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Toray TC346 prepreg earns flame-retardancy certifications

Toray TC346 prepreg resin system offers high compression strength, interlaminar shear strength and more for the automotive and motorsport markets. 

People in Composites: May 2020

IACMI, SAERTEX, SAMPE and Tooling Tech Group announce new hires in the composites industry.

Vertical Aerospace used Plyable to go from CAD to first flight in less than 90 days

Composite tooling specialist’s online portal, distributed manufacturing network and automated tool design helped optimize CFRP molding tools and timeline.

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Composite output shaft ready for automotive proving ground

Unlike automotive driveshafts, automotive output shafts cannot leverage shaft length as a factor when making the case for composites. Instead, other beneficial features have made a composite output shaft able to compete with metal shafts, especially in electric vehicles.

Composites Index contracts faster in second month of COVID-19 lockdown

April 2020 – 35.1

Composites Europe becomes Composites for Europe

The Composites for Europe trade show, scheduled for November in Stuttgart, will focus on composites manufacturing in the Germany-Austria-Switzerland region.

European Interegg program awards AACOMA project

The AACOMA project supports the development of advanced composite manufacturing in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) region beginning in 2023. 

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.

CW's Digital Demos, explained

In May 2020, CW is launching Digital Demos, a new on-demand product that provides composites industry suppliers a channel to introduce new products and technologies to the CW audience of designers and fabricators. This video briefly explains it.

AWEA: U.S. sets first quarter wind record for 2020

The first quarter of 2020 saw U.S. wind project installations rise 117% compared to Q1 2019.

NASA names companies to develop human landers for Artemis

Blue Origins, Dynetics and SpaceX are developing human landing systems concepts for Artemis’s 2024 moon mission.

RS Technologies establishes new composite utility pole production facility

The 237,000-square-foot production facility in St. George, Utah, U.S. will enable increased production capacity for the Canada-based company.

Bieglo GmbH adds new high-performance polymers to product lineup

The Germany-based company has added polybenzimidazole (PBI) and thermosetting polyimide (PI-s) to its product families.

Boeing announces first unmanned Loyal Wingman defense aircraft

The first of three prototypes, the Loyal Wingman’s artificial intelligence application and its use of composites soars above the milestone set for unmanned aircraft.

Hexcel HexPly M79 prepregs receive DNV GL Type Approval Certification

The new verification allows the materials to be used in all DNV GL classed vessels.

IPS Adhesives establishes Center of Excellence in North Carolina

The move centralizes the company’s North American R&D and customer service activities, with a focus on faster response times and increased output.

Adapa reconfigurable molds enable weight saving in the marine industry

Gurit helps demonstrate resin saving and dynamic performance of thermoformed Corecell foam core.

Quarantreat offers fast-build medical isolation studio for COVID-19 containment

Rapid dispatch design uses LitePan composite structural insulated panels and LiteTex thermoplastic composite laminates.

9T Labs, Arkema present new manufacturing approach for small aerospace parts

The companies demonstrate cost-competitive series production of structural composite parts using carbon fiber/PEKK materials and additive manufacturing.

Firefly, Spaceflight Inc. sign launch services agreement

The agreement promotes a long-term strategic collaboration between Firefly Aerospace and Spaceflight Inc. to address increasing demand in the commercial small-satellite market.

New ice protection for composite aircraft wings from Clean Sky 2 program

EU-funded research is developing technology to meet deicing challenge with lower power consumption, greater efficiency and lower system weight.

Composite Advantage rehabilitates Atlanta pedestrian bridges

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FPR) is applied to pedestrian bridge infrastructure in Atlanta. The corrosion-resistant composite minimizes maintenance and provides a more durable surface. 

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

Solvay and Boeing combine aerospace performance with process knowledge for high-rate, low-cost composites production.