The markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2015)
Boatbuilders show strong signs of recovery in the wake of the 2008-2012 recession, with some help from composite materials suppliers who now provide design and subassembly aid.
Destroyer deckhouse roof meets U.S. Navy fire code with phenolic composite
An all-composite deckhouse superstructure, built by Huntington Ingalls Industries (Gulfport, Miss.) cuts topside weight and enables stealth capability by reducing the radar signature of the U.S. Navy’s new, nearly $4 billion (USD) Zumwalt-class destroyer.
New-generation, recyclable PET foam core
3A Composites (Sins, Switzerland), the parent company of Baltek Inc. (Colfax, N.C.) and Sins-based Airex AG unveiled at JEC Europe 2014 what it characterized as a “completely new technology platform” for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam core materials, under the tradename AIREX GEN2.
New-generation, recyclable PET foam core
3A Composites unveiled what it characterized as a “completely new technology platform” for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam core materials, under the tradename AIREX GEN2.
The markets: Boatbuilding & Marine (2014)
No other composites end-market suffered more recessionary strife than boatbuilding. Yet in 2013, recovery is finally on the way.
IBEX 2013 Show Review
Evidence of a marine industry rebound and a trend toward supplier M&A as the world’s largest boatbuilding trade show looks ahead to smoother sailing … and Tampa.
Core sealant, flow promoter
Core material specialist 3A Composites Core Materials featured on its JEC Europe 2013 stand two products that came on the market in 2012 and, since then, have been fine-tuned.
JEC Europe 2013 review
Snow in Paris slowed traffic to the show floor but did nothing to cool the enthusiasm of composites innovators in a broad range of markets.
JEC Europe 2013 new product showcase
The JEC Europe 2013 trade show (March 12-14, at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France) was the venue for introductions of a large number of new composite materials, technologies and manufacturing processes. Here's the CT editorial staff's compilation of what was on display.
SAMPE Europe 2013/JEC Europe 2013 highlights
Held concurrently, these two seminal European composites events weathered a rare Parisian snowstorm to plumb the depth and breadth of the industry.
JEC Europe 2013: Highlights from the show
Despite a rare snowstorm on the first day that kept some attendees and exhibitors away, the JEC Europe 2013 show in Paris March 12-14 offered the usual glimpse at emerging technology and trends in composites.
3A Composites, Dow to develop structural core materials for wind applications
The two companies will cooperate to combine 3A Composites' customized core material solutions with service provided by Dow's wind blade technologies.
Balsa and foam core
3A Composites Core Materials
The structural grid: Prefabrication
Digitally designed and cut, preformed and preinfused stringers and bulkheads reduce boat weight, labor and cycle time and improve boatbuilder process control.
3A Composites Web site now available in five languages
The Cham, Switzerland-headquartered core materials supplier adds Spanish and Portuguese options to its Web site: http://www.3acomposites.com.
3A expands balsa holdings by 20 percent
3A Composites has purchased more land in Ecuador to expand its balsa wood plantations, and invested in additional industrialization.
IBEX 2012 Review
Under the banner “The Future of Marine Technology,” the 22nd International BoatBuilders’ expo confronts a brave new world.
Inside look: Closed molding course couples talks with concept demos
CT sits in on a closed molding course and reports back on how this fast-changing process is evolving.
WINDPOWER 2012 report
Continued technology-driven performance gains are overshadowed by PTC gloom and predicted Asian overcapacity.
PET-based core features in composites on racing catamaran
Hungarian boatbuilder Pauger Carbon Composites designed and built a 50-ft catamaran that features 3A's AIREX T92 SealX PET-based core, which minimizes resin uptake.