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Carbon Fiber 2016 Report
Conference speakers predict the outlook for carbon fiber supply and demand.

Aerospace and industrial composites: Now on divergent paths?
The aerospace and industrial markets’ advanced composites challenges and their solutions will differ widely.

777X: Bigger-than-expected carbon fiber impact
Guest blogger Chris Red, principle of Composites Forecasts & Consulting, has crunched the numbers and reports that Boeing's new 777X is on pace to consume substantially more composite materials than initially anticipated.

Webinar: 10-year outlook for aerospace composites
Chris Red will present "10-year Global Aerospace Markets for CFRP and Advanced Composites" on April 20, 2:00 p.m. EDT.

The matrix (2016)
The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here's a guide to selection.

Supply and demand: Advanced fibers (2016)
Demand for advanced fiber, virgin and reclaimed, is on an upswing after a dip during the recent recession. Fiber suppliers are gearing up to meet an expected increase in demand as manufacturers in a number of composites end-markets scale up or start up part development and production programs

The markets: Pressure vessels (2016)
Pressure vessels are a big and fast-growing market for composites materials and processing equipment. In 2016 and beyond, this could be especially true in Type IV vessels for hydrogen storage.

The markets: Aerospace (2016)
Market realities this year could indicate the beginnings of an aircraft composites growth plateau, where composites industry developmental expansion in the aerospace realm is measured less by new programs and unit numbers and more by improved technology impact and effectiveness.

Carbon Fiber: Refiguring the supply/demand equation
CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan returns from Carbon Fiber 2015 in Knoxville TN, US, with news that carbon fiber demand will outstrip supply by 2020, prompting expansion in the 2018-2019 timeframe that could include sources in China.

The markets: Aerospace (2015)
Commercial long-haul and regional aircraft dominated the aerospace composites news in 2014, as airlines replace aging aircraft and expand fleets to meet expected increases in future air transport.

The markets: Pressure vessels (2015)
High-pressure gas storage vessels represent one of the biggest and fastest-growing markets for advanced composites, as transportation markets demand alternative fuels (CNG and hydrogen) for motive power systems.

The matrix (2015)
The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here's a guide to selection.

Composites in commercial aircraft engines, 2014-2023
The drive to boost aircraft operating efficiency continues to fuel adoption of polymer matrix composites in jet engines.

Composites in sporting goods: Been there, done that?
Dale Brosius, a regular CW columnist and head of his own consulting company, which serves clients in the composites industry worldwide, wonders if market saturation been reached for advanced composites in the once dynamic sporting goods sector.

CAMX 2014 show report
Bigger, better and more inclusive than any previous U.S. composites trade event, the inaugural show turns North American eyes forward to the future.

Airframers vie for shares in growing short-haul market
OEMs of aircraft with 150 or fewer seats exploit composites’ appeal to fuel efficiency-conscious regional air carriers.

The market for OOA aerocomposites, 2013-2022
In the coming decade, out-of-autoclave technologies will increase composites penetration into primary flight structures.

Carbon Fiber 2013 Conference Report
Opportunities knock in Knoxville: CF 2013 featured nearly 30 speakers and almost 300 attendees, representing a wide range of participating industry, government and academic organizations.

High-Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors conference review
Colocated with Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas, CompositesWorld’s HPC4ACI event focused on new material and processing trends that could drive more composites inside the aircraft.

Automotive carbon fiber: Seeking moderation
HPC's editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan comments on CompositesWorld’s Carbon Fiber 2013 conference, counseling tempered expectations when it comes to automotive carbon fiber.

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