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Reinforced Plastics News - 16 Apr 2014

Editor's Choice

Composites patents watch: April 2014 A round-up of some of the latest composites-related patents. This month's inventions include: the integration of solar cells in GRP boat hulls; FRP reinforcement elements for concrete; and poultry feather-reinforced thermoplastics. More

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week. More

Composites flying high (Part 1) The use of composites in civil and military aircraft continues to increase. Freelance journalist George Marsh summarises where the use of reinforced plastics has reached in a number of high profile developments at manufacturers around the world. More

Ashland Performance Materials

Ashland Performance Materials is a global leader in composite resins, gelcoats, adhesives, specialty coatings and elastomers. It also provides metal casting consumables and design services for effective foundry management through the ASK Chemicals GmbH joint venture.

Performance Materials' products are used in construction, transportation, boatbuilding, and packaging and converting markets. Key customers include manufacturers of residential and commercial building products, infrastructure engineers, wind blade manufacturers, pipe manufacturers, auto and truck makers, tire makers, commercial label printers, specialty film converters and boat builders. See ashland.com for more information.  


TenCate Advanced Composites and Performance Polymer Solutions partner on aerospace materials
TenCate Advanced Composites and Performance Polymer Solutions Inc (P2SI) are partnering to develop and market high temperature prepreg materials to the aerospace industry. ... More



New automotive consortium targets materials intelligence
At the SAE World Congress in Detroit, USA, Granta Design has launched the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (AutoMatIC).... More



Gurit sees good start to 2014
Composite materials manufacturer Gurit reports sales for the first quarter (Q1) of 2014 of CHF78.8 million, an increase of around 29% over Q1 2013, and 4.5% up on the fourth quarter of 2013, supported by stable sales to the wind energy market.... More

Composites Germany joins EuCIA
Composites Germany, the trade association founded in 2013, has replaced the AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) as a member of EuCIA (European Composites Industry Association).... More

Airtech is the leading manufacturer of processing materials to the world's composite and tooling industries. Airtech product range: vacuum bagging and release films, PS tapes, peel plies, breathers, sealant tapes, connectors and hoses, rubber, tooling materials, carbon/glass reinforcements.


COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014: showcase for innovations
COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 – the 9th European Trade Fair and Forum for Composites, Technology and Applications, takes place on 7-9 October in Düsseldorf. Annkathrin Lange, the trade fair's new Project Manager, tells us what visitors can expect to see this year.... More

TenCate Performance Composites

TenCate Performance Composites is a leader in thermoplastic composites for the following industries: consumer electronics, oil & gas, automotive, recreational and orthotics/footwear.


Auckland Harbour Bridge awaits composite SkyPath
The SkyPath – a proposed composite pathway for walkers and cyclists to be installed alongside New Zealand's Auckland Harbour Bridge – is currently awaiting the go-ahead.... More

Johns Manville

Discover the latest in glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic compounding technologies and meet Johns Manville experts on 29th April in Brussels: “Potential of Thermoplastic Composites” and on May 8-9 in Würzburg (Germany): “Direktcompoundieren beim Spritzgießen” (info: www.skz.de).


Biocomposites – a technology overview
This report, commissioned by the UK's Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and authored by NetComposites, describes current and emerging biocomposites and demonstrates that these materials are now starting to find applications across a widerange of industry sectors.... More

Materials technology

Airtech introduces Wrightlease 2R
Airtech has developed Wrightlease 2R, an extruded fluoropolymer film coated with rubber-based pressure sensitive adhesive. ... More

Attwater's B42 gets REACH upgrade
Industrial laminate specialist Attwater & Sons Ltd has reformulated its B42 fabric-based laminate to comply with revised REACH regulations... More

Directional alignment of carbon nanotubes in polymer matrices: Contemporary approaches and future advances
This review, published in the Elsevier journal Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, presents the development of contemporary approaches in the directional alignment of CNTs in polymer matrices.... More


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Market Developer, EconCore;

Development Chemist, AOC; and

Customer Service Manager, AOC.

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Processing technology

Hutchinson launches Composite Technical Center
Hutchinson has formed the Composite Technical Center (CTeC).... More

AniForm Suite officially launched
AniForm Engineering has released AniForm Suite.... More

Free webinar: Non-destructive surface analysis of composites and polymers by handheld FTIR

This webinar will discuss the use of handheld Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) for non-destructive analysis of composite and polymer surfaces, looking at the effects of UV radiation, thermal overexposure, and surface cleanliness on bonding. Find out more here.

Wind energy

Alstom, BFG France sign wind turbine manufacturing deal
Exclusive agreement covers the supply of composite structures to produce the nacelle casings for Alstom’s Haliade™ 150-6MW wind turbine. ... More

Pew Report: Offshore wind propelled clean energy investment growth in the UK in 2013
The UK wind sector, which increased by nearly 50 percent to $5.9 billion, drove the increase. ... More


ISCM 2014 – 7th International Symposium on Composites Manufacturing
Dates: 14 May 2014 until 15 May 2014
Location: Marknesse, the Netherlands
Website: http://iscm.nlr.nl/

Reinforced Plastics International BALATON Conference 2014
Dates: 20 May 2014 until 22 May 2014
Location: Keszthely (Lake Balaton), Hungary
Website: http://www.emsz-kompozit.hu

SAMPE Tech 2014
Dates: 02 June 2014 until 05 June 2014
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Website: http://www.sampe.org

Composites Innovation 2014: 4th Conference on Advances in Materials, Design & Manufacture of Composite Structures
Dates: 05 June 2014 until 06 June 2014
Location: Manchester, UK
Website: http://www.netcomposites.com/calendar/composites-innovation-...

FRP Bridges 2014: 2nd International Conference on the Use of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composites in Bridge Design
Dates: 11 September 2014 until 12 September 2014
Location: London, UK
Website: http://www.netcomposites.com/calendar/frp-bridges-2014/1335

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