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Bio-based PP for injection moulding
Terralene PP 2509 is a new polypropylene compound from FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, based in Willich, Germany, which contains 35% renewable content and has been optimised for injection moulding applications.
 
Project to increase carbon elongation
SGL is receiving just under €1million from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the development of a new type of customised carbon fibre for thermoplastic applications.
 
Solar and carbon combination
Teijin companies Toho Tenax and GH Craft are supporting Japan’s Kogakuin University in developing an advanced solar-powered car made with carbon composites.
 
Savings for the Stingray
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, is supplying its TCA Ultra Lite material to General Motors for use in the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette.
 
Ten Cate acquisition
TenCate is poised to be acquired by Tennessee Acquisition – a consortium of Dutch investors – in a deal which values the company at €674 million. 
 
Ultramid-based Mercedes crossbeam
The world’s first glass fibre-reinforced plastic transmission crossbeam for a rear axle subframe has been developed by ContiTech Vibration Control and BASF for the S-Class from Mercedes-Benz.
 
Improved Tenax carbon grade
Toho Tenax is introducing Tenax XMS32, a new grade of carbon fibre that achieves both the high-intensity and high-tensile modulus required for aircraft and automotive applications.
 
Bio focus at Composites Europe 2015
The spotlight will be on biocomposites at the forthcoming Composites Europe 2015 which takes place in Stuttgart from September 22-24. 
 
Advanced prepregs from NTPT
Having this year installed a new automated tape laying (ATL) machine to effect a step change in production capacity for its multi-axial prepreg preforms, North Thin Ply Technologies (NTPT) will make its debut at the 2015 Advanced Engineering UK show which takes place from November 4-5 at the NEC in Birmingham.
 
3A acquires balsa supplier
3A Composites Core Materials, part of the Swiss Schweiter Technologies Group, has acquired PNG Balsa, a manufacturer of balsa wood with its own plantations in Papua New Guinea.
 
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