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Thermoplastics

Episode 35: Lisa Ketelsen, Covestro

CW Talks visits with Lisa Ketelsen, head of thermoplastic composites and CEO of Maezio at Covestro. Ketelsen talks about her path to Covestro and the Maezio product line, Maezio’s attributes and applications, and how she sees thermoplastic composites evolving in the marketplace.

Natural Fibers

AMAC, FibreCoat partner, launch aluminum-coated, multifilament composite yarn

Alucoat are metal-coated, glass or basalt fibers suitable as electromagnetic shielding material in automotive applications such as radar or antennae. 

Wind/Energy

Fill completes new center for digitalization and software engineering

Future Zone in Austria explores future of production machines, system intelligence, and virtual and real symbiosis.

Design/Simulation

German Bionic unveils fourth-generation carbon fiber exoskeleton

The Cray X features a frame made with SGL Carbon carbon fiber and aids workers when lifting loads of up to 28 kilograms for up to eight hours.

Aerospace

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

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

Mass Transit

New funding accelerates Boston Materials' composite development

The funding enables Boston Materials’ efforts to expand its Supercomp reinforcement product’s presence in the market.

Defense

3dpbm offers 2020 advanced materials AM focus eBook

The fourth edition of their Focus AM eBook, the publication focuses on advanced materials including ceramics, high-performance polymers and more.

Automotive

Arris Composites secures $48.5 million new funding to accelerate Additive Molding technology

The company plans to open facilities in the U.S. and Taiwan, and to use its composites manufacturing process to build consumer electronics.

Thermoplastics

Teijin's Sereebo CFRTP adopted for 4K video cameras

Carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastics add strength, reduce weight for Panasonic camera components.

Processes

Researchers explore biomimetic approach for making adhesives tougher

A team from Purdue University takes inspiration from sea creatures to produce stronger adhesives with weaker bonds.

Wind/Energy

FAURECIA to supply hydrogen storage systems for 1,600 Hyundai heavy-duty trucks

Delivery of 10,000 composite tanks proves industrialization strategy of 20% lower weight, 50% lower cost components

Construction

IACMI Winter 2020 Meeting

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) held its winter meeting in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. January 21-23, updating its membership on the public-private institute's efforts to accelerate composites design and manufacturing.

Mass Transit

Hyundai Motor Co., Uber unveil air taxi model

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the companies announced an aerial ridesharing partnership and a new eVTOL design.

Thermoplastics

Bio-derived thermoplastic elastomers designed for overmolding

PolyOne’s reSound OM thermoplastic elastomers, derived from sugarcane, are said to offer hardness levels and performance comparable to standard TPEs.

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.

Thermoplastics

LANXESS commissions two new production lines for Tepex thermoplastic composites

The 1,500-square-meter expansion to the Brilon, Germany facility increases production of the continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites by 50%.

Consumer

National Composites Week: How composites entertain us

As we celebrate National Composites Week lets take some time to consider some of the ways composites contribute to one of humankind’s most sought after pursuits — the quest for constant entertainment.  

Epoxies

Advancing additive manufacturing to exploit anisotropy

Anisoprint posits continuous fiber composites, not metals, as the material for optimized AM structures.

Thermoplastics

High-speed, high-rate thermoplastic composites manufacturing

A novel process from SABIC and Airborne promises high-speed, high-rate production of thermoplastic composite laminates for mainstream manufacturing and a variety of applications.

Thermoplastics

Evolving into continuous fiber reinforcements

SABIC expanded its materials offerings in short-fiber injection and long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials to include continuous-fiber thermoplastic tapes.

Carbon Fibers

Consumer electronics: hybrid composite covers

Study demonstrates feasibility of thermoplastic composites, high-speed production process.

Carbon Fibers

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Boston Materials

Boston Materials is introducing its Supercomp z-axis milled carbon fiber reinforcement products at CAMX 2019.

Employment Opportunity: Senior Operations Manager, TenCate Performance Composites

TenCate Performance Composites, a part of Toray Group, is seeking a Senior Operations Manager to be based in Camarillo, Calif., U.S.

Molds/Tools

Reaping the benefits: Composites use grows in agricultural equipment

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

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