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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.

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.

Electroplating

Dupont's Metallized Plastic Parts are Chrome-Free

The Ecoposit 95X high-throw, low-stress copper meets chrome-free regulation standards.

Boeing terminates Embraer deal; Embraer objects

Boeing says Embraer failed to meet certain conditions required for the joint venture the two companies sought to create. Embraer says Boeing has manufactured false claims as a pretext to avoid the cost of its commitment to the deal.

Chemical Process Services Ltd. develops greener epoxy curing agents

The Furalkamines are a new form of Mannich base curing agents said to deliver significantly enhanced cure performance for epoxy resins.

Electroplating

OEM Testing Matrix Review with Trivalent Chromium

Continued tightening of regulations on hexavalent chromium used in decorative plating have caused an increased interest from OEMs in the performance of trivalent chromium plating regarding extended outdoor corrosion and accelerated corrosion performance tests.  This article reports on corrosion testing results of trivalent chromium deposits with various thickness levels of chromium and various STEP values of the underlying nickel deposits.

Italian research agency fights COVID-19 with smart shelters using biocomposites

SOS Smart Operating Shelter project offers fast-build mobile healthcare structures using natural fiber/biopolymer sandwich panels.

U.S. DOT, EPA set new automotive emissions, fuel efficiency standards

Under the new standards, the projected overall industry average required fuel economy in MYs 2021-2026 is 40.4 miles per gallon, compared to 46.7 mpg in MY 2025 under the 2012 standards.

Gurit features core materials, adhesives, resins, molds for wind, aerospace

Gurit is featuring its offerings and expertise for wind energy, composite tooling and lightweighting applications such as aerospace, rail, healthcare and marine. ​​​​​​

Huntsman epoxy, polyurethane resins designed for aero, auto, wind

Huntsman Advanced Materials is showcasing applications of its resin systems for the automotive, aerospace, wind energy markets.

Composite Integration launches resin transfer molding, infusion technologies

The company’s modular infusion manifold automates the infusion process to simplify manufacture of large composite structures.

NASA’s Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge advances with agreement signings

Companies will develop or operate air vehicles and airspace management services to support larger goals in urban air mobility.

SAERTEX extends carbon fiber contract with Bombardier

SAERTEX supplies textile reinforcement materials and carbon fiber noncrimp fabrics, with which Bombardier produces wingskins for the Airbus A220 aircraft at its Belfast facility.

Teijin, Envision Virgin Racing announce multi-year partnership

The Teijin Group will develop high-performance materials and products for the team’s all-electric Formula E racecars.

Hengshen to develop components for C919 aircraft composite tail

Hengshen Co. and the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) will collaborate on development of specialized components for the C919 tail optimization project.

Composites events to cover recycling, sustainability, gel coats and more

Recently announced composites events news includes new events and speaker abstract deadlines from the ACMA, AIMPLAS, KRÜSS​​​, Polynt-Reichhold and SPE.

AIMPLAS develops flame-resistant resins for railway lightweighting project

As part of the European MAT4RAIL project, AIMPLAS developed flame-resistant hybrid resin formulations for composite structural components.

Hexcel to merge with aerospace/industrial equipment OEM Woodward

Hexcel, a major supplier of carbon fiber as well as intermediate composite materials, is joining forces with aerospace and industrial equipment manufacturer Woodward to create Woodward Hexcel, which is expected to generate annual revenues of $5.3 billion. 

Electroplating

EPA Moving on PFAS Regulatory Actions for Drinking Water

Agency requesting the Office of Management to review its proposed regulatory determinations for two types of PFAS.

The markets: Automotive (2020)

As the global auto industry hurtles toward its confrontation with US fuel economy and European Union (EU) emissions standards in 2017, the pressure built to find more radical solutions to lightweighting.

Composites 2020: A multitude of markets

Going into 2020, factors influencing composites manufacturing include robotics and automation, out-of-autoclave processes, thermoplastic composites, Composites 4.0 and additive manufacturing.

Composites' role in seawater reverse osmosis desalination

Part two of a two-part series on the role of composites for meeting California’s 21st-century water needs.

Demand for longer sprayer boom arms enables composites in agricultural equipment

Shift from steel to carbon fiber/glass fiber composites extends sprayer boom arm width, lowers weight, reduces cost and enhances productivity.

ACMA announces 2020 Composites Recycling Conference

Abstract submissions will be accepted until Jan. 20, for the event taking place May 19-21 in Aurora, Colo., U.S.