Composite resins price change report

CW’s running summary of resin price change announcements from major material suppliers that serve the composites manufacturing industry.

Mar-Bal celebrates 50th anniversary

In addition to fifty years in the composites industry, the company celebrates its growth trajectory in BMC thermoset composites.


New Steering Committee named for the European Alliance for SMC BMC

With a focus on promotion and education of BMC and SMC across Europe, the association is looking toward its 2022 event.  



Glossary of composites terms

Poly/Vinyl Esters

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.

Composites 2020: A Multitude of Markets

The manufacturing world likes to think of composites fabrication as a single, global entity that operates to serve its customers’ needs with a variety of highly engineered parts and structures.


Composites One to present advanced composites workshop

In partnership with the Closed Mold Alliance and IACMI, Composites One will present an advanced composites workshop on Nov. 6 in Clearfield, Utah, U.S.


CAMX 2019: Exhibit previews

CAMX 2019 is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about what you will encounter on the show floor.


CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: LyondellBasell

LyondellBasell is featuring its styrene-free materials that can be sourced in forms including SMCs, BMCs and engineered structural composites.

Thomas Lorenz relocates to larger production facility

To meet demand, the glass fiber-reinforced composite component manufacturer is relocating to a facility that will ultimately be 60,000 square meters in size.

Compression Molding

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Macrodyne Technologies

Macrodyne Technologies Inc. (Concord, Ont., Canada) is featuring its compression molding, shuttle, single- and multi-opening heated platen presses.


Century Tool expands large composites mold capacity

The company’s new horizontal milling machine is reportedly capable of producing larger molds for compression molding a variety of composite materials.

Additive Manufacturing

Reaping the benefits: Composites use grows in agricultural equipment

Multiple trends support composites advances in this huge but fragmented market.


Century Tool expands compression molding capability to include bathtubs, spas

Century Tool and Gage will now offer compression molds for bathtubs, showers, spas and other large composite structures for the home.


Recycled thermoplastic composites for production

Multi-year R&D at ThermoPlastic composites Applications Center (TPAC), TenCate and Clean Sky 2 demonstrate economic advantage of serial production using recycled materials.

JEC World 2019: Exhibit previews

CompositesWorld offers a preview of some of the exhibits and products that will be featured at JEC World 2019, March 12-14 in Paris, France.

Hi-Temp Resins

JEC World 2019 preview: Scott Bader

Scott Bader is launching two products at JEC World 2019: the Crestafire intumescent FST system and Crestapol 1270, a new premium urethane acrylate resin for SMCs and BMCs.


Composites 2019: A multitude of markets

The composites industry, in general, continued to show health and growth, powered particularly by the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sectors.


CAMX 2018: Exhibit previews

If you are headed to CAMX 2018 Oct. 15-18 in Dallas, TX, you can catch a glimpse of some of the products and technologies you are likely to find on the exhibit hall floor. 


CAMX 2018 preview: Langzauner

Langzauner (Lambrechten, Austria) is exhibiting its hydraulic press technology for thermoplastic and thermoset material processing, as well its automation of material and mold handling.


CAMX 2018 preview: IDI Composites International

IDI Composites International (Noblesville, IN, US) is featuring its customized polyester/vinyl ester-based bulk molding compounds (BMC), sheet molding compounds (SMC), and an advanced line of Structural Thermoset Composites (STC - Ultra Performance Moldable Composites) that are manufactured in both sheet and bulk formats.

Carbon Fibers

CAMX 2018 preview: A&P Technology

A&P Technology (Cincinnati, OH, US) is exhibiting engineered braided fabrics designed to enable cost savings. 


Q&A: Tom Lemire, TFLemire Consulting

CW Talks: The Composites Podcast, recently spoke to Tom Lemire, currently principal of TFLemire Consulting (Irvine, CA, US) and a longtime veteran of the composites industry. Lemire’s career spans back to the late 1960s, and he eventually did most of his work in the composites industry for carbon fiber suppliers BASF and Toho Tenax (now Teijin).


Tour de France and bicycles: a showcase for composites

Senior editor Sara Black offers a round up of CW’s reporting over the years about composite bikes and the design efforts and complex materials that go into them.

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