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by Amanda Jacob, Content Development Editor, Reinforced Plastics Reinforced Plastics is conducting a survey on the importance of innovation in the composites industry. The survey is open to anyone working in the composites industry. It will only take a few minutes to complete and the information ...
Posted 27 May 2014 by Amanda Jacob
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A welcome letter from Dr Bernd Köhler, Editor-in-Chief of Case Studies in Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation, a new open access journal from Elsevier. Non-destructive methods are as long known as humankind exists and are as various and continuously evolving. Evolution proceeds in pa ...
Posted 26 February 2014 by Guest bloggers
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By Amanda Jacob, Content Development Editor at Reinforced Plastics The Composites Engineering Show in Birmingham this week highlighted a very active composites industry in the UK. The co-location of the exhibition alongside shows on automotive and aerospace engineering, two hot topics for comp ...
Posted 14 November 2013 by Amanda Jacob
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I recently started a survey on the Reinforced Plastics LinkedIn group, asking this question. The results so far are shown below, with lack of mass production/automation techniques and lack of knowledge of composites coming out on top, followed by higher prices of composites.  Discussion Of ...
Posted 09 August 2013 by Amanda Jacob
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Yesterday, I visited the beautiful Spanish city of Valencia, the home of Future Fibres. Well known in the racing yacht and superyacht sectors for its lightweight carbon fibre rigging, the company branched out into the manufacture of composite masts in 2008. A tour of the company's 15,000 m2 manufac ...
Posted 17 July 2013 by Amanda Jacob
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Looking through the contents of the May/June issue of Reinforced Plastics (which goes to print next week) it’s good to see that many of the articles offer upbeat prospects for the composites industry.  Owens Corning, for one, is optimistic about 2013. “Our view is that the worst o ...
Posted 16 May 2013 by Amanda Jacob
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by James P. Antonic, President & CEO of Composite Building Structures Ltd, a Fort Myers, Florida, based company producing pultruded composite framing and panels for house construction.  When Henry Ford asked his customers "What do you want?," the answer was a faster h ...
Posted 08 May 2013 by Guest bloggers
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by Roger Assaker, CEO, e-Xstream engineering, and Chief Material Strategist, MSC Software Engineers prize fiber-reinforced plastics (FRPs) for their stiffness-to-mass ratio, which gives them the ability to reduce product weight. Too often, however, engineers give away the advantage of high strength ...
Posted 23 April 2013 by Guest bloggers
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A sunny week in Florida (a welcome contrast to the icy weather in the UK!) saw the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)'s annual COMPOSITES trade show.  The US industry was upbeat about prospects for this year and further ahead, and this feeling was backed up by the data. In th ...
Posted 31 January 2013 by Amanda Jacob
tags: ACMA , US , composites , SAMPE
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By Dr Morris Roseman, Senior Scientist at Element Materials Technology The economic gain from using materials that are lighter, stiffer, stronger and more corrosion resistant than carbon steel in the oil and gas industry is substantial, but the willingness of the industry to accept components ...
Posted 27 January 2013 by Guest bloggers
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Take part in our LinkedIn survey, where we're asking: What does 2013 hold in store for the composites industry? Will it be better than 2013 for your business? So far the results look promising, with 77% saying that '2013 will be an improvement on 2012.' (Results as of 15 January 2013.) What d ...
Posted 15 January 2013 by Amanda Jacob
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Welcome to 2013! What does this year hold in store for us? Business forecaster IHS has issued a “cautiously upbeat outlook” for the economy this year. In its Top 10 Economic Predictions for 2013 the company forecasts that the growth rate of the world economy will hold steady at 2.6% in ...
Posted 11 January 2013 by Amanda Jacob
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by Dr Saeed Doroudiani The construction industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world, particularly in larger countries such as China and India. The living quality and expectations of residents are changing, which bring great demands to high-quality building materials and technology. ...
Posted 26 November 2012 by Guest bloggers
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In no particular order, the best composites YouTube videos I've come across in the past four weeks or so. Do let me know if I've missed any! Composites Skills Alliance: an employer perspective Two UK composites companies discuss the benefits they've gained from engaging with the Composit ...
Posted 13 November 2012 by Mr Composites
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The construction of lightweight, prefabricated, quick to install buildings is a logical application for composites, both for low cost permanent structures and emergency shelters. They may not be the best-looking homes you'll ever see, but prefabricated composites structures are lightweight and ther ...
Posted 01 November 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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Some interesting articles found on the internet this week ... Lola Cars goes under but composites fights on (Business Weekly) Administrators have been unable to find a buyer to continue the Lola Cars business, but the composites side of the group is continuing to trade, with two potential buyers. ...
Posted 15 October 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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Like it or not, the press plays a major role in informing and educating people. But the composites industry seems very poor at getting its message across. Is it simply a question of lack of resources? The composites industry is made up of many small and medium-sized companies. Many do not have re ...
Posted 26 September 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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It's a logical step. Automotive companies need composites to help reduce the weight of their vehicles. Composites suppliers want to get more of their products into new cars. Here's how they've teamed up (listed in chronological order). ♦ October 2009: BMW and carbon fibre manufacturer SGL Gro ...
Posted 14 August 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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The July/August issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine, traditionally our 'summer issue,' is published this week. Here in the UK the weather has certainly not realised that it is summer yet, but there have been plenty of events to distract us. As I write this we are in the second week of the Olympic ...
Posted 08 August 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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In addition to the news on the Reinforced Plastics website, here's a selection from other sources ... GM, Daimler and Toyota Lead Automakers in Emerging Technology Partnerships (Lux Research) Megatrends like sustainability, urbanisation and materials revolution are forcing OEMs to build ...
Posted 20 July 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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Despite the controversy surrounding Oscar Pistorius' right to compete in the 2012 London Olympics, 'The Blade Runner' will be running in the individual men’s 400 m and 4 x 400 m relay on behalf of South Africa. He will also be competing in the Paralympic Games. Like a cheetah The carbon fibr ...
Posted 19 July 2012 by Mr Composites
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Posted 13 June 2012 by Mr Composites
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“Fifteen years ago, FRP composites were new and fascinating for civil engineers. The composites industry as a whole has matured greatly over that time, which is one reason we need specifications and standards in place so civil engineers can more readily specify composites." So says John ...
Posted 06 June 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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Composites are changing the future of car building in ways that we possibly never imagined. Here are 10 of the most exciting new developments of composites in cars (and you can view the cars here.) 1. Lola-Drayson B12/69EV. Packed full of recycled composite materials, this car is designed to sho ...
Posted 10 May 2012 by Mr Composites
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Yesterday I visited Scott Bader's headquarters in Wollaston, UK, to learn about the company's new Adhesives and Advanced Composites Business and its plans for future growth. The company has carried out a strategic evaluation of its business and set out a 10 year growth plan. This will involve expan ...
Posted 27 April 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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As expected, Thursday was a little less hectic, as the show began to wind down. In the morning I met with Owens Corning about the launch of their FoodContact™ products designed to meet upcoming European regulations on glass fibre used in materials for food and drinking water contact. I knew a ...
Posted 29 March 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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Posted 28 March 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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A lovely sunny day in Paris, … and the first day of JEC Europe 2012. The show looked busy and exhibitors were happy with their visitors. From my initial impressions, the use of carbon fibre in the automotive industry is still creating quite a buzz, but there are also many other advances goin ...
Posted 27 March 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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Composites currently account for just a small percentage of the total building materials market and so there is huge potential for growth. And there are signs that the traditionally very conservative construction industry is beginning to look to new materials as the whole life cycle cost of a proje ...
Posted 09 March 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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While the outlook for the global economy remains uncertain, one industry which looks set to remain strong is wind energy. A recent GlobalData report forecasts continued steady growth for the global wind energy market to 2020. The growing Asia-Pacific wind power market, powered by India, China and o ...
Posted 01 February 2012 by Amanda Jacob
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If your company manufactures, designs or distributes plastic products that come into contact with food or drinking water, there is a new European regulation (10/2011) you need to know about. This applies to all unreinforced and reinforced plastics. What does this mean for you? Join us on 1 December ...
Posted 08 November 2011 by Amanda Jacob
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This month I visited the UK's new £25 National Composites Centre which officially opens in November. Part of the UK government’s UK Composites Strategy, published in November 2009, the NCC is designed to provide industrial-scale manufacturing facilities capable of building prototypes to ...
Posted 26 October 2011 by Amanda Jacob
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This week I visited testing machine manufacturer Zwick Roell's testEXPO event in Germany. This is the 20th annual 'Materials Testing Forum' the company has held and this year it expects around 2000 customers, potential customers and other visitors at its headquarters in Ulm over the four-day meeting ...
Posted 12 October 2011 by Amanda Jacob
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A quick look at the industry news section of corrosion authority NACE’s website shows items listing pipe ruptures (and resulting product spills) and corroded bridge structures where public safety is a critical concern. According to the World Corrosion Organisation, the worldwide direct cost ...
Posted 04 August 2011 by Amanda Jacob
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Can end-of-life thermoset composites parts and production waste be recycled? Are there any companies offering this service? Working on Reinforced Plastics, these are questions I am often asked by composites manufacturers, and potential customers. And the frequency of these questions is increasing, ...
Posted 31 May 2011 by Amanda Jacob
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Composites can be recycled ... That was the conclusion of the delegates at EuCIA's Information Day on 4 May, entitled Competitive Composites: Sustainability & Recycling Challenges. The event took place at the European Parliament in Brussels, with keynote speaker Holger Krahmer, Member of the Eu ...
Posted 05 May 2011 by Amanda Jacob
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And so another JEC show comes to an end and a number of themes stand out. There were numerous carbon fibre products and applications on display (the black) and a big focus on sustainability (the green). Automotive composites are evidently hot at the moment, evidenced by the number of car makers at ...
Posted 01 April 2011 by Amanda Jacob
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The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) says nearly 3000 people attended its COMPOSITES 2011 trade show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last week. Visitor numbers may have been down as a result of snow storms across the US in the week, which led to the cancellation of many flight ...
Posted 11 February 2011 by Amanda Jacob
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The last issue of the magazine for 2010 has just gone to print. Has it been a better year for the composites industry than 2009? In general, it would seem so. Looking back through this year’s news, there are certainly several markets where activity is good: wind energy remains a strong ...
Posted 30 November 2010 by Amanda Jacob
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COMPOSITES EUROPE got off to an optimistic start with the latest statistics from AVK (the German Federation of Reinforced Plastics) predicting European production of glass fibre reinforced plastics (GRP) in 2010 will be approximately 25% up on last year. This is higher than AVK anticipated at this t ...
Posted 14 September 2010 by Amanda Jacob
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The COMPOSITES EUROPE 2010 trade show takes place on 14-16 September in Essen, Germany. COMPOSITES EUROPE is now in its fifth year. The exhibition is organised by Reed Exhibitions, supported by the European composites industry association EuCIA and the German federation for reinforced plastics AVK, ...
Posted 18 August 2010 by Amanda Jacob
tags: Composites , Europe , Essen
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Fossil fuels still account for the vast majority of the world’s energy consumption, but the search for pollution-free, sustainable alternatives is stepping up considerably. In the transport sector, where environmental pressures are high, a number of alternatives to petrol and diesel are in dev ...
Posted 15 July 2010 by Amanda Jacob
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The use of carbon fibre composites in cars is gaining momentum as both BMW and Mercedes Benz further plans to use the material in their vehicles. BMW announced a joint venture with German carbon fibre producer SGL last November and in April it revealed details of a US$100 million joint venture carb ...
Posted 20 May 2010 by Amanda Jacob
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This year's JEC will probably be best remembered for the travel chaos which ensued on the last day following closure of European air space due to volcanic ash from Iceland. But this year's event should also be remembered for its decidedly more upbeat atmosphere, in contrast to 2009's event (which to ...
Posted 16 April 2010 by Amanda Jacob
tags: Composites , JEC
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Reports from the Geneva motor show taking place this week have highlighted the launch of numerous 'green' cars. It seems that most of the major players have been showcasing their take on an electric or a hybrid model, alongside a number of smaller companies offering their own electric/hybrid vehicle ...
Posted 11 March 2010 by Amanda Jacob
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The construction industry is the biggest user of composite materials, and the potential for further growth is substantial. In a presentation at the ACMA's Composites 2010 show last week, Norman Timmins, Director of Consulting at Lucintel, outlined the opportunities. Construction is the biggest indu ...
Posted 17 February 2010 by Amanda Jacob
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When I first started working on Reinforced Plastics I was told that, as a general rule of thumb, composites industry growth was a couple of percent higher than GDP. So what is the economy going to look like in 2010? In its economic predictions for 2010, forecasting company IHS Global Insight predic ...
Posted 28 January 2010 by Amanda Jacob
tags: economy , global , GDP , USA , Europe , Asia , composites
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