30 years with METSTRADE

Visitor registration has opened for this year’s edition of the METSTRADE Show, said to be the largest B2B event for the global leisure marine industry.

Solvay doubles European kitting capabilities

Solvay says it is doubling its kitting capabilities for process materials in France to meet the increasing production rate of large composite parts such as aircraft wings or wind turbine blades.

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UK’s largest composites exhibition over 90% full

Advanced Engineering 2017 has of the 12th July announced that its Composites zone is over 90% full with only 10 stands remaining. Companies such as Meggitt Polymers & Composites and Hexcel will be participating at the show.

ARRK invests in new 3D printing system

ARRK’s head of prototyping and 3D printing operations in Europe, Craig Vickers, has announced that the company has added one of 3D Systems most advanced Stereolithography machines, the Prox800, to its fleet. This significant news follows earlier investment at the centre this year, with the opening of a new, dedicated Metrology room.

Metyx announces major expansion plans

Metyx Group has concluded a major ‘multi-machinery’ deal with long-time partner Karl Mayer for the supply of new warp knitting production lines to provide 12,000 metric tonnes of additional glass and carbon fibre multiaxial fabric knitting capacity.

Chem-Trend further expands in Eastern Europe

Chem-Trend, a global company in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-performance release agents, purging compounds and other ancillary molding products, announced the acquisition of the release agent business of its long-time distribution partner in Romania, Rubio Trading & Consulting SRL.

Custom Composites announces Team GB Olympic relationship

Custom Composites, part of the Attwater Group has announced sponsorship of Olympic hopefuls Team Lloyd Williams-Alloway, continuing a relationship with Team GB sailors that has resulted in gold medals in each of the two last summer games.

Hexcel to present new technologies at Multicomp 2017

At Multicomp 2017, taking place at Nottingham Conference Centre on 14-15 June, Hexcel’s Chris Harrington will be presenting new composite technologies for the high volume manufacture of CFRP/metal hybrid structures in the automotive industry.

Composite garden decking adds £14.7k to average house values

Leading supplier of composite timber decking and cladding, Dura Composites, and respected East Anglian estate agents, Boydens, have revealed that homeowners typically add 5% to the value of their home through the simple installation of composite decking in their gardens. With the average property price in the East of England quoted by Barclays as £294,000, this adds a substantial £14,700 in value.

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To be the best of the best

In a Q&A session, Pentaxia’s managing director, Stephen Ollier says that to remain the preferred choice for its customers, it will always invest in the latest technology to be the best equipped company in the industry.

Living in a material world

Mike Richardson met with the DSM team during the recent JEC World Paris exhibition to hear about the company’s latest material developments, including Dyneema Carbon and Dyneema Flexible Composites, along with a range of thermoplastic unidirectional tapes.

METSTRADE sets sail for success

Five months before opening for business from 14-16 November, all signs are that METSTRADE 2017, one of the leading B2B platforms for the global marine industry will enter its fourth decade with the wind in its sails.
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Let's get the show on the road

This year’s Advanced Engineering Show promises to be the biggest and best on record. Easyfairs’ new industrial divisional director and show mastermind, Alison Willis takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of how preparations are shaping up.

The refinement of alignment

3D measurement technology specialist, FARO is helping its customers project assembly success with its new TracerM laser projector. Composites in Manufacturing reports.

Composites UK welcomes record conference numbers

Composites UK welcomed record numbers at its annual conference on 10th May at WMG, Warwick. Delegates heard about the latest opportunities across a variety of sectors from key industry players including Airbus, GKN Land Systems and Atkins.

A powerhouse for innovation

An R&D facility within WMG at the University of Warwick is helping industry develop better lightweight composites for the automotive industry.

Gone in 60 seconds!

Nissan joined the conference speaker line-up at Composites UK’s fibre-reinforced composites for automotive showcase event. Mike Richardson reports from the Warwick Manufacturing Group, Warwick University.

Back in black

Kieron Salter, managing director of KWSP, an engineering solutions business at the forefront of disruptive engineering thinking, takes a look at lightweight materials in automotive and asks what we are likely to see more of in the future.

Join with us!

Frank Kerstan, global programme manager automotive composites at Henkel, tells Mike Richardson about the company’s new multi-substrate adhesives and matrix resins for both high end and large-scale automotive production.

Lightening the load

A new project funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre aims to enhance the skills of composite manufacturing for high volume automotive applications. Mark Venables considers the Flexible Lightweight Architecture for Volume Applications (FLAVA) project.

Pressing ahead with the oven

The autoclave is a common piece of equipment used in composite manufacturing, ensuring consistent quality can be maintained while curing processes take place. Ed Hill speaks two leading companies in the field about the latest developments.

Did we take a wrong turn somewhere?

There was a huge collective intake of breath at the recent Composites UK Automotive Sector Showcase conference, held at the Warwick Manufacturing Group when an audience of composite industry delegates got a little more than they bargained for.


Black diamond is a real gem

M.A. Ford Europe says its new 239 Series diamond grind composites router has been authorised under licence to Boeing US Patent 7,090,442. M.A. Ford has an agreement with Boeing that includes licence rights to use its patents and proprietary data.
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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.

3A Composites wins Airbus qualification

3A Composites has won qualification from Airbus for its Airex R82.80 rigid high performance core, which is suited for aerospace sandwich applications due to outstanding fire resistance, exceeding the most stringent flammability, smoke density, heat release, and toxic gas emission requirements such as FAR 25’853.

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.


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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.

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.

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.