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The power of hidden patterns
The effects of patterned surfaces deep within materials ? specifically, at the interfaces between layers of crystalline materials ? could lead to new methods of controlling the properties of composites.
Drop-in magnesium substitution
New long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) materials which duplicate both the mechanical and electrical properties of magnesium in injection moulding or extrusion materials can lead to weight savings of up to 40% in composites.
Partners for 100% recycled carbon composites
Guangwei Group (China) and Adesso Advanced Materials (China) have signed a formal strategic partnership and at the same time launched the world?s first recyclable fishing rod made with Recycloset resin technology.
Cycles to feature nanocarbon composites
BST Nano Carbon ? a company which claims the experience and know-how of carbon nanotubes, graphene and nanocarbon needed to translate these materials into groundbreaking new products ? has acquired Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles.
Winning combinations from Gurit
Visitors to this week?s China Composites Expo 2014 in Shanghai (September 3-5) have an opportunity to discover how Gurit?s high-performance structural core materials, qualified prepreg systems and adhesives are addressing the need for weight reduction for mass transportation systems, while? meeting the most stringent safety requirements.
Teijin at the China Composites Expo
Tenax TPCL is a thermoplastic consolidated laminate engineered for the A350 XWB aircraft, Airbus?s new extra-wide-body midsize jetliner, by Toho Tenax.? It will be one of a number of components on display by the Taijin company at this week?s China Composites Expo 2014 in Shanghai (September 3-5).
Cytec to evaluate biomass carbon
The US Department of Energy (DOE) is to provide the Southern Research Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, with funding of up to $5.9 million to work on the production of high performance, low cost carbon fibres from biomass.
Nanocellulose to compete with carbon?
Japan is now taking nanocellulose extremely seriously, with around 100 companies actively involved in working together to develop it as a next generation material.
Textile waste used in composite production
German fabric producer Recytex has announced it has reached the next stage of development on a project to create composite material derived from 20 per cent textile waste fibres.
Polynt and CCP merger
Total?s subsidiary CCP Composites is to be merged with the Polynt Group to create an integrated composite resins producer that will rank number one in Europe and number three globally.
Bridging a glass gap
AGY, the leading producer of glass fibre yarns and reinforcements based in Aiken, South Carolina, has announced the start of production of S-1 HM glass in conjunction with CTG/Taishan Fiberglass.
Partners see big markets for DuraPulp
A paper product that can carry the weight of an adult and be composted within 100 days has emerged from Sweden to compete as a lightweight, sustainable alternative to plastics and composites.
Plasticomp introduces basalt LFT
PlastiComp, based in Winona, Minnesota, has introduced a line of basalt fibre reinforced composites offering a significant increase in performance over short basalt fibre filled materials.
Full control for Connova
Market software and systems developer Jetcam International, based in Hohensch?ftlarn, Germany, has provided Connova AG with the ability to track and control materials, plies, kits, orders and nests in real-time.
Canada and France join forces for flax
Since its establishment in 2003, the Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has developed into Canada?s largest composites technology centre.
Nonwovens from recycled carbon composites
A range of recycled carbon veils and mats is being introduced to the portfolio of wet-laid high performance nonwovens is being introduced vy Technical Fibre Products, headquartered in Kendal, UK.
Ultra light racquets now in play
?Racquetball is the latest sport to benefit from ultra-light and ultra-strong carbon fibre technology?? US manufacturer Ektelon is employing Oxeon AB's TeXtreme spread tow fabrics in its latest product range.
Celanese thermoplastic advantages
Celanese Corporation will deliver two technical presentations about its thermoplastic composites at the SAMPE 2014 annual technical conference which takes place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday? June 5.
Low cost nanotubes are here
Luxembourg-headquartered OCSiAl is claiming a significant breakthrough in producing its Tuball single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in bigger, better quality batches than has been previously possible.
Toray continues to expand in CFRP
Japan?s Toray Industries plans to increase the production capacity of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts at its subsidaries Toray Carbon Magic (TCM) based in Shiga, Japan, and Carbon Magic Thailand (CMTH) in Cholburi, Thailand.
Can IBM change the game for thermosets?
Computational chemistry is behind the discovery of new polymers that among other things, could lead to fully recyclable thermoset composites.
Renewable polyamide from BASF
BASF is now offering a high performance grades of its Ultramid polyamide which are derived from renewable raw materials.
Bio-based solutions for Composites Europe

Bio-based composites will be the talk of the annual Composites Europe 2014 later this year, where for the first time a section will be devoted to a range of bio-based solutions after its organizers partnered with the Nova-Institute.

Braiding and RTM a winning combination
Several research institutions in the Baden-W?rttemberg region of Germany have been working on intelligently combining? different materials and processes to create efficient new composites solutions.
In a spin with Performax 249
A washing machine with a tub that delivers greater capacity, spins at faster speeds and has improved durability has been introduced into the Russian market by a major white goods OEM.
It?s a steal for biocomposite beauty
The first concert-level ukelele made entirely from biomaterials was exhibited at this year?s JEC Composites Innovation Showcase in Paris.
New grade for high temp food contact
3B, headquartered in Battice, Belgium, is adding to its range of short fibre reinforcements for high temperature resins with the launch of? DS 8800-11P, designed to reinforce high temperature thermoplastics such as PES, PSU, PESU, PPS, PEI, PEEK, etc.
Flax and jute reinforcements deal
Composites Evolution has teamed up with Easy Composites to provide fast distribution of its Biotex Flax and Biotex Jute natural fibre reinforcement materials.
JEC debut for Trevira
Trevira is exhibiting at this year?s JEC Composites show in Paris for the first time this year, in order to showcase its range of flat and textured filament yarns, either in raw white or spun-dyed, as well as special staple fibre types for use in composite materials.
Extrusion grade EcoPaXX from DSM
DSM is launching a higher viscosity extrusion grade of its bio-based EcoPaXX polyamide for the film, fibre and monofilament markets
New reinforcement for trains
At next month?s JEC Composites show in Paris, Chomarat will introduce its new Rovicore FR material designed to help manufacturers meet the new European Union flame retardancy requirements for train materials that will enter into effect in 2016.
Aerospace growth a key driver
The global reinforced composite plastics market is estimated at 13.6 billion lbs in 2013 and is expected to reach 14.3 billion lbs for 2014 according to a new report by BCC Research.
Evonik boosts Rohacell production
Evonik Industries AG has started up a new plant for the production of Rohacell structural foam which is extensively employed in fibre-reinforced composites for lightweight applications in a number of industries.
One hundred lines for Taiwan's Ju Teng
Having manufactured over a million smartphone parts in the last quarter of 2013 alone, Ju Teng of Taiwan, has opened the largest composites factory in the world to produce smartphone and tablet covers in China.
World's lightest carbon veil
At the forthcoming JEC Composites show in Paris from March 11-13, Techical Fibre Products (TFP), based in Cumbria, UK, will introduce the world's lightest nonwoven carbon veil weighing just 2gsm.
Resintex at Compotec 2014
At the Compotec 2014 ehibition and conference taking place in Carrara, Italy, from February 5-7, Resintex International is introducing a number of bio-based' materials which have been specially developed for moulding composite parts.
DowAksa looks to Russian expansion
DowAksa, the Turkish carbon fibre joint venture between Dow Chemical and acrylics producer Aksa, is looking for new opportunities in the Russian composites market.
3D colours and multi materials
Stratasys, headquartered in Rehovot, Israel, is introducing the first 3D printer to combine colours with multi-material 3D printing, opening up new possibilities for high performance plastics and composite components.
Funding for Canadian bio-composite business
Jetcam?s JEC nesting challenge
Jetcam International will be demonstrating the latest versions of its Jetcam Expert CAD/CAM and nesting software and CrossTrack tracking system, along with a new ply unloading and sorting concept at the forthcoming JEC Composites show in Paris in March.
Solvay invests in UHPC technology
Belgian chemicals major Solvay has acquired a minority stake in Aonix Advanced Materials which opens up opportunities for both businesses in the fast growing market for thermoplastic composites.
Clariant protection for oyster shell composites
Swiss-headquartered Clariant is providing the all-important fire protection element in the development of commercially-viable, flame retardant thermoplastic composites based on renewable oyster shell fillers.
PAN precursor creel for Carbon Nexus
UK fibre processing technology specialist Cygnet Texkimp has supplied a 30-position pilot line PAN precursor creel to the $100 million Australian Future Fibre Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.
TPI secures Acciona supply contract
TPI Composites, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, has signed a multi-year supply agreement with Acciona Windpower SA to provide wind blades from TPI?s new factory in Dafeng, China.
$55 million biomass to composites plan
The Industrial Biomaterials programme is a $55-million, five-year initiative being launched in Canada to encourage firms to transform agricultural and forestry by-products into new materials.
New glass fibre plant targeting Europe
Chinese glass fibre producer Jushi is opening a new plant in the Suez industrial zone in Egypt. Helm AG, based in Hamburg, is to be its exclusive distribution partner in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in addition to dealing with the large thermoplastic composites producers across Europe.
3D flexibility for printed parts
3D Systems, headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina, is launching the ProJet 5500X for printing multi-material composites based on its latest MultiJet Printing (MJP) technology.
Funding for biofibre manufacturer
Sustainable materials company CelluComp, based in Burntisland, Scotland has secured ?2.4 million in new funding from Soffinova Partners Green Seed Fund, Scottish Enterprise through its investment arm, the Scottish Investment Bank, Claridge and a syndicate of angel investors.
Differing outlooks for GRP processes
Having fallen slightly in 2012, the European market glass-fibre reinforced plastics (GRPs) is on course to grow by around 1% to 1.02 million tons in 2013, according to the latest report from AVK ? the German association for reinforced plastics and composites.
EcoPaXX excels for Salomon
Salomon?s latest snowboard bindings made by Amer Sports are another new application for DSM?s EcoPaXX polyamide 410 engineering plastic which is 70% derived from castor beans and certified 100% carbon neutral from cradle to gate.
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