Norco acquires C&B Composites

Norco Holdings, the Poole-based manufacturer of lightweight composite structures and GRP mouldings, has acquired C&B Composites.

FMG appointment new director to senior team

Future Materials Group (FMG), strategic advisory firm for the advanced materials and composites sector, has announced the appointment of Mark Neville as a director, to be based in Frankfurt, Germany. The appointment, that is effective immediately, leads the company’s expansion into Germany and strengthens its fast growing European presence.

HCS awarded contract extension by National Grid

Haydale Composite Solutions (HCS) have been awarded a contract extension by UK utility company National Grid to develop 14 different lightweight composite Gas Transition Piece (GTP) solutions for 7 different pipeline diameters from 300-1050mm. Each size has a variant for use on sites where access to the pipe is restricted by space constraints.
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AGM gains first graphene production order

Applied Graphene Materials (AGM), the producer of specialty graphene materials, has announced that it has secured its first production order and commercial application.

FET launches new FET-100 Series for Composites market

Fibre Extrusion Technology of Leeds, UK has launched an upgraded range of bespoke equipment used in the manufacture of specialist yarns for composites. This coincides with a £1 million investment in its in-house Process Development Laboratory which allows client trials, proof of concept testing, collaborative research, sampling and prototyping.

bigHead optimises fastening solution for SMC moulding process

When an industrial composite products manufacturer needed to improve the functional performance of their outdoor luminaires which are used on marine platforms and oil rigs, they turned to bigHead Bonding Fasteners for a solution and produced additional production cost savings.

Chem-Trend to expand R&D facilities at global headquarters

Chem-Trend has announced it will expand its R&D facilities at the global headquarters in Howell, Michigan to allow for continued growth of its research and development activities and increased capabilities to provide customer support.

Composites UK reveals its Industry Award shortlist for 2016

Composites UK has revealed its shortlist for the 2016 composites industry awards. Claire Whysall, communications manager for Composites UK, said: “We have received an exceptional amount of entries this year which our judges spent two months over the summer debating and scoring, narrowing the shortlist down to just two stand-out nominations per category. However there were two categories where the winners had a clear lead in the scoring and we have pleasure in announcing those today.”

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Composite advances take centre stage

The Composites Engineering Show held as part of the Advanced Engineering group of events at the Birmingham NEC will highlight the latest in composite design, technology and manufacturing. Ed Hill speaks to this year’s organisers, Easyfairs.

A miracle material step change

Composites in Manufacturing hears how Huntsman Advanced Materials is researching opportunities for developing graphene-enhanced composite solutions, with a view to incorporating graphene into its Araldite epoxy resins.

Making it big in composites

Composite materials have become the mainstay of component manufacture in a variety of industries. However, the handling and processing of these materials can be a real challenge, as Ian Vallely discovers.
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Riding a tidal wave

The MeyGen tidal turbine project and a significant expansion have ensured a busy 2016 for AC Marine and Composites to date. Adrian Wilson reports.

On with the show!

The Composites Engineering show is almost here. As part of the Advanced Engineering 2016 showcase, it’s the UK’s only event dedicated to the composites manufacturing industry. Halls 2, 3 and 3a of the Birmingham NEC will once again throw open their doors to unveil the seventh edition of the very best in manufacturing innovations from this industry.

The potential of graphene for the composite market

Stronger than a diamond yet a million times thinner than a human hair, the properties of graphene are astounding. The market for this material may still be in its infancy, but graphene is already being hailed as one of the most disruptive technologies of our time. For the composite market, there is no doubt that using graphene could open up a host of new possibilities. Here, John Cove, marketing manager of test and measurement specialist, Starrett, discusses the impact this new technology will have on product design and manufacturing.

Putting testing machines to the test

Ed Hill hears from testing specialist CTE about how its investment in Shimadzu equipment is helping it face the challenges created by the continually changing development of composite materials.

On the mend

Rafael Luterbacher, Tim Coope, Richard Trask and Ian Bond of the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), University of Bristol and Imetrum’s Paul Waterfall, explain how self-healing cross-ply laminates are offering encouraging test results for aerospace manufacturers.

Surface effects

Traditional methods to clean and activate composite surfaces can be time-consuming and imprecise – hence automated techniques are coming to the fore. Lou Reade reports.

Simulate to innovate

Could ‘virtual’ prototypes be the vision of the future in composite manufacturing? Composites in Manufacturing reports.

The pace of change

Mike Richardson meets with Lentus Composites to hear how the company has built a portfolio of diverse manufacturing capabilities to suit the production demands of a whole variety of industries.

Up, up and away!

Premier Autoclaves says it has seen huge business growth in the past year. Composites in Manufacturing looks at reasons for the upsurge in autoclave upgrades in the industry and why this links to the success of the company.

The Central question

New thermoplastic composite train doors are currently impressing Transport for London, but is the UK’s supply chain mature enough to meet the potential demand from the rail industry? Adrian Wilson reports.

METSTRADE sees growth in all areas

The world’s largest B2B leisure marine show will soon be sailing into view. Held from the 15-17 November 2016, the METSTRADE Show’s new layout will include a specialist platform for marine industry-related composite materials.


Thermwood announces 3D additive manufacturing programme

Thermwood Corporation has announced it is now offering a line of additive manufacturing systems for the production of large reinforced thermoplastic composite parts. The company’s new machine line, called Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM), uses a two-step, near-net-shape production process.

bigHead deliver fastening solution for offshore wind turbine

Whilst the standard range of over 400 mild steel and stainless steel ‘bigHeads’ provide efficient and effective discrete fixings, whether embedded or surface bonded to composite materials, there are some applications that benefit from a design approach where the characteristic bigHead welded fixing is engineered and adapted to actually improve the final design, to enhance its performance or reduce costs - and even to facilitate increased safety.
Crysta-Apex C Coordinate Measuring Machine
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GMS develops new flame retardant prepreg

The specialist composite prepreg producer GMS Composites has developed a new, high performance flame retardant (FR) epoxy prepreg with increased toughness and a significantly shorter gel time, which passes the UL94 V0 flammability rating.

Anaglyph releases Laminate Tools 4.2

A new version of Anaglyph's Laminate Tools (version 4.2) has been released. The Windows-based software integrates the design, analysis and manufacture of composite structures, and

Software solutions

Open Mind Technologies used this year's EMO as a platform to launch its new version hyperMill 2009.2.

Machining with a twist

The latest technology from Sodick, designed to tackle complex machining challenges, is a 7-axis 'turn and burn' EDM die-sink solution.

Raising the bar

Now available from Tornos UK is the new Almac FB1005 horizontal bar milling machine, capable of simultaneous 3-, 4-, 5- or 6-axis machining.

No cable on the table

With infrared transmission and therefore no cable connections, the new TT 449 touch probe from Heidenhain (GB) provides flexible tool inspection.

The price is right

Making its debut on the international stage at the recent EMO exhibition was the latest addition to DMG's EcoLine range of machine tools – the DMU 50 eco.

Tried and trusted

Matsuura capitalised on the recent EMO exhibition in Milan to announce the launch of the latest in the Cublex series – the large capacity Cublex-63


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Thermwood LSAM

Thermwood's LSAM (Large Scale Additive Manufacturing) is used for the production of large reinforced thermoplastic composite parts. The company’s new machine line uses a two-step, near-net-shape production process.

Robotmaster for composite machining

Robotmaster being used for Composite machining/trimming/deburring applications. See Robotmaster live at the Composites Engineering Show: 2-3 Nov 2016 on stand Q172
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Composites UK - Association Overview

Why should your company join Composites UK? Here's a 3 and a half minute overview of the value you could gain from becoming a member of the UK’s composites manufacturing organisation.

Retrac Composites Ltd Promotional Film

In house tour of Retrac Composites facility based in Swindon, Wiltshire, highlighting the company’s ability to offer all aspects of the composite manufacturing process from design to the delivery of a finished bonded and assembled product.