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  • TFP & AGC AeroComposites Develop Lightweight Composite Solution for Aircraft Fuel Systems (Jul 29, 2014)
    Technical Fibre Products Ltd (TFP) and AGC AeroComposites (AGC) introduced a new lightweight composite solution for aircraft fuel systems at the Farnborough International Airshow [15th & 16th July]. This joint development, patent pending, enables the electrical resistance of composite components to be precisely controlled and has the potential to provide a weight saving of up to 200 kg per aircraft.
  • CSP to Acquire Magna's Composites Operations to Sustain On-going Growth in SMCs Market (Jul 28, 2014)
    Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), among the global leaders in lightweight composite solutions, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the composites operations of Magna Exteriors. This acquisition, which will make CSP one of the world's largest sheet molding composites (SMC) compounders and manufacturers, includes the assets of five Magna facilities located in North America.
  • Celanese to Expand Manufacturing Capabilities for Celstran® LFRT at Brazilian Facility (Jul 25, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, announced that it will expand its manufacturing capabilities at the company's Suzano, Brazil, facility to include Celstran® long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFRT) production. The Celstran® expansion is expected to be operational by mid-2015. This new Celstran® LFRT production operation will be part of the company's manufacturing site in Suzano.
  • BASF and Alpek Unite on EPS & PU Business Activities for Polioles JV in Mexico (Jul 24, 2014)
    Alpek, S.A.B. de C.V. ("Alpek") and BASF announced that they have signed agreements concerning the EPS (expandable polystyrene) and PU (polyurethane) business activities of their Polioles joint venture in Mexico, and BASF's EPS business in North and South America, excluding BASF's Neopor®(grey EPS) business. Alpek will acquire all of Polioles' EPS business activities, including its EPS production site in Altamira, Mexico.
  • Bayer's PUR- & Deceuninck's Tech.-based Balcony Door from Inoutic Wins Innovation Award (Jul 24, 2014)
    Inoutic, a member of the Deceuninck Group NV, was recently honored for a prototype of a balcony door with a profile depth of just 59 mm. This profile was pultruded by another member of the Deceuninck Group — Deceuninck North America — using the company's innovative Rovex™ technology and polyurethane raw materials from Bayer MaterialScience LLC. For several years, Bayer MaterialScience LLC and Deceuninck North America have successfully worked together to advance applications for windows and doors.
  • Cytec & Dralon Collaborate to Explore Opportunities for Large Tow Industrial Grade CF (Jul 24, 2014)
    Cytec Industries Inc. (CYT) announced that they have entered into strategic discussions with Dralon GmbH, the recognized German manufacturer of acrylic fibers, to support the exploration and development of large tow industrial grade carbon fiber. Demand for large tow carbon fiber is projected to grow significantly in the coming years, driven by increasing use in industrial markets such as automotive, whereby OEM manufacturers are actively researching the technology to help them achieve lighter-weight vehicles with greater fuel efficiency.
  • Honeywell's Spectra Shield® Ballistic Material Finds Application in RCS's Body Armor Plates (Jul 24, 2014)
    Honeywell announced that its Spectra Shield® ballistic material is being used as a critical component for body armor plates recently introduced by Reed Composite Solutions (RCS). The ballistic material is being used in RCS's AMURTM Models 3600 and 3610 rigid plates, which are inserted into law enforcement and military vests and have been specified or sold on six continents to date. The Spectra Shield material increases the bullet-stopping capability of the plates, while allowing for designs that are more comfortable for the wearer.
  • AGC AeroComposites Offers Integrated Composites to Meet Rising Demand in Aero & Defense (Jul 23, 2014)
    AGC AeroComposites is responding to the growing demand in the aerospace and defense industry by partnering with key customers to provide lifecycle solutions and affordable integrated composites. Fueled by growth in the civil and defense market, the use of composites is forecasted to grow at 8.5% per year. Evidence of this increase can be seen with the composite content on modern aircraft growing from 10% on the Boeing 777 to over 50% on the Boeing 787.
  • Stratasys Completes Solid Concepts Acquisition to Better Serve Customers' AM Requirements (Jul 23, 2014)
    Stratasys Ltd., among the leading global providers of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced the completion of its previously disclosed acquisition of Solid Concepts. Stratasys announced the acquisitions of Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies on April 2, 2014, and will combine Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies with RedEye, its existing digital manufacturing service business, to establish one additive manufacturing services business unit.
  • Univ. of Florida Signs Funding Agreement with US Bioplastics to Reduce Plastic Contamination (Jul 23, 2014)
    The Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced that it has finalized a funding agreement with US Bioplastics, an Orlando-based company that takes feedstock waste, paper production by-products, or other plant waste to practical use and then returns it to the environment without damaging the ecology. US Bioplastics' flagship product Gatoresin™, based on technology licensed from the University of Florida, is a bio-renewable, water-degradable plastic designed for use in highly disposable applications.
  • AOC Develops R058 Series of Epoxy Vinyl Ester Resins for CF-reinforced Composites (Jul 22, 2014)
    Global resin supplier AOC has developed a line of resins to meet the increased demand for high-performance composites in aerospace, automotive, wind energy, military, marine and other markets. The R058 series of epoxy vinyl ester resins is specifically designed for carbon fiber reinforcements and creates lightweight composite parts with exceptional strength-to-weight ratios. The R058 series packs a double punch, combining the performance of epoxy resins with the processing speed of unsaturated polyester resins.
  • CPI's Polyurethanes Technical Conf. to Feature Developments for Diverse PUR Applications (Jul 22, 2014)
    The latest developments and innovations in polyurethane processing and composites, as well as the versatility of polyurethane chemistry will be featured during two targeted technical sessions at the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Hosted by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the conference will take place at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas from Sept. 22 to 24.
  • HEXPOL to Acquire US Rubber Compounder Kardoes Rubber to Strengthen its Market Position (Jul 22, 2014)
    HEXPOL has signed an agreement to acquire the business of Kardoes Rubber Co. from the founder Mr. Frank Kardoes and his family. Frank Kardoes started Kardoes Rubber in 1988 and Kardoes is today a well-known Rubber Compounder in the US market. The acquisition is a very good complement to HEXPOL Compounding in the US and broadens and strengthens our presence with Rubber Compounds into end user markets like industrial materials handling, agriculture equipment and off the road tires.
  • Manufacturer of Plastics and Rubber Styron Publishes 2013 Sustainability and CSR Report (Jul 22, 2014)
    Styron, the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber, has published its 2013 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. This marks the company's fourth report since its formation in 2010. In 2013 the company continued its trend of reducing its environmental footprint, as measured by a range of environmental performance indicators. Compared with the 2012 performance, the company achieved reductions in 2013.
  • TenCate Completes PMC Baycomp Acquisition; Holds Strong Position in Auto Composites Market (Jul 22, 2014)
    TenCate Advanced Composites has completed the acquisition of Performance Materials Corporation Baycomp. The acquisition of PMC Baycomp provides TenCate Advanced Composites a strong position for the growing industrial composites markets worldwide, in particular the automotive market. PMC Baycomp has among the industry leading technologies for thermoplastic composite materials and components for among other automotive, oil & gas and consumer electronics.
  • Bayer's Makrolon® 15 PC Sheet Replaces Damaged Glass in Broken Windows (Jul 21, 2014)
    A once picturesque California street lined with businesses was left ravaged when a peaceful demonstration turned ugly. Street-level windows were smashed, requiring replacement. One of the affected businesses, a financial institution, wanted to replace its large, broken windows with a material offering high impact strength and resistance to vandalism. Makrolon® 15 polycarbonate sheet from Bayer MaterialScience LLC was chosen as a replacement for the damaged glass in a financial institution along this street.
  • TCG Unveils UV-resistant PremierUV™ SMCs for Electrical and Outdoor Applications (Jul 21, 2014)
    The Composites Group introduces PremierUV™, a new family of high-performance ultraviolet-resistant, flame retardant thermoset sheet molding compounds (SMC) for electrical and outdoor applications, including electrical enclosures, light housings and warning tiles. "Our new PremierUV products have ultraviolet weathering characteristics superior to competitive materials on the market," said Marc Imbrogno, corporate director of Market/Product Development.
  • Teknor Apex's New TPE-S Compounds Provide Better Performance for Auto Window Encapsulation (Jul 21, 2014)
    A new series of styrenic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE-S) injection molding compounds provides automotive manufacturers with processing and end use properties that are superior to those of TPE-S materials currently used for window encapsulation, it was announced by Teknor Apex Company. The Sarlink® ME-2600 Series includes 55-, 65-, and 75-Shore A compounds that have low specific gravities of 0.93 to 0.94. These specific gravities are comparable to those of TPE-S grades now used in window encapsulation but lower than those of PVC and EPDM, which typically exceed 1.10.
  • UDT Executes Project to Produce Biodegradable Containers for Fruit Export & Transportation (Jul 21, 2014)
    Some of the fruits that Chile exports such as berries and blueberries are sent to different markets in clamshell containers, which are commonly made of a traditional clear plastic. However, due to the strong tendency in the world to develop environmentally friendly products and the applicability of new environmental regulations regarding the handling of polluting waste of production processes, the industry is looking for alternative containers that are friendlier to the environment.
  • Lignin to Have Potential Market Value of USD 242 Bn Across 13 Select Products: Lux Research (Jul 18, 2014)
    Lignin, a component of lignocellulosic biomass and a common byproduct stream from cellulosic conversion processes, has a potential market worth of $242 billion across 13 select products alone, but commercialization of these lignin derived chemicals such as BTX (a mixture of benzene, toluene, and xylene) and cyclohexanol lags growing feedstock supplies, according to Lux Research. Today, the commercial sale of lignin is limited.
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