News briefs - 3/4/2008

ASTM accepting papers for 2008 ASTM Advantage Award; Federation of Reinforced Plastics requesting nominations for AVK innovation awards; PPG sponsoring 2008 Pultrusion Innovation Award; Recycling Media Group releases 2008 Directory of Plastics Recyclers; Thermoset Resin Formulators Assn. signs reciprocal agreement with Adhesives and Sealants Council; Vestas sells 33 wind turbines into Poland; Saertex expands in Portugal, China; Stanford University announces second online design tutorial for composites.

ASTM International (W. Conshohocken, Pa.) is accepting papers for the 2008 ASTM Advantage Award, a paper competition with prizes up to $15,000. The award is an opportunity for the users of ASTM International standards worldwide to convey the positive outcomes of using an ASTM standard or a group of ASTM standards. Original papers are sought that demonstrate the positive impact of using ASTM International standards, and which provide background information and data showing such values as cost savings, efficiency, market access, etc. The deadline for submissions is June 2, 2008. The cash prizes are $15,000 for the first prize, $10,000 for the second prize, and $5,000 for the third prize. More information on the 2008 ASTM Advantage Award, including competition rules, submission requirements and entry forms, can be found at

The Federation of Reinforced Plastics eV (AVK, Frankfurt, Germany) is requesting nominations for this year's annual AVK innovation awards in the categories of Industrial Applications, Environment and University Research. The goal of the innovation awards is to provide solutions to state-of-the-art technological issues by means of composites and thermosets, to highlight the achievements of our industry in the field of environmental protection and to encourage university research into composites and thermosets. The prizes will be awarded at the 11th International AVK Conference, Sept. 22-23, 2008, in Essen, Germany, in conjunction with the COMPOSITES EUROPE Trade Fair (Sept. 23-25). Submission deadline is May 6, 2008. For more information, contact AVK eV, Am Hauptbahnhof 10, D-60329 Frankfurt, +49 69 27 10 77-0, fax +49 69 27 10 77-10,,

PPG announced that it is now sponsoring the 2008 Pultrusion Innovation Award presented at 9th World Pultrusion Conference organized by the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) in Rome, Italy. Product/systems have been nominated by the following companies: -SunSuite Sunroom by Owens Corning, by Comfort Line Ltd. -Phoenix Cooling Tower, by Creative Pultrusions Inc. -SuperLoc Composite Sheet Pile System, by Creative Pultrusions Inc. -DELOS – Deep ocean Environmental Long term Observatory System, by Exel Composites -Glide Path Tower, by Exel Oyj -Vello Umbilical Rod, by Vello Nordic AS Delegates at the conference will be able to vote for the winner of this bi-annual contest. For more information about the event, visit

The Recycling Today Media Group (Richfield, Ohio) has announced the release of the 2008 Directory of Plastics Recyclers. This directory contains listings for more than 3,000 plastics recyclers involved in various aspects of the plastic recycling industries in the U.S. and Canada. Listings in the 2008 print version include the names of plastic recycling companies, key contacts, addresses, phone and fax numbers, available websites and email addresses. Each listing also includes specific information as to what type of operation is performed at that facility and types of secondary materials handled. Visit for more information.

The Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) has announced a reciprocal agreement with the Adhesives and Sealants Council (ASC) which will extend ASC member fees to TRFA members for all ASC events, including conventions/expos, short courses and webinars. This includes the upcoming World Adhesive Conference and Expo planned, April 20-23, 2008, at the Intercontinental Miami, Miami, Fla. TRFA will also extend the TRFA member registration fee for ASC members who attend the TRFA 2008 Annual Meeting, Sept. 14-16, 2008, at the Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Ill.

Vestas (Randers, Denmark) has received two orders for a total of 33 wind turbines for two projects in Poland. The order for the Dobrzyn project consists of 17 units of the V90-2.0 MW wind turbine; the order for the Wronki project consists of 16 units of the V90-3.0 MW turbine. Both contracts include supply, installation, commissioning, a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution as well as a five-year service contract. The orders have been placed by the Vortex Energy Group; the owner of the projects will be ScanEnergy A/S. Delivery of the wind turbines for both projects is scheduled for the end of 2008/beginning of 2009; and commissioning is expected during the second quarter of 2009. In other Vestas news, the company’s newest blade-manufacturing facility in Windsor, Colo., begins production on March 5.

Saertex (Saerbeck, Germany) has announced that it plans to invest €15 million Euros in 2008 to expand its global footprint. In February 2008, a new manufacturing facility was opened in the Portuguese port city Porto. The 2,400m2 facility will initially manufacture approximately 2,000 tonnes of technical reinforcements for clients on the Iberian peninsula. The new location means greatly improved customer service due to market proximity, Saertex says. Most of the clients of the new facility are in the wind energy industry, which is expanding significantly. Saertex also is building a new facility in China, one of the world’s fastest growing markets, to supply the wind energy and shipbuilding industries. The €4 million plant in Dongying will begin production in mid-2008.

Stanford University has announced Composites Design Tutorial-2, starting on April 8, 2008. This tutorial, comprised of 12 weekly 120-minute live sessions, is offered over the Internet using the WebEx application with VoIP. The tutorial is offered to the Eastern and Western Worlds at convenient local time followed by active Q&A in English and three other languages for extended period. This allows the participants to access the tutorial contents on demand 24/7, even after the live tutorial sessions. New subjects for Composites Design Tutorial-2 include: out-of-plane strength and bolted joints; much-improved Super Mic-Mac+ harnessing the power of Micro Mechanics of Failure; new Mic-Mac/FEA; demonstration of tools such as Mic-Mac and Abaqus in composites design; pratical “hands on” problem assignments commented on the classes. Registration fee is $1,500 (USD) per connection for institutions for one participant, special $500 per connection for Tutorial 1 participants, $150 for each extra participant ($75 fee for 2 CEU’s). Fee includes textbook, Simulia/Abaqus student edition, design tools and free download of all documents/tools. For more information, visit