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UPS to Deploy Composite-Intensive Electric Vehicles in London and Paris
UPS to Deploy Composite-Intensive Electric Vehicles in London and Paris
Last week, UPS announced�that it is working with UK-based technology firm ARRIVAL (formerly known as Charge Automotive) to develop a state-of-the-art pilot fleet of 35 lightweight, composite electric delivery vehicles to be tested in London and Paris.
New DuPont Survey Says Composites Have Promise for Lightweighting
New DuPont Survey Says Composites Have Promise for Lightweighting
Last week, Wards Auto released its annual survey, conducted by Penton Market Research and sponsored by DuPont. The annual survey polled nearly 750 automotive sector employees � from system, component and parts manufacturers to engine and engine-service...
Tesla Unveils All-Electric Semi-Truck with 500-Mile Range
Tesla Unveils All-Electric Semi-Truck with 500-Mile Range
On Friday, Tesla unveiled its highly-anticipated Class 8 all-electric semi-truck, known as �BAMF Performance� to more than 1,000 Tesla passenger car owners, investors and potential customers. Back in September, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased the truck, say...
BMW Unveils New M5 Sedan with Carbon Fiber Roof
BMW Unveils New M5 Sedan with Carbon Fiber Roof
Last week, the 2018 BMW M5 was revealed, and the company says the high-performance sedan is the first vehicle to feature xDrive all-wheel drive.
Composites Featured Prominently at 2018 North American International Auto Show
Composites Featured Prominently at 2018 North American International Auto Show
For composite manufacturers and suppliers to the automotive industry, the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit is the Holy Grail. This year, there has been no shortage of composites innovation on the show floor, as many models on di...
Ashland Launches Derakane� Signia� � the First Identifiable Resin in the Corrosion Industry
Ashland Launches Derakane� Signia� � the First Identifiable Resin in the Corrosion Industry
Ashland has launched Derakane� Signia� resins. According to the company, the new formula has an undeniable detection system to verify the integrity of designs wherever corrosion-resistant GFRP pipes and tanks are specified. The new resins are built on ...
COMAC Reveals Major Milestone in Development of CR929 Aircraft
COMAC Reveals Major Milestone in Development of CR929 Aircraft
Last week, the American division of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) revealed that manufacturing tests of full-scale 15 x 6-meter composite fuselage panels for the CR929 aircraft have been completed, with follow-up tests showing good re...
Could Composites Help Save Coral in the Great Barrier Reef?
Could Composites Help Save Coral in the Great Barrier Reef?
During the National Science Foundation�s (NSF) Workshop on Additive Manufacturing for Civil Infrastructure Design, Dr. Mo Ehsani, a structural engineer and the founder of QuakeWrap, Inc., debuted a bold idea that could potentially be a sustainable solu...
Boeing Unveils New Midsize 797 Aircraft and 737 MAX 10
Boeing Unveils New Midsize 797 Aircraft and 737 MAX 10
During the 2017 Paris Air Show, Boeing made waves when it unveiled details about its highly-anticipated midsize aircraft, which many in the industry are calling the �797.� The 797 jet would fill a gap between Boeing�s single-aisle 737 workhorse and its...
Composite Advantage is helping the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Withstand Headwinds
Composite Advantage is helping the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Withstand Headwinds
According to the Maine Department of Transportation, a rebuilt version of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge � spanning the US 1 Bypass over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, is on pace to re-open to traffic by mid-to-late N...
Orbital ATK to Help Air Force Sustain the Nation�s Most Advanced Military Aircraft
Orbital ATK to Help Air Force Sustain the Nation�s Most Advanced Military Aircraft
Orbital ATK has entered into a partnership agreement with the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center to help support the nation�s most advanced military aircraft. The public-private partnership incorporates complementary, state-of-the-art composite aerostru...
Airbus Ultra Long Range A350 XWB Completes First Flight
Airbus Ultra Long Range A350 XWB Completes First Flight
The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB, known as the MSN 216, successfully completed its first flight last week. According to Airbus, this version of the aircraft will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will enter servi...
ACMA�s Composites Branding Campaign a �Catalyst for Change�
ACMA�s Composites Branding Campaign a �Catalyst for Change�
A popular spot in CAMX�s Innovation Park is the Presentation Theater, where attendees have gathered to hear more than a dozen presentations on topics ranging from additive manufacturing to composites bonding and opportunities in the United Kingdom. Kim...
Emirates Team New Zealand Wins 35th America�s Cup
Emirates Team New Zealand Wins 35th America�s Cup
Last week, Emirates Team New Zealand has won the 35th America�s Cup, defeating previous winner ORACLE TEAM USA. The New Zealand team dominated the final stage of the 35th America�s Cup, winning eight races to ORACLE TEAM USA�s one race win.
Vienna Researchers Develop Composite Curing Formula that Works Underwater
Vienna Researchers Develop Composite Curing Formula that Works Underwater
Researchers at Technische Universit�t Wien (TU-Wien) in Vienna, Austria, have developed a �special formula� that allows epoxy-based composites to cure underwater.�The research group, headed up by Professor Robert Liska, has developed additives that are...
Saildrone, Inc. Raises $60 million to Scale its Global Fleet of Ocean Drones
Saildrone, Inc. Raises $60 million to Scale its Global Fleet of Ocean Drones
Saildrone, Inc., a provider of high-resolution ocean data collected via a fleet of unmanned surface vehicles, announced that it has closed a�$60 million�round of Series B funding to scale up its global fleet of ocean drones to help monitor the state of...
Airbus Delivers First A350-1000 to Launch Customer Qatar Airways
Airbus Delivers First A350-1000 to Launch Customer Qatar Airways
Airbus has delivered the world�s first A350-1000 widebody airliner to launch customer Qatar Airways at a delivery event in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by the carrier and is the first ever Airbus aircraft fitted ...
UK Researcher Unveils World�s First Automotive Graphene Composite Component Prototype
UK Researcher Unveils World�s First Automotive Graphene Composite Component Prototype
Ahmed Elmarakbi, an automotive composites professor at the University of Sunderland (UK), has produced a prototype of the world�s first graphene composite component for an automotive application.
Portuguese Joint Venture Leads to Development of World's Lightest Kayak
Portuguese Joint Venture Leads to Development of World's Lightest Kayak
Last week, Portuguese graphene manufacturing company�Graphenest and Sipre,�a Portuguese kayak manufacturer, announced that they have produced what they believe to be the world�s lightest kayak, which weighs approximately 20.5 lbs (9.3 kg).
U.K. Royal Mail Begins Trials of Autonomous, Electric Delivery Trucks
U.K. Royal Mail Begins Trials of Autonomous, Electric Delivery Trucks
During Wired magazine�s 2016 conference in London, automotive technology company Charge unveiled a self-driving, electric delivery van that can be built in four hours. Charge, which has since changed its name to Arrival, said we could see the vans on t...
Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Vehicle will Feature Composite Components from SGL
Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Vehicle will Feature Composite Components from SGL
Last week, SGL Group announced that it will provide its SIGRACET� brand of wet-laid nonwoven CFRP gas diffusion layers (GDLs) for the fuel cell of Hyundai�s NEXO hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
GMC Reveals Carbon Fiber Truck Bed in New 2019 Sierra Denali
GMC Reveals Carbon Fiber Truck Bed in New 2019 Sierra Denali
On March 1, General Motors officially revealed its 2019 GMC Sierra, which comes with a new optional feature that is exclusive to the upcoming pickup truck: a carbon fiber bed known as the �CarbonPro Box.� The news follows a�December 2017 report�indicat...
CAMX Announces Speakers for its 2017 General Session
CAMX Announces Speakers for its 2017 General Session
The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, widely considered North America�s premier composites event co-produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMP...
McLaren Could Supply Carbon Chassis to Other Automakers
McLaren Could Supply Carbon Chassis to Other Automakers
During a McLaren press conference at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K., Chief Financial Officer Paul Buddin said the company�s new plant in Sheffield, England, building McLaren�s next-generation carbon-fiber tubs will have an annual capac...
Magnum Venus Products Installs World�s First Medium/Large-Scale 3-D Thermoset Printer
Magnum Venus Products Installs World�s First Medium/Large-Scale 3-D Thermoset Printer
Last week, Magnum Venus Products (MVP), in partnership with the Department of Energy�s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), installed the first commercially available medium/large-scale thermoset 3-D printer at the DOE�s Manufacturing Demonstration Fa...
Ford Files Patent for New Composite Cylinder Head
Ford Files Patent for New Composite Cylinder Head
Last week, Ford filed a patent for a new type of composite cylinder head design that could reduce weight, slash manufacturing costs and save money on raw materials. The company�s new �Hybrid Composite Cylinder Head� would be made up mostly of a polymer...
Composites from Polynt Used in Areas of First Road-Legal Dallara Vehicle
Composites from Polynt Used in Areas of First Road-Legal Dallara Vehicle
Last week, Dallara�the legendary Italian engineering firm that�s developed chassis for IndyCar, Formula One, Formula Three, Formula E, IMSA and a bunch of other racing series�unveiled its first street-legal vehicle, the �Stradale.�
LeMond Composites Signs Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Deakin University
LeMond Composites Signs Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Deakin University
LeMond Composites, the company founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has entered into a global, exclusive 20-year licensing agreement with Deakin University in Australia to commercialize their patent-pending manufacturing process t...
Airbus Acquires Majority Stake in Bombardier C Series
Airbus Acquires Majority Stake in Bombardier C Series
Airbus and Bombardier have announced their new partnership regarding Bombardier�s signature C Series aircraft. Airbus will acquire a 50.01% interest, while Bombardier and Investissement Qu�bec (IQ) will own approximately 31 percent and 19 percent respe...
New Facility in Tennessee Could Recycle 2,000 tons of Carbon Fiber Per year
New Facility in Tennessee Could Recycle 2,000 tons of Carbon Fiber Per year
Carbon Fiber Recycling, Inc. (CFR), a division of Modern Recovery Systems, Inc. is building a facility in Tazewell, Tenn., that plans to recycle up to 2,000 tons of carbon fiber per year. The plant will extract carbon fibers from finished composites, i...
Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing Unveil 515 Project ONE Boat
Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing Unveil 515 Project ONE Boat
During the 2018 Miami International Boat Show, Mercedes-AMG debuted what it considers to be �the most impressive and innovative performance boat ever constructed� by Cigarette Racing. Dubbed the �515 Project ONE,� the 51� 5� boat was inspired by the Me...
Calgary Professor�s Bridge Material Research Could Save Cities Billions
Calgary Professor�s Bridge Material Research Could Save Cities Billions
Dr. Mamdouh El-Badry, a civil engineering professor at the University of Calgary, is working on research that explores the viability of GFRP-reinforced concrete as the primary material to make a �bridge of the future.� If the bridge performs as the pro...
New Army and MIT Research Could Hold Promise for Future Combat Helmets
New Army and MIT Research Could Hold Promise for Future Combat Helmets
According to a report from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Army and MIT researchers have advanced a unique experimental device to better test the durability of high performance and robust polymeric materials that appear to strengthen themselves unde...
The Role of Composites in Automotive Market Growth
The Role of Composites in Automotive Market Growth
The global automotive market is expected to grow to 100 million vehicles by 2019 according to Owens Corning market data presented by Corey Melvin in a CAMX educational session on Wednesday, Dec. 13. �Shortly thereafter, we can expect to save 100 kilogr...
Owens Corning Forum Highlights Composite Solutions for Sustainable Infrastructure
Owens Corning Forum Highlights Composite Solutions for Sustainable Infrastructure
Last week, Owens Corning hosted a forum, �Sustainable Infrastructure: Building to Last,� that provided an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders, including Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz�and dozens of engineers and other professionals from the O...
Orbital ATK and Lockheed Martin Announce F-35 Program Milestone
Orbital ATK and Lockheed Martin Announce F-35 Program Milestone
Last week, Orbital ATK and Lockheed Martin celebrated the successful completion of the 5,000th Orbital ATK-built composite part for the F-35 program. With more than 1,400 domestic suppliers in 46 states and Puerto Rico, the program is responsible for m...
US Navy and ORNL Develop Military�s First 3D-Printed Submarine Hull
US Navy and ORNL Develop Military�s First 3D-Printed Submarine Hull
According to a recent blog published by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Navy�s Disruptive Technology Lab and the team at ORNL�s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) have created the military�s first 3D-printed submarine hull. Known as the...
Core Molding Technologies Acquires Horizon Plastics International Inc.
Core Molding Technologies Acquires Horizon Plastics International Inc.
Core Molding Technologies, Inc., a leading North American compounder of custom sheet molding compound and molder of GFRP, announced last week that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Horizon Plastics International Inc. (HPI).
Teijin Breaks Ground on Carbon Fiber Production Facility in Greenwood, S.C.
Teijin Breaks Ground on Carbon Fiber Production Facility in Greenwood, S.C.
On Friday, carbon fiber manufacturer Teijin broke ground a $600 million carbon fiber production facility in Greenwood, S.C. that is expected to create more than 200 jobs. The Teijin facility, according to businessfacilities.com, is the largest initial ...
Plasan to Produce First Composite Accessible Boarding Technologies for Amtrak
Plasan to Produce First Composite Accessible Boarding Technologies for Amtrak
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC), a leading supplier of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components for the transportation market, announced on Friday that it has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amt...
Boeing Begins Production of 777X Aircraft
Boeing Begins Production of 777X Aircraft
Last week, Boeing celebrated the official kickoff of production of its 777X wide-body jet. The 777X aircraft is a large-sized twin-engine passenger aircraft currently being developed by Boeing as a successor to the existing 777, with plans for its firs...
Porsche Unveils Braided CFRP Wheels for 911 Turbo S
Porsche Unveils Braided CFRP Wheels for 911 Turbo S
On Friday, Porsche unveiled it will now offer lightweight wheels with braided CFRP. The wheels are now available as an option for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Porsche now joins the company of Ford and supercar-maker Koenigsegg as the only ...
Closing the Loop � 5 Key Messages on Carbon Fiber Recycling
Closing the Loop � 5 Key Messages on Carbon Fiber Recycling
The CAMX education session, �Recycling and Re-use of Composites � Sustainability for Market Expansion� on Wednesday, Dec. 13, provided attendees with a wealth of information as eight panelists gave perspectives on advances in carbon fiber recycling, em...
Bloodhound SSC, World Land Speed Record Challenger, to Begin Speed Tests in Late October
Bloodhound SSC, World Land Speed Record Challenger, to Begin Speed Tests in Late October
According to a recent report from Autocar, the Bloodhound SSC, Britain�s world land speed record challenger, will begin initial speed tests in the UK on October 26. The team plans to run the jet- and rocket-powered car at up to 200 mph, using its EJ200...
New Apple Store in Chicago Boasts a Huge Composite Roof
New Apple Store in Chicago Boasts a Huge Composite Roof
Ten days ago, Apple opened its new flagship store in Chicago on North Michigan Avenue overlooking the Chicago River. The store is highlighted by its 111 x 98 ft carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) roof. The roof is believed to have been manufactured...
Toray will open an Automotive R&D Center near Munich in 2018
Toray will open an Automotive R&D Center near Munich in 2018
Toray recently announced that in August 2018, it plans to open its new R&D center, dubbed Automotive Center Europe (AMCEU), to support the growth of new materials for environmentally friendly vehicles in Europe. Located near Munich, Germany, the buildi...
New Software Platform from Solvay and MultiMechanics Could Reduce Time and Cost of Developing Mat...
New Software Platform from Solvay and MultiMechanics Could Reduce Time and Cost of Developing Mat...
Solvay and MultiMechanics have partnered to develop a material simulation software platform that could reduce the time and cost of developing and certifying new materials by 40 percent.
Airbus to test New Laminar Wing on the A340
Airbus to test New Laminar Wing on the A340
According to a report from Flightglobal, Airbus will soon start flight testing an A340 that has been fitted with experimental laminar-flow wing sections. The effort is part of a larger EU-funded technology project, dubbed the Breakthrough Laminar Aircr...
Boom Technology Unveils Design for XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator
Boom Technology Unveils Design for XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator
During the 2017 Paris Air Show, Boom Technology unveiled the completed design of the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, the subscale prototype of a composite-intensive, supersonic passenger airliner. When it flies next year, the XB-1 will be the world�s fas...
Soel Yachts Launches SoelCat 12 � The Tesla of the Sea
Soel Yachts Launches SoelCat 12 � The Tesla of the Sea
Last week, Dutch company Soel Yachts officially launched its SoelCat 12 � a solar electric catamaran. The catamaran, which Soel Yachts has dubbed �The Tesla on Water,� requires no fuel and can�save up to 142 tons of CO2�annually compared to a conventio...
Volocopter, World�s first Certified Multicopter, Takes Flight in Dubai
Volocopter, World�s first Certified Multicopter, Takes Flight in Dubai
Last week, the Volocopter VC200, the world�s first certified multicopter created by German firm e-volo, took to the skies in Dubai for the first time in an unmanned flight. The Volocopter is a personal, two-seat, all-electric 18-rotor vehicle. The Volo...
Arizona DOT strengthens two Interstate 17 bridges in Phoenix with Composites
Arizona DOT strengthens two Interstate 17 bridges in Phoenix with Composites
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) recently announced it has used carbon fiber strips that are �coated and strengthened with a reinforcing polymer� to fix girders on state highway bridges in Phoenix. According to ADOT, one of those bridges...
Silicon Valley Company Arevo Creates World�s First 3-D Printed Bike
Silicon Valley Company Arevo Creates World�s First 3-D Printed Bike
Arevo Inc, a Silicon Valley startup with backing from the venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency has produced what it says is the world�s first carbon fiber bicycle with a 3-D printed frame.
Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces Successful Test of Dream Chaser Spacecraft
Sierra Nevada Corporation Announces Successful Test of Dream Chaser Spacecraft
Last week, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced a successful atmospheric free-flight test of its Dream Chaser spacecraft, signaling the program is another achievement closer to orbital operations. The Dream Chaser is a reusable, multi-mission spac...
Ferrari Land Theme Park Features Attractions made with Composites
Ferrari Land Theme Park Features Attractions made with Composites
According to a press release from UK supplier Scott Bader, the recently-opened Ferrari Land theme park in Spain features two main attractions made with composites: the �Ferrari Experience� building�and �Red Force,� which is now Europe�s tallest rollerc...
SpaceX Planning to Send a Tesla Roadster to Mars
SpaceX Planning to Send a Tesla Roadster to Mars
Last month, Elon Musk, the tech billionaire who founded SpaceX, said on Twitter that he planned to launch a Tesla electric car�into Mars orbit�in 2018.�
Toray to Acquire TenCate Advanced Composites
Toray to Acquire TenCate Advanced Composites
Last week, Toray and CFRP prepreg manufacturer TenCate Advanced Composites (TCAC), a subsidiary of Koninklijke Ten Cate B.V., announced that Toray will acquire TCAC for �930 million (~$1.14 billion USD). The completion of the envisaged transaction is e...
GE and Global Fiberglass Solutions Helps Give Turbine Blades a Second Life
GE and Global Fiberglass Solutions Helps Give Turbine Blades a Second Life
According to a recent story from GE Reports, a daily news wing of GE, Bothell, Wash.-based company Global Fiberglass Solutions Inc. (GFSI) has invented a way to transform old wind turbine blades into products like manhole covers, building panels and pa...
Stratolaunch, World�s Largest Plane, Reaches another Critical Milestone
Stratolaunch, World�s Largest Plane, Reaches another Critical Milestone
Last week, Stratolaunch founder Paul Allen tweeted that the company�s signature plane, the largest in the world, reached a new top taxi speed of 46 miles per hour. The team has also shown for the first time that it can steer and stop the plane.
Apple Campus, Featuring Theater with World�s Largest Carbon Fiber Roof, Opens Tomorrow
Apple Campus, Featuring Theater with World�s Largest Carbon Fiber Roof, Opens Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Apple will open the doors to its new Apple Park (Campus 2) for the first time to reveal the iPhone 8. Apple began developing the building in 2014. It is a 2.8 million-square-foot masterpiece that features the world�s largest freestanding carb...
Airstream Releases its First Ever Fiberglass Camper
Airstream Releases its First Ever Fiberglass Camper
On Thursday, Airstream, the manufacturer of the iconic, �silver bullet,� officially launched the Nest, the company�s highly anticipated fiberglass travel trailer.
First Ever US-Built Airbus A320 Takes Off
First Ever US-Built Airbus A320 Takes Off
On August 15, the first Airbus A320 aircraft to be produced at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Ala., flew for the first time. The flight lasted approximately four hours, during which tests were performed on systems, engines, and struc...
Airstream Unveils Unique Fiberglass Trailer Design
Airstream Unveils Unique Fiberglass Trailer Design
Ohio-based trailer company Airstream is generating buzz after it revealed the �Nest� � a travel trailer with a uniquely compact and streamlined design. The fiberglass Nest design is the brainchild of Nest Caravans, founded by Robert Johans. In 2016, Ai...
NIST Roadmapping Workshop Report Addresses Barriers to Adoption of Composites in Infrastructure
NIST Roadmapping Workshop Report Addresses Barriers to Adoption of Composites in Infrastructure
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a Roadmapping Workshop Report that suggests ways to facilitate wider adoption of composites in a variety of infrastructure applications, including dams, bridges, highways, railroad...
Electric Vehicles and Advances in 3-D Printing among Composite Innovations at CES 2018
Electric Vehicles and Advances in 3-D Printing among Composite Innovations at CES 2018
This week, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas, attendees will have the opportunity to see a wide range of new innovations that feature composite materials.
Audi A8 Rear Panel Represents Potential for Fully Digital CFRP Production
Audi A8 Rear Panel Represents Potential for Fully Digital CFRP Production
During JEC World 2018, Voith introduced its new, fully digital carbon fiber production technology known as the Voith Roving Applicator (VRA). Voith expects the novel manufacturing line to �elevate the industrialization of composites production to a new...
State of New York Chooses Composite Advantage Cantilever System to Replace Aging Walkway
State of New York Chooses Composite Advantage Cantilever System to Replace Aging Walkway
Recently, Composite Advantage, a premier manufacturer of composite bridge structures, published a case study outlining the use of its FRP products to replace an aging pedestrian walkway in Albany, N.Y.
New Polymer Curing Process from Illinois Researchers Could Drastically Reduce Costs
New Polymer Curing Process from Illinois Researchers Could Drastically Reduce Costs
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new polymer curing process that could drastically reduce the cost, time and energy needed to manufacture FRP.�The researchers findings indicate that the new polymerization process uses 10 order...
Composites Play Central Role in UK�s Newest Fusion Device
Composites Play Central Role in UK�s Newest Fusion Device
Last week, trade association Composites UK announced that Devon, UK-based manufacturer�Rockwood Composites has successfully used composites to assemble the central core for the UK�s newest fusion device, Tokamak Energy�s ST40.�This involved the very pr...