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TFP Exhibits Advanced Nonwovens at SAMPE Long Beach 2018

Published: 22nd May 2018

At SAMPE 2018 in Long Beach, Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will exhibit its advanced nonwovens, including the Tecnofire fire protection range, nano-coated materials and coated materials and Optiveil lightweight veils which aid surface finish and composite fabrication. The Tecnofire lightweight intumescent fire protection materials work by expanding from 4 to 35 times their original thickness […]

ACMA and NetComposites Unveil Global Composites Speakers and Conference Programme

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and NetComposites have announced the detailed conference programme for the Global Composites conference. This new international composites industry event is designed for corporate and division leaders in the industry with a focus on global business, trends and insights for the global composites market. The conference will take place at […]

Corrosion-Resistant FRP Products to Play Key Role in Rebuilding US Infrastructure

Published: 15th May 2018

Composite Advantage has issued a statement highlighting the potential role of composite products in US infrastructure applications. No matter where you look, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is scrambling to fix what is broken, the company states. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), pothole damages alone costs US motorists a total of $3 billion […]

NetComposites Announces Call for Papers for CompIC 2019

Published: 8th May 2018

NetComposites is inviting abstracts from potential speakers for its CompIC (Composites in Construction) conference taking place on 30-31 January 2019 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The European CompIC edition is now in its third cycle and will explore and explain the success stories, advantages and obstacles of using FRP composites in construction applications. Abstracts of 250 […]

Exel Composites Supplies Flax Fibre Profiles for Bio-Based Dutch Bridge

Published: 1st May 2018

Exel Composites has supplied 6 km of bio-based composite profiles for an innovative bio-based bridge in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, the first viaduct in the world to be renovated using bio-based materials. Exel’s structural profiles, manufactured using flax fibre reinforcement and bio-based resin, were employed to create the bridge’s eye-catching side screens. The Zoomland […]

ACMA Advocates for Development of Standards for Composites in Infrastructure

Published: 24th April 2018

During an 18 April hearing before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Shane Weyant, President and CEO of Creative Pultrusions, a member company of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), testified that as the US looks for innovative solutions to repair its infrastructure, […]

AnalySwift Sponsors SAMPE 2018 Student Bridge Contest

Published: 17th April 2018

AnalySwift is sponsoring the SAMPE 2018 Student Bridge Contest. Hosted by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), the contest engages students through a team competition designing, manufacturing and testing small-scale structural bridges made from composite materials. Winners receive prizes, including cash and the SAMPE Student Bridge Champion trophy. “With participation […]

Composite Advantage Introduces Standard Line of FRP Trail Bridges

Published: 10th April 2018

Short-lived bridge products that require constant care and regular replacement have prompted parks and recreation agencies to look for longer lasting alternatives. Composite Advantage reports that its new line of standard size fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) trail bridges offers a zero maintenance option that lasts up to 100 years. Based on the company’s FiberSPAN-T trail […]

ECOXY Project to Develop Environment-Friendly Composites for Construction and Automotive

Published: 3rd April 2018

AIMPLAS is taking part in the European project ECOXY to develop composites for the construction and the automotive sectors that are repairable, reprocessable and recyclable. Fibre-reinforced composites are of great interest for very demanding sectors, such as the construction and the automotive industries, thanks to their low weight and excellent mechanical properties. Nevertheless, they still […]

Fibermaq Consolidates Filament Winding Portfolio

During 2017 Brazilian company Fibermaq consolidated its filament winding portfolio. “The recovery in demand last year helped to restore the losses reported in 2016, when our turnover fell more than 30%,” reports Christian de Andrade, Director of Fibermaq. “In parallel, we managed to negotiate a filament winding machine, a sophisticated equipment with higher levels of […]

Graphenano Collaborates with Tecnivial on Graphene Signs

Published: 27th March 2018

Graphenano Composites has signed an agreement with Tecnivial to improve the properties of the composites used in the Spanish company’s traffic safety signs for airports, railways and roads by the incorporation of graphene. Tecnivial’s Nanotec composite signs incorporate graphene in the resin and are said to offer optimal mechanical and physical properties such as: lightweight […]

EPTA Conference Highlights Prospects for Pultruded Composites in Infrastructure

Published: 20th March 2018

The attractive long-term prospects for pultruded composites in infrastructure and further key application markets were highlighted at the recent World Pultrusion Conference, organised by the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA). This year’s event attracted a record number of composites professionals from around the world to Vienna on 1-2 March to discuss growth drivers for the […]

Nanotube-Reinforced Rebar Offers Improved Tensile Strength

Preliminary tests have demonstrated that the tensile strength of composite rebar can be increased by 32%, and bending strength by 29%, by introducing only 0.05 wt% of OCSiAl’s TUBALL nanotubes into the resin. Metal corrosion destroys reinforced concrete structures and is one of the key drawbacks of steel rebar. Composite rebar is becoming increasingly more […]

Norco Composites Completes Architectural Canopies for One Blackfriars

Norco Composites has completed the construction of three architecturally-challenging canopies, manufactured using a unique ‘composite metal,’ that are to be installed on the new One Blackfriars residential development in central London. The project called for Norco to manufacture the canopies to look like polished metal features. In addition, each canopy roof structure was engineered to […]

Gurit Launches New Core Materials and Low Toxicity Epoxy Laminating System

Published: 13th March 2018

Gurit introduced new balsa and PET core materials and a new low toxicity epoxy laminating system at JEC World 2018 in Paris on 6-8 March. The newly developed Balsaflex Lite core product features a novel coating system that is said to be capable of reducing the resin uptake in infusion processes by up to 50% […]

JEC Announces Innovation Award Winners

The JEC World 2018 Innovation Awards ceremony took place on 7 March, opened by a presentation by Yves Rossy, aircraft pilot and inventor of the first jet-powered wingpack. The jury then revealed the names of the 11 winning innovations, chosen from the 30 finalists previously selected from more than 100 applications from all over the […]

State of New York Chooses FRP System to Replace Ageing Walkway

When deterioration forced the State of New York Office of General Services (OGS) to close a downtown Albany pedestrian bridge walkway, the crew chose to replace bridge components and enlarge the sidewalk. The pedway supports daily foot traffic of nearly 700 state employees and links agency offices with parking. The OGS crew considered traditional concrete […]

Brazilian Construction System Wins JEC Innovation Award

Brazilian company G12’s Wet Core Pod, a modular construction system that integrates kitchen, bathroom and laundry into a single structure, has won a JEC World 2018 Innovation Award.  Developed at the request of the Argentinean company Materiales Compuestos (MC), the construction system combines the use of five composite moulding processes, and it could be employed […]

Biteam Displays Novel Tapered I-Beam at JEC World 2018

Published: 6th March 2018

Biteam reports that it has developed the first integrated I-beam with a tapering angle of about 6°. The carbon fibre tapered I-beam will be displayed at JEC Show 2018. The tapered I-beam displaying varying heights has combination architecture with ±45° reinforcement in the web and 0/90° in each of the flanges. The web-flange junctions have […]

Ashland Launches Derakane Signia at JEC World 2018

Ashland is introducing a new Derakane resin at JEC World 2018. Derakane Signia resins are built on the same backbone as the legacy Derakane lines, but bring added features and benefits. The new formula has a detection system to verify the integrity of designs wherever corrosion-resistant fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) pipes and tanks are specified. […]

SABIC Showcases Thermoplastic Materials and Manufacturing at JEC World 2018

SABIC is featuring several innovations in materials and manufacturing designed to drive broader adoption of strong, lightweight thermoplastic composites across the automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics and energy industries. The company is displaying its portfolio of continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite (CFRTC) tapes. It will release the results of an externally-certified life cycle analysis of a […]

Award Winning Architectural Composite Specialists to Present Globally Renowned Projects including Steve Jobs Theatre at CompIC ME 2018.

Published: 20th December 2017

CompIC ME, a leading Middle East construction industry conference dedicated to the use of composite materials within construction, will see two leading regional manufacturers present their latest builds and experiences in the architectural composites sector.  Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) and AFFAN Innovative Structures, two pioneering Dubai-based manufacturers recognised globally for the stunning composite projects they […]

Programme Announced for CompIC Middle East 2018

Published: 28th November 2017

NetComposites is pleased to announce the programme for the next edition of CompIC ME (Composites in Construction Middle East), an international conference taking place 14th– 15th February 2018 at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE. Sponsored by Scott Bader, the conference is being held amongst the composite flooded Dubai skyline, and will introduce and […]

Scott Bader Middle East Limited confirmed as Lead Sponsor of CompIC ME 2018

Published: 21st November 2017

NetComposites is delighted to announce that Scott Bader Middle East Limited, part of the multinational chemicals company, will be the major sponsor at the forthcoming CompIC ME conference in Dubai on the 14th and 15th February 2018. Now in its second running, CompIC ME aims to educate delegates on the current and future use of […]

JEC’s US Construction Event Receives Positive Feedback

Published: 25th July 2017

The Future of Composites in Construction, co-located with Techtextil North America, attracted 3096 visitors from around the world and 550 attendees to the symposium, reports JEC Group. The event focused on current and future developments in the use of composites materials in building and construction, showcasing innovative ways in which end-users such as architects and […]

A Joint Success in Bridge Repair Using Composites

The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Centre for Future Materials (CFM) has partnered with Joinlox to investigate a prefabricated composite repair system with an easy-fit and self-locking mechanical joint called PileJax. This system works by wrapping the composite jacket around the damaged pier or column, and placing the joint key vertically along the seam to […]

Call for Papers Announced for CompIC Middle East 2018

Published: 11th July 2017

The call for papers has launched for the next edition of CompIC ME (Composites in Construction Middle East), an international conference taking place 14th– 15th February 2018 at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE. The conference is being held amongst the composite flooded Dubai skyline, and will introduce and educate visitors on the current […]

Call for Papers Announced for CompIC Middle East 2018

The call for papers has launched for the next edition of CompIC ME (Composites in Construction Middle East), an international conference taking place 14-15 February 2018 at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE.  The conference is being held amongst the composite flooded Dubai skyline, and will introduce and educate visitors on the current and […]

Discover the Future of Composites in Construction: Programme Announced for CompIC 2017

Published: 29th June 2017

NetComposites is pleased to announce the publication of the conference programme for CompIC 2017 which will set the scene for the future of composites in construction. Taking place at The Park Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 31 January – 1 February 2017, the conference will include sessions on Design and Analysis, Materials and Structures, Testing, and […]

NetComposites Announce Call for Papers for International CompIC 2017 Conference

NetComposites will present CompIC (Composites in Construction), an international conference taking place 31st January – 1st February 2017 at The Park Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Abstracts are now being accepted from potential speakers. CompIC 2017 will explore and explain the success stories, advantages and obstacles of using FRP composites in construction applications. Abstracts of 250 words are […]

Inaugural CompIC ME Generates Great Interest

NetComposites hosted the inaugural CompIC ME (Composites in Construction Middle East) conference in Dubai, UAE, on 9th – 10th February 2016. The event, sister conference to CompIC which is held in The Netherlands biannually, will take place on alternate years. The conference, sponsored by Premier Composite Technologies (PCT), opened with an interactive session which questioned […]

The Chartered Institute of Building Support Composites in Construction Middle East 2016

CompIC ME organisers are pleased to welcome the support of The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Middle East for CompIC ME (Composites in Construction) conference being held in Dubai, UAE, 9th-10th February 2016. The conference follows on from the success of the inaugural CompIC conference held in the Netherlands last February and will focus on […]

SGL Carbon Fibre Employed in University Of Stuttgart Architectural Project

Published: 27th June 2017

The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, are researching a novel production process for architectonic structures based on SGL Group’s SIGRAFIL 50k carbon fibres. An initial installation from the project can currently be seen on the University of […]

JEC Book Focuses on Composites in Construction

Published: 13th June 2017

JEC Group is launching a book dedicated to the growing use of composites in architecture. The Future of Building: The Growing Use of Composites in Construction and Architecture includes 194 pages of information and 80 examples demonstrating the advantages of composites in this sector. “Composites are playing an increasingly bigger role in construction,” explains Frédérique […]

Décision Expands Composite Solutions for Architectural Projects

Décision is expanding its offerings to the global architectural market, having recently signed a number of prototype agreements with several international contractors for the manufacture of composite roofs and other structural elements. Whilst perhaps better known for its successes within the aeronautical and marine sectors that include Solar Impulse and various America’s Cup builds, Décision, […]

Dura Cladding Helps Landmark Development Achieve Sustainability Goals

Composite timber cladding from Dura Composites was chosen for a new retail, leisure and tourism destination at Rushden Lakes, near Northampton, UK. HPW Architecture led the design and development of the masterplan for the project, which is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and centres around restoring public access to a network of […]

Stonhard UK achieves Achilles Level 4 Accreditation

Published: 6th June 2017

Stonhard UK, a manufacturer of high-performance epoxy and resin floors, has achieved Level 4 Contractor/Installation Achilles Accreditation. Achilles is one of the world’s leading global supply chain risk management companies. The accreditation allows participating corporations such as Aston Martin, Shell, Network Rail, ABB, Baker Hughes, Jaguar Land Rover and many others to minimise their buying […]

PYROS to Develop Sustainable, Fire Resistant Composites

Published: 30th May 2017

The PYROS research initiative aims to develop sustainable, fire-resistant composites for use in the construction and public transport sectors. During the project participants AITEX and AIMPLAS will examine the opportunity to develop composites using renewable raw materials, both in the polymer matrix and the reinforcing textile structure, as well as investigating the incorporation of flame-retardant […]

AOC Introduces Fire Retardant Resin for Mass Transit

AOC has introduced Firepel K140-MTI, a high-performance resin system for interior mass transit and architectural and building applications. The one-part system is halogen-free and does not require antimony or aluminium trihydrate (ATH) to achieve its fire retardant and low smoke properties. Composites made from Firepel K140 are up to 30% lower in density than standard […]

USQ Composites Research Employed in City Hall Refurbishment

Published: 16th May 2017

University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia, research into the use and benefits of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bars to reinforce concrete has been adopted in the design of the Toowoomba City Hall refurbishment project. The non-conductive and corrosion resistant reinforcement was used for the annex extension instead of traditional reinforcement materials due to the proximity […]

USQ’s Centre for Future Materials Claims Equipment Grant

Published: 11th April 2017

The University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Future Materials (CFM) has received a major equipment grant of AU$250,000 to boost its test equipment portfolio in composites. The funds were used to obtain a Simultaneous Thermal Analyser, large environmental chamber and a high temperature Hall effect measurement system. CFM explains that Simultaneous Thermal Analysers combine differential […]

Web Industries Launches New Composites Automation Development Centre

Published: 16th August 2011

Web Industries (WI) has opened a new Composites Automation Development Centre in the Atlanta, Georgia area. WI expect the 10,000 sq. ft. development environment will help their customers from around the world test new and emerging carbon fibre composite materials for qualification and use in the automated fibre placement manufacturing process. WI says that engineers […]

Carbon Fibre Gripper Systems Developed for Improved Automation

Published: 23rd September 2005

SAS Automation of Ohio USA, developer of light weight Robotic-End-of-Arm-Tooling for handling plastic moulded parts, has introduced a new line of robotic gripper fingers with lighter weight carbon fibre bodies. The company have designed the grippers using carbon fibre to make the overall workpiece gripper as lightweight as possible so that maximum speed and lowest […]