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2019 CAMX award, ACE winners illustrate industry trends
Among this year’s award winners are Continental Structural Plastics, the Institut fur Textiltecnik of RWTH Aachen University, LyondellBasell, Fortify, Spirit AeroSystems and more.

Researchers develop recyclable PE structural composite
A European consortium is developing a recyclable, sorted fiber composite material made of polyethylene that is suitable for load-bearing components.

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: LyondellBasell
LyondellBasell is featuring its styrene-free materials that can be sourced in forms including SMCs, BMCs and engineered structural composites.

composites in agricultural equipment

Reaping the benefits: Composites use grows in agricultural equipment
Multiple trends support composites advances in this huge but fragmented market.

Innovation in SMC: A long history and great potential
Manufacturer’s representative Steve Brown reflects on the history of sheet molding compound (SMC) development and lessons he has learned from working with companies through the process.

CAMX 2018 preview: A. Schulman
A. Schulman (Fairlawn, OH, US) is featuring its two newest sheet molding compounds (SMCs), Premi-Glas 7001 and Premi-Glas 3501.


LyondellBasell completes A. Schulman acquisition
The combined business will operate as a stand-alone Advanced Polymer Solutions business segment.


U.S. styrene-reduction mandates: Go or no-go?
Legislative changes are slow in coming, but technology forges ahead.

JEC World 2018: Highlights
You will read more about what we discovered at JEC World 2018 in the coming weeks and months, but for now this is a quick review of some of the highlights from the world’s largest composites trade show.

A.Schulman LYTEX SF epoxy-based styrene-free sheet molding compound SMC

JEC World 2018 preview: A. Schulman
New LYTEX SF epoxy-based, styrene-free, sheet molding compound

A. Schulman to be acquired by LyondellBasell in $2.25 billion deal
LyondellBasell announces entry into definitive agreement to acquire high-performance plastics, composites and resins supplier A. Schulman

hybrid composites, hybrid composite materials

Hybrid composite materials: tailoring for specific performance
I received a link to an interesting technical paper presented at CAMX by AGY (Aiken, SC, US). It got me thinking about hybrid composites.

CAMX 2017 preview: A. Schulman
A. Schulman Inc. (Fairlawn, OH, US) is introducing its new Quantum LYTEX SF series of styrene-free, epoxy-based sheet molding compounds

SMC seat frame

SMC: Old dog, more tricks
In the sheet molding compound renaissance, the advent of new resins and compounds are broadening the definition and application of this versatile family of composites.

 Laura Littlejohn, a scientist at Ashland LLC

SMC: Old dog, new tricks
A sheet molding compound renaissance highlights new reinforcements, new fillers, new matrices, new opportunities.

Compression molding: New materials and markets
From multifunctional aircraft interiors to compounds using continuous fabrics to the growing use of recycled carbon fiber – compression molding offers new opportunities.

New and newer at CAMX 2016
Airbus subsidiary for Industry 4.0 composites plus new products, processes and resources on display.

JEC World 2016, the full report
CompositesWorld's editors report on the technologies and products that caught our eye at JEC World 2016, in early March.

carbon fiber

Fiber reinforcement forms
Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.

Green resins: Closer to maturity
As more players approach the market, R&D expands, but overall market growth in the composites arena is still slow but steady.

Managing weight in emergency medical transport
Repetitive strain risk for first responders sends emergency equipment provider back to the drawing board to develop more ergonomic cot.

Product Categories of LyondellBasell

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
Aerospace, aircraft interior
Aerospace, fuselage/wing
Aerospace, radomes
Alumina trihydrate
Automotive, body panels & substructures
Automotive, interior (seats, IPCs, floor panels, etc.)
Automotive, underhood
Bismaleimide (BMI)
Bismaleimide, >12K tow
Bismaleimide, Other
Bismaleimide, Other broadgoods
Bismaleimide, Roving
Bulk molding (BMC)
CAD/CAM/CAE design
Calcium carbonate
Carbon black
Carbon, Braided
Carbon, Chopped strand
Carbon, Combination woven roving & chopped strand mat
Carbon, Mat, chopped strand
Carbon, Multiaxial
Carbon, PAN-based
Carbon, Plain-weave
Carbon, Spread-tow fabric
Carbon, Stitched (knitted, nonwoven)
Carbon, Twill
Carbon, Woven roving
Carbon/glass hybrid, Chopped strand
Carbon/glass hybrid, Combination woven roving & chopped strand mat
Carbon/glass hybrid, Mat, chopped strand
Coating and painting
Colorant, pigments
Composite, fiberglass
Composite, other
Compression molding
Compression molding
Consulting, materials
Consulting, process development
Consulting, structual design
Continuous fiber/thermoset resin
Contract/toll compounding services
Curing agents, amines
Curing agents, others
Custom compounding and blending
Custom compounding and blending
Cutting, finishing, and machining
Discontinuous fiber/thermoset resin
Discontinuous fiber/thermoset resin
E-Glass, Chopped strand
E-Glass, Combination woven roving & chopped strand mat
E-Glass, Mat, chopped strand
E-Glass, Mat, continuous strand
E-Glass, Plain-weave
E-Glass, Spread-tow fabric
Epoxy, <12K tow
Epoxy, >12K tow
Epoxy, 250 F cure
Epoxy, 250 F cure, <12K tow
Epoxy, 250 F cure, Fabric
Epoxy, 250 F cure, Other broadgoods
Epoxy, 350 F cure
Epoxy, Fabric
Epoxy, Other
Epoxy, Other broadgoods
Epoxy, toughened
Epoxy, toughened, <12K tow
Epoxy, toughened, Other broadgoods
Finite element modeling/analysis (FEM/FEA)
Hand layup
Impregnation lines
Infrastructure, composite
Injection molding
Injection molding
Low-pressure molding
Marine, boat (hulls, decks, bulkheads, etc.)
Marine, other
Materials analysis
Nylon (polyamide)
Other coating materials
Other composite structures
Other gel coats
Other tools/tooling materials
Other, <12K tow
Other, >12K tow
Phenolic, <12K tow
Phenolic, >12K tow
Phenolic, Other
Phenolic, Other broadgoods
Phenolic, Roving
Polyester (PET)
Polyester, unsaturated, <12K tow
Polyester, unsaturated, >12K tow
Polyester, unsaturated, Other broadgoods
Polyester, unsaturated, Roving
Polyimide, <12K tow
Polyimide, Other
Polyimide, Other broadgoods
Potable-water grades
Presses, compression molding
Presses, hydraulic
Presses, injection Molding
Pressure forming
Pressure forming
Product design
Pultrusion equipment, thermosets
Reaction injection molding equipment (RIM, RRIM, SRIM)
Resin transfer molding (RTM)
Resin transfer molding equipment (RTM)
Rotational molding
Sheet molding (SMC)
Spray guns
Structural high-strength glass (S- and R-type)
Styrene monomer (diluent)
Testing, materials
Thermoplastic, long fiber-reinforced (LFRT)
Thermoplastic, short fiber-reinforced
Thick molding
Unsaturated polyester, bisphenol A fumerate
Unsaturated polyester, DCPD-modified
Unsaturated polyester, fire-retardant
Unsaturated polyester, isophthalic
Unsaturated polyester, low-VOC/no VOC
Unsaturated polyester, orthophthalic
Unsaturated polyester, terephthalic
UV stabilizers
Vinyl ester
Vinyl ester, <12K tow
Vinyl ester, >12K tow
Vinyl ester, Other broadgoods
Vinyl ester, Roving