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Reading the Trump tea leaves

The art and science of determining what the President-elect and the new US Congress might or might not do, and when they might or might not do it, and how it might or might not affect the composites industry.

Industry News

BYK, HOMA opens new additive lab in Russia
The new laboratory for BYK’s application technology is located in Shchyolkovo, near Moscow.

Siemens receives certification for 8-MW offshore wind turbine prototype
The DNV GL certification confirms new turbine is built to the latest safety and performance standards.

ALTANA AG acquires Solvay’s formulated resins business
The formulated resins portfolio mainly entails the CONAP brand epoxy resin and polyurethane product systems.

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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

January Issue
Out-of-Autoclave Fairing

Aerospace / ATL/AFP

Plant Tour: Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing, Bristol, RI, US
Precision thermoplastics parts manufacturer expands into hybrid composites to help meet OEM demand for higher performance while trimming weight, cost and lead times.

Automotive / Carbon Fiber

Metal + composite = Less weight, more room
Global supplier develops scaled design approach for metal/composite hybrids in highly loaded automotive applications.

Products

Gelcoat applicator system
Graco Inc. (North Canton, OH, US) has introduced its new flexible and precise fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) gelcoat system, designed for molded fiber-reinforced plastics such as those used in automotive applications.

Industrial desktop 3D printer
Avante Technology LLC (Cheyenne, WY, US), a company specializing in the development of advanced 3D printing technologies, announced the commercial release of its new Fabricatus High Precision Desktop 3D Printer.

Composite damping material
SMAC, a Toulon, France-based advanced materials supplier, has announced the launch of SMACWRAP, a composite damping solution.

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