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Cutting down parts with Polymetac
Polymetac, which is being introduced by Mitsui Chemicals, is a completely new technology for achieving stronger adhesion and bonding between various metals and composites than has previously been possible.
TenCate composites for helicopter 'world-first'
TenCate Advanced Composites, supplier of composite materials for aerospace and industrial applications, has begun production of compression molded parts for the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter programme, which features the 'world's first' fly-by wire commercial helicopter.
Linked-in fleet in Copenhagen
Following the successful introduction of the BMW i3 to the DriveNow fleets in Germany, the UK and the USA, the commissioning of 400 of the new composites-intensive electric vehicles will take place in Copenhagen early in September.
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.
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