News briefs -- Aug. 5, 2008

Eldib completes market study on carbon fiber use in automotive applications; ICI names Preston Sandusky product manager; Ceralink, Thermex, Harrop complete construction of microwave kiln; Ticona Engineering Polymers increases prices 15 percent.

Eldib Engineering & Research Inc. (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) has completed a new market study on supply and demand of carbon fiber in auto parts and bodies. The study discusses applications where carbon fiber is currently used in autos and is rapidly growing. The Eldib report estimates the current yearly sales of carbon fiber composites used in auto parts with the matrix resin globally to be 3.4 million lb/2 million kg containing 1.2 million lb/544,000 kg of carbon fiber.  According to the Eldib study, the expected growth of carbon fiber usage in autos is 10 to 15 percent per year. E-mail for more information.

Integrated Composites Inc. (ICI, Marina, Calif.) has announced that it has named Preston Sandusky product manager for Military Systems at the company. Sandusky joins ICI following a 20-year stint with Kestrel Bicycles in nearby Santa Cruz, CA, where he played a key role in the pioneering of carbon fiber bike frames and components.

Ceralink Inc. (Troy, N.Y.), Thermex Thermatron LP (Louisville, Ky.) and Harrop Industries (Columbus, Ohio) have announced the completion of their cooperative effort to design, build, and successfully operate a full-scale (30-ft/9.1m), 1600°C/2,912°F, Microwave Assist Technology (MAT) elevator kiln. The kiln is located at Touchstone Research Laboratories (Triadelphia, W.V.). This full-scale MAT kiln has successfully reduced the firing time of a strategic carbon foam product, and a ceramic composite used in the power generation industry.

Ticona Engineering Polymers (Florence, Ky.) has announced a 15 percent increase for products in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region. The increase is effective Aug. 25 and applies to: Hostaform and Celcon acetal copolymer (POM), Amcel natural and black acetal products, Celanex thermoplastic polyester (PBT), Vandar thermoplastic polyester alloys (PBT), Impet thermoplastic polyester (PET), Riteflex thermoplastic polyester elastomer (TPC-ET) and Celstran long fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (LFRT). Increases for Vectra LCP and GUR UHMW-PE were communicated previously.