Composite Materials News

The latest news from the composites industry including new material science, engineering breakthroughs, processing, production and manufacture.

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FORMAX to open automotive production facility

FORMAX, the UK-based manufacturer of carbon fibre and composite reinforcements, is to open an automotive production unit at its Leicestershire headquarters.  Read More


Modelling natural fibres accelerates deployment

International Automotive Components (IAC) has developed fully specified natural fibre composite components for use on vehicle interiors.  Read More


Stratasys offers new 3D printing material for ultra thin parts

Stratasys has taken the wraps off its second generation Digital ABS material, designed for use with its PolyJet 3D printers.  Read More


Nanocomposites manufacturing centre to open in UK

A £4.1million centre for nanocomposites manufacturing is to be established in the UK.  Read More


Carbon fibre panels could replace batteries in next gen EVs

Volvo is working on a technology that would allow electric vehicles to be powered by energised carbon fibre panels instead of bulky and weighty battery packs.  Read More


Funding boost for advanced composite materials

The EPSRC has awarded a £3.3million grant to the University of Southampton for the development and manufacture of advanced composite materials.  Read More


Airbus’ composite aircraft takes maiden flight

The first Airbus A350 XWB takes to the skies on its maiden flight. It took off this morning from Toulouse for a short test flight powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent turbofan engines.  Read More


£2.3m composites centre to open in West Midlands

A multi-million pound centre, dedicated to helping the West Midlands' automotive supply chain exploit the opportunities offered by composites, is to be built at Warwick University.  Read More


Super strong nanofibres created by US team

Engineers in the US have developed a structural nanofibre that is both strong and tough – a breakthrough which they claim could greatly benefit the composites industry.  Read More


Polymer to revolutionise composites industry?

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed a high impact, high integrity resin which they claim could revolutionise the use of composites in applications ranging from lightweight automobiles to fire-resistant building materials.  Read More


Innovative powerboat hull uses composites

Unique British fibreglass powerboat, The Bladerunner, was fabricated using Scott Bader Crystic products.  Read More


Gold combines with ceramic for heatshield

ThermoHold GOLD and its sister product ZircoFlex GOLD heatshield materials provide protection from both conductive and radiant heat sources thanks to Oxfordshire firm Zircotec.  Read More


Static discharge polymer for rebreather

An electrical static discharge polymer has been used on a rebreather to make a grounding path to stop the build up of static charge in plastic resin, which can cause potentially deadly sparks.   Read More


Fibre manufacture gets more efficient

Continuous fibreglass weaving specialists, Victrex Polymer Solutions, has developed an innovative composite fabric, TIXPREF.   Read More


Monitoring elastic characteristics could provide early warning of material fatigue

A significant percentage of the cost of wind energy is due to wind turbine failures, as components are weakened under turbulent air flow conditions and need to be replaced.  Read More


Silica nanofibres are 15x stronger than steel

Researchers at the University of Southampton have created silica nanofibres that are 15 times stronger than steel and which can potentially be manufactured in lengths of thousands of kilometres.  Read More


Composite replaces metal for manhole covers

North Yorkshire based company, Fibrelite, is experiencing significant increases in demand for its range of lightweight composite access covers following a surge in metal theft.   Read More


£28m boost for National Composites Centre

Chancellor George Osborne has announced an investment of £28million to enhance the capabilities and capacity of the National Composites Centre (NCC).  Read More


Touch-sensitive plastic can ‘heal itself’

Stanford University researchers have created the first synthetic material that is both sensitive to touch and capable of healing itself quickly and repeatedly at room temperature.   Read More


Heat-conducting composites promise cheaper water desalination

Researchers in Germany have come up with a cheaper and more efficient alternative to the titanium tubes currently used in seawater desalination.   Read More


Carbon fibre bonnet promises more fuel efficient cars

Automotive giant Ford has demonstrated a prototype carbon fibre bonnet that it claims could help lower fuel consumption for its customers.   Read More


Manchester researchers unveil 'graphene roadmap'

A consortium of international researchers has produced a 'graphene roadmap' that sets out what the world's thinnest, strongest and most conductive material could achieve in the next few years.  Read More


Composite technology used for sealing

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has introduced Rubore composite materials to its portfolio to focus on automotive applications. The innovative manufacturing process allows the development of components that offer significant weight savings and cost reduction.  Read More


Huntsman enhances production

Huntsman has developed faster processing and reduced production cycles to focus on high-performance chemistries to enable more efficient manufacturing techniques and increase the penetration of composites in to the automotive sector.  Read More


New material could cut diesel engine pollution by 45%

Researchers in the US have discovered a new material that could reduce the pollution produced by vehicles that run on diesel fuel by around 45%.  Read More

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