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Eastman Machine appoints TeCS as U.K. representative

TeCS has established an Eastman technical demonstration facility inside composites specialist Kamm Projects Ltd. in Newcastle, U.K.

Defense

Spirit AeroSystems receives $80 million Defense Production Act Title III funding

The funding, in national response to COVID-19, will support and expand Spirit’s production capabilities for composites and metallic fabrication.

Carbon Fibers

Teijin increases short carbon fiber capacity

Increased product capacity will enable the company to better react to European market demands and strengthen its carbon fiber portfolio.

Aerospace

SpaceShipTwo completes second test flight

The VSS Unity’s second glide test continues collecting system evaluation and vehicle performance data to prepare the aircraft for powered spaceflights. 

Cultivating the Next Generation of Finishing Industry Leaders

As a generation of experienced coaters and finishers look toward retirement, new leaders are beginning to emerge. Training, education, support and encouragement for new talent is crucial for the future of manufacturing.

People in Composites: June 2020

Siemens Gamesa, Composites for Europe, SPE, Lockheed Martin and more announce management changes. 

TRB Lightweight Structures launches composites technician apprenticeship

The three-year program includes lecture and practical education, as well as competency-based training to develop composites skills and competencies.

Aerospace

Velis Electro all-electric aircraft obtains type certificate

Obtained from EASA, the Type Certification furthers Pipistrel’s goal for sustainable and emissions-free aircraft. 

Abaris offers reduced class sizes for onsite training

Minimum class size has been reduced to six students, to help companies access composites training while following coronavirus safety guidelines.

CAMX Expo

Episode 32: Gregg Balko, SAMPE

Gregg Balko, CEO of SAMPE since 2004, is retiring on July 1, 2020. CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan talks to Gregg about his tenure at SAMPE, changes he led and how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the trade show and conference business — including SAMPE’s.

How Champions Can Develop a Thriving Workforce

Having a workforce development champion in your shop is more critical now than ever before. Here are five techniques your champion can apply to attract and retain new talent.

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. 

Abaris reopens Reno training facility

After closing mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Abaris Training Resources begins in-person classes on June 1.

In memoriam: Longtime CW writer Sara Black dies at 66

Sara Black joined CompositesWorld in 1999 and for the next 20 years embodied the intelligence, curiosity, respect, diligence and accuracy that the publication strove to deliver to its audience.

People in Composites: May 2020

IACMI, SAERTEX, SAMPE and Tooling Tech Group announce new hires in the composites industry.

Testing

Anomalies force Virgin Orbit to terminate LauncherOne test

Despite the termination, the test flight provided data necessary to make adjustments for future launches. 

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.

Techsolutions R.J. Provides Waste Management Solutions

The company provides customized training in electroplating, wastewater treatment and management, pure water production, process improvement, troubleshooting and root cause analysis.

Automotive

European Interegg program awards AACOMA project

The AACOMA project supports the development of advanced composite manufacturing in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) region beginning in 2023. 

Advint's Advisory and Training Services Assist Electroplating Businesses

Advint's advisory service emphasizes science, mathematics, technology and management to help clients achieve their goals.

Carbon Fibers

Hexcel carbon fiber prepreg selected for ultralight aircraft design

German aircraft specialist Flight Design is using HexPly M79 for composite parts on its F2 aircraft.

Wind/Energy

Report says more than 77,000 on-site workers are needed for growing wind industry

The Global Wind Energy Council and Global Wind Organisation report that more workers are needed to deliver offshore wind installations between 2020-2024.

Testing

Exact Metrology offers portable 3D laser scanner

The Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner is a portable coordinate measuring machine designed to measure large-scale objects.

U.S. Department of Labor issues alert to help keep manufacturing workers safe during coronavirus pandemic

OSHA-recommended safety measures for manufacturing employers include flexible work hours, social distancing and personal hygiene.