COMPOSITES NEWS

Paris Air Show cancelled for 2021

12/8/2020

Board of Directors from GIFAS and the Paris Air Show deemed the show too uncertain under COVID-19 conditions. The next edition will be held in June 2023.

Boeing adjusts 2021 787 production downward

12/8/2020

Persistent headwinds in international air travel have compelled Boeing to reduced 787 production from six to five per month by mid-2021.

Toray, Joby Aviation finalize long-term carbon fiber supply agreement

12/8/2020

Toray carbon fiber materials will be used throughout the eVTOL aircraft structure, propulsion systems and interior components, with hopes to bring it to commercial operation as early as 2023.

Memphis Area Transit Authority implements CFRP service ramps

12/8/2020

CFRP ramps for rail trolley cars are 60% lighter and three times stronger than metal,  promote employee and public safety when onloading and offloading and are ADA-compliant.

Innovate UK grants NCC £355k to help achieve net zero future

12/7/2020

Funding will investigate how composite materials can best be used in final products, mitigation of their environmental impact and overall sustainability. 

Composites One, 3M Aerospace partner to extend aerospace industry services

12/7/2020

Composites One will now offer a portfolio of 3M’s innovative film adhesive and primers solutions, with a commitment to supply the aerospace market.

NAWA Technologies develops U.S. subsidiary to extend VACNT application scope

12/4/2020

NAWA America’s immediate focus is to bring NAWAStitch to mass market, a thin film containing trillions of VACNT arranged perpendicular to the carbon fiber layers to reinforce the weakest part of a composite.

Plataine, iSpecc partner, expand U.K. presence

12/4/2020

Collaboration enhances Plataine’s footprint in the U.K. advanced manufacturing industry, with a focus on IoT, Industry 4.0 and other AI-based solutions.

Airbus concludes Zephyr HAPS flight test campaign

12/4/2020

The composites-intensive Zephyr HAPS satellite is a stratospheric unmanned aerial system, which, with this recently successful flight test, is one step closer to providing local satellite-like services.

Kaman Composites, C&L Aerospace partner for composite repair service expansion

12/4/2020

Collaboration expands Kaman repair services into the business aviation aftermarket including Textron and Bombardier platforms, and names C&L the exclusive distributor. 

EIT InnoEnergy becomes Nabrawind shareholder

12/4/2020

The investment in Nabrawind will boost several company projects, including its Nabrajoint modular blade technology.

Vestas wins 534 MW order in Brazil, extends Casa dos Ventos’ wind park

12/4/2020

Casa dos Ventos placed a 534 MW order for the second stage of the Rio do Vento wind park, making it the largest wind project in Latin America to date at more than 1 GW. 

CSP fine-tunes CF-RTM process, launches production programs

12/4/2020

The carbon fiber RTM press will be installed at the CSP facility in Palmela, Portugal in order to run the company's first commercial applications using this technology.

Samad Aerospace eVTOL aircraft completes successful flight test

12/3/2020

The successful test ensured the all-electric e-Starling’s CTOL flight capabilities and achieved an essential step toward its VTOL aircraft development.

Airline industry performance outlook indicates deep industry loss into 2021

12/3/2020

A net loss of $38.7 billion is expected in 2021 and 2019 passenger volumes won’t return until 2024 at the earliest. However, improvements are expected into the second half of the year, boosting air cargo over air travel.

WSU-NIAR receives $13.5 million from Air Force for advanced composites research

12/3/2020

Additional funding extends NIAR’s Modeling for Affordable, Sustainable Composites (MASC) research program, which will develop technologies to optimize digital twin data.

Sundaram Finance Holdings invests in composite materials

12/2/2020

The strategic investment will strengthen automotive component manufacturer MIND’s expansion into the composites industry.

Carbon fiber windsurf fin incorporates Sicomin bio-based epoxy resin

12/2/2020

Sicomin GreenPoxy 33 meets high-performance windsurfing fins requirements, accommodating significant loads, high torsion stiffness and flexibility.

Avions Mauboussin launches STOL hybrid-hydrogen aircraft

12/2/2020

Hybrid Zéphyr engine for electric/hydrogen capabilities and a natural fiber composite-based design revive and reinvent an energy-efficient aircraft brand.

Successful integration of PocketQube satellites in 3D-printed composite deployer

12/1/2020

The 3D-printed, composites-based AlbaPod v2 satellite deployer and nine integrated PocketQubes for the Alba Cluster 3 mission enable largest PocketQube launch to date.