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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.
 
Lower impact with ecocomposites
Hemp, flax, jute and kenaf composite materials all offer a lower carbon footprint than glass and conventional mineral-based composite fibres used in automotive interiors and insulation applications, according to a study by Germany's Nova Institute.
 
Best of both worlds from Evonik
Evonik is planning to introduce mass-produced composites based on hybrid polymer systems said to combine the processability of thermoplastics and the mechanical properties of thermosets.
 
Accreditation for Teijin carbon lab
The Teijin Composites Innovation Center (TCIC) in Ehime, Japan, has obtained ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation as a testing laboratory, strengthening its role as the research and development base for Sereebo, Teijin?s proprietary technology for mass producing carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP).
 
The long and the short
Paris headquartered PlastiComp is teaming up with Xenia, based in Mussolente, Italy, with the aim of fully exploiting new hybrid composites combining long and short fibre thermoplastics.
 
Impregnation success for Monforts
German textile finishing machinery specialist Monforts made its debut at the JEC Composites show in Paris this year, having experienced considerable success in selling a number of its stentering machines for glass fibre fabric impregnation in the production of prepregs.
 
Creating a new UK supply chain
The Sigmatex Lightweighting Excellence Programme (LX) has been awarded ?3.8 million in funding through the UK government's Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) for a project that aims to produce higher volumes of composites to accelerate vehicle lightweighting.
 
Avoiding trial and error with thermoplastics
Researchers at the ThermoPlastic Composite Research Center (TPRC) in Enschede, Netherlands, believe they are on the verge of a breakthrough that will allow for the wide-scale use of thermoplastic composites in the automotive industry.
 
Lighter suspension with GFRP
Owens Corning has contributed to the development of the first composite material coil springs for automotive suspension systems that have been patented by Sogefi, headquartered in Milan, Italy, and are now in serial production on the European car market.
 
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