RTM process promises to simplify composite auto part production

November 11, 2013 5:08 pm ET

A wide-ranging group of technology, material and equipment suppliers have developed a new resin transfer molding process that would simplify production and painting for automotive composite parts.

ZF Friedrichshafen beefs up automotive tech center

November 11, 2013 1:38 pm ET

German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG has added new equipment at its development center as part of its ongoing interest in using plastics to replace metal in some structural parts.

Private equity firm buys fiberglass unit from AGY

November 6, 2013 4:58 pm ET

Stonewood Capital Management, Inc. a Pittsburgh-based equity group, has completed the purchase of the continuous filament mat business unit as well as a plant and facilities in Huntingdon, Pa., from AGY Holding Corp. The new entity will be known as Huntingdon Fiberglass LLC.

Taiwan's Mitac targets bioresins, carbon fiber molding

November 4, 2013 2:09 pm ET

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — Peter Chu and his 40-person team of materials researchers at Taiwanese molder Mitac Precision Technology Co. Ltd. have a challenge — find a competitive niche against much larger rivals in the electronics manufacturing industry like iPhone supplier Foxconn.

Solvay Specialty Polymers invests in thermoplastic composite firm

October 21, 2013 6:00 am ET

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — Solvay Specialty Polymers has purchased a stake in advanced composites maker Aonix Advanced Materials Corp. for an undisclosed price.


Solar, composite plane pilot: Risks beget innovation

October 17, 2013 5:04 pm ET

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — Flight pioneer Bertrand Piccard, one of two pilots set to fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane in two years' time, told a K show audience the innovation surrounding the project could help solve many of the...

UK firm buys San Diego-based composites specialist

October 7, 2013 1:41 pm ET

Middlesex, England-based international aerospace group Shimtech Industries Ltd. has acquired San Diego-based Performance Plastics Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

New German composites trade group announced

September 19, 2013 2:24 pm ET

Four major trade associations in Germany this week announced the formation of Composites Germany, a new umbrella organization that they created to strengthen the composites industry in the country. It will also replace AVK within the EuCIA European composites industry association.

It’s not all about carbon fiber: Carmakers using traditional composites, too

September 18, 2013 1:26 pm ET

NOVI, MICH. — Carbon fiber has been getting all the composite glory lately, but suppliers of some more traditional composite materials point out that improvements to the old standbys are making them more competitive, too.


Composite-body BMW i3 starts production

September 18, 2013 11:31 am ET

More than a dozen years after BMW AG first introduced a concept car made in carbon fiber composites, it has launched full assembly of its i3 electric vehicle, calling it the first time that carbon fiber has been used in “volume production....

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