News for October 2012

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Owens Corning expands glass reinforcement production in Russia

Owens Corning has announced that its new furnace in its Gous-Khroustalny, Russia, glass reinforcements facility is operational.

Hexcel reports strong 2012 third quarter results Hexcel reports strong 2012 third quarter results

Hexcel Corporation reports net sales for the third quarter of 2012 of US$391.6 million, 11.3% higher than for the third quarter of 2011.

Ahlstrom revises its organisation

Materials company Ahlstrom Corporation has announced that it will revise its organisation from January 2013 with the aim of accelerating growth.

ATK to manufacture A400M composite wing cover stringers ATK to manufacture A400M composite wing cover stringers

In a contract worth in excess of US$100 million, Airbus Military has selected ATK to produce composite wing cover stringers for the A400M military transport aircraft.

DONG Energy wins 600MW project in Northern Ireland with consortium bid

First Flight Wind consortium gets Crown Estate approval for offshore wind farm.

HondaJet production begins HondaJet production begins

Honda Aircraft Company has commenced production of the HondaJet light business aircraft, which features a composite fuselage.

Heat-conducting composites for seawater desalination Heat-conducting composites for seawater desalination

Desalination plants which convert seawater into drinking water require pipelines made of a special kind of steel or titanium, but Fraunhofer Institute researchers believe heat-conducting polymer composites could replace these materials.

Gurit announces automotive contract with Italian OEM

Composite materials supplier Gurit has announced a €3 million automotive contract from "a prestigious new customer in Italy."

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BASF and TenCate team up on automotive thermoplastic composites

BASF and TenCate Advanced Composites have entered into a strategic alliance to cooperate on the development, production and commercialisation of thermoplastic composite materials suitable for high-volume vehicle production.

Steel footbridge replaced with composite at UK railway station Steel footbridge replaced with composite at UK railway station

The railway station in the English seaside town of Dawlish has seen a corroded steel footbridge replaced with composite. This is the first composite bridge installed at a mainline rail station in the UK and the first Grade II listed composite bridge.

MISTRAS acquires materials testing company GMA

MISTRAS Group Inc, a US-headquartered provider of non-destructive testing (NDT) services, has acquired GMA Group of Germany.

French Prime Minister inaugurates A350 XWB assembly line

French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, and Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier, have officially inaugurated the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL), in Toulouse, France.

TenCate expands cooperation with 3M

TenCate Advanced Composites North America is expanding its the cooperation with 3M, which started in 2010, and is designed speed up the development and adoption of new applications for composite materials.

AGY introduces sizings for thermoplastic resins

AGY is introducing new sizing systems designed to give AGY's glass rovings and yarns compatibility with a wide range of thermoplastic resins.

A350 XWB tail gets its livery A350 XWB tail gets its livery

The composite vertical tail plane of the first flyable A350 XWB (MSN1) is the first A350 XWB component to be painted in the Airbus livery.

Lotus F1 adopts Anaglyph's Laminate Tools software Lotus F1 adopts Anaglyph's Laminate Tools software

The Lotus Formula One (F1) race team has adopted Anaglyph's Laminate Tools software as its primary tool for the stress-based ply definition of its chassis laminate.

BASF and Euroresins announce distribution agreement

BASF and Euroresins Europe Holding GmbH & Co KG have announced an agreement under which Euroresins will sell BASF's Baxxodur® epoxy systems for composite materials in Europe.

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'Composites city' on show at Brazilian exhibition 'Composites city' on show at Brazilian exhibition

The Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) has built a 'composites city' to illustrate the numerous industrial applications of composite materials. The Compocity will be unveiled at the Feiplar Composites 2012 trade show in Brazil.

Aerospace supplier FACC orders MAG flat tape layer Aerospace supplier FACC orders MAG flat tape layer

Austrian Tier 1 aerospace supplier FACC has acquired a CHARGER™ small flat tape layer from MAG for use in the production of primary and secondary structural composite components.

Video: First CSeries flight test aircraft assembly underway Video: First CSeries flight test aircraft assembly underway

Bombardier Aerospace's first CSeries aircraft that will take flight is being manufactured in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada.

Compac introduces artificial stone featuring DSM bio-based resin Compac introduces artificial stone featuring DSM bio-based resin

DSM is introducing a new resin featuring bio-based raw materials. By combining this resin with natural quartz minerals surfaces company has Compac created an attractive new artificial stone product line.

Heat-resistant glass reinforced polyamide employed in Daimler diesel engine Heat-resistant glass reinforced polyamide employed in Daimler diesel engine

Automotive supplier Montaplast of Germany is using BASF's high-temperature resistant 35% glass fibre reinforced polyamide (PA) Ultramid® Endure for a heat shield in the charge-air manifold of a Daimler four-cylinder diesel engine.

50MW wave power project planned for Ecuador

SDE Energy has formed a joint venture with Green Energy International to develop the wave power plant along the coastline of the Republic of Ecuador.

Continental Structural Plastics selects Fibersim software to develop automotive composites

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has selected Siemens PLM Software's Fibersim™ composites engineering software to support the production launch of the Chevrolet Spark city car's battery enclosure.

Ingalls Shipbuilding delivers composite deckhouse for US Navy Zumwalt destroyer Ingalls Shipbuilding delivers composite deckhouse for US Navy Zumwalt destroyer

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division has delivered the composite deckhouse for the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000) to the US Navy.

Atlantis completes first Narec tidal power turbine test

Atlantis Resources Corporation has completed the first ever tidal turbine testing programme at the National Renewable Energy Centre’s 3MW capacity, onshore, turbine drive train testing facility.

Ford develops prototype carbon composite bonnet Ford develops prototype carbon composite bonnet

Ford Motor Company has demonstrated a prototype carbon fibre composite bonnet for the Ford Focus which weighs more than 50% less than a standard steel version. Production times are also significantly reduced.

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Virgin Galactic takes full ownership of The Spaceship Company

'Space tourism' company Virgin Galactic has taken 100% ownership of its sister company The Spaceship Company (TSC), by acquiring the 30% stake held by Scaled Composites.

Scott Bader announces price increase for composites products in Europe

Scott Bader Europe has announced a further price increase for its Crystic® range of unsaturated polyester, vinyl ester and DCPD resins, plus all other manufactured composite products.

COMPOSITES EUROPE continues to grow COMPOSITES EUROPE continues to grow

The COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012 trade show attracted 8040 visitors to Düsseldorf on 9-11 October.

Norstec: new industry network to push north sea offshore wind agenda

Over 40 organisations have joined forces to set out a long-term vision for the deployment of offshore wind in the northern seas and the economic opportunities this presents.

Siemens starts testing of 6 MW wind turbine featuring 75 m blades Siemens starts testing of 6 MW wind turbine featuring 75 m blades

Siemens Energy has begun field testing of its new 154 m rotor for its 6 MW offshore wind turbine in Østerild, Denmark.

European Thermoplastic Automotive Composites consortium formed

DTC Dutch Thermoplastic Components, Kok & Van Engelen, NLR National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands, TenCate Advanced Composites and VIRO have decided to collaborate in the European Thermoplastic Automotive Composites consortium (eTAC).

Brabo Hockey sticks employ TeXtreme carbon fabrics Brabo Hockey sticks employ TeXtreme carbon fabrics

Kubus Sport is using Oxeon AB's TeXtreme® spread tow carbon fabrics in its new field hockey sticks. The new Brabo Hockey TeXtreme sticks are said to be lighter, stiffer and stronger than previous sticks.

Atlas enhances accelerated testing instrument

Atlas Material Testing Technology has updated its SUNTEST CPS+ accelerated material testing instrument.

Kaman and Kineco sign agreement to form joint venture in India

Kaman Aerospace Group Inc and Kineco Pvt Ltd have signed a definitive agreement to form a manufacturing joint venture in India.

BASF and SGL to develop carbon fibre thermoplastics for automotive applications

BASF and the SGL Group have announced that they plan to develop a composite material based on carbon fibre and a reactive polyamide system and intended for the mass production of automotive components.

Amber Composites to offer prepreg kits Amber Composites to offer prepreg kits

Prepreg manufacturer Amber Composites has taken delivery of a Blackman & White conveyorised CNC cutting table which will enable it to supply cut, kitted and ready-to-laminate prepreg.

Johns Manville launches new spray-up roving

Johns Manville (JM) is introducing its MultiStar® 819 glass fibre roving developed for spray-up applications.

Coriolis Composites joins thermoplastic composites research centre Coriolis Composites joins thermoplastic composites research centre

The ThermoPlastic composites Research Centre (TPRC) in the Netherlands has entered into a long term partnership with French company Coriolis Composites to advance fibre placement technology.

Ferrari unveils carbon composite chassis for hybrid model Ferrari unveils carbon composite chassis for hybrid model

At the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled a composite chassis for its upcoming limited-edition hybrid model.

Carbon fibre composites market to more than double to $36b in 2020 – Lux Research

As new production technologies lower carbon fibre cost, the global market for carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) will more than double to $36 billion in 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 13%, according to a Lux Research report.

AMAC industry and business consultancy launched AMAC industry and business consultancy launched

A new consultancy focusing on lightweight construction been formed in Aachen, Germany, by Michael Effing.

GKN plc acquires Volvo Aero

GKN plc has completed the acquisition of Volvo Aero (the aero engine division of AB Volvo), creating an aerospace engine business with both composites and metals expertise.

LM Wind Power to construct its first blade facility in Brazil

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power has confirmed plans to construct a blade manufacturing facility in Brazil. It will be established in conjunction with LM's joint venture partner Eólice and will deliver blades to wind farms in Brazil and the rest of South America.

Sheringham Shoal wind farm inaugurated in UK

Statoil and Statkraft collaborated on the £1 billion wind farm in a 50:50 joint venture.

DSM Composites Resins announces price increase

DSM Composite Resins has announced a price increase for its complete portfolio of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins sold in Europe.

Azelis sells its composites business

European speciality chemicals distributor Azelis has announced the sale of its Composites business to VELOX GmbH.

Ashland introduces tooling concept at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012

Ashland Performance Materials will present its proprietary XO tooling concept at the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show in Düsseldorf.

BASF showcases reinforced thermoplastics at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012 BASF showcases reinforced thermoplastics at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012

BASF will highlight its continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastics designed for automotive applications at the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade show in Düsseldorf.

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