This Month in Carbon Fiber: March 2014

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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:

Imperium Acoustocam inspection method included in Boeing manual

The ultrasonic imaging device is approved by Boeing for NDT inspection of the 787, and has been adopted by All Nippon Airways.

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Cannon supplies composite processing equipment to Benteler

Benteler SGL has selected Cannon as an equipment partner, for production of carbon fiber composites for BMW.

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PlastiComp adds compounding line

A new pultrusion compounding line is dedicated to producing carbon fiber reinforced long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) pellets.


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TeXtreme carbon fabric plays role in Olympic hockey final and NASCAR wins

Success for Bauer hockey sticks and motorsports teams using Spread Tow technology

Carbon fiber Bauer hockey sticks

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High-tensile strength, high-modulus carbon fiber

Toray Industries Inc. reports that it has developed a high-tensile strength and high-modulus carbon fiber called TORAYCA T1100G and high-­performance prepreg (resin­-impregnated carbon fiber sheets) using TORAYCA T1100G.

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Reselling, reusing composite materials and parts

An issue facing the composites industry right now is how to reuse and repurpose material, to avoid landfilling and to be able to label products as more environmentally “green.”

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Celanese, Southwire combine carbon fiber, thermoplastics in utility transmission conductor

Southwire, North America’s largest wire and cable producer, worked with Celanese to develop a new overhead conductor cable that features a multi-strand composite core of Celstran continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic rods.

Carbon fiber Celanese and Southwire

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Huntsman reveals epoxy role in BMW i3 passenger cell

Huntsman Advanced Materials reports that its Araldite binder and epoxy are being used by BMW to mold carbon fiber structures for the i3 all-electric passenger car.

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Harper wins $38 million carbon fiber production contract

Harper will provide oxidation ovens, carbonization systems, waste gas abatement, fiber handling, controls and other services for an unidentified carbon fiber manufacturer.

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New racecar design debuts

Crawford Composites will make a new entry-level race car for aspiring Formula racers.

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Arevo Labs announces CF for 3-D printing

Arevo’s technology combines carbon fiber and carbon nanotubes with high-performance polymers like PEEK , PAEK, polyphenylsulfone and self-reinforcing polyphenylene.

Carbon fiber for 3-D printing

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Cytec acquires equity position in C-CON Holdings

Cytec will work with Germany-based C-CON Holdings to develop novel CFRP processes for high-volume production for the serial automotive manufacturing market.

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Magna to manufacture carbon fiber composite body panels

Magna International’s Magna Exteriors unit has won work to supply painted automotive body panels made with carbon fiber composites for two 2016 model year vehicles.

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Cytec announces mechanical completion of South Carolina carbon fiber plant

The new carbon fiber plant in Piedmont, S.C., USA, will provide material for the commercial transport, business jet and rotorcraft markets and is expected to begin production in early 2016.

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Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, March, 2014

Week of Mar 4: Aerospace industry job opportunities at TenCate Advanced Composites, Cobham and more.

Week of Mar 11: Aerospace industry job opportunities at Boeing, Hexcel, ITT and Cytec Aerospace Materials.

Week of Mar 18: Aerospace industry job opportunities at Kaman Composites Vermont, Wipaire Inc., Amtech LLC, Cobham, and more.

Week of Mar 25: Aerospace industry job opportunities at the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, CCP Composites, Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Hexcel and Toray Composites (America) Inc.

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