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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

Aircelle and Velocity Composites sign deal

Aircelle, a manufacturer of nacelles for the aerospace industry, has announced the signing of a major deal with nearby Velocity Composites.

Mixers cope with low and high viscosities Mixers cope with low and high viscosities

Charles Ross and Son Company introduces a range of multi-shaft mixers suitable for large-scale processing of pastes, gels, dispersions, suspensions and slurries from low to high viscosity.

Composite planes to play vital role in reducing emissions Composite planes to play vital role in reducing emissions

New research suggests that exchanging aluminium aircraft for a global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 per cent.

FRIMO and CMTT announce mixing head joint venture

FRIMO, a developer of mixing head systems for reinforced plastics, has announced a joint venture with Covelo Machine & Tool Trade Co Inc (CMTT).

Toray marks place in European prepreg

Toray Industries has moved into the European market with its acquisition of Saati SpA’s European carbon fiber fabric and prepreg business.

Carbon fiber: Asia Pacific ‘most promising’

A new report suggests that Asia-Pacific is the most promising carbon fiber market, with demand in the region to grow at a CAGR of around 14% from 2014 to 2019.

Bird feathers similar to carbon fibre Bird feathers similar to carbon fibre

Scientists from the University of Southampton have discovered that feather shafts are made of a multi-layered fibrous composite material, similar to carbon fiber, which allows the feather to bend and twist to cope with the stresses of flight.

Hexcel acquires interest in Formax

Hexcel Corporation has acquired 50% of Formax UK Limited, a manufacturer of composite reinforcements which specializes in the production of lightweight multi-axial fabrics.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – South Korea promotes carbon fiber, Toray/Toyota agreement and new material for car seats

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

TenCate provides parts for space capsule TenCate provides parts for space capsule

TenCate Advanced Composites has provided heat resistant composites for the heat shield and backshell structure of the Lockheed Martin Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle, which was successfully launched this week.

3A Composites expands foam production

3A Composites has increased production capacities of its AIREX PET core materials.

Aviation Technical Services acquires Texas Air Composites

Aviation Technical Services (ATS) has acquired Texas Air Composites (TAC), a Domestic 145 Repair Station specializing in composite structural fabrication, support and repair for regional, commercial and military aircraft.

New Sigma tech could re-think traditional designs

Sigma Composites, part of Sigma Components, has invested £50,000 in a braiding machine that it says could improve component performance and improve on traditional designs.

Why build with FRP?

US-based Bedford Reinforced Plastics has put together an infographic about the benefits of fiberglass reinforced plastic.

Samsung invests in recyclable composites

Samsung Venture Investment Corporation has invested in Connora Technologies to help commercialize its Recyclamine recyclable epoxy thermoset technology.

Solvay introduces glass fiber compound for LED TVs

Solvay Specialty Polymers has launched an improved version of its lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for the production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit (BLU) applications.

£61 million UK government boost welcomed by NCC

The UK’s National Composites Centre (NNC) has welcomed an investment by the UK government in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a group of seven technology and innovation centres focusing on the commercialisation of UK manufacturing research.

Award for multi-material system for car seats

Johnson Controls has received an innovation award for its CAMISMA carbon fiber-amide-metal-based interior structure, which uses a multi-material system approach to reduce weight and cost.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – giant robots, FRP buses, and boost for carbon fiber in China and Russia

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

November’s top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – carbon fibre 3D printing, giant robots and graphene-toughened composites

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

DSM Dyneema materials win awards

DSM Dyneema has won three awards for its Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology platform, which develops fiber for ballistic applications.

Toray FRP used in Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle Toray FRP used in Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle

Toray Industries’ carbon fiber material will be used for a range of parts in Toyota Motor Corporation’s MIRAI fuel cell vehicle.

South Korean government invests in carbon fiber hub

South Korean conglomerate Hyosung and the government have jointly established a carbon fiber hub in North Jeolla Province n the southwest of South Korea.

Wood plastic composite market to reach 1,728.9 kilotons by 2019

The wood plastic composite market is projected to grow from 1,046.1 kilotons to 1,728.9 kilotons between 2014 and 2019, with a CAGR of 10.5%.

Comment: Composites industry deal volumes remain strong in 2014

Keith Pickering, partner, Catalyst Corporate Finance, reviews mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the composites industry in 2014.

Autoclave developed for F1 parts Autoclave developed for F1 parts

Support service company AIC Group has recently completed the design and installation of a new autoclave for a leading Formula 1 team in the UK.

Shell invests in composite pipes

Netherlands-based Airborne Oil & Gas BV says that it has added Shell Technology Ventures BV as a company investor and shareholder.

Launch of 22m composite workboat Launch of 22m composite workboat

UK-based CTruk, which designs and builds composite marine craft, has launched the CWind Sword, a 22 m multi-role composite workboat built for offshore wind farm support.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – 3D printers, thermoplastic tapes and more giant robots

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

Russia composite center to produce FRP buses Russia composite center to produce FRP buses

Russian engineering hub the Nanotechnological Center of Composites and Hungarian engineering company Evopro have signed an agreement to produce modular buses with composite bodies.