#PLANTTOURS

Glass Fibers

Strukton Civiel and FiberCore Europe cooperate to retrofit concrete bridges with composite FRP decks

SUREbridge offers sustainable, cost-saving strengthening for outdated bridges.

Energy Storage

Toyota and Hino agree to develop heavy-duty fuel cell truck using composite storage tanks

Type IV tanks will help provide 600-kilometer range and meet commercial vehicle requirements

Carbon Fibers

Plant Tour: Holland Composites, Lelystad, Netherlands

Balancing performance with affordable production, this industry veteran continues to explore composites’ infinite possibilities.

Consumer

The R&D we don't see

Shedding light on unrecognized composites manufacturing innovation.

Aerospace

IAI North America to build new headquarters in Virginia

Aerospace and defense company Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. is expanding its reach in North America with a new corporate headquarters location.

Carbon Fibers

Plant Tour: Veelo Technologies, Woodlawn, Ohio, U.S.

Advanced materials company evolves from nanomaterials to multifunctional composites and processing solutions.

Defense

National Composites Week: How composites protect us

As we celebrate National Composites Week, here’s a look at some of the ways composites keeping us safe.  

Automotive

Prodrive Composites updates, expands U.K. facility

New cutting machines, in-house 3D printers, an additional autoclave, CNC machines and expanded production space aim to increase productivity.

Construction

FRP system used in Nevada shared-use path project

Composite Advantage’s FiberSPAN fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) system was used to build five prefabricated bridge sections for the recently-opened trail.

RTM

Plant Tour: STELIA Aerospace, Méaulte, France

Supplier of Airbus fuselage sections pushes boundaries of hybrid aerostructures production, assembly and thermoplastic composites.

Glass Fibers

Plant Tour: Composite Advantage

Composite Advantage supplies engineered fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) products including bridge decks, trail bridges, cantilever sidewalks, rail platforms, as well as waterfront structures such as fender protection systems, pilings and naval ship separators.

Carbon Fibers

Plant Tour: Prodrive

At Prodrive, composite parts for race cars, luxury cars and even folding bicycles receive hands-on attention through every step of manufacture.

A change in the wind

Long-time CW staff depart, new faces emerge.

Carbon Fibers

Plant tour: Meggitt San Diego, CA, US

This aerospace and defense fabricator upgrades to a larger facility and gets, in the process, a chance to rethink and optimize material, people and process flow. 

The building of a composites manufacturing niche

Equipped to meet vertical needs with rapid turnaround, Rock Hill, SC’s Composite Resources has found the sweet spot between prototypers and large composites manufacturers.

Filament Winding

Plant Tour: Agility Fuel Solutions, Salisbury, NC, US

This systems integrator enables CFRP pressure vessel growth in commercial vehicles by combining composites and alternative fuel systems expertise.

Automotive

Where the art and science of braiding meet

A&P has made a name for itself as a braider, but the depth and breadth of its technical aptitude comes into sharp focus with a peek behind usually closed doors.

Epoxies

Thriving aerospace pioneer builds business in the air and on land

Aerospace tier supplier Kanfit Ltd. is expanding, offering both composite and metal parts for applications in an expanding range of high-performance markets.

Aerospace

High-performance composites in Israel

Four major manufacturers — diverse, yet with shared commitment — showcase global aerocomposites industry capacity and this region’s potential for future growth.

Carbon Fibers

Rear wall reboot: One-stop, tow to tape to CFRP part

Audi and Voith Composites iterate the CFRP rear wall from R8 sports car to A8 luxury sedan via an automated production line able to output hundreds of parts per day.

Automated Dynamics plant tour event

Automated Dynamics will be hosting a dinner, technical overview and tour of their plant April 19.

ATL/AFP

I want to say two words to you: “Thermoplastic tapes”

Thermoplastic tapes are not new to composites, but they soon will join the primary aerostructures material palette and could be their future.

Aerospace

Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 1

After more than 30 years of development, in-situ consolidation is nearing its promise to eliminate fasteners and the autoclave, and enable an integrated, multifunctional airframe.

Aerospace

3D-printed composite wind blades and aircraft, closer than you think

Orbital Composites’ patented coaxial extrusion process is investigated at Airbus subsidiary CTC GmbH Stade and spins off advances in speed, scale, materials and multifunctionality as it aims for very large structures.