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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.
 
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