Composite materials and tooling supplier Gurit (Zurich, Switzerland) announced on Sept. 29 that it has won its first contract for a wind turbine blade mold to be delivered to a customer in Europe from Gurit’s Red Maple tooling plant in Taicang, China. The European order is a result of Gurit’s global tooling strategy. The strategy was initiated following shipments of several well-received blade molds to European-controlled customers in China as well as the delivery of molds to two customers in India. Red Maple’s new production facility is designed for the manufacture of next-generation blade molds for wind turbines up to 7 MW. Red Maple is an independent, fully integrated and highly specialized moldmaker that emphasizes attractively priced, solid quality tooling equipment with very short lead times.
Editor PickA better method of structural health monitoring?
Fibersail, a 2014 startup firm with offices in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Leça de Palmeira, Portugal, aims to change the current state of real-time structural health/shape monitoring for composite structures — initially, for wind farm operators.