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Big opportunities for start-ups at Advanced Engineering

Following the highly encouraging response to its Enabling Innovation hub last November, Advanced Engineering is set to repeat and extend the initiative further at its upcoming 2017 which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 1-2 November.

Hexcel at JEC World 2017

At JEC World 2017 taking place in Paris on March 14-16, Hexcel will promote a number of composite innovations for aerospace, wind energy, automotive and recreation industries at Stand J41 in Pavilion 5A.

Scott Bader exhibiting Olympic Laser dinghy at JEC World 2017

At JEC World 2017 in Paris, Scott Bader (Hall 6/Stand M27) will be promoting its materials solutions for manufacturers of composite parts under a new ‘Making a Positive Difference’ corporate banner, with new look marketing branding for the complete adhesives range being unveiled at JEC.

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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’.

Going global with innovations

Frédérique Mutel, president and CEO of JEC Composites, tells Ed Hill in this Q&A session what visitors can expect to see at JEC World, held at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre from 14-16 March.

Onwards and upwards

An increasing focus on its aerospace capabilities sees Norco Composites reaching for the skies in terms of investing in equipment and facilities to satisfy strict aerospace demands. Composites in Manufacturing reports.
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Covering all the bases

Mike Richardson hears the views of surface modification specialists, Oxford Advanced Surfaces, to discover how it overcomes the key issues of efficient surface preparation to improve the job of bonding materials together.

Automated layup systems – sweating the assets

The ‘must-have’ production equipment for high value composite layup within the last decade has been an automated tape laying (ATL)/automated fibre placement (AFP) machine, but where is this technology heading now? Dr Neil Calder reports.

Cutting away with water

Composite materials present distinct challenges when being cut mechanically. Ed Hill hears from Omax about the advantages of using its abrasive waterjet systems.

Silent witness of the composites industry

Characterising and investigating composite material properties relies on modern equipment and the expertise of skilled materials scientists. But what types of testing do laboratories conduct and why is it so important? Composites in Manufacturing reports.

Living in a material whirl

Mike Richardson meets with Technical Fibre Products’ (TFP) business development director, Adam Black to hear about the complementary nature of the company’s nonwoven material products.

Home is where the heart lies

Mike Richardson travels to Sleaford, Lincolnshire to meet prepreg material supply specialists, SHD Composites and discover how it feels at home in being one of the few remaining independent companies in the UK’s composite industry.

Tomorrow’s material today

Mike Richardson turns the R&D spotlight on HiLiTe, a project aimed at developing an end-to-end process for the manufacture of high volume and low cost lightweight structural components for the automotive industry.

Creating opportunities through exhibitions

As the Trade Association for the UK Composites industry we are always looking for new routes to market on behalf of our member companies. A lot of opportunities lie around exhibitions which is why over the course of the last year the Association has developed its relationships with organisers of key industry and sector focussed shows.

Automatic for the people

It’s show-time once again, as the latest edition of the Paris-based JEC World composites show gets ready to roll into town.

Keeping one step ahead

SAMPE UK and Ireland Chapter secretary, Trevor Cook explains how the organisation can help you keep up to date with composite engineering.

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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.
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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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

Form and function

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

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.