This Month in Carbon Fiber: November 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:

DowAksa to establish U.S. carbon fiber manufacturing presence

DowAksa, a joint venture of Dow and acrylic specialist AKSA, has established DowAksa USA and plans to build an industrial-grade carbon fiber manufacturing operation in the U.S. sometime in the next three to five years.

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Report: Marine composites market worth $4.9 billion by 2019

After a devastating recession, Increasing leisure time and a growing class of wealthy individuals are expected to drive increased use of composites in marine applications in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific through 2019.

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Carbon fiber: Key to cost-conscious rehab 

Carbon composites are effective solutions for repairs and upgrades of reinforced concrete.

Key to cost-conscious rehab

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Airframers vie for shares in growing short-haul market

OEMs of aircraft with 150 or fewer seats exploit composites’ appeal to fuel efficiency-conscious regional air carriers.

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Far-UK launches carbon fiber composite automotive chassis

Nottingham-based Far-UK is introducing the Far Platform Chassis (FPC), a carbon fiber composite chassis designed for low-volume automotive manufacturing applications.

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Aircelle awards FACC contract for A330neo nacelles.

Complete carbon fiber composite assemblies will be delivered beginning in 2016.

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High-heat bismaleimide prepreg

Toho Tenax Co. Ltd. has developed a new prepreg that offers super-high-heat and oxidation resistance, suited to automotive and aircraft engine compartments.

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Morgan Advanced Materials introduces brazed composite/titanium material

The company says carbon fiber or composite material can be brazed to a titanium honeycomb for high-strength, high-temperature-resistant aerospace applications.

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Toray wins carbon fiber supply contract for Boeing 777X composite wings

Tokyo-based Toray, the world’s largest manufacturer of carbon fiber, will expand its current contract for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to include the 777X composite wings.

Boeing 777X composite wings

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Composites in aircraft engines focus of pre-conference seminar

Chris Red of Composites Forecasts and Consulting LLC will present “Composites in Turbofan Aircraft Engines and Nacelles: 2014-2023” on Dec. 9 in a pre-conference seminar leading up to the Carbon Fiber 2014 conference in La Jolla, Calif., USA.

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Crawford Composites unveils Crawford FL15 racecar

The Crawford FL15 will be used exclusively in the new announced Formula Lites racing series, to be sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing beginning in 2015.

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Munich Composites wins Innovation Award of Bavaria 2014

Patented BRAIDform process recognized for cost-efficient automated production of high-volume, hollow CFRP structures.

Munich Composites win

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New yacht to feature thin-ply carbon fiber multiaxials

Chomarat’s C-PLY thin-ply carbon fiber multiaxial reinforcements will be used to fabricate Jean-Marie Finot’s latest yacht, the Albatros.

thin-ply carbon fiber multiaxials

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Toho Tenax announces new rapid-cure prepreg for high volume production

Three-minute cure at 150 degrees C and formability at low pressure of 72.5 psi aimed at automotive production volumes of 50,000 parts per year.

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FACC integral infused wing box recognized among top 3 patents of 2014 by Austrian Patent Office.

Patented MARI infusion technology cited for significantly reducing cost, time and energy in the production of fiber-reinforced composite structures.

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Ahlstrom launches carbon fiber blade solution

Ahlstrom, a global high-performance fiber-­based materials company, has announced the launch of its Ahlstrom AceBlade Carbon, a patent-pending, unidirectional reinforcement with reportedly superior fatigue resistance and enhanced mechanical properties..

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Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, November, 2014

Week of November 4: Aerospace-related job opportunities at SCRA, Barrday, Hexcel and Exelis.

Week of November 11: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Toray Carbon Fibers America, Cytec Specialty Chemicals, Boeing, Cobham and Hexcel.

Week of November 18: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Vanguard Space Technologies, TTTech North America, Exelis, Cytec Industrial Materials and Raytheon.

Week of November 25: Aerospace-related job opportunities at CTL Aerospace, Aurora Flight Sciences, and Hexcel.


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