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USQ’s Centre for Future Materials Claims Equipment Grant

Published: 18th July 2018

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 […]

USQ Composites Research Employed in City Hall Refurbishment

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 […]

PYROS to Develop Sustainable, Fire Resistant Composites

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 […]

Stonhard UK achieves Achilles Level 4 Accreditation

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 […]

JEC Book Focuses on Composites in Construction

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 […]

SGL Carbon Fibre Employed in University Of Stuttgart Architectural Project

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 […]

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 […]

JEC’s US Construction Event Receives Positive Feedback

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 […]

Biteam Displays Novel Tapered I-Beam at JEC World 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 […]

Gurit Launches New Core Materials and Low Toxicity Epoxy Laminating System

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 […]

EPTA Conference Highlights Prospects for Pultruded Composites in Infrastructure

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 […]

Graphenano Collaborates with Tecnivial on Graphene Signs

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 […]

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

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 […]

Composite Advantage Introduces Standard Line of FRP Trail Bridges

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 […]

AnalySwift Sponsors SAMPE 2018 Student Bridge Contest

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 […]

ACMA Advocates for Development of Standards for Composites in Infrastructure

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, […]

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

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 […]

NetComposites Announces Call for Papers for CompIC 2019

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 […]

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

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 […]

TFP Exhibits Advanced Nonwovens at SAMPE Long Beach 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 […]

USQ Researcher Wins Award for Composite Railway Sleeper Study

The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Dr Wahid Ferdous has been recognised for his research in engineering after winning the 2018 Railway Technical Society of Australasia Post Graduate Thesis Award. Ferdous received the recognition for his work on optimising the use of composite materials to develop a cost-effective railway sleeper technology for replacement and maintenance of […]

ACIC 2019 Issues Call for Papers

The 9th International Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction, ACIC 2019, will take place on 3-5 September 2019 at the University of Birmingham, UK, and abstracts are invited on relevant subjects. ACIC unites researchers and practicing engineers, asset managers and representatives of regulatory bodies, focusing on topics within the construction industry which highlight the use […]

TUBALL Graphene Nanotubes Protect Storage Tanks

Manufacturers of storage tanks and anti-static lining coatings can gain a competitive edge by switching to TUBALL graphene nanotube-based concentrates for their products, according to OCSiAl. The uniform, permanent and stable resistivity enabled by TUBALL is said to ensure enhanced safety at highly hazardous plants and reduces the cost of lining coatings. Around 10% of […]

Global Composites Conference 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Shridhar Nath, Wind Blade Technology Leader, GE Global Research

With just two weeks to go until the first Global Composites Conference, co-hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and NetComposites, Communications Manager Siobhan Longhurst caught up with speaker Shridhar Nath of GE Global Research. Shridhar will be presenting on ‘Technology Trends on Additive, Energy and Other Composite Applications.’ What excites you about the opportunities […]

ACMA Teaches Engineers about Composites at 2018 International Bridge Conference

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) held its 18th consecutive technical workshop during the annual International Bridge Conference on 12 June in National Harbor, Maryland, to inform and educate engineers on FRP composites used in infrastructure applications. “FRP composites are a proven innovative and durable material solution that has been used in over 500 bridges […]

Tecniplas Presents FRP Tanks at Food Fair

Tecniplas will exhibit FRP tanks suitable for contact with drinking water at the Fispal Tecnologia food and drink trade fair in São Paulo, Brazil, on 26-28 June. “Besides being non-toxic and innocuous, FRP is more competitive than the stainless steel normally used in tanks installed in the food industry,” states Luís Gustavo Rossi, Director of […]

ACMA Announces Winners of Architecture Design Challenge

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has unveiled the winners of this year’s Composites Design Challenge, a design competition that encourages college architecture students to find innovative ways to integrate composite constructions into architectural production. ACMA asked approximately 150 architectural students from 23 different schools to work in teams to consider the development of a […]

Lightweight Technologies Forum in Parallel with Composites Europe 2018

The Lightweight Technologies Forum will take place in parallel to Composites Europe, on 6-8 November 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany. Weight reduction is one of the most important development criteria across numerous growth industries – in the automotive industry, aviation, mechanical engineering and wind power, but also in infrastructure, medical technology and in the marine and […]

80-Year-Old Massachusetts Bridge Gets FiberSPAN FRP Deck

Published: 17th July 2018

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected a lightweight FiberSPAN fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge deck, manufactured by Composite Advantage, for the Rugg Bridge on Route 57. Sandisfield, Massachusetts, US, received a US$1 million grant in 2017 to rebuild Rugg Bridge following years of wear and tear. The pony truss crossing has carried residents and […]

Lightweight Technologies Forum in Parallel with Composites Europe 2018

Published: 3rd July 2018

The Lightweight Technologies Forum will take place in parallel to Composites Europe, on 6-8 November 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany. Weight reduction is one of the most important development criteria across numerous growth industries – in the automotive industry, aviation, mechanical engineering and wind power, but also in infrastructure, medical technology and in the marine and […]

Tecniplas Presents FRP Tanks at Food Fair

Published: 26th June 2018

Tecniplas will exhibit FRP tanks suitable for contact with drinking water at the Fispal Tecnologia food and drink trade fair in São Paulo, Brazil, on 26-28 June. “Besides being non-toxic and innocuous, FRP is more competitive than the stainless steel normally used in tanks installed in the food industry,” states Luís Gustavo Rossi, Director of […]

ACMA Announces Winners of Architecture Design Challenge

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has unveiled the winners of this year’s Composites Design Challenge, a design competition that encourages college architecture students to find innovative ways to integrate composite constructions into architectural production. ACMA asked approximately 150 architectural students from 23 different schools to work in teams to consider the development of a […]

Global Composites Conference 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Shridhar Nath, Wind Blade Technology Leader, GE Global Research

Published: 20th June 2018

With just two weeks to go until the first Global Composites Conference, co-hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and NetComposites, Communications Manager Siobhan Longhurst caught up with speaker Shridhar Nath of GE Global Research. Shridhar will be presenting on ‘Technology Trends on Additive, Energy and Other Composite Applications.’ What excites you about the opportunities […]

ACMA Teaches Engineers about Composites at 2018 International Bridge Conference

Published: 19th June 2018

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) held its 18th consecutive technical workshop during the annual International Bridge Conference on 12 June in National Harbor, Maryland, to inform and educate engineers on FRP composites used in infrastructure applications. “FRP composites are a proven innovative and durable material solution that has been used in over 500 bridges […]

TUBALL Graphene Nanotubes Protect Storage Tanks

Published: 12th June 2018

Manufacturers of storage tanks and anti-static lining coatings can gain a competitive edge by switching to TUBALL graphene nanotube-based concentrates for their products, according to OCSiAl. The uniform, permanent and stable resistivity enabled by TUBALL is said to ensure enhanced safety at highly hazardous plants and reduces the cost of lining coatings. Around 10% of […]

Global Composites Conference 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Shridhar Nath, Wind Blade Technology Leader, GE Global Research

With just two weeks to go until the first Global Composites Conference, co-hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and NetComposites, Communications Manager Siobhan Longhurst caught up with speaker Shridhar Nath of GE Global Research. Shridhar will be presenting on ‘Technology Trends on Additive, Energy and Other Composite Applications.’ What excites you about the opportunities […]

ACIC 2019 Issues Call for Papers

Published: 5th June 2018

The 9th International Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction, ACIC 2019, will take place on 3-5 September 2019 at the University of Birmingham, UK, and abstracts are invited on relevant subjects. ACIC unites researchers and practicing engineers, asset managers and representatives of regulatory bodies, focusing on topics within the construction industry which highlight the use […]

USQ Researcher Wins Award for Composite Railway Sleeper Study

Published: 29th May 2018

The University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Dr Wahid Ferdous has been recognised for his research in engineering after winning the 2018 Railway Technical Society of Australasia Post Graduate Thesis Award. Ferdous received the recognition for his work on optimising the use of composite materials to develop a cost-effective railway sleeper technology for replacement and maintenance of […]

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 […]

Scott Bader Introduces New Brands at JEC World 2018

Published: 27th February 2018

Scott Bader will launch two new brands at JEC World – Crestafire and Crestafix – and give two technical presentations, including one about the Crestafire high performance resin and gel-coat systems available. Crestafire covers all products that offer fire, smoke and toxic fume (FST) performance for manufacturing fire retardant (FR) composite parts to stringent fire […]

Porcher Industries Launches Dry Fibre Range at JEC World 2018

Porcher Industries’ five business units will present new market specific technical textile and thermoplastic composite solutions.. Dry Fibre As the composites market pursues automated processes for high-rate production, Porcher Industries’ Dry Fibre offers a way of processing materials out-of-autoclave (OOA). It is a versatile range of carbon fibre functionalised with a binder interface. Optimised for […]

Exel Composites Showcases Smart, Sustainable Construction Solutions at JEC World 2018

Exel Composites will highlight composite innovations designed to enable the next generation of smart, sustainable construction solutions at JEC World 2018. Smart city infrastructure Exel will showcase composite laminates aimed at next generation, 5G-enabled city infrastructure. These laminates play a key role in the LuxTurrim5G project on Smart City Digital Ecosystem Creation, where Exel is […]

Aliancys Unveils Resin Innovations at JEC World 2018

Aliancys will be present several new products, including Daron 8150 resin for high performance SMC, Neomould 2017-S-01 tooling resin for the manufacturing of high quality composite tooling, and Beyone 700-T-01 FC resin used in the relining of drinking water networks. Taking an integral approach to new product development, Aliancys is using its full expertise in […]

3A Composites Presents Sustainable Core Materials at JEC World 2018

3A Composites will introduce its latest innovations in sustainable core materials at this year’s JEC World. “At 3A Composites we are focusing on delivering the next generation of ultra-performing and environmentally friendly core materials,” says Roman Thomassin, CEO of 3A Composites Core Materials division, manufacturer of the AirexBaltekBanova products. “We are delighted to continue addressing […]

ACMA Champions Policies to Advance Composites in Infrastructure

Published: 13th February 2018

At the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)’s third annual Infrastructure Day on 6-7 February 2018 34 ACMA members joined together to meet with over 100 Members of Congress and their staffs to advance legislation to drive investment in innovative material solutions for transportation, water and energy infrastructure. These meetings also stressed the importance of harnessing […]

NIST Report Addresses Barriers to Adoption of Composites in Infrastructure

Published: 6th February 2018

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a Roadmapping Workshop Report that suggests ways to facilitate wider adoption of composites in infrastructure applications including dams, bridges, highways, railroads, harbours and waterfront structures, utility poles and buildings. Composites can help project owners and end-users save construction costs and create a durable, sustainable 21st […]

JEC Names Finalists for 2018 Innovation Awards and Introduces Public Vote

Published: 30th January 2018

JEC Group has announced the 30 finalists in the 10 categories of its 2018 JEC Innovation Awards. The 10 winners will be announced in a ceremony to be held on 7 March at JEC World 2018. “Like every year, we received hundreds of applications for the JEC Innovation Awards and this success truly shows that […]

Composite Sculpture Fronts Australian Shopping Centre

Shoppers visiting the newly redeveloped Halls Head Central Shopping Centre will be greeted by a 3.5 m x 2.5 m core composite spiral ribbon representing the logo of one of the centre’s owners. Halls Head is a costal destination adjacent to Mandurah on the southern fringe of metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. The $54 million redevelopment […]

TFP Hosts Webinar on Nonwovens for Fire Protection

Published: 23rd January 2018

TFP is hosting a second live webinar in conjunction with CompositesWorld to introduce its advanced nonwovens for fire protection. The webinar, Enhancing Composite Fire Protection using Nonwovens, is free to join and will be held on 31 January 2018 at 2 pm EST. In the webinar Dr Mandy Clement, TFP’s Technology Manager, will discuss how the combustible […]

KraussMaffei adds Rebar Pultrusion System to TechCentre

KraussMaffei is expanding its expertise in the field of pultrusion, the process for continuously manufacturing fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) components, with the commissioning of a second pultrusion system at its TechCentre in Munich, Germany. The newly developed rebar system is designed to manufacture fibreglass-reinforced rebar for concrete elements in the construction industry. Together with the […]

Diab PET Core Used in Banco Popular Headquarters

Published: 16th January 2018

The new corporate headquarters of Banco Popular Español, the fifth largest banking group in Spain, is currently under construction in Madrid. It includes an auditorium with a special box for interpreters. Suspended from the ceiling of the auditorium, the box was designed using glass fibre composite and Diab PET core material. The building is being […]

Fibrelite Highlights Potential for Composites in UK Rail Industry

The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers. The rising interest in use of composite products in rail has led Composites UK to join forces with the Rail […]

Composite Firewater Solution for Maastricht Motorway Tunnel

Published: 9th January 2018

Versteden has completed the installation of a 4.2 km firewater system for the new A2 motorway multi-level road tunnel in Maastricht. This means a reliable availability of water for potential fire situations inside the tunnel. Aliancys and Euroresins supported Versteden in this development with Atlac resin systems. The A2 motorway is the most important North-South […]

Sumitomo Bakelite and GRIP Metal to Develop Thermoset Composite Applications

Published: 2nd January 2018

Sumitomo Bakelite and GRIP Metal have entered into a joint development agreement to develop lightweight thermoset composite applications. GRIP Metal is derived from the PACE award winning NRS technology which enables metal surface modification resulting in mechanical bonding between friction material and steel backing plates in brake pads In addition to automotive products, Sumitomo Bakelite […]

Composite Advantage Wins CAMX Award for Composite Wicket Gates

Composite Advantage has won the CAMX Combined Strength Award for its fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) wicket gate. The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) recognised Composite Advantage and its collaborators the US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), West Virginia University and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Rock Island District […]

Exel Composites and Eze Shoring Develop Lightweight Construction Equipment

Exel Composites and UK company Eze Shoring have partnered to develop a lightweight, easy to use trench shoring concept for the construction industry. Trench cave-ins present a significant danger to workers on a construction site. Shoring is the process of bracing the trench walls to prevent collapse. Based on 30 years of experience working in […]

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 […]

Winners of 2017 CAMX Award Unveiled

Published: 19th December 2017

CAMX – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo has announced the winners of the fourth annual CAMX Award. The CAMX Award recognises two innovations that will significantly impact composites and advanced materials. The award is divided into two categories. The Combined Strength Award acknowledges a product that incorporates composites materials that solves a problem through […]

Exel Composites Carbon Fibre Profiles Employed in High-Precision Application at CERN

Carbon fibre components designed and manufactured by Exel Composites have completed nine years of service in a high precision application at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator in Geneva. As a key part of the particle tracker support structures for the LHC’s Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, Exel’s pultruded profiles had to satisfy strict […]

Tecniplas Provides 250 m³ Tank for Brazilian Water Company

Published: 12th December 2017

Tecniplas has completed the production of a 250 m³ tank for storage of drinking water for the Catarinense Water and Sanitation Company (Casan). According to Luis Gustavo Rossi, Director of Tecniplas, this project is unusual because the tank was produced as a single part, despite its dimensions. “At 250 m³, 5 m in diameter and […]

Composite Advantage Provides FiberSPAN-R Mini-High Platforms for US Rail Station

When the concrete platform at a Billerica, Massachusetts, US, commuter rail station collapsed in 2015, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) closed its North and South mini-high handicap accessible platforms at its West Natick Station. The structures, built with ramps and elevated loading sections, make boarding easy for individuals with disabilities. MBTA needed a high-performance, […]

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 […]

Programme Announced for CompIC Middle East 2018

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 […]

AZL Forms Composites in Buildings and Infrastructure Workgroup

The Aachen Centre for integrative Lightweight Production (AZL), Germany, is establishing a new workgroup on Composites in Buildings and Infrastructure. This follows the completion of an initial market and technology study which identified opportunities for composite technologies in these markets. The aim of the new workgroup, which will hold its first meeting in January, is […]

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 […]

Scott & Fyfe Expands CIPP Range

Scott & Fyfe has expanded its range of Alphashield cured in place pipe (CIPP) products and refined it into four new product groups. Alphaduct is Scott & Fyfe’s seamless glass textile liner designed for the fast assistance of pipe rehabilitation systems. The 100% glass tubular knitted structure can come with either a TPU or PVC […]

Fibrelite Composite Access Covers Reduce Manual Handling Injuries

Published: 14th November 2017

Fibrelite’s composite access covers are designed to reduce the risk of manual handling issues in the access cover industry. One common activity contributing to manual handling injuries is the removal and replacement of heavy concrete and metal manhole and trench covers. Their position and weight makes them an ideal culprit for back and finger injuries […]

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

Published: 7th 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 […]

ACMA Promotes Greater Use of Composites in Transportation and Defence

During the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)’s inaugural Transportation and Defence Policy Fly-In event, ACMA member companies and staff connected with 75 Members of Congress, their staff and key decision makers from federal agencies. The purpose of the event on 31 October-1 November was to provide participants access to information on federal markets for composites […]

Cobra International Forms Composite Structures Business Unit

Published: 31st October 2017

Cobra International is launching the Cobra Composite Structures (CCS) business unit which will manufacture large composite structures for the architectural and mass transport markets. Cobra, a manufacturer of composite components for the watersports, automotive, marine and luxury sectors, says the new business unit has been created in response to customer demand for its product development […]

Creative Pultrusions Unveils New Crossarm Brand

Published: 17th October 2017

Creative Pultrusions Inc (CPI) has created a new corporate logo and slogan for its fibreglass utility crossarm product line – STORM STRONG. According to CPI, electrical utility companies continue to recognise the important function that fibreglass reinforced polymer (FRP) crossarms play in their grid hardening efforts and the new logo and slogan represent CPI’s commitment […]

Diab Core Materials Employed at Ferrari Land

Diab reports that its Divinycell core materials were used in the construction of the new Ferrari Land theme park in Spain. Designed by Miraplas, a Spanish-based company specialised in composite materials for construction work, the massive structures of the amusement park needed to be robust but lightweight. Although many of the structures were made using […]

Fibrelite Unveils New Website

Published: 3rd October 2017

Fibrelite is launching a new website to showcase its range of GRP access covers and underground enclosures. The new site is designed to deliver a consistent user experience on desktop, mobile and tablet, and allows users to navigate by product, select specifications, download technical information and request quotes. Customers can also access instructional brochures, installation […]

Roof of Norman Foster Foundation HQ Features Saertex Materials

Published: 26th September 2017

The roof of the newly constructed ‘Pavilion of Inspirations’ at the headquarters of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, Spain, was built using Saertex LEO materials which offer fire protection. The pavilion and its 172 m2 roof were designed by Lord Norman Foster, David Delgado, Raúl Gómez and Jorge López. The roof takes the form […]

Ferrari Land Cladding Meets Fire Specification Using Crestapol 1212 Resin

Composite wall cladding and roofing sections based on Scott Bader’s Crestapol 1212 resin were used in the construction of two attractions at the new Ferrari Land theme park at PortAventura World Parks & Resort in Spain. Both the Ferrari Experience building and Red Force, Europe’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster, were fabricated using a combination of […]

Composites Europe 2017: Tapping Into New Market Potential

Published: 19th September 2017

Composites Europe will be inviting designers, engineers, technicians, converters and buyers from the composites industry, as well as the application industries dealing with composites, to visit Stuttgart, Germany, on 19-21 September 2017. The trade fair will focus on lightweight construction, resource efficiency, and multi-material design. “In close cooperation with AVK and/or Composites Germany, COMPOSITES EUROPE […]

EPTA Highlights Residential Housing Opportunities for Pultruded Composites

Published: 12th September 2017

An industry report published by the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA) has highlighted a large potential for growth within the residential housing market, particularly in sustainable homes. EPTA says that although still relatively new to the residential housing market, the properties of pultruded composite profiles have earned them a position of awareness and respect among […]

Tufnol Supplies Queensferry Crossing Bridge

Tufnol Composites has supplied specialist products to the Queensferry Crossing, the new bridge across Scotland’s Firth of Forth estuary. Isolation washers manufactured from Tufnol’s high performance glass laminate are forming preloaded connections with the bolts that attach critical components to the bridge construction. The washers are being supplied to Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, which was […]

Covestro Targets Bio-Based Resin for Timber Construction Elements

Published: 5th September 2017

Covestro is participating in a project to develop bio-based resin reinforcing layers for solid wood construction materials to replace the petrochemical products used to date. The polyurethane system, reinforced with cellulose fibres, will be more than 90% bio-based, contain zero additives and exhibit excellent flame retardance and weathering resistance. The project is being supported by […]

Fiberline Composites Forms Joint Venture with Schöck

Published: 22nd August 2017

Fiberline Composites and Schöck have formed a joint venture intended to expand the use of glass fibre for reinforcement of concrete and will establish a new factory in Germany. The companies commenced their collaboration more than 15 years ago, when they jointly created Combar, a non-corrosive, ultra-strong alternative to traditional concrete reinforcement. Today, Fiberline manufactures […]

Tecniplas Showcases Vinasse Cooling Towers

Published: 15th August 2017

Tecniplas will showcase the advantages of its vinasse cooling towers at the International Fair of Sugar, Ethanol and Energy Technology (Fenasucro) in Sertãozinho, São Paulo, Brazil, on 22-25 August 2017. “Over the past twenty years, we have supplied more than 500 units of this type of equipment to mills across the country,” says José Roberto […]

Programme Announced for 8th Biennial Advanced Composites in Construction Conference

Published: 8th August 2017

The programme for the eighth biennial Advanced Composites in Construction (ACIC) has been announced for the conference that will take place on 5th-7th September 2017 at The Edge, University of Sheffield, UK. Supported by Tony Gee & Partners and Construction Composites, ACIC 2017 will focus on current topics within the construction industry with the purpose […]

Microcab Partners in €12.3m Circular Economy Project

Published: 1st August 2017

Microcab has announced its involvement in the new pan-European project ECOBULK – Circular Process for Eco-Designed Bulky Products and Internal Car Parts. With a budget of €12.3 million, the project brings together 27 partners across 12 countries and runs from 2017 to 2021 as part of the H2020 Research and Innovation funding platform. ECOBULK, through […]

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 […]

Model for Affordable Housing Demonstrated in Germany

Published: 9th May 2017

The ‘House of Nations’, a multi-purpose building developed as a model for affordable housing, has been completed in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. It was designed and built by the city administration, French prefabricated building manufacturer Logelis and Covestro. Providing housing quickly, cost-effectively and sustainably is a global challenge. This is true in low-income and economically underdeveloped […]

Modular Composite Lighthouse Installed at Indian Port

Published: 2nd May 2017

A 30 m tall composite lighthouse at Rava Port near Kakinada in South India was constructed from composite modules incorporating Diab core material. The structure was designed to be sturdy enough to withstand both seawater and cyclones. Durable lighthouses are needed for the Indian coast. The traditional way of constructing these is with masonry or […]

New Regulations for Composite Materials Worth Billions of Pounds to UK Industry

Published: 25th April 2017

A report published by the University of Southampton, UK, calls for industry and government to work closely together to put an end to the constraints that currently inhibit the growth and use of composite materials in the marine, rail, oil and gas, and construction sectors. According to the position paper ‘Modernising composite materials regulations’, the […]

Chomarat Unveils €35 Million Investment Programme

Industrial textiles group Chomarat has unveiled a three-year, €35 million investment plan to boost innovation and modernise its sites in the Ardèche region of France.  The company says the investment will enable it to acquire new technologies for its composites, construction and coating activities, to modernise its site dedicated to the production of glass fibre […]

Concrete and Composites: A Powerful Partnership

Published: 18th April 2017

At the end of 2016, the UK government unveiled a record infrastructure spend pipeline of £500 billion-plus, £300m of which will be invested by 2020/21. Fiberlite explains that Composite materials play a growing role in this, with expected growth in the construction industry of 42-78% by 2020 (to £510-640m) and £1240-1520m by 2030. It says, […]

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 […]

Lightweight Design Featuring Diab Core Composites Brightens the Lobby of Edge Sukhumvit 23

Published: 28th March 2017

With lightweight core composites from Diab it was possible to create an eye-catching entrance for this spectacular condominium in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Located in one of the most vibrant parts of Bangkok, Thailand, Diab explains that EDGE Sukhumvit 23 is the place for urbanites who like to live on the pulse of rhythmic […]

Composite Advantage Taps Custom FRP Fabricator FiberSystems For Composite Pile Jackets

Published: 20th December 2016

When FRP manufacturer Composite Advantage was asked to supply composite pile jackets for a waterfront application, it turned to nearby neighbour FiberSystems. “We specialise in very large FRP composite parts up to 100 ft. for bridge and waterfront infrastructures,” says Composite Advantage President, Scott Reeve. “This was an application where the best approach was to […]

Gurit Acquires BASF PET Business

Published: 6th December 2016

Gurit has announced its acquisition of BASF`s PET structural foam business for an undisclosed purchase price. According to Gurit, the transaction comprises BASF’s PET operations in Italy, including its staff, operating assets and product IP in the form of an asset deal. Gurit says that this acquisition will strengthen its structural core material product range […]

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 […]