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Hexagon Composites wins $13.6m LPG cylinder order from Iraq Hexagon Composites wins $13.6m LPG cylinder order from Iraq

Hexagon Composites' subsidiary Hexagon Ragasco has received a US$13.6 million order for the supply of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders to Iraq.

Airborne Oil & Gas wins order from OneSubsea

Airborne Oil & Gas has secured an order for multiple flexible risers and jumpers from OneSubsea™.

Hexagon Composites awarded major order in Qatar

Hexagon Composites' wholly-owned subsidiary Hexagon Ragasco has received an order worth EUR 12.7 million (around NOK 104 million) for the supply of LPG cylinders to Qatar.

Composites that repair themselves Composites that repair themselves

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, claim to have created a 3D vascular system that allows for damage in composite materials to 'heal' autonomously, and repeatedly.

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Latest CTruk wind farm vessel designed for work further offshore Latest CTruk wind farm vessel designed for work further offshore

The latest offshore wind farm support vessel from UK boat builder CTruk is a 22 m composite catamaran designed to deal with rougher seas, longer transits and tougher assignments.

Samsung, Pattern Energy complete Canada’s largest wind project

270 MW South Kent Wind farm has the capacity to power approximately 100,000 Ontario homes annually.

The Composites Group manufactures parts for Ferno patient transfer system The Composites Group manufactures parts for Ferno patient transfer system

The Composites Group (TCG) has collaborated with Ferno EMS, a provider of patient handling equipment, to develop the iN/X motorised patient handling cot for the emergency medical services.

LANXESS and EconCore partner on thermoplastic sandwich structures

LANXESS and EconCore NV are joining forces to produce honeycomb core materials from LANXESS' Durethan polyamide resins using EconCore's patented process.

Element Hitchin develops flaw-detecting equipment for thermoplastic composite pipe

Materials testing laboratory Element Hitchin, UK, has designed equipment to detect flaws in thermoplastic composite pipes for the oil and gas sector during their manufacture.

Auckland Harbour Bridge awaits composite SkyPath Auckland Harbour Bridge awaits composite SkyPath

The SkyPath – a proposed composite pathway for walkers and cyclists to be installed alongside New Zealand's Auckland Harbour Bridge – is currently awaiting the go-ahead.

TenCate Advanced Composites and Performance Polymer Solutions partner on aerospace materials

TenCate Advanced Composites and Performance Polymer Solutions Inc (P2SI) are partnering to develop and market high temperature prepreg materials to the aerospace industry.

Gurit sees good start to 2014 Gurit sees good start to 2014

Composite materials manufacturer Gurit reports sales for the first quarter (Q1) of 2014 of CHF78.8 million, an increase of around 29% over Q1 2013, and 4.5% up on the fourth quarter of 2013, supported by stable sales to the wind energy market.

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Alstom, BFG France sign wind turbine manufacturing deal

Exclusive agreement covers the supply of composite structures to produce the nacelle casings for Alstom’s Haliade™ 150-6MW wind turbine.

Hutchinson launches Composite Technical Center

Hutchinson has formed the Composite Technical Center (CTeC).

Airtech introduces Wrightlease 2R

Airtech has developed Wrightlease 2R, an extruded fluoropolymer film coated with rubber-based pressure sensitive adhesive.

Biocomposites – a technology overview Biocomposites – a technology overview

This report, commissioned by the UK's Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and authored by NetComposites, describes current and emerging biocomposites and demonstrates that these materials are now starting to find applications across a widerange of industry sectors.

New automotive consortium targets materials intelligence

At the SAE World Congress in Detroit, USA, Granta Design has launched the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (AutoMatIC).

Attwater's B42 gets REACH upgrade

Industrial laminate specialist Attwater & Sons Ltd has reformulated its B42 fabric-based laminate to comply with revised REACH regulations

Composites Germany joins EuCIA

Composites Germany, the trade association founded in 2013, has replaced the AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) as a member of EuCIA (European Composites Industry Association).

AniForm Suite officially launched

AniForm Engineering has released AniForm Suite.

BCT introduces automated options for composite repair

German company BCT GmbH has introduced new automated systems for composite post-machining and composite repair.

Safran and Albany inaugurate US plant for composite aircraft engine parts

Aircraft engine manufacturer Safran and Albany International, a specialist in composite aerospace components, have opened a new plant in Rochester, New Hampshire, to manufacture composite parts for aircraft engines.

Voetsch develops air tempering ovens for carbon fibre aviation parts

Voetsch Industrietechnik has developed recirculation air tempering ovens for reproducable production results to achieve good thermal treatment of carbon fibre composite materials.

Pew Report: Offshore wind propelled clean energy investment growth in the UK in 2013 Pew Report: Offshore wind propelled clean energy investment growth in the UK in 2013

The UK wind sector, which increased by nearly 50 percent to $5.9 billion, drove the increase.

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Airtech introduces Airflex Airtech introduces Airflex

Airtech has developed Airflex, which is an uncured silicone rubber which has been specially formulated for use as a pressure intensifier on complex shapes parts during vacuum bagging.

Dieffenbacher introduces Compress Lite

Dieffenbacher has introduced the Compress Lite press series to provide a flexible and automated system for manufacturing fibre-reinforced plastic components cost effectively.

Dow introduces new polyurethane series for infrastucture Dow introduces new polyurethane series for infrastucture

Dow has added the VORAFORCE TW 1100 series of polyurethane systems to its product range.

Composites firm Airborne establishes legal presence in France to further its tidal energy aspirations

Dutch company Airborne, a manufacturer of composite blades for tidal turbines, has established a legal presence in Cherbourg, France, to support the development of local tidal projects.

Harper awarded contracts for carbon fibre production systems

Harper International has secured recent contracts worth $38 million for its production scale carbon fibre conversion line.

Johns Manville introduces new chopped strand glass fibre

Johns Manville has introduced a new chopped strand glass fibre for high performance polypropylene (PP) – ThermoFlow 636.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind now operational MHI Vestas Offshore Wind now operational

The offshore wind power joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is now operational. It will handle the further development of the V164-8.0 MW turbine.

Owens Corning introduces rovings and fabrics for wind turbine rotor blades

Owens Corning has introduced an enhanced WindStrand® Type 30® roving products range for weaving fabrics.

Markos increases wind turbine nacelle production

Polish GRP manufacturer Markos has increased its production volume of wind turbine nacelles (including hub covers) to 14 sets per week.

Bayer sells carbon nanotubes patents to FutureCarbon

Bayer MaterialScience is selling its intellectual property, patents and technology in the area of carbon nanotubes (CNT) and graphenes to FutureCarbon GmbH.

Morgan Composite and Defence Systems appoints new Business Development Director

Morgan Advanced Materials has appointed Martyn Cook to the management team at its Composites & Defence Systems business based in Coventry, UK.

Borealis and Borouge tailor Fibremod for Jaguar F-Type Borealis and Borouge tailor Fibremod for Jaguar F-Type

Borealis and Borouge have used Fibremod™ for the instrument panel carrier and airbag chute in the Jaguar F-Type, in collaboration with Dräxlmaier, the Tier One supplier.

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The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website during the month of March.