TRB develops fire-resistant biocomposite door leaf

The carbon fiber-reinforced biocomposite sandwich panel features a 100% recycled foam core and has been designed for light weight and fire resistance.


SPE Automotive Innovation Awards expands aftermarkets category

Parts competition nominations are due by Sept. 6, 2019, and “Hall of Fame” award nominations are due May 31. 


AeroVironment assembles first HAWK30 solar-powered aircraft

The composites-intensive HAWK30 solar-powered unmanned aircraft features solar panels on the wings and has been designed to fly at high altitudes for long periods of time.


U.S. wind development grows by 6,146 megawatts in first quarter

The American Wind Energy Association’s first quarter 2019 report also says the total pipeline of U.S. wind energy development has reached a record-breaking 39,161 megawatts.


Magna produces lightweight, composite liftgates and active aerodynamic grille shutters in China

Innovations help lower emission and improve fuel economy for fast-growing market.


SGL Carbon manufactures prototypes of composite battery cases

The battery boxes, developed with Chinese car manufacturer NIO for electric vehicles, feature lighter weight, high rigidity and lower thermal conductivity than aluminum or steel boxes.


Spirit AeroSystems acquires robotic Electroimpact AFP machine

The new machine, featuring an upgraded AFP head said to place material more than twice as fast as traditional machines, will be devoted to research and development.


KraussMaffei expands LFI and SCS processing with shuttle mold carrier

At the Munich-based TechCenter, the MX mold carrier is developed to improve fiber injection and spraying capabilities including for large, Class-A components.


Airlander electric propulsion project wins grant funding

UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme awards grant to develop electric propulsion for Airlander 10.


People in Composites: April 2019

CW’s monthly roundup of people news in the composites industry.

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