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New capacity for Zoltek Mexico
Zoltek is to double production capacity at its plant in Guadalajara, Mexico, to 5,000 tons per year from April 2016.
Bringing wood to the bathroom
Wood is a popular material in interior design, but its water absorbency limits its use in bathrooms, where it easily becomes discolored or moldy. Fraunhofer scientists and partners have developed a wood-polymer composite material for furniture that is resistant to humidity and also has low flammability.
Composite floor for caravans
Reducing weight for improved efficiency is now extending to the caravan industry and Lamilux, based in Rehau, Germany, has developed a new composite floor system for this market, to replace wood which is heavy, absorbs moisture and is susceptible to mould.
More fibres with new Acrodur
BASF’s new Acrodur Power 2750 X binder is designed for the production of natural fibre composites for automotive lightweight applications such as interior car door panels or shelves.
3D printed parts at Airbus
Airbus has now produced more than 1,000 flight parts on its Stratasys FDM 3D production systems for use in A350 XWB aircraft, first delivered in December 2014.
New LFT line for China
As the rapid growth of long fibre thermoplastic composites continues in China, Dieffenbacher, headquartered in Eppingen, Germany, has secured a deal to install a new plant in the country with the capacity to produce around a million components annually.
Keeping corrosion from composites
Galvanic corrosion is a common and destructive problem when aluminium or other metals come into contact with carbon fibre in a composite structure.
Commitment to carbon
Ford and DowAksa are intensifying their joint development of cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing methods for automotive-grade carbon fibre.
Composites for 10,000 shelters
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has placed an order for 10,000 temporary shelters for refugee families with the social enterprise Better Shelter and Finland's Exel Composites is to supply components for them.
Aerogel film for composites
San Antonio, Texas-based Blueshift International Materials has developed a 100% polyimide aerogel that can be easily incorporated into composites.
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