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News Archive

Gurit reports sales increase for first half

Gurit has reported a 28.8% sales increase to CHF 167 million (1HY 2013: 129.7 million) for the first six months of 2014, versus the same but weak period of last year.

DSM Composite Resins announces price increase for Europe

DSM Composite Resins will increase prices of its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins in September.

RTP adds pultrusion line at Mexican facility RTP adds pultrusion line at Mexican facility

RTP Company has installed a new pultrusion line at its facility in Monterrey, Mexico for producing Very Long Fiber (‘VLF’) compounds.

Northrop Grumman, Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic developing XS-1 spacecraft design Northrop Grumman, Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic developing XS-1 spacecraft design

Northrop Grumman Corporation, working with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic, is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 programme.

Technical Fibre Products appoints Chinese distributor Technical Fibre Products appoints Chinese distributor

Technical Fibre Products has appointed the JianYe and BluDot Group as the exclusive distributor of Optiveil®, Optimat® and Tecnofire® nonwovens in China, Taiwan and Singapore.

Coast Composites and Odyssey Industries add aerospace tooling machining capabilities

US aerospace suppliers Coast Composites and Odyssey Industries have invested in additional machining equipment to meet increasing demand for high quality tooling and shorter delivery schedules.

Lach Diamant expands tool range for fibre reinforced materials Lach Diamant expands tool range for fibre reinforced materials

Lach Diamant is expanding its diamond tool programme for the processing of fibre reinforced materials such as carbon fibre reinforced plastics, glassfibre reinforced plastics and mixed materials.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – automotive pultrusion, reinforced thermoplastics, Sintex-Wausaukee Composites in India Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – automotive pultrusion, reinforced thermoplastics, Sintex-Wausaukee Composites in India

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

Scott & Fyfe adds flame retardant glass mat to Polymat range

Scott & Fyfe has introduced Polymat FR, an extensive chopped glass mat designed for RTM applications, as a new addition to its Polymat range.

MHI to increase production of composite wing boxes for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

In response to Boeing's plan to increase production rates for the 787 Dreamliner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI), manufacturer of the aircraft's composite wing boxes, is to expand two production facilities in Japan.

Ingalls Shipbuilding delivers composite deckhouse for second Zumwalt destroyer Ingalls Shipbuilding delivers composite deckhouse for second Zumwalt destroyer

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division has delivered the composite deckhouse for the second Zumwalt Class destroyer to the US Navy.

Automotive composite project develops racecar suspension components

Polystrand, in partnership with PPG and SANLUIS Rassini, is preparing a vehicle to compete in the Grand Touring Lite (GTL) classification in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). The goal is to new racecar composite suspension components.

GRP cover protects WWI submarine GRP cover protects WWI submarine

RPC Technologies has developed a glass reinforced plastic cover to help protect a World War I Australian submarine.

SNC and Lockheed Martin unveil first composite structure for Dream Chaser spacecraft SNC and Lockheed Martin unveil first composite structure for Dream Chaser spacecraft

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and programme partner Lockheed Martin have unveiled the composite airframe of the Dream Chaser orbital spacecraft.

Chem-Trend expands in China

Chem-Trend, the producer of high-performance mould release agents and casting lubricants, together with Klüber Lubrication, part of the Freudenberg Chemical Specialties business group, is investing in a major site-expansion project at its Qingpu facility in China.

Composite Advantage establishes bridge installation partner Composite Advantage establishes bridge installation partner

Composite Advantage has established partner company FRP Constructors LLC to provide on-site delivery and installation services for its fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) bridges and bridge decks.

Gamesa concludes turnkey construction of its first wind farm in Chile Gamesa concludes turnkey construction of its first wind farm in Chile

36 MW project will feature 18 Gamesa G90-2.0 MW wind turbines.

Greene, Tweed and Aerolia validate thermoplastic composite replacement for complex-shape metallic parts Greene, Tweed and Aerolia validate thermoplastic composite replacement for complex-shape metallic parts

US-based aerospace supplier Greene, Tweed, and Aerolia, a French Tier 1 aerostructures supplier, have developed thermoplastic composite materials which can replace metal in complex-shape aerospace applications previously not suited for composites.

Sintex-Wausaukee Composites opens manufacturing plant in India

US company Sintex-Wausaukee Composites has opened a plant in Pune, India, focusing on the production of composite products by resin transfer moulding (Light RTM).

Knovel's Composites subject area helps engineers source, design and test new materials Knovel's Composites subject area helps engineers source, design and test new materials

Knovel, provider of a cloud-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools, has launched Composites as a new subject area to offer design, selection, analysis, testing, manufacturing and repair information related to composite materials.

Transparency Market Research releases new ‘Onshore Wind Energy Forecast’ report

Global onshore wind energy market is expected to reach nearly 900B USD in 2020, estimates show.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories: Thermoplastic composites, Mitsubishi Rayon invests in German auto supplier, Deltech expansion Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories: Thermoplastic composites, Mitsubishi Rayon invests in German auto supplier, Deltech expansion

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

COMPOSITES EUROPE appoints 'Wind Energy Ambassador' COMPOSITES EUROPE appoints 'Wind Energy Ambassador'

Hanno Fecke, an experienced organiser of wind energy trade fairs, is to become 'Wind Energy Ambassador' for COMPOSITES EUROPE, reflecting the exhibition's expanding commitment to the wind energy sector.

Automotive supplier c2i completes new production facility Automotive supplier c2i completes new production facility

c2i, a manufacturer of carbon fibre composite components for automotive, motorsport and industry customers, has moved to a new production facility in Dunajska Streda, Slovakia.

Hope Technology introduces composite bicycle components with help of automated cutting machine Hope Technology introduces composite bicycle components with help of automated cutting machine

Hope Technology, a UK manufacturer of bicycle components and accessories, has taken delivery of a Blackman & White automated flatbed cutter to help in the development of its new range of composite bicycle components.

COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 show preview – deadline 15 August COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 show preview – deadline 15 August

The September/October issue of Reinforced Plastics will contain a preview of the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 exhibition, which takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany on 7-9 October 2014.

Mitsubishi Rayon acquires interest in German manufacturer of carbon fibre automotive parts

Carbon fibre producer Mitsubishi Rayon Co Ltd has executed a share sales and purchase agreement under which it will acquire 51% of Wethje Holding GmbH, a German manufacturer of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) automotive parts.

July's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Polynt and CCP, aircraft sandwich panel, composite pressure vessels

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

Reichhold announces September price increase for European composites industry

Reichhold will increase prices for all unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and ancillary products from 1 September 2014.

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories: Sicomin's expansion; CSP and Magna; patents watch Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories: Sicomin's expansion; CSP and Magna; patents watch

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

Sicomin marine resins awarded Lloyd’s Register certification Sicomin marine resins awarded Lloyd’s Register certification

Epoxy resins formulator Sicomin has achieved Lloyd’s Register (LR) certification for two products designed for the marine market.