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Carbon Fibres
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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: 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
 
TeXtreme Spread Tow Reinforcements found best in independent reinforcement test
Carbon Fibres : 08 November, 2012
TeXtreme Spread Tow Reinforcements have been tested by an independent research institute and proved to provide better or equal mechanical performance to other composite reinforcements in six out of seven tests.
 
Institute for Advanced Manufacturing unveiled
Carbon Fibres : 06 October, 2012
Wednesday 19 September 2012 saw Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, welcomes Atlas Composites Managing Director Shaun Moloney and a select group of guests to the official launch of Nottingham Universities new £3.5 million Institute for Advanced Manufacturing.
 
Oberaigner Aerospace displays carbon fibre aeroplane in Shanghai
Carbon Fibres : 27 September, 2012
During the 2012 AOPA Shanghai International General Aviation Show Juergen Schluemer of Oberaigner Aerospace has discussed the development of Oberaigner new business aircraft, aiming to find business partners in China.
 
Prodrive to double workforce at Milton Keynes composites plant
Carbon Fibres : 12 September, 2012
Technology consultancy and precision-manufacturing specialist Prodrive is nearly doubling the size of the workforce at its composites plant in Milton Keynes. The company is actively recruiting now and will take on a further 80 people during 2013, making it one of Europe’s largest composites specialists with close to 200 employed in its manufacturing operations.
 
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Carbon Fibres : 18 March, 2011
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch transmissions
 
Cricket helmet could prove match-winner
Carbon Fibres : 15 January, 2010
A new lightweight cricket helmet worn for the first time by Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara in the 2009 World Twenty20 tournament could prove a match-winner for the East Anglian manufacturing firm behind the design.
 
Metal-plated fibre products are ready for use
Carbon Fibres : 28 October, 2004
A patented range of metal-plated carbon-fibre products is now commercially available for use in aerospace, defence, automotive, construction, medical and electronics applications.
 
 
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