#ADHESIVES

Consumer

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

Ireland-based PlasmaBound has developed controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology, which joins structural adhesives to composites materials.

Processes

Scott Bader acquires Summit Composites Pty Ltd

Newly formed Scott Bader Australia Pty Ltd. will continue distributing Scott Bader resins, gel coats and adhesives to the Australian market.

Magnum Venus Products partners with Australian distributor

The new distributor, MVP Australia, will support MVP’s composite equipment and streamline MVP’s customers’ manufacturing processes.  

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms

Curing

Hyperjoint: additive metal + composites = stronger, tougher joints

Eliminates drilling holes with lap shear 60% higher than bolted joints and almost twice that of bonded joints.

Prepregs

Plant tour: Hexcel, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.

Construction

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Epoxies

Composite output shaft ready for automotive proving ground

Unlike automotive driveshafts, automotive output shafts cannot leverage shaft length as a factor when making the case for composites. Instead, other beneficial features have made a composite output shaft able to compete with metal shafts, especially in electric vehicles.

Construction

Brazilian composites sector shows third consecutive year of growth

Maxiquim’s recent study notes that the transportation and electric sectors are responsible for $560 million in revenue.

Wind/Energy

MHI Vestas wind blade materials to be sourced in Taiwan

Taiwan-based Swancor will supply resins and composite materials for MHI Vestas’ offshore wind projects in Taiwan.

Pultrusion

Material choices for the Corvette rear bumper beam

From fabrics to resins, a number of new combinations of materials went into the making of the world’s first curved pultruded automotive part.

Prepregs

Hexcel HexPly M79 prepregs receive DNV GL Type Approval Certification

The new verification allows the materials to be used in all DNV GL classed vessels.

Processes

IPS Adhesives establishes Center of Excellence in North Carolina

The move centralizes the company’s North American R&D and customer service activities, with a focus on faster response times and increased output.

Aerospace

Curved pultrusions enter production

Corvette CFRP rear bumper beam is the auto industry’s first use of new technology.

Automotive

Developing new solutions for noise, vibration and harshness

Several recent IACMI partner projects focus on technology innovation related to challenges in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in vehicle design.

Processes

National Composites Centre leads dismantlable joints research

Adhesive additive technology is reported to make composite parts easier to dismantle, maintain and recycle.

ATL/AFP

Combination of automation, rigid foam core enable high-volume aircraft part production

A feasibility study demonstrates increased production capacity using Evonik foam core and automated manufacturing.

Aerospace

Tooling, precision enable composites in satellite subsystems

Tight tolerances drive design and engineering of large-format composite component and dishes to create unique satellite structures.

Core

Polypropylene honeycomb lightens, strengthens automotive panels

Polypropylene honeycomb cores from ThermHex are used by Brazilian OEM DPA Moldados to make the trunk floor of the Hyundai Creta ix25.

Curing

Chemical Process Services Ltd. develops greener epoxy curing agents

The Furalkamines are a new form of Mannich base curing agents said to deliver significantly enhanced cure performance for epoxy resins.

Aerospace

Solvay, Honda sign exclusive supply agreement for business jet programs

Solvay will supply prepreg and lightning strike protection surfacing film for Honda aircraft business jet HA-420 and Elite programs through 2027.

Carbon Fibers

Composite T-boom accelerates industrial automation

A manufacturing method that integrates filament winding with axil winding of 0-degree fibers opens new design options in industrial automated equipment.

Processes

Arkema outlines growth plans in Specialty Materials

In a recent strategy update meeting, the chemical company said it will focus on growth on its Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials and Coating Solutions businesses.

Prepregs

Hexcel, Woodward terminate planned merger

Uncertainty in the aerospace and industrial markets caused by the coronavirus pandemic have forced the two companies to terminate their planned merger of equals.