First Siempelkamp SMC press system for U.S. customer accepted


The 1,200-ton sheet molding compound (SMC) press was assembled and commissioned in four weeks.

Lilium, Toray reach carbon fiber supply agreement


Toray will provide carbon fiber directly to Lilium during development of the Lilium Jet eVTOL craft, and then to suppliers during prototyping and production. Includes video of Lilium Jet test flight.

Arevo launches direct-to-customer 3D-printed bicycle


The Superstrata brand features a fully unibody carbon fiber/polyamide frame manufactured using Arevo’s direct deposition additive manufacturing process.

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.

Purdue develops lignin extraction method for sustainable composite board resin binder


The extraction method reduces production cost, long-term health hazards and can be used as the main component in a non-formaldehyde binder system.

FRP cantilever sidewalks help fill demand for wider sidewalks


According to Composite Advantage, physical distancing requirements have boosted demand for 15-foot sidewalks, presenting an opportunity for FRP panels.

IBEX 2020 will transition to a virtual-only event


IBEX, North America’s largest technical trade event for the marine industry, goes virtual in light of pandemic concerns.

Strata delivers 100 shipsets of inboard flaps for Airbus A350-900


Strata assumes fabrication and assembly duties for inboard flaps production and plans to incorporate HDF and ATL machines into the process.

Lanxess presents thermoplastics for automotive applications


The company is showcasing use of its composite materials in A-pillar automotive structures and electric vehicle charging applications at the VDI Congress PIAE virtual event in July.

Engineering Technology launches servo tensioner for filament winding


The ST2 system, tested with pitch carbon fiber and alumina fiber, enables high-speed wet, dry and towpreg winding.

Airbus announces headcount reduction through mid-2021


The reduction of 15,000 positions, made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, will primarily affect Airbus employees in France, Spain, Germany and the U.K., as well as Stelia and Premium AEROTEC.

Setforge, 9T Labs collaborate to replace metal part production with composites


The substitution, enabling Setforge’s serial production of CFRP components, will be aided by 9T Lab’s Red Series technology.

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.

Bye Aerospace begins next flight test phase for eFlyer 2


The next flight test phase for the eFlyer 2 focuses on selecting the most effective propeller that meets lightweight and efficiency requirements.

ACT Blade, AMRC cooperate on 13m blade demonstrator


ACT Blade’s wind turbine blade design uses a textile shell overwrapping a structural spar to help reduce blade weight and manufacturing cost.