Heather Caliendo Senior Editor

Heather Caliendo serves as Senior Editor for Plastics Technology magazine where she writes and edits feature stories for the recycling and 3D printing sectors. Heather has been covering the global plastics industry since 2012, with a specific focus on end-market trends and sustainability. She started her career writing about aerospace and technology at The Journal Record, a daily business newspaper in Oklahoma. She received her bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Oklahoma.

Sumitomo Bakelite, GRIP Metal partner on composite applications

By: Heather Caliendo

Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. and GRIP Metal will explore markets such as automotive, aerospace and building infrastructure where cost effective thermoset composite solutions can add value.
#adhesives

Thermoplastics

EuCIA adds thermoplastics processing data to eco impact calculator

By: Heather Caliendo

The Eco Calculator is constantly evolving to meet industry needs and this latest development follows the recent addition of data for core materials for RTM and vacuum infusion processes.
#sustainability #outofautoclave

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems plans major expansion

By: Heather Caliendo

The company will add 1,000 new jobs with the majority in the hourly ranks, including skilled sheet metal mechanics, composite technicians and CNC machine operators.
#cuttingtools #workforcedevelopment #spiritaerosystems

Markets

FACC secures additional order for Bombardier C Series

By: Heather Caliendo

FACC will produce rudders for the new short-haul jet of the Bombardier C Series.
#facc #airbus

Consumer

ELG Carbon Fibre partners with Land Rover BAR on carbon fiber recycling

By: Heather Caliendo

ELG will become a technical supplier to the team and will process all carbon fiber manufacturing waste and end-of use parts to recover the high performance carbon fiber they contain.
#discontinuousfiber #sustainability

Aerospace

A350-1000 receives type certification

By: Heather Caliendo

Also on board of the new widebody aircraft are various FACC components and systems.
#airbus #a350 #facc

Materials

Kevlar-based artificial cartilage mimics real tissue

By: Heather Caliendo

The new Kevlar-based hydrogel recreates the magic of cartilage by combining a network of tough nanofibers from Kevlar with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA).
#medical #aramidfiber

Materials

Students develop composite sled prototype

By: Heather Caliendo

IACMI enables art-to-part composite sled prototype project with University of Tennessee, Knoxville engineering students
#layup #outofautoclave #iacmi

Wind/Energy

Goldwind announces new GW 6S offshore smart wind turbine platform

By: Heather Caliendo

First commercial deployment of offshore turbines for China's largest wind turbine OEM.  
#windblades

Construction

AZL establishes new workgroup on composites in buildings and infrastructure

By: Heather Caliendo

The meeting in January is open to interested companies from the composite industry as well as the building and infrastructure markets.
#regulation

Materials

Symmetrix Composite Tooling opens second innovation center in Nevada

By: Heather Caliendo

The Nevada location will initially handle projects for existing customers and will begin accepting projects for new clients in the spring of 2018.
#cuttingtools

Aerospace

Solvay, Strata joint venture to supply Boeing with composite materials

By: Heather Caliendo

Facility to be commissioned in 2020 and to anchor a growing advanced manufacturing sector.
#boeing #777x