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China Edit – July 2021

China Edit is a monthly curation of business news and reports which have a direct impact on the Chinese – and global – composites industry.

China Edit – July 2021
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China displays its ‘stealth power’ with Shenyang FC-31, J-20 mighty dragons at CPC event  

China displays its ‘stealth power’ with Shenyang FC-31, J-20 mighty dragons at CPC event

This marked the largest number of China’s most advanced warplanes exhibited in front of the general public in a single event. The J-20s, five in each of the three V-shaped formations, flew past Tiananmen Square as part of aerial performances to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the CPC, as reported by the Global Times. 
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Glass-bottomed panda train debuts in China

Glass-bottomed panda train debuts in China

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province debuted the Zhongtang Air Railway, a sky train made of lightweight carbon fiber materials, with a “glass” bottom riders can see through. It has 270-degree visibility as the top is not transparent. Travelers who look at the train head-on will notice that it is painted to resemble a panda. 
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Race to build the most potent ‘flying car’ heats up

In January 2021, Terrafugia “Transition” flying car received an official clearance for take-off by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in the USA. Now owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the company aims to bring the two-seater version to the market by 2022. 
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Automaker Profile: History of Nio 
NextEV’s first road car was a spectacular piece of kit, based on a carbon fiber Lola sportscar monocoque, fitted with four electric motors for a total of 1000 kW power, torque vectoring, and exchangeable batteries. The car, called EP9, was revealed in London in November 2016 and set the production car lap record at Germany’s Nurburgring not much later. At the unveiling event, NextEV also disclosed its commercial name: NIO. 
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MingYang targets floating and supersized offshore wind

MingYang targets floating and supersized offshore wind

Chinese OEM MingYang is supersizing its offshore turbine portfolio, preparing to install a prototype of its 11MW MySE11-203 with a 203-metre rotor in October. It is also developing a 15MW platform with rotor sizes of 225-236 metres-plus for both high-wind and low-wind global markets, with a prototype planned within two to three years. 
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MG 6 XPower limited edition launched in China 
The difference between the original MG 6 PHEV is more than 20 pieces of customized equipment including the front six-piston brake calipers, Michelin semi-hot-melt tires, 18″ forged wheels with nice “X” in the middle, and carbon fiber rear wing. 
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China looks to deeper waters for wind power in pursuit of carbon neutrality 
“Offshore wind power is ready for scale development in China, with the help of supportive policies and costs being driven down by an improving domestic industrial chain,” said Wang Zhongyao, vice president of China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute. 
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Futuristic planned tower in China would feature 99 floating islands

Futuristic planned tower in China would feature 99 floating islands

The tower will be built mainly from steel, carbon fiber, concrete and Kevlar rope, with a peripherally located steel truss system with Kevlar tension cables maintaining the cores’ balance. A centralized core serves as the basis for the whole tower, which is joined together by outlying tension cables that resemble water flowing down to the bay. 
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Composite materials created using glue made from metallic glass 
While investigating the thermoplastic properties of metallic glasses, Jiang Ma and his group at Shenzhen University in China noticed that they behaved in a similar manner to polymers. ‘Consequently, the idea of bonding materials together with metallic glasses came up,’ says Ma. 
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Catack-H shows confidence in technology to recycle carbon fiber reinforced polymer 

Catack-H shows confidence in technology to recycle carbon fiber reinforced polymer

“There are a lot of inquiries from companies in many countries about technology cooperation,” Catack-H CEO Jeong Jin-ho said in an interview with Aju Business Daily. “This is because eco-friendly regulations have been strengthened in major export markets such as Europe and China, making it a major topic to recycle product materials.” 
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China’s self-developed bobsleigh debuted 
In order to make the Chinese bobsleigh from scratch, a research and innovation consortium of 12 industry units was established, according to the Winter Sports Management Center of General Administration of Sport of China. It is made of carbon fiber composite material, which makes it lighter, and is designed in a streamlined way to fit the body shape of the Chinese athletes. 
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Why the global bike shortage isn’t ending soon 
Costs of materials – including carbon fibre, aluminum and rubber – have soared over the past year, a reflection of supply shocks and the insatiable demand for all sorts of consumer goods. 
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