SUSTAINABILITY

Carbon Fibers

Partnership promotes Hypetex colored carbon fiber materials to North American market

Massachusetts-based CompositesTech will perform sales and marketing for the Hypetex fiber reinforcement portfolio and introduce it to new customers and markets.

Aerospace

Beta secures order for 20 composite eVTOL ALIA aircraft 

Blade Urban Air Mobility operators to receive first passenger-configured Beta aircraft in 2024. Additional partners span medical, logistics, defense and passenger market segments.

Natural Fibers

Advanced biocomposite technologies nominated for “Renewable Material of the Year” Innovation Award

Six nominees chosen for Renewable Materials Conference award, including India-based Malai Biomaterials Design for its plant leather biocomposite, and Netherlands-based Vepa and Plantics’ hemp chair.

Aerospace

Rolls-Royce begins building UltraFan aeroengine prototype

To be completed by the end of 2021, the UltraFan prototype includes the world’s largest fan rotor blades, which are made from composites.

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Axillium to support, manage U.K.’s ASCEND program

Innovation management partner Axillium explains its role in development of the Aerospace and Automotive Supply Chain Enabled Development (ASCEND) program launched in the U.K. in March 2021.

SABIC novel bio-based LNP compound demonstrates reduced carbon emissions

Flame-retardant carbon fiber-reinforced compound offers a 17% reduced carbon footprint and does not alter the polymer properties of the incumbent material.

Scott Bader to celebrates 100 years as a company, 70 years employee-owned

Global manufacturer of adhesives, resins, gelcoats and functional polymers reaches company milestone, organizes a range of celebrations to recognize the company’s journey.

Epoxies

Sicomin launches FireGreen 37 fire-retardant, bio-epoxy laminating resin system

More sustainable formulation features 25% plant-based carbon content, a halogen-free chemistry and has been optimized for hand laminating processes.

Trillium Renewable Chemicals to accelerate commercialization of feedstock-based chemical technology

Patented chemical manufacturing platform from Southern Research to convert renewable feedstocks to acrylonitrile, propylene glycol and acrylic acid products.

Carbon Fibers

Éirecomposites and ORPC to use recycled carbon fiber in tidal turbine foils

Development part of €3M CRIMSON project to advance tidal energy for clean electricity.

Automotive

All-electric SUV motorsport vehicle incorporates Bcomp natural fiber bodywork 

In preparation for the Extreme E racing series, Spark vehicles use ampliTex and powerRibs technologies for more sustainable, efficient and safe off-roading.

Automotive

Jaguar Land Rover composites project to advance EV lightweighting, reduce emissions

Four-year Tuscana project aims to increase vehicle stiffness by 30% cut weight by 35 kilograms, refine crash safety via tailored composites for 2022 prototype fleet.

Construction

Aramco, ACI launch new center to develop, promote nonmetallic material use for construction

Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials to develop, disseminate and adopt consensus-based standards for concrete design, construction and materials.

Materials

AIMPLAS enters financial year with €13.3 million revenue and sustainability commitment

AIMPLAS closed 2019 with a 14% increase in revenue based on 226 R&D&I projects, became leading plastics technology center in Valencia, constructed new facility that promote research for circular economy.

Automotive

Teijin, Applied EV develop energy-efficient autonomous LS-EV for future mobility

The autonomous low-speed electric vehicle (LS-EV) incorporates Teijin Ltd.’s resins and fabrics and Applied EV’s mobility vehicle platform technology.

Marine

Zero-emissions cargo ship to be powered by hydrogen and wind

The ship, to be developed by Norwegian partners along with rotor sail developer Norsepower, is expected to enter service in 2024.

Construction

AIMPLAS develops pultruded bio-based profiles for rural and urban development

European BASAJAUN project to optimize sustainable urban development and improve the rural economy via novel bio-based materials, products and building systems.

Thermoplastics

UBQ Materials awarded ISO certifications for waste-derived thermoplastic

The Israeli startup’s bio-based material achieves international recognition as a raw material for industrial manufacturing applications.

Automotive

EU LEVIS project to develop lightweight components for electric vehicles

Consortium to develop three large-scale, real-case demonstrators using multi-material solutions based on thermoplastic carbon fiber compounds integrated with metals.

Construction

Palari Group, Mighty Buildings to develop community of 3D-printed, zero-net energy homes

Palari to construct 15 eco-friendly homes via 3D-printed panelized Mighty Kit system, which delivers prefabricated polymer composite panels for reduced waste and setup time.

Automotive

AMAC, Pontis Engineering cooperate on e-mobility

The collaboration will focus on application of composites in battery housings and electric vehicles of all types.

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.

Aerospace

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.

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