Composites In The News Last Week: March 25th, 2013

April 1, 2013

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Cheaper, Lighter, Stronger: The Oak Ridge National Laboratory dedicates a new manufacturing facility that will focus on developing a cheaper form of carbon fiber for industrial uses.

Lightening Fast!: Formaplex Manufacturing adds a specialized carbon fiber chassis to the Bloodhound SSC, a supersonic car that will attempt a 1,000 mph world land speed record.

Fight the Good Fight: An original fiberglass MK1 River Patrol Boat used during the Vietnam War will receive some much needed cosmetic restoration before returning to the Vietnam support base.

Aerospace:

Once the A350 XWB takes to the skies this summer, each plane will produce more than $4 million in sales for the US composites manufacturer, Hexcel Corporation.

Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation introduces Victrex PEEK, a composite bracket, for use in aircraft structural applications.

The F-35 program has led to the creation of four to five advanced composites factories around the world, expanding the use of composites in the aerospace industry.

Automotive:

The one-of-a-kind Scion FR-S called “Rocket Bunny” has a specially designed carbon-fiber body kit.

Subaru’s WRX concept car will sport a carbon fiber roof to help reduce its overall weight.

Business:

Three companies in the composite production chain – BASF, Owens Corning and TenCate, have joined together to develop thermoplastic composites for the automotive industry.

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited of Thailand, a resin manufacturer, builds a new plant near the Tennessee River, creating over 70 new jobs.

Hyosung Corp. of South Korea will start producing 2,000 tons of carbon fiber annually starting mid-April.

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For Fun:

A life-sized fiberglass replica of an American Quarter Horse can be drawn on, signed and decorated during “Celebrate the Horse” at American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum.

Product:

The new Apple iPad Mini gets a new hand-crafted Esorun Carbon Fiber case – lightweight, durable and resists damage.

With the world’s smallest GPS chip for tracking, the BikeSpike can be secretly attached to any bike using its carbon fiber cage.

The new design advances on the VBD vacuum resin dryer has made Maguire Products Inc. operations more reliable.

AKG’s Tiesto Series Headphones, which include glass-fiber reinforced polymer parts, will be on sale only at DJ Tiesto concerts in India.

Sports&Rec:

The new Siamese Hammerhead longboard from Faceplant Boardriders has an internal carbon fiber layer and E Glass sandwich construction making it strong and built to last.

University:

Resesarchers and leaders in the transportation industry gathered at Mississippi State University to discuss composites materials and the future of transportation.

The University of Stuttgart of Stuttgart, Germany, joins with car maker, Daimler to research new techniques for automotive composites.

Students enrolled in advanced composites training courses at several Utah colleges participate in a competition to demonstrate their skills to industry representatives.

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