#COVID-19

Abaris offers reduced class sizes for onsite training

Minimum class size has been reduced to six students, to help companies access composites training while following coronavirus safety guidelines.

Abaris reopens Reno training facility

After closing mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Abaris Training Resources begins in-person classes on June 1.

When — not if — to pivot

In the business and manufacturing world that CW operates in, we have heard one particular coronavirus vocabulary word very frequently: pivot.

Automotive

Changing composites paradigms in the wake of COVID-19

Efforts to locally and globally collaborate in order to address industry issues and stimulate innovation are becoming essential conversations during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Wind/Energy

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.

Solvay implements cost-cutting, efficiency plans

Effciency plans begun for Solvay’s composites business in 2019 are being accelerated to combat loss of business cause by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Glass Fibers

Quarantreat offers fast-build medical isolation studio for COVID-19 containment

Rapid dispatch design uses LitePan composite structural insulated panels and LiteTex thermoplastic composite laminates.

What will the composites industry's post-pandemic future look like?

We already have the tools needed to help us craft our future, even if we do not know yet how and where those tools might be deployed.

Aerospace

Boeing to resume 787 operations in South Carolina

Resuming operations temporarily suspended in response to the coronavirus pandemic, most employees are scheduled to return on May 3 or 4.

Construction

AOC resins support manufacture of emergency hospital wards

Rapidly built emergency hospital wards built in response to the coronavirus outbreak incorporate AOC resins in a pre-fabricated roofing system.

U.S. Department of Labor issues alert to help keep manufacturing workers safe during coronavirus pandemic

OSHA-recommended safety measures for manufacturing employers include flexible work hours, social distancing and personal hygiene.

Aerospace

Boeing to resume commercial airplanes production in Puget Sound

After temporary suspension due to COVID-19, Boeing plans to resume Washington state production facilities in a phased approach starting April 20.

Construction

Italian research agency fights COVID-19 with smart shelters using biocomposites

SOS Smart Operating Shelter project offers fast-build mobile healthcare structures using natural fiber/biopolymer sandwich panels.

Wind/Energy

SAMPE North America cancels SAMPE 2020 conference

The outbreak of COVID-19 in the Upper Northwest of the U.S. has forced SAMPE to cancel its largest conference and trade show.

Aerospace

Airbus cuts commercial aircraft production by one third

Airbus will reduce production of the A320 to 40 per month, the A330 to two per month and the A350 to six per month.

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems announces new cost-reduction measures in light of coronavirus

Measures taken include an extended suspension of production for Boeing aircraft and workforce reductions.

Core

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.

Aerospace

Boeing suspends Puget Sound production operations in response to coronavirus

Beginning March 25, production operations in the Puget Sound area of Washington, U.S. are suspended until further notice.

Leaders in the composites industry work together to develop ventilators for COVID-19 patients

A U.K.-government funded project collects Meggitt, GKN, Rolls-Royce, Airbus and others to quickly help meet demand.

Marine

JEC Group cancels JEC World 2020, reschedules for 2021

Citing the coronavirus pandemic and global travel restrictions, JEC Group has made the decision to postpone its composites industry trade show until March 2021.

Construction

Composite hospital shelter in development to combat coronavirus

Rhode Island-based Core Composites uses its experience developing composite shelters for the military for a new design to combat hospital overflow.

Cutting/Kitting

Eastman Machine's customers shift gears to fight pandemic

Customers using cutting tables to fabricate composite parts and structures are turning to Eastman to retrofit for processing medical-grade fabrics.

Aerospace

Bombardier announces temporary suspension of work at Canadian operations

Due to government mandates related to the coronavirus, Bombardier will suspend rail production activities in Quebec and Ontario until April 26.

Aerospace

Airbus reduces wing production in German, U.K. facilities

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Airbus is temporarily reducing production activities at three aircraft wing facilities for three weeks.