COMPOSITES NEWS

Italy-based Belotti SpA launches Belotti America

12/22/2020

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.

Charger Investment Partners acquires Advanced Composite Products and Technology, Inc.

12/21/2020

Partnering with Charger will further accelerate ACPT’s leadership position in the composites space.

401 Tech Bridge announces winners of first Materials Innovation Challenge

12/21/2020

Funding will enable innovators at Canapitsit Customs LLC, Nautilus Defense and TxV Aerospace Composites to connect to academic resources including research, validation and testing.

GE to supply 14-MW Haliade-X wind turbines to Dogger Bank Wind Farm

12/21/2020

Confirmed as the supplier for all three of the U.K. offshore wind farm’s phases, GE will begin installing its most powerful, 14-MW turbine variants in 2025.

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered HY4 aircraft takes flight

12/21/2020

MAHEPA consortium demonstrates feasibility and advances toward liquid hydrogen tanks and scaling modular HY4 technology to new, emissions-free aircraft.

NCC, Dstl facilitate R&D program for combat aircraft composite structures

12/18/2020

The partnership invites organizations to pitch their most innovative ideas and capabilities to influence the direction of the ADCoSCA research program. 

Dieffenbacher D-LFT line offers increased application, throughput flexibility

12/18/2020

Efficiency, flexibility and increased performance are enabled by larger extruder pairs specially designed for the use of different thermoplastic materials. 

Report finds that renewable energy is cost-competitive with traditional power

12/18/2020

A joint 2020 Nuclear Energy Agency and International Energy Agency study reports that levelized costs of renewable and nuclear energy generation are falling below that of fossil fuels.

Luna Innovations, Lockheed Martin extend partnership

12/18/2020

The $6.2 million deal will extend the development of new optical measurement products for the F-35 aircraft fleet. 

Joby Aviation acquires Uber Elevate

12/18/2020

As part of the agreement, Uber Elevate, which is developing an air taxi ridesharing service, will invest $75 million in Joby, which is developing an all-electric eVTOL that the company hopes will enter service in 2023.

CoreLite signs agreement for balsa wood supply

12/18/2020

Balsa wood plantations will be planted and harvested throughout the Los Rios Province over a five-year period, bringing technological development, jobs and restoration of the ecosystem.

Vestas, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries finalize offshore business partnership agreement

12/18/2020

The agreement’s approval will lead to the acceleration of integrating Vestas and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, with an aim for completion by Feb. 1, 2021.

Airbus qualifies Europe's first 5-meter deployable reflector for radar satellites

12/17/2020

The unfurlable, parabolic, composite reflector offers significant advantages in satellite deployment and marks Airbus’s entry into the market for cost-effective and small radar missions and constellations. 

Fraunhofer IPT automates production of thermoplastic CFRP engine fan blades

12/17/2020

Successful first demonstrations on 16-mm-thick CF/PA12 to be followed by CF/PEEK tapes and embedded sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM).

Boeing conducts inspections of 787 composite inner fuselage skin

12/17/2020

Boeing reports that it is checking the flatness of inner fuselage skins on all undelivered 787s to verify structural integrity.

Fraunhofer IFAM automates pre-assembly of CFRP fuselage frames

12/17/2020

Positioning and drilling end effector for automated, high-precision and quality-assured pre-assembly developed with Airbus in German-funded “Tempo” sub-project.

Bosch venture division invests in Arris, opening new market opportunities

12/17/2020

Arris plans to expand its high-performance, high-volume Additive Molding technology to new industries and regions.

FACC begins EHang 216 flight tests

12/17/2020

The successful autonomous aerial vehicle flight test earns an experimental flight permit offered by Austrian aviation authorities for future flight test execution.

Hexcel, Safran expand contract for composite materials in commercial aerospace programs

12/16/2020

Long-term supplier contract amended to include Hexcel’s HexTow IM7 for the GE9X engine, as well as core, adhesives, prepregs and fabrics for additional aerospace applications.

Maine, U.K. sign agreement to advance offshore wind cooperation

12/16/2020

The commitment outlines strengthening offshore wind and green hydrogen supply chains via clean, innovative technologies to meet ambitious carbon neutrality goals and promote and foster sustainable growth.