Composites in the News Last Week

March 12, 2012

Overhead view of the Geneva Auto Show

Headline:

The Geneva Auto Show is making a huge composite splash, including a fully exposed carbon fiber Pagani Huayra, new Lamborghini Aventador J, Infiniti EMERG-E Concept and many more. The show began March 8 and runs through next Sunday.

Sub-Headline A:

Illinois Department of Transportation will test new 110 mph high-speed trains this summer.

Sub-Headline B:

After thorough inspections on 5 Dreamliners, Boeing is on track to build 10 airplanes per month through 2013.

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Aerospace:

Aurora Flight Sciences is investing in automated fiber placement (AFP) technology used to manufacture large aerospace parts.

PaR systems’ laser ultrasonic testing is being used for inspection on over 35,000 military aircraft parts.

Corporate Wings was profiled for its booming business of purchasing and refurbishing old planes to resell at lower cost.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido) launched an initiative to bolster domestic small and medium scale aerospace component manufacturers.

Automotive:

General Motors has partnered with composite manufacturer Teijin Limited to integrate carbon fiber into body construction.

Aston Martin added a carbon fiber spoiler to the Vantage GT4.

Robot-Racing and Radant Technologies are manufacturing carbon fiber dashboards for two Nissan performance cars using autoclave processes.

Business:

Brazil’s composite industry grew over 10 percent in 2011.

Swift Engineering received a 30-foot autoclave for its new composite manufacturing center in San Clemente, Calif, which will be operational later this year.

Wausaukee Composites appointed new CEO, Edward Trueman.

Energy:

The U. S. Department of Energy announced a $180 million initiative meant to spur development of innovative offshore projects.

The wind turbine manufacturing industry has decreased in the last five years, according to IBISWorld, making it increasingly difficult to nab investors.

Google steps up its wind-power purchases and devotes more investments to sun-related projects.

Abu Dhabi-funded the first major wind farm in the Seychelles, which will generate 11 percent of the island’s electricity.

Construction on Mongolia’s first wind farm, aimed at generating 5 percent of the country’s electricity, will start in April.

Infrastructure:

Axion International, a composite railroad tie manufacturer, reports 149 percent revenue increase in 2011.

California High-Speed Rail (CaHSR) recently appointed a new chairman to lead the high-speed train project in the state. Read what he has to say about the future of high-speed trains.

Quebec’s government is investing $30 million in electric buses for the city.

Marine:

Falmouth Marine School engineering students gained hands-on composite experience building a boat with the help of local businesses.

Military:

Quickstep, an Australian-based manufacturer, will supply Lockheed Martin with composite wing flaps for its C-130J Hercules aircraft.

Product:

Using laser beam welding technology developed by the EU project FibreChain and the InProLight project, manufacturers can structurally cut and join materials without damaging edges.

Amber Composites announced a prepreg made from natural flax.

University:

Researchers from Michigan Technological University and Oregon State have teamed up to explore link between macro- and nanoscale behavior.

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