Axion International Holdings Inc. (New Providence, N.J., USA), a developer of recycled plastic and plastic composite technologies used to produce ECOTRAX rail ties and STRUXURE building products, has announced that the international engineering and construction firm Parsons Brinckerhoff has completed a "Standard Design Guide of Thermoplastic Bridges" for three shortspan heavyload bridge applications using Axion’s Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) products. The guide is intended to help engineers and developers understand the structural details and capabilities of Axion’s RSC as they enter into the design phase of shortspan bridges using Axion’s STRUXURE construction systems as alternatives to legacy materials. The guide is available on the Axion website for registered engineers and designers at www.axih.com. Most recently Axion’s RSC was used in the construction of an automotive bridge crossing the York River outside of York, Maine, USA, which was opened for traffic in January 2012 (see photo at left).
Composites Consulting Group (CCG, Laholm, Sweden) announced on July 10 the launch of a Chinese language version of the company's website: www.ccg-composites.cn. CCG says it has established a firm presence in China and believes there is good opportunity for continued growth in the region.
Matrix Composites Inc. (Rockledge, Fla., USA) has announced the successful completion of its transition audit for AS9100 Revision C certification. Representatives from registrar Perry Johnson Registrars Inc. conducted the four-day audit in April of Matrix Composites’ quality management system. At the conclusion, with only one minor finding reported, Matrix Composites’ organization was found to be in compliance with the strict requirements of this most recent version of the standard. AS9100C is the international management system standard for the Aviation, Space and Defense (AS&D) industry. “AS9100C Certification involves a rigorous auditing system that continually validates our organization’s effective quality management system, while providing a measurement for critical cost and time-to-market factors,” said Matrix Composites’ quality manager Tim Murphy. “Achieving this certification demonstrates our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.”
Real Carbon Inc. (Hood River, Ore., USA) reports that it has successfully completed ITAR registration with the United States Department of State, Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance. The company has also begun the AS9100 Rev C certification process.
According to Real Carbon president Mike Graham, “this reflects our commitment to quality and growth in the UAV and military markets.”
HITCO Carbon Composites (Los Angeles, Calif., USA), a subsidiary of SGL Group – The Carbon Company, announced on July 11 that it has been awarded a contract with Boeing Commercial Airplanes for 777 Empennage Rib Chords. “HITCO is privileged to sign this contract with Boeing Commercial Airplanes for the manufacture and supply of the 777 Empennage Rib Chords directly to Boeing,” says Anthony Lawson, HITCO’s president. “We are honored that Boeing has entrusted us to supply high quality, complex parts for the 777 program.” HITCO will manufacture these composite components at its Gardena, Calif., USA, facility in accordance with Boeing Process Specification 5317, using a dedicated production cell. HITCO has completed the part qualification activities for the 777 Empennage Rib Chords and is beginning serial production of the parts.