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One-step pultrusion progress
The Aimplas Plastics Technology Centre in Valancia, Spain and its partners have reached the mid-point of the EU-funded Coaline project in which a new profile manufacturing pultrusion method for the construction and automotive industries is being developed.
 
Major aerospace merger
GKN, based in Redditch, UK, is to acquire Netherlands-headquartered Fokker Technologies Group from Arle Capital for €706 million.
 
Gel spinning route to stronger carbon fibre
A research team at the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a new technique for spinning polyacrylonitrile (PAN) resin to give higher strength and modulus to carbon fibres.
 
Solvay to acquire Cytec
Solvay, the Brussels, Belgium-headquartered chemicals major with 2014 sales of $10.2 billion, is to acquire Cytec in a deal that values the composites leader at $ 6.
 
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.
 
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