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Composites In The News Last Week: October 21, 2013

October 28, 2013
Composites In The News Last Week: October 21, 2013

Composites in the News Last Week is part of our weekly e-newsletter Industry Digest, which highlights composites making headline news around the world. Send news about promotions and staff changes to Industry Digest and see your company listed in Industry Digest’s Composites on the Move section. Subscribe to get important industry news delivered straight to your email each Monday. Change is Coming: Recent earthquakes...

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When the Building Shakes, Composites Keep It from Falling

October 27, 2013
When the Building Shakes, Composites Keep It from Falling

Concrete buildings are losing the battle against nature’s fury – earthquakes. Although they appear sturdy, older concrete buildings are vulnerable to the sideways movement of a major earthquake. Los Angeles officials have known about the dangers for more than 40 years but have failed to force owners to make their properties safer. Therefore, university...

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Q&A – Lighter, Stronger Hollow Rebar is Coming!

October 24, 2013
Q&A – Lighter, Stronger Hollow Rebar is Coming!

Innovation and composites go hand-in-hand and that couldn’t be truer for this Wisconsin-based company, Composite Rebar Technologies, Inc. (CRT). The company has developed a hollow fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite rebar and the process to produce it. According to Robert Gibson, owner of CRT, because of its hollow core, the bar can generate more...

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Composites In The News Last Week: October 14, 2013

October 21, 2013
Composites In The News Last Week: October 14, 2013

Composites in the News Last Week is part of our weekly e-newsletter Industry Digest, which highlights composites making headline news around the world. Send news about promotions and staff changes to Industry Digest and see your company listed in Industry Digest’s Composites on the Move section. Subscribe to get important industry news delivered straight to your email each Monday. Change is Coming: Volvo and...

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Water Act Will Grow Composites, Benefit Manufacturers

October 21, 2013
Water Act Will Grow Composites, Benefit Manufacturers

Update: Since the posting of this article, the House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act by a huge margin. Currently, leadership of the House and Senate are appointing members of a Conference Committee that will merge the House and Senate versions. (Nov. 5, 2013) The Water Resources Reform and Development Act will...

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Subtract the Batteries, Add Carbon Fiber!

October 20, 2013
Subtract the Batteries, Add Carbon Fiber!

Automobile manufacturers continue to deal with the issue of having heavy, bulky battery packs in cars. This week, however, Volvo unveiled an innovative solution to that problem. The company has been working with Cytec Industries and eight other European companies to identify a feasible solution to the heavy weight, large size and high costs...

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High Performance Council survey reveals industry growth areas

October 17, 2013

Recently ACMA’s High Performance Council (HPC) surveyed both its members and a group of outside companies specializing in high performance composites in order to get an idea of the direction the industry is heading.  There was a large amount of overlap between the responses of HPC and outside companies, which indicates that there is...

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Chemical Manufacturers Unhappy With New Green Building Code

October 14, 2013
Chemical Manufacturers Unhappy With New Green Building Code

A new version of the widely used code promulgated by the U.S. Green Building Council – LEED v.4 – is drawing fire from the American Chemistry Council.  The new version of the code “has strayed from its original mission of promoting energy efficiency and environmental performance,” according to the ACC’s Debra Phillips,  “by adding...

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Composites In The News Last Week: October 7, 2013

October 14, 2013
Composites In The News Last Week: October 7, 2013

Composites in the News Last Week is part of our weekly e-newsletter Industry Digest, which highlights composites making headline news around the world. Send news about promotions and staff changes to Industry Digest and see your company listed in Industry Digest’s Composites on the Move section. Subscribe to get important industry news delivered straight to your email each Monday. More Carbon Fiber Please! The...

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What’s Next for Carbon Fiber in the Automotive Industry?

October 14, 2013

“I have worked with more carbon fiber reinforced plastics in the last four years than I have in my entire career,” says Carl Howarth of Howarth Development Associates in Camp Hill, Pa. Engineers like Howarth are responding to changing CAFE standards and an increasing demand for fuel economy requirements and are changing...

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