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Bio-based hybrid car makes race debut
An urban hybrid concept car with a body made from hemp and a renewable resin which will take part in tomorrow's Shell Eco-marathon at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz racetrack in Germany.
 
Metals add strength to spider silk
Researchers in Germany have discovered that adding titanium, aluminium and zinc metals to spider silk can make it up to 10 times stronger with greater extensibility.
 
Tennis racket with flax hits mass market
In May, D?cathlon Artengo of France will launch the first composite tennis racket containing flax fibre worldwide.
 
NatureWorks opens new applications lab
NatureWorks has invested US$1 million and 18 months of staff time to transform its former pilot plant in Savage, Minnesota into an Ingeo bioresin applications lab capable of commercial grade compounding, sheet extrusion, thermoforming, injection moulding and fibre spinning.
 
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Cost effective eco-composite sound barrier
US-based CENTRIA has introduced what it says is an inexpensive composite sound barrier that provides and an environmentally friendly alternative to precast concrete sound barriers on highways ? at nearly one-third of the material cost.
 
Recycled alternative to granite
Two US companies have teamed up to produce low impact cement-based composite countertop slabs made with 70% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials that can be used as an alternative to traditional granite tops.
 
Nanotubes boost structural integrity of composites
A new research discovery at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the US could lead to tougher, more durable composite frames for aircraft, boats and cars.
 
RTM process reduces VOCs and styrene emissions in TGV door production
Owens Corning and Stratiforme Industries have jointly developed a tough and lightweight composite door that will be employed on? French TGV high-speed trains.
 
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