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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

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News Archive

China-Russia alliance invests in carbon fiber

Russia-based Composite Holding Company and state-owned China Hi-Tech Group Corp (CHTC) have formed a strategic alliance to develop polymer composite materials for different sectors of industry in Russia and China.

Southern Spars to acquire Future Fibres

Southern Spars, part of the North Technology Group (NTG) and a specialist in carbon fiber spars and rigging, has acquired Future Fibres, based in Valencia, Spain.

Inauguration of new Safran/Albany plant Inauguration of new Safran/Albany plant

Industrial partners Safran and Albany have inaugurated their new composite part production plant in Commercy, Eastern France.

ASTM standard provides testing for interlaminar fracture toughness

ASTM has issued a new standard covering interlaminar cracks, or cracks in between layers, in laminated composite materials.

FRC solar panels provide ballistic protection

IDG Europe has developed a new solar panel featuring Dyneema fiber suitable for defensive use.

New tech uses natural wood fibers New tech uses natural wood fibers

New technology developed at the University of Southern Mississippi's school of polymers and high performance materials and Oregon State University uses natural wood fibers to reinforce plastic materials.

Amiantit wins major pipe contract in Sweden Amiantit wins major pipe contract in Sweden

Amiantit Norway AS has signed a SEK115 million (€12.5 million) contract with Swedish municipal owned company AB Sydvatten to deliver Flowtite pipes for a 25 km long raw water pipeline.

Composites information service launched

Lucideon, a provider of materials development, testing and assurance, has launched a new Composites Information Service.

Creating composite structures with thermoplastic tapes

Composite Cluster Singapore (CCS) has conceived a technology that combines thermoplastic tape placement technology with robotics and laser technologies to create composite structures at potentially lower cost.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – graphene-toughened composites, 3D printers and giant robots

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2014 Composites UK Awards dinner 2014 Composites UK Awards dinner

The UK composites industry celebrated its successes at the 2014 Composites UK Awards Dinner held on 11 November.

Unique tennis racquet made with 3D printing Unique tennis racquet made with 3D printing

CRP Technology has produced a carbon reinforced tennis racket with 3D printing.

CPBS introduces composite structural insulated panels

Composite Panel Building Systems (CPBS) has developed a fully composite structural insulated panel (C-SIP) suitable for insulating and sealing houses.

Granta teams up with Wichita State to use composite data

Granta Design and Wichita State University's (WSU) National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP) have agreed that NCAMP's composite design and test data will be available to users of the GRANTA MI materials information management system.

Benzoxazine resin suitable for high-temp uses Benzoxazine resin suitable for high-temp uses

Chemical giant Henkel and Quickstep, an Australian manufacturer of carbon fibre composite components, have tested Henkel’s Loctite benzoxazine resin in high temperature-resistant components for aircraft and helicopters.

Siemens updates Fibersim software

Siemens has updated its Fibersim composites engineering software with new functionality for bi-directional exchange of computer-aided engineering (CAE) and computer-aided design (CAD) data.

Giant robot helps NASA make composite parts Giant robot helps NASA make composite parts

NASA's Langley Research Center has installed a huge robotic arm that can move in pre-programmed patterns to deposit carbon fibers and epoxy to make aerospace structures and parts.

Toray Industries to supply 777X wing material to Boeing

Boeing has signed a memorandum of agreement with Japanese composite supplier Toray Industries to expand its current contract for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to include material for the 777X wings.

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Hexcel opens £6 million research centre Hexcel opens £6 million research centre

Hexcel has opened a new £6 million research and technology (R&T) facility at its Duxford, UK site.

FORMAX glass multiaxial fabrics achieve DNV classification FORMAX glass multiaxial fabrics achieve DNV classification

FORMAX, the manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements, has been awarded DNV classification for its range of glass multiaxial fabrics.

Wetzel develops field-assembled wind turbine blade Wetzel develops field-assembled wind turbine blade

Wetzel Blade is developing a composite wind turbine blade, based on a space frame design, which can be easily transported and assembled on site, reducing the costs associated with the transportation of large one-piece blades.

Collaborative venture seeks affordable composite high-volume route for automotive structures

A three-year industrial research project entitled ‘High-volume Lightweight Technologies for vehicle structures’ (HiLiTe) has been awarded funding by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

Mikrosam hosts automation in composites seminar Mikrosam hosts automation in composites seminar

Mikrosam, a supplier of automated fibre placement and other composites processing equipment, held a seminar discussing automation in composites manufacturing in Macedonia earlier this month.

Ahlstrom launches AceBlade Carbon wind blade reinforcement

Ahlstrom says its AceBlade Carbon unidirectional carbon fibre reinforcement has superior fatigue resistance and enhanced mechanical properties.

3A Composites and STRUCTeam help boat builders develop new designs

3A Composites Core Materials and composites consultancy STRUCTeam have developed structural design software to help boat builders and designers optimise new boat designs.

Isle of Man Government progressing offshore energy opportunities

The Isle of Man has selected DONG Energy, Manx Tidal Energy Ltd and Tocardo Tidal Energy Ltd to develop an offshore wind farm and several tidal energy projects.

Graphene-toughened composites may benefit new aerospace structures Graphene-toughened composites may benefit new aerospace structures

The School of Engineering at Cardiff University and Haydale have announced new research demonstrating significant improvements in mechanical performance including impact resistance in carbon fibre composites.

UK boat builder CTruk plans expansion UK boat builder CTruk plans expansion

CTruk is planning to develop a new site to build the larger support vessels required for the latest offshore wind farm projects.

Brazilian composites sector reports third quarter revenues

The Brazilian composites sector reported a revenue of US$ 325 million in the third quarter of 2014, 9.8% higher when compared to the previous three months, but 2.4% lower than the figures reported in the same period last year.

Composite Cluster Singapore and Componeering in software partnership

Composite Cluster Singapore Pte Ltd (CCS) and Componeering Inc. have signed an agreement to substantiate their collaboration regarding Componeering’s ESAComp software in the ASEAN region.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Hemp composites for cars, 3D carbon fibre printer, Europe's GRP market Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Hemp composites for cars, 3D carbon fibre printer, Europe's GRP market

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

Momentive CCT and Consuta collaborate on composites training Momentive CCT and Consuta collaborate on composites training

Combined Composite Technologies Ltd, part of Momentive Specialty Chemicals (Momentive CCT), has developed a specially-adapted training school in collaboration with Consuta Training at its facility in Segensworth North, near Fareham, Hampshire in the United Kingdom.

HGGC and Charlesbank Capital Partners acquire The Composites Group

US private equity firms HGGC and Charlesbank Capital Partners, with portfolio company Citadel Plastics Holdings, have completed the acquisition of The Composites Group, a manufacturer of thermoset composite moulding compounds.

Composites UK to highlight composites for marine and offshore energy

Composites UK, the accredited Trade Association for the UK composites industry, will support companies using composite materials in the marine and offshore energy sectors during its latest showcase event being held on 27 November in Southampton.

Vince Cable MP opens new facilities at UK's National Composites Centre Vince Cable MP opens new facilities at UK's National Composites Centre

The UK's Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Dr Vince Cable MP, formally opened new facilities at the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol on 30 October.

Toho Tenax introduces rapid-cure carbon fibre prepreg for automotive applications

Toho Tenax has developed a carbon fibre prepreg that achieves rapid curing, enabling increased productivity in the manufacture of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) automotive parts.

Exel Composites unveils new strategy

Exel Composites has announced a new strategy and long-term financial targets.

October's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Volvo XC90 leaf spring, 3D fabrics, aircraft repair October's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Volvo XC90 leaf spring, 3D fabrics, aircraft repair

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3A Composites acquires PNG Balsa

3A Composites, a division of Schweiter Technologies, is to acquire PNG Balsa.

Faurecia develops hemp-based materials for automotive applications Faurecia develops hemp-based materials for automotive applications

Automotive equipment supplier Faurecia has created a 50/50 joint venture with French agricultural cooperative Interval to develop and produce bio-sourced raw materials for the automotive industry.

Call for papers for construction composites conference

NetComposites is inviting speakers for its CompIC (Composites in Construction) conference taking place on 3 February 2015 in Amsterdam.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Epoxy prepreg tooling, NASA core materials, Airbus and the America's Cup Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Epoxy prepreg tooling, NASA core materials, Airbus and the America's Cup

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