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Hexcel Announces Official Opening of FAHCCT Laboratory in Shanghai
STAMFORD, Conn., June 27, 2019 – Hexcel (NYSE:HXL), Progen and Future Aerospace today celebrated the official opening of their new joint venture laboratory and materials testing facility in Shanghai, China. Future Aerospace Hexcel Commercial Composite Testing Limited (FAHCCT) will provide China with a world-class aerospace standa...
China, Italy launch modern railway R&D center in Turin
TURIN, Italy, June 19 (Xinhua) -- A modern railway R&D center was launched Tuesday in the northern Italian industrial city of Turin by CRRC Tangshan to enhance bilateral railway transportation technology collaboration and innovation. The CRRC Tangshan Italy Modern Railway Transportation Technolog Joint R&D Center will be af...
China funds wind farm construction in Mozambique
  The China Energy Investment company will build a wind farm in the Manhiça district of Maputo province with capacity to produce more than 100 megawatts of electricity, according to Mozambican news agency AIM.   With US$120 million in funding from the Chinese government the plant may be completed in 2022.   ...
Chinese researchers develop superelastic hard carbon nanofiber aerogels
Inspired by the flexibility and rigidity of natural spider silks webs, a research team led by Prof. YU Shuhong from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) developed a simple and general method to fabricate superelastic and fatigue resistant hard carbon aerogels with nanofibrous network structure by using resorcinol-forma...
A 3D braiding machine and mixed reality learning environment for weaving process
The Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), will demonstrate the digital retrofitting of a 3D braiding machine for the production of three-dimensionally reinforced ceramic turbine components and a mixed reality learning environment for a weaving process to qualify new and also experienced employees.
Beijing Institute of Technology leverages SwiftComp for modeling advanced composites
AnalySwift, a provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for composites, announced that Beijing Institute of Technology is using its SwiftComp simulation software for researching new composite materials as part of the company’s recently launched Academic Partner Program. The university’s projects will employ ...
Covestro delivers first order of polyurethane resin for wind blades
Covestro, a global supplier of high-performance polymer materials, has delivered its first commercial order of polyurethane raw materials for wind blades to China. China is the world’s largest wind power market with 221 GW of installed capacity at the end of 2018, according to the World Wind Energy Association. Covestro deliver...
Jushi USA starts its 96,000 tons glass fiber production line
After a long period of hard work, Jushi USA has put into operation its alkali-free glass fiber production line, with an annual capacity of 96,000 tons, in accordance with the company's established plan. Ray Wierzbowski, vice president of Operations at Jushi USA, said : “This start is an important step for Jushi to maintain...
BASF invests in Longwater advanced materials fund
BASF Venture Capital is investing in the Longwater advanced materials fund. This private equity fund is managed by Longwater Investment, a pioneer growth capital investor in advanced materials and chemistry-related technologies in China.
Swancor expands overseas by setting production site in Malaysia
Taiwan’s Swancor Holding has opened a subsidiary in Malaysia, named Swancor Ind (M) Sdn Bhd. “This is the first production site outside the Greater-China area and it is an important milestone for Swancor in the continued development in overseas markets”, says the group. The opening ceremony was attended by the Mal...
Sinochem and Shanghai Chemical Institute jointly set up a laboratory dedicated to composite materials
Sinochem International and Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (Shanghai Chemical Institute) jointly established the "Sinochem - Shanghai Chemical Institute Composite Materials joint laboratory" in Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park.
[2019-05-24]Source:Sinochem International
BASF to build engineering plastics and thermoplastic polyurethanes plants at new Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China
BASF plans to build an engineering plastics compounding plant and a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) plant at the company’s proposed integrated chemical production (“Verbund”) site in Zhanjiang, China. These will be the first production plants to come onstream at the site.
AR used to assist in manufacturing of race car built by University of Bath students
    Students from the University of Bath are using a new augmented reality (AR) tool developed by Rocketmakers to assist production of their 2019 Formula Student competition entry. Although augmented reality has been used in tests and demonstrations previously by car manufacturers, this is believed to be the first time the t...
[2019-05-15]Source:University of Bath
Blue Origin unveils its vision to go to space to benefit Earth
On May 9, 2019, Blue Origin founder discussed his vision to go to space to benefit Earth. In addition, he also announced the Blue Moon lunar lander, which is capable of taking people and payloads to the lunar surface.
[2019-05-14]Source:Blue Origin
SGL Carbon produces prototypes of fully integrated composite battery enclosures for NIO’s Advanced Technology
In collaboration with SGL Carbon, Chinese automotive manufacturer NIO has developed prototypes for battery enclosures made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for its NIO high performance electric vehicles. Thanks to CFRP, the battery enclosure is extremely lightweight, stable and safe. The entire battery enclosure, including the ba...
Magna Produces Lightweight, Composite Liftgates and Active Aerodynamic Grille Shutters in China
Magna (Troy, Mich., U.S.) continues to grow its presence in China, as demonstrated by two recent grand opening celebrations. A new plant in Changsha, a joint venture with GAC Group (Guangzhou, Guangdong, China) subsidiary GAC Component Co. Ltd., began production of composite liftgates for a global automaker’s crossover vehicle in late 20...
Alpex and HRC form JV to Provide Composite Tooling Services in China
Alpex Technologies GmbH (Mils, Austria), a global manufacturer of tooling systems for producing aerospace and automotive composite components, recently has announced its entry into the China market. Alpex will provide professional composite tooling services to nearby customers in Asia by setting up a factory in Changshu city, Jiangsu Prov...
LANXESS to deploy artificial intelligence in product development
LANXESS is set to break new ground when it comes to the development of customer-specific high-performance plastics. By deploying artificial intelligence (AI), the specialty chemicals company is looking to drastically cut the amount of time it takes to develop new materials. For this, LANXESS has entered into close collaboration with Citri...
Airbus Helicopters has expanded its industrial footprint and partnership with China with the opening of the H135 final assembly line in Qingdao.
CSP Victall Partners with JMC to Debut the First Composite Pickup Box in China
As the pioneer of composite automotive component suppliers in China, CSP VICTALL today announced that Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC) will use advanced composites for the pickup boxes of its new Yuhu 3 and Yuhu 5 pickup trucks, the first such use of composites in the Chinese automotive industry. The composite box developed by CSP VICTA...
Lipex Engineering to deliver basalt fiber nonwoven production line to China
Lipex Engineering GmbH (Munich, Germany) will deliver a basalt fiber nonwoven tissue production line to the Chinese market, scheduled to begin operation in early 2020. This line will produce basalt fiber tissue primarily for the Chinese niche composite market, the company says. The yearly capacity of the line will be more than 140 mil...
EDF gains a foothold on the offshore wind market in China
EDF Group signed an agreement with the Chinese power utility China Energy Investment Corporation (CEI), seeking to jointly deliver two offshore wind power projects in China. The cooperation agreement signed with China Energy Investment, a leading industrial player on China’s electricity market, concerns EDF’s acquisitio...
KraussMaffei to open new factory in China
German KraussMaffei Group (KraussMaffei) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new factory in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. It is a key move of KraussMaffei to make more investments in the Chinese market.
Arkema starts a 30% photocure resin production capacity increase at its Sartomer site in China
 Arkema has successfully started up the 30% capacity extension of its photocure advanced liquid resin production plant in Nansha, located south of Canton, China. Inaugurated today, this new production line will help to meet the strong demand in Asia in the electronics, 3D printing, adhesives and inkjet printing markets. This investme...
The Air Force Research Laboratory hosts a diverse group of professors and students from across the country each year. In 2018 AFRL’s Composites Branch combined forces with the University of Arkansas, the University of Miami, Louisiana Tech University and the University of Texas at El Paso to demonstrate additively manufactured ep...
Saudi Aramco to buy Sabic for $69 billion
Saudi Aramco announces the signing of a share purchase agreement to acquire a 70% majority stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. The remaining 30% publicly traded shares in Sabic are not part of the transaction, and Saudi Aramco has no plans to acquire these remaining shares. ...