A tsunami of growth: An inside look at the CSP/Teijin merger

I had the opportunity to meet and interview the top executives of Continental Structural Plastics (CSP, Auburn Hills, MI, US) and Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) last week. The occasion was an open house and celebration of the acquisition of CSP by Teijin.

Industry News

GE Aviation making progress on CMC facilities in Alabama
$200 million Huntsville operation to produce up to 20 metric tons of material a year.

Quickstep receives grant to develop automotive carbon fiber seats
The project will run for a period of three years in cooperation with a global automotive seating supplier and Deakin University.

Watch: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 landing
Drone footage captures the rocket returning home after a historic launch.

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Knowledge Centers

Automated tape laying (ATL) and automated fiber placement (AFP)
CGTech helps demystify the process of programming automated composite machinery by introducing the key components of machine independent off-line programming software.
Closed Molding
CGTech helps demystify the process of Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance provide you with the latest information about closed mold technologies and the advantages, techniques and opportunities that the closed mold process has over open molding.

CompositesWorld Magazine

February Issue
Plant Tour: Composites Technology Center, Stade, Germany.

Aerospace / ATL/AFP

Two-stage tape layup: Access cuts/Atlas 2 lays up
A legacy 1980s technology builds visionary Dreamliner wingskins.


Styrene-free putty and resin
Ilpa Adesivi (Bari, Italy) has worked for several years to develop styrene-free products, including its LINEA BLU line.

New book discusses soy-based bioplastics
Soy and its coproducts are rapidly emerging as one of the most prominent sustainable plastics of the 21st century, says a new book published by Smithers Rapra (Shawbury, Shropshire, UK). Soy-Based Bioplastics relates that the relative abundance of soy, its functional and thermoplastic properties, low cost, and biodegradable characteristics have made it a material of great interest for widespread use in the plastics and composites industry.

Around-the-clock heat trace technology
Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (San Marcos, TX, US) has introduced TraceNet TCM2 Dual Circuit Control & Monitoring Unit, the latest addition to the trademarked TraceNet family of remotely-operated heating control and monitoring systems. The TCM2 unit makes it possible to remotely maintain heat trace circuits that play a critical role in industrial processing facilities.

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