Sensing for TEL’s DeltaStream Tidal Energy Turbine

28 October 2014

Tidal Energy’s innovative DeltaStream turbine will soon be installed off the Pembrokeshire coast, UK in Ramsey sound, where it will be close...


Henkel and Quickstep Present Study of Benzoxazine Components and OoA Manufacturing Process for Aircraft and Helicopters

Henkel and Quickstep Present Study of Benzoxazine Components and OoA Manufacturing Process for Aircraft and Helicopters

28 October 2014

In the study conducted by Henkel and Quickstep, a benzoxazine resin was combined with a rapid heating and cooling manufacturing approach to ...


Huntsman Advanced Materials Focuses on New Generation Composite & Adhesive Materials for Aerospace Interiors

Huntsman Advanced Materials Focuses on New Generation Composite & Adhesive Materials for Aerospace Interiors

28 October 2014

Huntsman Advanced Materials Araldite family of processing solutions look to advance material science within aerospace composites.


EU Funded Project COALINE to Develop In-line Coating for Pultruded Parts

28 October 2014

clean one-stage process free of VOCs and small particles emissions, able to produce properly coated composite pultruded profiles.


Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance to Host Demostrations at CAMX

14 October 2014

Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and more than 15 industry partners, will stage a “Super Demo” of  Vacuum Infusion, Reusable Bag Molding, Light RTM, Prepreg and more during CAMX 2014.


Hexcel to Exhibit at CAMX

14 October 2014

Hexcel will be promoting its latest innovations in carbon fibre and composite materials for aerospace and industrial markets including automotive and wind energy at CAMX.


Bayer MaterialScience and Bluesign Technologies Enter into Strategic Alliance

30 September 2014

Bayer MaterialScience and bluesign technologies are joining forces for a sustainable textile industry and want to advance their initiative globally.


Hexcel Promotes Composites for Aerospace, Automotive and Wind Energy at Composites Europe 2014

30 September 2014

Hexcel will be promoting its latest carbon fibre and composite technologies at Composites Europe 2014, in Stuttgart, Germany, from 7th to 9th October 2014. 


Negri Bossi Technology at Fakuma

30 September 2014

Negri Bossi will be exhibiting at FAKUMA, taking place 14th to 18th October 2014 at Friedrichshafen, Germany.  


FRP Composites in Mass Transport Applications Event Keynote Paper Calls for Supply Chain Managers to 'Be Brave'

23 September 2014

NetComposites has announced that Graham Mulholland, Managing Director of epm:Technology, will provide the Keynote for its  Fibre Reinforced Plastics in Mass Transport event to be held on 1st October 2014 at The Roundhouse, Derby, UK.


Momentive Specialty Chemicals Completes Strategic Wind Energy Expansion

23 September 2014

Momentive Specialty Chemicals has completed construction of its epoxy resin and curing agent production facility in Itatiba, Brazil.


SCIGRIP Launches Enhanced MMA Adhesive and Showcases World Cup Solar Boat at Composites Europe 2014

SCIGRIP Launches Enhanced MMA Adhesive and Showcases World Cup Solar Boat at Composites Europe 2014

23 September 2014

Scigrip will be launching an enhanced methyl methacrylate (MMA) adhesive, SG805, with increased temperature resistance at Composites Europe ...


Teijin’s CFRTP Composite Technology Enhance Production Speed and Recyclability

Teijin’s CFRTP Composite Technology Enhance Production Speed and Recyclability

23 September 2014

Teijin has developed Sereebo, a thermoplastic resin material ideal for mass production applications, which can also be recycled.


Victrex Launches New Website

Victrex Launches New Website

23 September 2014

Solution-based and geared towards target industries, Victrex’s new website is now available at www.victrex.com.


AIC Group Provides the Mercedes AMG Pertronas Formula One Team with Maintenance Service and Autoclave Control Software

23 September 2014

AIC Group has worked with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, based in Brackley, UK to install its latest Autoclave Management and Control Systems (AMCS).


DIAB Plans to Open a New Production Facility in China

DIAB Plans to Open a New Production Facility in China

09 September 2014

DIAB will set up an IPN block production plant in China, thus boosting its presence in the country.


“Wind Energy meets Composites” Exhibition Tour at Composites Europe

“Wind Energy meets Composites” Exhibition Tour at Composites Europe

02 September 2014

Composites Europe will conduct guided tours of the show floor focusing on wind energy opportunities.


GKN and Go-Ahead Group Use F1 Technology to Improve Fuel Efficiency of London Buses

02 September 2014

The Go-Ahead Group and GKN have agreed a deal that will help reduce emissions in cities with the supply of electric flywheel systems to 500 buses over the next two years.


Gurit to Showcase Composite Materials at China Composites Expo 2014

02 September 2014

Gurit will be showcasing its latest product innovations and engineering capabilities at the China Composites Expo 2014, from 3-5 September 2014 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai, China.


NSR Containers Built in Divinycell Save Weight and Total Cost of Ownership

NSR Containers Built in Divinycell Save Weight and Total Cost of Ownership

26 August 2014

With help from DIAB and CCG, N.S. Rama Rao Body Works (NSR), Chennai, India, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of road tankers is r...


Free Sustainable Construction Materials Industry Interest Group to be Held at Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen

26 August 2014

On 17th September 2014, speakers from the BioBuild, LEEMA and SUS-CON projects will present some of the latest developments in sustainable construction materials with low embodied energy.


Material Data Management Consortium Focuses on Impact in Material and Product R&D

26 August 2014

There will be a fourth phase for the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC), focusing on “Managing data for maximum impact in material and product research and development”. 



AIC Saves Hampshire Composite Manufacturer up to 7,500 Production Hours per Year

19 August 2014

AIC has helped a Hampshire, UK, based composite manufacturer save up to 7,500 hours of lost production per year (150 per week) by upgrading the control systems of eight ovens with its AMCS (Autoclave Management Control System).


Composites Europe 2014 Highlights New Themes and Special Areas

Composites Europe 2014 Highlights New Themes and Special Areas

05 August 2014

From 7 – 9 October 2014, the trade fair will showcase a range of lectures, forums and events regarding fibre-reinforced plastics in Düsseldo...


Sicomin’s Marine Epoxies Awarded Lloyd’s Register Certification

Sicomin’s Marine Epoxies Awarded Lloyd’s Register Certification

05 August 2014

Sicomin has achieved Lloyd’s Register (LR) certification on a number of new systems aimed towards the Marine market. 


Broadwater Mouldings Expands its Composites Manufacturing Facilities and Reduces Lead Times

Broadwater Mouldings Expands its Composites Manufacturing Facilities and Reduces Lead Times

05 August 2014

Broadwater Mouldings has completed the expansion of its manufacturing facilities at its main UK production site in Suffolk.


Bayer MaterialScience Launches Pure Waterborne PU Technology

29 July 2014

Bayer MaterialScience has launched of INSQIN, a novel turnkey solution for a new generation of polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics.


AGY and CTG/Taishan Launch Production of s-1 HM Glass Fibre

AGY and CTG/Taishan Launch Production of s-1 HM Glass Fibre

29 July 2014

AGY has announced the start of production of S-1 HM glass in conjunction with CTG/Taishan Fiberglass. 


Slowdown in the Brazilian Industry Adversely Affects the Composites Sector

29 July 2014

Sales in the second quarter fell 13% compared to the previous quarter.


Divinycell-cored Flying Boats to Transform Maritime Transportation

Divinycell-cored Flying Boats to Transform Maritime Transportation

22 July 2014

Chinese manufacturer CSIC (Hainan) WIG Craft Development uses DIAB’s Divinycell H80 cores in its crafts.


SCIGRIP Solar Boat Team Celebrate Dong Energy Solar Challenge Success

SCIGRIP Solar Boat Team Celebrate Dong Energy Solar Challenge Success

15 July 2014

SCIGRIP is delighted to announce the SCIGRIP Solar Boat Team raced to victory in the Dong Energy Solar Challenge.


Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production Expands Strategic partnership with the Automotive Manufacturer Toyota

01 July 2014

The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) has expanded its strategic partnership with the Automotive manufacturer Toyota.


Anaglyph Release New Version 4.4 of Laminate Tools

Anaglyph Release New Version 4.4 of Laminate Tools

17 June 2014

Anaglyph is very pleased to announce the release of the latest version of its Laminate Tools.

The company explains Laminate Too...


AIC Saves Prime Aircraft Manufacturer over £48,000 and Benefits the Environment

10 June 2014

AIC Group has enabled a prime aircraft manufacturer to save over £48,000 from the running costs of one of its autoclaves, and at the same time reduce the amount of propylene glycol used by 24,500 litres annually.


Carbon Nexus is Open for Business

10 June 2014

Carbon Nexus, a carbon fibre research facility has been opened at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia.


SAMPE Seattle is Innovation in Action

10 June 2014

SAMPE Seattle 2014 proved to be a successful conference and exhibition both in terms of the high number of attendees and the large number of participating exhibitors.


Tenax TPCL Qualified for Airbus 350 XWB Use

Tenax TPCL Qualified for Airbus 350 XWB Use

27 May 2014

Tenax thermoplastic consolidated laminates have been qualified for use in the A350 XWB aircraft, Airbus’s new generation extra wide body mid...


Creative Composites Invests For Growth

Creative Composites Invests For Growth

27 May 2014

Creative Composites has ordered a state-of-the-art compression moulding press for their composites manufacturing facility in Northern Irelan...


Third Annual JEC Americas Composite Show 2014 a Success

Third Annual JEC Americas Composite Show 2014 a Success

20 May 2014

The third annual JEC Americas Composites Show took place at the Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, US from 13 - 15 May 2014.


European Project NATURTRUCK Develops Biocomposites for Internal Truck Parts

European Project NATURTRUCK Develops Biocomposites for Internal Truck Parts

20 May 2014

The Technological Institute of Plastics (AIMPLAS) has launched NATURTRUCK, a European research project designed to develop materials from re...


NetComposites Announce Composites Innovation Two Day Conference 2014

NetComposites Announce Composites Innovation Two Day Conference 2014

13 May 2014

NetComposites has announced a two day event which aims to showcase material and manufacturing developments in FRP’s by presenting the best q...


Bugworkers Project Partners to Host Free Webinar

Bugworkers Project Partners to Host Free Webinar

13 May 2014

Bugworkers project partners will host a free hour-long webinar on 25 June 2014 at 15:00 CET to disseminate the project results.


Cutting Costs and Protecting the Environment with PUR and PET Reprocessing Plants from RAMPF Ecosystems and Keil Anlagenbau

Cutting Costs and Protecting the Environment with PUR and PET Reprocessing Plants from RAMPF Ecosystems and Keil Anlagenbau

06 May 2014

RAMPF Ecosystems and Keil Anlagenbau, Germany, will illustrate how reprocessing can significantly lower production costs of PUR and PET proc...


Huntsman RTM System Propels Research in to Composite Cryogenic Storage of Liquid Hydrogen

29 April 2014

A toughened epoxy resin system from Huntsman Advanced Materials is being used by the University of Bayreuth’s Department of Polymer Engineering, in an on-going research programme analysing the effective use of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for cryogenic liquid hydrogen storage systems within aerospace applications.


NetComposites Announce Programme for ‘Joining Technologies for Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composite Materials’ Event

NetComposites Announce Programme for ‘Joining Technologies for Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composite Materials’ Event

22 April 2014

NetComposites has announced the final programme for its latest conference, which will look at the methods for joining fibre-reinforced polym...


The JEC Americas 2014 Innovation Awards Program Recognises Ten Composite Companies

The JEC Americas 2014 Innovation Awards Program Recognises Ten Composite Companies

22 April 2014

JEC Group has announced the ten winners of its prestigious 2014 JEC Americas Innovation Awards program.


Hexcel Duxford Celebrates 80 Years of Innovation in Composites

15 April 2014

Hexcel is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its site in Duxford, UK.


Owens Corning Introduces New Range for Rotor Blade Applications

08 April 2014

Owens Corning has introduced an enhanced WindStrand Type 30 roving products platform for weaving fabrics.


Norafin Industries Develops Range of Electrically Heatable, Flexible Nonwovens

08 April 2014

Together with partners from the industrial and university sector within the scope of the R&D collaborative project, ‘Design of a heatable tool made of fibre-reinforced composite with integrated surface temperature control,’ Norafin Industries has developed a range of electrically heatable nonwovens with applications in the composites industry.


Fiberline Connects with the Austrian Market

Fiberline Connects with the Austrian Market

08 April 2014

Fiberline has teamed up with a new Austrian distributor, Duscheck & Duscheck, for the supply of composite bridges.


Lehvoss Introduces a New Generation of High Strength, High Impact Resistant Compounds

Lehvoss Introduces a New Generation of High Strength, High Impact Resistant Compounds

01 April 2014

Lehvoss North America has introduced LUVOCOM SCF, a new generation of high strength, impact resistant high-performance compounds for structu...


Initial Results from AVK Sustainability Project Released

25 March 2014

The AVK working party on sustainability has collected data for standard formulations in the area of resins and published key statistics for standard glass fibre products.


FBGS Forms Strategic Partnership with 4DSP

25 March 2014

FBGS has entered into a strategic partnership with 4DSP, manufacturer of fibre optic strain, temperature and 3D shape sensing technology.


RocTool Partners Two JEC Innovation Award Winners

RocTool Partners Two JEC Innovation Award Winners

18 March 2014

RocTool partners with two innovation champions, who were presented with JEC Innovation Awards at JEC Europe 2014.


3B- the Fibreglass Company’s Technology Recognised by JEC Innovation Award

18 March 2014

3B's SE3030 glass roving has been recognised through a JEC Innovation Award for its enhanced fibre/resin adhesion.


Agy and CTG/Taishan Fiberglass Schedule Launch of S-1 HM Glass Fibre Production

Agy and CTG/Taishan Fiberglass Schedule Launch of S-1 HM Glass Fibre Production

18 March 2014

AGY has started production of S-1 HM glass in conjunction with CTG/Taishan Fiberglass.


Blades for Rooftop Wind Turbine Manufactured from Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax

Blades for Rooftop Wind Turbine Manufactured from Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax

11 March 2014

Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax has been used to manufacture natural fibre reinforced blades for a rooftop wind turbine at the University...


JEC Europe’s Largest Exhibition to Date

11 March 2014

JEC Group states that the 49th edition of JEC Europe, which runs 11th – 13th March, Paris, France, will be the show’s largest to date.


JEC Move Halls to Accommodate its Largest European Show Yet

JEC Move Halls to Accommodate its Largest European Show Yet

04 March 2014

JEC Europe Composites Show and Conferences 2014 will take place on 11 – 13 March 2014 at Porte de Versailles, Paris, France in halls 7.2 and...


Cytec Introduces New Products and Technology Advances at JEC Europe 2014

04 March 2014

Cytec Industries will be showcasing its latest technology portfolio developments at the JEC Europe show.


Delcam to Show Latest in Machining with Robots at JEC Europe 2014

04 March 2014

Delcam says it will show its PowerMILL Robot CAM system at the JEC Europe.


Lantor Launches New Nonwoven Heating Concept at the JEC 2014

04 March 2014

The company will introduce a nonwoven veil at JEC 2014 that it says has the unique property to heat composite laminates as a fully integrated layer without interfering with the designed mechanical properties.


NetComposites Extends Consultancy Offering with the Introduction of new Testing Equipment

NetComposites Extends Consultancy Offering with the Introduction of new Testing Equipment

25 February 2014

NetComposites has expanded its consultancy offering, increasing its material testing and characterisation capabilities, following the instal...


Aviation Enterprises Mould Single Piece Prepreg Box-Spar Demonstrator

25 February 2014

The demonstrator, Aviation Enterprises (AEL) says, was produced to production-ready quality levels.


JEC Announces Winners of the 2014 JEC Innovation Awards

JEC Announces Winners of the 2014 JEC Innovation Awards

18 February 2014

15 companies and their partners will receive an Innovation Award at JEC Europe taking place on 11-13 March 2014 in Paris, France, for their ...


Steni Panels Help with Hard-to-Heat Homes

Steni Panels Help with Hard-to-Heat Homes

11 February 2014

Three tower blocks of apartments in Aberdeen, Scotland, have been refurbished with Steni fibre-reiforced composite cladding panels.


Henkel Offers Range of Benzoxazine Resins for Injection Processes

Henkel Offers Range of Benzoxazine Resins for Injection Processes

11 February 2014

Henkel say that with high performance and a weight saving of almost 30% compared to metal alternatives in comparable aerospace engineering a...


SCIGRIP PPX5 Acrylic Adhesive Delivers Bonding Power for Polyolefins

SCIGRIP PPX5 Acrylic Adhesive Delivers Bonding Power for Polyolefins

04 February 2014

SCIGRIP has developed its PPX5 acrylic-based adhesive that it says effectively bonds polyolefin substrates with little to no surface prepara...


Dassault Systèmes and Accelrys to Join Forces

04 February 2014

Dassault Systèmes has signed a definitive merger agreement for it to acquire San Diego-based Accelrys.


Lehvoss Introduces New Series of Improved Peek Wear Compounds

Lehvoss Introduces New Series of Improved Peek Wear Compounds

04 February 2014

Lehvoss has introduced LUVOCOM 8000, a new series of PEEK wear compounds, by substituting traditionally used PTFE with new proprietary addit...


AOC Announces Price Increase for Mexico

04 February 2014

AOC will be implementing a price increase of US$0.04/lb for all polyester resin, gel coat and pigment products sold in Mexico that is being shipped on or after 24 February 2014.


Gurit Shows Gradual Recovery from Lows in the Materials Business with Strong Growth in Systems and Engineering

04 February 2014

Gurit achieved un-audited full year net sales of CHF 281.1 million, a decrease of 19.9% compared with 2012.


Clariant’s Exolit Ensures Protection for Renewable Polymers in Oyster Shell-Reinforced Polypropylene

28 January 2014

Clariantis is providing fire protection in the development of commercially viable, flame retarded thermoplastic composites based on renewable oyster shell fillers.


General Plastics Expands Line of Polyurethane Continuous Insulation Blocks

28 January 2014

General Plastics Manufacturing Company has added new products to its premier LAST-A-FOAM R-9300 Continuous Insulation Block Series.


WMG Adopts Surface Generation Technologies to Develop Lightweight Automotive Components

WMG Adopts Surface Generation Technologies to Develop Lightweight Automotive Components

21 January 2014

Surface Generation states that WMG at the University of Warwick has adopted its advanced composite processing technologies to develop new ma...


RTP Company Introduces Ultra-performance Series of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic Compounds

14 January 2014

RTP Company will include new "ultra-performance" compounds based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and PEI resin systems in its portfolio of products.


Hexagon Ragasco Awarded New Orders

Hexagon Ragasco Awarded New Orders

14 January 2014

Hexagon Composites wholly-owned subsidiary Hexagon Ragasco has been awarded several new orders for delivery of composite LPG cylinders to ma...


FBGS to Enter Strategic Partnership with 4DSP

FBGS to Enter Strategic Partnership with 4DSP

14 January 2014

FBGS has entered into a strategic partner­ship with 4DSP LLC, a manufacturer of fibre optic strain, temperature and 3D shape sensing technol...


Brazil Installs 100% Composite Air Train in Preparation for World Cup

Brazil Installs 100% Composite Air Train in Preparation for World Cup

07 January 2014

The city of Porto Alegre, Brazil has inaugurated the country’s first automated, air-propulsion passenger transport system, with a body built...


MAI Carbon’s MAI Polymer Project Kick-Off

07 January 2014

Companies and research institutes gathered for the kick-off of the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon’s MAI Polymer project. The goal is to improve the stability and mechanical properties of thermoplastic CFRP Material through tailored adaptation of the adhesion between carbon fiber and matrix for application-optimised lightweight material.


Safran Invests in Polytechnique Montréal

07 January 2014

Polytechnique Montréal, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Safran are inaugurating the NSERC-Safran Industrial Research Chair on Novel 3D Composite Materials for the Aerospace Industry.


Tecnalia Focuses on Machining Composites by Waterjet Technologies in the REFORM Project

20 December 2013

Tecnalia is participating in the REFORM project by focusing its work on the machining of composite materials by means of waterjet as well as conventional cutting.


Blade Dynamics and ETI “Very Long Blade Project” Moves Forward with Siemens Wind Power

20 December 2013

Blade Dynamics design phase of their 'Very Long Blade Project' for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has successfully concluded and the prototyping phase will now begin.


Laurel Biocomposite Bio-Res Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Certification

20 December 2013

Laurel Biocomposite has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its Bio-Res PE and Bio-Res powder products. 


JEC Americas 2014 to Become Mega Event with Two other High-tech Shows

17 December 2013

JEC will highlight automotive, aeronautics, infrastructure and textile industries at the JEC Americas Composites Conference and Show this May in Atlanta, US.


Nammo Composite Solutions Expands Utah Operations

17 December 2013

Nammo CS, has begun expansion of its Utah, US, facility to support its growing manufacturing and assembly business.


European Commission Funded Project – ‘BioBuild’ – to Hold Industrial Interest Event

03 December 2013

BioBuild, a European Commission funded project coordinated by NetComposites, is organising a free event which will allow delegates to meet the project partners, creating the opportunity to better understand the project, its current development and potential output for the construction industry.


PlastiComp Develops the Next Generation of Long Fibre Reinforced Nylon Compounds

03 December 2013

PlastiComp claims it has developed the next generation in long fibre reinforced nylon composite pellets (LFT-PA composites). 


Materials Sciences to Open New Greenville Manufacturing Facility

03 December 2013

Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC) states it will establish a new manufacturing operation in Greenville County, South Carolina, US, investing $1 million and creating 23 new jobs.


Ahlstrom Launches AceBlade for Wind Energy Market

26 November 2013

The company says AceBlade is a unidirectional glass fibre reinforcement with superior fatigue resistance and enhanced mechanical properties.


GE Joins the UK’s National Composites Centre as a Tier One Member

19 November 2013

By joining the National Composites Centre (NCC), GE says it is positioning two of its GE Aviation businesses for a key role in this industry and academia cooperation.


METYX Composites Acquires North American Bus Industries (NABI) Facility in Kaposvar, Hungary

19 November 2013

The transaction, which was completed on 14 November 2013, includes a state-of-the-art composites manufacturing facility and ancillary buildings.


Scott and Fyfe to Exhibit at EWEA Offshore 2013

19 November 2013

Scott and Fyfe will be exhibiting at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) Offshore event in Frankfurt from 19 – 21 November.


Melodea Bio-Based Nano-Technology Awarded Three European Research Grants

11 November 2013

Melodea has been granted over 1,000,000 euros in three European research grants for three projects as part of the European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7).


Aviation Enterprises Successfully Completes Static Proof Test of Composite Tidal Turbine Blade

11 November 2013

An important milestone for the tidal energy industry has been reached by the successful static proof testing of a 600kW composite tidal turbine blade. 


WrapIt Offers New Way to Test Curved Composites

11 November 2013

Phoenix Inspection Systems says a new development in ultrasonic probe technology offers a faster and more effective way to inspect complex curves and radii in composite components.


TRB Lightweight Structures See Stars for Recycling

11 November 2013

TRB Lightweight Structures have been awarded the Silver Star award from National Recycling Stars in recognition of its contribution to the reduction of landfill waste, recycling rates and overall waste management.


Composite Integration Supplies Direct Infusion Technology to Wind Energy Sector

22 October 2013

Composite Integration says it has spent the last three years developing highly-automated commercial solutions for the infusion of structural composite components.


3B Fibreglass Company Announces Price Increases

22 October 2013

3B has announced price increases of its direct roving and chopped strand products by 9% and of its continuous filament mat by 5% for all shipments as of 1st January 2014.


Prime Minister Opens Bombardier’s New Wing Facility in Belfast

15 October 2013

The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, opened Bombardier’s new wing manufacturing and assembly facility in Belfast, UK.


JEC Americas Highlights Acceleration in New Composites Materials and Manufacturing

15 October 2013

JEC says the second annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conference, held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, US from 2 – 4 October, reflected the growing commerce, collaboration and innovation that have come to typify the region’s dynamic composite market.


Phase II of Composite Data Management Project to Extend Support for Composite Innovation

15 October 2013

Granta Design it has announced Phase II of a project to enable effective management of composite materials information, providing essential support for organisations that are innovating in their use of composites.


Scott and Fyfe Launch a Range of Multi-Axial Reinforcement Fabrics

08 October 2013

Scott and Fyfe has announced a new range of multi-axial reinforcement fabrics.


JEC Group Projects Strong Growth for Americas Composites Industry Over Next Five Years

01 October 2013

JEC is forecasting strong growth for the Americas composites industry through 2018 as the result of macro trends that are generating demand for advanced composites across multiple sectors.


Cytec Industries Features New Composite Products at JEC Americas

01 October 2013

Cytec will promote its range of advanced composite and process material at JEC Americas in Boston, Massachusetts, US October 2 – 4, 2013.


Huntsman Advanced Materials Unveils Novel FST Thermoset Solution for Lightweight Composite Interior Aerostructures

24 September 2013

Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched a new high-performance and  flame-resistant solution for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength whilst answering continued demand for weight reduction in interior aerospace designs.


JEC Americas 2013 Show Preview

18 September 2013

The JEC Americas 2013 Show will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, US on 2-4 October 2013.


Hexcel Congratulates Innegra Technologies on Receiving a JEC Americas Innovation Award for Fibres

18 September 2013

Hexcel is proud to partner Innegra Technologies in accepting a JEC Americas Innovation Award for Fibres.


Interplastic Announce Price Increase for CoREZYN and Silmar Products

17 September 2013

The Company says the increase will take effect on all shipments on or after October 5, 2013. Steve Wetzel, National Sales Manager, and Daryl Francis, Business Manager West, announced today that Interplastic is raising the price of CoREZYN and Silmar brand polyester and vinyl ester resins, gel coats, colorants and putties $0.06 per pound. Recent increases in key feedstocks such as benzene, propylene, butane, and xylenes have raised the cost of most polyester resin components. Glycols and acids, along with styrene and other additives have all increased. In addition, energy prices have risen and look to continue this trend in the near term.


University of Bristol Updates on its Activities as Part of the EPSRC Centre of Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp)

10 September 2013

This forms part of the work undertaken by the EPSRC Centre of Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp), led by the University of Nottingham, which aims to deliver a coordinated programme of research at some of the leading universities in composites manufacturing, namely the Universities of Nottingham, Bristol, Cranfield and Manchester.


Huntsman Advanced Materials Unveils Novel FST Thermoset Solution for Lightweight Composite Interior Aerostructures

10 September 2013

Huntsman Advanced Materials says it has launched an entirely new high-performance and inherently flame resistant solution for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength whilst answering continued demand for weight reduction in interior aerospace designs.


AOC Increases Prices for US and Canada

10 September 2013

AOC has announced a price increase of US$0.06/lb in the US and CN$0.13/kilo in Canada for all resin and gelcoat products shipped on or after 1 October 2013.


Teijin to Present Latest Carbon and Aramid Fibre Solutions at China Composites Expo in Beijing

10 September 2013

Customers visiting the Teijin booth (stand AL04) will be able to learn about applications for carbon- and aramid-fibre-reinforced composites developed by the Teijin group.


NetComposites to Showcase Biobuild at ACIC 2013

03 September 2013

Biobuild, a project to reduce the embodied energy in construction materials with no increase in cost, will present at “Architects’ Day” at Advanced Composites in Construction 2013.


Vestas to Supply First V110-2.0 MW Wind Turbines for 400 MW in USA

03 September 2013

Vestas will manufacture and supply its first V110-2.0 MW wind turbines for a combined 400 MW to EDP Renováveis (EDPR) for wind-energy projects in the US.


OceanGate Completes Hull Design for Subsea Manned Submersible

03 September 2013

OceanGate has completed an initial carbon fibre hull design and feasibility study for its next generation manned submersible – Cyclops.


Hexcel Congratulates Innegra Technologies on Receiving a JEC Americas Innovation Award for Fibres

03 September 2013

Hexcel is proud to partner Innegra Technologies in accepting a JEC Americas Innovation Award for Fibres.


Reichhold Granted Research Funds for Innovative Project within Wind Energy

27 August 2013

Reichhold’s Technology Center in Sandefjord, Norway has been granted €1million over a 3 year period for the RenWind project under the Norwegian Research Council’s clean energy programme.


RTP Company Launches New Cellulose Fibre-Reinforced-PP Compounds for Eco-Friendly Durables

20 August 2013

RTP Company has unveiled a new line of custom cellulose fibre-reinforced-polypropylene (PP) compounds.


University of Manchester Leads “Innovative Multi-material Multi-architecture Preforms” Project as Part of the EPSRC Centre of Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp)

13 August 2013

The project aims to incorporate multi-functionality, damage tolerance and fatigue performance in advanced composites, and at the same time reduce manufacturing costs and cycle times through selective multi-scale hybridisation and the careful combination of fibre architectures.


Second Quarter Sales Grow 5.5% in Brazilian Composites Sector

06 August 2013

The Brazilian composites sector reported US$403million in sales in the second quarter, which corresponds to a 5.5% increase in comparison with the first three months of the year and 9.9% higher than in the same period of the previous year.


University of Bristol and the National Composites Centre to Benefit from Government Award of £85 Million to Composites, Robotics and Energy Storage Research

30 July 2013

Three key technologies identified as part of the government’s ‘eight great technologies’ to drive UK growth are to receive an £85 million investment for capital equipment.


RTP Company Launches New Cellulose Fibre Reinforced PP Compounds for Eco-Friendly Durables

30 July 2013

RTP Company has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Makes Low-Cost Carbon Fibre Available to American Manufacturers

30 July 2013

Companies interested in testing the latest in low-cost carbon fibre have a new opportunity to partner with the Department of Energy’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF).


DIAB Supplies Core Materials for the World’s Largest Turbine Blade

23 July 2013

DIAB says the 83.5m long wind-turbine is the world's largest to date.


SGL Honours Professor Klaus Müllen with the Felcht Award for Services to Graphene

23 July 2013

SGL has honoured Professor Klaus Müllen with the Utz-Hellmuth Felcht Award for his research into the synthesis of tailored graphenes.


Solar Impulse Plane Completes Cross-America Flight with Help from Bayer MaterialScience

16 July 2013

The Solar Impulse, which is an ultra-lightweight, solar-powered plane capable of flying day and night, flew across America with the help of materials and technologies from Bayer MaterialScience.


DSM Assist the Nuon Solar Team to Prepare for the World Solar Challenge

09 July 2013

DSM has provided the resins and application technology used in building the solar car, Nuna7, which will compete in the 12th World Solar Challenge in October.


NASA Tests Game-Changing Composite Cryogenic Fuel Tank

09 July 2013

NASA has completed a major space-technology development milestone by successfully testing a pressurised, large cryogenic propellant tank made of composite materials.


Fraunhofer Develops Radio Frequency Identification Chip (RFID) which Works on Fibre Composites

09 July 2013

The RFID chips, which are frequently used in aeroplane components, measures just a square millimetres and transmits details about the component quickly, efficiently, and consistently to a receiver via radio waves. Until now, only a handful of companies use the technology for documentation purposes in production processes. Most often, RFID is used for access control purposes, or to record time, for instance on employee smart cards. How well an RFID transponder works depends mainly on the material that surrounds it. The material can have a negative influence on the transponder antenna’s range, as well as on the quality of data transmission.


JETCAM Plans to Expand Composites-Focused Reseller Network for its CrossTrack Composite Management Suite

02 July 2013

The move is in direct response to increased global interest from companies manufacturing with composite materials in CrossTrack’s real-time, end-to-end tracking of materials, material life, plies, kits, orders and nests.


Surface Generation Licences Processing Technology to TenCate to Lower the Cost of Composite Fabrication

25 June 2013

TenCate Advanced Composites has selected Surface Generation’s composite-processing technology as it says it is faster and more efficient in the production of fibre-reinforced composites for the company’s clients in the aerospace and industrial sectors.

By integrating Surface Generation’s patented Production to Functional Specifications (PtFS) processing technology into its capabilities, TenCate says it is able to reduce the cycle time to process composite materials to mere minutes. This step-change in performance significantly reduces the time and ultimate cost of manufacturing high-performance composites.

The companies say they will collaborate to further reduce cycle times by developing new innovative materials and processing solutions. Central to this is Surface Generation’s PtFS technology which encompasses a range of active thermal-management technologies, allowing temperatures to be dynamically controlled to the exact requirements of each mould area. By continuously adapting heating and cooling levels in real-time, quality is assured and throughput maximised.


JEC Americas 2013 to Focus on Top Innovations in the Americas’ Vibrant Composites Sector

25 June 2013

The second JEC Americas Composites Show and Conference will welcome delegates from around the globe to Boston, US, from 2 – 4 October 2013.


NanoSynth Project Launched to Produce Graphene-Reinforced Epoxy Resins

18 June 2013

NetComposites is leading a new collaborative R&D project aimed at developing a synthesis platform to deliver industrial quantities of graphene-filled epoxy resins for advanced composite applications.


PPG Supports First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine in US Waters

18 June 2013

PPG Fiber Glass is helping its customer, Ershigs, to support the first grid-connected, offshore wind turbine in US waters, which was deployed on 31st May near Brewer, Maine, by the University of Maine as leader of the DeepCwind Consortium.


Fibrelite Expands Range of Composite Access Covers

18 June 2013

Fibrelite now offers company logos and other brand markings on its full range of access covers.


Gurit to Present Composite Materials and Design for Architectural Applications Before the American Institute of Architects

18 June 2013

Gurit will be exhibiting for the first time at the American Institute of Architects Convention (AIA) in Denver, CO, US, from 20 - 22 June on stand 1366, and will be showcasing advanced composite products, case studies and solutions for architectural applications.


DSM, Büfa and NPSP Introduce a Sustainable Composites Construction for the Energy Neutral Enexis Building

11 June 2013

DSM, Büfa and NPSP Composieten have developed a new type of lightweight façade panel based on composite materials.


EuCIA and GlassFibreEurope Create Mutual Partnership in Reinforced Plastics

11 June 2013

EuCIA and GlassFibreEurope, facilitated by their presidents, Volker Fritz and Mauro Malanchini, have agreed to work together in order to strengthen the position of reinforced composites in Europe.


RocTool to Sell an Exclusive License for Aerospace Applications

11 June 2013

RocTool is now offering a major aerospace leader the possibility to use their Heat & Cool technologies under an exclusive, worldwide license.


Aderis Launches New Hybrid Structural Adhesives

11 June 2013

Aderisis launching INterlaced Elastomer NetworkS (INES), its first line of hybrid structural adhesives.


Galway Carbon uses Scott Bader’s Crestapol Resin in Citroën DS3 Rallycross Composite Body Panels

04 June 2013

The former World Rally Champion, Petter Solberg, is currently competing in the 2013 European Rallycross Championships with a customised 600 horsepower Citroën DS3 supercar fitted out with new lightweight carbon-kevlar composite body panels.


Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composites Structures and Advanced Composites Structures Australia Open Head Office

04 June 2013

CRC-ACS and ACS announce the opening of the new head office and facilities of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composites Structures (CRC-ACS) and Advanced Composite Structures Australia (ACS Australia).          


Huntsman’s Bio-Based Materials Help to Take Sustainable Mobility to the Next Level

28 May 2013

Huntsman Advanced Materials has developed bio-sourced composites that have been used in the latest version of the BioMobile - a prototype vehicle designed to achieve minimal reliance on the use of fossil fuel resources in its design and construction, while offering very low energy consumption in use.


Great Bay Community College Offers Advanced Composites Manufacturing Courses through Newly Opened Advanced Technology and Academic Center

28 May 2013

The Advanced Technology and Academic Center (ATAC) which will be based in Rochester, New Hampshire, US will offer traditional academic courses and programmes in advanced composites manufacturing.


Bayer MaterialScience Opens Innovation Hub for Asia Pacific

28 May 2013

Bayer MaterialScience has opened a regional innovation hub for Asia Pacific in Shanghai, China where more than 200 experts will develop novel ideas for the use of high performance plastics, foams and coatings.


Composite Insights Release Indian Wind Energy Composites Industry 2013-2018 Report

28 May 2013

The report says that consumption of composite materials in the Indian wind energy industry is forecasted to grow 12.8% per year between 2013 and 2018.


Minister Marks Start of National Composites Centre Expansion Work

21 May 2013

Construction on the second phase of the National Composites Centre (NCC) is now underway with a turf cutting ceremony attended by the Business Minister Michael Fallon.


JEC Announce Winners of the 2013 JEC Asia Innovation Awards

21 May 2013

Companies from Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Europe along with their partners will receive trophies at JEC Asia Innovation Awards, taking place on 25 – 27 June in Singapore. 


Cytec to Promote Variable Temperature Moulding Resin Systems at All Energy 2013

14 May 2013

Cytec will be exhibiting its range of composite and process materials on stand number D51 at All-Energy 2013, which is being held in the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen, UK, on 22 - 23 May.


PPG Fiber Glass Sells Interest in PPG-Devold Joint Venture

14 May 2013

PPG Fiber Glass has sold its 50 percent interest in the PPG Devold fibre glass joint venture to Hexagon Devold, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hexagon Composites.


Hexagon Composites Provide More TITAN Modules in North America

07 May 2013

Hexagon Composites has received its largest North American TITAN order to date, supplying lightweight composite TITAN gas transportation modules to Xpress Natural Gas in the US.


Gurit Introduces their Balsaflex UVOTEC to the American Market

07 May 2013

Gurit will showcase their next generation balsa core materials on stand 3436 at the Wind Power 2013 show.


Frost and Sullivan Predict Non-Destructive Testing in the Composites Market to Experience Healthy Expansion

22 April 2013

Frost and Sullivan believe that stringent regulations, safety concerns and the expanding applications of composites will push uptake of non-destructive testing.


Edra Equipamentos Launches Multipurpose Module for Sustainable Buildings

22 April 2013

Edra Equipamentos has launched a multipurpose module for commercial construction applications.


PlastiComp Increases Capacity with New LFT Compounding Line

22 April 2013

PlastiComp has increased their production capacity with the installation of a new long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) compounding line.


PPG Wins GL Certification for High-Modulus Glass Composition Fibres

02 April 2013

PPG Industries’ fibre glass business has received certification from Germanischer Lloyd (GL), a leading international certification body in the wind energy industry.


Ultra-Light Solar Impulse Plane Set to Take Flight Across America

02 April 2013

Solar Impulse, an ultra-lightweight, solar-powered plane, capable of flying day and night, is set to take flight across America with the help of diverse material and technologies from Bayer MaterialScience.


SGL Group Supports Establishment of Technology Centre for Composites in Singapore

02 April 2013

The SGL Group is supporting a joint project by Singapore Polytechnic, the German Institute of Science and Technology - TUM Asia, and the Institute for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to establish a Composite Technology Centre in Singapore.


Siemens Opens World's Largest Wind Turbine R&D Test Facilities

02 April 2013

Siemens Energy has opened two major research and development test facilities for wind turbine technology in Denmark.


3B’s HiPer-tex W2020 Roving Obtains Germanischer Lloyd Approval

26 March 2013

Germanischer Lloyd has approved HiPer-tex W2020 high-performance direct roving from 3B.


SAMPE Rewards Innovation at 2013 Symposium

26 March 2013

200 experts from science and industry gathered at the 19th German Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Symposium on the 27th and 28th February 2013 to discuss the role composites materials can play in the transition to renewable energies.


Kentucky Transportation Center Applies Aerospace Technology to Bridges

26 March 2013

The Kentucky Transportation Center’s (KTC) research team, in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Federal Highway Administration, recently determined that a product originally intended for aerospace technologies could be used to successfully repair damaged concrete bridges. 


SPE Names Recipients of GPEC 2013 Environmental Awards

26 March 2013

Awards recognising environmental leadership and excellence were presented at the GPEC 2013 Conference on March 21, 2013.


3A Composites and WINDnovation Join Forces for Improved Sandwich Solutions

19 March 2013

3A Composites Core Materials and WINDnovation have entered into a strategic cooperation regarding further improved core materials and sandwich solutions for wind applications.


JEC Group Unveils New Trends in the European Composites Market

12 March 2013

JEC Group has identified five developments in the market that could grow even bigger by 2030.


Ticona Receives Aeronautics Prize for Helicopter Thermoplastic Composite Tailplane

12 March 2013

Ticona has received a JEC Innovation Award for the first thermoplastic composite tailplane developed and put into production for a helicopter.


Ten new Laureates for the JEC Europe Innovation Awards Program in 2013

06 March 2013

This year, 10 companies and their partners will receive an award at JEC Europe, Porte de Versaille in Paris, France, next week, for their composites innovations.


Henkel to Showcase Mould Sealers and Adhesives at JEC Europe

06 March 2013

Henkel will exhibit its Frekote products at JEC Europe, Porte de Versaille in Paris, France, next week.


Barrday Highlights Thermoplastic Composite Materials at JEC Europe

06 March 2013

Barrday will showcase a range of thermoplastic materials tailored for the aerospace, military/defence, protective and energy markets, including uni-directional tapes, powder coated semi-pregs and pressed laminates at JEC Europe, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France, next week.


TRB Lightweight Structures Positioning For Growth

06 March 2013

Following the acquisition of Amber Composites by TenCate, members of the management team are now refocusing their efforts on TRB Lightweight Structures.


DSM Demonstrates Significant Carbon Footprint Reduction in Composite Recycling Through Cement Co-Processing

19 February 2013

DSM demonstrates the use of co-processing in cement manufacturing as a viable route for composites recycling: generating valuable materials and helping to improve the ecological footprint of cement manufacturing.


IYRS Open House Gives Attendees an Opportunity to Explore Composites Careers

12 February 2013

Individuals interested in pursuing a career track in the composites field will have a chance to explore training and career options during a February open house at IYRS, a marine trades and technology school based in Bristol, Rhode Island, US.


MFG Galileo Teams up with MFG Union City

29 January 2013

Effective from 3 December 2012, Molded Fiber Glass Galileo will now be known as Molded Fiber Glass Southeast.


SCIGRIP Expands European Adhesives Offering

22 January 2013

SCIGRIP will be showcasing the latest advancements in bonding systems and adhesive chemistries at Compotec 2013 in Carrara Fiere, Italy, from 6-8 February on Stand 845 in Hall D.


Gurit Introduces New Group Organisation

15 January 2013

Gurit has introduced a new Group Organisation effective of February 1, 2013.


JEC Group has a full house for JEC Europe 2013

08 January 2013

JEC Europe, March 12 – 14, 2013, at the Paris Porte de Versailles, France, has sold out.


Enhanced Oil Recovery in Southeast Asia includes Vipel Technology

08 January 2013

One of Southeast Asia’s largest oil fields benefitted from the chemical resistance of Vipel® vinyl ester from AOC to improve oil recovery.


Gurit to Implement a Globally Unified Brand

08 January 2013

Gurit is implementing a unified global brand strategy to reflect its comprehensive offering, global geographic presence and ever wider industry reach.


CIMPA and Dassault Systèmes Strengthen Partnership in Services and Consulting

08 January 2013

CIMPA and Dassault Systèmes have signed a strategic agreement under which CIMPA becomes one of the key partners in the Dassault’s Services Provider Partner programme.


Carbon Graphite Composite Components from CompoTech Improve Productivity of Industrial Machinery

08 January 2013

Components made with Less Mass, Higher Stiffness & better damping make machines faster, more accurate, cut more metal and lighter meaning machines require smaller motors and will consume less energy; CompoTech says its Carbon Graphite Damping Technology can achieve these Material Properties.


UK National Composites Centre Celebrates Government Funding for Phase II Project

11 December 2012

A Government investment of £28m will be made to enhance the capabilities and capacity of the UK National Composites Centre (NCC).


Smart Innovation in Blow Moulding Technology

11 December 2012

Smart Machinery & Moulds (Smart) has launched its smallest extrusion blow moulding machine.


3B - the Fibreglass Company Obtains Germanischer Lloyd Approval for SE2020 Reinforcements for Laminates Used Primarily in the Manufacture of Wind Turbine Blades

04 December 2012

3B - the fibreglass company has obtained Germanischer Lloyd (GL) approval for its newly developed SE2020 single-end rovings used mainly for the manufacturing of non-crimped fabrics used to make wind turbine blades.


Seventh Edition of Feiplar Composites and Feipur International Congress Held on 6 - 8 November 2012

04 December 2012

From November 6th to 8th 2012, the seventh edition of Feiplar Composies & Feipur – International Congress and Exhibition on Composites, Polyurethane and Engineering Plastics was held in São Paulo, Brazil, at Expo Center Norte, Green Hall, with more than 280 exhibitors from 26 countries and more than 14,500 visitors.


Zoltek Companies, Inc. Reports Strong Financial Results for its Fourth Quarter - Capping a Year of Record Sales and Earnings

04 December 2012

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, ending September 30, Zoltek reported net sales of $44.2 million, compared to $43.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. Zoltek had operating income of $5.3 million for the latest quarter and net income of $4.2 million, or $0.13 per share. In the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year, Zoltek reported operating income of $1.0 million and net income of $4.6 million, or $0.14 per share, which included a foreign currency gain of $3.5 million. For the year as a whole, Zoltek’s net sales increased 22.8% – to $186.3 million in fiscal 2012 from $151.7 million in fiscal 2011. In fiscal 2012, Zoltek’s operating income was $25.6 million and net income was $22.9 million, or $0.67 per share, which compare to an operating loss of $4.7 million and a net loss of $3.6 million, or $0.10 per share, in fiscal 2011.


PPG Fiber Glass Joint Venture Starts Fourth Furnace in Kunshan, China

27 November 2012

PFG Fiber Glass, PPG Industries joint venture with Nan Ya Plastics, in Kunshan, China, has started a fourth furnace with 38,000 metric tons of annual capacity, with the intention of serving the expanding Asian electronics industries.


Cytec and Surface Generation Trials Highlight Step-Change in Carbon Fibre Manufacturing

20 November 2012

Trials conducted by Cytec’s Industrial Materials and Surface Generation have demonstrated a significant advance in the production of carbon fibre-reinforced composite parts.


Exceptional Turnout at Inaugural JEC Americas Composites Show & Conference

20 November 2012

JEC’s inaugural composites conferences and show for the Americas, held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from 7 – 9 November, exceeded the composites industry’s expectations with an impressive showing of participating companies and expert presenters.


Tecnalia Invites You to the EMBROIDERY Project´s Technical Dissemination Seminar

20 November 2012

On 14th December 2012, a technical dissemination seminar of the results of FP7 colaborative project EMBROIDERY will take place in Tecnalia´s facilities in San Sebastian, Spain.


Successful Restructuring in Self-Administration of the Service Organization of Powerwind

13 November 2012

GES Deutschland, the European market leader in the domain of wind energy systems services, will take over service operations of the wind energy systems manufacturer PowerWind seated in Hamburg.


Premier Composite Technologies Introduces New GRC and UHPC Division

13 November 2012

Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) has launched a new Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) and Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) division.


Cygnet Tex-Web Seals £5m China Deal

13 November 2012

Fibre processing company Cygnet Tex-Web has won a £5m contract to supply five PAN precursor creels to Jiangsu Hengshen Fiber Materials, one of the largest carbon fibre and composites manufacturers in Jiangsu Province, China.


Formax Improves Energy Efficiency at UK Production Site 

07 November 2012

Formax has installed 216 solar panels and insulation to the production facility’s roof as part of its on-going commitment to reduce energy consumption and create a more sustainable manufacturing environment.


DSM Demonstrates Great Performance of Composites in Life Cycle Assessment

07 November 2012

In close collaboration with Fiberline Composites, DSM has demonstrated that the Eco-Footprint of windows made from composite profiles can be substantially lower than the footprint of equivalent windows in traditional materials. This is good news for architects and for home owners that want to combine comfort in living with care for the environment.


Molded Fiber Glass used to Install Waffle Ceiling in Canada's Kitchner Public Library

23 October 2012

Molded Fiber Glass Construction Products (MFG CP) has manufactured 2,000 waffle forms for Canada’s Kitchner public library.


In-Feed in the form of Fibre Pellets Solves Dispensing Problems in Injection Moulding of Natural Fibres

23 October 2012

The results of a project promoted by the DBU (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt), entitled “Development of industrial scale natural fibre pellet production using natural fibres to reinforce bioplastics in injection moulding and extrusion techniques” has generated interest within the industry.


Nine Composites Companies to be recognised at the 2013 JEC Innovation Awards Program

23 October 2012

The inaugural JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences on November 7th – 9th, 2012 will host JEC’s Innovation Awards Program and highlight the nine most cutting-edge advances to emerge from the world-wide composite industry this year.


KBBPPS EU Research Project on Bio-Based Product Standards Kicks Off

16 October 2012

On 27 September the seven partners involved in an EU funded research programme held their kick-off meeting in Paris, led by NEN, the Netherlands Standardization Institute, the project executes pre-standardisation research for bio-based products.


Angstron Materials to Deliver Technical Presentation at Korea Graphene Industry Workshop

16 October 2012

Angstron Materialswill demonstrate the capability of its nano graphene platelets for commercial applications of graphene-based material at the 3rd Korea Graphene Industry Workshop on November 6, 2012, at Johnson Hall, Korea Institute of Science and Technology in Seoul, South Korea.


Composites City will be built in São Paulo

09 October 2012

Compocity, the composites city built by the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO), will be the largest attraction of Feiplar, an event that gathers major companies in this sector every two years at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, Brazil, on 6 – 8 November 2012.


A Vibrant Composites Industry Gathers at a Full JEC Americas

09 October 2012

A number of networking events, prestigious personalities, visionary conference speakers, exhibitors, delegates, academics and visitors will converge next month at JEC Americas held in Boston, US, on the 7 – 9 November.


Establishment of European Thermoplastic Automotive Composites Consortium

09 October 2012

DTC Dutch Thermoplastic Components, Kok & Van Engelen, NLR National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands, TenCate Advanced Composites and VIRO have decided to collaborate in the European Thermoplastic Automotive Composites consortium (eTAC).


Gerber Technology to Offer Wide Version of its GERBERcutter GTxL

09 October 2012

Gerber Technology has launched a wide model version of its industry-leading GERBERcutter GTxL, designed to cut materials as wide as 2.2 meters (86 inches).


Automotive Engineering Free Forums to Include Low Carbon Agenda

02 October 2012

Low carbon vehicle engineering takes centre stage at the inaugural ‘Automotive Engineering’ show 2012, within the Advanced Engineering UK group of events.


Boeing, American Airlines, FAA collaborate on 737 ecoDemonstrator Aeroplane

25 September 2012

Boeing and American Airlines have showcased a Next-Generation 737-800 aeroplane known as ecoDemonstrator in Washington, US, to highlight testing of environmentally progressive technologies.


MTorres Acquires Seattle Based Aerospace Tooling and Equipment Supplier Pacifica Engineering

25 September 2012

MTorres and Pacifica have signed an agreement for the acquisition of 100% of Pacifica Engineering shares; final closing of the transaction is pending on regulatory approvals.


Owens Corning Improves Customer Experience with Introduction of a New Digital Commercial Product Guide

25 September 2012

Owens Corning has introduced a new interactive digital Division 22/23 Mechanical Manufacturer's Guide eBook designed to make it convenient for mechanical engineers and building specifiers to access key product information while on job sites or at the office.


The Composites Group Introduces SymTerra using Renewable-Resource Raw Materials

25 September 2012

In keeping with its standard of environmental stewardship, The Composites Group (TCG) has developed SymTerra composites, a new series of thermoset moulding compounds that use renewable-resource raw materials in the compound itself.



Pontis Introduces Turnkey “Pre-Form” Moulding Solution

25 September 2012

Pontis has introduced a prefabricated laminate package designed to reduce in-mould cycle time.


Composite Pressure Vessel Symposium 2012

18 September 2012

Seifert and Skinner & Associates (SSA) are sponsoring the second Symposium on Composite Pressure Vessels which will be held from 4th - 6th December, 2012, at the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown in Salt Lake City, UT, US.


Lotus F1 Team Adopts Anaglyph's Laminate Tools

18 September 2012

Lotus F1  team has adopted Anaglyph’s Laminate tools is its primary tool for chassis design.


Polinox Participates in the Development of Sustainable ATM

18 September 2012

Polinox integrated the chain of suppliers which participated in the development of the Contemporary Bank Project, name of the sustainable ATM created by Edra Equipamentos, one of the Brazilian leading developers of solutions for the financial sector.


Gurit and Hawart Cooperate in Mould and Transport Systems Manufacturing for Wind Rotor Blades

18 September 2012

Gurit and HAWART Sondermaschinenbau have agreed to closely cooperate in the areas of mould and transport systems production for wind energy rotor blades to leverage the strengths of both companies to benefit their global customer base, the cooperation does not involve any cross capital engagements.


Gurit Showcases 2012 Product Portfolio at HUSUM WindEnergy 2012

11 September 2012

Gurit will be exhibiting at the forthcoming HUSUM WindEnergy exhibition in Husum, Germany, from 18th - 22nd September, 2012.


Scott Bader Exhibiting and Sponsoring a Workshop at Engineering Design Show 2012

11 September 2012

Scott Bader is exhibiting for the first time at the Engineering Design Show 2012, which runs from October 10th - 11th 2012 at the Jaguar Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry.


India Composites Show Gains Momentum

28 August 2012

The India Composites Show, organised by Manch Communications in collaboration with Reed Exhibitions from 1st - 3rd November, 2012, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.


Price Increase for CoREZYN and Silmar Products

21 August 2012

Interplastic Corporation’s Thermoset Resins Division is raising the price of CoREZYN and Silmar brand polyester and vinyl ester resins, gel coats, colorants and putties $0.05 per pound, effective on all shipments on or after September 1st, 2012.


Angstron Materials at Nano Korea 2012

21 August 2012

Angstron Materials will demonstrate its capability to produce ultra-thin graphene along with its technology advances for applications in graphene-based thermal dissipation sheets, nano-composites and other uses at Nano Korea 2012, to be held August 16th – 18th at COEX in Seoul, South Korea.


Huber Increase Prices

21 August 2012

Huber Engineered Materials increasing the price of its industrial calcium carbonate products manufactured in Georgia, US, effective from September 1st 2012, or as current contracts allow.


Scott Bader Shortlisted for UK Technology Innovation of the Year Award

14 August 2012

Scott Bader has been shortlisted in this year’s UK Private Business Awards in the ‘Technology Innovation of the year’ category for the outstanding chemical research and innovative development of their Crestabond range of industrial primer-less structural adhesives.


AOC Increase Prices for US and Canada

14 August 2012

AOC will have an increase of US$0.05/lb in the US and CN$0.11/ per kilo in Canada for all products shipped on or after September 3, 2012.


British Gas to Sell Household Wind Turbines

08 August 2012

British Gas has revealed plans which will allow homeowners to generate their own free supply of electricity from the wind.


First TITAN modules to hit the road in North America

07 August 2012

Lincoln Composites has been awarded orders totalling approximately USD 3.5 million (NOK 21 million) to supply lightweight TITAN transportation modules to NG Advantage and LNG Energy Solutions in the US.


METYX Composites Acquires LEDA and ACT Assets

07 August 2012

In June 2012, METYX Composites completed acquisition of all LEDA assets at the Mondavio, Italy facility, as well as some of the major assets of Advanced Composites Technology (ACT Group) also located in Mondavio, Italy.


Plataine and Assembly Guidance Collaborate

07 August 2012

Plataine and Assembly Guidance Systems partner to provide a seamlessly integrated solution for optimised cutting and kitting of composite plies.


SABIC to Increase STAMAX LGFPP Capacity at Belgium Facility

31 July 2012

Sabic’s Innovative Plastics is significantly boosting capacity for its STAMAX long glass fibre-filled polypropylene (LGFPP) composite resins at its manufacturing facility in Genk, Belgium, to meet rapidly growing demand from automotive customers.


AGY Initiate Process to Sell Its CFM Business

31 July 2012

AGY has decided to initiate the process to sell its continuous filament mat (CFM) business.


Systems for Curing Resins by Microwaves

31 July 2012

AIMPLAS coordinated European project MAC-RTM, funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme, is aiming to cover the development of an innovative system for curing resins through microwaves.


Rhodia, Valeo and PSA Peugeot Citroën Demonstrate Environmental Benefits of Recycled Technyl Polyamide

24 July 2012

The environmental benefit of the use of recycled polyamide for automotive applications has been validated by a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) jointly led by leading engineering plastics developer Rhodia (member of the Solvay group), Valeo, one of the world’s top automotive suppliers and car-maker PSA Peugeot Citroën.


Composites Consumption in Asia Pacific Wind Energy Industry Forecast to cross 1000 million lbs by 2017

17 July 2012

According to Composite Insights’ latest market study, consumption of composite materials forecast to decelerate through 2017 in Asia Pacific Wind Energy Industry.  

The study reports that, for the second year running, the majority of new installations were outside the Europe and America. In 2011 Asia Pacific was the largest wind market in the world, with over 21.5 GW capacity addition. It is estimated by Composite Insights that Asia Pacific will continue to be the world’s largest market through 2017. In Asia Pacific, there are more than 50 blade manufacturers involved in developing wind turbine blades and most of them are very small with product portfolio of 1 - 3 small size blades.

The study says that Asia Pacific will continue to be the world’s largest market with far more new installations than any other region, installing 135 GW between 2012 and 2017. Asia Pacific wind energy market is dominated with standard utility-scale wind turbines (0.75 MW to 2 MW).  These turbines fitted with three blades of 30 to 50 m (100-165 ft) in length. The wind energy industry is one of the fastest growing consumers of composite materials in the world. Composite Insights believes there is an enormous opportunity for raw materials used in the fabrication of composite blades in Asia Pacific Wind Energy Industry.

Following domestic demand growth for wind turbine blades, nacelle covers and nose cones, the study explaisn that the demand for composite materials in the Asia Pacific Wind Energy industry is expect to cross 1000 million lbs in 2017 in terms of volume shipments.     

This report is now available from the NetComposites Store and can be found here - http://store.netcomposites.com/PD/3021/Opportunities-for-Composites-in-Asia-Pacific-Wind-Energy-Industry-2017?category=5


Composites Manufacturer Hexcel Joins Singapore A*STAR Aerospace Programme Consortium

17 July 2012

Hexcel has joined Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Aerospace Programme (AP).

Initiated in 2007, Hexcel explains that the A*STAR Aerospace Programme fosters synergies between industry members and its research institutes, aiming to maximise research outcomes and stretch the research dollar for participating members. Hexcel says that Singapore is the largest Manufacturing, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) hub for the aerospace industry in Asia Pacific, holding a quarter of the region’s market share for MRO activities.  It possesses nose-to-tail capabilities that include airframe maintenance, engine overhaul, structural and avionics systems repair, as well as aircraft modifications and conversion. As strategic technology partners within the A*STAR AP, aircraft manufacturers, engine and component OEM’s and system providers can tap into the pool of scientific know-how, infrastructure and joint investments in R&D to optimise business opportunities and reduce investment costs. Such collaborative efforts will also enhance competitiveness of AP members and the build-up of aviation capabilities in Singapore.

According to Hexcel, the consortium has commissioned 37 projects to date, driving next-generation technologies ranging from sophisticated in-flight entertainment systems, MRO innovations for faster turnaround times and alternative green energy sources that lower carbon footprint.  With Hexcel coming on board the A*STAR AP, its membership currently stands at 18 companies, comprising of other players in the aerospace industry such as Boeing, EADS, General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce.

Paul Mackenzie, Hexcel’s VP Research & Technology said “Joining the A*STAR Aerospace programme will provide Hexcel with additional R&T resources in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region to complement our own world class composites research facilities in Europe and the USA.  We share the opinion of other A*STAR members that technological advances through R&D hold the key to redefining air travel and creating the aerospace industry of the future.  We look forward to working with other A*STAR members to jointly build a long term technology roadmap and develop new technologies in strategic areas to benefit the industry as a whole.”

Mr Tay Kok Khiang, A*STAR Aerospace Programme’s Chairman said “The demands on the aviation industry can only continue to increase and the AP offers our aviation partners additional capabilities, combined with its in-house capabilities to undertake R&D in new technologies to enhance their competitiveness and seize market opportunities.  Through collaboration, our consortium members achieve better outcomes at lower cost; deliver cutting-edge aviation technologies to market in a shorter span of time.  Each of the AP members enhances the value of the programme and Hexcel’s expertise in the area of composite materials will further increase our spectrum of capabilities in advanced materials, manufacturing processes, inspection and non-destructive testing as well as computation modelling and simulation.  We welcome Hexcel to the A*STAR Aerospace Programme.”


NetComposites' 3rd Composites Innovations Conference a Resounding Success

17 July 2012

NetComposites’ 3rd biennial Composites Innovation Conference was held at the National Composites Centre, Bristol, UK, on the 4th and 5th July 2012 and provided a unique forum for the exchange of concepts and technological developments in materials, design and manufacturing to support the changing demands of industry.


Metyx Holds Third Composites Summit

10 July 2012

Metyx Composites organised and hosted its 3rd Composites Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-8, 2012, in conjunction with event sponsors; Airex AG, Aksa, Duratek, PPG Fiber Glass, Reinforced Plastics Magazine, Scott Bader, The Turkish Carbon Society, Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association, and Umeco.


RocTool Launches Two Revolutionary Technologies

09 July 2012

On 19 June, 2012, RocTool presented a world first by demonstrating that it is now possible to obtain an ultra-thin hybrid thermoplastic composite/plastic part with no surface defects from a single mould and with a shorter cycle time, using “Hybrid” technology and to mould thermoset parts with a shorter cycle time and eliminate the post-curing step, using “high-speed RTM” technology.


Paper Details Use of Natural Material Cork for Quiet Sandwich Composites

03 July 2012

A research team at the University of Delaware is investigating cork as an environmentally friendly solution for quiet sandwich composites. They recently published a paper on the work in Scientific Reports, an online, open-access research publication that covers all areas of the natural sciences.


JEC Further Expands its Services, Support and Expertise in the Americas

03 July 2012

After 55 years in the Americas, JEC Composites will further expand its offerings in the region this fall with the opening of its inaugural JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Nov. 7 – 9, 2012.


Formax to Strengthen Regional Business Collaborations at East Midlands Composites Show

26 June 2012

Formax will be exhibiting at the East Midlands Composites Show to be held at the University of Derby Enterprise Centre on 29th June.


Toho Tenax to Grow Composite Business in India

26 June 2012

Toho Tenax is to develop and market carbon fibre fabrics for India’s composite industry in collaboration with Hindoostan Technical Fabrics, a carbon and aramid textile manufacturer wholly owned by Hindoostan Mills, a textile company in India and part of the Thackersey Group.


Chomarat Presents First Industrial Lighter & Stronger Carbon Parts Produced With C-Ply Bi-Angle

26 June 2012

Chomarat are presenting the first C-PLY Bi-Angle, an unbalanced thin ply bi-axial carbon reinforcement (non crimp fabric, or NCF) trial part made for the aeronautic sector at JEC Asia this week.


Volta Volare’ and ElectriPlast Announce Joint Development Initiative

20 June 2012

ElectriPlast and aircraft manufacturer Volta Volare have agreed to collaborate in the research and development of next generation applications and products using hybrid composites and advanced lightweight materials for the aviation industry.


ATK Provides Propulsion and Composite Structures for Successful Launch of Pegasus

19 June 2012

ATK supported the successful launch of an Orbital Sciences air-launched Pegasus XL rocket from the Ronald Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.



Tata Use Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE to Complete Electric Vehicle’s First Feasibility Study

19 June 2012

According to Dassault Systèmes, Tata Technologies’ have used their 3DEXPERIENCE platform, based on Version 6 technology, heavily for its recent small urban electric vehicle study – the eMO (for electric MObility).


Biotex Flax Fabric from Composites Evolution Used to Create Eco-Friendly Surfboard

12 June 2012

Samsara Surfboards has created a stringerless surfboard using Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax Fabric in the place of standard carbon or glass fibre.


DSM use TeXtreme in Olympic rowing boat

12 June 2012

DSM has been working with the Dutch Olympic Team, applying their material expertise in order to make the best rowing boat possible for the London Olympics 2012.


Sensus Composite Water Meters Offer Utilities Zero-Lead Alternative

12 June 2012

Sensus has created a new standard in the industry with zero-lead, composite water meters, additions to its AquaSense smart water solution that they say meet all guidelines and are stronger and more durable than traditional bronze meters.


PowerWind Sells Five Wind Turbines to Great Britain and Poland

12 June 2012

German wind turbine manufacturer PowerWind has sold five wind turbines to Great Britain and Poland.


UNESCO Backs Airbus Initiative to Engineer Tomorrow’s World

06 June 2012

UNESCO is supporting Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas challenge, a student contest which aims to inspire a new generation of engineers.


Sacmi and SIPA Collaborate in S.U.P.E.R. PET Preform and Closure Project

06 June 2012

SIPA (Zoppas Industries Group) and Sacmi, two companies operating in the Italian packaging sector, have combined their skills in the search for a new solution in the combination of PET preforms and closures that provides advantages for processors and end-users alike.


Energetx Composites Exporting Wind Blade Moulds to Spain

01 June 2012

Energetx Composites is exporting a complete set of 45.3 meter wind blade moulds from its Michigan facility in the US. 


ASTM Approves Standard for Damage Resistance Testing of Sandwich Constructions

25 May 2012

ASTM has approved a new International standard for damage resistance testing of sandwich constructions, which they say is a common composite structural configuration.


Fraunhofer IFAM Award Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2012

18 May 2012

One of this year‘s Joseph-von-Fraunhofer prizes was awarded to Dr. Jörg Ihde and Dr. Uwe Lommatzsch, from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen, for their development of a resource-efficient process for the highrate deposition of functional nano-layers. 


Bayer MaterialScience to Establish Global Wind Energy Competence Centre

18 May 2012

Bayer MaterialScience plans to establish a global wind energy competence and development centre at its existing site in Otterup, Denmark. 


SCIGRIP Enters Sign and Display Market

18 May 2012

SCIGRIP is launching a unique range of products formulated specifically for the Sign and Display market. 


Umeco Demonstrates Composite Developments for Renewable Energy

18 May 2012

Umeco will be exhibiting its Structural materials and Tooling prepreg technologies for the renewable energy market at the 2012 All-Energy show in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre - Bridge of Don, Aberdeen on the 23 and 24 May, from their Stand F89.


Umeco sponsors Canadian company’s Grand-Am cars

12 May 2012

Umeco’s Structural materials business has signed an agreement with leading Canadian motorsports organisation Multimatic Motorsports to sponsor two Aston Martin Vantage V8s in the 2012 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC), allowing Umeco to promote its new brand and advanced composite materials to a continent-wide audience of race car enthusiasts.


LAUREL PURCHASE AMTEK MICROWAVE DRYER

12 May 2012

Laurel BioComposite has made its second major capital equipment investment in its new production line with the purchase of an Amtek Microwave system from Cellencor.


RheTech Named Winner of Michigan Green Leaders Award

12 May 2012

RheTech has been named a winner of the Michigan Green Leaders Award, Medium-Sized Business category, by the Detroit Free Press.


PRF Composite Materials Helps Cranfield University

12 May 2012

PRF Composite Materials were selected as suppliers of the epoxy resin system and glass roving for an innovative composite structures design and manufacturing project led by Andrew Mills at Cranfield University’s Composites Centre.


Flex Transducer Set to Revolutionise Composite Inspection

06 May 2012

A new flexible ultrasonic transducer which can squeeze into corners and conform to curved surfaces is set to revolutionise the inspection of composites and components with complex geometries.


Angstron Names Digichem Exclusive Distributor for Korea

06 May 2012

Angstron Materials has named Digichem Corporation, Anyang City, Korea, its distribution partner for Korea.


Scott Bader Receives JEC Europe 2012 Partnership Award

27 April 2012

Scott Bader has received a JEC Europe 2012 Partnership award for its Crestapol 1250LV Resin and Technical Support to Innovation Award Winners Axon Automotive.


Rhodia’s TechnylStar Lifts the Load in the First Ever Thermoplastic Hand Pallet Truck

27 April 2012

TechnylStaradvanced polymers from Rhodia Engineering Plastics have enabled the designing and launching of a revolutionary thermoplastichand pallet truck (HPT) called the I-ton.


Bomar Specialties Integrate into Dymax

27 April 2012

Bomar Specialtiesis integrating into Dymax and as a result, Bomar will transition to Dymax Oligomers & Coatings and continue to provide innovative solutions to unique energy-cure application challenges. 


Lindauer DORNIER to Give Keynote Lecture at CFK-Valley Stade Convention

19 April 2012

Mr Peter D. Dornier, CEO, Lindauer DORNIER (LD), will give a keynote titled with "The (Textile) Empire strikes back" - From airplane construction in the past to carbon fabrics for composites in the future at the 6th CFK-Valley Stade Convention in Stade, Germany, on the 12th and 13th June this year.


Hexcel joins National Composites Centre

11 April 2012

Hexcel has joined the UK’s National Composites Centre (NCC), joining a network of members that includes Hexcel customers Vestas, Airbus, GKN Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and Agusta Westland.


JEC Europe Report Greater Attendance

11 April 2012

JEC Europe brought together 1,181 participating companies, occupying a surface area of 50,000 m2, and had an increased attendance, with a total of 32,256 visitors, as compared to 29,867 in 2011.


SABIC Invests in Research and Development in China

11 April 2012

SABIC has invested US$100 million to build 60,000 square metre new Technology Centre in Kangqiao, Shanghai.


Victrex WG Polymer Increases Lifetime of Sliding Bushing in Automotive Water Pump Impeller

11 April 2012

Melling recently chose Victrex WG polymer for the sliding bushing when developing its electric water pump for the automotive industry because of its ability to withstand the mechanical stresses of a high-heat environment where metals had previously failed.


Johns Manville Publishes 2011 Sustainability Report

11 April 2012

Johns Manville (JM) has published“We Build Environments”, its 2011 Sustainability Report.


PPG Presented Technical Seminar on Glass Compositions at JEC Europe 2012

11 April 2012

PPG Industries’ fibre glass business presented a technical seminar on INNOFIBRE specialty glass composition fibres during last month’s JEC Europe in Paris.


Huntsman Partners Award Winning Shell Eco-Marathon Team

11 April 2012

Huntsman Advanced Materials has been involved in a student project designed to showcase the possibilities of building a lightweight, fuel efficient hybrid concept car using sustainable, high-performance composite materials.


LM Wind Power’s 73.5 Meter Blades on the Largest Offshore Wind Turbine

03 April 2012

LM Wind Power explain how their 73.5 meter blades have become the first 70+ meter blades to be installed when Alstom inaugurated the largest offshore wind turbine in the world on March 19th at Carnet in the Loire-Atlantique region of France.


Zoltek and Magna Join Forces to Speed Auto Industry Adoption of Carbon Fibre

03 April 2012

Zoltek is working with Magna Exteriors and Interiors, an operating unit of Magna International, under an exclusive global collaborative partnership to speed development of low-cost carbon fibre sheeting moulding compounds (SMC) for the automotive industry.


GKN Aerospace Progresses Composite Damage Detection

03 April 2012

GKN Aerospace researchers at the company’s UK facility, Luton, are working with a team at the University of Bristol, UK, on an 18 month programme to explore advanced coatings chemistries that will accurately indicate the existence and extent of damage in composite structure.


AGY Sign License Agreement Manufacture of S-1 HM High-Performance Glass Rovings in China

03 April 2012

AGY has signed a long-term agreement with CTG/Taishan Fiberglass of Shandong Province, China to manufacture their new S-1 HM high-performance glass rovings for wind energy turbine applications.


AOC Launch Halogen-free Resins for Lighter Weight Composites

03 April 2012

AOC has launched Firepel K120, a new resin system which they say is halogen-free, fire-retardant and produces lighter weight composites. 


Victrex PEEK based Industrial Pumps Offer 5% Power Savings

29 March 2012

Createc has devised a revolutionary set of Creacomp PT (Pump Type) composite materials that combine Victrex PEEK polymer with carbon fibre.


JEC Innovation Awards Reward 13 Companies

20 March 2012

This year, 13 companies and their partners will receive awards at JEC Europe next week.


Axson Technologies Launches Tools and Adhesives at JEC Europe

20 March 2012

Axson Technologies is exhibiting a preview of their independent heating tool regulated for prepregs outside the autoclave on its booth, F17, at JEC Europe next week.


New ‘AOC House’ Strengthens Company’s Commitment

20 March 2012

AOC has opened “AOC House,” the new and expanded office and warehouse centre for AOC (UK) Ltd. and AOC Europe operations designed to strengthen AOC's commitment to the composites industry growth.   


Metyx Invests in Core Material and Fabric Kitting

20 March 2012

Metyx has made a major, multi-phased investment in the core material and fabric kitting business which will form part of Metyx Composites Kitting Centre (MCKC), a new business unit at the company’s manufacturing centre in Manisa, Turkey.


Sigmatex Forms Textile Partnership with Innegra Technologies

20 March 2012

After a long working relationship, Sigmatex and Innegra Technologies are forming a strategic alliance to develop applications utilising Innegra S fibre.


Carbon Fibre Industry Set For Strong Growth to 2020

06 March 2012

The Carbon Fibre Industry Worldwide 2011-2020: An Evaluation of Current Markets and Future Supply and Demand, written by Tony Roberts, a leading expert on the carbon fibre industry, is a new market report on the rapidly growing carbon fibre industry and its global markets.


Brazilian Composites Industry Reports US$1.657 Billion Earnings in 2011

06 March 2012

The Brazilian composites industryreported USD 1.657 earnings in 2011, which corresponds to a 10.4% increase in comparison with the previous year according to the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO).


SPE Release Details of 42nd-Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala

06 March 2012

The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers' (SPE) 42nd annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be held on the 7th November at Burton Manor in Livonia, Michigan.


ICCO Composites Helps Create Self-Diagnosing Profiles

28 February 2012

ICCO Composites is participating in the DECID2 Project for the creation of smart profiles.


3B Introduces Its New Series for Wind Turbine Rotor Blades

28 February 2012

3B is launching HiPer-tex W2020 high performance roving to satisfy OEMs’ needs for longer and lighter rotor blades to meet the offshore and onshore multi-megawatt wind turbines.


Bayer Gets Green Light for New World-Scale TDI Plant in Dormagen

28 February 2012

Bayer MaterialScience can begin construction in Dormagen of a new world-scale plant for a key plastics precursor.


TULiPPS Solar Wins Dutch Solar Innovation Award

21 February 2012

During ceremonies on the Eindhoven High Tech Campus, TULiPPS Solar won the 2012 Dutch Solar Innovation Awards in the Industrial Development category.


Polinox Estimates 6% Growth in 2012

21 February 2012

Polinox estimates a 6% revenue growth in 2012 and according to Roberto Pontifex, CEO, the estimate is initially based on the historical annual growth rate of the Brazilian composites market, nearly always double the GDP.


Composites Testing Laboratory Awarded Nadcap Accreditation

21 February 2012

Composites Testing Laboratory (CTL) has been awarded AC7122 Non Metallic Materials Testing accreditation by PRI Nadcap and has just completed a major expansion of its fatigue testing facilities for advanced composite materials.


Huntsman Act on Sustainability

21 February 2012

Klaus Ritter, Huntsman Advanced Materials’ Marketing Manager for Composites, Tooling and Adhesives, explains how a new and very different value chain is emerging as the drive for sustainability evolves, focusing on the coherent practices Huntsman is putting in place to rise to the challenge.


Consuta & Renewable Advice Join Forces

14 February 2012

Both Consuta and Renewable Advice recognise the need for Technicians with industrial experience in the of Wind energy and to develop this they have joined forces to raise the standard for operational wind turbine blade composite training: inspection and repair.


UST Mamiya Partners with Firehole Composites to Advance Design Capabilities

14 February 2012

UST Mamiya has partnered with Firehole Composites to allow UST Mamiya to enhance exclusive in-house design tools and further advance the design and manufacturing of their high performance, carbon fibre golf shafts.


Epm: Technology Features on BBC

14 February 2012

Graham Mulholland MD and Owner of Derby based epm: technology group has national exposure on BBC Breakfast News and 1 o’clock News and is asked, are banks open for business?


ESI Consolidates its Composites Manufacturing Simulation

07 February 2012

ESI Group has released their PAM-RTM and PAM-FORM 2012, two numerical simulation applications dedicated to the manufacture of composite parts.


Cabot Corporation Launches Treated Fumed Silica Cab-O-Sil Ultrabond 4740

07 February 2012

Cabot has launched a new technical solution for the bonding paste market that sets new industry benchmarks for performance, ease of use and manufacturing efficiency.


Braj Binani Group Acquires Europe's 3B - The Fibreglass Company

07 February 2012

Binani Industries has acquired a 100 per cent equity interest in 3B – The Fibreglass Company (‘3B’) from Platinum Equity.


Approval Granted for Iberdrola Renewables’ Tule Wind Power Project

31 January 2012

The US Department of the Interior has issued its final approval of the Tule Wind Power Project with Secretary Ken Salazar signing the Record of Decision on the Environmental Impact Statement; this is the approval for the portion of the project on federal lands, making it the first approval of five California “priority” wind energy projects proposed for public lands.


DSM Dyneema Successfully Resolve Patent Infringement Dispute in the UK

31 January 2012

DSM Dyneema has successfully concluded its patent infringement dispute with Miclin and J&D Wilkie (Kirriemuir/UK), trading under the Jack Ellis brand, in a case which was brought before the Patents Court of the High Court in London, and resulted in a settlement, details of which were not made public.


NREL and Gamesa to Collaborate on R&D Project

31 January 2012

The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Gamesa Technology have formed a collaboration to study and test a variety of components and systems that are expected to guide development of the next generation of wind turbines designed specifically for the US marketplace.


New Automotive Carbon Fibre Research Project Launched

24 January 2012

The House of Composites (HOC), DTU Wind Energy, and Ph.D. Morten Rask has been granted 1.6 million Danish kroner (approximately 210.000€) by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation to form a 3 year industrial postdoc project entitled Mass production method for high quality composite material lightweight components.


Reichhold Opens Manufacturing Plant in China

17 January 2012

Reichhold has launched its new manufacturing facility in Tianjin in northern China, with a planned annual production capacity of 38,000 MT but with a potential expansion to 60,000 MT.


Metyx Invest in New Max 5 Carbon Fabric Production Line

17 January 2012

Metyx Composites has invested in a new MAX 5 carbon reinforcement production line as part of a series of investments they have planned for 2012 at the company’s headquarters in Istanbul and at its new Manisa, Turkey facility.


Lucintel’s Report Outlines Growth for Global Composites Industry

17 January 2012

Although the global composites industry has experienced moderate growth over the last five years, Lucintel anticipate growth with the industry reaching approximately $6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012 with a CAGR of 6% over the next six quarters.


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.


JEC Europe Topics include the Innovation Networks, Automation and Recyclability

03 January 2012

JEC Europe in Paris, Porte de Versailles, on 27-29 March 2012, will be focusing on 3 topics; the innovation networks, automation, and recyclability.


Dow and Aksa Sign Joint Venture Agreement

03 January 2012

The Dow Chemical Company and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii have signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture to manufacture and commercialise carbon fibre and derivatives.


Bord Gais Energy Orders 17 Nordex Turbines

03 January 2012

The largest Nordex wind farm in Ireland to date is to be installed as of August 2012 in a project called “Garracummer” located in county Tipperary and is to go on grid with 17 N90/2500 machines.


Hexagon Composites Received Funding for Hydrogen Storage Systems

20 December 2011

Hexagon Composites' business unit Lincoln Composites is nominated to participate in one of the four projects to reduce the costs associated with compressed hydrogen storage systems.


New Manufacturing Centre and Business Unit for METYX Composites

20 December 2011

METYX Composites is building a new 12,500 square meter factory in Manisa, Turkey.


AOC Receive 'Green' LEED Certification

20 December 2011

AOC has earned LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for the design, construction and operation of its World Headquarters in Collierville, Tennessee, US.


Hexcel Outlook for 2012

13 December 2011

Hexcel Corporation has provided its guidance for 2012, projecting solid growth in both revenues and earnings.


Polyurethane Composite Technology for Wind Turbine Blades

13 December 2011

Bayer MaterialScience, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Molded Fiber Glass Companies have worked in a public/private sector partnership to develop a new polyurethane-based composite technology for stronger, longer wind blades.


3B Introduces New Series of Products for Turbine Blades

13 December 2011

3B has introduced a renewed range of reinforcements, each designed for specific resin systems and engineered to provide optimum performances for the manufacture of wind turbine blades.


Boeing Receives US Air Force Reusable Booster System Contract

13 December 2011

Boeing has received a $2 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to define requirements and design concepts for the Reusable Booster System (RBS) Flight and Ground Experiments program.


3B Introduces New Series of Products for Turbine Blade Manufacturing

06 December 2011

3B-the fibreglass company has introduced a renewed range of reinforcements each designed for specific resin systems and engineered to provide optimum performances for the manufacture of wind turbine blades.


Vince Cable Opens Up Opportunities for UK Composites Companies

29 November 2011

An innovative car, flight refuelling kit and turbine blades showcased the latest in composite technology to the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills as he formally opened the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol on 24th November.


Atlas Composites Earn Aerospace Accreditation

29 November 2011

Atlas Composites has achieved the AS9100 Rev C recognition standard for the aerospace, space and defence sectors, and is one of only four composite engineering firms in the UK to achieve this.


Growth Plans for the 2012 Advanced Engineering UK Event

29 November 2011

The Advanced Engineering UK group of events plans to introduce UK Automotive Engineering show to its 2012 event, creating a 5-sector event. 


Molded Fiber Glass Supplying Composite Parts for Wind Turbines

29 November 2011

Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) is now supplying spare and replacement parts for older wind turbines.


Malama Collaborates with Green Comm Racing to Promote Environmental Innovation

24 November 2011

Malama Composites has joined Spain’s Green Comm Racing Team at the Americas Cup in order to promote environmental innovation and technology within the sailing industry.


Cabot's Aerogel Featured in Innovative Building Material

22 November 2011

A new slim composite insulation system, called StoTherm In Aevero, comprises a composite board combining Cabot's aerogel particles for energy-savings performance with Sto's binder and composite technology, resulting in an insulation board that offers greater energy efficiency than traditional materials.


UK Innovation Showcase at JEC 2012

22 November 2011

As the UK is the country of honour at JEC 2012, Composites UK, UKTI and the National Composites Centre are inviting UK companies to enter the prestigious JEC awards programme.


Pipe Wrap use Nanotechnology to Increase Product Endurance

22 November 2011

Pipe Wrap, who specialise in repair and rehabilitation of pipeline in the oil and gas industry, have successfully completed a Phase I research project involving nanotechnology.


Zoltek Open New Prepreg Operations and Tech Centre

22 November 2011

Zoltek has taken a step toward growing its carbon fibre prepreg capabilities by expanding into a new 135,000 sq ft. facility just outside of St. Louis, US to house its prepreg manufacturing and new Technical Centre.


Capgemini and Dassault Systèmes Sign Alliance

22 November 2011

Dassault Systèmes and Capgeminihave signed an alliance around the integration of Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Version 6 solutions.


Araldite' Boat First Flax Fibre Prototype to Enter and Complete the Legendary 6.50 Transat Race

15 November 2011

The ‘Araldite’ boat has crossed the finishing line in the Transat 6.50 Charente-Maritime in 15th place, demonstrating the possibilities of constructing a racing boat reinforced with flax fibres.


Cabot Adds Graphene Technology to Portfolio

15 November 2011

Cabot Corporationhas signed an intellectual property license agreement with XG Sciences Performance materials portfolio adding graphene technology to its portfolio.


STRUCTeam Gains Chinese Wind Blade Design Contracts & Launches Chinese Website

15 November 2011

STRUCTeam has gained two individual contracts for the design and structural engineering of large composite wind turbine blades for clients based in China.


UK Consortium Launch Recycled Carbon Fibre Materials at Composites Engineering

07 November 2011

A group of UK companies will be launching a new range of composite materials and products made from recycled carbon fibre at the Composites Engineering Show this week.


New SIRC Website Tells Full Story of Styrene and Styrene-Based Products

07 November 2011

The Styrene Information and Research Center has launched a new website – www.YouKnowStyrene.org – designed to serve as a reliable, one-stop source of information on styrene and styrene-based products for consumers, educators, the media, industry employees and communities.


Victrex Establishes Japan Technology Centre

07 November 2011

As part of the company's commitment to provide enhanced service and support for its new and existing customers in Japan, Victrex has established the Victrex Japan Technology Centre (JTC), which began operations on October 24, 2011.


EMPA Researchers Develop Manufacturing Process for NanoCellulose Powder

01 November 2011

EMPA researchers have developed a manufacturing process for nanocellulose powder, the raw material for creating polymer composites which can be used, for example, in lightweight structures for the car industry or as membrane and filter material for biomedicinal applications.


Rampf Tooling create their Two Millionth Board

25 October 2011

During October 2011, Rampf produced their two millionth board since they commenced in 1982.


Delmia Optimises Manufacturing of Composite Wings

18 October 2011

The Next Generation Composite Wing (NGCW) sees 17 industrial partners, led by Airbus, join forces in an aviation research and development project. Among the partners is Dassault Systèmes DELMIA, which is contributing to the £103m project initiated by the Technology Strategy Board.


Teijin's Opens New Plant in the Netherlands to Produce Endumax

18 October 2011

Teijin Aramid has opened its newest plant for the production of their polyethylene tape (HP-PE), Endumax.


Dsm Dyneema to Open Technical Centre in Singapore

18 October 2011

DSM Dyneema is investing in a new technical centre in Singapore, which they say will house the nation’s first independent ballistic testing centre and with technology that will support all their existing and new businesses.


Amber Prepreg in FuturEnergy 10kw Wind Turbine

11 October 2011

FuturEnergy have designed a new 10kw wind turbine using Amber Composites' prepreg, which they say generates 50% more output at wind speeds of 6 meters per second than any turbine on the market.


Datum Developments Create New Coating Process

11 October 2011

Datum have created a new coating process, Polcoat, for the deposition of fine polyimide films directly on to conductive surfaces, described as a key enabling material process for the protection conductive surfaces featuring miniaturisation.


Seifert and Skinner Sponsor Composite Pressure Vessel Symposium

11 October 2011

Seifert and Skinner (SS) are sponsoring a Symposium on Composite Pressure Vessels which will be held from 15th – 17th November, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hasselt, Belgium.


HELD Technologie Launch Heather 5

11 October 2011

Held Technologies have launched a new double belt press available to hire for development tasks and production runs.


Insulfoam Introduces Composite Insulation

05 October 2011

Insulfoam has developed a composite insulation panel for new or retrofit roof systems requiring resistance to misuse, abuse and severe weather.


SPE Names Recipients of GPEC 2011 Environmental Awards

05 October 2011

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced the recipients of the Plastics Environmental Division's Environmental Stewardship Awards, of which presentations will take place October 18th during SPE's Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC 2011) in Atlanta.


TSC Opens Assembly Facility at Mojave Air and Space Port to Build Virgin Galactic Spaceships

05 October 2011

The Spaceship Company (TSC) has opened its Final Assembly, Integration and Test Hangar, or FAITH, at Mojave Air and Space Port.


Energy Composites Corporation Signs Agreement with SSP Technology

05 October 2011

Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) has entered into an agreement with SSP Technology with the purpose of entering into a strategic partnership and to establish a joint venture.


Gurit Form Engineered Structures Business Unit

20 September 2011

Gurit has formed a new business unit, Engineered Structures, to more rigorously address new market opportunities for composite applications.


LM Wind Power Launch LM e-Load for Faster Load Assessments

20 September 2011

LM Wind Power has developed a new load assessment tool in cooperation with GL Garrad Hassan based on their Bladed 4.1 software.


Building Works Commence at Goodrich CTG’s UK Composite Centre of Excellence

20 September 2011

Goodrich CTG (GCTG) is building a new 137,000 square foot UK Composite Centre of Excellence in which will consolidate the five current sites into two.


PowerWind Concludes Framework Agreement for PowerWind 500

13 September 2011

PowerWind has concluded a framework agreement with the British investment company Albion Ventures and their partner for this project Infinite Energy; a Welsh based developer, for the delivery of several wind turbines of the PowerWind 500 type.


CDI and Red Composites Launch New TIP Program

13 September 2011

CDI (Century Design Inc) teamed up with manufacturing process consultants Red Composites to launch the new implementation program TIP, at China Composites Expo 2011 last week.


International Innovative Technologies Launch New Low Energy Milling Technology

13 September 2011

International Innovative Technologies (IIT) is launching its new patented low energy milling technology that is described as capable of meeting the fine grinding requirements of composites and other hard materials.


Composites Engineering Show to Discuss Results of UK Composites Collaborative Technical Development Programme

13 September 2011

A one year advanced engineering programme initiated by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is now set to be a highlighted theme setter for industry briefings at the Composites Engineering Show 2011 (CES).


Owens Corning Opening New China Composites Centre in Shanghai

13 September 2011

Owens Corning will open its China Composites Centre in Shanghai, China, in early 2012.


METYX Composites Creates New Tooling Centre

13 September 2011

Metyx Composites has created what they describe as a comprehensive, new Tooling Centre.


Automated Dynamics Testing Laser-Based Heating for Fibre Placement

06 September 2011

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


UMaine Centre Gets $3M Grant for Wind Project

06 September 2011

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.


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

06 September 2011

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.


Aerovac Launch of Indian Liaison Office

06 September 2011

Richmond Aerovac has launched its new liaison office, based in India. 







Web Industries Launches New Composites Automation Development Centre

16 August 2011

Web Industries (WI) has opened a new Composites Automation Development Centre in the Atlanta, Georgia area.







Lola and Drayson Racing Announce Electric Race Car Collaboration

19 July 2011

Lola Cars and Drayson Racing Technologies have formed an official partnership to deliver an all-electric prototype race car, the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV.














Nanotek Instruments Receives $1 Million from Ohio Third Frontier for Energy Development Project

14 June 2011

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded Nanotek Instruments $1 million to accelerate commercialisation of its nano-graphene platelets-based (NGP) electrode materials for next generation supercapacitors.







PPG-Devold Receives ISO 9001:2008 Registration

31 May 2011

PPG-Devold, the 50-50 joint venture to manufacture glass-fibre reinforcement fabrics for the North American wind energy market, has received the quality standard from UL DQS.






NYSERDA Grant Powers ESF Centre to Aid Manufacturing

20 May 2011

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are providing $900,000 USD to develop environmentally friendly ways to make coatings and resins cure more quickly.


SPE Call for Scholarships in Automotive Composites Research

20 May 2011

The organising committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE) will award two $2,000 USD scholarships for graduate-level research in polymer composites that has impact on ground transportation.



Project Develops Low Cost Blended Carbon Fibre Yarns and Fabrics

12 May 2011

A multi-partner UK project, Fibrecycle, has developed a new generation of high performance, low cost co-mingled carbon fibre yarns and fabrics, with funding support from the Technology Strategy Board.



Partnership to Research Thermal Conductivity in 3-D composites

12 May 2011

A partnership between the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (UD) and the Institute fur Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University will research ways to tailor thermal conductivity in 3-D polymer composites.


ORPC Contracts with Firehole for Structural Analysis

12 May 2011

Firehole Composites' Engineering Services branch has been awarded a contract by Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) for structural analysis of their patented TidGen advanced design cross flow turbine.


Dieffenbacher Awarded Major Order for Russian Hybrid Car

11 May 2011

The so-called e-car is a highly innovative hybrid car with a power-generating unit driven by petrol or natural gas and traction electric motors. Instead of a battery there are super-capacitors, which accumulate the energy generated while braking and which is then released to the e-motors on demand.










Scott Bader Exhibit Next Generation Gelcoat Technology at JEC 2011

28 March 2011

At the forthcoming JEC Composites 2011 show in Paris from 29-31st March, Scott Bader is launching its latest innovative development, Crystic Permabright.



ITW Plexus exhibit with ITW WindGroup at JEC Composites 2011

28 March 2011

ITW Plexus, the European structural adhesives manufacturer, is once again exhibiting at JEC Composites in Paris and this year the company will be sharing its stand with its newly formed wind energy group, known as ITW WindGroup






ACMA Launches Two New Closed Molding Certification Programs

21 March 2011

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has designed two new Certified Composites Technician (CCT) programs - Light Resin Transfer Molding (LRTM) and Wind Blade Repair (WBR).





Toho Tenax Moves Forward

01 March 2011




Blast Chimney for Armoured Vehicles Uses Dyneema

22 February 2011

Composite armour systems specialist Hardwire LLC has developed and successfully demonstrated a blast protection system that utilizes Dyneema ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre to improves the ability of light military vehicles to protect occupants.




Syrgis Opens New Company in China

22 February 2011

Syrgis has received a license to operate a business in China under the name Shanghai Syrgis Trading Co., Ltd, to support and grow the presence of the company's Performance Initiators business in China.


ACMA Composites Show Celebrates Innovation

08 February 2011

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) announced the winners of the Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) and Pinnacle Awards at the successful COMPOSITES 2011 Show.






Hybon 2026 qualified for Aerodyn Wind Turbine Blades

31 January 2011

PPGs Hybon 2026 direct roving fibre glass has been qualified for use in selected fabrics and epoxy resin systems of aerodynBlade 1.5-, 2.0- and 2.5-megawatt wind turbine blades.


Philadelphia University and MAG Establish New Composites Institute

24 January 2011

Philadelphia University and MAG are establishing the Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute for research and development of new textile-based composites that could have wide application in industry, including the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors.










Flexadux Switches to Urethane Acrylate Resin

26 November 2010

Flexadux Plastics has switched to Scott Baders Crystic Crestapol 1214 pultrusion resin as part of their continuous improvement and product innovations program.







Michigan Companies Work Together on Wind Turbine Blade Automation

19 November 2010

KMT Robotic Solutions and Stiles Machinery will supply a wind turbine blade root end cut and drill system to Energetx Composites of Holland, Michigan.





3B to distribute Tycor W Engineered Core Material

07 November 2010

WebCore Technologies has appointed 3B as the exclusive distributor in Europe and Asia of Tycor W, WebCores innovative fibre-reinforced core material for utility scale wind blades.





ESI Releases PAM-RTM 2010

31 October 2010


















Von Roll Launches Para-Lite Armouring Material

01 October 2010

Von Roll has extended its armouring products range with Para-Lite PHT20 phenolic prepreg for hard armouring applications, based on HiPer-tex high performance glass fibre from 3B.



Owens Corning Reveals Semi-Finalists for the Composite App Challenge

26 September 2010

Forty individuals and teams have been selected for ideas and applications that address some of the world’s biggest issues in infrastructure, transportation and renewable energy.


Umeco Joint Venture in China

26 September 2010






Scott Bader to Exhibit at Composites Europe for the First Time

10 September 2010

Scott Bader will showcasing three new specialty products on booth number 10-11/D03 at the 5th Composite Europe exhibition in Essen, 14-16th September.





Canada’s first Bio-Composite Bodied Electric Car

06 September 2010

The car, called the Kestrel, is an electric 4 passenger compact vehicle, designed and engineered by Motive, the body of which is made from impact resistant bio composite material.



Zyvax Capitalizes on Chinese Manufacturing Vitality

06 September 2010

Rapid expansion of Chinese manufacturing in a variety of industries has led to a boom for some U.S. companies including Zyvax, which recently established a distribution channel through a partnership with FRP Services, one of the nation's largest distributors.












Gastank Sweden Complete Development of Fibreglass CNG Tanks

09 July 2010

High pressure cylinders for motor vehicles that use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for their propulsion can now benefit from lightweight, cost competitive, advanced composite materials.



ÉireComposites Awarded €1.9 million in European Space Agency R&D Projects

06 July 2010

Galway company, EireComposites Teo. has been awarded a total of €1.9 million in Research and Development contracts from the European Space Agency, aimed at producing new lightweight composite technologies for future space launcher and satellite structures.


Long Fibres Improve Performance of Small-Scale Wind Turbine Blades

06 July 2010

When China-based Hunan ZKenergy Wind Power Industrial Technology wanted to offer a reliable source for providing electricity to remote areas around the world, it adapted the technology of wind turbines to produce affordable, small-scale units suitable for off-grid locations.



Firehole Partners with Saratech to Expand Distribution of Composites Simulation Software

06 July 2010

Firehole Technologies has partnered with engineering and management solutions provider Saratech to market and sell Firehole’s Helius line of software tools.


Airtech Introduces Securlon L-750 Bagging Film

25 June 2010

Airtech Advanced Materials Group has launched their new Securlon L-750 multi-layer bagging film, designed for low cost commercial, marine, wind energy and low temperature applications.




NLR and TU Delft Improve Composite Damage Tolerance

18 June 2010

The National Aerospace Laboratory NLR and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands have jointly developed a new fibre architecture with improved damage tolerance for use with a fibre placement machine.







Hexcel Has Positive Outlook for Growth

04 June 2010

Hexcel’s outlook for the future includes double digit growth from the second half of 2010 through to 2013.




Far East Wind Power Signs Agreement With Malama Composites

31 May 2010

Far East Wind Power Corp has signed a letter of intent with Malama Composites to develop new environmentally friendly technologies for the wind turbine manufacturing sector.










Lotus Engineering Demonstrates the Lightweight Future

07 May 2010

Lotus Engineering has conducted a study to develop a commercially viable mass reduction strategy for mainstream passenger vehicles.







DeltaWing in Technology Partnership with Milliken

03 May 2010

DeltaWing’s prototype chassis for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series will feature Milliken’s thermoplastic composite, Tegris, with the intention of making the DeltaWing car one of the lightest, most impact energy absorbent and intrusion resistant open wheel racing cars ever created.





BRIC Country Composite Materials Use Soars

23 April 2010

At the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Conference in Chicago, Chuck Dana, group president of the Owens Corning Composite Solutions Business, delivered a keynote speech about opportunities for fibreglass reinforced plastics in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC countries).




Innovations at JEC 2010 Conferences and Forums

09 April 2010

The agenda has been set for the 2010 Paris Conferences and Forums, which will take place during the JEC Composites Show Paris April 13-15 2010.



NetComposites Supports Environment & Recycling JEC Award Winners

09 April 2010

The Environment & Recycling JEC Award winner is a demonstration part built for an exhibition organized during the Copenhagen climate conference.


Toho Tenax to Present New Products at JEC

09 April 2010

Toho Tenax will be presenting a new filament yarn as well as net shape carbon fibre preforms at the JEC show next week.


Fiberforge Opens European Engineering and Sales Office

05 April 2010

Fiberforge has opened its European subsidiary, Fiberforge GmbH in Baar, Switzerland to better serve its European clients and business partners.


Berkeley Scientists Report Universal Method for Creating Nanoscale Composites

05 April 2010

Researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry, in collaboration with researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, have shown how nanocomposites with desired properties can be designed and fabricated.










UK Composites Industry gets NEC showcase

05 March 2010

‘Leading Edge Events & Media will host a brand new show, ‘The Composites Engineering Show 2010’ to service the UK’s rapidly developing composites design & production engineering community across all applications.



China’s Largest Prepreg Company Joins Forces with UK Technology Provider

05 March 2010

Weihai Guang Wei Composites has signed commercial and technical co-operative agreements with Red Composites to enhance Guang Wei Composites’ operational capability and accelerate their commercial presence in marine, transportation and renewable energy markets world-wide.



Fibreglass Reinforcements That Don’t Cost the Earth …

05 March 2010

ACMA provided a great platform to celebrate Jushi / Gibson Fiberglass’ recent work in environmental awareness, allowing both companies to join in with the trend of recently announced eco initiatives.





Renewable Energy to Supply 40% of Falklands Power

24 February 2010

The installation of three new wind turbines looks set to boost the environmental credentials of the Falklands.




10 MW Wind Turbine Planned for Norway

19 February 2010

Evona has provided Norwegian-based Sway with funding worth approximately £15 million to build what is expected to be the largest wind turbine in the world.




Carbon Fibre Cars of the Future Could be Powered by Their Bodywork

19 February 2010

A research team at Imperial College London are developing a prototype which could lead to parts of a car’s bodywork doubling-up as its battery.





Gibson/Jushi Environmental Stewardship Program to be Presented at ACMA Conference in Las Vegas

05 February 2010

Ron Adams, Vice President of Technical Sales for Gibson Fiberglass, is set to present information regarding a collaborative Environmental Stewardship program between Gibson and Jushi on Wednesday, February 10.




JEC Reveals 2010 Innovation Winners

01 February 2010

The 12th year of the JEC Innovation Awards Programme sees 11 winning companies due to receive their awards at the JEC Composites Show (April 13-15, 2010).








Raw Materials Increases for North America and Europe

21 January 2010

Ashland and Reichhold disclose price changes effective as of early 2010.


ABC Search for Sustainable Composite Chemicals

19 January 2010

The North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) is taking the lead on a 30 month group project to identify commercial opportunities for alternative chemicals made from sustainable resources.


Composite Windows Could Cut Costs

14 January 2010

A new research project aims to use composite materials in order to eliminate thermal bridges, condensation and mould in our living rooms.


Federal Award Given to University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center

13 January 2010

The University of Maine’s Advanced Structure and Composites Center has been awarded a $12.4 million (US) grant from federal Recovery Act funds.


Price Increases Revealed

13 January 2010

Scott Bader Europe Increases Prices of all Crystic Products




SGL Rotec and BARD Sign Long-Term Rotor Blade Agreement

23 December 2009

German rotor blade specialist SGL Rotec has signed a long-term agreement with BARD Emden Energy GmbH & Co. KG for the delivery of rotor blades for offshore wind turbines.




3B Identifies Asia as Growth Market – Appoints India Agent

17 December 2009

3B has appointed Essen International as its non-exclusive agent for India. This latest move marks 3B’s stated commitment to developing its business in Asia, with a particular focus on India and China, which it sees as key growth markets.




Jushi: A Giant in Fibreglass

15 December 2009

Jushi, literally translated as ‘Giant Stone’, has come a long way since its inception in 1993. With 10,000 employees, spread amongst three plants across China, the Jushi Group has developed a colossal capacity, able to produce 900,000 metric tonnes of fibreglass per year, which the company say make it one of the largest producers of fibreglass reinforcements in the world.



Gurit Secures Agreement with Pulse Tidal

11 December 2009

Gurit has secured an agreement with Sheffield-based Pulse Tidal to engineer, supply tooling and manufacture the blades for Pulse Tidal Pulse Stream 1 mega watt (MW) demonstrator.


RWE Innogy Opens Biggest Offshore Wind Farm in Wales

11 December 2009

RWE have recently opened a 90 MW offshore Wind Farm. Situated five miles off the north Wales coast, in Liverpool Bay, the facility boasts 25 Siemens wind turbines.




Rio Tinto Completes Sale of Alcan Composites

08 December 2009

Following their announcement earlier in the year, Rio Tinto has now completed the sale of Alcan Composites to Schweiter Technologies for a fee of around US$349 million.


Composites Withstand Waste-to-Energy Exhaust Heat

04 December 2009

Tunetanken have recently obtained a contract to provide fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite chimney liners for a modern waste-to-energy incineration plant.





ABMACO Re-elects Gilmar Lima

27 November 2009



Giant Wind Blade Travels to COP15

24 November 2009

Over the weekend, a 61.5 meter long blade, believed to be the world’s largest wind turbine blade, was transported from Lunderskov to the Danish capital, Copenhagen.



Composite Kayak Manufacturers Use Epoxy Bonding Gel-Coat Technology

23 November 2009

Hangzhou Epic Boat Co. and Nelo M.A.R. Kayaks are now using the latest polyester ‘epoxy bonding’ spray gelcoat technology from Scott Bader in their composite Kayaks.


PPG Wins DOE Grant for Wind Blade Automation Process

20 November 2009

PPG Industries has been awarded a grant worth $741,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy, to support the development of materials and automation processes for wind blade manufacturing.


Thermoplastic Oil Pan Wins SPE Award

20 November 2009

A group comprising of Dana Holding Corporation, BASF, and Ford Motor Company have collectively won the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Award for their latest innovation.


Australian Composites Expand into North America

20 November 2009

Moorabbin based composites raw materials manufacturer, Australian Composites Pty, has signed a partnership agreement with Sunrez Corporation to expand sales of the Company’s UV curing pre-impregnated fibreglass materials into Canada and the US.




Electric City Car Programme Gains £4.5m Funding

13 November 2009

A collaboration between Gordon Murray Design and Zytek Automotive has just been boosted by a £4.5m investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board.



Lightning Strike Sim to Aid Aircraft Using Composite Structures

13 November 2009

Lightning strike tests of a helicopter at Eurocopter's Donauwörth facility have verified the accuracy of finite element analysis techniques for characterising the electromagnetic behaviour of complete and custom-cabled modern aircraft structures constructed using advanced composite materials.



Joint Initiative Develops Breakthrough in Thermosets

06 November 2009

DSM Composite Resins, Dieffenbacher and Fraunhofer ICT have combined efforts on a direct compounding technology that extends thermoset composites to high volume, complex and large parts production





QinetiQ and Vestas Claim World First in Radar Mitigation Wind Turbine Technology

23 October 2009

One of the most significant objects to wind farms could potentially have been bypassed through a new technology developed in a collaboration between QinetiQ and Vestas Wind Systems.





Infusion Solution Aimed at the Boating, Wind Energy and Transportation Industries

09 October 2009

Nidaplast Composites hope to make infusion easier and less expensive with a customizable, ready-to-use product called Rovipan, due to be presented to attendees of this year’s Composites Europe. The company says that because of its mechanical properties this product is ideally suited to the transport and energy industries.







Bioplastics Added to RTP Range

11 September 2009


One-Piece Araldite Hockey Stick Wins Fans..

09 September 2009

The stick, using Araldite NanoTech Composite RTM system from Huntsman Advanced Materials and a design by Composite Busch SA, was used by the Swiss ice hockey team and has won widespread praise from the Russian, Austrian, Latvian and French teams.













O-Tek Takes Control of the Brazilian Company Newsan

16 July 2009

The Colombian O-Tek, from the conglomerate Inversiones Mundial, has incorporated Newsan, a company from Brazil specialized in piping rehabilitation.


Boeing, Ten Cate, Stork Fokker and University of Twente Establish Research Centre

22 June 2009

Boeing, Royal Ten Cate, Stork Fokker and the University of Twente have signed an agreement to establish the Thermoplastic Composites Research Centre (TPRC) at the University of Twente in The Netherlands.






Ashland, Amtech and Endurance collaborate to produce new wind turbine blades

20 May 2009

Ashland Performance Materials is part of a joint effort with Amtech, LLC and Endurance Wind Power to produce wind turbine blades at Amtech's North American manufacturing facility in Washington state.




ESI Group Partners with PPE Research Centre

29 April 2009

ESI Group and the Pole de Plasturgie de l'Est (PPE) are to partner to cover the entire lifecycle of composite parts and structures manufactured through injection and infusion processes.




Collaboration on New Composite Training Courses

21 April 2009

The Composites Training Consortium (CTC) and Dark Matter Composites Ltd (DMC) have formed a working partnership and launched two new training courses.


















PEM-Energy and Telene Launch Innovative Wind Power on a Household Scale

31 January 2009

Finnish high-tech company PEM-Energy has chosen Telene for its new, small-scale MyPower wind turbine.













Saertex opens a factory in China

11 November 2008

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












JEC Asia Ready for Action

05 September 2008










CCP and Hexion Increases Prices

25 July 2008

Cook Composites and Polymers and the US Composite Resins business of Hexion Specialty Chemicals will both increase prices in August.





Interplastic and AOC Price Increases

17 July 2008

Both AOC and Interplastic will make $0.08 per pound price increases in the next month.







Scott Bader, DSM and AOC Increase Prices

19 June 2008

Scott Bader, DSM and AOC will all be introducing price increase from the end of this month.





Gurit and Composites One to Launch Blade Repair Product Range

10 June 2008

Composites One has joined together with Gurit to launch a newly developed range of blade repair materials.




































Emerald Performance Materials Acquires CVC Specialty Chemicals

11 February 2008

Emerald Performance Materials has acquired CVC Specialty Chemicals, the manufacturer of specialty epoxies, monomers, and catalysts for structural composites, adhesives, coatings and industrial applications.




TenCate Acquires YLA & CCS Composites from Perstorp

29 January 2008

TenCate Advanced Composites USA, a subsidiary of Royal Ten Cate, has agreed buy all the shares of YLA, Inc and CCS Composites, Inc (both of Benicia, CA).







ITW SprayCore Acquires Euromere

15 January 2008

ITW SprayCore has acquired Euromere, the French supplier of thermoset-resin based specialty products, barrier coats and high-performance gel coats.












Composites Europe Takes Off

19 November 2007










Amber Composites Acquired by Private Equity Consortium

16 October 2007

Amber Composites and Technical Resin Bonders, manufacturers and suppliers of composite materials and structures, have been purchased by a consortium of international investors focused on leveraging technology to increase efficiencies in the transportation and energy industries.











Two JEC Programmes Pay Tribute to Tomorrow's Innovations

16 September 2007

JEC have announced a call for presentations for the 2008 User Forums and a call for candidates for the 2008 Innovation Awards Programme.




ACMA 2007 Lifetime Achievement Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees

16 September 2007

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has announced its 2007 Lifetime Achievement Winners and inductees for the association's Hall of Fame.








New Research Indicates Quickstep Automotive Parts Manufacturing Potential

23 July 2007

Quickstep Holdings has received results from research work on automotive composite crash structures which may deliver cost and safety benefits.











Century Products Grants License for Composite Railroad Ties

25 June 2007

Southern California-based Century Products has granted a commercial license to Ameren Energy Fuels and Services (AFS) of St. Louis, Mo., to develop, manufacture, market and sell polyurethane composite railroad ties made of Century Products’ LifeTime Lumber technology.









Vistagy and Jetcam Expand Global Technology Partnership

08 May 2007

Jetcam International, active in CAD/CAM and nesting for the sheet metal and composites industries, and Vistagy, the provider of specialized engineering software, have announced an expanded business and technology partnership in composite materials.



AOC and Reichhold to Increase Prices

30 April 2007

Reichhold and AOC will both increase prices by US $0.05 per pound on resin products sold in North America.




Price Increases from Reichhold, Scott Bader and DSM

23 April 2007

Reichhold, Scott Bader and DSM each plan price increases starting in May.
























































ACMA Cites Significant Increase in Pre-Registration for Composites & Polycon 2006

15 October 2006

Nearly 5,000 people and 240 exhibitors from around the world will visit St. Louis on October 18 as part of Composites & Polycon 2006. The annual Composites convention, hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), is now co-located with Polycon, hosted by the International Cast Polymer Alliance (ICPA).










Scott Bader and Reichhold to Make Further Price Increases

10 September 2006

Both Reichhold and Scott Bader will be raising the price of their materials during September. Scott Bader will be increasing the prices of all Crystic unsaturated polyester, DCPD and Vinyl Ester resins, plus all gelcoats and Crystic Crestomer structural adhesives by a further 100 €/tonne on all deliveries from its European sites from September 18th 2006. Scott Bader said that this further increase is due to the continued upward surge in raw material costs during July and August, which has taken prices for certain key raw materials such as styrene, phthalic and maleic anhydride to record highs, with no signs of relief in sight. Malcolm Forsyth, European Commercial Director, Composites business division of Scott Bader stated “Under these circumstances, with such dramatic additional raw material price increases imposed on us so quickly, we have no choice but to pass on these price increases to our customers; to not do so would have serious implications on the viability of our business. However, where we can, we do look to try to work with and help our customers to minimise any negative impact on their business.” Reichhold will be making a price increase of 100 € (Euro) per metric tonne on all of its products sold to the composites industry in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This increase is in addition to the ones announced in April and July and is effective for September shipments onward. “This increase is a needed response to the escalating cost of key raw materials, tight availability of specific key ingredients and rising fuel, energy and transportation costs,” explained Reichhold’s EMEA Vice President of Sales Alberto Piccinotti. “Reichhold is making all possible efforts to minimize the impact of raw material costs and secure the volumes required to support the growth of the composites industry. We appreciate our customers’ understanding during these rapidly changing times.” “Unfortunately no short-term improvement is forecasted, and we expect these historically high raw material costs to continue for some time,” he concluded.
















JEC Launches Calls for Candidates

02 July 2006

Any company involved in the use of composite materials can participate as a speaker at one of the six User Forums or by competing in the JEC Innovation Awards programme during the next JEC Composites Show.





Zyvex and Arkema Strengthen Partnership in Nanomaterials

18 June 2006

Through a new licensing arrangement, Arkema will use Zyvex’s patented Kentera dispersion technology, in conjunction with its own Multi Wall Carbon Nanotubes (MWNTs).













NetComposites Recognised for Innovations in Self-Reinforced Plastics: Video Interview

15 May 2006

NetComposites was one of just six small businesses recognised at the recent Shell Springboard national environmental business awards in London, for its work in developing new products from self-reinforced plastics.






New Funding for Science Research at Composites Innovation Centre

06 April 2006

The Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) will receive a further $6.6 million under the Canada-Manitoba Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to support the growth of an internationally competitive composites industry in Manitoba.



Composite Sports Bow Uses Huntsman Advanced Materials

06 April 2006

Swiss bow maker, Willi Heuberger’s prize winning bow models were made using Huntsman Advanced Materials RenLam laminating system.










Quickstep Advances with New European Showcase Centre

10 March 2006

Australian advanced materials group Quickstep has signed a key partnership agreement with the University of Manchester, UK for the showcasing of the Company’s technology to European customers.








Carbon Fibre Vessel Launched

10 February 2006



Cracking the Secret of Fracture Instabilities

03 February 2006

Researchers from Max Planck Institute for Metals Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have performed atom-by-atom investigations of how cracks propagate in brittle materials












The New Lotus Europa S

09 December 2005


US Vehicle Recycling Effort

09 December 2005















Fiberforge Nominated for 2005 World Technology Award

27 October 2005

The World Technology Network (WTN) has nominated Fiberforge as one of the most innovative companies in the category of Environment.


French Researchers Toughen Nanotube Fibres with Heat

21 October 2005

Researchers from the Paul Pascal Research Centre and University of South Paris, France, have used hot-drawing to improve the mechanical properties of fibres made from carbon nanotubes.





Reichhold, PPG, Hexion and DOW Increase Resin Prices

14 October 2005

A further round of resin price hikes are to be made by resin producers, Reichhold, Hexion, PPG and DOW.


New Pocket NDT Series for Composites Inspection

14 October 2005

NDT Automation has released a new Pocket Ultrasonic scanning system for the non-destructive inspection of FRP composites.


LM Glasfiber Builds its Second Factory in India

14 October 2005

LM Glasfiber is to increase its blade production capability in India.









Nuna 3's Aramid Solar Car Wins World Challenge

30 September 2005

Delft University of Technology students scored a convincing victory in the World Solar Challenge for the third time in a row using a solar car constructed with aramid.


Aerovac and Richmond Launch Super-Wide Vacuum Bagging Films

30 September 2005

Aerovac Systems and Richmond Aircraft Products, sister companies within the Composites Division of UMECO plc, have launched a new range of super-wide and self-releasing vacuum bagging films.







PPG and INL Continue to Increase Commercial Use of Nanotechnology

16 September 2005

PPG Industries and the Idaho National Laboratory, a multi-disciplinary laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, have agreed to extend their cooperative research-and-development effort aimed at developing low-cost nanoparticles by one year.


TEC Industries Acquires Quatro Composites

16 September 2005

TEC Industries has acquired the California-based Quatro Composites to expand its carbon fibre fabrication capabilities.




















University of Michigan Wins 10 Day North American Solar Challenge

29 July 2005

The University of Michigan won the 2005 North American Solar Challenge (NASC) in just under 60 hours earlier this week using only solar energy as its power source.



High Compression Bladder Moulding Prepreg Process (HCBMP) for Wind Turbine

18 July 2005

Southwest Windpower has awarded a purchase order to Quatro Composites for the development and production of the redesigned Whisper 500 wind blades using Quatro's HCBMP process.


Vestas Establishes Blade Factory in China

15 July 2005

Vestas, the European wind turbine producer, has received a business license for its first factory in Tianjin, China.



Shetland Islands Windfarm Project to be 'Most Productive in Europe'

15 July 2005

SSE Generation, the subsidiary of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), and Viking Energy Ltd, have signed an agreement to develop Europe’s most productive wind farm on the Shetland Islands.



Windforce 12 Report Outlines Importance of Wind Energy

08 July 2005

A report issued by UK organisations offers a blueprint for extending the use of wind energy in the UK as a means of tackling climate change.












Carbon Nanofibre Researchers Win International Award

21 June 2005

CSIRO and the NanoTech Institute of the University of Texas at Dallas have won the 2005 Avantex Innovation Prize for their breakthrough discovery of how pure carbon nanotubes can be spun into strong, flexible, electrically conductive yarns.


UK’s Flagship Offshore Wind Farm Project Comes a Step Closer

21 June 2005

CORE Limited, E.ON UK Renewables and Shell WindEnergy Limited have today announced that their consortium, London Array Limited, has submitted planning applications for the London Array offshore wind farm project.






Minardi F1 Selects FEA Software for Carbon Fibre Monocoque Design

10 June 2005

The Minardi Formula 1 race team from Faenza, Italy has completed an intensive six month evaluation programme and has selected NEiNastran finite element analysis software for the future design and analysis of its race cars.



DOE and USCAR to Develop High-Strength Materials in $70 Million Project

03 June 2005

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) are to collaborate in a $70 million, five year agreement to develop lightweight, high-strength materials that increase fuel efficiency through weight reduction.


Aker Kvaerner Receives Technical Awards for Carbon Fibre Innovations at OTC 05

03 June 2005

Aker Kvaerner, the global provider of engineering and technical solutions to the offshore energy industry has been awarded two awards its carbon fibre innovations at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC).






BMW WilliamsF1 Team and QinetiQ in Technology Partnership

20 May 2005

BMW WilliamsF1 Team and QinetiQ are to form a partnership designed to inject innovative technologies into the development process of the UK’s F1 industry.
















USEC Signs Carbon Fibre Centrifuge Contract with ATK

22 April 2005

USEC Inc. has signed a contract with ATK Space Systems for the development and manufacture of carbon fibre centrifuge rotor tubes for use in the centrifuge machines in USEC's American Centrifuge Demonstration Facility.




RocTool Grants Exclusive License to Novation

08 April 2005

RocTool has signed an exclusive agreement with sports manufacturer Novation, specialist in providing composite sports shoes and accessories. Details of the collaboration were presented earlier this week at the JEC show in Paris, with RocTool also picking up another JEC Innovation Award in the Energy and Industry Category.



Resin Price Increases

01 April 2005



Preview of JEC Exhibits

01 April 2005





100 Million (GBP) Boost for UK Companies

18 March 2005

Science and Innovation Minister, Lord Sainsbury, today announced £100 million for the next round of the Technology Programme with automotive, energy and aerospace sectors set to benefit.


Nanotech Leaders Collaborate to Deliver Polymer Nanocomposites for Industry

18 March 2005

Three of the Nanotech industries leading figures are collaborating to provide new coatings for the automotive, metal and plastic industries.



















SGL & Mitsubishi Co-operation to Produce Improved Carbon Fibre

04 February 2005

SGL Carbon and Mitsubishi Rayon Corp. of Tokyo Japan (MRC) have agreed on a strategic co-operation to improve carbon fibre.


Composites One Named as Sole Distributor of NCC’s Rapid Fibre Preforming Technology

04 February 2005

The National Composite Center (NCC) have named Composites One as the sole distributor of NCC’s Rapid Fibre Preforming technology for North America.





UK Composite Consultant Reports on Indian Composites Industry

25 January 2005

Composite Centre International (CCI) recently invited David Skertchly, a UK composite technology expert, to visit India for a period of two weeks in order to provide industry workshops to the India composites community, and here also provides a report on his findings.


Carbon Nanotube "Shock Absorbers" Excel at Dampening Vibration

21 January 2005

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a novel carbon-nanotube-based material that chokes vibration and may have applications for both large and small devices.


CTC Composite Cable Technology Provides Double Capacity

21 January 2005

Composite Technology Corporation, developer of the composite core cables for electric transmission and distribution, have introduced the TransPowr ACCC/TW bare overhead conductor at the 2005 General Cable National Sales Conference.




New Guide to Measure Environmental Impacts of Composites

14 January 2005

A green guide to composites has been produced by two UK organisations to steer composite production towards a more eco-friendly future.





New Guide to Measure Environmental Impacts of Composites

07 January 2005

A green guide to composites has been produced by two UK organisations to steer composite production towards a more eco-friendly future.



GE Develop New Composite Materials for Train Interiors

03 December 2004

GE Advanced Materials has signed a joint development agreement with China Railway Long Dragon New Composite Materials Co. to co-develop high-strength, flame-retardant components for passenger train interiors based on new Azdel Rail-Lite composite.














Toho Tenax to Build New Carbon Fibre Line in Germany

15 October 2004

Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., Japan, is to expand carbon fibre output at Tenax Fibers GmbH, its wholly owned German subsidiary, with a new production line investment of €38 million.




Composites 2004

08 October 2004









Composite Technology Completes First Commercial Installation

03 September 2004

Composite Technology Corporation (CTC) has completed the first commercial overhead installation of its proprietary Aluminum Conductor Composite Core (ACCC) high-performance electrical power cable.


Nanotechnology Wins £18 Million Funding

27 August 2004

The UK Department of Trade and Industry announced funds that will help Britain compete in a global nano market that is set to be worth $1 trillion within the next decade.





Composite Solar Car Speeds through Scandanavia

23 August 2004

Nuna 2, the world’s fastest solar-powered car, is being driven through Sweden and Norway during August.


CFRP Car Shows the Way Forward in Clean Automotive Technology

20 August 2004

A car that runs entirely on hydrogen and emits nothing but water has been hailed as a breakthrough in automotive technology this week by experts.







Reichhold and DOW Derakane Make Additional Resin Price Increases

06 August 2004

Reichhold’s price increases affect the region of Mexico; DOW’s price increase affects orders in the Asia Pacific region.



Further Resin Price Increases for Leading Resin Producers

30 July 2004

DSM Composites, Interplastic Corporation, Ashland, AOC and the DOW Chemical Company have all raised the price of their resins.






Hexcel at Farnborough International 2004

16 July 2004

At this year's Farnborough Airshow, Hexcel will promote its new developments for the Aerospace industry, including products developed for the Airbus A380 and Boeing 7E7.






Dow and Ashland Increase Resin Prices

02 July 2004

Dow are increasing the price of GMA whilst Ashland are increasing prices for their resins and gel coat products



Resin Systems Joint Venture Reaches Milestone with Completion of Composite Trailer Testing

02 July 2004

Resin Systems Inc. has successfully completed the final full load and performance test track testing of the complete composite material designed monocoque semi-trailer.








Smart Cable Stayed GFRP Bridge Project Examines Bridge Vibrations

04 June 2004

The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA) has developed a cable stayed footbridge with a GFRP girder in order to examine the dynamics of light weighted structures.






AOC and Interplastic Increase Resin Prices

14 May 2004

Further to recent price rise announcements, AOC and Interplastic have increased their resin prices.




AOC, Reichhold and Dow increase Resin Prices

07 May 2004

Further to last weeks price rises, AOC, Reichhold and Dow have increased the prices of resins.

















Hexcel Reports 2003 Results

30 January 2004


Price Increases by Dow and Ashland

30 January 2004

Following recent increases by other resin manufacturers, Dow and Ashland are also increasing their prices.














Nuna II ready for its debut

30 September 2003

The Dutch Nuon Solar Team and their car Nuna II is among the favourites for the 7th World Solar Challenge starting on 19 October in Darwin, Australia, ready to defend the title won by their predecessor Nuna in 2001.



JEC Awards Open

04 September 2003







UK Industry Study

08 May 2003

NetComposites, in conjunction with NPL, has published their Foresight Study and Competitive Analysis of the UK Composites Sector, undertaken for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).



Dow Automotive and Cyclics Sign Marketing Agreement

28 April 2003

Dow Automotive has entered into a long term agreement with Cyclics Corporation for marketing the cyclic form of polybutylene terephthalate (CBT) resins into the global automotive, bus, truck, and rail markets.










More Price Increases

23 February 2003



SAMPE 2003 Update

16 February 2003

The SAMPE 2003 Committee had selected Jens Hinrichsen of Airbus Industries as the SAMPE 2003 Keynote Address Speaker. The talk, entitled “The Airbus A380 Technology Platform: A Market Driver for Suppliers”, is aimed at typical SAMPE show attendees who are heavily involved in advanced composites.


Price Increases from Scott Bader, AOC and Reichhold

16 February 2003

Scott Bader, AOC and Reichhold have all announced price increases this week. From 1 March 2003, the Scott Bader Composites Business will be increasing its polyester resin and gelcoat prices by 100 Euro/T. The price increases will apply throughout Europe. The increases are due to the sustained high price of crude oil at over $30/barrel and the resulting strong upward movement in the price of styrene, the key component in polyester resins. Increases in the prices of other key raw materials such as phthalic and maleic anhydride and propylene glycol have compounded the situation. Prices are expected to climb further in the coming months.


Carbon Nanotechnologies and DSM form Alliance

03 February 2003

Carbon Nanotechnologies Incorporated and DSM Venturing & Business Development will form a strategic alliance to develop new and improved performance materials by incorporating CNI's single-wall carbon nanotubes into DSM's performance materials.


AOC to increase prices

26 January 2003

















JEC Awards 2003:

16 September 2002





















Las Vegas Basalt Fiber Manufacturing Plant

08 February 2002

Hightec, Inc. announced that it's subsidiary, Basalt Fiber Industries, Inc. has been formed to commercialize the development of basalt fiber products in America.


Pultruded Fibreglass Windows

08 February 2002



Hexcel Annual results

25 January 2002


Man-Made Spider Silk Performance Fibers

18 January 2002

Nexia Biotechnologies Inc. and the U.S. Army Soldier Biological Chemical Command have reported in this week's journal of Science that they have made the world's first spider silk fibers from man-made materials with properties similar to natural spider silk.



Delphi Completes Sale of Composite Spring Business

07 December 2001

In line with its on-going portfolio restructuring plan, Delphi Automotive Systems has sold its Liteflex composite spring business to newly formed Liteflex LLC, in conjunction with the National Composite Center.





Spectra Is Selected for New Fortified Doors for Aircraft Cockpits

09 November 2001

Honeywell’s Spectra composite material has been selected by C&D Aerospace as the primary ballistic protection material for its new strengthened cockpit doors.





Soybean and Corn Resin Used For Agricultural, Off-Road Markets

12 October 2001

The Composite Polymers Division of Ashland has developed a new renewable-source resin system, called ENVIREZ(R) 5000 soybean and corn resin, and has granted John Deere exclusive use in the agricultural and off-road markets.





















3TEX & TPI Sign Strategic Alliance at SAMPE Show

11 May 2001


3TEX has signed a strategic alliance with TPI Composites, where TPI Composites will exclusively evaluate a new family of 3TEX 3WEAVE™ preforms in the manufacture of wind turbine blades and in other product applications.












New Lightweight, High-Strength Material

23 March 2001

Moldite Technologies, a joint venture formed by Venture Industries and composites developer Moldite, Inc., announced the development of Moldite(TM), a new lightweight, high-strength material. Unique properties suggest that Moldite will be highly suitable for a broad range of applications that include automotive, industrial, marine, military and aerospace. The key to this thermoset resin composite sandwic"" rests in its proprietary core. Moldite has an exceptionally high stiffness-to-weight ratio and offers a high-performance alternative to materials such as ultra high-strength steel and aluminum.


Ameron Reports Higher First-Quarter Earnings

23 March 2001

Ameron International Corporation’s first quarter's operating performance reflects the continued strength of their Fiberglass-Composite Pipe and Infrastructure Products businesses. The Fiberglass-Composite Pipe Group's sales and profits increased due to the continued worldwide demand for oil field piping. While shipments to industrial and fuel-handling markets remained flat during the quarter, production of larger-diameter fiberglass pipe began for a water project in California. This is a relatively new market for Ameron's fiberglass pipe and should enhance the already positive outlook for the Fiberglass-Composite Pipe business in 2001.


Quantum Develop Hydrogen Storage System

23 March 2001

Thor Industries, the largest mid-size bus manufacturer in the U.S., will use a Quantum hydrogen storage tank system in its new fuel cell bus. Quantum will use its advanced composite Type IV hydrogen storage tank that is uniquely designed and manufactured with a single end boss, one-piece seamless liner and a carbon composite over-wrap. The QUANTUM Type IV hydrogen storage tank is tested and validated to all regulations and standards, including OEM-specific validation tests. Quantum hydrogen storage tanks will be mounted on the roof of the bus.


EPTA Catapult Competition

16 March 2001

Can you engineer a contraption that can aim accurately and shoot a 35 kg barrel over 200 meters or more? Universities and technical educational establishments throughout the world are hereby invited to participate in a competition for the construction and testing of a catapult of composite material.


Cal Dive and FMC Announce Intervention Riser

02 March 2001

Cal Dive International, Inc. and the Energy Systems business of FMC Corporation have entered into an agreement to develop and jointly fund a new intervention riser system that will be rated to operate in water depths to 10,000 feet. It will also be the first in the industry rated for working pressures up to 15,000 psi. The riser system, to be deployed from Cal Dive's newbuild Q4000, will be able to intervene in the horizontal and vertical subsea trees of all manufacturers. Using a composite reelable 2 inch flexipipe, the riser system allows for the circulation of fluids, flow testing and hydrate remediation of subsea wells. The riser's slim bore also allows it to be handled easier and run much faster than a conventional marine riser system. For example, the new system can be latched onto a subsea tree within six hours of arriving on station. http://www.caldive.com


Farmers Tap Wind Energy

23 February 2001

The high cost of electrifying rural areas is boosting interest in renewable energy among farmers and ranchers, opening up new opportunities for composites.


Delphi intent to sell Composite Spring Business

23 February 2001

As part of a plan to rationalize facilities and exit non-strategic businesses, Delphi Automotive Systems announced today its intent to sell its Ande, France operations, as well as its global Liteflex composite spring business.


BYK Completes Acquisition of PolyAd Services

07 March 2017

BYK has completed the acquisition of the plastics additives manufacturer PolyAd Services; the acquisition was announced on 1 February 2017.