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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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Automotive industry’s first composite suspension coil

Hexion Inc has developed a coil spring made of plastic composite in cooperation with Sogefi for Audi.

Faurecia Flaxpreg wins JEC Europe 2015 Innovation Award

Faurecia Flaxpreg, a green and light very long flax fiber reinforced composite sandwich, has been awarded the JEC Europe 2015 Innovation Award in the semi-products category.

QA1 introduces carbon fiber driveshafts

QA1 has developed a line of carbon fiber driveshafts for vehicles with up to 500 horsepower/pound-foot of torque.

Granta software suitable for composite qualification Granta software suitable for composite qualification

Granta Design has improves its Granta MI:Composites software to help the composite qualification process, particularly where data traceability is important for regulatory and other purposes

NetComposites introduces highly aligned flax

NetComposites, in collaboration with Tilsatec and FORMAX, has developed a highly aligned flax-based tape and non-crimp fabric.

AGC AeroComposites awarded US Army contact AGC AeroComposites awarded US Army contact

AGC AeroComposites, a global supplier of composite aerostructures and components, has been contracted to supply the multi-station lightweight armament support system (MSLASS) wings for the US Army’s MH-60M helicopter fleet.

Camera system suitable for FRP laminates

DolphiTech says that its DolphiCam Ultrasound NDT Camera System has received new functionality for drilled hole inspections on carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) laminates.

Magnum Venus Products buys out CEO

Magnum Venus Products (MVP), a manufacturer of composite application equipment, has restructured the company’s ownership by redeeming shares held by CEO Tom Hedger.

Tool board ‘new approach’ to composite tooling

Specialist tooling company Compotool Ltd has developed a tooling board product which it says represents a radical new approach to composite tooling.

Last week's top stories – Bayer acquisition, Solvay/3A Composites alliance and Owens Corning at JEC

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Speakers named for Composites UK AGM

UK trade organisation Composites UK’s AGM and annual conference, which takes place on 13 May at the University of Warwick, UK, has outlined its speaker program.

Scott Bader becomes Daimler's approved supplier Scott Bader becomes Daimler's approved supplier

Scott Bader has recently become an approved supplier of composite moulding and structural adhesive products to all of Daimler’s production facilities, including Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, and Daimler Buses.

New carbon fiber production plant in Russia

Holding Company Composite has started a new large scale carbon fiber production line developed for industrial grade carbon fiber.

Owens Corning launches new products at JEC

Owens Corning has launched a number of new glass fiber materials at JEC.

SGL and BASF develop cost-effective composite

SGL Group and BASF have developed a new composite, based on a reactive polyamide system and compatible carbon fibers, following joint material research.

SGL develops pre-impregnated towpregs SGL develops pre-impregnated towpregs

SGL Group has launched a range of pre-impregnated towpregs, fiber bundles from carbon or glass fibers suitable for challenging winding and lay-up processes.

Cytec introduces new fabric tooling prepreg

Cytec Industries Inc has launched BMI and epoxy versions of DForm Fabric Tooling Prepreg.

TenCate at JEC

TenCate Advanced Composites is presenting a number of new products at JEC Europe 2015.

Last week's top stories – composites at CERN, orders for FRP house and glass fiber roof

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NetComposites develops natural fiber LFT for lightweighting

NetComposites has developed injection mouldable long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) Flax/PP and Jute/PP pellets.

New CEO for Roctool

RocTool, which develops technologies for rapid molding of composites, has announced the appointment of Stéphane Hersen as its chairman and CEO/director.

Bayer MaterialScience buys composite materials specialist

Bayer MaterialScience has concluded its takeover of Nuremberg-based Thermoplast Composite GmbH (TCG) in Langenfeld, a provider of thermoplastic fiber composites.

Exelis wins Airbus composite strut contract Exelis wins Airbus composite strut contract

Exelis has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract from Airbus to produce center wing box struts for the A350-1000 aircraft.

Brazilian composites stable in 2014 Brazilian composites stable in 2014

The Brazilian composites sector’s revenue totaled US$ 1.202 billion in 2014, down 0.1% compared to 2013 according to new data commissioned by the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO).

LANXESS expands Tepex range

Bond Laminates GmbH, a subsidiary of specialty chemicals company LANXESS, has expanded its Tepex range of continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic high-performance composites to include halogen-free flame-retardant versions with a polycarbonate matrix.

Johns Manville expands Tennessee operations Johns Manville expands Tennessee operations

Johns Manville (JM), a manufacturer of glass fiber products has announced it will expand its glass fiber operations plant in Etowah, Tennessee, to service the increasing needs of the engineered thermoplastics industry.

Solvay and 3A Composites join forces to develop foams

Solvay and 3A Composites have formed an alliance to develop foam materials to make more lightweight parts for advanced transportation.

Johns Manville introduces new roving and glass fiber range Johns Manville introduces new roving and glass fiber range

Johns Manville has developed two new products, a multi-end roving for sheet moulding compound (SMC) and chopped strand glass fiber for high-performance polyamide (PA66).

Last week's top stories – 3D printed skiboot, composites in ships, new towpreg range

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BioBuild project wins JEC Innovation Award BioBuild project wins JEC Innovation Award

The Biobuild Project has won a JEC Innovation award for its Biocomposite Façade System.

Fire retardant prepreg resin at JEC Fire retardant prepreg resin at JEC

Sicomin plans to present a new fire retardant prepreg resin at JEC.

Intrado design wins at JEC Intrado design wins at JEC

A group of companies including Axon Automotive, a subsidiary of Far-UK Ltd, has won the Jury Prize at JEC for the Intrado carbon frame design for an automotive body.

Five meter long FRP structure installed at CERN Five meter long FRP structure installed at CERN

Austrian hybrid parts specialist Teufelberger has installed a lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic component for the particle accelerator at the CERN research center in Geneva, Switzerland.

SCIGRIP presents new MMA adhesives range SCIGRIP presents new MMA adhesives range

SCIGRIP is introducing a new SG800 range of specialist methyl methacrylate (MMA) bonding systems at JEC.

TenCate records 4% revenue growth in 2014

TenCate has reported organic revenue growth of 4% for the full year 2014, and 9% in the second half of 2014, due to growth in composites, synthetic turf yarns and industrial protective fabrics.

New tech can create ‘hinge’ in FRP New tech can create ‘hinge’ in FRP

Common Fibers, a small startup company in the US, has developed new technology that can create a hinge directly in a sheet of carbon fiber by using a laser to ablate the resin.

Composite house receives first orders Composite house receives first orders

Austrian company GHS Global Housing Solutions says that it has received orders from Qatar for its temporary composite house system.

Composite hatch cover approved for use in commercial ship Composite hatch cover approved for use in commercial ship

The first ever approval of a structural composite part for a commercial ship was announced at the E-LASS (European network for lightweight applications at sea) meeting in Southampton, UK on 14th January.

Dow upgrades resin system

Dow Automotive Systems has improved its VORAFORCE 5300 epoxy resin matrix system for high-pressure resin transfer molded (RTM) composites.

Last week's top stories – composites in ships, TFP unveils veils, biaxial fabrics at JEC

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