News

This section contains the latest news from the composites industry around the world. A selection of this news is also published in Reinforced Plastics magazine and in the Reinforced Plastics Newsletter

If you have a story you'd like us to cover please e-mail the Editor at RP@elsevier.com. You can view our guidelines here.


 

 

News Archive

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Recycling, 3D printed car, NASA cryotank Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Recycling, 3D printed car, NASA cryotank

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

Morgan develops customised military armoured composite crew compartments Morgan develops customised military armoured composite crew compartments

Survivability solutions offered by the Composites and Defence systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials are being used in customised armoured composite crew compartments, ideal for reconnaissance and tactical vehicles, as well as Special Forces vehicles.

Leading composites aerospace laboratory Delsen rebrands

Delsen Testing Laboratories is to be formally rebranded under the Element Materials Technology name.

Core Molding Technologies introduces ultra-low density SMC formulations

Core Molding Technologies Inc, a North American compounder of sheet moulding compound (SMC), has developed two new ultra-low density SMC formulations, including one for Class A automotive applications.

MVP and AOC in COMPOSITES EUROPE demonstrations

Magnus Venus Products is joining forces with AOC Resins and will conduct live closed mould demonstrations at this year’s COMPOSITES EUROPE exhibition.

SCIGRIP launches enhanced MMA adhesive SCIGRIP launches enhanced MMA adhesive

Adhesive supplier SCIGRIP has introduced an enhanced methyl methacrylate (MMA) adhesive, SG805, with increased temperature resistance.

Sicomin gains Deutsche Bahn accreditation Sicomin gains Deutsche Bahn accreditation

Sicomin, the formulator and supplier of high strength epoxy solutions, has achieved Deutsche Bahn (DB) accreditation for the supply of its SR1124 fire retardant epoxy resin for use in rail applications.

SAERfix EP adhesive is environmentally sound

SAERTEX’s SAERfix EP composite adhesive has been tested by the Wesserling Enviromental Analysis Laboratory in Munster, Germany and has been declared harmless to water resources.

Element to develop thermoplastic composite hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles

Element Materials Technology is taking part in a UK project to develop and manufacture thermoplastic composite hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cell vehicles.

DIAB core materials used in Abu Dhabi shopping mall DIAB core materials used in Abu Dhabi shopping mall

A canopy roof featuring core materials from DIAB material has been specified for the entrance of Abu Dhabi's premier shopping mall.

Dow Polyurethanes introduces toughened epoxy binder

Dow Polyurethanes has introduced VORASPEC 58 Toughened Epoxy Binder, a new high-performance reactive epoxy toughener to meet the needs of epoxy systems for industrial and infrastructure composite applications, especially those that are installed in harsh environments.

First Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium meeting to be held in Paris

Granta Design has announced the initial members of the new Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (‘AutoMatIC’) in advance of the first meeting, to be hosted by PSA Peugeot Citroën in Paris on 23 October.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – 3D printed car, thermoplastic technologies, automotive materials Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – 3D printed car, thermoplastic technologies, automotive materials

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

Fibre-reinforced plastic bridge installed in record time Fibre-reinforced plastic bridge installed in record time

Composite Advantage has supplied a FiberSPAN prefabricated fibre-reinforced plastic bridge that was installed in just six hours in a US National Forest.

Oracle Team USA praised for carbon fibre recycling efforts

America's Cup winner Oracle Team USA has received a ReXC award from applied research organisation SCRA in recognition of its reuse of recycled carbon fibre composite materials.

Video: NASA tests one of the largest composite tanks ever built Video: NASA tests one of the largest composite tanks ever built

The 18 ft (5.5 m) diameter composite rocket fuel cryotank was built by Boeing using automated fibre placement technology.

AOC launches new sheet moulding compound

AOC Resins has introduced a new low-density sheet moulding compound.

Flax reinforced composite used in lightweight sports canoe Flax reinforced composite used in lightweight sports canoe

Composites Evolution's Biotex flax materials have been used successfully by German-based canoe designer Lake Constance in its ‘Felicity’ freestyle canoe.

See, touch, understand: the Product Demonstration Area at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 See, touch, understand: the Product Demonstration Area at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014

At COMPOSITES EUROPE this year the Product Demonstration Area will once again showcase a variety of innovative composite technologies.

Carbon fibre reinforced plastic selected for world’s first 3D-printed vehicle Carbon fibre reinforced plastic selected for world’s first 3D-printed vehicle

Carbon fibre-reinforced plastic material from SABIC has been used to produce the world’s first 3D-printed vehicle.

Sicomin appoints MCtechnics as Benelux distributor

Sicomin, the formulator and supplier of high strength epoxy solutions, has appointed MCtechnics as its dedicated Benelux distributor.

Technical Fibre Products doubles production capacity Technical Fibre Products doubles production capacity

Nonwoven manufacturer Technical Fibre Products is doubling its current production capacity through the installation of a third manufacturing line.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Improved thermoplastic composites, lightweight vehicles, GE9X engine Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Improved thermoplastic composites, lightweight vehicles, GE9X engine

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

UK emerges as global market leader in the offshore wind power market

New GlobalData report shows UK wind power market represents a cumulative installed capacity share of around 52%.

Polymer Group increases Spinlace nonwoven capacity

Polymer Group Inc., the nonwovens manufacturer and supplier to the composites industry, has expanded its Spinlace® technology capacity at its Benson, NC manufacturing facility in the USA.

Morgan develops composite protection for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car Morgan develops composite protection for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car

Morgan Advanced Materials has developed a series of composite ballistic protection panels for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car that is attempting to break the world land speed record in 2015.

DIAB to open new production facility in China

Core materials manufacturer DIAB is planning to open another production facility in China to better serve its growing customer base in China and Asia.

Milliken expands composites business with acquisition of Pipe Wrap

Milliken has announced the acquisition of the assets of Pipe Wrap Inc, a specialist in composite materials for pipe repair, by its subsidiary Milliken Infrastructure Solutions LLC.

Ashland showcases resins for lower-density SMC parts

Ashland is hightlighting its Arotran™ 770 TLM Series resins for use in sheet moulding compound (SMC) Class A parts at the 2014 Automotive Composites Conference & Exposition (ACCE) this month.

PlastiComp develops long fibre composites to substitute magnesium PlastiComp develops long fibre composites to substitute magnesium

PlastiComp Inc, a specialist in long fibre reinforced thermoplastic (LFT) materials, has expanded its Complet® line to include 'drop-in' replacements for die-cast magnesium.

MVP and Ducept partner on Flex Molding training in Australia MVP and Ducept partner on Flex Molding training in Australia

Magnum Venus Products (MVP) recently teamed up with its Australian distributor Ducept and the Composites Australia organisation to conduct a Flex Molding Process training course in Braeside, Victoria.

Carbon fibre propeller cuts fuel costs for Japanese tanker Carbon fibre propeller cuts fuel costs for Japanese tanker

Japanese classification society ClassNK and Nakashima Propeller Co Ltd have announced the world’s first installation of a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) propeller on the main propulsion system of a merchant vessel.

Closed Moulding session at IBEX 2014

Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance, is presenting a free Closed Molding Super Session at IBEX 2014 in Tampa, FL on Monday, September 29 from 12-4 pm.

Vestas receives 58 MW order in Poland

EDF Energies Nouvelles orders 29 V100-2.0 MW turbines for wind power project in Rzepin.

Automotive industry relies on aluminium and multi-material solutions to lightweight vehicles Automotive industry relies on aluminium and multi-material solutions to lightweight vehicles

While aluminium is expected to be relied on heavily to meet new fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, multi-material solutions, engineering plastics and advanced composites will also play a key role, according to a WardsAuto survey sponsored by DuPont.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Boeing 777X engine, thermoplastic composites, NDT with active thermography

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014: Free entrance tickets for Reinforced Plastics readers COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014: Free entrance tickets for Reinforced Plastics readers

As COMPOSITES EUROPE's official media partner Reinforced Plastics is very pleased to be able to offer our readers free entrance tickets to this year's exhibition in Düsseldorf on 7-9 October.

August's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – GE9X engine's composites blades, pultrusion for automotive, thermographic inspection

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last month.