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Scheurer Swiss expands core team, opens first U.K. branch

The company aims to simplify, strengthen and expand its business within the U.K.’s well-established composites market. 

Italy-based Belotti SpA launches Belotti America

Belotti America, located in Irving, Texas, marks the intention of enhancing Belotti SpA’s presence, while supporting and growing its customer base in North America.

Luna Innovations acquires Optasense, transforms fiber optic sensing solutions

Acquistion supports company growth trajectory via an established international presence, a robust fiber optic monitoring solution portfolio, expansion into high-growth markets.

Plataine, iSpecc partner, expand U.K. presence

Collaboration enhances Plataine’s footprint in the U.K. advanced manufacturing industry, with a focus on IoT, Industry 4.0 and other AI-based solutions.

GRP Solutions earns ISO 9001:2015 accreditation

The QMS standard outlines a framework for improving quality and providing products and services that consistently meet the requirements and expectations of customers.

Aerospace

FAA rescinds suspension order, approves 737 MAX operations

All airlines under the FAA’s jurisdiction, including those in the U.S., can now resume services. Boeing has further strengthened its safety and quality assurance.

Free Form Fibers' $2.5 million financing round scales up composites production

The next step is to bring high-performance fibers and powder materials to market for advanced applications, such as CMC.

Dunstone Co. announces ISO 9001/2015 certification

The certification ensures the company’s products and services meet the needs of customers through an effective quality management system. This is Dunestone’s second certification this year.

Design/Simulation

Dassault Systèmes, Purdue establish center of excellence

The 3DEXPERIENCE Education Center of Excellence in Advanced Composites at Purdue University aims to educate the next-generation workforce and accelerate Industry 4.0.

Solvay, Composites One enter Process Materials business negotiation

The PM business provides a broad array of vacuum bagging materials. The proposed transaction will enable Solvay to continue focusing on its core composites technology portfolio.

Epoxies

Mar-Ball, Lattice Composites merge to extend epoxy capabilities

The integrated merger will create new opportunities for epoxy-based products and material solutions in the composites industry.

Anisoprint launches 3D printer for continuous fibers

The Desktop Anisoprinting package comes with tailor-made plastic filament materials, verified printing profiles and a comprehensive training course.

Hexagon Composites initiates Hexagon Purus spin-off and private placement

Hexagon considers the intended separation as an important step for strengthening both Hexagon’s g-mobility and e-mobility (Hexagon Purus) businesses.

IACMI launches workforce development initiative

The program, Elevate by IACMI, will serve as an initiative to bring together the diverse stakeholders and partners in the advanced manufacturing workforce development field.

AVIC Cabin Systems announces global sales organization

The integrated group company is setting up a Global Sales Management team to further integrate its company structure and leverage synergy across its offered aircraft cabin solutions.

Rookwood Composites celebrates ten years of rapid growth

In the last ten years the Cincinnati-based company has expanded its services, gained a six-fold increase in the workforce and improved its turnover.

Aerospace

Strata adopts 4IR technology to drive expansion

The company leveraged Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology to strengthen core manufacturing capabilities, diversify product portfolio and pivot into new areas of manufacturing.

Defense

Boeing releases annual aerospace market forecast

The 2020 Boeing Market Outlook (BMO) projects near-term challenges in the commercial aviation and services market and resilience in the long-term, showing a resilient $8.5 trillion total market over ten years.

Sigmatex accelerates consolidation of U.S. operations

The consolidation process—which is a direct result of the global pandemic—will increase weaving capacity and additional investment made in innovative technologies.

ATL Composites, PARTEC celebrate 25-year partnership

ATL Composites’ knowledge and materials contribution to the PARTEC Composite Centre’s have enabled hands-on trials and apprentice training course work for individuals of all ages.

Aerospace

Boeing to consolidate 787 production in 2021

According to Boeing, the single site in South Carolina will improve operational efficiency as it adapts to the market downturn and positions for recovery and long-term growth.

Abaris announces composites training discount opportunity

Abaris’ 2020 Fall-Winter discount plan help students and organizations take advantage of training opportunities until the end of March 2021. 

People in Composites: September 2020

CW’s monthly roundup of people news in the composites industry this month includes Vestas, HRC Group, Toray Advanced Composites and more.

Automotive

Toray expands high-performance composite tooling supply in U.S.

The Toray AmberTool HX56 composite tooling prepregs will be fully stocked in the central U.S. enhancing the speed of supply and regional availability. Products are available as of Sept. 22, 2020.

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