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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

BASF introduces carbon fibre reinforced Ultradur PBT BASF introduces carbon fibre reinforced Ultradur PBT

BASF is adding its first carbon fibre reinforced grade to its Ultradur® PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) portfolio.

ONSERT composites joining technology demonstrated on BMW i3 ONSERT composites joining technology demonstrated on BMW i3

Assembly specialist Böllhoff and adhesives expert DELO have developed a bonded bolt technology called ONSERT which has been demonstrated in a pilot project on the BMW i3 electric vehicle.

AVK announces 2014 Innovation Awards winners

German composites association AVK presented its 2014 Innovation Awards at its annual conference in Düsseldorf earlier this month.

Toho Tenax develops thermoset carbon fibre preform technology

Toho Tenax Co Ltd says it has developed a technology for the efficient production of thermoset carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) preforms, which it is calling Tenax® Part via Preform (PvP).

Reinforced Plastics' JEC Europe 2015 Showcase

The January/February issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine will contain a preview of the JEC Europe 2015 exhibition, which takes place in Paris on 10-12 March.

Gamesa signs first wind turbine supply contract in Jordan Gamesa signs first wind turbine supply contract in Jordan

Deal calls for Gamesa to supply 33 G97-2.0 MW turbines at a facility being developed by Elecnor.

NASA seeks 'ultra-lightweight' core materials for future space vehicles

NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture lower-mass alternatives to the honeycomb or foam core materials currently used in composite sandwich structures.

Airbus shares composites expertise with America's Cup team Airbus shares composites expertise with America's Cup team

Airbus has announced a partnership with ORACLE TEAM USA, the defending champion of the America’s Cup, under which it will share its composites expertise.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Volvo XC90 composite leaf spring, improving adhesive bonding, aircraft repair Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Volvo XC90 composite leaf spring, improving adhesive bonding, aircraft repair

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

NASA and Boeing, Composite Panel Systems win CAMX Awards NASA and Boeing, Composite Panel Systems win CAMX Awards

The new US composites trade show CAMX issued its first Awards last week in Florida.

Quickstep to create automotive composites division at Deakin University

Quickstep Holdings Ltd, an Australian manufacturer of carbon fibre composite components for the aerospace, defence and automotive industries, is establishing a dedicated automotive division co-located with Deakin University to design automotive manufacturing cells.

Alcoa joins thermoplastic composites research centre TPRC

Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) and the ThermoPlastic composites Research Centre (TPRC) in the Netherlands are collaborating to develop thermoplastic composite fastening solutions for the aerospace, automotive and other markets.

AIMPLAS assists in Spanish composite lighthouse AIMPLAS assists in Spanish composite lighthouse

Composites are to be used extensively in a new lighthouse project in Valencia, Spain.

COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 sets records COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 sets records

The COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 trade show in Düsseldorf earlier this month attracted 10,186 visitors, an increase of 25% on the previous event held in Düsseldorf in 2012.

Qatar Airways’ first A350 XWB completes maiden flight Qatar Airways’ first A350 XWB completes maiden flight

The first customer Airbus A350-900, which will be delivered to Qatar Airways, has successfully completed its maiden flight.

ACMA issues industry awards at CAMX

The American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA) issued its annual awards at the CAMX 2014 trade show in Florida last week.

First CAMX trade show attracts 7100 attendees

CAMX (The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo) 2014 brought 7100 conference attendees and more than 550 exhibitors to Orlando, Florida, last week.

Spheretex completes Chinese deal with NMG Composites

Spheretex, the producer of laminate bulkers, speciality core and reinforcement materials, has signed an Exclusive Cooperation Agreement for the sale of Spheretex core materials with NMG Composites Co., Ltd. of Tongxiang, Zhejiang, China.

Reichhold introduces improved low profile tooling resin

Reichhold has introduced a new low profile laminating resin with improved application properties, without any reduction in low profile tooling performance.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories - Bayer separates businesses; Volvo's composite leaf spring; Laser surface preparation

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

Intertronics develops new fast cure UV system Intertronics develops new fast cure UV system

Intertronics has introduced the BlueWave Fast Cure LED Flood System.

Teijin Aramid increases prices for Twaron products

Teijin Aramid is raising prices for its Twaron aramid products.

Composites UK to develop industry database

Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites industry, is developing a database of composite companies based in the country to support the sector’s supply chain.

RocTool signs global licence agreement with Flextronics

RocTool, the designer and developer of technologies for rapid injection moulding of composites and plastics, has signed a global licence agreement with Flextronics, a provider of global end-to-end supply chain solutions including designing, manufacturing, shipping and services for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Volvo XC90 features polyurethane composite leaf spring Volvo XC90 features polyurethane composite leaf spring

Benteler-SGL is producing a glass fibre reinforced polyurethane leaf spring for the new Volvo XC90 SUV.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – 3D non-crimp fabrics; Polyimide resin; Recycling composites

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

Lingrove introduces linen and bio-based resin prepregs

Lingrove Natural Composites has launched a range of linen prepregs, dry reinforcement and other bio-based solutions at CAMX 2014.

Bayer to separate its Life Science and MaterialScience businesses

Bayer has announced its intention to focus entirely on its Life Science businesses – HealthCare and CropScience – and float its MaterialScience business on the stock market as a separate company.

Hexagon Composites acquires assets of MasterWorks Machining and Helman Tensioners

Hexagon Composites' wholly owned subsidiary Hexagon Lincoln has closed on a transaction acquiring the main assets of MasterWorks family of businesses: MasterWorks Machining, MasterWorks Composite Solutions and Helman Tensioners.

TenCate Advanced Composites expands UK facility

TenCate Advanced Composites, a producer of thermoplastic and thermoset prepregs, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Langley Mill, UK. The plant will become a centre of excellence for thermoset products and serve the European region.

Lifetime achievement award for Scott Lewit

Scott Lewit, president and co-founder of Structural Composites, Inc has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Technology at the Florida Technovation/TechExpo.

Boeing to expand St. Louis composites facility to supply parts for 777X

Boeing has announced that it is expanding the composites facility at its St. Louis, Missouri, site to accommodate the production of parts for its new composite-winged 777X aircraft.

Composites UK announces 2014 Industry Award Winners

Composites UK, the accredited trade association for the UK composites industry, has announced the winners of its 2014 industry awards, which will be presented on 11th November 2014.

Nordex rolls out wind blade strategy with Carbon Rotec Nordex rolls out wind blade strategy with Carbon Rotec

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex SE is extending its partnership with composite wind turbine blade producer Carbon Rotec.

Talon Technology develops carbon fibre/Kevlar hinge Talon Technology develops carbon fibre/Kevlar hinge

Australian company Talon Technology claims to have developed the world’s thinnest and lightest carbon fibre/Kevlar hinge.

Reichhold Inc files for bankruptcy

US-headquartered composite resins producer Reichhold Inc has filed for voluntary protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware. Reichhold affiliates outside the US are not included in the filings.

Momentive carbon fibre door wins automotive award Momentive carbon fibre door wins automotive award

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc's carbon fibre/epoxy car door structure won the People’s Choice Award for the Most Innovative Composite Part at the Society of Plastics Engineers' Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) last month.

SGL Group develops new tooling prepregs SGL Group develops new tooling prepregs

SGL Group – The Carbon Company – is exhibiting newly developed tooling prepregs (pre-impregnated textile semi-finished products) at Composites Europe.

£300 million budget to launch UK auctions for renewables

Initiative to support low-carbon electricity projects that aim to deliver new capacity much more cheaply than through the previous arrangements.

CCP Composites invests £1m in UK site

Resins manufacturer CCP Composites has announced an investment of £1 million in its Stallingborough, UK, production site.

Nexam Chemical introduces polyimide resin for high temperature applications

Nexam Chemical has introduced NEXIMID® MHT-R as an ‘easy to process’ polyimide resin for composite manufacturers and end users.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Aircraft repair, Airbus A350, DowAksa carbon fibre Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Aircraft repair, Airbus A350, DowAksa carbon fibre

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

Airbus readies A350 XWB for first customer Qatar Airways Airbus readies A350 XWB for first customer Qatar Airways

Airbus says the first A350 XWB aircraft for Qatar Airways is progressing towards delivery before year end.

DolphiTech expands camera range DolphiTech expands camera range

DolphiTech has added a new model to its range of ultrasound cameras.

Lamborghini obtains TÜV certification for its carbon fibre repair service

Automobili Lamborghini has obtained certification from independent inspection and testing body TÜV for its carbon fibre composite car repair service.

Composites UK promotes current developments in biocomposites

Composites UK, the accredited Trade Association for the UK composites industry, will be promoting the current developments in biocomposite materials at its next event on 23rd October.

DowAksa supplies carbon fibre for Volkswagen commercial vehicle prototype DowAksa supplies carbon fibre for Volkswagen commercial vehicle prototype

DowAksa has announced the use of its carbon fibre in the Volkswagen Transporter commercial vehicle prototype showcased at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2014 trade fair in Hannover this September.

PlastiComp develops hybrid fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites PlastiComp develops hybrid fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites

PlastiComp, Inc. has developed a set of hybrid thermoplastic composites that combine long glass fibre and long carbon fibre reinforcement together in a single, ready-to-mould composite pellet.

Magna produces composite liftgate for BMW i3 Magna produces composite liftgate for BMW i3

Automotive supplier Magna International Inc says it has used its advanced composites and exteriors systems expertise to produce a lightweight composite liftgate assembly for the BMW i3.