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News for April 2010


Toho Tenax to Present New Products at JEC

9th April 2010 0 comments

Toho Tenax will be presenting a new filament yarn as well as net shape carbon fibre preforms at the JEC show next week.

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Corima Bike Wheel Wins Sports and Leisure JEC Innovation Award

9th April 2010 0 comments

Hexcel customer Corima has won a JEC innovation award for a new concept all-carbon fibre bike wheel. The AERO+ MCC is a 100% carbon fibre wheel for road bikes produced using a complete composite process. The rim is made of UD and taffeta weave carbon prepreg (Hexcel) wrapped on a Rohacell foam (Evonik). The hub is partly made of prepreg carbon fibres and the spokes are totally made of carbon prepreg fibres. Some parts are overmoulded and others are adhesive bonded with a structural epoxy adhesive (3M). A very high performance wheel is thus produced offering: The result is a very high performance wheel that weighs in at only 1,000 grams for a pair.The low density of carbon fibre in the prepreg is a significant advantage, ensuring a very accurate weight distribution and a very light rim with good rotation inertia. Very high levels of stiffness are achieved, enhancing performance and the mechanical properties of the UD carbon prepreg make it possible to use only 12 spokes for both the front and rear wheels, making this a unique aerodynamic design. The Aero+ MCC took two and a half years to develop and will be launched onto the market in May 2010 after the manufacturing processes were finalized at the beginning of December 2009. Other finalists in the Sports and Leisure category were: ▪ A fishing rod using the 3M Matrix Resin, presented by 3M Company (USA) with its partner G. Loomis, Inc. (USA). ▪ A mountain spring, presented by AlpControl (France) with its partner Sotira (France) ▪ Composite riggings for race sailing boats, presented by Carbo-Link (Switzerland) with its partners Team Alinghi SA (Switzerland); Huntsman Advanced Materials (GmbH) Switzerland; EMPA (Switzerland) (mechanical characterization). ▪ Samsonite Cosmolite suitcases using Curv technology, presented by Samsonite Europe N.V. (Belgium) with its partners Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering); Propex Fabrics GmbH (Germany).

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AIC to Launch Autoclave Control System at JEC

9th April 2010 0 comments

Following many months of design and development and contributions from end-users in aerospace and motorsport, AIC’s new system will be ready to preview at the show.

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MVP Demos to Use Scott Bader Systems at JEC

9th April 2010 0 comments

At the 2010 JEC Composites Show in Paris, Magnum Venus Plastech (MVP) will demonstrate a new approach to infusion on their stand using Scott Bader’s Crystic 702 orthophthalic vacuum infusion resin and moulds made from Crystic matched tooling system.

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Delcam and KUKA to Show Robot Machining at JEC

9th April 2010 0 comments

CADCAM developer Delcam will link with industrial-robot manufacturer KUKA to demonstrate machining by robot at the JEC exhibition to be held in Paris next week.

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RCF Group to launch Green Carbon Fibre Ltd at JEC

9th April 2010 0 comments

The RCF Group plan to launch a new company, Green Carbon Fibre Ltd, at JEC 2010.

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Advanced Composites Group Demonstrates Applications at JEC

9th April 2010 0 comments

Advanced Composites Group will exhibit Norton Motorcycles’ Limited Edition Commando 961SE motorbike and Zockra’s Rapide recumbent bicycle on the Umeco stand at JEC 2010.

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Chem-Trend Introduces New Products for Composite Industry

9th April 2010 0 comments

Chem-Trend is introducing new release agents for the composite industry, Chemlease 2185 and Chemlease 2191W, at the JEC Composites Show in Paris.

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UK Consortium Named Winner of £5 Million Composites Grand Challenge

9th April 2010 0 comments

A consortium of 23 companies led by GKN Aerospace has today been announced as the winner of a unique competition for a £5 million prize awarded to British business to develop innovative composite manufacturing techniques for high-performance, high-value products.

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Teijin Unveils Futuristic Electric Concept Car

23rd April 2010 0 comments

The Teijin Group has unveiled a super-lightweight electric concept car made with proprietary materials and technologies including carbon fibre composites, polycarbonate resins and bio-derived polyester. Weighing only 437 kg, less than half that of conventional electric vehicles, the PU_PA EV (as in “pupa electric vehicle,” a reference to metamorphosis) embodies Teijin’s vision of what a vehicle will look like on the market in five to ten years. The vehicle is being exhibited in the Teijin Mirai Studio, a showroom located in the same building as Teijin’s headquarters in Tokyo that presents the group’s leading-edge materials and technologies. Capable of 60 km/hour and a cruising range of 100 km, the PU_PA EV offers the functionality and structural integrity of a practical automobile. As a symbolic electric concept car, it is infused with proprietary advanced composites technologies: ▪ Body incorporating a core structure made of carbon fiber composite material. ▪ Modularized parts made with single-piece molding, etc., reducing total parts to about 20. ▪ Interior items (seats, floor mats, etc.) made with bio-derived polyester. The Teijin Technology Innovation Center and the Teijin Composites Innovation Center were established in 2008 to pursue joint-development initiatives with customers. Going forward, Teijin will use its innovative concept car as a marketing tool to showcase the group’s technologies.

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