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ESI to showcase solutions for smart virtual prototyping at Hannover Messe 2017

ESI Group is an innovator in virtual prototyping software and services for manufacturing industries. Specialist in material physics, ESI has developed a proficiency in helping industrial manufacturers replace physical prototypes by virtual prototypes, allowing them to virtually manufacture, assemble, test and pre-certify their future products.

Porcher Industries announces recruitment campaign

Porcher Industries, a leader in technical textiles and thermoplastic composite solutions with a global platform delivering chemistries, technologies and innovations, has announced its requirement for over 400 new global appointments. The company will aim to fill the majority of the positions in the next two years.

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Train don’t blame

It’s often hard to see the merits of joining up some of the over complicated dots in the UK’s composites manufacturing industry. Particularly when they concern the amount of government support for hot topics like training and increasing the skill levels of advanced manufacturing capabilities.

Training across the board

Whether it’s a lack of specific courses, or a fall-off in UK investment, the composites sector has more work to do in training. Lou Reade reports.
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Built to last

As Composites in Manufacturing discovers, a component is only as good as the pattern it is made from. And Buckinghamshire-based Freeform Technology should know – it has been manufacturing precision patterns and moulds for components since 2008.

One brand, many strengths

During last month’s JEC World exhibition in Paris, Mike Richardson met with Roth Composite Machinery’s sales director, Bernd Fischer to hear about the latest developments in the world of filament winding.

Making your concept a reality

Composites in Manufacturing hears how customers can have the opportunity to test wind their products at McClean Anderson’s onsite lab and how the filament winding process can be used for many products: from small fuses to rocket boosters!

It’s all about the fibre

Luke Vardy, managing director of independent specialist creel designer and manufacturer, Cygnet Texkimp offers this overview of where the company is positioned within the UK’s rich tapestry of manufacturing innovation.

Three shows form key event

Subcon, Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Design & Innovation Show reunite to create a three-pronged key event for UK manufacturing.

Rail industry prepares for Railtex

With composite materials playing an increasingly prominent role in the industry, Railtex 2017, the UK’s leading exhibition of railway technology and services will open its doors to visitors at the NEC, Birmingham from 9-11 May.

Celebrating the industry’s achievements

Firstly, we’d like to thank all of those who took part in, and visited the UK Pavilion at JEC World in March. The stand, supported by the Department for International Trade, National Composites Centre and ourselves, was again a huge success and plans are in place for next year.

Overmoulding reaches new peak!

Mike Richardson met with TenCate Advanced Composites global chief technology officer, Scott Unger during the recent JEC World show to hear more about the company’s latest foray into the world of PAEK-based composite overmoulding technologies.

Sanded to perfection

Mike Richardson discovers how Suhner harnesses its automation technology to save time, improve repeatability and remove the grind from manual and repetitive carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) surface finishing processes.

Picking up the pace

Ed Hill hears how Solvay Composite Materials is addressing the demand for faster composite component production.

Above, beneath and between

Mike Richardson met with Henkel’s global key account manager, aerospace, Guido Adolph during the recent JEC World Paris event to hear about the company’s latest surfacing film and adhesive product developments.

Working together to create a winner

Using its Divinycell H sandwich composite technology, Diab has announced that its latest partnership with Brødrene has helped produce a unique hybrid-electric catamaran called ‘Vision of the Fjords’.


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.
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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.

New Araldite adhesive for automotive sector

Among other trends, Huntsman's introduction of Araldite 2021-1 and Araldite 2022-1 will sees vehicle manufacturers and the automotive aftermarket benefitting from increased levels of productivity and performance on structural adhesive applications.

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.


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Selcom at JEC World 2017

Watch an introduction of Selcom Multiaxial Technologies' products to be on display at JEC World 2017 from 14th-16th March 2017.

Rapid cutting advanced materials

Paul Hinchcliffe, managing director of Asquith Butler, talks about the company’s latest machine tools designed to machine composites and other lightweight materials.

Innovation and expansion

Nick Tiffin, Director of Sales and Marketing, for composite material specialist Tencate Advanced Composites EMEA, explains the company’s latest advances and its extension of global markets.
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Form and function

Matt Sellens, Business Development Manager at Formaplex, discusses the company’s work in composite and advanced plastics at Advanced Engineering 2016.

A matter of training and materials

Rodney Hansen from Dark Matter discusses the company’s approach to training composite technicians, consultancy and the growth of composite applications at the Advanced Engineering Show.

Lectra's Vector cutting solution in action

Take the next step to optimising your cutting room with Lectra's Vector cutting solutions. The Vector cutter ensures outstanding cutting quality while maximising production output, using Lectra specialised embedded technology and anti-error systems.

Simulation solutions

At Advanced Engineering 2016, John Reed from CGTech discusses the company’s software for simulating manufacturing processes for both metal cutting and composite manufacturing applications.

Composite manufacturing: Smoothing surfaces

Jim Fulton, from abrasive specialist Mirka, talks to Ed Hill at the Advanced Engineering Show about how the company’s products can provide safe finishing processes for composite manufacturers.

On the rails

At Advanced Engineering 2016, Lucy Prior from the Rail Alliance discusses the role of the organisation in the rail sector.

Marketing the composite message

Nigel O’Dea, founder and director of OB2B Industrial Marketing and PR, discusses the UK composites industry and the importance of promoting SME companies through current media.

Highlights of Advanced Engineering 2016

Short video featuring visitors, exhibitors and industry experts at the Advanced Engineering 2016, one of the UK's largest gathering of engineering professionals.

A voice for composites manufacturing

In our first of a series of videos at the Advanced Engineering Show, held at the NEC Birmingham, Dr Sue Halliwell from Composites UK discusses the organisation and the prospects for composite materials in the UK manufacturing market.

Forward Composites and Hybrid Air Vehicles

See how Forward Composites has utilised its automotive and aerospace experience, working with Hybrid Air Vehicles, to bring a large air vehicle to support the US Military, to fruition.