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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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Frank Spaan intended successor as CFO at TenCate

Eef Bos has decided to step down as CFO of TenCate as of 1st October 2016. Bos commented: "Since the company entered into a new phase of its development, this is for me a natural moment to leave TenCate."

Composites UK and the BPF announce Thermoplastic Composites 2016

Following on from a series of successful joint events over the past few years, trade associations Composites UK and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) have again formed a partnership to organise ‘Thermoplastic Composites 2016’, which this year is focussed towards the use of thermoplastics in transport applications.

epm: technology group gains AS9100

epm: technology, which specialises in the manufacture of advanced composite components, has announced it has achieved AS9100 approval, enhancing its capability to supply the aerospace market.

Norco welcomes new addition to the team 

Norco Holdings has welcomed Andrew Harvey who joins the company in a brand new role. As business development manager, Harvey will concentrate on developing Norco’s Advanced Composites business unit.

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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.

Simulate to innovate

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

Built to last

World renowned Swiss-built accuracy isn't just confined to its watch manufacture. As Mike Richardson discovers, this rich tapestry of quality can be found within Zünd's range of flatbed cutting machines too.

Changing the equation

A new thermoplastic polymer developed by chemical material specialist Victrex has the potential to transform aerospace composite component manufacturing. Composites in Manufacturing spoke to the company at JEC World.

The future is light

For a company that lives and breathes motorsport, Germany's capricorn Composite demands the kinds of performance levels from its CNC machine tools that you'd expect to see from a Formula 1 car.

LEAP of faith

Behind Albany International's escalating success in aerospace composites is an inspiring story of management conviction based on a 'cash and grow' strategy. Adrian Wilson reports.

A flying finish!

With its core competencies focused on structural adhesives and surface treatments, Henkel's Bjorn Ballien discusses the solutions the company has on offer for aircraft exterior surfaces. Mike Richardson reports.

The voice of UK industry

2016 continues to be busy with exciting opportunities coming up every day. Membership is strong and continues to grow with the total now exceeding 260.

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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.

Up for the challenge

As part of our series of interviews at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, Aerospace Manufacturing spoke to Simon Odling from Lentus who explains how the company has developed composite parts for challenging aero-applications.

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.