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Looking for lift off
In the next few years, the aerospace sector, including defence, will continue to greatly shape the development of the CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) market, according to an assessment delivered by experts from the industry alliance Carbon Composites (CCeV).
 
Lignin carbon-fibre composite
Swedish research institutes Innventia and Swerea SICOMP have worked together to develop the first carbon-fibre composite ‘demonstrator’ from softwood lignin.
 
PESU adds strength to prepregs
Hankuk Carbon, a pioneering composites manufacturer based in South Korea, selected Solvay’s high-performance Virantage polyethersulfone (PESU) to improve the toughness, heat resistance and processing consistency of a thermoset composite prepreg.
 
PAEK composites improve efficiency
Victrex, based in West Conshohocken, Philadelphia, is launching unidirectional tape and laminate panels composites for the aerospace industry based on PAEK (polyaryletherketone).
 
Enhanced pultrusion
Owens Corning has launched its PulStrand 4100 roving for pultrusion in North America.
 
Natural fibre nominees
One of the highlights of the forthcoming, biannual WPC and NFC Conference which will take place in Cologne, Germany from December 16-17  is the Wood and Natural Fibre Composite Award.
 
Resins from airbag waste
Solvay, based in Lyon, France, reports that its Move4earth project for the recycling of technical textile waste from post-industrial sources is well on target.
 
The El Capitan resonates with flax
San Fransisco-based Blackbird Guitars first launched a ukelele based on Ekoa flax-based composites in 2013 and is now producing a full sized guitar, the El Capitan, based on them.
 
Composite power for waste disposal
Leading US manufacturer of concrete mixer and refuse truck bodies McNeilus will exclusively use Luxfer carbon composite cylinders for its new NGEN Tailgate compressed natural gas (CNG) system for refuse trucks.
 
More product development at Formax
Formax has opened a new Innovation Centre at its headquarters in Leicester, UK. 
 
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