COMPOSITES NEWS

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

7/14/2020

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

Lilium, Toray reach carbon fiber supply agreement

7/13/2020

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

7/13/2020

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

7/10/2020

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

7/10/2020

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

7/10/2020

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

7/10/2020

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

7/9/2020

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

7/9/2020

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

7/8/2020

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

7/8/2020

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

7/8/2020

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

7/7/2020

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

7/7/2020

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

7/6/2020

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