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Reinforced Plastics News - 23 Jul 2014

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Lightweighting matters in energy storage (Part 2) Composite pressure vessels are playing an increasingly important role in energy storage. Not only can they reduce the weight of a vessel, but there are additional advantages in terms of safety, through high impact strength, anti-explosion failure modes and corrosion-free attributes. Kevin Meyer, Francesca Pignagnoli, Doug Potts and Gary Hunter of The Dow Chemical Company explain. More

Last week's top 3 Reinforced Plastics stories – Polynt acquires CCP, SGL carbon fibre for thermoplastics, Audi suspension springs The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week. More

Composites patents watch: July 2014 A round-up of some of the latest composites-related patents. This month's inventions include a FRP steering wheel from BMW, a repair process from Airbus, and a prepreg base material from Toray. More

Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre 2014

Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre (GOCarbonFibre) has been established as Europe’s leading forum for carbon fibre reinforced plastic technical experts and business leaders for over 17 years. With an exclusive focus on the carbon fibre supply chain, this event brings together technical discussions and business context to give a comprehensive overview of the state of the industry in this exciting sector.
GOCarbonFibre 2014 will bring together the greatest minds and most influential business leaders in this sector, to discuss the latest developments and opportunities in a high intensity networking and learning environment.


Hexcel reports strong second quarter results
Hexcel Corporation has reported results for the second quarter of 2014.... More

Strata and PCT sign Airbus contract
Strata Manufacturing PJSC, the advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing facility wholly-owned by Mubadala Development Company, has signed a ten year, US$16.5 million agreement with UAE-based Premier Composite Technologies (PCT).... More

McClean Anderson

McClean Anderson, a world leader of advanced filament winding equipment since 1961, provides innovative and cost-effective filament winding equipment solutions to customers worldwide. Please visit our new website at www.mccleananderson.com for detailed information. 



Continental Structural Plastics to acquire Magna’s composites operations
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a specialist in composite materials for the automotive and truck markets, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the composites operations of Magna Exteriors. CSP claims this acquisition will make it the world’s largest manufacturer of sheet moulding compounds (SMC).... More

Antelope Oil Tool acquires Advanced Composites
Antelope Oil Tool & Manufacturing Co., LLC has acquired Advanced Composite Standoff SRL and Advanced Composite Systems SRL.... More

AGY and CTG/Taishan Fiberglass start production of S-1 HM
AGY has started production of S-1 HM™ glass fibrein conjunction with CTG/Taishan Fiberglass.... More

Celanese adds long fibre reinforced thermoplastic at South American production plant
Celanese Corporation is expanding its manufacturing capabilities at its Suzano, Brazil, facility to include Celstran long fibre reinforced thermoplastics (LFRT) production.... More

Cachat and Zeeospheres Ceramics in distribution agreement
The M. F. Cachat Company (Cachat) has been appointed by Zeeospheres Ceramics, LLC, as exclusive distributor in certain US states for its complete line of ceramic microspheres, which can be used in composites.... More

Jobs on ReinforcedPlastics.com

The latest vacancies on our jobs page include:

Composite Sales Manager – South of England, Cathay Composites; and

Business Manager – Open Mold, AOC.

(If you'd like to advertise a job on Reinforced Plastics.com please contact us. This service is free of charge for current Reinforced Plastics advertisers.)


COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 show preview
The September/October issue of Reinforced Plastics will contain a preview of the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 exhibition, which takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany on 7-9 October 2014. ... More

TenCate Performance Composites

TenCate CCS Composites is a leader in chopped fiber composite compression molded parts. Bridging the ease of injection molded plastics with the high strength of advanced composites. Visit us online to see what is possible. 


The Composites Group introduces PremierUV line of UV-resistant compounds
The Composites Group (TCG) is introducing PremierUV™, a family of ultraviolet (UV)-resistant, flame retardant thermoset sheet moulding compounds (SMC) for electrical and outdoor applications such as electrical enclosures and light housings.... More

Innovation in Composites – take part in our survey!

Reinforced Plastics is conducting a survey about the importance of innovation in the composites industry.

The survey will only take you a few minutes to complete and the information gathered will help us develop our products and services for the industry. 

We welcome your input. Please visit the survey here.

Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit 2014

Join the world leading automotive lightweighting conference in Detroit, August 20-21. 50+ OEMs are confirmed to attend and expert presentations will be hosted by Ford, Tesla, Honda, Volvo, GM, Nissan, Toyota, key material suppliers & more. Visit: http://www.global-automotive-lightweight-materials-detroit-2014.com/ 

Materials technology

Consultancy firm adds adhesive testing
Klebtechnik Dr. Hartwig Lohse e.K., a German consultancy firm supporting companies supplying adhesives for materials including composites, has installed new testing capabilities.... More

Join the Reinforced Plastics LinkedIn Group!

The Reinforced Plastics LinkedIn Group has over 3400 members. Why not join us to discuss what's happening in the composites industry? 

Processing technology

DANOBAT Composites launches automation equipment for preform production
DANOBAT Composites' ADMP® Automated Dry Material Placement equipment automates the deposition of dry reinforcements to produce preforms for use in the resin infusion process.... More


The 7th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2014)
Dates: 20 August 2014 until 22 August 2014
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Website: http://www.cice2014.ca

Wind Energy Recycling: A Special Session at the 4th International Conference on Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management
Dates: 02 September 2014 until 05 September 2014
Location: Crete, Greece
Website: http://www.hwm-conferences.tuc.gr/index.php/79-news/92-speci...

China Composites Expo 2014
Dates: 03 September 2014 until 05 September 2014
Location: Shanghai, China
Website: http://www.chinacompositesexpo.com/en/

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

Opportunities for Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composites in Transport Applications
Dates: 01 October 2014 (1 day event)
Location: Derby, UK
Website: http://www.netcomposites.com/calendar/opportunites-for-fibre...

AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition
Dates: 07 October 2014 until 08 October 2014
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Website: http://www.awea.org/Events/Event.aspx?EventID=18548

COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 - 9th European Trade Fair & Forum for Composite Materials Technology & Applications
Dates: 07 October 2014 until 09 October 2014
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Website: http://www.composites-europe.com

CAMX 2014 – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo
Dates: 13 October 2014 until 16 October 2014
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Website: http://www.thecamx.org/

For a full list of events and conferences, please visit

Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre 2014
McClean Anderson
Composites Europe
UK Tech Events
Global Automotive Lightweight Materials
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