RESINS

Epoxies

Aditya Birla Group plans to increase advanced materials business capacity

A brown field expansion at the company’s existing location in Gujarat, India, will increase capacity by ~125 kilo-tonnes per annum, which include standard and specialty epoxy products and curing agents.

Grace Nehls
Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Thermoplastics

Diab acquires SABIC’s ULTEM foam production line

The recyclable PEI thermoplastic foam will be incorporated into Diab’s portfolio under Divinycell U to be produced, sold and further developed.
#pei

Thermoplastics

SABIC, Local Motors conduct feasibility study for reprocessed, 3D-printed thermoplastic parts and shavings

Anticipating the wider adoption of LFAM, the study explored more sustainable alternatives to landfilling large, printed parts, with results indicating the potential for material reuse.

Epoxies

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America enters the advanced composite materials market

NEXX Technologies, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America, will manufacture a line of epoxy-based prepreg solutions and other thermoset and thermoplastic resin products.

Aerospace

ThermHex, EconCore invest in automated production for PP honeycomb sandwich, recycled PET products

Targeting recycled and high-performance thermoplastic options, automated R&D lines increase volume and speed for honeycomb, sandwich panel and finished part production.
#sustainability

Hot zone chart

Resins for the Hot Zone, Part I: Polyimides

 As next-generation aerospace programs demand higher service temperatures in structural and hot section components, a variety of polyimides vie for program approval.
#marketing #sustainability #adhesives

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Videos / Podcasts

Thermoplastics

Airborne introduces automated pick-and-weld preforming system

The robust, flexible and versatile three-step system handles a range of dry fiber and thermoplastic composite material forms for high output, improved efficiency and reduced waste.
#automation #layup

Infusion

In-mold coating offers high-performance finishing for epoxy-infused composites

ODG Composites’ Element Xtreme is a lightweight, long-lasting protective and aesthetic coating suitable for a range of industrial and commercial applications.

Thermoplastics

Reprocessable, repairable and recyclable epoxy resins for composites

CIDETEC matures 3R resins for aerospace applications via AIRPOXY program.
#adhesives #workinprogress #sustainability

Poly/Vinyl Esters

Resin shortages continue to affect composites supply chain

Power outages caused by mid-February’s U.S. winter storms led to immediate shortages from Gulf Coast petrochemical companies. Fabricators continue to report shortages.

Construction

Large composite covers protect a lot of water

A massive concrete water storage facility in Bogotá, Colombia, gets a much-needed makeover with the resin transfer molding of 840 large composite domes that keep the water potable.
#insidemanufacturing #outofautoclave

Construction

Automated weaving system targets high-performance, high-volume applications

Startup WEAV3D Inc.’s technology produces highly tunable, woven lattice reinforcements for cost-effective, high-volume automotive composites and precast concrete applications.
#weaving #workinprogress #automation

ATL/AFP

Challenges of laser-assisted tape winding of thermoplastic composites

Practical solutions for process-related challenges in LATW, which has great potential for pressure vessels and storage tanks.
#troubleshooter

Epoxies

Aditya Birla Group plans to increase advanced materials business capacity

A brown field expansion at the company’s existing location in Gujarat, India, will increase capacity by ~125 kilo-tonnes per annum, which include standard and specialty epoxy products and curing agents.

Thermoplastics

Diab acquires SABIC’s ULTEM foam production line

The recyclable PEI thermoplastic foam will be incorporated into Diab’s portfolio under Divinycell U to be produced, sold and further developed.
#pei

Additive Manufacturing

SABIC, Local Motors conduct feasibility study for reprocessed, 3D-printed thermoplastic parts and shavings

Anticipating the wider adoption of LFAM, the study explored more sustainable alternatives to landfilling large, printed parts, with results indicating the potential for material reuse.

Epoxies

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America enters the advanced composite materials market

NEXX Technologies, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America, will manufacture a line of epoxy-based prepreg solutions and other thermoset and thermoplastic resin products.

Automotive

ThermHex, EconCore invest in automated production for PP honeycomb sandwich, recycled PET products

Targeting recycled and high-performance thermoplastic options, automated R&D lines increase volume and speed for honeycomb, sandwich panel and finished part production.
#sustainability

Thermoplastics

Airborne introduces automated pick-and-weld preforming system

The robust, flexible and versatile three-step system handles a range of dry fiber and thermoplastic composite material forms for high output, improved efficiency and reduced waste.
#automation #layup

NEW PRODUCTS: RESINS

Epoxies

In-mold coating offers high-performance finishing for epoxy-infused composites

ODG Composites’ Element Xtreme is a lightweight, long-lasting protective and aesthetic coating suitable for a range of industrial and commercial applications.

Automotive

EconCore thermoplastic honeycomb cores deliver high-heat performance, facilitates recyclability

Honeycomb cores incorporate Sabic NORYL GTX resin for improved dimensional stability, lower water absorption and demonstration of thermoset composite skin compatibility.

Aerospace

Trelleborg unveils high-temperature castable epoxy tooling material

Low-density TC350 epoxy board supports the creation of tooling in a range of sizes and complexities for carbon fiber, PP and GFRP parts.

Thermoplastics

Teijin Carbon Europe launches carbon fiber/PPS UD tape

The new Tenax prepregged tape with PPS matrix allows entry into new cost-sensitive markets while offering the typical TPUD advantages like resistance to chemicals and solvents, low flammability, storage or shipping at room temperature and recyclability.
#paek #peek

Additive Manufacturing

Thermwood expands LSAM product line availability

Large dual gantry print and trim machines for 3D-printed thermoplastic composites offered in 15-foot width model, with wider gantry design and range of print core, print head options.

Epoxies

Sicomin launches FireGreen 37 fire-retardant, bio-epoxy laminating resin system

More sustainable formulation features 25% plant-based carbon content, a halogen-free chemistry and has been optimized for hand laminating processes.
#biomaterials #layup #sustainability