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Lightweight construction with thermoplasts
At the forthcoming K 2013 trade show in D?sseldorf, Germany, this October, technology leader KraussMaffei will be demonstrating the production of lightweight thermoplasic composites on its CX series dual platen machine employing its FiberForm and MuCell processes.
New BASF Ultramid plant in Shanghai
BASF is building a new Ultramid polymerization plant with a capacity of 100,000 metric tons per year in Shanghai, China, with a view to start up in 2015.
Polyester alternative to glass
CHM Composites, based in Shropshire, UK, is promoting its polyester-based nonwoven veils as a cost-effective alternative to standard glass products for composite applications such as pipes and tanks.
Antennae add intelligence to composites
In aircraft construction RFID chips are employed to provide information about components quickly, efficiently and consistently to a receiver via radio waves.
Graphene-reinforced epoxy resins
NetComposites is leading a new collaborative R&D project aimed at developing a synthesis platform to deliver industrial quantities of graphene-filled epoxy resins for advanced composite applications.
Development package at BASF
BASF is bringing tgether its composites products and services under a new package to be called Ultracom.The basic idea is to provide an integrated development platform that starts at the concept phase, continues through design, simulation, processing and part testing, and ends in efficient volume production at the customer.
SGL partners with Samsung
Germany?s SGL Group is setting up a 50/50 marketing and sales joint venture with Samsung for carbon fibre composite materials.The primary aim is to develop new industrial and electronic applications with carbon composite materials for Samsung and the Korean market.
OC to build new US glass nonwovens plant
Owens Corning is to invest $130 million in a new plant for glass fibre nonwovens in North America.The plan by the global producer of glass fibre reinforcements for composites and residential and commercial building materials is to establish a new campus with a state-of-the-art manufacturing line, coating technology and research and development activities, and the option for future expansion.
New glass technology for thermoplastics
Johns Manville has developed a new engineered reactive glass fibre for improved performance in structural thermoplastic composites at its plant in Trnava, Slovakia.
Accelerating the use of French flax
The ambitious ?18 million Fiabilin project is establishing an indistrialisation process for bio-sourced thermoplastic composites in order to further the establishment of a dedicated flax value chain in France.
 
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