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EuCIA commits to sustainability

BRUSSELS – The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) has announced it will offer demonstrations of its Eco Calculator online tool at JEC World in Paris next month.

Positive feedback for Future of Composites

ILLINOIS – Global composites organisation JEC has reported positive feedback for its June event ‘The Future of Composites in Construction’ which took place in Chicago, Illinois, alongside Techtextil North America.

JEC opens composites startup contest

PARIS –The JEC Group has opened submissions for its ‘Startup Booster’ competition, which aims to encourage innovation in the global composites sector.

Silk sensor detects damage in composites

MARYLAND – Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States have developed a new sensor made of silk that detects damage to composite materials during its manufacture.

Wastewater recycling process launched for composites
Polymer materials supplier Covestro – formerly Bayer Materials Science – is said to be testing an environmentally friendly process for recycling saline process wastewater in plastics production, following the construction of a pilot plant at the company’s Krefeld-Uerdingen site in Germany.
Owens Corning to buy Ahlstrom glass fibre business
Composites manufacturing specialist Owens Corning has signed an agreement to acquire the building and wind business unit of Ahlstrom, the makers of AceBlade wind turbine technology; a solution for vacuum infusion, in a €73 million (U.
AceBlade Carbon for longer blades
Ahlstrom is launching AceBlade Carbon, a patent pending new unidirectional carbon fibre reinforcement for the wind energy market.
Growth predicted for wind power
Composite materials consumption in the wind energy industry will grow to a value of $4 billion by 2019 according to Lucintel.?
3D printing for new engineered cores
The blades of today?s wind turbines still have a decidedly low-tech material at their core ? balsa wood.
C-Grid comes to Europe
Chomarat has signed an agreement for the distribution of its C-Grid product range in Europe and the Middle East with Belgium-headquartered B&R Building Materials.
Handy app for composites from OC
Owens Corning has launched the first technical fabrics guide for composites in industrial, marine and leisure applications.
The outperforming polymer for tooling
The use of Victrex Peek polymer in composites is helping the oil and gas industry to successfully deal with the increasingly difficult operating conditions it now encounters by demonstrating capabilities beyond those of more traditional materials such as thermosets, aluminium, steel and titanium.
Lightweight skins for architecture
Nidaplast will showcase its Nidaskin range of composite panels for designers and architects at next month?s JEC Composites show in Paris.
PET core for new conservatory panel
AV Composites, based in Bouches du Rh?ne, France, has developed and patented a new aluminium composite panel for conservatory roofing that is 100% recycled and recyclable because its insulating foam core is made from recycled PET bottles.
Sensing technology under development
Advanced Composite Structures Australia (ACS) based in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has established a co-operation with Smart Fibres Ltd., of Bracknell, Bershire, UK, to co-develop the use of sensing technology in composites applications worldwide.
New addition to Bestwood range
Germany?s Erfurt is expanding its Bestwood range of wood polymer composites for decking. At last week?s Heimtextil show in Frankfurt, the company introduced the entry level Basicline which has a grooved surface and is available in a range of shades.
Notable year end for Vestas
Danish-headquartered wind turbine builder Vestas ended 2013 on a high by securing two orders in India from Powerica totalling 51.8 MW.
SGL sells rotor blade business
SGL Group is to sell SGL Rotec, its rotor blades for wind turbines business, to an as-yet unidentified strategic investor.
Building on water with Diab composites
Tenerife-based Arquitectura en el Agua (AEEA) is now employing composites as the basis for its floating construction units which serve as the base structures for floating marinas, harbours, restaurants and hotels.
DSM taps into wind power in India
Following a dramatic reduction in water consumption at DSM?s engineering plastics site in Pune, India, announced earlier this year, the site now plans to initially meet 25% of its energy needs with renewable energy.
Majestic roof for Medinah?s new station
The Haramain High Speed Rail project is a new high speed rail line in Saudi Arabia, running between the cities of Makkah and Medinah, with additional stations at Jeddah and the King Abdullah Economic City.
PU composites lose half a ton for PV generator
The Sun Commander Series 8000 solar photovoltaic (PV) mobile electric generator with on and off-grid capabilities has been designed to provide power before, during and after a power cut.
Pultruded PU for new windows
New polyurethane composites developed at Bayer MaterialsScience in Germany have a number of advantages over conventionally-used metals, PVC or wood.The efficient thermal insulation of buildings not only reduces energy consumption and saves money, but also makes a real contribution towards conserving resources and protecting the climate.
The new bridges of Rotterdam
The city of Rotterdam has about 800 pedestrian and cycle bridges, many of them reaching the end of their design life and in need of replacment in the coming years.
Expanding possibilities for architects
Johns Manville has teamed up with the Austrian producer of wood-based and composite construction materials FunderMax to develop m.look ? a new facade panel based onspecial Evalith glass fibre nonwovens and impregnation resins.
Shaped for success
DSM,B?fa and NPSP Composieten have developed a new type of energy-saving light weight composite fa?ade panel.More than 100 of them were employed in the construction of thenew Enexis building in Zwolle, the Netherlands, which opened this week.
Balsa cores for wind power
At the All Energy exhibition and conference taking place in Aberdeen, Scotland, this week, 3A Composites will present solutions for the manufacture of wind, wave and tidal power components.
Recognition for flax blade
Researchers in Malaysia and the UK from Nottingham University have developed a new sustainable natural fibre reinforced small wind turbine blade.It will receive the Bicomposites Innovation Award at the forthcoming JEC Asia Composites Show which takes place in Singapore from June 25-27.
Award for aerogel-containing composites
Composites containing aerogels for building insulation applications received the Award for Product Innovation at the recent BAU 2013 trade fair for architecture, materials and systems held in Munich.
Expanding with Ecodeck
Following a huge increase in demand for its Ecodek wood polymer composites (WPCs) in the UK, Vannaplastic has now moved to a new site in Wrexham with significantly increased manufacturing capacity.
Sealing the envelope with new composites
Among products to be honoured at the forthcoming JEC Composites show Innovation Awards in Paris on March 12 is a new highly energy-efficienct fa?ade panel based on composite profiles, developed by Owens Corning and a number of partners in France and Belgium.
PU scrap for new construction
Composite facades have been made from compressed panels of recycled polyurethane insulation scrap at Berlin?s Technical University, in a project supported by the EcoCommercial Building Programme (ECB).
Longest hybrid composite bridge
DSM is working with bridge manufacturer FiberCore Europe and infrastructure company Heijmans to further introduce composite light weight bridges in new road construction projects.
Carbon sensors for structural health
When the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145 in August 2007, the reason was attributed to a design deficiency that resulted in a gusset plate failing during ongoing construction work.
Carbon powers the sails
A key milestone has been achieved by the UK Nova project with the successful construction of the sails for a fully working 50-kW prototype demonstrator of its new concept 10-MW offshore, double-arm, vertical axis wind turbine system (VAWTS).
Composites keeping out the cold
Windows made from composite profiles are becoming increasingly popular as a result of their excellent thermal insulation characteristics and ability to let more light into homes.
Upcycled Amoeba range
A new range of upcycled contemporary garden furniture was launched at this year?s GLEE consumer products show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. The new Amoeba range of plastic products will be available shortly, manufactured via the P2 technology of Protomax, a UK plastics engineering specialist with machine building facilities in Piesendorf, Austria.
Sustainable alternative to concrete
Nidaplast composites are honeycomb structural panels which can be combined with traditional heavy materials like concrete and natural stone to eliminate weight constraints in furniture and interior design.
Composites first for Amsterdam
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands officially opened the newly renovated Stedelijk Museum ? the largest composite building in the world? in Amsterdam on Saturday (September 22).
Faster rotor blade bonding
One of the wind energy industry?s top priorities is to maximize utilisation rates by speeding up manufacturing processes, to reduce unit costs and achieve a rapid payback on investments.
Compelling constructs
While cars are without doubt most consciously linked with emissions and general environmental pollution, in the USA today it is buildings which consume around 41% of all energy ? with a further 8% used in their construction ? as well as burning 70% of all electricity.
Reaching for the sky
It?s not exactly a shining example of sustainable construction ? in fact all things considered, the recently inaugurated Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is a towering structure of majestic excess, despite being undeniably breathtaking.
Power from the core
Glass fibres in the high-strength composite core of a new reinforced aluminium power cable can greatly improve transmission capacity.AmpStar?s CRAC is a high-heat alternative to conventional transmission cables that is cost-effective and in addition to improving transmission capacity can lower line losses, limit sag, and significantly reduce the requirement for installing new transmission line infrastructure.
e2e claims Composites 2012 award
E2e Materials claimed the Award for Composites Excellence (ACE) at the Composites 2012 conference held in Las Vegas from February 21-23.The clean technology spinoff from Cornell University, headquartered in Ithaca, New York,develops products made advanced biocomposite materials for the furniture and cabinet industries.
Integral safety check for structures
Composites with embedded optic fibres and ultrasonic sensors for structural health diagnostics are being employed in a 20-metre-long footbridge which is currently being built at the EMC2 Technocampus in Bouguenais, France.
Lighter composites with StabilStrand
Johns Manville?s new StabilStrand is a specially-developed glassfibre nonwoven for engineered wood.It can be used for reinforcing particle boards, MDF/HDF and plywood, providing excellent performance for lightweight furniture construction as well as digital and direct printing.
Greener building with Ecophit L
The use of SGL Group?s Ecophit L lightweight panels for heating and cooling ceilings will help building projects meet green building standards as set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
UK first for recycled composites
The UK?s first HGV road bridge made from recycled plastic composites has been built over the River Tweed, at Easter Dawyck in Peeblesshire.As the first recycled thermoplastic road bridge to be built outside the United States it was constructed by Vertech Limited and Dawyck Estates, designed to bear heavy goods vehicles of up to 44 tonnes.
Resin-specific roving from 3B
3B ? the only fibreglass producer operating fully 100% boron-free glass fibre manufacturing platforms ? is introducing a new range of reinforcements each designed for specific resin systems and engineered to provide optimum performance composites for wind turbine blades.
Composite houses plan for US and Brazil
Inovatec is a proprietary building technology based on advanced high performance composites which has just been acquired by Millport Associates, a subsidiary of a Brazilian industrial conglomerate.
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