COMPOSITES NEWS

Optimization approach helps design lighter carbon fiber composites

6/18/2021

Approach developed by Tokyo University of Science for manufacturing carbon fibers with optimized orientation and thickness achieves more than a 5% weight reduction in fiber-reinforced materials.

NCC research supports new composite gripper solution for wind turbine installation

6/18/2021

Compared to current steel clamping structures, which aid in turbine installation, the feasibility study established that composite grippers could cut cost points, installation time and reduce overall environmental impact.

Light & Strong deploys Plataine Shelf-Life Manager for optimized, automated inventory management

6/18/2021

AI-based software fully digitizes composite material monitoring in real-time from factory to freezer, and analyzes opportunities to use material remnants for reduced waste.

Jaguar Land Rover to develop hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle prototype

6/18/2021

Based off the new Land Rover Defender, the FCEV concept will be a zero tailpipe emissions prototype, with testing scheduled for late 2021.

Registration opens for inaugural Top Shops Expo

6/18/2021

Free exhibit hall and discounted educational passes available for new industrial manufacturing tradeshow, technical conference and sourcing fair.

Fill ACCUBOT spurs GKN Aerospace composite aircraft parts inspection

6/18/2021

Flexible and precise multimodal robot system conducts quicker inspection processes, reducing GKN’s geometrical inspections from 11 hours to half an hour.

Composite resins price change report

12/16/2019

CW’s running summary of resin price change announcements from major material suppliers that serve the composites manufacturing industry.

CFM RISE program targets composites, additive manufacturing and hybrid electric

6/18/2021

GE Aviation, Safran program targets more than 20% lower emissions, 100% compatibility with sustainable and hydrogen fuels, with a technology roadmap detailing CMC, composite fan blades and more.  

Teijin Ltd. joins Spirit AeroSystem Aerospace Innovation Centre

6/17/2021

Teijin expects to collaborate with Spirit and other AIC members to enhance innovative technology capabilities, including composites, in the aerospace industry.

Basaltex reveals basalt fiber milestone for use in rail carriage interiors

6/17/2021

Testing and development of basalt fiber, bioresin and rPET combo achieves rigidity, fire resistance and lightweight properties that meet railway application standards.

GE, LafargeHolcim team up to explore circular economy solutions for the wind industry

6/16/2021

Per an active drive for more sustainable, circular solutions, both partners will be investigating ways to use decommissioned wind turbine materials. 

Airbus establishes Zero-Emissions Development Centres for hydrogen tank manufacture

6/16/2021

Bremen and Nantes sites will aim to achieve cost-competitive cryogenic tank manufacturing via metallic, composite technologies, and testing/installation capabilities to support future ZEROe launch.

Helicoid Industries releases preliminary results for biomimetic composite protective helmets

6/16/2021

The Helicoid fiber-reinforced composites technology helped achieve a 25% weight reduction with enhanced toughness and crash protection, while simultaneously enabling a reduction in raw material consumption.

Archer unveils eVTOL Maker aircraft

6/16/2021

California-based UAM company debuts its inaugural composite eVTOL demonstrator aircraft at an in-person event in Los Angeles.

Apply Carbon France invests in new manufacturing facility for recycled carbon fiber 

6/15/2021

The 15,600-square-meter facility will integrate the former ELG Carbon Fibre’s short carbon fiber business to address the growing market for sustainable technical fibers.

Sigmatex approved for National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels funding

6/15/2021

Industry-led program serves to increase Sigmatex’s CFRP capability and competitiveness relative to the changing needs of the automotive sector.

Aditya Birla Group plans to increase advanced materials business capacity

6/15/2021

A brown field expansion at the company’s existing location in Gujarat, India, will increase capacity by ~125 kilo-tonnes per annum, which include standard and specialty epoxy products and curing agents.

Self-organization and photopolymerization method constructs tailorable 2D polymer materials

6/15/2021

International research team uses fantrip molecule and a violet laser to create durable covalent bonds for ultra-thin, functional materials with highly defined and regular crystalline structures.

Airbus opens Aerospace Integrated Research and Test Centre

6/14/2021

Jointly funded by Airbus and the U.K. government’s ATI program, the £40 million research and testing facility serves to undertake structural testing of large-scale aircraft assemblies.

Hexagon Digital Wave to supply ultrasonic examination equipment for Type III composite cylinders

6/14/2021

Ultrasonic examination (UE) installation to help assess the structural integrity of the aerospace-grade high-pressure vessels.