This Month in Carbon Fiber: April 2015

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Industry News

We’ve partnered with the folks at Composites World to bring you monthly updates in the more technical world of carbon fiber.  Here’s what’s new this month:

Two new carbon fiber-intensive cars shown at New York International Auto Show

Introduced to the North American audience for the first time, the cutting-edge cars from Aston Martin and McLaren Automotive are loaded with carbon fiber.

mclaren cf chassis

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Ford deciding on how to allocate composites-intensive Ford GTs

The company is limiting production of the GTs to 250 a year for sale globally.

All new Ford GT

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Teijin reorganizes its automotive CFRP business

In addition, the company’s R&D center for Sereebo CFRTP Technology receives ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.

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Sumika installs second mill for polyethersulfone grinding

Polyethersulfone (PES) is a toughener used in the manufacture of carbon fiber prepreg.

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Ford, DowAksa to develop automotive-grade carbon fiber

The agreement will facilitate the companies’ efforts in conjunction with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation to overcome the high cost and limited availability of carbon fiber in automotive applications.

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Kerkstra joins carbon fiber-reinforced concrete consortium AltusGroup

The CarbonCast portfolio of enclosure products uses C-GRID carbon fiber grid as a shear connector in precast concrete applications.

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Automated composites manufacturing, past, present and future

CW guest columnist Rob Sjostedt is a partner and CEO at VectorSum Inc. He recalls his days at Goldsworthy Engineering and reminds CW readers that today’s product requirements are more challenging than ever, and creative new approaches are required.

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Solar Impulse 2 reaches Nanjing, China: next stop, Hawaii

After crossing the Pacific Ocean, Solar Impulse will stop in the United States, and then either North Africa or Southern Europe, before returning to Abu Dhabi to complete the first ever round-the-world solar flight.

Solar Impulse 2

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New racquets made with TeXtreme carbon fiber material

Prince Global Sports wanted to utilize a material that was thinner, lighter and more durable than traditional woven fibers.

prince raquet

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Private equity firm buys Dolan and European Carbon Fiber

Dolan and European Carbon Fiber share production facilities in Kelheim, Germany and an experienced management team.

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West Star Aviation incorporates carbon fiber into aircraft

While carbon fiber has been readily used in the structure of aircraft for some time, it’s now making its way into the interior and exterior of the aircraft.

west star aviation

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Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, April, 2015

Week of April 14: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Cobham Composite Products, Rubbercraft and TenCate.

Week of April 21: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Performance Review Institute, TECT Aerospace, ITW Polymers Adhesives North America, Cobham Composite Products, and Hexcel.

Week of April 28: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Performance Review Institute, Worldwide Recycling Equipment Sales LLC, Toray Composites (America) Inc., Hexcel, and Cobham Composite Products.

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