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Lightweight textile composite solutions for transport

Initial results of a study on lightweight textile composite solutions for transport applications were presented at last month’s Techtextil by Dr François Boussu of ENSAIT/Gemtex, France.

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Sigmatex continues to invest in manufacturing

Sigmatex, a manufacturer of carbon composite textiles, has begun expansion work at its Runcorn, UK, manufacturing facility.

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Lightweight solutions for automakers using composites proven in aerospace

Aerospace composite supplier Albany Engineered Composites and automotive engineering and consulting company Ricardo have entered into a collaborative partnership to provide composite body, chassis and other structural components to the automotive industry.

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Lighter planes are the future, say UK universities

A global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15%, but the lighter planes alone will not enable the aviation industry to meet its emissions targets, according to new research by the Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and University College London.

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Long fibre flax and jute in thermoplastics

The market for long fibre thermoplastic (LFTP) technology amounted to around 140,000 tonnes of material in 2013 and is currently growing at an annual rate of 11%.

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The road ahead for carbon

Suppliers of carbon fibre and composites to the automotive industry are poised to benefit from a similar boom to that enjoyed by the suppliers of glass fibre and glass-based materials to the wind energy sector 15 years ago, according to Sanjay Mazumdar, chief executive officer of consultant Lucintel.

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Formax opens new automotive production facility

Formax, a manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, has officially opened its 5,000 m² automotive production facility at the company’s headquarters in Leicestershire, UK.

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JEC predicts steep rise for automotive composites

The second meeting of the new Automotive Composites Circle – an exclusive networking event for top management in the automotive sector – was held during this year’s JEC Composites Show in Paris, France.

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Formax to open dedicated automotive production facility

Carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements manufacturer Formax has announced plans to open an automotive production unit at its Leicestershire, UK, headquarters.

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Collision protection and self-healing structures

While some people enthuse about the “steel of the 21st century”, others warn against expecting too much from the use of carbon fibre materials in large-scale motor vehicle production for reasons of technology and cost.

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