Composites in the News Last Week

March 19, 2012

Santa Cruz Harbor after tsunami last year.

Headline:

Tsunami damaged dock in Santa Cruz is replacing wood with composites.

Sub-Headline A:

New fiberglass boat manufactured by Composite Yachts for the military is an FRP “shipping container” that uses GPS coordinates to send supplies to troops on unmanned vessels.

Sub-Headline B:

Reichhold and Umico are working together to find a solution for sustainable alternative curing tech for unsaturated resins using cobalt-based systems.

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Aerospace:

A composites shortage forces Hawker Beechcraft to furlough its supply chain and final-assembly lines.

The first U.S. Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit took place in Seattle, drawing over 800 international companies.

British-based GKN poised to buy Sweden’s largest aerospace company Volvo Aero.

Boeing won the prestigious Collier Trophy, which recognizes the 787 Dreamliner as the greatest aeronautical achievement in 2011.

The National Composites Centre (NCC) in the U.K. is researching the use of  a twin-headed robotic fiber placement machine with GKN Aerospace.

Automotive:

Gastank Sweden unveiled zero permeation lightweight composite CNG cylinders.

Coach House RV announces a new one-piece FRP shell that attaches to the chassis, reducing leaks and assembly time.

Business:

Rockwell Automation acquired SoftSwitching Technologies.

Women represent 20% of all graduating engineer students.

Energy:

Algonquin Power is buying 480 MW U.S. wind farm from Gamesa.

Post-Tsunami, the Fukushima, Japan area invests in solar and wind power to replace nuclear generation.

Suzlon Energy is launching a new low-wind 1.5 MW turbine for India.

Vestas warns politicians that congressional inaction on the PTC could spell heavy job losses for the industry.

Chinese wind energy company puts R&D roots in U.S.

Germany’s biggest utility supplier says it will cut costs of building offshore wind farms 40 percent.

Infrastructure:

Missouri S&T is investigating cheaper foam cores for composite bridge decks.

Marine:

James Cameron races Sir Richard Branson to reach the deepest ocean floor in carbon fiber submarines.

Military:

New research from IBISWorld suggests the armored vehicle market may tank in 2012 (pun intended).

Product:

Tech industry is implementing more composite materials and supplies in laptop designs like the new Dell Ultrabook.

3A Composites and Bcomp have partnered for core material development.

University:

International Yacht Racing Restoration School (IYRS) shortens its Composite Technology program to 6 months.

Two Brigham Young University students won the Project of the Month prize from green building material company CaliBamboo for developing a composite beam using bamboo fibers.

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