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Coil springs are 40% lighter
Resin technology was critical to the first-ever glass fibre composite automotive coil spring which has recently been honoured  by the Society of Plastic Engineers.
Spotlight on flax and hemp pioneers
The Technical Section of the European Confederation Of Flax and Hemp (CELC) recently celebrated a decade of activity aimed at converting the growing interest in green materials into actual market share for its businesses at an event in Paris.
Composites for Cadillac
Part innovations from Magna International have enabled Cadillac to design and build lighter vehicles that enhance performance and improve fuel economy with lower emissions and cost of ownership.
Faster, longer blades
Covestro, Saertex and Hübers have developed a new technology for the manufacture of rotor blades for wind power plants which has allowed them to successfully produce a prototype of a 45 metre-long spar cap.
Winning combination for roofing
Chomarat and Norafin have jointly developed a new generation of reinforcement composites for roofing felts called Rotaflam Neo. 
Complete LFT lines
Coperion, based in Stuttgart, is partnering with fellow German company ProTec Polymer Processing of Bensheim to supply complete installations for the production of long fibre reinforced thermoplastics (LFTs).
C-Grid for better construction
C-Grid is a high-performance reinforcement produced by Chomarat, made by bonding ultra high-strength carbon tow with epoxy resin. It enables precast constructions to be thinner, lighter, more durable and less costly overall than conventional precast and other building systems.
Recognition for BMW benchmark
Automotive experts from all over the world are in agreement – the Carbon Core for the body structure of the new BMW 7 Series is currently the ultimate benchmark.
RAMP for 3D composites
Arevo Labs, based in Santa Clara, California, has introduced a scalable ‘robot-based additive manufacturing platform’ – RAMP – for fabricating 3D printed composite parts.
Strongest shell with TeXtreme
Bell Helmets has launched its new Pro Star helmet which is said to feature the lightest and strongest shell ever, reinforced by ultra-thin TeXtreme carbon fibre materials.
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