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TUBALL Graphene Nanotubes Protect Storage Tanks

Published: 12th June 2018

Manufacturers of storage tanks and anti-static lining coatings can gain a competitive edge by switching to TUBALL graphene nanotube-based concentrates for their products, according to OCSiAl. The uniform, permanent and stable resistivity enabled by TUBALL is said to ensure enhanced safety at highly hazardous plants and reduces the cost of lining coatings. Around 10% of […]

Global Composites Conference 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Shridhar Nath, Wind Blade Technology Leader, GE Global Research

With just two weeks to go until the first Global Composites Conference, co-hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and NetComposites, Communications Manager Siobhan Longhurst caught up with speaker Shridhar Nath of GE Global Research. Shridhar will be presenting on ‘Technology Trends on Additive, Energy and Other Composite Applications.’ What excites you about the opportunities […]

ACIC 2019 Issues Call for Papers

Published: 5th June 2018

The 9th International Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction, ACIC 2019, will take place on 3-5 September 2019 at the University of Birmingham, UK, and abstracts are invited on relevant subjects. ACIC unites researchers and practicing engineers, asset managers and representatives of regulatory bodies, focusing on topics within the construction industry which highlight the use […]

USQ Researcher Wins Award for Composite Railway Sleeper Study

Published: 29th May 2018

The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Dr Wahid Ferdous has been recognised for his research in engineering after winning the 2018 Railway Technical Society of Australasia Post Graduate Thesis Award. Ferdous received the recognition for his work on optimising the use of composite materials to develop a cost-effective railway sleeper technology for replacement and maintenance of […]

TFP Exhibits Advanced Nonwovens at SAMPE Long Beach 2018

Published: 22nd May 2018

At SAMPE 2018 in Long Beach, Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will exhibit its advanced nonwovens, including the Tecnofire fire protection range, nano-coated materials and coated materials and Optiveil lightweight veils which aid surface finish and composite fabrication. The Tecnofire lightweight intumescent fire protection materials work by expanding from 4 to 35 times their original thickness […]

ACMA and NetComposites Unveil Global Composites Speakers and Conference Programme

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and NetComposites have announced the detailed conference programme for the Global Composites conference. This new international composites industry event is designed for corporate and division leaders in the industry with a focus on global business, trends and insights for the global composites market. The conference will take place at […]

Corrosion-Resistant FRP Products to Play Key Role in Rebuilding US Infrastructure

Published: 15th May 2018

Composite Advantage has issued a statement highlighting the potential role of composite products in US infrastructure applications. No matter where you look, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is scrambling to fix what is broken, the company states. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), pothole damages alone costs US motorists a total of $3 billion […]

NetComposites Announces Call for Papers for CompIC 2019

Published: 8th May 2018

NetComposites is inviting abstracts from potential speakers for its CompIC (Composites in Construction) conference taking place on 30-31 January 2019 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The European CompIC edition is now in its third cycle and will explore and explain the success stories, advantages and obstacles of using FRP composites in construction applications. Abstracts of 250 […]

Exel Composites Supplies Flax Fibre Profiles for Bio-Based Dutch Bridge

Published: 1st May 2018

Exel Composites has supplied 6 km of bio-based composite profiles for an innovative bio-based bridge in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, the first viaduct in the world to be renovated using bio-based materials. Exel’s structural profiles, manufactured using flax fibre reinforcement and bio-based resin, were employed to create the bridge’s eye-catching side screens. The Zoomland […]

ACMA Advocates for Development of Standards for Composites in Infrastructure

Published: 24th April 2018

During an 18 April hearing before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Shane Weyant, President and CEO of Creative Pultrusions, a member company of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), testified that as the US looks for innovative solutions to repair its infrastructure, […]

AnalySwift Sponsors SAMPE 2018 Student Bridge Contest

Published: 17th April 2018

AnalySwift is sponsoring the SAMPE 2018 Student Bridge Contest. Hosted by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), the contest engages students through a team competition designing, manufacturing and testing small-scale structural bridges made from composite materials. Winners receive prizes, including cash and the SAMPE Student Bridge Champion trophy. “With participation […]

Composite Advantage Introduces Standard Line of FRP Trail Bridges

Published: 10th April 2018

Short-lived bridge products that require constant care and regular replacement have prompted parks and recreation agencies to look for longer lasting alternatives. Composite Advantage reports that its new line of standard size fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) trail bridges offers a zero maintenance option that lasts up to 100 years. Based on the company’s FiberSPAN-T trail […]

ECOXY Project to Develop Environment-Friendly Composites for Construction and Automotive

Published: 3rd April 2018

AIMPLAS is taking part in the European project ECOXY to develop composites for the construction and the automotive sectors that are repairable, reprocessable and recyclable. Fibre-reinforced composites are of great interest for very demanding sectors, such as the construction and the automotive industries, thanks to their low weight and excellent mechanical properties. Nevertheless, they still […]

Fibermaq Consolidates Filament Winding Portfolio

During 2017 Brazilian company Fibermaq consolidated its filament winding portfolio. “The recovery in demand last year helped to restore the losses reported in 2016, when our turnover fell more than 30%,” reports Christian de Andrade, Director of Fibermaq. “In parallel, we managed to negotiate a filament winding machine, a sophisticated equipment with higher levels of […]

Graphenano Collaborates with Tecnivial on Graphene Signs

Published: 27th March 2018

Graphenano Composites has signed an agreement with Tecnivial to improve the properties of the composites used in the Spanish company’s traffic safety signs for airports, railways and roads by the incorporation of graphene. Tecnivial’s Nanotec composite signs incorporate graphene in the resin and are said to offer optimal mechanical and physical properties such as: lightweight […]

EPTA Conference Highlights Prospects for Pultruded Composites in Infrastructure

Published: 20th March 2018

The attractive long-term prospects for pultruded composites in infrastructure and further key application markets were highlighted at the recent World Pultrusion Conference, organised by the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA). This year’s event attracted a record number of composites professionals from around the world to Vienna on 1-2 March to discuss growth drivers for the […]

Nanotube-Reinforced Rebar Offers Improved Tensile Strength

Preliminary tests have demonstrated that the tensile strength of composite rebar can be increased by 32%, and bending strength by 29%, by introducing only 0.05 wt% of OCSiAl’s TUBALL nanotubes into the resin. Metal corrosion destroys reinforced concrete structures and is one of the key drawbacks of steel rebar. Composite rebar is becoming increasingly more […]

Norco Composites Completes Architectural Canopies for One Blackfriars

Norco Composites has completed the construction of three architecturally-challenging canopies, manufactured using a unique ‘composite metal,’ that are to be installed on the new One Blackfriars residential development in central London. The project called for Norco to manufacture the canopies to look like polished metal features. In addition, each canopy roof structure was engineered to […]

Gurit Launches New Core Materials and Low Toxicity Epoxy Laminating System

Published: 13th March 2018

Gurit introduced new balsa and PET core materials and a new low toxicity epoxy laminating system at JEC World 2018 in Paris on 6-8 March. The newly developed Balsaflex Lite core product features a novel coating system that is said to be capable of reducing the resin uptake in infusion processes by up to 50% […]

JEC Announces Innovation Award Winners

The JEC World 2018 Innovation Awards ceremony took place on 7 March, opened by a presentation by Yves Rossy, aircraft pilot and inventor of the first jet-powered wingpack. The jury then revealed the names of the 11 winning innovations, chosen from the 30 finalists previously selected from more than 100 applications from all over the […]

State of New York Chooses FRP System to Replace Ageing Walkway

When deterioration forced the State of New York Office of General Services (OGS) to close a downtown Albany pedestrian bridge walkway, the crew chose to replace bridge components and enlarge the sidewalk. The pedway supports daily foot traffic of nearly 700 state employees and links agency offices with parking. The OGS crew considered traditional concrete […]

Brazilian Construction System Wins JEC Innovation Award

Brazilian company G12’s Wet Core Pod, a modular construction system that integrates kitchen, bathroom and laundry into a single structure, has won a JEC World 2018 Innovation Award.  Developed at the request of the Argentinean company Materiales Compuestos (MC), the construction system combines the use of five composite moulding processes, and it could be employed […]

Scott Bader Introduces New Brands at JEC World 2018

Published: 7th March 2018

Scott Bader will launch two new brands at JEC World – Crestafire and Crestafix – and give two technical presentations, including one about the Crestafire high performance resin and gel-coat systems available. Crestafire covers all products that offer fire, smoke and toxic fume (FST) performance for manufacturing fire retardant (FR) composite parts to stringent fire […]

Porcher Industries Launches Dry Fibre Range at JEC World 2018

Porcher Industries’ five business units will present new market specific technical textile and thermoplastic composite solutions.. Dry Fibre As the composites market pursues automated processes for high-rate production, Porcher Industries’ Dry Fibre offers a way of processing materials out-of-autoclave (OOA). It is a versatile range of carbon fibre functionalised with a binder interface. Optimised for […]

Exel Composites Showcases Smart, Sustainable Construction Solutions at JEC World 2018

Exel Composites will highlight composite innovations designed to enable the next generation of smart, sustainable construction solutions at JEC World 2018. Smart city infrastructure Exel will showcase composite laminates aimed at next generation, 5G-enabled city infrastructure. These laminates play a key role in the LuxTurrim5G project on Smart City Digital Ecosystem Creation, where Exel is […]

Aliancys Unveils Resin Innovations at JEC World 2018

Aliancys will be present several new products, including Daron 8150 resin for high performance SMC, Neomould 2017-S-01 tooling resin for the manufacturing of high quality composite tooling, and Beyone 700-T-01 FC resin used in the relining of drinking water networks. Taking an integral approach to new product development, Aliancys is using its full expertise in […]

Biteam Displays Novel Tapered I-Beam at JEC World 2018

Published: 6th March 2018

Biteam reports that it has developed the first integrated I-beam with a tapering angle of about 6°. The carbon fibre tapered I-beam will be displayed at JEC Show 2018. The tapered I-beam displaying varying heights has combination architecture with ±45° reinforcement in the web and 0/90° in each of the flanges. The web-flange junctions have […]

Ashland Launches Derakane Signia at JEC World 2018

Ashland is introducing a new Derakane resin at JEC World 2018. Derakane Signia resins are built on the same backbone as the legacy Derakane lines, but bring added features and benefits. The new formula has a detection system to verify the integrity of designs wherever corrosion-resistant fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) pipes and tanks are specified. […]

SABIC Showcases Thermoplastic Materials and Manufacturing at JEC World 2018

SABIC is featuring several innovations in materials and manufacturing designed to drive broader adoption of strong, lightweight thermoplastic composites across the automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics and energy industries. The company is displaying its portfolio of continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite (CFRTC) tapes. It will release the results of an externally-certified life cycle analysis of a […]

Scott Bader Introduces New Brands at JEC World 2018

Published: 27th February 2018

Scott Bader will launch two new brands at JEC World – Crestafire and Crestafix – and give two technical presentations, including one about the Crestafire high performance resin and gel-coat systems available. Crestafire covers all products that offer fire, smoke and toxic fume (FST) performance for manufacturing fire retardant (FR) composite parts to stringent fire […]

Porcher Industries Launches Dry Fibre Range at JEC World 2018

Porcher Industries’ five business units will present new market specific technical textile and thermoplastic composite solutions.. Dry Fibre As the composites market pursues automated processes for high-rate production, Porcher Industries’ Dry Fibre offers a way of processing materials out-of-autoclave (OOA). It is a versatile range of carbon fibre functionalised with a binder interface. Optimised for […]

Exel Composites Showcases Smart, Sustainable Construction Solutions at JEC World 2018

Exel Composites will highlight composite innovations designed to enable the next generation of smart, sustainable construction solutions at JEC World 2018. Smart city infrastructure Exel will showcase composite laminates aimed at next generation, 5G-enabled city infrastructure. These laminates play a key role in the LuxTurrim5G project on Smart City Digital Ecosystem Creation, where Exel is […]

Aliancys Unveils Resin Innovations at JEC World 2018

Aliancys will be present several new products, including Daron 8150 resin for high performance SMC, Neomould 2017-S-01 tooling resin for the manufacturing of high quality composite tooling, and Beyone 700-T-01 FC resin used in the relining of drinking water networks. Taking an integral approach to new product development, Aliancys is using its full expertise in […]

3A Composites Presents Sustainable Core Materials at JEC World 2018

3A Composites will introduce its latest innovations in sustainable core materials at this year’s JEC World. “At 3A Composites we are focusing on delivering the next generation of ultra-performing and environmentally friendly core materials,” says Roman Thomassin, CEO of 3A Composites Core Materials division, manufacturer of the AirexBaltekBanova products. “We are delighted to continue addressing […]

ACMA Champions Policies to Advance Composites in Infrastructure

Published: 13th February 2018

At the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)’s third annual Infrastructure Day on 6-7 February 2018 34 ACMA members joined together to meet with over 100 Members of Congress and their staffs to advance legislation to drive investment in innovative material solutions for transportation, water and energy infrastructure. These meetings also stressed the importance of harnessing […]

NIST Report Addresses Barriers to Adoption of Composites in Infrastructure

Published: 6th February 2018

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a Roadmapping Workshop Report that suggests ways to facilitate wider adoption of composites in infrastructure applications including dams, bridges, highways, railroads, harbours and waterfront structures, utility poles and buildings. Composites can help project owners and end-users save construction costs and create a durable, sustainable 21st […]

JEC Names Finalists for 2018 Innovation Awards and Introduces Public Vote

Published: 30th January 2018

JEC Group has announced the 30 finalists in the 10 categories of its 2018 JEC Innovation Awards. The 10 winners will be announced in a ceremony to be held on 7 March at JEC World 2018. “Like every year, we received hundreds of applications for the JEC Innovation Awards and this success truly shows that […]

Composite Sculpture Fronts Australian Shopping Centre

Shoppers visiting the newly redeveloped Halls Head Central Shopping Centre will be greeted by a 3.5 m x 2.5 m core composite spiral ribbon representing the logo of one of the centre’s owners. Halls Head is a costal destination adjacent to Mandurah on the southern fringe of metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. The $54 million redevelopment […]

TFP Hosts Webinar on Nonwovens for Fire Protection

Published: 23rd January 2018

TFP is hosting a second live webinar in conjunction with CompositesWorld to introduce its advanced nonwovens for fire protection. The webinar, Enhancing Composite Fire Protection using Nonwovens, is free to join and will be held on 31 January 2018 at 2 pm EST. In the webinar Dr Mandy Clement, TFP’s Technology Manager, will discuss how the combustible […]

KraussMaffei adds Rebar Pultrusion System to TechCentre

KraussMaffei is expanding its expertise in the field of pultrusion, the process for continuously manufacturing fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) components, with the commissioning of a second pultrusion system at its TechCentre in Munich, Germany. The newly developed rebar system is designed to manufacture fibreglass-reinforced rebar for concrete elements in the construction industry. Together with the […]

Composite Firewater Solution for Maastricht Motorway Tunnel

Published: 17th January 2018

Versteden has completed the installation of a 4.2 km firewater system for the new A2 motorway multi-level road tunnel in Maastricht. This means a reliable availability of water for potential fire situations inside the tunnel. Aliancys and Euroresins supported Versteden in this development with Atlac resin systems. The A2 motorway is the most important North-South […]

Diab PET Core Used in Banco Popular Headquarters

Published: 16th January 2018

The new corporate headquarters of Banco Popular Español, the fifth largest banking group in Spain, is currently under construction in Madrid. It includes an auditorium with a special box for interpreters. Suspended from the ceiling of the auditorium, the box was designed using glass fibre composite and Diab PET core material. The building is being […]

Fibrelite Highlights Potential for Composites in UK Rail Industry

The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers. The rising interest in use of composite products in rail has led Composites UK to join forces with the Rail […]

Composite Firewater Solution for Maastricht Motorway Tunnel

Published: 9th January 2018

Versteden has completed the installation of a 4.2 km firewater system for the new A2 motorway multi-level road tunnel in Maastricht. This means a reliable availability of water for potential fire situations inside the tunnel. Aliancys and Euroresins supported Versteden in this development with Atlac resin systems. The A2 motorway is the most important North-South […]

Sumitomo Bakelite and GRIP Metal to Develop Thermoset Composite Applications

Published: 2nd January 2018

Sumitomo Bakelite and GRIP Metal have entered into a joint development agreement to develop lightweight thermoset composite applications. GRIP Metal is derived from the PACE award winning NRS technology which enables metal surface modification resulting in mechanical bonding between friction material and steel backing plates in brake pads In addition to automotive products, Sumitomo Bakelite […]

Composite Advantage Wins CAMX Award for Composite Wicket Gates

Composite Advantage has won the CAMX Combined Strength Award for its fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) wicket gate. The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) recognised Composite Advantage and its collaborators the US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), West Virginia University and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Rock Island District […]

Exel Composites and Eze Shoring Develop Lightweight Construction Equipment

Exel Composites and UK company Eze Shoring have partnered to develop a lightweight, easy to use trench shoring concept for the construction industry. Trench cave-ins present a significant danger to workers on a construction site. Shoring is the process of bracing the trench walls to prevent collapse. Based on 30 years of experience working in […]

Winners of 2017 CAMX Award Unveiled

Published: 19th December 2017

CAMX – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo has announced the winners of the fourth annual CAMX Award. The CAMX Award recognises two innovations that will significantly impact composites and advanced materials. The award is divided into two categories. The Combined Strength Award acknowledges a product that incorporates composites materials that solves a problem through […]

Exel Composites Carbon Fibre Profiles Employed in High-Precision Application at CERN

Carbon fibre components designed and manufactured by Exel Composites have completed nine years of service in a high precision application at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator in Geneva. As a key part of the particle tracker support structures for the LHC’s Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, Exel’s pultruded profiles had to satisfy strict […]

Tecniplas Provides 250 m³ Tank for Brazilian Water Company

Published: 12th December 2017

Tecniplas has completed the production of a 250 m³ tank for storage of drinking water for the Catarinense Water and Sanitation Company (Casan). According to Luis Gustavo Rossi, Director of Tecniplas, this project is unusual because the tank was produced as a single part, despite its dimensions. “At 250 m³, 5 m in diameter and […]

Composite Advantage Provides FiberSPAN-R Mini-High Platforms for US Rail Station

When the concrete platform at a Billerica, Massachusetts, US, commuter rail station collapsed in 2015, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) closed its North and South mini-high handicap accessible platforms at its West Natick Station. The structures, built with ramps and elevated loading sections, make boarding easy for individuals with disabilities. MBTA needed a high-performance, […]

Programme Announced for CompIC Middle East 2018

Published: 28th November 2017

NetComposites is pleased to announce the programme for the next edition of CompIC ME (Composites in Construction Middle East), an international conference taking place 14th – 15th February 2018 at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE. Sponsored by Scott Bader, the conference is being held amongst the composite flooded Dubai skyline, and will introduce […]

AZL Forms Composites in Buildings and Infrastructure Workgroup

The Aachen Centre for integrative Lightweight Production (AZL), Germany, is establishing a new workgroup on Composites in Buildings and Infrastructure. This follows the completion of an initial market and technology study which identified opportunities for composite technologies in these markets. The aim of the new workgroup, which will hold its first meeting in January, is […]

Scott & Fyfe Expands CIPP Range

Published: 21st November 2017

Scott & Fyfe has expanded its range of Alphashield cured in place pipe (CIPP) products and refined it into four new product groups. Alphaduct is Scott & Fyfe’s seamless glass textile liner designed for the fast assistance of pipe rehabilitation systems. The 100% glass tubular knitted structure can come with either a TPU or PVC […]

Fibrelite Composite Access Covers Reduce Manual Handling Injuries

Published: 14th November 2017

Fibrelite’s composite access covers are designed to reduce the risk of manual handling issues in the access cover industry. One common activity contributing to manual handling injuries is the removal and replacement of heavy concrete and metal manhole and trench covers. Their position and weight makes them an ideal culprit for back and finger injuries […]

Scott Bader Middle East Limited confirmed as Lead Sponsor of CompIC ME 2018

Published: 7th November 2017

NetComposites is delighted to announce that Scott Bader Middle East Limited, part of the multinational chemicals company, will be the major sponsor at the forthcoming CompIC ME conference in Dubai on the 14th and 15th February 2018. Now in its second running, CompIC ME aims to educate delegates on the current and future use of […]

ACMA Promotes Greater Use of Composites in Transportation and Defence

During the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)’s inaugural Transportation and Defence Policy Fly-In event, ACMA member companies and staff connected with 75 Members of Congress, their staff and key decision makers from federal agencies. The purpose of the event on 31 October-1 November was to provide participants access to information on federal markets for composites […]

JEC’s US Construction Event Receives Positive Feedback

Published: 25th July 2017

The Future of Composites in Construction, co-located with Techtextil North America, attracted 3096 visitors from around the world and 550 attendees to the symposium, reports JEC Group. The event focused on current and future developments in the use of composites materials in building and construction, showcasing innovative ways in which end-users such as architects and […]

A Joint Success in Bridge Repair Using Composites

The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Centre for Future Materials (CFM) has partnered with Joinlox to investigate a prefabricated composite repair system with an easy-fit and self-locking mechanical joint called PileJax. This system works by wrapping the composite jacket around the damaged pier or column, and placing the joint key vertically along the seam to […]

Call for Papers Announced for CompIC Middle East 2018

Published: 11th July 2017

The call for papers has launched for the next edition of CompIC ME (Composites in Construction Middle East), an international conference taking place 14-15 February 2018 at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE.  The conference is being held amongst the composite flooded Dubai skyline, and will introduce and educate visitors on the current and […]

SGL Carbon Fibre Employed in University Of Stuttgart Architectural Project

Published: 27th June 2017

The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, are researching a novel production process for architectonic structures based on SGL Group’s SIGRAFIL 50k carbon fibres. An initial installation from the project can currently be seen on the University of […]

JEC Book Focuses on Composites in Construction

Published: 13th June 2017

JEC Group is launching a book dedicated to the growing use of composites in architecture. The Future of Building: The Growing Use of Composites in Construction and Architecture includes 194 pages of information and 80 examples demonstrating the advantages of composites in this sector. “Composites are playing an increasingly bigger role in construction,” explains Frédérique […]

Décision Expands Composite Solutions for Architectural Projects

Décision is expanding its offerings to the global architectural market, having recently signed a number of prototype agreements with several international contractors for the manufacture of composite roofs and other structural elements. Whilst perhaps better known for its successes within the aeronautical and marine sectors that include Solar Impulse and various America’s Cup builds, Décision, […]

Dura Cladding Helps Landmark Development Achieve Sustainability Goals

Composite timber cladding from Dura Composites was chosen for a new retail, leisure and tourism destination at Rushden Lakes, near Northampton, UK. HPW Architecture led the design and development of the masterplan for the project, which is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and centres around restoring public access to a network of […]

Stonhard UK achieves Achilles Level 4 Accreditation

Published: 6th June 2017

Stonhard UK, a manufacturer of high-performance epoxy and resin floors, has achieved Level 4 Contractor/Installation Achilles Accreditation. Achilles is one of the world’s leading global supply chain risk management companies. The accreditation allows participating corporations such as Aston Martin, Shell, Network Rail, ABB, Baker Hughes, Jaguar Land Rover and many others to minimise their buying […]

PYROS to Develop Sustainable, Fire Resistant Composites

Published: 30th May 2017

The PYROS research initiative aims to develop sustainable, fire-resistant composites for use in the construction and public transport sectors. During the project participants AITEX and AIMPLAS will examine the opportunity to develop composites using renewable raw materials, both in the polymer matrix and the reinforcing textile structure, as well as investigating the incorporation of flame-retardant […]

AOC Introduces Fire Retardant Resin for Mass Transit

AOC has introduced Firepel K140-MTI, a high-performance resin system for interior mass transit and architectural and building applications. The one-part system is halogen-free and does not require antimony or aluminium trihydrate (ATH) to achieve its fire retardant and low smoke properties. Composites made from Firepel K140 are up to 30% lower in density than standard […]

USQ Composites Research Employed in City Hall Refurbishment

Published: 16th May 2017

University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia, research into the use and benefits of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bars to reinforce concrete has been adopted in the design of the Toowoomba City Hall refurbishment project. The non-conductive and corrosion resistant reinforcement was used for the annex extension instead of traditional reinforcement materials due to the proximity […]

USQ’s Centre for Future Materials Claims Equipment Grant

Published: 11th April 2017

The University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Future Materials (CFM) has received a major equipment grant of AU$250,000 to boost its test equipment portfolio in composites. The funds were used to obtain a Simultaneous Thermal Analyser, large environmental chamber and a high temperature Hall effect measurement system. CFM explains that Simultaneous Thermal Analysers combine differential […]

8th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction

Published: 27th June 2016

5-7th September 2017 will see the eighth biennial Advanced Composites in Construction (ACIC) which will focus on current topics within the construction industry with the purpose of highlighting the use of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials in new and existing all-FRP structures as well as strengthening, refurbishment and reinforcement applications in traditional infrastructure. This […]

Carbon Fibre Industry Set For Strong Growth to 2020

Published: 6th March 2012

The Carbon Fibre Industry Worldwide 2011-2020: An Evaluation of Current Markets and Future Supply and Demand, written by Tony Roberts, a leading expert on the carbon fibre industry, is a new market report on the rapidly growing carbon fibre industry and its global markets. The 413-page report forecasts that global demand for carbon fibre will […]

Web Industries Launches New Composites Automation Development Centre

Published: 16th August 2011

Web Industries (WI) has opened a new Composites Automation Development Centre in the Atlanta, Georgia area. WI expect the 10,000 sq. ft. development environment will help their customers from around the world test new and emerging carbon fibre composite materials for qualification and use in the automated fibre placement manufacturing process. WI says that engineers […]

Fiberforge Opens European Engineering and Sales Office

Published: 5th April 2010

Fiberforge has opened its European subsidiary, Fiberforge GmbH in Baar, Switzerland to better serve its European clients and business partners. Fiberforge GmbH will lead European sales and business development efforts, manage joint development projects with customers, and ensure timely and effective service for systems installed in Europe. Fiberforge GmbH will be managed by Simon Jespersen, […]

ArvinMeritor Extends Agreement with Liteflex for Increased Focus on Composites

Published: 30th January 2006

ArvinMeritor’s Commercial Vehicle Systems has signed a long-term agreement with Liteflex to be the exclusive distributor of Liteflex truck, trailer, and specialty vehicle composite mechanical springs. The agreement is effective immediately for North America and several other global markets, and extends the existing agreement that originated in 2003. “We are pleased to extend this agreement […]

Carbon Fibre Gripper Systems Developed for Improved Automation

Published: 23rd September 2005

SAS Automation of Ohio USA, developer of light weight Robotic-End-of-Arm-Tooling for handling plastic moulded parts, has introduced a new line of robotic gripper fingers with lighter weight carbon fibre bodies. The company have designed the grippers using carbon fibre to make the overall workpiece gripper as lightweight as possible so that maximum speed and lowest […]

Curv Composite Material Receives Product Innovation Award

Published: 30th August 2005

Propex Fabrics has received the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Award for product innovation in the composites industry for Curv self-reinforced polypropylene. The award is for “providing a significant value additions to customers’ businesses”. Curv self-reinforced plastics (SRPs), based on the patented hot compaction technology, are an innovative line of single polymer composites that effectively bridge […]

Toyota’s Manager of Materials Division Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Published: 3rd August 2005

Mr. Shigeki Suzuki, general manager of the Materials Engineering Division of Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner for the SPE Automotive Division’s 35th-annual Innovation Awards Gala. Mr. Suzuki has developed and/or managed development of new polymeric materials for automotive applications throughout his career and will receive his award on […]

DOW Highlight pCBT Benefits for Automotive Applications

Published: 3rd May 2005

A novel high performance composite material that could have implications for the use of thermoplastics in the automotive industry was presented by DOW Automotive at the JEC Composites Show in Paris on Thursday. Peter Cate (Market Development Manager for DOW Automotive UK) promoted the use of pCBT, a reactive thermoplastic with ultra-low viscosity, combining the […]

Sabanci to Buy DuPont’s Share in JV

Published: 15th October 2004

Sabanci Holding is to acquire DuPont’s 50% stake in the DuPontSA polyester fibres, resins and intermediates business. DuPontSA will retain exclusive licenses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Russia and the CIS countries to all its current technology, patents and trademarks. DuPontSA, established in 1999 by as a joint venture between the two companies, […]

Quickstep Signs Key European Agreement for Composites Process Development in Aerospace Industry

Published: 21st July 2004

Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd has secured a key three-way development agreement to produce aerospace-grade production parts on a trial basis for the UK aerospace industry. The Australian advanced materials group has signed an agreement – the 3rd major international research collaboration to be announced in the past six months – with the Northern Aerospace Technology […]

Johns Manville and COMFIL enter into strategic alliance (1)

Published: 24th April 2002

Johns Manville Europe, comprising the European businesses of Johns Manville, and COMFIL ApS in Denmark announced the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the field of thermoplastic composite systems for structural applications. COMFIL is a spin-off of the former Hoechst Trevira-Neckelmann company located in Silkeborg, Denmark. Johns Manville, with its core competencies […]

Steel Industry is Leading Lightweight Auto Manufacturing

Published: 23rd August 2001

The National Research Council (NRC) recommends a closer look be given to steel-intensive technologies to assist the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) program in meeting its affordability goal. In its recently released Seventh Peer Review Report on the PNGV, the report states: “Because affordability is a key requirement of the 2004 production-prototype […]