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Surge for Dieffenbacher
Reporting sales of €469 million for 2014 – up by €70 million from 2013 – Dieffenbacher, based in Eppingen, Germany, reports increasing success for its Composites business unit.
 
Hexcel prepares for French expansion
At a special ceremony in France today, Hexcel welcomed guests to the site in Roussillon where it will invest $250 million in the construction of its new carbon fibre plant.
 
Light enough to float
A new metal matrix composite that is so light it can float on water could result in boats that don’t sink despite damage to their structures.
 
Chemical stitching of preforms
The aim of the Automated Chemical Stitching and Preforming (AChSo) project underway at the Bremen Fibre Institute in Germany is to develop an automated continuous process for manufacturing profile preforms with a newly developed method of chemical stitching.
 
Expanding PLA for 3D
NatureWorks has announced a broad new initiative to support the growth of the additive manufacturing market.
 
CNT boost for composites
ZNT-boost manufactured by Zyvex Technologies in Columbus, Ohio, is  a new epoxy-composite toughening system based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for carbon and glass fibre composites.
 
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.
 
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