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News for November 2010


New Website Highlights Composite Building Applications

19th November 2010 0 comments

A new website that connects composite manufacturers with architects, engineers, designers and builders has been launched, to provide an easy method for learning about and specifying composite building materials. We introduced this website to help connect those who specify and source building products with composite manufacturers who participate in that market, said Ted Harris, president, Ashland Performance Materials. This effort truly assists designers, architects and engineers with finding composite material solutions for their creative building plans. The CompositeBuild.com website is open to all composite building materials manufacturers. Fabricators of composite building materials or their distributors can be listed on the website free of charge. The interactive design of the website allows visitors to move through a residential or commercial building and find areas of construction where composite materials are a good fit.

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Sustainability of Fibre-Reinforced Plastics

19th November 2010 0 comments

The sustainability working group of AVK (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) has published a report regarding the sustainability of fibre-reinforced plastics. This report illustrates the characteristics of fibre-reinforced plastics during the entire product lifecycle by analysing four practical examples with regard to their ecological and economical characteristics as well as the social context. The report also describes current opportunities opened up by utilising fibre-reinforced plastics. In addition, AVK has entered into a partnership with Zajons Zerkleinerungs and acquired the right to exploit the label for the CompoCycle take-back and recycling system. AVK say that this offers an economically and ecologically feasible method of utilising production waste for members, interested companies in the GRP market segment and the public. This report is available for download at the link below.

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Russian Company Considering UMaine Bridge Technology for 2014 Olympics

19th November 2010 0 comments

The University of Maines AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center and private company Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (AIT) are talking with a Russian company about using UMaines Bridge-in-a-Backpack technology for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Bridge-in-a-Backpack, an innovative inflatable composite-concrete arch bridge, was developed at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center to reduce construction time and costs, increase lifespan, reduce maintenance costs and reduce the carbon footprint of bridge construction. Six bridges have already been built in Maine using the centers technology and more are planned across the country. Advanced Infrastructure Technologies, founded by Bangor native Svoboda, is an Orono-based firm that has raised private financing and licensed the UMaine bridge technology. AIT hired engineers in Maine to design the bridges, and is manufacturing these bridges in partnership with the Kenway Corporation of Augusta. AIT is pleased and excited to welcome our guests from Russia, Svoboda says. It has been the goal of AIT to not only advance this Maine technology throughout the United States but to share this innovative and transformative technology globally. We continue to work closely with the USDOT, Federal Highway, state departments of transportation, counties and municipalities throughout the states and we are making inroads with our product. The response to this product has been at times almost overwhelming with calls and emails from around the U.S. as well as countries from almost every continent. This potential relationship with Russia fits perfectly in our marketing plan for Technologies Bridging Nations starting in the U.S. then bridging to other nations. As part of the potential deal with Russia, AIT would provide design and engineering expertise, manufacture the elements of the bridges in Maine in partnership with other Maine companies, and export the bridge kits to Russia for construction at the Winter Olympics sites. This would provide a wonderful opportunity for creating Maine jobs, and a historic opportunity to contribute to the success of the Winter Olympic games, Dagher says. We are honoured that Noviy Proekt is considering a UMaine-developed technology for the Winter Olympics construction.

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New Distribution Agreement for Ashland Composites and Structural Adhesives in France

22nd November 2010 0 comments

GRPMS will take over Ashlands distribution and agency accounts from Azelis France (Arnaud S.A.), and will distribute Ashlands full line of polyester, acrylic, phenolic and vinyl ester resins, including the Derakane resin brand.

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Recycling of Production Waste into Innovative Composite Solution

26th November 2010 0 comments

3B has partnered with Reprocover, a local Belgian company, to develop attractive sustainable solutions for sewage, drainage and water supply applications. Typically, the composite solutions are made of 90% recycled materials and have proven their ability to efficiently replace commonly used cast iron for the production of sewage trapdoors, manholes and utility access holes. Replacing metal has long been the challenge of glass fibre reinforced composites in order to reduce cost, complexity and weight. Alongside these attributes, two key performance criteria – superior impact performance and improved weatherability – have been achieved. This resulted in Reprocover, together with 3B, developing a product range molded from a thermoset compound reinforced with 50 to 60% Advantex glass. The Reprocover breakthrough lies in their specialized process of grinding and mixing of the recycled materials. Reprocover also worked on the geometry of the different components of each product in order to maximize the load resistance to weight ratio. All of the applications can be easily fixed to PVC pipes, connections and inspection pits. The Reprocovers products have been approved by Belgian Water Authorities, which definitely opens many new opportunities in building and road construction. The concept created by Reprocover is a huge step forward! It really demonstrates how thanks to the replacement of metal by glass reinforced composite, new markets and applications can benefit from the advantages of lightweight, design flexibility, corrosion resistance and easy processing. In addition, the products display dimensional stability over a large temperature range (from -40C to 70C) as well as a chemical resistance to salts and detergents. They open new opportunities in sewage and utility supply markets. stated Dr Eric Martin, Thermoplastic Product Manager of 3B. Within 3B, we are dedicated to developing sustainable and durable glass fibre reinforcement solutions. Recycling our glass fibre wastes is a key driver in our sustainability strategy and partnering together with Reprocover has enabled us to pursue the minimization of our environmental footprint, he concluded. Mr Ludo Debergh, Reprocover Founder & Director, added: Glass fibre plays a key role in Reprocover products, bringing high rigidity and outstanding load resistance. As an example, our 315mm diameter manhole can easily withstand a heavy pressure load without damage. Working with 90% of recycled materials can reduce the cost of existing cast iron solutions by a factor of 5 while providing much superior adhesion to asphalt and concrete. Manhole and trapdoors are the first product ranges of Reprocover portfolio. New opportunities are already idenfitied for utility supply housings (water & gas), which can be seen in pavement. Considering all the metal parts which can be replaced, the opportunity is undoubtedly huge and the benefits are equally significant.

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3M and Aldila to Jointly Commercialize Prepregs

26th November 2010 0 comments

Aldila and 3M have signed a mutual commercialization agreement and a product supply agreement centred around 3M’s matrix resins.

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Nida-Core Awarded Entrepreneurship Award

26th November 2010 0 comments

Nida-Core Corporation has been presented the Entrepreneurship International Business Leadership Award by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce during the Americas Linkage Conference. This award, presented once a year, recognizes businesses engaged in international activities, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, that significantly impact the economy of the state of Florida. Nominees this year for the award ceremony included companies such as Burger King, IBM, Intelsat, Odebrecht Construction, the Port of Miami, Royal Shipping Lines and Telefonica USA. From humble beginnings 23 years ago, Nida-Core Corp has grown into a worldwide leader in the structural composites core materials field. Founded in New York in 1987 by Damien Jacquinet and headquartered in Port St Lucie, Florida, Nida-Core Corp now operates three locations worldwide, and plans to open a fourth one in China and/or Brazil. It sells light, strong, durable, virgin and/or recycled engineered products in 54 countries worldwide for various applications. Accepting the award, Damien Jacquinet, father of four small children, thanked his wife and mother in attendance for their unconditional love and support, and his highly dedicated team. Nothing happens without a great team. I am quite thankful to highly dedicated colleagues who made Nida-Core grow all these years. Present today, on behalf of our team, and celebrating this week his tenth year at Nida-Core, Nick Dan, US National Sales Manager, encompasses the motivation, hard work and commitment of Nida-Core associates. Nida-Cores sales grew an astonishing 40% as a yearly average from 2001 until today, continued Damien Jacquinet. Our unparallel offering and dedication to customer satisfaction let us envision a great future for Nida-Core. Nick Dan added, While other companies in the past few years have wavered, I have seen Nida-Core not only strive, but receive such awards as this very prestigious Innovation award. Damien Jacquinet is the epitome of a business man who devotes countless hours of work and sacrifice to be just what this award represents Innovation, and the drive to grow and operate a successful business. In addition, developing new products to fit the needs of our customers and the environment. We at Nida-Core, are thankful for the award and acknowledgement of the hard work we put in to be a leader in the industry. Bravo Damien and staff.

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Embraer Starts Construction of Composite Facility in Portugal

26th November 2010 0 comments

Embraer has commenced the first phase of its new construction project in Evora, Portugal, a 330,000-square-foot (30,660-square-meter) facility dedicated to manufacturing complex airframe structures and components in composite materials. The completion of this unit is scheduled for the end of 2011, while the production phase will start in 2013. Embraer has also selected Portuguese building contractor Ramos Catarino S.A., based in Febres, for the excavation work, foundations and infrastructures. “”We are delighted to start the construction of the first part of our new center of excellence in Portugal,”” said Luiz Fuchs, President of Embraer Aviation Europe (EAE). “”The construction of the second unit, dedicated to the production of metallic airframe structures, will begin, shortly. Meanwhile, we are progressing with the selection of suppliers. “” The new manufacturing facility will rely on state-of-the-art processes, in conjunction with the Companys lean manufacturing concepts. In order to sustain and further develop the competencies of its center of excellence in composite materials, Embraer continues its work with local organizations, including potential suppliers, research centers, and universities. This facility represents an estimated total investment of 48 million.

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ITT Delivers First Composite Assembly for New Helicopter

26th November 2010 0 comments

ITT Corporation has delivered its first major structural subassemblies for the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. This delivery culminates nearly three years of advanced design, development, testing and manufacturing to provide sponsons for the CH-53K helicopter. These assemblies represent a significant technology advancement by applying composite materials — versus traditional metals — to military aircraft that operate in harsh environments. Sponsons attach to each side of a helicopter fuselage and house important components, such as landing gear, fuel, and other mechanical and electrical assemblies without compromising interior passenger or cargo space. Each sponson is 25 feet long by 4 feet wide and 5 feet high. This delivery supports the first prototype aircraft, with future potential to support 200 aircraft during the life of the program. The CH-53K helicopter program is using proven and mature technologies that will significantly expand the fleet’s capability in comparison to its predecessor, the CH-53E helicopter, by tripling the aircraft’s lift in high and hot environments while reducing support and maintenance costs. In addition, the composite sponsons are designed to be significantly more resilient to the environmental conditions, ballistics and in-flight stress, while allowing for increased cabin width without a change in vehicle footprint. To meet the demanding weight, durability and affordability objectives of the CH-53K helicopter program, ITT is employing the latest composite design and manufacturing technologies for these important flight structures, including electronic model control, laser-ply projection, five-axis computer numerically controlled machining, automated trimming and drilling, as well as laser and ultrasonic inspection of all subassemblies. “”We’ve brought the best of our composite technology and experience to produce a stronger, more durable and operationally flexible aircraft to help the Marines perform their critical missions,”” said Jim Barber, vice president for ITT’s Integrated Structures business area. “”ITT is committed to growing our composites business so we can serve our customers’ needs.”” Production will be accomplished at ITT’s Electronic Systems facility in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Waterfront Composite Solutions Partners with Firehole Composites

26th November 2010 0 comments

Firehole Composites Analysis Services branch will be partnering with Waterfront Composite Solutions (WCS), providers of innovative designs for the watercraft industry. Firehole will bring structural analysis of composite materials to the design process at WCS. The two will collaborate on analysis of composite assemblies incorporated in the design of a large, private yacht. This project is exciting for us because it furthers our work in the high-tech yachting industry and presents some fun challenges. The all-composite spiral staircase, for instance, not only has important functional requirements, but is a key piece of the visual appeal of the craft. We share Waterfronts desire to achieve superior designs with composites and look forward to working with their creative team said project lead Rick Dalgarno. WCS is pleased to have Firehole Composites as a strategic partner in our analysis efforts. When we have a complex analysis requirement beyond our in-house capabilities, we know that we have a reliable partner in them. The clear and accurate reporting from Firehole allows us to have confidence in our designs while maintaining our own schedule requirements. The staircase is a classic example: We need to know the stairs will be rock-steady the first time around, without having to overkill the design. There is just no room for error. Firehole gives us confidence well fulfil our engineering requirements without losing sleep said WCS Partner, Brian Climenhaga. WCS has a number of exciting projects in the pipeline, he noted, and looks forward to continued mutual success with Firehole Composites.

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