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Aerospace

EconCore, Toray and Bostik collaborate on FST-qualified thermoplastic honeycomb panels

Developed for mass transportation applications, including aircraft interiors, the material improves upon the cost, sustainability and versatility of conventional sandwich layup.

Natural Fibers

McLaren, Bcomp use natural composite fibers in F1 racing seat

The flax fibers meet strength and stiffness requirements while reducing vibration, cost, enhancing safety and lowering its CO2 footprint by 75%.

Aerospace

EHang 216 AAV obtains Special Flight Operations Certificate

The certificate issued by the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) will enable routine trial flights in Québec, Canada.

Aerospace

Electric short takeoff & landing aircraft addresses e-commerce needs

California-based Airflow's eSTOL aircraft promises cost-effective, rapid delivery of cargo within a distance range of 50-200 miles.

Automotive

German racing series shifts to natural fiber application

German racing series DTM says the shift away from carbon fibers will be more cost-efficient, improve lightweighting and reduce the organization’s ecological footprint.

Carbon Fibers

Carbon fiber-reinforced concrete accelerates in Germany

TU Dresden and C3 – Carbon Concrete Composite demonstrator aims to reduce concrete material use by 50% and CO2 emissions by up to 70%; Hitexbau touts high-volume automated production for carbon fiber textile grids.

CAMX Expo

Episode 32: Gregg Balko, SAMPE

CW Talks catches up with Gregg Balko, CEO of SAMPE since 2004, before his retirement on July 1, 2020.

Urban Air Mobility

Kitty Hawk ends eVTOL Flyer aircraft program

Designed with composite materials, the eVTOL aircraft was a major milestone for urban air mobility. 

Urban Air Mobility

China's EHang wins approval to use autonomous aerial vehicles for air logistics

The approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China enables commercial operation of the EHang 216 passenger-grade plane for cargo transport.

Aerospace

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.

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.

Epoxies

Chemical Process Services Ltd. develops greener epoxy curing agents

The Furalkamines are a new form of Mannich base curing agents said to deliver significantly enhanced cure performance for epoxy resins.

Carbon Fibers

The evolution of composites in NASCAR

The growing role of carbon fiber in stock car racing.

Natural Fibers

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.

Fabrics/Preforms

CETMA: composites R&D and innovation in Italy

From design and simulation to inline inspection, induction welding, continuous compression molding and recycled carbon fiber, this lab to support industry is advancing composites in aerospace, automotive, construction and more.

Automotive

U.S. DOT, EPA set new automotive emissions, fuel efficiency standards

Under the new standards, the projected overall industry average required fuel economy in MYs 2021-2026 is 40.4 miles per gallon, compared to 46.7 mpg in MY 2025 under the 2012 standards.

Natural Fibers

Gurit features core materials, adhesives, resins, molds for wind, aerospace

Gurit is featuring its offerings and expertise for wind energy, composite tooling and lightweighting applications such as aerospace, rail, healthcare and marine. ​​​​​​

Epoxies

Huntsman epoxy, polyurethane resins designed for aero, auto, wind

Huntsman Advanced Materials is showcasing applications of its resin systems for the automotive, aerospace, wind energy markets.

RTM

Composite Integration launches resin transfer molding, infusion technologies

The company’s modular infusion manifold automates the infusion process to simplify manufacture of large composite structures.

Aerospace

NASA’s Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge advances with agreement signings

Companies will develop or operate air vehicles and airspace management services to support larger goals in urban air mobility.

Fabrics/Preforms

SAERTEX extends carbon fiber contract with Bombardier

SAERTEX supplies textile reinforcement materials and carbon fiber noncrimp fabrics, with which Bombardier produces wingskins for the Airbus A220 aircraft at its Belfast facility.

Automotive

Teijin, Envision Virgin Racing announce multi-year partnership

The Teijin Group will develop high-performance materials and products for the team’s all-electric Formula E racecars.

Aerospace

Hengshen to develop components for C919 aircraft composite tail

Hengshen Co. and the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) will collaborate on development of specialized components for the C919 tail optimization project.

Natural Fibers

Composites events to cover recycling, sustainability, gel coats and more

Recently announced composites events news includes new events and speaker abstract deadlines from the ACMA, AIMPLAS, KRÜSS​​​, Polynt-Reichhold and SPE.