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July was a busy month for Solvay of Brussels, Belgium, with the company signing extensions to contracts for the supply of its composites with Airbus, Spirit AeroSystems and Safran.

Magna International of Aurora, Ontario, Canada, collected three first-place awards at the 2018 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Awards gala held in Dusseldorf, Germany, on 6

After working together for more than 20 years, composites supplier Hexcel Corp of Stamford, Connecticut, USA,  and distribution company Groupe Gazechim Composites are to establish a joint venture t

A team of researchers affiliated with the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea has shown that folding is an efficient strategy to incorporate large-area monolay

Fibre-based products manufacturer Domtar of Fort Mill, South Carolina, has bought a majority interest in lignin composites specialist Prisma Renewable Composites of Knoxville, Tennessee, both in th

A Swedish study has confirmed the safety of feminine hygiene products, finding no evidence that they pose a health risk.

The University of Maine (UMaine) has unveiled an innovative, rapidly deployable bridge system at its Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono, USA.

A reinforced thermoplastic containing electrically conductive fibres that allow it to be heated more quickly and evenly than is possible using conventional techniques is being developed by Toyota M

Lanxess of Leverkusen, Germany, is to open an applications development and technical services (AD & TS) laboratory for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) in Latina, Italy.

Glen Raven Technical Fabrics (GRTF)’s automotive headliner and speciality industrial fabrics business is to be merged into the business of composites manufacturer Shawmut Corp.

Andritz AG of Graz, Austria, has bought a 70% stake in manufacturer of converting machines for the hygiene and food packaging industries Diatec Srl of Collecorvino, Italy.

A €40-million production facility for the manufacture of finishing machinery has been opened in Abtenham, Germany, by Brückner Textile Technologies GmbH & Co KG.

Archroma of Reinach has acquired all of the shares of M. Dohmen of San Vittore (both in Switzerland), a producer of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel sectors.

A fibre adsorbent for purifying blood that can selectively remove bio-targets, such as cells and proteins, has been created by Toray Industries of Tokyo, Japan.  

A compression-type bandage that also acts as a splint is described in US Patent 9 987 186 by Allie Lynch, a licensed practical nurse from St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Resins from Scott Bader of Wollaston are being used by NORCO of Poole  to manufacture unique 14-m-long canopies to be installed by  property developers St George on the One Blackfriars development

A wound dressing that includes a layer of microbially produced cellulose formed into a bio-cellulose layer to adsorb bacteria has been developed by BSN Medical.

A short-chain fluorocarbon-based coating that can be used to make natural and synthetic fabrics waterproof is being developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Ca

A post-surgical wound dressing that is particularly suitable for women after breast surgery, such as mastectomy, has been developed by Ezbra Advanced Wound Care.

Unidirectional and biaxial glass-fibre reinforcements designed specifically for the manufacture of the long, thick laminates used in wind turbine blades have been launched by Ahlstrom-Munksjö of St