Composites in the News Last Week

February 13, 2012

"Copy of Radio News from 1928" by Robert Hertzberg, Managing Editor at Radio News.

Featured Stories:

Converting a regular car into electric doesn’t work, and BMW’s head of R&D Klaus Draeger would know. In a recent interview, Draeger addresses the hurdles to electric-conversion in the new i8, as well as what is needed for mainstream adoption of composites and its future in BWM vehicles. Read more about BMW research at CM Online.

Batters up! The high school league in New Mexico is ditching aluminum bats for wood or wood composites. Click here to find out why.

University of Wollongong researchers, based in New South Wales, Australia developed a graphene-based bullet-proof composite material they say is tougher than spider silk and Kevlar.

Aerospace:

Boeing orders inspection of 787 Dreamliners after signs of delamination. But its CEO states this will not disrupt plans to boost production of the new in-demand plane.

Sierra Nevada delivered the first primary structure for NASA’s Dream Chaser flight test vehicle.

The Singapore Airshow kicks off on Tuesday, February 14, and will showcase the benefits of composites.

Virgin Galactic aims for a summer launch of its commercial spacecraft SpaceShip Two.

Russia and Italy are jointly developing a new 130-seater regional jet, the Superjet New Generation.

European air safety officials extended Airbus A380 checks to entire fleet to avoid “unremedied risks.”

Bombardier strikes a deal to sell 11 regional jets to Chinese Express Airlines.

Automotive:

Gibbs Amphibians in Michigan developed two carbon fiber amphibious vehicles that can operate at 30 mph when in water.

Generating further interest in the electric delivery Walk in Van, Enova Systems and FCCC are touring their pre-production vehicle around the western U.S.

Business:

Honeywell invests $27.5 million to its Advanced Fibers and Composites operation in Virginia.

TechPrecision named Bob Francis as the new president of Ranor Subsidiary.

Molded Fiberglass in South Dakota expanded its facility from one employee to 400.

TenCate Advanced Composites received the Supplier Excellence Award from the General Atomics Aeronautical systems.

Energy:

A new report by the European Wind Energy Association shows wind energy as the fastest growing energy source in Europe, led in volume by Denmark.

BPA announced it will reimburse wind energy producers—if forced to cease production—in 2012 and moving forward.

The UK officially opened the world’s largest offshore wind farm on Thursday, beginning the push to expand sea-based energy by 2020.

Vestas chairman resigned after company reports below target profits for 2011.

Infrastructure:

In order to keep the California High-Speed Rail potential alive, it will submit a cheaper implementation plan to Governor Jerry Brown.

Axion received more orders for composite railroad ties from Argentina, indicating a regional boost in demand for alternative infrastructure products.

Marine:

According to a survey by the Association of Marina Industries, current sales levels may be the new norm for the marine industry.

Military:

Australia will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Australian submarines in 2014. In preparation, it is preparing to spend $30 billion to build 12 new submarines as part of the Future Submarine Project.

Product:

A new smart glass coating containing composites can be used on eco-friendly homes.

ACG, a mould tooling and structural prepreg materials producer, will exhibit an Out-of-Autoclave prepreg at SAMPE Asia.

University:

SPE and RAPRA opened their “Pitch Your Science” video competition for all university students in a polymer-based field.

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