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Chem-Trend Publishes Sustainability Report

Published: 31st July 2018

Chem-Trend has announced the publication of its first Sustainability Report as well as environmental certification to ISO 14001: 2015 for Chem-Trend Deutschland from the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen (DQS). Chem-Trend is a developer and manufacturer of speciality release agents, purging compounds and moulding aids. “At Chem-Trend we have been cultivating a remarkable culture […]

Covestro Develops Bio-Based Aniline

Published: 25th July 2018

Covestro has announced that aniline, an important basic chemical, can now be derived from biomass. Until now, petroleum-based raw materials have been used for the production of aniline, which is used as a precursor for numerous products. Covestro says it achieved this breakthrough by collaborating with partners on the development of a completely new process, […]

Gurit to License Green PET Technology from Armacell

Gurit has signed a licensing contract with Armacell, under which it will be granted a global license for the patented ArmaFORM PET GR technology until the expiry of the patent rights. The ArmaFORM PET GR foam core technology enables manufacturing of extruded PET foam from 100% recycled (post-consumer) PET materials. The patented technology supports customers […]

Invibio and CarboFix Partner with UK Olympic Sprinter James Ellington

UK Olympic sprinter James Ellington has joined forces with the UK´s Invibio Biomaterial Solutions and CarboFix Orthopedics in his quest to return to athletics competition after a devastating motorcycle accident earlier this year. CarboFix and Invibio develop innovative biomaterials and devices that have the potential to change the treatment of trauma fractures. The life-changing experience […]

Pentaxia Installs POD Points

Pentaxia has installed POD Point electric vehicle charging stations for customers and employees, demonstrating the company’s commitment to sustainability and staff welfare. Two employees have already taken the opportunity to use the POD Point units, enabling them to invest in hybrid vehicles. Additional points will be installed at Pentaxia’s new facility, due to open later […]

Neuvokas Raises Rebar Production Speed

Neuvokas reports that it has achieved a process speed of 150 ft/min (45.72 m/min) for its continuous fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar production. “While this accomplishment is gratifying, we look forward to achieving our new goal of 250 ft/min (76.2 m/min) in 2018,” notes the company’s Chief Executive Officer Erik Kiilunen. Neuvokas, based in Ahmeek, […]

Southern Research Contributes to Low Cost Carbon Fibre Project

The US Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced funding of $3,745,413 to Western Research Institute (WRI) to develop low cost carbon fibre components using various resources as the feedstock, such as coal and biomass. With partner cost share included, the overall value of the project as proposed […]

Covestro Targets Bio-Based Resin for Timber Construction Elements

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 […]

BASF Introduces CONTOURA Prepreg

BASF is launching the CONTOURA prepreg range, which combines Acrodur resins with a variety of natural, recycled or synthetic fibres to produce a prepreg suitable for use in the automotive, RV, and home and office furnishing industries. BASF reports that CONTOURA uses both thermoset and thermoplastic grades of Acrodur resins to provide increased thermo-mechanical stability, […]

BASF Introduces CONTOURA Prepreg

BASF is launching the CONTOURA prepreg range, which combines Acrodur resins with a variety of natural, recycled or synthetic fibres to produce a prepreg suitable for use in the automotive, RV, and home and office furnishing industries. BASF reports that CONTOURA uses both thermoset and thermoplastic grades of Acrodur resins to provide increased thermo-mechanical stability, […]

EPTA Highlights Residential Housing Opportunities for Pultruded Composites

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 […]

LANXESS Focuses On Mobility

LANXESS will focus on the sustainable in-vehicle applications of its thermoplastics during the Fakuma trade fair. “We want to show that our high performance plastics contribute significantly to environmentally and climate-friendly mobility,” says Jan Bender, Head of Marketing EMEA HPM (High Performance Materials) at LANXESS. “We are also presenting ourselves as a competent development partner […]

Composites UK Launches Sustainability Group

Composites UK will officially launch its new sustainability sub group in October. The launch will take place at an event held at Scott Bader’s premises in Northampton on the subject of ‘A Sustainable Future for Composites.’ The sub group is chaired by Steven Brown, Polymer Development Manager – AAC and Composites at Scott Bader, and […]

Trident Foams to Showcase 3A Composites Core Materials at Advanced Engineering 2017

Trident Foams will showcase 3A Composites’ latest innovations in PET foam and balsa wood sustainable core materials at Advanced Engineering 2017. “We are very proud to be a distributor of the 3A Composites product range,” says Phil Kenyon, CEO of Trident Foams. “3A Composites has long been a market leader in the field of core […]

Spolchemie Presents ‘Green’ Epoxy Resin at Advanced Engineering 2017

Spolchemie reports that EnviPOXY, a drop-in bioplastic material, is an epoxy resin whose input is waste glycerine from biodiesel production, containing 28% of biocarbon (ASTM D6866). For industries such as construction, transportation and wind energy, by using EnviPOXY with conventional or bio-based reinforcement fibres companies can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of their products. EnviPOXY […]

EuCIA Highlights Sustainability as Key Driver for Composites Use

Sustainability as a key driver for the use of composites, and the need for life cycle assessment (LCA) methods that provide reliable, reproducible results, were highlighted during the recent Lightweight, Durable and Sustainable Composites seminar organised by the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA). A video of the event is now available to view online. Sustainability […]

Electric GT and Bcomp Develop Natural Fibre Automotive Panels

Electric GT is partnering with Bcomp to replace carbon fibre panels with natural fibre composite parts in its Electric GT racing car. According to Swiss company Bcomp, its powerRibs and ampliTex reinforcement fabrics contribute to a 500 kg (over 20%) weight reduction in the race-prepared Tesla Model S EGT P100D. The flax fibre technology is […]

3A Composites wins UN Sustainable Development Award

3A Composites AirexBaltekBanova’s carbon footprint reduction and sustainability programmes in its Ecuador operation have been awarded the United Nations Global Compact Award for Sustainable Development.  The United Nations Global Compact initiative has recognised 3A Composites’ long-term efforts to offset its carbon footprint; protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of land ecosystems; manage its balsa forests […]

ELG and Land Rover BAR Partner to Recycle Carbon Fibre

ELG Carbon Fibre has announced that it is to become a Technical Supplier to Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) and will process the America’s Cup team’s carbon fibre manufacturing waste and end-of use-parts to recover the high performance carbon fibres they contain. The recovered fibres will be converted into ELG’s milled and chopped fibres […]

EuCIA Adds Thermoplastics Data to Eco Impact Calculator

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) has announced the addition of new thermoplastics data to its Eco Calculator, the online tool which enables composites companies to calculate the environmental impact associated with the production of their products. The Eco Calculator is constantly evolving to meet industry needs and this latest development follows the recent addition […]

JEC Names Finalists for 2018 Innovation Awards and Introduces Public Vote

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 […]

Sicomin Earns USDA Bio-based Product Label

Sicomin has earned the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Bio-based Product label. The product, SR GreenPoxy 56/SD GP 505V2 epoxy resin, is now able to display a USDA label that highlights its percentage of bio-based content. The following Sicomin products have earned the USDA Certified Bio-based Product Label: SR GreenPoxy 33/SD 4999 with 26% […]

Sicomin Launches Engineering Services at JEC World 2018

At JEC World Sicomin will highlight its new engineering services and showcase a variety of key product ranges including bio, clear, fire retardant and foaming epoxy systems. Sicomin’s new engineering service means customers can receive a finely tuned package that is optimised to their specific requirements. This enhanced offering will ensure Sicomin is able to […]

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 […]

EuCIA Demonstrates Eco Impact Calculator at JEC World 2018

The European Composites Industry Association will be offering demonstrations of its Eco Impact Calculator online tool throughout JEC World. This free resource, a key component of EuCIA’s strategy to communicate the sustainability of composites, enables companies to calculate the environmental impact associated with the production of their composite products. During the presentations at JEC, EuCIA’s […]

Armacell Presents ArmaShape 3D PET Core Technology at JEC World 2018

Armacell will present its ArmaShape technology for the large-scale production of 3D-shaped PET foam core materials. ArmaShape is designed to bring benefits to many industries where lightweight yet strong plastic parts are prerequisites for a successful product design. This includes high-volume automotive applications such as car bodies or chassis. As loose PET-based beads for manufacturing […]

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 […]

EUCIA Launches Survey to Guide Development of Eco Impact Calculator

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) is launching a survey aimed at guiding the next stage of development of its Eco Impact Calculator for composites. This free online resource is being used by companies to support the business case for the selection of a composite product based on its overall life cycle performance. The Eco […]

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 […]

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 […]

ACMA Pushes for Industry-Wide Composites Recycling

On 12 April, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) concluded its first Composites Recycling Conference with nearly 90 industry professionals, leaders and experts from around the world. The inaugural event, held in Knoxville, Tennessee, on 10-12 April 2018, focused on composites recycling and sustainability with networking, education and new technology and business developments to advance […]

Surfboard Builders Go for Gold with Sicomin’s Bio-Based Resins

Sicomin has received the ECOBOARD Project Gold Level qualification for its range of bio-based epoxy resins. The certification applies to Sicomin’s GreenPoxy range that now consists of five resin systems. The ECOBOARD Project is an independent third-party consumer-facing certification programme for surfboards, designed and managed by environmental non-profit Sustainable Surf. The programme’s focus is on […]

SHD Composite Materials Launches Bio-Based Resin for FST Prepregs

SHD Composite Materials is introducing PS200, a bio-based resin designed to solve the problem of the fire risk that lithium ion batteries pose. Primarily developed for the manufacture of electric vehicle battery boxes, the product is available on a number of reinforcements and capable of autoclave, oven or press cure from 120°C, allowing flexible production […]

Ecocomp 2019 Issues Call for Papers

Presentations are being invited for the 7th edition of Ecocomp, the International Conference on Sustainable Fibres, Polymers and Composites, which will take place on 19-20 June 2019 in Coventry, UK. Composite materials derived from natural, renewable sources have received significant interest in recent years, primarily due to increased awareness of environmental issues and the drive […]

Ecocomp 2019 Issues Call for Papers

Presentations are being invited for the 7th edition of Ecocomp, the International Conference on Sustainable Fibres, Polymers and Composites, which will take place on 19-20 June 2019 in Coventry, UK. Composite materials derived from natural, renewable sources have received significant interest in recent years, primarily due to increased awareness of environmental issues and the drive […]

TRB Lightweight Structures Develops Biocomposite Rail Carriage Door Leaf

TRB Lightweight Structures has developed a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) sandwich panel door leaf using a bio-based resin and a 100% recycled foam core. The new biocomposite door leaf product has been designed and fire-rated for both overground and underground rail use. The composite system passes BS 6853 and BS 476 and is EN […]

TRB Lightweight Structures Develops Biocomposite Rail Carriage Door Leaf

TRB Lightweight Structures has developed a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) sandwich panel door leaf using a bio-based resin and a 100% recycled foam core. The new biocomposite door leaf product has been designed and fire-rated for both overground and underground rail use. The composite system passes BS 6853 and BS 476 and is EN […]

Covestro Develops Bio-Based Aniline

Published: 18th July 2018

Covestro has announced that aniline, an important basic chemical, can now be derived from biomass. Until now, petroleum-based raw materials have been used for the production of aniline, which is used as a precursor for numerous products. Covestro says it achieved this breakthrough by collaborating with partners on the development of a completely new process, […]

Gurit to License Green PET Technology from Armacell

Gurit has signed a licensing contract with Armacell, under which it will be granted a global license for the patented ArmaFORM PET GR technology until the expiry of the patent rights. The ArmaFORM PET GR foam core technology enables manufacturing of extruded PET foam from 100% recycled (post-consumer) PET materials. The patented technology supports customers […]

Invibio and CarboFix Partner with UK Olympic Sprinter James Ellington

UK Olympic sprinter James Ellington has joined forces with the UK´s Invibio Biomaterial Solutions and CarboFix Orthopedics in his quest to return to athletics competition after a devastating motorcycle accident earlier this year. CarboFix and Invibio develop innovative biomaterials and devices that have the potential to change the treatment of trauma fractures. The life-changing experience […]

Pentaxia Installs POD Points

Pentaxia has installed POD Point electric vehicle charging stations for customers and employees, demonstrating the company’s commitment to sustainability and staff welfare. Two employees have already taken the opportunity to use the POD Point units, enabling them to invest in hybrid vehicles. Additional points will be installed at Pentaxia’s new facility, due to open later […]

Neuvokas Raises Rebar Production Speed

Neuvokas reports that it has achieved a process speed of 150 ft/min (45.72 m/min) for its continuous fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar production. “While this accomplishment is gratifying, we look forward to achieving our new goal of 250 ft/min (76.2 m/min) in 2018,” notes the company’s Chief Executive Officer Erik Kiilunen. Neuvokas, based in Ahmeek, […]

Southern Research Contributes to Low Cost Carbon Fibre Project

The US Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced funding of $3,745,413 to Western Research Institute (WRI) to develop low cost carbon fibre components using various resources as the feedstock, such as coal and biomass. With partner cost share included, the overall value of the project as proposed […]

Covestro Targets Bio-Based Resin for Timber Construction Elements

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 […]

BASF Introduces CONTOURA Prepreg

BASF is launching the CONTOURA prepreg range, which combines Acrodur resins with a variety of natural, recycled or synthetic fibres to produce a prepreg suitable for use in the automotive, RV, and home and office furnishing industries. BASF reports that CONTOURA uses both thermoset and thermoplastic grades of Acrodur resins to provide increased thermo-mechanical stability, […]

BASF Introduces CONTOURA Prepreg

BASF is launching the CONTOURA prepreg range, which combines Acrodur resins with a variety of natural, recycled or synthetic fibres to produce a prepreg suitable for use in the automotive, RV, and home and office furnishing industries. BASF reports that CONTOURA uses both thermoset and thermoplastic grades of Acrodur resins to provide increased thermo-mechanical stability, […]

EPTA Highlights Residential Housing Opportunities for Pultruded Composites

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 […]

LANXESS Focuses On Mobility

LANXESS will focus on the sustainable in-vehicle applications of its thermoplastics during the Fakuma trade fair. “We want to show that our high performance plastics contribute significantly to environmentally and climate-friendly mobility,” says Jan Bender, Head of Marketing EMEA HPM (High Performance Materials) at LANXESS. “We are also presenting ourselves as a competent development partner […]

Composites UK Launches Sustainability Group

Composites UK will officially launch its new sustainability sub group in October. The launch will take place at an event held at Scott Bader’s premises in Northampton on the subject of ‘A Sustainable Future for Composites.’ The sub group is chaired by Steven Brown, Polymer Development Manager – AAC and Composites at Scott Bader, and […]

Trident Foams to Showcase 3A Composites Core Materials at Advanced Engineering 2017

Trident Foams will showcase 3A Composites’ latest innovations in PET foam and balsa wood sustainable core materials at Advanced Engineering 2017. “We are very proud to be a distributor of the 3A Composites product range,” says Phil Kenyon, CEO of Trident Foams. “3A Composites has long been a market leader in the field of core […]

Spolchemie Presents ‘Green’ Epoxy Resin at Advanced Engineering 2017

Spolchemie reports that EnviPOXY, a drop-in bioplastic material, is an epoxy resin whose input is waste glycerine from biodiesel production, containing 28% of biocarbon (ASTM D6866). For industries such as construction, transportation and wind energy, by using EnviPOXY with conventional or bio-based reinforcement fibres companies can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of their products. EnviPOXY […]

EuCIA Highlights Sustainability as Key Driver for Composites Use

Sustainability as a key driver for the use of composites, and the need for life cycle assessment (LCA) methods that provide reliable, reproducible results, were highlighted during the recent Lightweight, Durable and Sustainable Composites seminar organised by the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA). A video of the event is now available to view online. Sustainability […]

Electric GT and Bcomp Develop Natural Fibre Automotive Panels

Electric GT is partnering with Bcomp to replace carbon fibre panels with natural fibre composite parts in its Electric GT racing car. According to Swiss company Bcomp, its powerRibs and ampliTex reinforcement fabrics contribute to a 500 kg (over 20%) weight reduction in the race-prepared Tesla Model S EGT P100D. The flax fibre technology is […]

3A Composites wins UN Sustainable Development Award

3A Composites AirexBaltekBanova’s carbon footprint reduction and sustainability programmes in its Ecuador operation have been awarded the United Nations Global Compact Award for Sustainable Development.  The United Nations Global Compact initiative has recognised 3A Composites’ long-term efforts to offset its carbon footprint; protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of land ecosystems; manage its balsa forests […]

ELG and Land Rover BAR Partner to Recycle Carbon Fibre

ELG Carbon Fibre has announced that it is to become a Technical Supplier to Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) and will process the America’s Cup team’s carbon fibre manufacturing waste and end-of use-parts to recover the high performance carbon fibres they contain. The recovered fibres will be converted into ELG’s milled and chopped fibres […]

EuCIA Adds Thermoplastics Data to Eco Impact Calculator

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) has announced the addition of new thermoplastics data to its Eco Calculator, the online tool which enables composites companies to calculate the environmental impact associated with the production of their products. The Eco Calculator is constantly evolving to meet industry needs and this latest development follows the recent addition […]

JEC Names Finalists for 2018 Innovation Awards and Introduces Public Vote

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 […]

Sicomin Earns USDA Bio-based Product Label

Sicomin has earned the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Bio-based Product label. The product, SR GreenPoxy 56/SD GP 505V2 epoxy resin, is now able to display a USDA label that highlights its percentage of bio-based content. The following Sicomin products have earned the USDA Certified Bio-based Product Label: SR GreenPoxy 33/SD 4999 with 26% […]

Sicomin Launches Engineering Services at JEC World 2018

At JEC World Sicomin will highlight its new engineering services and showcase a variety of key product ranges including bio, clear, fire retardant and foaming epoxy systems. Sicomin’s new engineering service means customers can receive a finely tuned package that is optimised to their specific requirements. This enhanced offering will ensure Sicomin is able to […]

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 […]

EuCIA Demonstrates Eco Impact Calculator at JEC World 2018

The European Composites Industry Association will be offering demonstrations of its Eco Impact Calculator online tool throughout JEC World. This free resource, a key component of EuCIA’s strategy to communicate the sustainability of composites, enables companies to calculate the environmental impact associated with the production of their composite products. During the presentations at JEC, EuCIA’s […]

Armacell Presents ArmaShape 3D PET Core Technology at JEC World 2018

Armacell will present its ArmaShape technology for the large-scale production of 3D-shaped PET foam core materials. ArmaShape is designed to bring benefits to many industries where lightweight yet strong plastic parts are prerequisites for a successful product design. This includes high-volume automotive applications such as car bodies or chassis. As loose PET-based beads for manufacturing […]

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 […]

EUCIA Launches Survey to Guide Development of Eco Impact Calculator

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) is launching a survey aimed at guiding the next stage of development of its Eco Impact Calculator for composites. This free online resource is being used by companies to support the business case for the selection of a composite product based on its overall life cycle performance. The Eco […]

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 […]

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 […]

ACMA Pushes for Industry-Wide Composites Recycling

On 12 April, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) concluded its first Composites Recycling Conference with nearly 90 industry professionals, leaders and experts from around the world. The inaugural event, held in Knoxville, Tennessee, on 10-12 April 2018, focused on composites recycling and sustainability with networking, education and new technology and business developments to advance […]

Surfboard Builders Go for Gold with Sicomin’s Bio-Based Resins

Sicomin has received the ECOBOARD Project Gold Level qualification for its range of bio-based epoxy resins. The certification applies to Sicomin’s GreenPoxy range that now consists of five resin systems. The ECOBOARD Project is an independent third-party consumer-facing certification programme for surfboards, designed and managed by environmental non-profit Sustainable Surf. The programme’s focus is on […]

SHD Composite Materials Launches Bio-Based Resin for FST Prepregs

SHD Composite Materials is introducing PS200, a bio-based resin designed to solve the problem of the fire risk that lithium ion batteries pose. Primarily developed for the manufacture of electric vehicle battery boxes, the product is available on a number of reinforcements and capable of autoclave, oven or press cure from 120°C, allowing flexible production […]

Ecocomp 2019 Issues Call for Papers

Presentations are being invited for the 7th edition of Ecocomp, the International Conference on Sustainable Fibres, Polymers and Composites, which will take place on 19-20 June 2019 in Coventry, UK. Composite materials derived from natural, renewable sources have received significant interest in recent years, primarily due to increased awareness of environmental issues and the drive […]

Ecocomp 2019 Issues Call for Papers

Presentations are being invited for the 7th edition of Ecocomp, the International Conference on Sustainable Fibres, Polymers and Composites, which will take place on 19-20 June 2019 in Coventry, UK. Composite materials derived from natural, renewable sources have received significant interest in recent years, primarily due to increased awareness of environmental issues and the drive […]

TRB Lightweight Structures Develops Biocomposite Rail Carriage Door Leaf

TRB Lightweight Structures has developed a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) sandwich panel door leaf using a bio-based resin and a 100% recycled foam core. The new biocomposite door leaf product has been designed and fire-rated for both overground and underground rail use. The composite system passes BS 6853 and BS 476 and is EN […]

TRB Lightweight Structures Develops Biocomposite Rail Carriage Door Leaf

TRB Lightweight Structures has developed a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) sandwich panel door leaf using a bio-based resin and a 100% recycled foam core. The new biocomposite door leaf product has been designed and fire-rated for both overground and underground rail use. The composite system passes BS 6853 and BS 476 and is EN […]

Ecocomp 2019 Issues Call for Papers

Published: 19th June 2018

Presentations are being invited for the 7th edition of Ecocomp, the International Conference on Sustainable Fibres, Polymers and Composites, which will take place on 19-20 June 2019 in Coventry, UK. Composite materials derived from natural, renewable sources have received significant interest in recent years, primarily due to increased awareness of environmental issues and the drive […]

Ecocomp 2019 Issues Call for Papers

Presentations are being invited for the 7th edition of Ecocomp, the International Conference on Sustainable Fibres, Polymers and Composites, which will take place on 19-20 June 2019 in Coventry, UK. Composite materials derived from natural, renewable sources have received significant interest in recent years, primarily due to increased awareness of environmental issues and the drive […]

TRB Lightweight Structures Develops Biocomposite Rail Carriage Door Leaf

TRB Lightweight Structures has developed a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) sandwich panel door leaf using a bio-based resin and a 100% recycled foam core. The new biocomposite door leaf product has been designed and fire-rated for both overground and underground rail use. The composite system passes BS 6853 and BS 476 and is EN […]

TRB Lightweight Structures Develops Biocomposite Rail Carriage Door Leaf

TRB Lightweight Structures has developed a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) sandwich panel door leaf using a bio-based resin and a 100% recycled foam core. The new biocomposite door leaf product has been designed and fire-rated for both overground and underground rail use. The composite system passes BS 6853 and BS 476 and is EN […]

SHD Composite Materials Launches Bio-Based Resin for FST Prepregs

Published: 29th May 2018

SHD Composite Materials is introducing PS200, a bio-based resin designed to solve the problem of the fire risk that lithium ion batteries pose. Primarily developed for the manufacture of electric vehicle battery boxes, the product is available on a number of reinforcements and capable of autoclave, oven or press cure from 120°C, allowing flexible production […]

Surfboard Builders Go for Gold with Sicomin’s Bio-Based Resins

Published: 15th May 2018

Sicomin has received the ECOBOARD Project Gold Level qualification for its range of bio-based epoxy resins. The certification applies to Sicomin’s GreenPoxy range that now consists of five resin systems. The ECOBOARD Project is an independent third-party consumer-facing certification programme for surfboards, designed and managed by environmental non-profit Sustainable Surf. The programme’s focus is on […]

ACMA Pushes for Industry-Wide Composites Recycling

Published: 8th May 2018

On 12 April, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) concluded its first Composites Recycling Conference with nearly 90 industry professionals, leaders and experts from around the world. The inaugural event, held in Knoxville, Tennessee, on 10-12 April 2018, focused on composites recycling and sustainability with networking, education and new technology and business developments to advance […]

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 […]

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 […]

EUCIA Launches Survey to Guide Development of Eco Impact Calculator

Published: 20th March 2018

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) is launching a survey aimed at guiding the next stage of development of its Eco Impact Calculator for composites. This free online resource is being used by companies to support the business case for the selection of a composite product based on its overall life cycle performance. The Eco […]

Sicomin Launches Engineering Services at JEC World 2018

Published: 14th March 2018

At JEC World Sicomin will highlight its new engineering services and showcase a variety of key product ranges including bio, clear, fire retardant and foaming epoxy systems. Sicomin’s new engineering service means customers can receive a finely tuned package that is optimised to their specific requirements. This enhanced offering will ensure Sicomin is able to […]

Sicomin Launches Engineering Services at JEC World 2018

Published: 7th March 2018

At JEC World Sicomin will highlight its new engineering services and showcase a variety of key product ranges including bio, clear, fire retardant and foaming epoxy systems. Sicomin’s new engineering service means customers can receive a finely tuned package that is optimised to their specific requirements. This enhanced offering will ensure Sicomin is able to […]

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 […]

Armacell Presents ArmaShape 3D PET Core Technology at JEC World 2018

Armacell will present its ArmaShape technology for the large-scale production of 3D-shaped PET foam core materials. ArmaShape is designed to bring benefits to many industries where lightweight yet strong plastic parts are prerequisites for a successful product design. This includes high-volume automotive applications such as car bodies or chassis. As loose PET-based beads for manufacturing […]

Sicomin Launches Engineering Services at JEC World 2018

Published: 27th February 2018

At JEC World Sicomin will highlight its new engineering services and showcase a variety of key product ranges including bio, clear, fire retardant and foaming epoxy systems. Sicomin’s new engineering service means customers can receive a finely tuned package that is optimised to their specific requirements. This enhanced offering will ensure Sicomin is able to […]

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 […]

EuCIA Demonstrates Eco Impact Calculator at JEC World 2018

The European Composites Industry Association will be offering demonstrations of its Eco Impact Calculator online tool throughout JEC World. This free resource, a key component of EuCIA’s strategy to communicate the sustainability of composites, enables companies to calculate the environmental impact associated with the production of their composite products. During the presentations at JEC, EuCIA’s […]

Armacell Presents ArmaShape 3D PET Core Technology at JEC World 2018

Armacell will present its ArmaShape technology for the large-scale production of 3D-shaped PET foam core materials. ArmaShape is designed to bring benefits to many industries where lightweight yet strong plastic parts are prerequisites for a successful product design. This includes high-volume automotive applications such as car bodies or chassis. As loose PET-based beads for manufacturing […]

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 […]

Sicomin Earns USDA Bio-based Product Label

Published: 13th February 2018

Sicomin has earned the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Bio-based Product label. The product, SR GreenPoxy 56/SD GP 505V2 epoxy resin, is now able to display a USDA label that highlights its percentage of bio-based content. The following Sicomin products have earned the USDA Certified Bio-based Product Label: SR GreenPoxy 33/SD 4999 with 26% […]

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 […]

EuCIA Adds Thermoplastics Data to Eco Impact Calculator

Published: 2nd January 2018

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) has announced the addition of new thermoplastics data to its Eco Calculator, the online tool which enables composites companies to calculate the environmental impact associated with the production of their products. The Eco Calculator is constantly evolving to meet industry needs and this latest development follows the recent addition […]

ELG and Land Rover BAR Partner to Recycle Carbon Fibre

Published: 5th December 2017

ELG Carbon Fibre has announced that it is to become a Technical Supplier to Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) and will process the America’s Cup team’s carbon fibre manufacturing waste and end-of use-parts to recover the high performance carbon fibres they contain. The recovered fibres will be converted into ELG’s milled and chopped fibres […]

Electric GT and Bcomp Develop Natural Fibre Automotive Panels

Published: 29th November 2017

Electric GT is partnering with Bcomp to replace carbon fibre panels with natural fibre composite parts in its Electric GT racing car. According to Swiss company Bcomp, its powerRibs and ampliTex reinforcement fabrics contribute to a 500 kg (over 20%) weight reduction in the race-prepared Tesla Model S EGT P100D. The flax fibre technology is […]

3A Composites wins UN Sustainable Development Award

Published: 28th November 2017

3A Composites AirexBaltekBanova’s carbon footprint reduction and sustainability programmes in its Ecuador operation have been awarded the United Nations Global Compact Award for Sustainable Development.  The United Nations Global Compact initiative has recognised 3A Composites’ long-term efforts to offset its carbon footprint; protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of land ecosystems; manage its balsa forests […]

Electric GT and Bcomp Develop Natural Fibre Automotive Panels

Published: 21st November 2017

Electric GT is partnering with Bcomp to replace carbon fibre panels with natural fibre composite parts in its Electric GT racing car. According to Swiss company Bcomp, its powerRibs and ampliTex reinforcement fabrics will allow for a 500 kg (over 20%) weight reduction in the race-prepared Tesla Model S EGT P100D. The flax fibre technology […]

EuCIA Highlights Sustainability as Key Driver for Composites Use

Published: 7th November 2017

Sustainability as a key driver for the use of composites, and the need for life cycle assessment (LCA) methods that provide reliable, reproducible results, were highlighted during the recent Lightweight, Durable and Sustainable Composites seminar organised by the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA). A video of the event is now available to view online. Sustainability […]

Trident Foams to Showcase 3A Composites Core Materials at Advanced Engineering 2017

Published: 24th October 2017

Trident Foams will showcase 3A Composites’ latest innovations in PET foam and balsa wood sustainable core materials at Advanced Engineering 2017. “We are very proud to be a distributor of the 3A Composites product range,” says Phil Kenyon, CEO of Trident Foams. “3A Composites has long been a market leader in the field of core […]

Spolchemie Presents ‘Green’ Epoxy Resin at Advanced Engineering 2017

Spolchemie reports that EnviPOXY, a drop-in bioplastic material, is an epoxy resin whose input is waste glycerine from biodiesel production, containing 28% of biocarbon (ASTM D6866). For industries such as construction, transportation and wind energy, by using EnviPOXY with conventional or bio-based reinforcement fibres companies can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of their products. EnviPOXY […]

Composites UK Launches Sustainability Group

Published: 26th September 2017

Composites UK will officially launch its new sustainability sub group in October. The launch will take place at an event held at Scott Bader’s premises in Northampton on the subject of ‘A Sustainable Future for Composites.’ The sub group is chaired by Steven Brown, Polymer Development Manager – AAC and Composites at Scott Bader, and […]

LANXESS Focuses On Mobility

Published: 19th September 2017

LANXESS will focus on the sustainable in-vehicle applications of its thermoplastics during the Fakuma trade fair. “We want to show that our high performance plastics contribute significantly to environmentally and climate-friendly mobility,” says Jan Bender, Head of Marketing EMEA HPM (High Performance Materials) at LANXESS. “We are also presenting ourselves as a competent development partner […]

BASF Introduces CONTOURA Prepreg

Published: 12th September 2017

BASF is launching the CONTOURA prepreg range, which combines Acrodur resins with a variety of natural, recycled or synthetic fibres to produce a prepreg suitable for use in the automotive, RV, and home and office furnishing industries. BASF reports that CONTOURA uses both thermoset and thermoplastic grades of Acrodur resins to provide increased thermo-mechanical stability, […]

BASF Introduces CONTOURA Prepreg

BASF is launching the CONTOURA prepreg range, which combines Acrodur resins with a variety of natural, recycled or synthetic fibres to produce a prepreg suitable for use in the automotive, RV, and home and office furnishing industries. BASF reports that CONTOURA uses both thermoset and thermoplastic grades of Acrodur resins to provide increased thermo-mechanical stability, […]

EPTA Highlights Residential Housing Opportunities for Pultruded Composites

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 […]

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 […]

Southern Research Contributes to Low Cost Carbon Fibre Project

Published: 29th August 2017

The US Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced funding of $3,745,413 to Western Research Institute (WRI) to develop low cost carbon fibre components using various resources as the feedstock, such as coal and biomass. With partner cost share included, the overall value of the project as proposed […]

Neuvokas Raises Rebar Production Speed

Published: 22nd August 2017

Neuvokas reports that it has achieved a process speed of 150 ft/min (45.72 m/min) for its continuous fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar production. “While this accomplishment is gratifying, we look forward to achieving our new goal of 250 ft/min (76.2 m/min) in 2018,” notes the company’s Chief Executive Officer Erik Kiilunen. Neuvokas, based in Ahmeek, […]

Pentaxia Installs POD Points

Published: 8th August 2017

Pentaxia has installed POD Point electric vehicle charging stations for customers and employees, demonstrating the company’s commitment to sustainability and staff welfare. Two employees have already taken the opportunity to use the POD Point units, enabling them to invest in hybrid vehicles. Additional points will be installed at Pentaxia’s new facility, due to open later […]

Invibio and CarboFix Partner with UK Olympic Sprinter James Ellington

Published: 25th July 2017

UK Olympic sprinter James Ellington has joined forces with the UK´s Invibio Biomaterial Solutions and CarboFix Orthopedics in his quest to return to athletics competition after a devastating motorcycle accident earlier this year. CarboFix and Invibio develop innovative biomaterials and devices that have the potential to change the treatment of trauma fractures. The life-changing experience […]

Gurit to License Green PET Technology from Armacell

Published: 11th July 2017

Gurit has signed a licensing contract with Armacell, under which it will be granted a global license for the patented ArmaFORM PET GR technology until the expiry of the patent rights. The ArmaFORM PET GR foam core technology enables manufacturing of extruded PET foam from 100% recycled (post-consumer) PET materials. The patented technology supports customers […]

Covestro Develops Bio-Based Aniline

Published: 13th June 2017

Covestro has announced that aniline, an important basic chemical, can now be derived from biomass. Until now, petroleum-based raw materials have been used for the production of aniline, which is used as a precursor for numerous products. Covestro says it achieved this breakthrough by collaborating with partners on the development of a completely new process, […]

TU/ecomotive Unveils Bio-Composite Car

Published: 23rd May 2017

TU/ecomotive, an Eindhoven University of Technology team focused on developing innovative, electric city cars, has unveiled its latest concept. The vehicle, named Lina, employs a combination of bio-based composites and bioplastics to create a lightweight chassis. The bio-based composite is based on flax, and has a strength to weight ratio similar to that of glass […]

Eastman Unveils Engineering Bioplastic

Published: 16th May 2017

Eastman Chemical Company is introducing TRĒVA, a versatile, cellulose-based thermoplastic said to combine high performance with sustainability. “Eastman leveraged nearly 100 years of cellulosic expertise in the design and testing of TRĒVA to meet the improved sustainability profile and performance needs of brands, fabricators, moulders, and other companies across the value chain,” says Burt Capel, […]

Ecocomp Student Poster Competition Launched

Published: 28th April 2017

Ecocomp 2017 will feature its inaugural Student Poster Competition. Judged by a panel of industry experts, led by Neil Calder of Engineered Capabilities, the winner will be announced during the Ecocomp Conference Dinner. Electronic entries are being invited by 5th May 2017. Posters should be A0 size. Posters and their content will be judged using the […]

The RED II Proposal and Its Impact on the Bio-based Material and CO2 Utilisation Sector

Published: 18th April 2017

nova-Institut reports open doors for CO2-based fuels, but a non-level playing field for the bio-based material sector continues and threatens access to tall oil, animal fats and glycerol by the chemical industry as well as access to pulpwood by the forest industry. On 30 November 2016, the European Commission published a proposal for the recast […]

Ecocomp Student Poster Competition Launched

Published: 11th April 2017

Ecocomp 2017 will feature its inaugural Student Poster Competition. Judged by a panel of industry experts, led by Neil Calder of Engineered Capabilities, the winner will be announced during the Ecocomp Conference Dinner. Electronic entries are being invited by 30th April 2017. Posters should be A0 size.  Posters and their content will be judged using […]

New Clearcoat With Biobased Hardener for Automotive Manufacturing

Published: 4th April 2017

A project team consisting of employees of Audi, BASF´s Coatings division and Covestro has now passed a new milestone: for the first time, a clearcoat containing a biobased hardener was applied to test bodies of the Audi Q2 under near-series conditions at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. According to Covestro, BASF developed the clearcoat […]

Programme Released for Ecocomp 2017

Published: 22nd March 2017

NetComposites Enterprise is pleased to announce the programme for the 6th Ecocomp conference, which will take place on 9-10th May 2017 at The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Coventry, UK. Ecological awareness has stimulated an increased interest in sustainable materials, and issues such as recyclability and environmental responsibility are becoming ever more important for the introduction […]

Sicomin Secures Significant Bio Resin Contract With Cobra International and Launches InfuGreen 810 Infusion System at JEC World

Published: 7th March 2017

Following the launch of Sicomin’s bio resin range, the company says it has firmly established itself as the leading formulator and supplier of bio epoxy systems in industrial quantities. Sicomin explains that its GreenPoxy products are widely used in a variety of markets such as marine structures, leisure and winter board sports and electric vehicles. […]

Osirys Project to Display Multi-Layered Façade at JEC World 2017

A European consortium, Osirys, will be displaying a multi-layered façade in the Building and Construction Planet at JEC World. The sample represents complete systems that are currently being installed in buildings on both Estonia and Spain. Indoor air quality and emissions from building materials has been, over recent decades, a major challenge for scientists, industry […]

FRD Showcase Expertise in Plant Fibres at JEC World

Fibres Recherche Développement (FRD) will showcase its expertise in plant fibres, from the choice of reinforcement (UD, multiaxial, rovings, nonwovens, fabrics) to their integration in materials (functionalisation, formulation, implementation in composites by vacuum infusion, compression moulding, hand lay up, support for parts design and mechanical characterisation) at JEC World. As part of the SINFONI project, […]

The Core of the Bioeconomy: New Developments in Bio-based Building Blocks and Platform Chemicals

Published: 31st January 2017

For its 10th anniversary, the International Conference on Bio-based Materials, 10-11 May, Cologne, Germany, has a special focus: Bio-based building blocks and platform chemicals According to the organisers, nova-Institute, the bioeconomy is developing well. It says that most investment is going to the core of the bioeconomy: bio-based building blocks and platform chemicals. The capacities […]

Sicomin Supplies Complete Composite Materials Package for Gilded Domes of New Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Paris

Published: 17th January 2017

Sicomin has supplied a complete package of composite materials to produce both moulds and parts for the 5 gilded domes of the recently inaugurated Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Paris. Working alongside Multiplast (part of the Carboman Group), main contractor Bouygues and engineering consultants Calcul Méca, Sicomin says it was able to support in realising architect […]

Osirys Project to Run Workshop as Parallel Session at CompIC 2017

Published: 10th January 2017

On 31st January 2017, the Osirys Project consortium will be holding a project workshop to deliver its results to the construction industry as a parallel session at CompIC 2017 (Composites in Construction Conference), Amsterdam. Indoor air quality and emissions from building materials has been, over recent decades, a major challenge for scientists, industry and consumers […]

Papers Invited for Ecocomp 2017.

Published: 27th September 2016

Papers are requested for the return of Ecocomp, which will take place on 9-10 May 2017, at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry, UK. Ecological awareness has stimulated an increased interest in sustainable materials, and issues such as recyclability and environmental responsibility are becoming ever more important for the introduction of new composite materials and products. […]