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News Archive

Dow selected by IACMI

The Dow Chemical Company and its joint venture, DowAksa, have been selected by the Obama Administration to establish the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).

Mitsubishi consolidates composite production

Mitsubishi plans to integrate the pitch-based carbon fiber business of Mitsubishi Plastics and the PAN-based carbon fiber business of Mitsubishi Rayon to develop its composite materials business.

Ford and DowAksa bid to improve automotive carbon fiber

Ford has announced new collaboration with DowAksa and the U.S. Department of Energy to develop high-volume manufacturing techniques for automotive-grade carbon fiber, aiming to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.

Fraunhofer scientists research natural fibers Fraunhofer scientists research natural fibers

Scientists at the Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research are researching the potential of hemp, flax, cotton and wood fibers as cheaper and more sustainable alternatives to glass and carbon fiber.

Last week's top stories – new US composites institute, Ford launches 'supercar' and Gurit's winning bid

Check out the stories that were most popular with our readers last week.

AMRC Composites Center wins top award AMRC Composites Center wins top award

A partnership involving composites experts from the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Center with Boeing has won a top Asian innovation award.

Dyneema chains replace steel Dyneema chains replace steel

DSM Dyneema has formed a partnership with Load Solutions AS based in Bergen, Norway to develop link chains made with Dyneema fiber.

IACMI backs composite natural-gas vehicle fuel tanks

A research team led by the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) plans to research the development affordable composite natural-gas vehicle fuel tanks under the new Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).

Lightweight canoes features TeXtreme fiber fabrics Lightweight canoes features TeXtreme fiber fabrics

Canadian canoe manufacturer Swift Canes & Kayaks has released a version of their Keewaydin 16 model, featuring TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics.

Dassault Systèmes part of new US composite center

3D design software specialist Dassault Systèmes has become a charter member of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), the 122-member consortium awarded a US$70 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Improved bio-composites Improved bio-composites

New materials follow an environmentally-friendly route.

Lehmann & Voss & Co develops new material for gear wheels Lehmann & Voss & Co develops new material for gear wheels

Lehmann & Voss & Co has developed new composite materials for the production of plastic gear wheels that are more resilient even at elevated temperatures.

Ford develops carbon fiber “supercar” Ford develops carbon fiber “supercar”

Ford has developed the Ford GT, a lightweight aerodynamic vehicle which makes extensive use of carbon fiber parts.

2H Offshore develops new composite pipe design

2H Offshore, an Acteon company, has joined with oil and gas industry leaders to develop a new design guideline for thermoplastic composite pipes (TCP).

Conductive Composites to make nickel plated fiber for ElectriPlast

Integral Technologies Inc and its wholly owned subsidiary ElectriPlast Corp has signed an agreement with nickel plated carbon fiber (NiC) manufacturer, Conductive Composites.

New analyzer for composite materials

Testing and protection specialist Acoem has developed a thermomechanical test platform for polymers and composite materials.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – composite space Lego, 3D printing and DSM sale

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

AIC forms new partnership with the AMRC

AIC Group announces a new partnership with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) based in Sheffield, UK.

Gurit wins bid for carbon fiber body panels

Swiss automotive composite specialist Gurit has been selected as the supplier for carbon fiber based automotive body panels at a total contract value of more than CHF30 million calculated on a multi-annual basis.

Composite manhole covers can be lifted by hand Composite manhole covers can be lifted by hand

UK manufacturer Structural Science Composites Ltd (SSC) has developed a range of glass fiber reinforced manhole and drain covers that are so lightweight that even the largest can be lifted by hand.

Composites UK offers £1500 grants for UK SMEs

Composites UK, the accredited industry trade association (ATO) for the UKTI’s Trade Access Programme (TAP) is offering grants of £1500 each to pay some of the cost for UK SMEs to exhibit at the JEC Europe show in Paris.

Resin designed for surface mount connectors

Solvay Specialty Polymers has introduced the Xydar MG-850 liquid crystal polymer (LCP), a new specially designed grade suitable for new high-speed USB 3.0 surface mount connectors.

Student develops tool to help composite layup Student develops tool to help composite layup

A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, called a dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components.

Obama announces new US$250 million composites institute Obama announces new US$250 million composites institute

President Obama has announced the new Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a Knoxville, Tennessee-based center focused on developing next-generation composite materials.

ATL Composites celebrates 35 years

ATL Composites says that 2015 marks its 35th anniversary as a producer of epoxy resins and supplier of structural materials to the Australian and Asian composites industries.

New cloud-based software for composite 3D printer

MarkForged has developed cloud-based 3D printing software for its Mark One Composite 3D Printer.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – bird feathers, TenCate prepreg and EU measures against China

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

DSM to sell resin distributor

Royal DSM, the global life and materials sciences company, has reached an agreement with Cathay Investments for the sale of Euroresins.

NASA grant to create composite Lego in Space NASA grant to create composite Lego in Space

An engineer from the University of Massachusetts in the US has been awarded a grant from NASA to develop composite materials for use in space.

Prepreg-ACM certified for marine applications

JSC Prepreg-ACM, part of Holding Company Composite, has had its basic carbon and hybrid (with glass fibre) multiaxial fabrics approved for use in marine applications.

TPI to supply wind blades to Vestas

TPI Composites has signed a multiyear supply agreement with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to provide blades for the V110 wind turbine from TPI's factory in Dafeng, China.

Haysite Launches new website Haysite Launches new website

Haysite Reinforced Plastics has launched its new website at www.haysite.com.

TenCate completes move to textiles with final sale

Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) has agreed for Platinum Equity, a US-based private equity investor, to buy TenCate Enbi, a supplier of components and materials to leading companies (original equipment manufacturers) primarily in the printer and copier markets.

Wind turbine rotor blade market to reach almost US$17 million

The global glass and carbon fiber wind turbine blade market was valued at US$9,998.9 million in 2013 and is projected to reach a value of US$16,982 million by 2019.

AIC builds autoclave for UK aerospace AIC builds autoclave for UK aerospace

AIC Group has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by UTC Aerospace Systems to custom-build an 18 foot diameter autoclave with control systems.

Search for innovation in composites

The AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) is seeking composite products or processes to be submitted for its AVK Innovation Award 2015.

Kaman sells Mexican unit

Kaman Corporation has sold its Mexican distribution subsidiary Delamac de Mexico to a power transmission engineering firm, Rodamientos y Accesorios (RYASA).

2014's most popular stories

Here are the most popular news stories and features accessed in 2014

Maine composites center tests biggest ever structure

The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center has completed static strength testing of a 56 m (184 foot) wind turbine blade made by Gamesa.

GlassFibreEurope welcomes new EU measures against China

GlassFibreEurope, a trade organisation that aims to represent the interests of European glass fibre manufacturers, says that it welcomes new EU trade measures that have been taken against Chinese glass fiber exporters.