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Automotive

Altair Enlighten Award opens for submissions

Ninth annual international award showcases innovation in automotive lightweighting and sustainability. Entries due by May 31, 2021.

Testing

NCC proposes natural fiber use for SME subterranean transport network

Under an NCC SME Boost program, research indicates composite reinforcements will reduce material, manufacturing costs and prove more sustainable for innovative SME project.

Prepregs

Solvay, Vertical Aerospace expand on UAM agreement

Composite materials supplier Solvay Composite Materials and urban air mobility (UAM) manufacturer Vertical Aerospace offer details about materials, process use in VA-1X aircraft.

Aerospace

Self-responsive composite materials to reduce aerospace production costs, improve sustainability

EU Horizon 2020 MASTRO project to develop intelligent bulk materials with carbon nanotube integration for self-cure, self-anti-icing and self-sensing properties.

Mass Transit

IntegriCo Composites expands existing composite rail tie production into high-growth markets

Company bolsters existing product line into pipeline skids and construction matting parts while maintaining a continued focus on recycled plastic sustainability solutions. 

Natural Fibers

Natural fiber-reinforced SMC targets industrial applications

Lorenz and IVW collaborate on a sheet molding compound (SMC) that can accommodate sunflower seed shells, reeds and other natural fibers and fillers.

Hexion announces Open Innovation Challenge

Individuals and teams are given the opportunity to submit technical proposals to accelerate the development of coatings and resins with more sustainable attributes.

Teijin supports Japan Climate Initiative call for higher renewable energy target

Target renewable energy ratio for Japanese corporations for fiscal year 2030 to rise to 40-50%.

Processes

Solvay, Leonardo launch joint research lab for thermoplastic composites

The Solvay Leonardo Joint Research Lab aims to facilitate the broader adoption of thermoplastic composites by the aerospace industry.

Glass Fibers

Teijin, Applied EV develop composite autonomous vehicle platform

One-piece glass fiber-reinforced SMC structural shell reduces 20% weight and manufacturing complexity of the zero-emissions Blanc Robot platform.

T&T Eco launches environmentally friendly degreasers and bio-based solvents

Degreaser and solvents are natural, high-performance solutions that can be used for cleaning, absorption and preparation of surfaces.

Filament Winding

Composites-intensive wave energy technology receives new funding

CorPower Ocean and OPS Composite Solutions secure almost €500,000 from EEA grants to advance buoy-based renewable energy technology.

Glass Fibers

Johns Manville launches thermal recycling unit for glass fiber waste

The unit provides a projected recycling capacity of more than three tons per hour and will keep more than ten thousand tons of waste out of landfills annually.

Axiom Materials receives Carbon Neutrality Certification

The 2019 certification demonstrates Axiom’s commitment to corporate social responsibilities and its goal to contribute to reinforcing a sustainable future.

Wind/Energy

DecomBlades consortium awarded funding for a cross-sector wind turbine blade recycling project

A 10-partner consortium has received funding for a three-year R&D project aiming at commercialization of sustainable techniques for recycling wind blades.  

Aerospace

Boeing commits to deliver commercial airplanes ready to fly on 100% sustainable fuels

According to Boeing, the ambitious goal is considered the safest and most measurable solution to reduce aviation carbon emissions in the coming decade.

Teijin establishes Europe Sustainable Technology Innovation Center

The R&D center will facilitate open communication with external innovation communities and research institutes and develop sustainable technologies with low environmental impact.

Energy Storage

TFP acquires PV3 technologies, strengthens hydrogen portfolio

Acquisition builds on capacity expansion, and TFP’s commitment to offer a wider range of green hydrogen technology solutions to the growing hydrogen market.

Aerospace

Episode 36: Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya, IACMI

IACMI’s Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya talk about the first five years of the organization, how it has evolved and what the future might hold as IACMI continues its quest to help drive composite materials and process growth.

Natural Fibers

Lingrove launches Ekoa Surface Peel N’Stick and receives automotive orders

Natural fiber/bio-thermoplastic composite veneers meet sustainability and performance demands for multiple markets.

Aerospace

Orbex secures $24 million funding round for U.K. space launch

New funding secures roadmap to first launch of composites-intensive Orbex Prime rocket from Sutherland spaceport in Scotland. 

Carbon Fibers

Teijin contributes to sustainability with infrastructure innovations

In light of climate change and increasingly aggressive environments, Teijin focuses on new, sustainable infrastructure technologies that will enable more adaptability.

Natural Fibers

3A Composites promotes sustainability initiatives

The company passed its annual FSC review, ensuring responsible balsa wood management, and confirmed Baltek SBC as a carbon-neutral core material. 

Core

CoreLite signs agreement for balsa wood supply

Balsa wood plantations will be planted and harvested throughout the Los Rios Province over a five-year period, bringing technological development, jobs and restoration of the ecosystem.

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