Composites In The News Last Week: April 1st, 2013

April 8, 2013

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Reuse, Reduce, Recycle: Using 100 percent recycled composite materials, Axion International Holdings is repairing and restoring bridges in New York and Texas.

Your Toddlers First Bike: Made with glass fiber reinforced nylon composite, FirstBIKE offers toddlers a safer and more comfortable ride with a specially designed shock absorbent and adjustable seat..

 

He Still Has What It Takes: An 80-year-old great-grandfather will compete in six events at the 2013 Senior Olympics including the pole vault – switching from aluminum to a fiberglass pole.

Aerospace:

Quatro Composites, manufacturers of lightweight materials for the aerospace industry, will double the size of it Orange City, Iowa, plant and add nearly 100 new jobs.

The Heli-Expo ’13 took place last month in Las Vegas, featuring several helicopter designs with composite structures.

Automotive:

Michigan-based tuner LoveFab, strips down its modified Acura NSX, adding a carbon fiber body and new turbochargers.

The 2014 Ford Fiesta gets a new attitude with tougher upgrades including a new carbon fiber dash trim.

The 2013 Porsche 991 RSR credits its even weight distribution to extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the vehicle.

The Mercedes CLA45 AMG comes equipped with carbon fiber friction rings for added durability.

The new Porsche Cayenne is a fiery vehicle complete with red leather interior and red carbon fiber trim.

Business:

Arkema acquires AEC Polymers in an attempt to expand in high added value specialty chemicals, particularly composite and advanced materials.

The SGL Group and the Technical University of Munich in Germany team up to support a project establishing a Composites Technology Center in Singapore.

Energy:

GBI Research, a business intelligence company, reports that the global carbon fiber industry will skyrocket thanks to the increasing demand in the wind energy market.

Resolute Marine Energy, a private firm based in Boston, installed a billboard-sized fiberglass paddle on the Outer Banks of Duck, N.C., as a renewable energy source.

For Fun:

Using a fiberglass mold of her body, Linden Wolbert uses her custom made, 6-foot tail to transform into a real-life mermaid, swimming to depths of 115 feet.

An iconic 20-foot-tall, one-ton fiberglass muscleman statue dating back to the 1960’s, is relocating from New York to Pennsylvania.

New movie “Singletrack High” trails mountain bike racers from big urban schools to tiny rural schools, riding anything from carbon fiber racing bikes to big steel clunkers.

Infrastructure:

A longtime nature enthusiast in Indiana builds a gigantic aquarium out of fiberglass and balsa wood to fulfill his childhood dreams.

Marine:

Sigmatex, a carbon fiber fabrics supplier, receives a large contract with a giant in the marine industry.

Product:

ArmorSuit MilitaryShield has designed a carbon fiber protector for the Samsung Galaxy phone that is durable and sturdy.

Sports&Rec:

A native of Finland introduces floorball – a variation of indoor hockey where players use carbon fiber sticks – to Houston area residents.

The Infinito CV Endurance Bike by Bianchi incorporates carbon materials in innovative ways throughout the bike.

University:

Auburn University will unveil its light carbon fiber hovercraft in the first-ever Hoverclub of America-sanctioned SEC competition against the University of Alabama.

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