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Government funding to accelerate vehicle weight reduction through composites
Carbon Fibres : 17 April, 2015
Sigmatex, the independent converter of carbon fibre, has been awarded Government Funding through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) for a project that aims to produce higher volumes of composites in the UK to accelerate vehicle lightweighting. The Sigmatex LX Programme is one of 20 supply chain projects from across the country that will benefit from a total of £67 million of government investment through the AMSCI programme, with £109 million being invested in the same projects by industry.
 
Loopwheels - re-inventing the wheel
Carbon Fibres : 17 April, 2015
Loopwheels is a shock-absorbing wheel with an integral suspension system. It was created with the help of an Araldite composite bonder and has been nominated for the prestigious ′Designs of the Year 2015’ sponsored by the Design Museum in the UK.
 
Increased research efforts to speed up commercialisation of carbon fibres
Carbon Fibres : 06 February, 2015
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Carbon Fibres Technology‒9 Dimensional Assessment, finds that end-user industries such as the automotive and aerospace sectors are also contributing to funding along with carbon fibre manufacturers, highlighting the intent towards wider adoption. The increasing emphasis on reducing fossil fuel consumption and hence addressing the issue of global warming is underlining the business case for carbon fibre.
 
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
Advanced Composites (General) : 24 October, 2014
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Composites currently account for just 20 to 25% of the total interior weight of an aircraft and there is huge potential for this to increase to as much as 30-40% within the next ten years.
 
Expanding carbon nanotube manufacturing capacity
Carbon Fibres : 21 October, 2014
Tortech Nanofibres, a subsidiary of Plasan based in Israel, is installing additional capacity for the manufacture of its non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet at its manufacturing facility. This will more than triple output, once full commissioning is completed in the next few months and is seen as an important step towards a full scale industrial manufacturing capability.
 
French carbon fibre precursor plant targets aerospace market
Carbon Fibres : 07 October, 2014
Hexcel Corporation is to expand its carbon fibre production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fiber lines in Roussillon, France. The $250 million investment will also include the associated Quality Control laboratories and offices.
 
Easy to process polyimide resin for high temperature applications
Advanced Composites (General) : 04 October, 2014
Nexam Chemical introduces Neximid MHT-R, a new easy to process resin for use in high temperature applications, with Tg above 400C. The resin is primarily intended for use in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) of high temperature composite parts for the aerospace industry. Other areas, such as machine manufacturing industry and different transport sectors will also benefit from this material where metal replacement of parts exposed for high temperatures are possible.
 
IMechE: UK must seize opportunity presented by composites industry
Advanced Composites (General) : 27 March, 2014
The world composites industry is worth £50 billion, but commercial barriers are hampering UK growth. Andy Pye reviews new research from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
 
High modulus carbon fibre and advanced pre-pregs
Carbon Fibres : 27 March, 2014
In addition to launching a new carbon fibre and aerospace pre-preg, Hexcel at JEC 2014 promoted some recent applications in aerospace and industrial markets.
 
Foamed In-Situ Thermoformable Sandwich (FITS) panels cut weight and cost for aircraft and high-speed train interiors
Advanced Composites (General) : 25 March, 2014
At JEC Europe 2014 in Paris, SMTC introduced Dynatech, a thermoplastic sandwich panel system, suitable for mass-production, principally targeting aircraft, although also high-speed train interiors. These applications require light weight in combination with damage tolerance and specified fire, smoke and toxicity (FST). It also offers better thermic and acoustic isolation compared to traditional honeycombs based on thermoset (mainly phenolic) panels. Its heat resistance properties make this system a highly desirable and long-lasting material.
 
Parisian composites show reports positive outcomes in 2014
Advanced Composites (General) : 23 March, 2014
A record number of exhibitors (over 1200) and visitors (over 32,000) from 88 countries attended JEC Europe. The two floors levels of Paris Porte de Versailles pavilion 7 are now full, and JEC Group is reportedly considering the addition of a 3rd floor for 2015.
 
Ultra-thin prepreg system exploited in luxury watch project
Advanced Composites (General) : 23 March, 2014
Huntsman Advanced Materials has been supporting Swiss pre-impregnated materials specialist North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) to produce ultra-thin prepreg components on a Richard Mille luxury watch case, an unusual application for this materials class.
 
Titanium-composite aircraft seat passes EASA 16g crash tests
Advanced Composites (General) : 23 March, 2014
TenCate Advanced Composites has won the JEC 2014 Aircraft Interiors Innovation Award for the Titanium Seat by Expliseat and its partners TenCate Advanced Composites, RocTool, Hexcel and A&P Technology. The award was presented by Henk Kamp, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs.
 
Organic fibre suitcase exploits a new adaptation of an innovative process
Advanced Composites (General) : 23 March, 2014
Based on its innovative 3iTech technology, RocTool announces a new patent to make parts without a press, using an electromagnetic induction mould.
 
Chopped strand fibreglass grades meet ever more challenging food contact limits
Glass Fibres : 23 March, 2014
3B has introduced two new grades of chopped strand fibreglass for applications involving food contact.DS 1135-10N is designed for broad range of polyamides (PA), while DS 8800-11P is for reinforcement of high temperature resins.
 
Stand-up paddle boards reinforced by low carbon fabric
Carbon Fibres : 10 March, 2014
BlkBox Surf is an American brand and manufacturer of Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP) boards that is using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics to achieve weight savings and mechanical performance benefits, together with a pro[rietary resin known as Resin-X.
 
Wingless aircraft based on advanced composite reinforcement
Carbon Fibres : 23 February, 2014
For the first time at JEC Europe 2014, Chomarat is will presenting a quarter-scale version of the VX-1 KittyHawk (Paris, March 11-13 2014, M29 Hall 7.3). This aircraft, designed by VX Aerospace, has an unique shape that is structurally efficient thanks to the use of C-Ply, Chomarat’s advanced composite reinforcement material.
 
Pioneering aerospace test study to evaluate defects within composite structures
Advanced Composites (General) : 14 February, 2014
A team of materials testing experts from Element Materials Technology’s laboratory based in Hitchin, UK, has completed a study to demonstrate the feasibility of a state-of-the-art technique to instantly evaluate defects within composite aerospace structures.
 
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Thermoplastic Composites : 11 February, 2014
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
 
Glass fibre based composite reinforcement meets 2016 railway fire classification requirements
Advanced Composites (General) : 11 February, 2014
Chomarat's Rovicore FR helps to meet requirements for the hazard level (HL) under the new European fire classification standard for train materials that will enter into effect in 2016.
 
3D composites fabrics for storage tanks and ships
Advanced Composites (General) : 11 February, 2014
3D Fiberglass Fabric is a newly developed fibreglass-braided fabric consisting of two bi-directional woven fabrics knitted together by vertical braided pillars.
 
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Advanced Composites (General) : 11 February, 2014
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of almost 30% compared to metal alternatives in comparable aerospace engineering applications, benzoxazine resins offer significant savings in aircraft fuel consumption.
 
Paris composite summit agenda announced
Advanced Composites (General) : 31 January, 2014
JEC Group has set its agenda for the 2014 ICS which will take place on 11-13 March at Porte de Versailles, Paris (Hall 7).
 
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
Carbon Fibres : 17 January, 2014
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite panels, producing a more cost-effective part than a conventional bonded assembly, and one with greater mechanical strength. Already producing parts for the first two production applications, both premium automotive interiors, the process removes a major barrier to the wider use of composites.
 
Ballistic materials with lightweight laminate film structure offer greater comfort and multi-threat resistance
Ballistic Materials : 24 November, 2013
DuPont Protection Technologies, displayed two new products for body armour protection at Milipol Paris, 19-22 November 2013.
 
Tow carbon fabrics save over 50% of weight on e-Go aircraft
Carbon Fibres : 10 November, 2013
In front of a large invited audience, the e-Go prototype took to the skies of Norfolk on 30 October 2013 for its official First Flight. In the careful hands of the company’s Chief Test Pilot, Keith Dennison, the aircraft gracefully took to the air and flew a lively display sequence.
 
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Carbon Fibres : 25 October, 2013
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2013 show. This innovative project is the birthchild of a partnership between major players in the composites field, under the leadership of KraussMaffei. The use of C-Ply Spread as a reinforcement contributes to the success of this project.
 
Fibre reinforced H-frame for transmission lines meets environmental challenge
Pultrusions : 25 October, 2013
FRP Transmission Innovations, in collaboration with BC Hydro, is setting a new environmental standard for high voltage infrastructure with the installation of a fibre reinforced polymer H-frame structure built for transmission lines.
 
Mystery £15 million order for carbon fibre composite body assemblies get rumours buzzing
Carbon Fibres : 17 October, 2013
A record £15m order for supercar composite body structures and trim is going into production at Prodrive. In the biggest composites contract in its history, the company is supplying most of the composite components for a new supercar now entering production with one of the world’s most prestigious vehicle manufacturers. To support this, and other recent orders, Prodrive has recruited and is training another 40 production technicians.
 
Carbon spread fibre reinforcement for high-end Class A parts
Carbon Fibres : 19 September, 2013
Chomarat is extending its line of carbon reinforcements with C-Weave SP, a new line of spread carbon fabrics for composite parts with high aesthetic performance requirements, especially for the high-end automotive, sports & leisure, luggage,and telephone markets.
 
Bicycle frame features spread tow carbon fabrics
Carbon Fibres : 19 September, 2013
Kemo Bikes has showcased its new range of road bikes at the Eurobike show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The top of the line frame model KE-R8 5KS is built using TeXtreme spread tow carbon fabrics for high specific stiffness.
 
Tough aramid produces light components and systems
Ballistic Materials : 08 September, 2013
Alchemie, along with the AuTx co-development partner and world leading specialist yarns producer Kamenskvolokno JSC, is demonstrating at DSEI how AuTx can be used to achieve significant weight savings in a huge range of aerospace, land and marine equipment. Through the use of AuTx the weight of a huge range of military components and systems can be reduced by over 50%.
 
Warp-knitted anti-ballistic aramid fabric for spall-liners
Ballistic Materials : 03 September, 2013
Teijin Aramid is launching a new anti-ballistic spall-liner solution at the DSEI show (London ExCel, September 10-13). The new fabric, Twaron T765, offers cost-effective ballistic protection in ground vehicles. It is ideal for protecting military vehicles in high-threat situations, but it can also provide protection in civilian vehicles against lower-level threats. Spall liners made of Twaron T765 can be used for protecting vehicles such as tanks, trucks and armored personnel carriers and its passengers.
 
Polypropylene honeycomb sandwich panels making headway in CV and caravan markets
Polypropylene Honeycomb : 13 July, 2013
Panel Systems has seen a huge surge in demand for Thermhex, an innovative polypropylene honeycomb material which was launched into the UK market at the beginning of 2013.
 
Specialist composites and defence systems business targets lightweight armour market
Ballistic Materials : 12 June, 2013
Morgan Advanced Materials – Composites and Defence Systems now incorporates the business formerly known as NP Aerospace, which specialises in composite systems for defence applications, including vehicle armour, combat helmets and body armour and a variety of commercial applications.
 
Carbon reinforcements for high-end markets
Carbon Fibres : 12 June, 2013
Chomarat is extending its line of carbon reinforcements with C-Weave SP, a new line of spread carbon fabrics for composite parts with high aesthetic performance requirements, especially for the high-end automotive, sports and leisure, luggage and telephone markets.
 
Exclusive licence offer for aerospace applications of composites and plastic injection moulding
Injection Moulding Equipment : 03 June, 2013
RocTool is offering a major aerospace leader the possibility to use its Heat & Cool technologies under an exclusive worldwide license. RocTool launched a call for proposals with a selection of Aerospace leaders, notably constructers and manufacturers and has appointed an independent firm to organise the "tender’ then select the best offer. These technologies are already being used in the electronics, automotive and cosmetic industries.
 
Bio-sourced composites used in prototype eco-vehicle
Advanced Composites (General) : 28 May, 2013
Huntsman Advanced Materials has developed bio-sourced composite materials which have been used in the latest version of the BioMobile; a prototype vehicle designed to achieve minimal reliance on the use of fossil fuel resources in its design and construction, while offering very low energy consumption in use.
 
Flexible coated fabric combines strength and low weight
Advanced Composites (General) : 28 May, 2013
The engineered textile specialist Chomarat Group is expanding its range of coated fabrics with a new reinforcement impregnated with a flexible thermoplastic, which will be launched at the Techtextil trade fair on 11-13 June 2013.
 
Market forecast: Wind energy to underpin massive increase of 193% in carbon fibre over next eight years
Carbon Fibres : 22 April, 2013
After years of steady but unimpressive growth, the carbon fibre market is finally set for a boom in revenue, thanks to burgeoning demand from the wind energy market. According to a new forecast, demand within the carbon fibre sector will hit 153,700 tonnes in 2020, climbing from 52,500 tonnes in 2012 - a massive increase of 193% in just eight years.
 
Carbon fabric based on spread tows "could save airlines millions in fuel costs", claim
Carbon Fibres : 14 April, 2013
TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon reinforcements are used in Formula 1, America’s Cup, advanced aerospace applications and various sporting goods products such as bicycles, etc. This unique carbon fabric from Sweden could also substantially reduce weight of existing aircraft and thereby enable significant savings in fuel costs.
 
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
Carbon Fibres : 26 March, 2013
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. When Hexcel was awarded the contract in 2008 to supply carbon fiber prepreg for all the A350 XWB composite primary structures, it secured the contract by developing a complete composite proposal, including carbon fibre prepreg and associated products.
 
JEC Composites Exhibition: AZL launches centre of expertise and Composites Academy
Advanced Composites (General) : 26 March, 2013
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University has announced its 33 founding partners. This follows the framework of the so-called Excellence Initiative by the German Government, with new clusters established on the campus of the University of RWTH in Aachen over the next 10 years. In all, 19 new institutions will be set up covering some 800,000 square metres.
 
JEC Composites Exhibition: Roving for wind turbine blades obtains Germanischer Lloyd approval
Glass Fibres : 26 March, 2013
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has approved HiPer-tex W2020 high-performance direct roving from 3B. This new certification complements the recent GL approval for SE2020 single end reinforcements. Both benchmark products benefit from proprietary sizings developed for use with specific resin systems (epoxy) principally for the manufacturing of non-crimped fabrics and FRP laminates for applications in, but not exclusively, wind turbine blades.
 
JEC Composites Exhibition: Road-legal vehicle based on advanced composites opens up alternative powertrain possibilities
Carbon Fibres : 26 March, 2013
Future Fibres and partner Persico SpA are producing prototypes of the carbon composite tub for a new racing roadster, codenamed RP-one. This road-legal British sports car from RPx Automotive will go into production in December 2013. It is part of a new generation of performance vehicles based on low weight rather than engine power.
 
JEC Composites Exhibition: Formax announces company reorganisation and reveals R&D investment plan
Carbon Fibres : 26 March, 2013
As a measure to improve and facilitate future growth, Formax, the manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, is announcing expansion plans and a new company organisation. Investment in Formax' R&D function will also be a focus as the company looks to strengthen its product development capabilities during the coming year
 
Two ranges of finished sandwich panels combine core and skin
Polypropylene Honeycomb : 10 March, 2013
Nidaplast Composites has launched two new ranges of sandwich panels. The Nidalite and Nidaskin sandwich panels, made of a honeycomb core and a skin, are light in weight, provide sound and heat insulation, and are highly corrosion resistant. Until now, Nidaplast has only made the structure, the core.
 
Protection panel for ballistic protection features laser-welded sandwich core
Ballistic Materials : 03 March, 2013
Ruukki has designed a protection panel, which is an innovative new approach to create safe rooms and fixed structures with superior resistance to explosions and ballistic threats. The panel also has excellent multi-hit capability and offers a modular, dimensionally accurate solution for advanced ballistic protection needs.
 
Marine composites specialists sets sail for wider markets
Marine Composites : 08 February, 2013
The award-winning composite rigging manufacturer Future Fibres is already involved in non-marine projects in civil engineering, military and Formula 1 racing across the world and sees great potential for the company’s value-added products in other industrial sectors such as in cranes, hoisting and lifting equipment.
 
Qualified repair system for aircraft honeycomb structures
Advanced Composites (General) : 01 February, 2013
Huntsman Advanced Materials' Epocast 52 A/B is claimed to be the first repair system to achieve qualification in accordance with the Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee’s (CACRC) AMS 2980 standard for the structural repair of carbon epoxy airframe components.
 
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