CW Blog

Composite materials and innovations are constantly evolving. In addition to industry news, features, blog posts and podcasts, CW also maintains a comprehensive collection of product announcements provided by companies. This monthly roundup includes links to regular posts concerning the latest products of interest to the composites industry.

This month’s innovations include:

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Serving pultrusion customers in the digital age


I have a Twitter account but rarely tweet. I’m not alone – in fact, I recently found a blog entitled “Six tips for Twitter users with fewer than 25 followers” and thought, those are my people. Why do I bring this up? Although I rarely tweet, I follow those that do, including many in the composites industry. One is Strongwell (Bristol, VA, US), a recognized leader in fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) pultrusion that is focused on a very wide array of end markets. Strongwell is diligent in regularly tweeting not only about its own news and case studies, but other interesting composites applications worldwide. I’ve learned to pay attention to these tweets, as they always lead to interesting projects where composites out-perform legacy materials.

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Continental Structural Plastics (CSP, Auburn Hills, MI, US), molder of light weight composite technologies for the automotive industry, announced June 18 that its compounding facility in Van Wert, OH, is celebrating 40 years in business.

Because CSP develops and compounds its own composite formulations, Van Wert’s ability to compound impacts many of the company’s global automotive customers. Of the more than 84 thousand tons of sheet molded compound (SMC) compounded by CSP annually, more than 60 thousand of those come from the facility in Van Wert. Much of that is the company’s own, proprietary formulas created by CSP’s team of chemists and engineers located at the company’s global headquarters and R&D center in Auburn Hills.

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