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Composites

Owing to concerns over the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the composites industry’s flagship event, JEC World, is to be postponed until the 12–14 May 2020.

The developer of fibre patch placement (FPP) technology for the automated production of three-dimensional (3D) reinforcement fabrics for the composites industry, Cevotec, is to be represented by Fu

A variety of heat-resistant nonwoven veils for use in composites are to be launched by Technical Fibre Products (TFP) at JEC World.

Montefibre Carbon is to invest €16.2 million to establish a line for the production of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor and construct a carbonisation line at its plant in Miranda de Ebro, Spain.

Gurit has sold its automotive business (Gurit Hungary Kft in Székesfehérvár) to composite-parts manufacturer Carbopress SpA.

A lightweight seatback for a sportscar has been produced from a combination of carbon fibre-reinforced prepreg and wood fibre-reinforced plastic by Hexcel and NaCa Systems.

A quick, cheap and highly productive process for the conversion of a wide variety of carbon sources – including coal, food waste and plastic –  into flakes of graphene is being developed by researc

A company dedicated to the research and development (R&D), testing and sale of composite and multimaterial automotive components is to be established in Wuppertal, Germany, by Teijin.

A tailored fibre placement (TFP) cell has been installed by Carbon ThreeSixty at its facility in Chippenham, UK.

Ahead of JEC World 2020, EconCore has announced that it has licensed its technology for the production of lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb cores to two companies; Low & Bonar and Ko

A highly automated demonstrator production line that enables composite parts to be produced from prepregs in cycle times of three minutes has been unveiled by Solvay of Brussels, Belgium.

Nonwovens made from recycled carbon fibre have been launched by Sigmatex of Runcorn, UK.  

SGL Carbon of Wiesbaden, Germany, is to start producing landing skids for air taxis from braided carbon fibre.

Volkswagen (VW)’s first innovation hub in North America is to be opened at the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park in Knoxville, USA.

Carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) backrests have been developed for Guangzhou Automobile Group Co (GAC) Ltd’s ENO.146 electric concept car by the carmaker’s research and development (R&

A method for eliminating the voids in composites based on the use of films of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), rather than expensive and energy-intensive autoclaves, has been developed by a research team i

Hexcel Corp and Woodward Inc have signed a definitive agreement to combine through a merger of equals.

A substantial contract for the high-volume production of carbon fibre-reinforced and glass fibre-reinforced plastic cover plates for battery enclosures has been awarded to SGL Carbon of Wiesbaden,

A range of dry unidirectional (UD) carbon fibre tapes have been developed by Hexcel for use in cross-country racing skis manufactured by Madshus.

A facility dedicated to the development of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) fan blades and fan cases for use on jet engines has been opened in Bristol, UK, by Rolls-Royce.

An oxidation process being commercialised by LeMond Carbon yields cheaper carbon fibre in higher volumes than is possible using conventional processes, according to the results of a technical audit

Coal-tar pitch is to be transformed into high-value carbon fibre for use in aircraft, automobiles, sporting goods and other high-performance applications through a project funded in part by the US

In preparation for the production of its fully electric iNEXT car, the BMW Group is investing around €400 million in its largest European production plant in Dingolfing, Germany.  

A facility for the development and manufacture of propeller systems with all-composite blades has been inaugurated in Brockworth, UK, by Dowty Propellers.

Glass fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP) longitudinal leaf springs are being used for the first time by Ford of Dearborn, Michigan, USA.

Ways in which composites could be used to increase the power density, and reduce the size, of the integrated electric drive units (EDUs) for electric vehicles (EVs) are to be investigated by a part

A facility for the research and development (R&D) of manufacturing technologies for use in industries such as aerospace and automotive has been opened by the Welsh government and the University

Lightweight and thin carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body armour able to protect its wearer from attacks with blunt, edged and pointed weapons has been unveiled by

A by-product from the roasting of coffee beans could soon be used in the manufacture of automotive parts such as headlamp housings.

SGL Carbon and Solvay have entered into a joint development agreement to bring to market what they claim will be the first composites based on large-tow, intermediate modulus (IM) carbon fibre.

Over 1.2 t of waste carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) generated by America’s Cup contenders INEOS Team UK has been recycled by ELG Carbon Fibre, which has used the resulting materials to produ

Mikrosam is to deliver equipment for the development and manufacture of reinforced thermoplastic aircraft parts to GKN Fokker.

Pratt & Whitney (P&W) of East Hartford, Connecticut, USA, is to open a facility for the research and development (R&D) of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) for use in aerospace applicati

Composite electrodes for structural supercapacitors have been developed by researchers at Texas A&M University of College Station, USA.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has agreed to sell its glass fibre reinforcement business in Mikkeli, Finland, to Vitrulan Composites Oy – a subsidiary of Vitrulan Group – for €6.5 million.

With furniture manufacturers looking to replace wood with other affordable, recyclable and easily processable materials, their attention is turning to the use of composites of natural and thermopla

Two multiaxial glass fibre fabrics from SGL Carbon are being used by Airbus Helicopters to manufacture the five-blade rotor of its H145 helicopter.

Plastic Omnium of Levallois, France, reports that it has won a significant order from a German manufacturer for the development of 35-MPa (350-bar) hydrogen-storage tanks for use in buses.

Albany International Corp has acquired CirComp GmbH, a developer and manufacturer of high-performance composite components.

An automated assembly line for the manufacture of bodies for lightweight commercial vehicles for the home-delivery sector from carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRPs) has been unveiled by Penso of

Multiaxial fabrics from Vectorply are being used to manufacture the pultruded carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) bumper beam for General Motors Co’s 2020 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

UK-based Jiva Materials and French nonwovens manufacturer EcoTechnilin have claimed Innovation Awards at the 2019 editions of JEC World and JEC Asia for their development

Conventional X-ray tubes could be used to investigate the physical structure of fibre-reinforced plastics following the development of a small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) technique by researchers

Honeywell of Morris Plains, New Jersey, USA, is increasing its capacity for the production of its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre (Spectra) by more than 20%.

Graphene nanoplatelet manufacturer, XG Sciences Inc and producer of filaments for additive manufacturing (AM), Terrafilum have signed a joint development agreement to develop, produce and sell fila

Manufacturer of reinforcements for the tyre and construction industries, Kordsa has formed a partnership with the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to develop

US recycled carbon fibre specialist Carbon Conversions Inc (CCI) is working with compatriot Dell to create lightweight and cost-effective carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) covers for laptop co

A composite textile that can be heat-cured to form a rigid, non-flammable, heat-resistant and thermally insulating protective wrap or cover (14) has been developed by Saprex Advanced Solutions of G

“Disparate and frequently unclear” regulations are slowing and, in some cases, preventing the use of composites in the UK—restricting the growth of a potential multi-billion-pound benefit to the na

A multilayer composite component for the rotor blades of wind turbines has been developed by Wobben Properties.

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