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$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.
 
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