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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
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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.
Particle combination for high-performing prepreg
Hexcel Corporation has just secured a new US patent on a prepreg characterised by high levels of compression strength, damage tolerance and interlaminar fracture toughness for which it says there is considerable market demand.
Higher value carbon composites recycling
Adesso is a US-invested company headquartered in Wuxi, China, which this year has opened an R&D centre in Cambridge, UK, and is introducing recyclable epoxy resins for the production of sustainable carbon fibre composites.
New prepreg stores at room temperature
Twaron PVB is a new prepreg for composites consisting of Twaron fabric and a specially designed new PVB thermoplastic and offering a number of advantages, including longer shelf life and a stable ballistic performance over a broad temperature range.
New RTM system at ZF Friedrichshafen AG
ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a leading automotive supplier which is accelerating its development of fibre composite materials for lightweight construction, has equipped its new development centre in Schweinfurt, Germany,with RTM system technology from Dieffenbacher and KraussMaffei.
AGY sells speciality glass mat business
AGY has sold its Huntingdon business unit to Pittsburgh-based private equity group Stonewood Capital Management.The Huntingdon business unit, now doing business as Huntingdon Fiberglass Products, consists of the continuous filament mat (CFM) business and CFM plant and facilities located in Huntingdon, Philadelphia.
"Parquet" composites with integrated electronics
Early bio adoption by DSM
DSM plans to use BDO made with Genomatica?s bio-based process technology in its Arnitel products.?
Arnitel is a high performance engineering plastic with flexibility, high temperature resistance, strength and excellent processing characteristics.
Nikon adopts Teijin?s carbon
Teijin?s Sereebo carbon fibre composites have been selected for use in the structural parts of Nikon?s D5300 digital SLR camera, released on October 17th.
Renewable polyamide monofilament
BASF is now globally offering Ultramid S Balance in a version for monofilament applications.The high performance polyamide 6.10 is available in various viscosities and the bio-based sebacic acid used to produce it originates from the castor oil plant.
Resource efficiency with accurate tracking
Jetcam International has received the Innovation in Manufacture Award from Composites UK for its CrossTrack composite manufacturing suite.The system tracks material, material life, plies, kits, parts, nests and orders all in real time, providing complete traceability from the finished part right back to the roll or rolls.
Combined Techtextil and JEC in the US
Even though its government is currently shut down and analysts are considering the global implications of the country defaulting on its debts, the USA is still seen as a strong growth market for technical textiles, nonwovens and composites in the coming few years.
Prize winning sound with flax
After more than five years of research and development, French sound equipment major Focal has introduced a new speaker cone made of composites of high-quality flax fibres sandwiched between two thin layers of glass fibre fabric.
Classy parts with C-Weave SP
Chomarat is extending its line of carbon reinforcements with C-Weave SP spread carbon fabrics for composites.This is tailored for products with high aesthetic performance requirements ? specifically for the high-end automotive, sports and leisure and luggage markets.
Momentive links with Fraunhofer
Momentive Specialty Chemicals (MSC), formerly Hexion, based in Columbus, Ohio, has made a new collaborative agreement with the Fraunhofer Project Center (FPC) for Composites Research at Western University in London, Ontario, to develop a total solutions approach to high-volume, lightweight composites for the North American automotive market.
Low twist flax fabrics from Bcomp
Natural fibre composites have gained significant attention over the last couple of years, but struggled to establish themselves at a large scale in the industry, despite their outstanding specific mechanical properties.
Award for pulp and polymer composite
Based on its recent research into the natural fibre composites market,Frost & Sullivan has presented Mondi with the 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Leadership Award for Fibromer its pulp and polymer composite.
GreenCore expands with new funding
GreenCore Composites ? currently relocating to a new, updated plant in Sarnia, Ontario ? is partnering with Canada?s Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) to develop a new process allowing wood fibre to be used in a number of products for packaging and building applications, such as pallets and containers.
Hexcel in Moscow
At this week?s MAKS Air Show in Moscow, Hexcel is promoting itscarbon fibre and composite materials for civil aircraft, helicopters, aircraft engines and space applications.
Recycling showcase
At the forthcoming Composites Europe show in Stuttgart from September 17-18,technology specialist Autefa will be highlighting the significant opportunity represented by recycling carbon fibre into nonwovens.
Getting close to the bone at MIT
In work funded by the US Army Research Office, researchers at MIT have employed a multi-polymer 3D printer to replicate the natural composite properties of bone.
 
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