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Hexcel?s Airbus milestones
Today at the JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel has been providing details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which takes carbon composites to a new level and represents the largest contract in the company?s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion.
Less is more with carbon frames
Professional cycling team Argos-Shimano is now using road bike frames made by Felt Bicycles with Oxeon AB?s TeXtreme spread tow carbon fabrics.The Felt-sponsored Argos-Shimano team began racing their new F-Series FRDs just two weeks ago at the UCI WorldTour race, Tour of Qatar and went straight to the Tour of Oman (Feb 11-16) where Marcel Kittel (GER) won the opening stage.
New biocomposites auto project
A ?100,000 UK research project is set to evaluate the potential use of biocomposites in the production of future automotive vehicle bodywork panels.The ELCOMAP (Environmentally friendly lightweight composite materials for aerodynamic body panels) project will research the potential alternatives to composite technologies currently in use such as carbon fibre and epoxy resin systems.
Boeing and BMW join forces on recycling
Boeing and BMW Group plan to jointly research carbon fibre recycling as well as sharing knowledge on carbon fibre materials and manufacturing.Boeing?s 787 Dreamliner is made up of 50% carbon fibre material and BMW will introduce its i3 and i8 ranges in 2013, making recycling composites at both point of use and the end of life critical to both companies.
Future flights with flax
Boeing is currently exploring the use of flax-based composites as the basis for future interior aircraft panels.In the ?1.59 million EU Cayley project, Boeing Research and Technology Europe has teamed up with German composites company Invent Innovative, the Belgian flax specialist Lineo and the AIMPLAS research association in Spain to explore potential alternatives to the exising interior panels which are commonly manufactured from glass fibre and phenolic resins.
Logistical advantages with HighQ
Composites are the key to the new HighQ lightweight container which has been developed by DSM in cooperation with multimodal transporter Samskip and is poised to achieve considerable cost savings and increased efficiency for the transport sector.
TenCate expands cooperation with 3M
TenCate Advanced Composites North America is expanding its cooperation with 3M, which began in 2010.::r
Airbus wants your ideas
Airbus is launching ?Fly Your Ideas? ? a UNESCO-backed biennial competition challenging students worldwide to develop new ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry.
Support for Thai trains
ICCO Composites is to supply 20km of pultruded top contact rail to the Bangkok Metro in Thailand.The French company produces top contact third rails which are up to six metres long and comply to all safety and resistance requirements.
Tour de France success for Corima
Corima, a leader in the manufacture of carbon fibre bike wheels for road racing, supplied the Pro-Team Astana and Saur-Sojasun teams in this year?s Tour de France.
 
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