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ACMA Champions Policies to Advance Composites in Infrastructure

Published: 13th February 2018

At the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)’s third annual Infrastructure Day on 6-7 February 2018 34 ACMA members joined together to meet with over 100 Members of Congress and their staffs to advance legislation to drive investment in innovative material solutions for transportation, water and energy infrastructure. These meetings also stressed the importance of harnessing […]

NIST Report Addresses Barriers to Adoption of Composites in Infrastructure

Published: 6th February 2018

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a Roadmapping Workshop Report that suggests ways to facilitate wider adoption of composites in infrastructure applications including dams, bridges, highways, railroads, harbours and waterfront structures, utility poles and buildings. Composites can help project owners and end-users save construction costs and create a durable, sustainable 21st […]

JEC Names Finalists for 2018 Innovation Awards and Introduces Public Vote

Published: 30th January 2018

JEC Group has announced the 30 finalists in the 10 categories of its 2018 JEC Innovation Awards. The 10 winners will be announced in a ceremony to be held on 7 March at JEC World 2018. “Like every year, we received hundreds of applications for the JEC Innovation Awards and this success truly shows that […]

Composite Sculpture Fronts Australian Shopping Centre

Shoppers visiting the newly redeveloped Halls Head Central Shopping Centre will be greeted by a 3.5 m x 2.5 m core composite spiral ribbon representing the logo of one of the centre’s owners. Halls Head is a costal destination adjacent to Mandurah on the southern fringe of metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. The $54 million redevelopment […]

TFP Hosts Webinar on Nonwovens for Fire Protection

Published: 23rd January 2018

TFP is hosting a second live webinar in conjunction with CompositesWorld to introduce its advanced nonwovens for fire protection. The webinar, Enhancing Composite Fire Protection using Nonwovens, is free to join and will be held on 31 January 2018 at 2 pm EST. In the webinar Dr Mandy Clement, TFP’s Technology Manager, will discuss how the combustible […]

KraussMaffei adds Rebar Pultrusion System to TechCentre

KraussMaffei is expanding its expertise in the field of pultrusion, the process for continuously manufacturing fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) components, with the commissioning of a second pultrusion system at its TechCentre in Munich, Germany. The newly developed rebar system is designed to manufacture fibreglass-reinforced rebar for concrete elements in the construction industry. Together with the […]

Composite Firewater Solution for Maastricht Motorway Tunnel

Published: 17th January 2018

Versteden has completed the installation of a 4.2 km firewater system for the new A2 motorway multi-level road tunnel in Maastricht. This means a reliable availability of water for potential fire situations inside the tunnel. Aliancys and Euroresins supported Versteden in this development with Atlac resin systems. The A2 motorway is the most important North-South […]

Diab PET Core Used in Banco Popular Headquarters

Published: 16th January 2018

The new corporate headquarters of Banco Popular Español, the fifth largest banking group in Spain, is currently under construction in Madrid. It includes an auditorium with a special box for interpreters. Suspended from the ceiling of the auditorium, the box was designed using glass fibre composite and Diab PET core material. The building is being […]

Fibrelite Highlights Potential for Composites in UK Rail Industry

The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers. The rising interest in use of composite products in rail has led Composites UK to join forces with the Rail […]

Composite Firewater Solution for Maastricht Motorway Tunnel

Published: 9th January 2018

Versteden has completed the installation of a 4.2 km firewater system for the new A2 motorway multi-level road tunnel in Maastricht. This means a reliable availability of water for potential fire situations inside the tunnel. Aliancys and Euroresins supported Versteden in this development with Atlac resin systems. The A2 motorway is the most important North-South […]

Sumitomo Bakelite and GRIP Metal to Develop Thermoset Composite Applications

Published: 2nd January 2018

Sumitomo Bakelite and GRIP Metal have entered into a joint development agreement to develop lightweight thermoset composite applications. GRIP Metal is derived from the PACE award winning NRS technology which enables metal surface modification resulting in mechanical bonding between friction material and steel backing plates in brake pads In addition to automotive products, Sumitomo Bakelite […]

Composite Advantage Wins CAMX Award for Composite Wicket Gates

Composite Advantage has won the CAMX Combined Strength Award for its fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) wicket gate. The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) recognised Composite Advantage and its collaborators the US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), West Virginia University and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Rock Island District […]

Exel Composites and Eze Shoring Develop Lightweight Construction Equipment

Exel Composites and UK company Eze Shoring have partnered to develop a lightweight, easy to use trench shoring concept for the construction industry. Trench cave-ins present a significant danger to workers on a construction site. Shoring is the process of bracing the trench walls to prevent collapse. Based on 30 years of experience working in […]

Winners of 2017 CAMX Award Unveiled

Published: 19th December 2017

CAMX – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo has announced the winners of the fourth annual CAMX Award. The CAMX Award recognises two innovations that will significantly impact composites and advanced materials. The award is divided into two categories. The Combined Strength Award acknowledges a product that incorporates composites materials that solves a problem through […]

Exel Composites Carbon Fibre Profiles Employed in High-Precision Application at CERN

Carbon fibre components designed and manufactured by Exel Composites have completed nine years of service in a high precision application at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator in Geneva. As a key part of the particle tracker support structures for the LHC’s Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, Exel’s pultruded profiles had to satisfy strict […]

Tecniplas Provides 250 m³ Tank for Brazilian Water Company

Published: 12th December 2017

Tecniplas has completed the production of a 250 m³ tank for storage of drinking water for the Catarinense Water and Sanitation Company (Casan). According to Luis Gustavo Rossi, Director of Tecniplas, this project is unusual because the tank was produced as a single part, despite its dimensions. “At 250 m³, 5 m in diameter and […]

Composite Advantage Provides FiberSPAN-R Mini-High Platforms for US Rail Station

When the concrete platform at a Billerica, Massachusetts, US, commuter rail station collapsed in 2015, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) closed its North and South mini-high handicap accessible platforms at its West Natick Station. The structures, built with ramps and elevated loading sections, make boarding easy for individuals with disabilities. MBTA needed a high-performance, […]

Programme Announced for CompIC Middle East 2018

Published: 28th November 2017

NetComposites is pleased to announce the programme for the next edition of CompIC ME (Composites in Construction Middle East), an international conference taking place 14th – 15th February 2018 at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE. Sponsored by Scott Bader, the conference is being held amongst the composite flooded Dubai skyline, and will introduce […]

AZL Forms Composites in Buildings and Infrastructure Workgroup

The Aachen Centre for integrative Lightweight Production (AZL), Germany, is establishing a new workgroup on Composites in Buildings and Infrastructure. This follows the completion of an initial market and technology study which identified opportunities for composite technologies in these markets. The aim of the new workgroup, which will hold its first meeting in January, is […]

Scott & Fyfe Expands CIPP Range

Published: 21st November 2017

Scott & Fyfe has expanded its range of Alphashield cured in place pipe (CIPP) products and refined it into four new product groups. Alphaduct is Scott & Fyfe’s seamless glass textile liner designed for the fast assistance of pipe rehabilitation systems. The 100% glass tubular knitted structure can come with either a TPU or PVC […]

Fibrelite Composite Access Covers Reduce Manual Handling Injuries

Published: 14th November 2017

Fibrelite’s composite access covers are designed to reduce the risk of manual handling issues in the access cover industry. One common activity contributing to manual handling injuries is the removal and replacement of heavy concrete and metal manhole and trench covers. Their position and weight makes them an ideal culprit for back and finger injuries […]

Scott Bader Middle East Limited confirmed as Lead Sponsor of CompIC ME 2018

Published: 7th November 2017

NetComposites is delighted to announce that Scott Bader Middle East Limited, part of the multinational chemicals company, will be the major sponsor at the forthcoming CompIC ME conference in Dubai on the 14th and 15th February 2018. Now in its second running, CompIC ME aims to educate delegates on the current and future use of […]

ACMA Promotes Greater Use of Composites in Transportation and Defence

During the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)’s inaugural Transportation and Defence Policy Fly-In event, ACMA member companies and staff connected with 75 Members of Congress, their staff and key decision makers from federal agencies. The purpose of the event on 31 October-1 November was to provide participants access to information on federal markets for composites […]

JEC’s US Construction Event Receives Positive Feedback

Published: 25th July 2017

The Future of Composites in Construction, co-located with Techtextil North America, attracted 3096 visitors from around the world and 550 attendees to the symposium, reports JEC Group. The event focused on current and future developments in the use of composites materials in building and construction, showcasing innovative ways in which end-users such as architects and […]

A Joint Success in Bridge Repair Using Composites

The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Centre for Future Materials (CFM) has partnered with Joinlox to investigate a prefabricated composite repair system with an easy-fit and self-locking mechanical joint called PileJax. This system works by wrapping the composite jacket around the damaged pier or column, and placing the joint key vertically along the seam to […]

Call for Papers Announced for CompIC Middle East 2018

Published: 11th July 2017

The call for papers has launched for the next edition of CompIC ME (Composites in Construction Middle East), an international conference taking place 14-15 February 2018 at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE.  The conference is being held amongst the composite flooded Dubai skyline, and will introduce and educate visitors on the current and […]

SGL Carbon Fibre Employed in University Of Stuttgart Architectural Project

Published: 27th June 2017

The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, are researching a novel production process for architectonic structures based on SGL Group’s SIGRAFIL 50k carbon fibres. An initial installation from the project can currently be seen on the University of […]

JEC Book Focuses on Composites in Construction

Published: 13th June 2017

JEC Group is launching a book dedicated to the growing use of composites in architecture. The Future of Building: The Growing Use of Composites in Construction and Architecture includes 194 pages of information and 80 examples demonstrating the advantages of composites in this sector. “Composites are playing an increasingly bigger role in construction,” explains Frédérique […]

Décision Expands Composite Solutions for Architectural Projects

Décision is expanding its offerings to the global architectural market, having recently signed a number of prototype agreements with several international contractors for the manufacture of composite roofs and other structural elements. Whilst perhaps better known for its successes within the aeronautical and marine sectors that include Solar Impulse and various America’s Cup builds, Décision, […]

Dura Cladding Helps Landmark Development Achieve Sustainability Goals

Composite timber cladding from Dura Composites was chosen for a new retail, leisure and tourism destination at Rushden Lakes, near Northampton, UK. HPW Architecture led the design and development of the masterplan for the project, which is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and centres around restoring public access to a network of […]

Stonhard UK achieves Achilles Level 4 Accreditation

Published: 6th June 2017

Stonhard UK, a manufacturer of high-performance epoxy and resin floors, has achieved Level 4 Contractor/Installation Achilles Accreditation. Achilles is one of the world’s leading global supply chain risk management companies. The accreditation allows participating corporations such as Aston Martin, Shell, Network Rail, ABB, Baker Hughes, Jaguar Land Rover and many others to minimise their buying […]

PYROS to Develop Sustainable, Fire Resistant Composites

Published: 30th May 2017

The PYROS research initiative aims to develop sustainable, fire-resistant composites for use in the construction and public transport sectors. During the project participants AITEX and AIMPLAS will examine the opportunity to develop composites using renewable raw materials, both in the polymer matrix and the reinforcing textile structure, as well as investigating the incorporation of flame-retardant […]

AOC Introduces Fire Retardant Resin for Mass Transit

AOC has introduced Firepel K140-MTI, a high-performance resin system for interior mass transit and architectural and building applications. The one-part system is halogen-free and does not require antimony or aluminium trihydrate (ATH) to achieve its fire retardant and low smoke properties. Composites made from Firepel K140 are up to 30% lower in density than standard […]

USQ Composites Research Employed in City Hall Refurbishment

Published: 16th May 2017

University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia, research into the use and benefits of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bars to reinforce concrete has been adopted in the design of the Toowoomba City Hall refurbishment project. The non-conductive and corrosion resistant reinforcement was used for the annex extension instead of traditional reinforcement materials due to the proximity […]

USQ’s Centre for Future Materials Claims Equipment Grant

Published: 11th April 2017

The University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Future Materials (CFM) has received a major equipment grant of AU$250,000 to boost its test equipment portfolio in composites. The funds were used to obtain a Simultaneous Thermal Analyser, large environmental chamber and a high temperature Hall effect measurement system. CFM explains that Simultaneous Thermal Analysers combine differential […]

Sicomin Supplies Complete Composite Materials Package for Gilded Domes of New Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Paris

Published: 17th January 2017

  Sicomin has supplied a complete package of composite materials to produce both moulds and parts for the 5 gilded domes of the recently inaugurated Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Paris. Working alongside Multiplast (part of the Carboman Group), main contractor Bouygues and engineering consultants Calcul Méca, Sicomin was able to support in realising architect Jean-Michel […]

Discover the Future of Composites in Construction Programme Announced for CompIC 2017

Published: 30th November 2016

NetComposites is pleased to announce the publication of the conference programme for CompIC 2017 which will set the scene for the future of composites in construction. Taking place at The Park Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 31 January – 1 February 2017, the conference will include sessions on Design and Analysis, Materials and Structures, Testing, and […]

NetComposites Announce Call for Papers for International CompIC 2017 Conference

Published: 12th July 2016

NetComposites will present CompIC (Composites in Construction), an international conference taking place 31st January – 1st February 2017 at The Park Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands. CompIC 2017 will explore and explain the success stories, advantages and obstacles of using FRP composites in construction applications. Abstracts of 250 words are now being sought from potential speakers on subjects […]

Inaugural CompIC ME Generates Great Interest

Published: 30th June 2016

NetComposites hosted the inaugural CompIC ME (Composites in Construction Middle East) conference in Dubai, UAE, on 9th – 10thFebruary. The event, sister conference to CompIC which is held in The Netherlands biannually, will take place on alternate years. The conference, sponsored by Premier Composite Technologies (PCT), opened with an interactive session which questioned the barriers […]

Inaugural CompIC Conference a Resounding Success

Published: 3rd February 2015

NetComposites’ inaugural CompIC, Composites in Construction, conference has been a resounding success with over 100 delegates from across the globe attending the event in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The day opened with an audience participation ‘post-it note’ session which questioned the barriers to composites in construction. The results of this session provided good talking points for the […]

NetComposites Welcomes NGCC, EPTA and Composites Europe as Sponsors for Composites in Construction Event, CompIC

Published: 21st January 2015

NetComposites is pleased to welcome the Network Group for Composites in Construction (NGCC), the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) and Composites Europe as formal sponsors of its composites in construction event, CompIC. The conference, which is set to examine ‘What are the biggest barriers to the use of composites in construction and what progress is […]

Programme Announced for ‘CompIC’ Composites in Construction Event

Published: 9th December 2014

NetComposites has announced the final programme for its latest conference, which is set to examine ‘What are the biggest barriers to the use of composites in construction and what progress is being made?’ The conference, which will take place on 3rdFebruary, 2015 at The Park Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will look at the current and […]

Carbon Fibre Industry Set For Strong Growth to 2020

Published: 6th March 2012

The Carbon Fibre Industry Worldwide 2011-2020: An Evaluation of Current Markets and Future Supply and Demand, written by Tony Roberts, a leading expert on the carbon fibre industry, is a new market report on the rapidly growing carbon fibre industry and its global markets. The 413-page report forecasts that global demand for carbon fibre will […]

Web Industries Launches New Composites Automation Development Centre

Published: 16th August 2011

Web Industries (WI) has opened a new Composites Automation Development Centre in the Atlanta, Georgia area. WI expect the 10,000 sq. ft. development environment will help their customers from around the world test new and emerging carbon fibre composite materials for qualification and use in the automated fibre placement manufacturing process. WI says that engineers […]

Fiberforge Opens European Engineering and Sales Office

Published: 5th April 2010

Fiberforge has opened its European subsidiary, Fiberforge GmbH in Baar, Switzerland to better serve its European clients and business partners. Fiberforge GmbH will lead European sales and business development efforts, manage joint development projects with customers, and ensure timely and effective service for systems installed in Europe. Fiberforge GmbH will be managed by Simon Jespersen, […]

ArvinMeritor Extends Agreement with Liteflex for Increased Focus on Composites

Published: 30th January 2006

ArvinMeritor’s Commercial Vehicle Systems has signed a long-term agreement with Liteflex to be the exclusive distributor of Liteflex truck, trailer, and specialty vehicle composite mechanical springs. The agreement is effective immediately for North America and several other global markets, and extends the existing agreement that originated in 2003. “We are pleased to extend this agreement […]

Carbon Fibre Gripper Systems Developed for Improved Automation

Published: 23rd September 2005

SAS Automation of Ohio USA, developer of light weight Robotic-End-of-Arm-Tooling for handling plastic moulded parts, has introduced a new line of robotic gripper fingers with lighter weight carbon fibre bodies. The company have designed the grippers using carbon fibre to make the overall workpiece gripper as lightweight as possible so that maximum speed and lowest […]

Curv Composite Material Receives Product Innovation Award

Published: 30th August 2005

Propex Fabrics has received the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Award for product innovation in the composites industry for Curv self-reinforced polypropylene. The award is for “providing a significant value additions to customers’ businesses”. Curv self-reinforced plastics (SRPs), based on the patented hot compaction technology, are an innovative line of single polymer composites that effectively bridge […]

Toyota’s Manager of Materials Division Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Published: 3rd August 2005

Mr. Shigeki Suzuki, general manager of the Materials Engineering Division of Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner for the SPE Automotive Division’s 35th-annual Innovation Awards Gala. Mr. Suzuki has developed and/or managed development of new polymeric materials for automotive applications throughout his career and will receive his award on […]

DOW Highlight pCBT Benefits for Automotive Applications

Published: 3rd May 2005

A novel high performance composite material that could have implications for the use of thermoplastics in the automotive industry was presented by DOW Automotive at the JEC Composites Show in Paris on Thursday. Peter Cate (Market Development Manager for DOW Automotive UK) promoted the use of pCBT, a reactive thermoplastic with ultra-low viscosity, combining the […]

Sabanci to Buy DuPont’s Share in JV

Published: 15th October 2004

Sabanci Holding is to acquire DuPont’s 50% stake in the DuPontSA polyester fibres, resins and intermediates business. DuPontSA will retain exclusive licenses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Russia and the CIS countries to all its current technology, patents and trademarks. DuPontSA, established in 1999 by as a joint venture between the two companies, […]

Quickstep Signs Key European Agreement for Composites Process Development in Aerospace Industry

Published: 21st July 2004

Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd has secured a key three-way development agreement to produce aerospace-grade production parts on a trial basis for the UK aerospace industry. The Australian advanced materials group has signed an agreement – the 3rd major international research collaboration to be announced in the past six months – with the Northern Aerospace Technology […]

Johns Manville and COMFIL enter into strategic alliance (1)

Published: 24th April 2002

Johns Manville Europe, comprising the European businesses of Johns Manville, and COMFIL ApS in Denmark announced the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the field of thermoplastic composite systems for structural applications. COMFIL is a spin-off of the former Hoechst Trevira-Neckelmann company located in Silkeborg, Denmark. Johns Manville, with its core competencies […]

Steel Industry is Leading Lightweight Auto Manufacturing

Published: 23rd August 2001

The National Research Council (NRC) recommends a closer look be given to steel-intensive technologies to assist the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) program in meeting its affordability goal. In its recently released Seventh Peer Review Report on the PNGV, the report states: “Because affordability is a key requirement of the 2004 production-prototype […]