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Porcher Industries adds US plant

BADINIERES – Technical textile and composite supplier Porcher Industries has acquired new US facilities in a bid to cater to an increased demand for the company’s glass fibre insulation fibres and automotive exhaust components.

Composite flooring for German trains

FORST – German railway company Deutsche Bahn AG will use a lightweight composite flooring manufactured by industrial equipment specialist SMT for its fleet of 66 trains.

Composite testing facility opens in Asia

DÜSSELDORF – German composite components manufacturer Henkel has opened a new test centre in Yokohama, Japan, which caters to the design and production of new composite components for real-world applications.

Boom airliner to use carbon composites
Monforts to reveal advanced coating technology
Responding to the demand by the coating segment for composites and textile finishing, German machine builder A. Monforts Textilmaschinen will showcase its latest range of advanced coating machines at JEC World in Paris, which takes place on 8 – 10 March 2016 at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre.
New LFT line for China
As the rapid growth of long fibre thermoplastic composites continues in China, Dieffenbacher, headquartered in Eppingen, Germany, has secured a deal to install a new plant in the country with the capacity to produce around a million components annually.
Commitment to carbon
Ford and DowAksa are intensifying their joint development of cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing methods for automotive-grade carbon fibre.
Carbon parts in 30 seconds
In 2014 Dow Automotive Systems introduced commercial its ultra-fast, under-90-second moulding cycle time Voraforce 5300 resin formulation for carbon fibre composites.
Daimler approved Scott Bader
Scott Bader has recently become an approved composites materials supplier of moulding and structural adhesive products to all of the production facilities around the world which make up the Daimler AG Group of manufacturing companies.
Accelerating automation
Having secured a CHF 30 million contract to supply carbon fibre-based automotive body panels in January, Zurich-headquartered Gurit is to merge its Engineered Structures and Automotive businesses into the new Composite Components business unit.
Potential with liquid lay-down
Satellite dishes are the latest end products being proposed for nonwovens based on recycled carbon fibre composites ? employing the same technology that is used to make various components for the BMW i Series electric vehicle programmes.
More CNG storage, less weight
The German Aerospace Center (DLR), working with the? Helmholtz Association, has developed a new composite winding technology to produce the first ever fully manufactured modular and free shapeable high-pressure CNG storage vessel which? offers 30% more available volume.
Bobbin to preform with PvP
Teijin company Toho Tenax has released further details of its new process for the production of highly efficient thermoset carbon fibre composites it is calling Tenax Part via Preform (PvP).
Composite first for the Audi 6
The Audi 6 now features an infotainment carrier of hybrid design, made from a continuous fibre-reinforced polyamide composite and a polyamide 6 overmoulding material.
Chomorat raises the roof
Chomarat has developed a carbon fibre composite roof panel for the Roadster made by Germany?s Roding Automobile.
A 3D-printed carbon fibre first
An average car has over 20,000 parts. The new 3D-printed Strati ? printed by Local Motors during the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago last week ? has just 40.
Rapid scale-up of Teijin technology
Sereebo ? a rather fanciful acronym for 'Save the Earth, Revolutionary and Evolutionary Carbon' ? is the brand name of the new technology Teijin is bringing closer to commercial use in the high-volume production of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRP) composites.
Formula 1 upgrade for the London Bus
Carbon-fibre composite electric flywheel systems are to be fitted on the next 500 buses to be supplied to the London transport provider Go-Ahead, in a bid to reduce the city?s emissions.
Less weight and noise with Zytel
An oil sump moulded from composites of DuPont Zytel nylon resin reinforced with glass fibre is helping Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania meet new challenges in respect of noise, emissions and weight.
Mitsubishi acquires CFRP manufacturer
Car manufacturer Mitsubishi Rayon has agreed to purchase part of Wethje Holding, a German company which manufactures carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), in a move to keep up with its industry competitors.
A new spring in Audi?s step
Car manufacturer Audi will introduce new, lightweight suspension springs made of glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) in an upper mid-size model before the end of the year.
Composites-rich new train parts
At the forthcoming InnoTrans trade fair for the transport technology industry which takes place in Berlin from September 23-26, Voith will introduce a lateral energy absorber for trains made from glass fibre composites and aluminum.
More power to the pedal
The Human Power team at Delft and Amsterdam University are looking to break the world speed cycling record of 133.78 km/h set by their member Sebastiaan Bowier last year with the composites-intensive VeloX3 recumbent.
New carbon fibre for thermoplastics
SGL Group has started the production of thermoplastic-compatible carbon fibres at its Muir of Ord site in Scotland.
A first for flax
It?s not often that a bio-sourced composite outperforms all the affordable competition in a structural application but this is the case with FibriCard.
AZL contract with Toyota
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) in Germany is expanding its strategic partnership with automotive manufacturer Toyota.?
Ford introduces ?tomato fibre?
No ?one-size-fits-all? for Ford
Composites take a back seat to new high-strength steel and aluminum alloys in Ford?s latest lightweight concept vehicle, the F-150.
Project aims at PLA truck cabins
Trucks with biodegradable cabins could soon be appearing on European roads as the result of a new research project, which aims to replace ABS-injected cabin parts with composites derived from renewable raw materials.
Rapid expansion at Moses Lake
With a further investment of $200 million on top of the $100 million announced only in April this year, the BMW/SGL joint venture in Moses Lake, Washington, USA, is intending to rapidly become the world?s largest carbon fibre manufacturing plant by early 2015.
Faurecia to supply flax panels for VW Golf
PUEBLA ? The front end and door systems of the new Volkswagen Golf ? to be launched next year ? will include inserts made of 50 per cent polypropylene and 50 per cent flax composites, supplied by Faurecia Automotive Exteriors in its first production contract in Mexico.
Magna secures carbon contracts
Magna International reports that its Exteriors business has been awarded new contracts to supply painted automotive body panels made from carbon fibre composites for two 2016 model-year vehicles.
Clever combinations from Porsche
The underbody of the new Porsche 918 Spyder ? winner of the JEC 2014 Innovation Award in the Automotive category ? is characterised by a dynamic combination of composite materials and construction.
Auto focus for Formax
At last week?s JEC Composites show in Paris, Formax announced the opening of a new automotive production unit at its headquarters in Leicester, UK.
Carbon monocoque for the Alfa Romeo 4C
The Adler Group, based in Ottaviano, Italy, is to employ carbon fibre composite prepreg material from TenCate Advanced Composites in building the chassis of the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Tier 1 leader enters the bioplastics arena
Magna International ? the leading Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry which is anticipating 2014 sales of between $33-35 billion ? is getting pretty excited about a new kind of bioplastic.
Lamborghini behind sports innovation
Union Binding Company, which is based in Colico, Italy and Seattle, USA, teamed up with the Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory to develop a new binding technology for snowboards.
Faurecia takes composites to Detroit
Along with innovations such as instrument panels with retractable screens, a gesture-activated glove box and noise-cancelling speakers in the exhaust system, Faurecia is displaying a range of developments in automotive composites at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) which started on January 13th and runs until the 26th in Detroit, Michigan.
Lighter body panels aid Spanish Rally success
Two Suzuki S1600 rally cars with custom designed light weight composite body kits secured winner and runner up positions in the 2013 Spanish Rally Championship.
Automotive focus for Dupont
DuPont has appointed a new global automotive technology director charged with bringing the breadth of the company?s advanced materials and renewably-sourced materials and fuels to the auto industry as it continues to develop low emission, fuel efficient vehicles that are safe and affordable.
?Solvolytic? route to carbon recycling
MAI Recycling is one of 11 separate large-scale projects currently being undertaken as part of Mai Carbon and brings together the companies Audi, BMW, SGL Carbon, Neenah-Gessner, Siemens and Voith Composites with the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, and the BIFA environmental institute.
Carbon nonwovens at STFI
The Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) held its 11th re4tex recycling conference in December, after claiming the 2013 German Resource Efficiency Award for its CarbonWasteCycle research project.
Flax first from Jaguar
The latest Jaguar F-type convertible features the first fully bio-based floor panel.

The FibriCard panel supplied by EcoTechnilin/CabAuto is a lightweight bio-based composite comprising FibriPreg flax layers and a honeycomb paper core in a sandwich structure.

Geneva debut planned for Biofore
The Biofore concept car ? jointly developed by UPM and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences ? is to premiere at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show which takes place from March 6-16 2014.
Driving away from conventional batteries
Volvo has developed a new concept for lightweight structural energy storage components that could improve the energy usage of future electric vehicles.The material ? consisting of composites of carbon fibres, nano-structured batteries and super capacitors ? provides lighter energy storage that requires less space in the car, offers cost effective structure options and is eco-friendly.::r
Hemp-based first for Faurecia
Faurecia is poised to become the first automotive supplier to mass produce a 100% bio-based plastic with hemp-based fibres and a natural-substance matrix to replace injection-moulded polypropylene.
Fancy a zero emissions spin?
Ecospin?s Raptor generated considerable interest at last week?s Composites Engineering show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.The Electric Personal Vehicle (EPV) was developed by a team of engineers from the automotive and electronic industries to meet a real market demand, primarily from the security patrol market.
Six-minute moulding for A class panels
A new system called Surface RTM has been developed by Zoltek and its partners KraussMaffei, Henkel, Chomarat and Ruhl, for the production of Class A carbon fibre exterior panels.
i3 sets off with a clear footprint
The BMW i3 composites-rich electric car now has an officially-confirmed environmental footprint.The Declaration of Validation issued in accordance with ISO 14040/14044 certification by T?V S?D confirms that its greenhouse potential is between 30-50% less than conventional cars of its size and performance.
Adding the next dimension
US researchers are proposing to develop 4D materials that can exhibit behaviour that changes over time, adapting to external stimuli ? with the help of an $855,000 grant from the US Army Research Office.
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