EAGLE Registrations Inc. (Dayton, Ohio), a third-party certification body that audits businesses to meet international standards, certified Composites One LLC (Monessen, Pa.) to ISO 9001:2008 with the AS9120:2009 Rev A Standard. This assessment was performed in accordance with the requirements of AS9014A. The ISO family of standards relates to quality management systems and is designed to help organizations ensure they meet the needs of customers by establishing clear operating procedures and documentation that conforms to those procedures, as well as identifying areas for continuous improvement. Composites One’s Monessen location passed the independent certification audit and will receive ISO 9001:2008 certification. Further, the AS9120 certification — specific to military, defense and aerospace for distributors — puts Composites One in a unique position to service the composites customers that require this certification.
The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.), through its wholly owned subsidiary Dow Europe GmbH, and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.S. (AKSA, Istanbul, Turkey) have followed through on their memorandum of understanding announced last June and on Dec. 20 signed a definitive agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture (JV) to manufacture and commercialize carbon fiber composite products for wind energy, construction, transportation and infrastructure applications. The total investment is expected to reach $1 billion (USD) in five years and create up to 1,000 employment opportunities. The JV will expand on AKSA’s existing carbon fiber production assets in Yalova, Turkey.
Cargo Composites (Albuquerque, N.M.), a manufacturer of air cargo containers, on Dec. 8 announced the establishment of its new headquarters and assembly facility in Berkeley County, S.C. The $700,000 (USD) investment is expected to generate 40 new jobs. Cargo Composites’ containers, used by numerous airlines worldwide, are made with a patented composite material including a honeycomb core that optimizes both weight and strength, creating more durability and lower fuel costs for airlines. Cargo Composites will locate its new operations in a leased facility at 1026 Legrand Blvd. in Berkeley County. This location represents its first facility on the East Coast. Cargo Composites will ship its finished products around the world from its new 32,000-ft2/2,973m2 plant. First delivery is scheduled for March 2012.
Editor PickMelt-spinning carbon fiber precursor begins in Australia
Australian R&D center CSIRO is working on melt-spinning polymers to produce precursors for carbon fiber. Polymers being used include polyacrylonitrile, cellulose, lignin and blends of these materials. Q&A with Derek Buckmaster.