People in Composites: May 2020

IACMI, SAERTEX, SAMPE and Tooling Tech Group announce new hires in the composites industry.


Honda Aircraft Co. begins deliveries of HondaJet Elite to China

The composite fuselage aircraft model, introduced in 2018, received Chinese type certification in August of this year.


U.S. wind power reaches milestone 100 gigawatts in third quarter 2019

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) also reports that the U.S. wind energy pipeline has grown to an expected 46.4 gigawatts of wind energy.


48th auto-plastics competition highlights changing industry

Additive manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, greener parts featured prominently.


Composite pickup box drives expansion of CSP’s Huntington, IN plant

The new expansion is where commercial production will begin next spring on the CarbonPro composite pickup box for top-of-the-line GMC Sierra Denali pickups.


SPE recognizes first injection molded thermoplastic energy absorber

The award-winning energy absorber is made with XENOY Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate (PC/PBT) resin from SABIC.


It’s time to plan your Wisconsin trip: Oshkosh 2018 is coming

The annual EAA AirVenture event is an air show/aircraft exhibition/trade show/learning opportunity/history lesson/concert venue/giant campout/Wisconsin bratfest and more. As in past years, composites industry expert and CW contributor Russ Emanis will spearhead a composites fabrication demonstration during the show.


Honda Aircraft introduces HondaJet Elite

The composite fuselage aircraft was designed utilizing Honda Aircraft's advanced technologies coupled with performance and comfort enhancements.

Glass Fibers

SMC + D-LFT: A hybrid box for the Gen 2 Ridgeline

D-LFT optimizes vertical component functionality while first use of weatherable SMC eliminates paint, reduces mass and stands up to tough-duty use.

Glass Fibers

FCA, Toyota, Faurecia and AP&T win Altair awards

The 5th annual Altair Enlighten Awards strive to promote and celebrate innovation in automotive lightweighting.

Glass Fibers

Where are those promised composites technologies now?

Promising technologies of yesteryear: Where are they now? What can be learned from unfulfilled promise?


Composites: Hiding in plain sight

We need a collective public relations campaign to create more awareness of composites’ benefits.


Making composite parts from 3D printed paper molds

Honda made autoclave-capable molds at one-tenth the cost of CNC-machined metal using Mcor's SDL technology.

Carbon Fibers

A tsunami of growth: An inside look at the CSP/Teijin merger

I had the opportunity to meet and interview the top executives of Continental Structural Plastics (CSP, Auburn Hills, MI, US) and Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) last week. The occasion was an open house and celebration of the acquisition of CSP by Teijin.


CAMX 2016: The final report

With CAMX 2016 quickly receding, we offer this the full, complete and final report on what was seen, what was heard and what was new at North America's largest composites industry event. And we hope to see you next year at CAMX 2017, Sept. 11-14 in Orlando, Florida.

Carbon Fibers

Teijin + Continental Structural Plastics: Going forward

With Teijin set to take the reins of Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), both companies start thinking about how the future will look for this new autocomposites Tier 1.


CAMX 2016 Show Report

The 3rd annual joint ACMA/SAMPE-sponsored trade event comes to Anaheim with an exhibition and conference program attractive to professionals across the composites world.

Glass Fibers

Thermoplastic composites suspension featured on racecar

The Polystrand GT-Lite racecar recently completed its third racing weekend at the SCCA Majors event in Pueblo, Colo.


Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell sedan features hybrid-molded rear bumper beam

The rear bumper beam is made of the Tepex composites material from the Lanxess subsidiary Bond-Laminates.

Glass Fibers

SPE names winners of 2015 Automotive Innovation Awards Competition

Continental Structural Plastics' TCA Ultra Lite sheet molding compound (SMC) for composite body panels was the Materials category and Grand Award winner.


Finalists named for SPE annual automotive awards competition

The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will host its 45th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition on Nov. 11 in Detroit.


First GMT composite bumper wins 2015 SPE Hall of Fame award

Ted Adamczyk, design release engineer at General Motors, will accept the award on behalf of the original team that worked on the program at the 45th-annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on Nov. 11.

Carbon in the cloud(s)

Carbon is the norm, and even a necessity, at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race event, held June 28.

Carbon Fibers

Turning ideas into innovative composites

From helmets to harps to the new Formula Lites all-carbon race car, Crawford Composites pursues perfection in a wide array of carbon fiber parts.

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