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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.

A crowded house of composites

Composites in Manufacturing previews some of the companies demonstrating their latest products and innovations at this year’s JEC World in Paris.

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.

Making and shaping the mould

Forming large workpieces for mould manufacturing requires machining technology on a big scale. Ed Hill hears how investment in a new CMS Poseidon 5-axis machining centre is helping one UK subcontractor expand its business in more ways than one.

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.