A record breaker 88,4 meter LM Wind Power wind turbine blade.  LM Wind Power is presently opening its fourth blade plant in Baodi (north-east China)China

 

Adesso Advanced Materials Wuhu Co. Limited (Wuhu, China) and UK-based ELG Carbon Fiber Ltd have concluded a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the development of lightweight composite components for the automotive industry based on ELG’s recycled carbon fiber materials.

The initial focus of the cooperation is to investigate applications identified by Chery New Energy Automobile Technology Co. Ltd of Wuhu, China on the Chery eQ1 electric vehicle.

Covestro has received DNV GL certification for its polyurethane resin in China. Covestro has developed a new technology for manufacturing wind turbine rotor blades, in which the rotor blades are fabricated in a special process from a polyurethane resin and a glass fiber fabric. The application of PU resin in the wind energy industry opens up new application possibilities for this resin.

LM Wind Power has announced its fourth wind turbine blade factory in China, to be located in the Baodi district in north-east China, 40 km from the company’s existing plant in Tianjin. The Baodi operation is expected to create 500 jobs and start production in July 2017.

Exel Composites of Finland has acquired the Chinese composites production business of Nanjing Jianhui Composite Material (JHFRP). The business includes a manufacturing unit that uses mainly pultrusion technology to produce composite products that complement Exel’s current portfolio. Exel Composites intends to further strengthen its position in Asia-Pacific by expanding manufacturing capacity, local sales and the range of applications offered.

China’s Kangde Composites and BAIC Motor Corporation have signed a carbon fiber auto parts production engagement which they claim is the first carbon fiber auto parts production project in China. The project indicates that the carbon fiber lightweight technology developed by China’s automotive industry has entered a new era.

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC) and Russia's United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) have formed a joint venture called China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Co. Ltd (CRAIC) for the operation of a new generation long-range wide-body aircraft program. The plane will be at least 50% composite to cut weight and improve efficiency. COMAC’s responsibility includes the fuselage sections, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, nose cone, nose landing gear and wing fairings. UAC will develop the composite wing, wing-flap systems, engine pylons and main landing gear.

 

Japan

Teijin is to increase the number of its automotive composite material production and engineering bases around the world to around 30, or 1.5 times the current number. The initiative will span the next five years and focus mainly on Europe and China. The move is to take full advantage of the increasing popularity of electric cars and the consequent growth in demand for lightweight, high-strength composites. The planned 30 or so bases will include production locations equipped with heat treatment equipment to harden molding tools and composites, as well as engineering locations to create prototypes based on clients’ requests.

A new carbon fiber composite from Mitsubishi Chemical costs just half as much as existing materials, brightening prospects for putting strong, lightweight components into mass-market cars in the coming years. The company has combined carbon fiber fabric with resin interspersed with fibers between 2-3 cm long. The resin material is easily moldable and soft until processed, enabling the composite to be pressed into shape in only two minutes.

 

Malaysia

Carbon black supplier Cabot Corp. is expanding processing capabilities for elastomer composites at its Port Dickson, Malaysia plant to develop product lines for off-the-road tires, rubber tracks and mining applications. Cabot is to set up a dedicated elastomer composites team at the plant.

 

South Korea

An innovative thermoplastic composite preform technology called QEE-TECH, developed by EELCEE Ltd. offers a light weighting solution for the automotive industry that could enable a car door to be made from just six parts instead of 17 in a steel door. QEE-TECH is reported to enable complex 3D shaping of thermoplastic preforms, to reduce the cost and time required for high-throughput processing of thermoplastic composites.

 

Taiwan

Taiwanese firm Advanced Material Systems (AMS) is to distribute its medical gas cylinders across Europe via AMS Composite Cylinders Ltd. AMS’ low-weight, carbon composite cylinders work at 300 bar and are accredited for worldwide use. The vessels are manufactured to ISO standards in its dedicated facility in Taipei, Taiwan. These advanced composite cylinders deliver benefits in terms of performance, value and lifespan over competing products.

 

Thailand

Cooking gas cylinders in the southern provinces are to be made from composite materials instead of metals for safety reasons. The composite cylinders are also lightweight, more durable and rust-free in the salty atmosphere of the southern region.

 

Written by Denzil Walton

Denzil Walton is a technical copywriter, editor and conference reporter. He has over 30 years’ experience writing on a variety of industrial and high-tech topics.

 

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