Composites in the News Last Week

March 26, 2012

Headline:

Check out the Top Five American Cities where manufacturing is booming. Is your city one of them?

Sub-Headline A:

Outdoor furniture designers are using composites to lightweight traditional concrete fixtures.

Sub-Headline B:

New energy-efficient vehicle is using banana reinforced fibers.

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Aerospace:

Projected to be a $1 billion industry, the U.S. space tourism set to take off by 2014.

GE Aviation is using a new prepeg by Umeco to implement more out-of-autoclave parts for the Airbus 350 XWB wing.

Alaskan Airlines flew millions of customers in November using old cooking oil. And they aren’t the only ones interested in new biofuel technology.

According to European Business Aviation Association’s CEO, Fabio Gamba, 2012 will be a pivotal year politically and technologically for the European aviation industry.

Automotive:

Mercedes unveiled its new SL65, boasting a 17-horsepower increase over the 2011 model.

Amber Composites will provide Honda Yuasa Racing Team with prepegs for the 2012 season.

Quick summary of the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.

New Porsche 918 Spyder is a hybrid-plug in supercar that uses carbon fiber to lightweight the design.

Business:

South Australian businesses are asking the government to invest in the slowing manufacturing sector.

Teijin will open a new composites center in Michigan on April 1.

Washington state composite delegates are preparing to showcase area technology at JEC.

ASTM International Composite Materials Committee elects Adam Sawicki at Boeing as new Chairman.

Energy:

Wind manufacturer Gamesa partners with Harvest the Wind Network to distribute Gamesa’s G5X-850 kilowatt turbines.

TPI Composites, Inc., a wind turbine manufacturer in Scottsdale, Ariz., has formed a joint venture company in Izmir, Turkey.

U.S. sets nearly 5 percent duties on Chinese made solar equipment.

Suzlon and Volkswind Venture plan 74 turbine wind farm in Bulgaria.

The Renewable Energy Center at Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility will open April 1 for the 2012 tourist season.

Infrastructure:

New GOP budget will cut auto loans and high-speed rail funding.

Marine:

Striking new luxury yacht by Gulf Craft was revealed at the 2012 Dubai International Boat Show last week.

Michigan boating trade association predicts continued growth for the local marine industry.

Snorkeling and boat tubing just not enough anymore? How about a little bit of both? New “Subwing” is an underwater adventure using fiberglass or carbon fiber to safely tug the rider below.

Military:

Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, supported the continuation of the F-35 joint strike fighter program, a major composite technology demonstrator, to the House Armed Services Committee.

Product:

TEX II is a new robotic water landing ship that will soon explore bodies of liquid on other planets.

Canadian snowboard manufacturer Magine developed a biocomposite snowboard using flax fabric.

Olympic competitor uses Flex-Foot carbon fiber prosthetics to compete in the 400 meter sprint.

New carbon fiber gas cylinder, GENIE, by Linde Gases uses carbon fiber from global supplier SGL.

Gizmodo published a feature spotlight on carbon fiber hunting knives.

University:

The wind turbine technology program at OSU is seeing massive growth.

MAG’s Composites Institute at Philadelphia University was officially dedicated.

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