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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. 
 
Weight savings with reSound NF
PolyOne’s reSound NF natural fibre-reinforced materials have been developed for advanced composites, contain a minimum of 30% bio-based content and are in current evaluations at several key automotive OEMs.
 
Cytec announces UK expansion
At the Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, from September 22-24, Cytec showcased its latest advances in high-performance, cost-effective composite technologies for the automotive industry, aimed at creating lighter, more fuel-efficient and safer vehicles.
 
Closing a loop in prepreg manufacturing
Techlan, based near Swansea in Wales, is a family-owned business with a sustainable solution to a major international waste problem for the composites industry.
 
GM prepares for carbon composites integration
Teijin reports that Sereebo, its new carbon-fibre reinforced thermoplastic for mass produced vehicles, is now officially registered on the materials list of General Motors.
 
Windblades from basalt
Russian basalt fibre producer Kamenny Vek is teaming up with the Turkish manufacturer of non-crimp fabrics, Spinteks and the Technical Textiles Institute at Aachen University in Germany to develop semi-finished basalt fibre textiles for wind blades.
 
Benefits with bio-based Epicerol
At the forthcoming JEC Asia composites show which takes place in Singapore from October 20-22, Belgium-headquartered Solvay and Advanced Biochemical in Thailand will receive the Raw Materials Innovation Award for the development of Epicerol – a bio-based epichlorohydrin resin (ECH) to enable more sustainable epoxy resins.
 
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