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9/29/2011 | 1 MINUTE READ

News Briefs: October 2011

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Brief news from Web Industries, Audi and Jushi Group.

Web Industries (Atlanta, Ga.) has opened a new 10,000-ft2 (930m2) Composites Automation Development Center in the Atlanta, Ga., area to help customers test carbon fiber materials for use in the automated fiber placement process. Engineers will be able to work with Web Industries to complete performance, processability, durability and fit-for-use assessments on prepreg tapes. The new facility is ISO 9001:2008, AS9100 and ISO 14001 certified. Its services and capabilities include slitting and winding, slit-width verification testing, materials analysis and more.

German automaker Audi (Ingolstadt, Germany) announced on Aug. 10 its new urban 1+1-seat ultralight concept car, which was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Sept. 15. Audi says the car combines elements of a racing car, a fun car and an urban car into one radical new concept, which uses carbon fiber composites. Onboard, there is room for two people in slightly staggered positions. Entry to the car is via the tailgate. The roof is designed to be maneuverable and slides to the rear to open. According to Audi, the cockpit consists of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, which integrates the undercarriage of both seats. Two e-tron electric motors provide propulsion, and a lithium-ion battery supplies the energy.

Zhang Yuqiang, chairman of China Fiberglass and president of Jushi Group (Tongxiang, Zhejiang, China), announced in July the finalization of the company’s acquisition of Gibson Fiberglass (Irwindale, Calif.). The new company, Jushi USA, will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Jushi Group. Jushi USA joins the global network of other Jushi subsidiaries in Canada, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa and Spain. Alan Gardiner, chief operating officer, will lead the Jushi USA management team. He is also the president of Jushi Canada.